With just two weeks to go until the third-annual Sips and Seafood hits this waterfront hotel, now’s the time I get to blog about one of my favourite subjects – adult beverages.
We have an awesome number of beverage supporters for this year’s Sips and Seafood, so if you’re wacko for wine, gunnin’ for gin, bonzo for beer or have a taste for tea, mark your calendars for July 22 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and come down for the top tasting/culinary event of the summer. And in addition to all the great “sips” you’ll sample at our flagship event, there’s also a ton of seafood delicacies (thanks to Finest at Sea) and great, local entertainment.
To whet your whistle, here’s a rundown of the rock star beverage suppliers for this year’s Sips and Seafood:
- Using 100 per cent Naramata fruit, Nichol offers top of the line wines, including limited vintage. A new release is 9 Mile, a St. Laurent/Pinot Noir blend that displays vanilla and plum with crisp, vibrant dark cherry and earthiness.
- In 2005, Judy, the owner and operator of Serendipity Winery, fell in love with an old Okanagan apple and cherry orchard. Today, she runs a thriving vineyard, specializing in Syrah and Merlot for the main reds and Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites.
- Therapy Vineyards, a combination vineyard/guesthouse in the Okanagan, specializes in playful wines. One is Freudian Sip, a varietal blend of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Kerner, Chardonnay, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer.
- The legacy of Hillside Estate Winery began in 1984 when Bohumir and Vera Klokocka replaced an old apricot orchard with grapevines, including Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, to build a successful winery.
- Red Rooster Winery might be a bit quirky, but their Okanagan wines are anything but. Since 1990, the winery has won a slew of awards for its whites and reds, including the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence.
- As an estate winery located in the Cowichan Valley, Averill Creek Vineyards is the result of one man’s passion for wine. Owner Andy Johnston is working on a unique Foch-Eh, a bold wine made from 100 per cent estate-grown Marechal Foch.
- Phillips Beer, the brainchild of Victoria-boy Matt Phillips, has grown into an award-winning Canadian brewery. Some current faves include GrowHop, a unique beer that uses freshly picked Chinook hops, and Longboat Chocolate Porter, a rich dark ale.
- As a retail store, spa and tea bar facility located in Victoria’s historic Chinatown, there’s no better place to get organic teas than at Silk Road. To boot, owner Daniela Cubelic is a certified tea master!
- Victoria Spirits’ specialty gin balances the characteristic evergreen flavour of juniper with notes of citrus, floral and spice, distilling in small batches in a handmade copper potstill with only the hearts (middle part of each run) saved for bottling.
Have I sold you yet? Tickets to Sips and Seafood are $99 each (all proceeds go to the BC Guide Dog Services and Autism Support Dogs) and can be purchased by stopping by our hotel front desk or by visiting www.victoriataste.com (be sure to check out this website to learn more about Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine – an annual food and wine festival that includes many great Vancouver Island culinary-related events, including Sips and Seafood).
To learn more about our awesome Sips and Seafood event, check out our website at www.laurelpoint.com/news/events/.
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