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Five Reasons to Love Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Okanagan Crush Pad is Five today!

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1. Summerland

This winery is located in beautiful Summerland, heart of the Okanagan Valley, and is one of the Bottleneck Drive wineries. The surrounding views are breathtaking and the hospitality and community are so welcoming in this small town.

The view from Okanagan Crush Pad.

2. Respecting history to make wines of today

Since constructing its state-of-the-art winemaking facility and visitor center in 2011, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery has been regarded as one of the most innovative wineries in Canada. One of these reasons is because of its return to yesterday's wine making techniques using the science and knowledge of today. The use of concrete tanks and clay amphorae really work to bring out the terroir of their Haywire and Narrative wines, which personify where they are grown.

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3. International insights

The Okanagan Crush Pad Winery team has pulled in consulting minds from Alberto Antonini and Pedro Parra, who have used their global perspective to help the Okanagan Valley shine.

 

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4. For the love of the earth and all of its animals

Switchback Vineyard, where Okanagan Crush Pad Winery is located, is certified organic. Garnet Valley Ranch, where vines are grown for Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, is also organic from day one. There are animals onsite, including chickens, ducks, dogs, sheep, cows, worms and bees, which help to keep the biodiversity alive.

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5. A dream team

Owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie have assembled an amazing team around them: Christine, Steve, David, Alison, Matt, Julian, Jordan, Megan, Tyler, Theo, Duncan, Kristina, Mike, Lisa, Rebecca, Amy, Rebeka, Paula, Alberto, Pedro, and many more, and we are proud to be part of it!

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Congratulations to the entire team at Okanagan Crush Pad Winery on your fifth birthday; we are so proud of all of you.

BCWI Colour 2016

British Columbia Wine Institute's Fall VQA Tasting, Colour, is on the horizon. An event for trade and media to mingle with winery principals and winemakers while tasting new releases. Later on, at "ChefmeetsGrape" the public will be able to taste the new vintages, accompanying delicious food pairings from hot restaurants.

TRADE: In order to plan your strategy for tasting your way through the day, Town Hall Brands is going to give you the inside scoop on each of our PR clients that are attending and what you can taste from them.

Since the tasting will be organized alphabetically (we hope), let's start at the top:

Evolve Cellars

Evolve Cellars

Evolve Cellars, located in Summerland, offers a lineup of wines that are fruit-forward and approachable.  Believing every choice has intention Evolve encourages everyone to #raiseaglassto those who inspire them.

Principals attending: Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond, director of sales and marketing

Wines being poured:

  • Pink Effervescence - NEW bubbles!
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  • Pinot Blanc 2015
  • Riesling 2015
  • Cabernet Merlot 2015

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Located in Summerland, Okanagan Crush Pad is home to Haywire and Narrative Wines. The winery team's aim is to produce distinct, terroir-focused super-premium wines from the Okanagan Valley.

Principal attending: Christine Coletta, owner

Wines being poured:

  • Haywire Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2014
  • Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2013
  • Narrative XC Method NV
  • Narrative Rosé 2015

Serendipity Winery

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Nestled among the rolling hills of the picturesque Naramata Bench, a visit to Serendipity is about discovery, surprise and warmth. The journey began in 2005 following a serendipitous turn in the road made by owner Judy Kingston, and continues with each new vintage of wines crafted to be paired with food and shared with loved ones. Judy, a former lawyer, brings her smarts and wit to the wines and their labels. Each bottle has a story.

Principal attending: Judy Kingston, owner

Wines being poured:

  • Next Step 2012
  • Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Rosé 2015

TIME Winery

Wine making is about time and place, and that’s what TIME Winery proves with each new vintage. As what will be Penticton's first urban winery, spearheaded by industry pioneer and icon Harry McWatters, these wines are complex yet approachable.

Principal attending: Harry McWatters, owner

Wines being poured:

  • Cabernet Franc 2014
  • Meritage (white) 2014
  • Meritage 2013
  • McWatters Collection Chardonnay 2013

Events to Plan for in the Lower Mainland in 2016

What’s Happening in 2016 What's happening for events in Vancouver?

We find the best way for you to know about a client or project is to meet them in person, and the best way to do that is to hold an event, so everyone is hosting something.

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We have gathered all of the events in Vancouver and area that we know of for 2016.

Note: this is for planning purposes and will change - check back often.

 

January 19-February 7: PuSh Festival

January 25: IVSA New Product Salon (trade)

January 25: Taste the World (public event)

January 26: Trade Conference Ticket Sales for Vancouver Wine Festival

January 27: Food and Wine Dinner (media)

January 28: Taste BC

January 29: Chinese Restaurant Awards (night one)

January 30: Chinese Restaurant Awards (night two)

February 5: Big Night

February 13-14: Chinatown Spring Festival-Cultural Fair

February 14: Chinese New Year Parade

February 16: Wines of Chile Tasting (media)

February 17: BC Home and Garden Show Opening Night

February 17-21: BC Home and Garden Show

February 18: Travel & Lifestyle Event (media)

February 18-28: Talking Stick Festival

February 19-21: Winterruption

February 18-March 13: Chutzpah! Festival

February 20-28: Vancouver International Wine Festival: Italy

March 4-6: Festival du Bois

March 7: 3rd Annual Curry Cup hosted by Chefs' Table Society of BC

March 9: Eastside Beer Festival

March 20: Barn Burner BBQ in Chilliwack

March 22: Locals Only BC at Edible Canada

March 21-April 17: Cherry Blossom Festival

March 26: BC Distilled

April 1-3: The Fraser Valley Food Show

April 4: Meet the Maker (Trade and Media only)

April 4: Lick Your Plate Launch Party (Vancouver)

April 1-28: Capture Photography Festival

April 6-10: Vancouver Cocktail week

April 7: Elixir Spirits Festival

April 9: Dinner Party YVR featuring Serendipity Winery

April 10: Avocados from Mexica Avocado Showdown

April 9-14th: Eco Fashion Week

April 13: Okanagan Falls Winery Association Spring Release Party

April 17: Garagiste Wine Festival

April 21: Lifestyle & Fashion Event (media)

April 23: Vaisakhi Day Parade

April 25: California Wine Fair (trade & consumer)

April 28: Wines for Waves featuring Serendipity Winery

April 29: Vintage 2015 (media preview)

April 29-May 1: EAT! Vancouver

May 5-15: DOXA Documentary Film Festival

May 6: Rosé Revival

May 9-10: Summit 2016: Hospitality Industry Conference & Marketplace (Kelowna)

May 10: IVSA New Product Salon-Victoria

May 13: Spot Prawn Gala: Celebrating 10 Years of the Spot Prawn Festival

May 14: Spot Prawn Cooking Classes at PICA

May 15: 10th Annual Spot Prawn Festival hosted by The Chefs' Table Society of BC

May 17: IVSA New Product Salon-Vancouver

May 18: Dish 'n Dazzle for the BC Hospitality Foundation

May 18: Bloom BC VQA Spring Release (Victoria)

May 19: Bloom BC VQA Spring Release (Vancouver)

May 26-29: Art! Vancouver

May 26-29: Half Corked Marathon

May 28: Vancouver International Tequila Grand Tasting

May 29: Blue Grouse Estate Winery Open House

June 3: Liberty Wine Provence Rosé Wine Tasting

June 4: Provence Rosé wine tasting at 39th & Cambie BCLDB

June 11-12: 4th Annual Heard It Through The Grapevine

June 13- Wine Tasting (trade only)

June 21: Les Dames Wine Launch

June 23: Night at the Aquarium

June 23: Totem Distillers Launch

July 7: Champagne & Caviar

July 7: Vancouver TheatreSports opening reception performance

July 11: BC Hospitality Foundation Vancouver Golf Tournament

July 12: Summer Sizzler TMAC BC Chapter

July 16: Deighton Cup

July 20: Silk Road Vancouver ParTEA Opening

July 21:Vancouver TheatreSports Opening Reception Performance

July 24: Brewery & the Beast (Vancouver)

August 17: Best of Craft BC

August 18: Diner en Blanc

August 28: Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene Release Tasting (Everything Wine)

August 28: Black Hills Estate Winery Winemakers Dinner (Black + Blue)

August 29: Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene Seminar

August 30: Black Hills Estate Winery Long Table

August 31: Black Hills Estate Winery Nota Bene Release (Marquis Wine Cellars)

August 31: Black Hills Estate Winery Winemakers Dinner (Zest Japanese Cuisine)

September 7-8: Top Drop Vancouver

September 10: Naramata Bench Tailgate Party

September 11: BBQ Off the Bypass

September 13: Chefs' Table Society and Yaletown BIA Chef Meets Truck

September 15: Dinner by Design

September 16: Dinner by Design

September 18: Chefs' Table Society of BC Slow Fish Dinner

September 19: BC Hospitality Foundation Victoria Golf Tournament

October 4-7: Eat! Vancouver

September 30- October 8: Harvest Haus

October 24: Italian Wine Tasting (Consumer & Trade)

October 31: Portugal Wine Tasting (Trade, Consumer, Media)

October 31: IVSA Liquor Industry Conference

November 10-20: Cornucopia Whistler

What event did we miss here? Let us know: info @ townhallbrands.com