Congratulations to the talented Jill Spoor of Botanist!

Town Hall Brands is pleased to congratulate and celebrate Jill Spoor, wine director at Botanist, for releasing her own wine!

The 2016 Jill Spoor White Terroir Blend is the latest limited-release wine from Okanagan Crush Pad’s Wine Campus series.

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Jill in action at Okanagan Wine Campus. Photo Credit: Lionel Trudel

Jill assembled the wine, with support from Okanagan Crush Pad’s Matt Dumayne and David Scholefield, and world-renowned terroir expert, Mr. Pedro Parra. This juicy blend of Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc turned out wonderfully well.

The wine label was designed by Jill’s niece Taryn Brown, an artist living in Victoria, who worked with Jill’s vision to showcase imagery that captured the sensuality of women and wine. Jill is pleased to see the proceeds of the wine sales go to the BC Hospitality Foundation wine scholarship fund to support students who are pursuing their higher level wine education certification.

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At Botanist, in Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, Jill has a focused vision to build a unique wine program featuring both Pacific Northwest and internationally-sourced wines that reflect a true sense of place. She has developed Botanist’s wine program to reflect exclusive terroir-driven wineries that support sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking practices.

Okanagan Wine Campus, created in 2011 by Okanagan Crush Pad, is a mentorship program that provides selected Vancouver Sommeliers with the unique chance to make a small lot wine using the grape variety and style of wine they wish. The proceeds from the sale of the wine are given to the BC Hospitality Foundation wine scholarship fund to support students pursuing higher level wine education certification. 26 scholarships have so far been awarded through the support of this program.

The Jill Spoor wine is available at select private retail stores, at The Botanist, Fairmont Pacific Rim, or directly from okanagancrushpad.com.

Colour BC and ChefMeetsBCGrape To Showcase Okanagan Crush Pad

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On September 16th, the British Columbia Wine Institute will be hosting Colour BC VQA Fall Release Tasting and ChefMeetsBCGrape to showcase VQA wines of British Columbia.

On each day leading up to the events, we would like to introduce you to winery clients in attendance with unique stories and flavours that you will not want to miss. First, here is more information about the events:

Attendees will be able to thoroughly explore the world of BC wines with walk-around tastings featuring 90 of the top BC wineries (the full list can be found here)  with principals and winemakers on site to guide you, as you immerse yourself in beautiful flavours.

 

Colour BC VQA Fall Release Tasting

Who: Trade and Media

Where: East Ballroom, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

When: September 16th, 2015 from 2pm to 5pm

This trade and media invite-only event will allow trade to connect with others in the industry, from winemakers to wine writers to sales specialists (the list goes on and on), all while tasting an extensive list of BC VQA wines.

More information about Colour BC can be found here.

Trade and Media registration can be found here.

 

ChefMeetsBCGrape

Who: All wine lovers

Where: East Ballroom, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

When: September 16th, 2015 from 7pm to 9:30pm

This event is open to anyone with a passion for wine and will showcase BC VQA wines and cuisine. Attendees will enjoy a walk around tasting while 11 of BC’s top restaurants prepare small plates focused on freshly sourced ingredients from local farmers and producers. Celebrity judges of the “Small Plate Challenge” will taste and evaluate each food and wine pairing throughout the evening and at the end of the night prizes will be awarded for the “”Best Regional Wine & Food Pairing” and “Plate of the Night.”

More information about ChefMeetsBCGrape can be found here.

At Town Hall we like to be prepared, and with such an amazing and extensive list of wines being showcased, we have some tips to help you make the most out of your experience:

  • Find out which wineries will be at the event
  • Research the wineries beforehand
  • Make a list of the people, wineries, and products you want to see
  • Jot down questions you have for the principals and winemaker
  • Use the hashtags #BCVQA #BCWine and #ChefMeetsBCGrape to share your experience at the events
  • Allocate the total amount of time you want to spent at the event and at each individual booth
  • Bring your business cards, a fresh palate, and open mind to share your passion with like-minded wine enthusiasts

Today, we would like to introduce you to…

Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, Summerland BC

Okanagan Crush Pad

  • Gain a deeper understanding of how Okanagan Crush Pad utilizes concrete tanks in their wine cellars to directly shape the taste profiles of their wines.
  • Learn how Okanagan Crush Pad recently received their “Certified Organic” certification allowing their organic grapes to truly reflect the terroir in which they are grown.
  • Enjoy tasting the 2013 Haywire Bub with ‘the Bub’ herself, Alison Scholefield.

Okanagan Crush Pad’s commitment to making wines that celebrate the distinctive beauty and exceptional micro-climates and geology of their vineyards, makes them a true Okanagan Winery in every sense of the term. Owned by Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie, the 10-acre Switchback Organic Vineyard site overlooking Lake Okanagan is home to Haywire Wines, Narrative Wines, and the Okanagan Wine Campus; where a mentorship program provides the person named Vancouver’s “Sommelier of the Year” has the chance to make a small lot wine using the grape variety and style of their choice with proceeds benefiting the BC Hospitality Foundation. As the first purpose-built custom wine making facility in the Okanagan, Okanagan Crush Pad nurtures their product from the field to the market, all while achieving winemaking excellence.

 To Learn More:

www.okanagancrushpad.com | Twitter: @OKCrushPad | Instagram: @OKCrushPad

What you will taste:

  • 2013 Haywire Bub $29.90 – The Bub is bottle fermented and aged using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes gown on cool vineyard sites in Oliver and Summerland. A fresh and lively wine with nice warm bread aromas and a crisp green apple finish, which is a shining example of what the Okanagan does best – crisp, fresh, and delicious.
  • 2013 Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris $24.90 – Switchback is the winery’s home vineyard with surrounding sage, bunch grass, Ponderosa pine, and fruit trees, hallmarking the site’s aromas. Fermented in egg-shaped concrete tanks, the wine takes on minerality balanced with fruit, incredible complexity, and a round, creamy mouthfeel.
  • 2013 Haywire Pinot Noir $24.90 – Loaded with lively ripe red-berry fruits, exotic spice blends, and earthy characters, this wine is best enjoyed with salmon, soft ripe cheeses, pork, or wild mushrooms. 
  • 2012 Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir $39.90 – This wine has the hallmark cherry fruit intensity of the previous vintage, with soft, lush tannins and will continue to improve and evolve with bottle ageing.  Pair with soft ripe cheeses, hearty stews and game meats.

Who You Will Meet:

Rebeka Eriksson and Amy Hollenbach from the sales team will be in attendance alongside brand manager Alison Scholefield, a.k.a. The Bub.