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Nota Bene Public Release Dates Announced

Exclusive opportunities to access Black Hills Estate Winery's Iconic Red Wine 

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From the startup days in the late 1990s when a hand-painted "sold out" sign hung outside a Quonset hut, to today's ultra-modern Wine Experience Centre on Black Sage Road, wine lovers congregate at Black Hills Estate Winery for their chance at a case of Nota Bene. Made by Black Hills Estate Winery since the 1999 debut vintage, Nota Bene dazzles palates with its Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend.

Now as the beloved British Columbia winery celebrates its 20th anniversary year, the public release of the 2017 Nota Bene ($59.99) is imminent.

While Black Hills wine club members gain first access to the releases, the winery sets aside a small allocation of cases for the public and retail partners. In early September, winemaker Ross Wise will visit Vancouver for a series of events featuring the beloved flagship wine. 

 The public release and celebration of the winery's 20th anniversary commences with a public tasting at Everything Wine Morgan Crossing on September 3, followed by a ticketed dinner at Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar. On September 4 and 5, additional opportunities to taste and Nota Bene occur at Legacy Liquor Store, Swirl Wine Store and Marquis Wine Cellars. [Full details follow at end of release.]

 The winery team has had an overwhelming response to the pre-release of this vintage, and critical accolades include a 95-point score. The 2017 Nota Bene vintage is now sold out online. Only available at the limited September release to restaurants and select fine wine stores, the 2017 Nota Bene is expected to sell swiftly. 

The Latest Vintage of Nota Bene

Black Hills Estate Winery senior winemaker Ross Wise has assembled the final blend of the 2017 Nota Bene. Unmistakably Nota Bene on the nose, the 2017 vintage shows cassis, dark berry and cherry aromas, alongside notes of cedar and dark chocolate. Fresh berry fruit and French oak flavours shape the palate, with additional complexity coming from hints of mint and sage. Silky and elegant tannins and a creamy texture result in a wine that is approachable in its youth, while its impressive richness and concentration will allow evolution and further complexity over the next 12-15 years. Ample fresh acidity frames a long, fruit-driven finish.

"2017 was a great vintage for Okanagan wines," notes Wise. "The warm and dry summer resulted in concentrated and ripe berries, while cool August and September helped retain crisp and natural acidity and high aromatic intensity. Red wines from this vintage are richly concentrated and have an impressive aging potential."

2017 Nota Bene Release Events 

Tuesday, September 3

Everything Wine - Morgan Crossing

Nota Bene Tasting 

Time: 2 PM - 4 PM


Address: 15735 Croydon Dr #112, Surrey, BC

Black Hills Portfolio Tasting - Sep 3rd


Barrique Kitchen & Wine Bar 

Join winemaker Ross Wise at Barrique for a paired

six-course menu prepared by chef Josiah Tam.

Time: 6:30 PM

Address: 15333 Pacific Av., White Rock, BC

Price: $120 per person (gratuity and taxes included) 

Limited tickets remain. For tickets please call 604 385 3311

or email 

Wednesday, September 4 

Legacy Liquor Store

Nota Bene Long Table Tasting

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Price: $20 per person

Address: 1633 Manitoba St, Vancouver, BC

For tickets go to this LINK or



Swirl Wine Store 

Nota Bene Tasting

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Price: $39.99 per person with $10 credit for any Black Hills wine purchase

Address: 1185 Mainland, Vancouver, BC

For tickets in store or online here:

Black Hills Portfolio Tasting - Sep 4th


Thursday, September 5

Marquis Wine Cellars 

Nota Bene Tasting

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Address: 1034 Davie St, Vancouver, BC


About Black Hills Estate Winery 

Founded in 1999, Black Hills Estate Winery produces exclusively from its estate vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, north of Osoyoos, British Columbia. The vineyard microclimate is one of the hottest, driest, and sunniest sites in the South Okanagan, allowing the vines to yield flavourful grapes of balanced intensity. Using sustainable vinicultural techniques and thoughtful winemaking practices, the winery is well-known for its signature blend: Nota Bene, an age-worth Bordeaux-style red blend produced in limited quantities from select barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Black Hills also produces a selection of stunning ultra-premium blends, such as Addendum, Per Se, and Ipso Facto, and varietally-labelled Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Syrah, Tempranillo and Carménère. 

Surrounded by panoramic vineyard views, the Black Hills team welcomes wine lovers to visit their Wine Experience Center in Oliver. This stylish facility provides a unique, sit-down wine tasting experience guided by highly trained wine professionals. Annual summer events held at the facility are bold, exciting and fun. Members of the Black Hills Wine Club enjoy front-of-line access to limited-releases and wines not available to the public.


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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

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