Planning to attend the

Rotary Wine & Blues Fest

on Saturday June 10th?

Do you have your tickets for 8th annual Daybreak Rotary Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea? It will be sizzling at the Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre, the evening of Saturday, June 10th 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM.

There will be something there for every wine lover’s tastes.  Bubblies, white wines, rosés and red wines from near and far – as well as some tasty craft beers!

Down home wine lovers will be overwhelmed by the quality of the British Columbia whites and reds that will tantalize their taste buds.  Much as we are somehow reluctant to admit it, BC’s best wines can easily challenge our stale preconceptions, today.

From Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, Unsworth Vineyards’ Charme De L’Ile (671289) $22.99 is a remarkably well-balanced and tasty Prosecco-styled sparkling white wine made from a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and a splash of the innovative hybrid Sauvignette.  Bright green apple, fresh pear and honeyed peach flavours predominate.

Founded in the world-renowned Okanagan Valley, the Artisan Wine Co. has crafted an extensive portfolio of fine wines - from classic and traditional to irreverent and fun. The newest addition to their family of fascinating wines are the wines from Pendragon.

Cellared in Canada, peach and pineapple aromas lead into the first sip of Pendragon Satin White Pinot Grigio (381145) $9.49.  Green apple and ripe pear flavours slide seductively into a luscious tropical fruit medley of flavours.  There’s an intriguing sprinkling of spicy sage and white pepper in the finish of this off-dry white.

Often as light as a Rosé, Pinot Noir’s spiritual home is in France’s Burgundy. Sadly, good Burgundy doesn’t come cheap. But that doesn’t mean that exploring the many alternative subtleties of Pinot Noir has to be overlooked, under-appreciated or just plain misunderstood.

Start your explorations of ‘The Heartbreak Grape’ with a surprisingly silky and affordable local Pinot Noir. Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery ‘Rock Wren’ Pinot Noir (39412) $12.99 overflows with bright strawberry and blackberry fruit notes and finishes with a delicate and quite delightful touch of cinnamon.

Not to be outdone by the selection of fine British Columbia wines that will be available for sampling, Red Dog Wines & Spirits will be pouring some imports from Portugal, France and California.

From the south of France the cuvee of Les Soleillades Rosé (320069) $15.99 is a selection of the best fruit from the Coteaux d’Aix en Provence -  a blend of 50 per cent Grenache, 40 per cent Cinsault and 10 per cent Syrah. With its bright, light pink colour and subtle fruity aromas, it tastes of crisp watermelon and delicate strawberries with a citrus twist over a delicious raspberry base.

Rich fruit flavors of currant and blackberry with hints of pepper on the palate of Line 39 Cabernet Sauvignon (171843) $22.49. Without being wimpy in any way, this silky wine finishes with subtle tannins that don't overpower an easy-to-drink Cabernet Sauvignon.

 
Many of these difficult to find wines will be available to buy on-site at Metro Liquor’s ‘pop-up’ store!

On loan from the Daybreak Rotary Wine and Blues Fest’s primary sponsor – Metro Liquor - WineWise’s own Doug Sloan will be offering a pair of structured lightning tasting seminars during the evening.  Seating is limited.  Sign up for one or both of the seminars when you arrive – before you become distracted.

Unlike many of the Spanish red wines made from this grape – which can be a little ‘edgy’ Stag’s Hollow Tempranillo (617571) is surprisingly supple.  A ‘rich and masterful blend of 85 per cent Tempranillo, 9 per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 per cent Syrah and 2 per cent Petit Verdot – this is a gem!  In the Spanish tradition, the Tempranillo is aged in 100 per cent American oak – 50 per cent new - while the other grapes are aged 15 months in French oak barrels.  Don’t miss this luscious red!

Until May 31, advance tickets to the 8th annual Daybreak Rotary Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea are available for $50.  Come June, the ticket price is $55 – available at the Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River. Ticket includes attendance at wine pairing seminars, samplings of specialty wines, door prize and a silent auction and – of course! – free taxi service home within the Campbell River area after the event.

Reach WineWise by emailing douglas_sloan@yahoo.com