Tom Hlasny, Export Director Americas from Domaines Paul Jaboulet Aîné – Château La Lagune Visits Western Canada
February 4th - 8th 2013.
Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné was created through the magical conjunction of a fertile land on a hillside by the Rhone and a family with a passion for winemaking. Founded in 1834 by Antoine Jaboulet (1807-1864) in Tain l’Hermitage, at the foot of that hill, our estate was to really take off under the leadership of his sons, Paul and Henry. Their descendants then followed one another in presiding over the destiny of these unique and demanding vineyards. In 2006, the Freys, a family of long standing in t he Champagne region and owners of Chateau La Lagune in Bordeaux, took over Maison Paul Jaboulet Aîné. Caroline, the eldest daughter of the family, who has a degree in oenology from Bordeaux, is working with her teams in a single-minded quest for perfection. They are convinced that, with scrupulous care for vines grown i n exceptional terroirs and cutting-edge winemaking, the greatest vintages are yet to come. The wines are aged in French oak barrels in the VINEUM, a wine store whose Gallo -Roman molasse sandstone tunnels date back more than a thousand year s. The jewel in the Maison Jaboulet collection is the legendary ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage, a great red wine made purely from Syrah, which owes its name to the famous little Sainte Christophe chapel, which overlooks the Hermitage vineyards. ‘La Chapelle’, which has been solely owned by Paul Jaboulet Aîné since 1919, is made by blending the best terroirs in the appellation (le Méal, les Bessards, les Rocoules etc). ‘La Chapelle’ Hermitage 1961 was ranked among the twelve greatest wines of the 20th century and racked up the third highest price ever recorded worldwide for a 12-bottle lot sold by Christie’s.
Araujo Estate Wine Dinner – Four Season Hotel - Sidecut Modern Steak, Whistler
August 24 2012 6:30 pm.
Sidecut welcomes Napa Valley’s iconic Araujo Estate for their first ever Canadian Wine dinner
Friday, August 24,2012
6:30 PM Mingle
7:00 PM Seating
This rare opportunity will feature an exquisite 4 course menu from Chef de Cuisine Edison Mays in concert with Wine pairings from Sommelier David Foran And Araujo Estate Vice President James Hayes
$190 (+HST and includes gratuity)
For tickets please contact David Foran
Jimmy Hayes from Araujo Estates Wines Visits Western Canada
August 23rd – 24th 2012.
A trained sommelier who joined Araujo as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2010, Jimmy oversees Araujo’s commercial distribution and ensures Araujo wines are represented by fine restaurants and retailers throughout the United States. Prior to Araujo, he spent nearly seven years working for renowned chef Thomas Keller, most recently overseeing wine programs at all of Chef Keller’s outlets nationwide including Per Se, The French Laundry, Ad Hoc, and Bouchon. Jimmy also worked with Rocco DiSpirito in New York and Emeril Lagasse in New Orleans.
Frias Family Vineyards Wine Makers Dinner – Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver – June 21st 2012 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening at the with Fernando Frias, of Napa Valley’s Frias Family Vineyards, as he walks us through his family’s estate wines, including examples of both back-vintage and current release ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon. Keeping to an intimate size group of up to fourteen guests, this four-course dinner will feature five wines paired with dishes created by Executive Chef, Wayne Harris.
Reserve your seat today (604) 689 -1120
$145.00, including tax and gratuity.
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, 1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A8, Canada
Frias Vineyards was founded with their official vintage in 1991. Manny Frias purchased 100 acres in Napa Valley’s Spring Mountain Appellation in 1977 and planted his first 5 acres in 1985. The Frias family focuses on producing the finest estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon possible. Manny, his wife Maria and sons Manny Jr. and Fernando help carry out this labour of love by participating in nurturing the vines, blending, bottling and quality control.
Fernando Frias from Frias Family Vinyards Visits Western Canada
June 18th – 21st 2012.
The wines of Frias Family Vineyards are about differences and a slice of life. They offer a 100% single vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and a microclimate taste of the Spring Mountain Appellation.
Frias Family Vineyards was founded with the first official vintage in 1991. The Frias family purchased 100 acres in 1977 and planted only 5 acres in 1985. They focus only on producing the finest Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The operation is small and family owned. The whole family help carry out this labor of love by participating in nurturing the vines, blending, bottling and of course quality control!
Scott Nagle, Director of Sales & Marketing from TRISAETUM VINEYARDS Visits Western Canada
March 14 – 16 2012.
Representing premium wineries internationally for 9 years combined with 14 years of experience working in the luxury hotel market, Scott brings a strong working knowledge and passion for food and wine to Trisaetum. When Scott is not cooking for friends, you will most likely find him skiing in the near by mountains or biking through the beautiful Willamette Valley he calls home.
In early 2006, James Frey, with help from noted winemaker Josh Bergstrom, began work on the design of Trisaetum’s winery. From the outset, the goal was to construct a facility that allows a winemaker to blend old world tradition and new world innovation.
After several months and nine drafts, a floor plan and design philosophy were eventually turned into the 13,000 square foot facility that exists today. The winemaking team of James Frey and Greg McClellan are fortunate to have at their disposal a wide array of tools to craft Trisaetum’s distinctive Pinot Noir and Riesling.
Armand de Maigret of JONATA WINES Visits Western Canada
November 9 – 10 2011.
Jonata, meaning “Tall Oak” is situated on 600 acres of a former cattle ranch in Ballard Canyon in the Santa Ynez Valley Appellation. Ten Rhone & Bordeaux varietals thrive across 83 acres, including over 50 blocks and sub-blocks.
From its very inception, Jonata has been an ardent endeavor that would conjure up the names of our most acclaimed wines: “La Sangre de Jonata” Syrah (The Blood of Jonata), “El Alma de Jonata” Cabernet Franc (The Soul of Jonata) and “El Desafio de Jonata” Cabernet Sauvignon (The Defiance of Jonata). With a commitment to Syrah and Cabernet in particular, these impeccably crafted, chiseled masterpieces of tannic structure and true varietal characteristic have inspired a devoted following that sense something special is happening at Jonata.
At the helm of it all is winemaker, Matt Dees. Well-appointed with a degree in soil science, an experimental and gregarious personality by nature, Matt truly is a “salt (or soil) of the earth” winemaker. Employing cutting edge viticulture and producing upwards of ten wines under the Jonata label, Matt seamlessly orchestrates veritable oeuvres of hypnotic and simply staggering varietal amalgams, the likes of which have garnered favorable notice from the world’s foremost critics year after year.
Yoav Gilat of ALIAS and CANNONBALL WINERIES Visits Western Canada
October 17 – 22 2011.
The Cannonball dive is a dive for the people. It doesn’t discriminate against body type, race, religion, political affiliation, social status, or fashion sense. And if you’ve never done a Cannonball then you’d better just shut down this computer, go find a body of water, and dive in! When you’re jumping into the water on a beautiful summer day, with nothing on your mind except leaping high, balling up tight, and making a splash that is going to get as many people wet as possible, that moment you’re in the air might be the best feeling you can have with your swimsuit on.
Now you may think that a wine company called Cannonball is not very serious. True, we try not to take ourselves too seriously, but that’s because wine should be enjoyable. Now don’t get us wrong. We’re serious about quality, honesty, and enjoying life. And, we’re dead serious about spreading our love and passion for wine by offering great wines at great prices. That means we want every wine you taste from us to be a WOW wine. If you’re going to pay $12-60 for a bottle of wine, it better hold some WOW.
So while the swan dive might be graceful, a back one-and-a-half somersault-tuck might be impressive, and a cliff dive is just ballsy, if you do them right, they don’t make a splash. So follow our instructions on how to Cannonball and we hope you find our wines as enjoyable and memorable as those summers you spent as a kid doing Cannonballs. And don’t forget to share the splash with friends.
James Sichel of Mason Sichel Vist’s Western Canada
September 13 – 16 2011
Catherine Faller of Domaine Weinbach visit to Calgary
May 24 and 25, 2011
For two days, lucky restauranteurs, sommeliers and retailers will get to taste the amazing wines of Domaine Weinbach. Domaine Weinbach is one of the great domains not just of Alsace, but of the world. Blessed with some of the regions best vineyard sites, Colette faller and her daughters Catherine and Laurence have not been content to let this be their greatest distinction. Instead they have maintained a quiet determination to make the finest possible wines vintage after vintage no matter what the cost.
May 26th to May 29th 2011
George and André Schwarz, owners of the Relais & Châteaux Post Hotel, invite select guests to a remarkable gathering: the Seventh Annual Wine Summit Lake Louise, May 26th to May 29th 2011, in Banff National Park.
Harlan Estates is among Napa’s elite wineries, producing one of California’s most remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon. Harlan Estates is California’s ‘First Growth’.
Many consider wines of Domaine Weinbach to be the greatest in Alsace, and anyone who has consumed them over a period of time knows they are among the greatest white wines in the world.
An event not to be missed!
Paul Roberts of BOND ESTATES to visit Western Canada
May 9 – 13 , 2011
BOND: A portfolio of wines that are diverse in their geographic representation and ‘Grand Cru’ in quality, all under the umbrella of one philosophy, one team, one mark. Sourced from select hillside estates, the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines of BOND vividly demonstrate the range of Napa Valley’s finest terroirs. From the more than sixty vineyards we have worked with over the past quarter century we have slowly and vigilantly selected five sites. BOND became our covenant and shared commitment to produce only the best expression of the land. Early in our winemaking partnership, before the advent of Harlan Estate, we worked with over sixty top growers and vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. By way of this valuable experience, we had the opportunity to identify select properties that we felt had the potential to define the “Grand Crus” of Napa Valley. These small, hillside Cabernet vineyards, ranging in size from 7 to 10 acres became the basis for the wines of BOND.
Alvaro Palacios Technical Tasting in Calgary
March 29, 2011
Alvaro walked 40 lucky wine lovers through a ‘trade only’ technical tasting of 6 of his wines; 2 Rioja, 2 Bierzo, and 2 Priorat. The wines were remarkable and Alvaro’s passion filled the air…and the glasses. This event took place in the beautiful Teatro Opera Room.
Alvaro Palacios - Participating at this years Vancouver International Wine Festival
2011 March 28 – April 3 2011
“With bodegas in Rioja, Priorat and Bierzo, Palacios is one of the defining personalities in Spanish wine today. In just 20 years, he has established a formidable reputation as a dynamic pioneer, generating global praise for his wines – in particular, those from the forgotten regions of Spain he has been so active in promoting. You can tell he’s different – he rejects the usual winery and tasting tour when I visit him in favour of conversation – in fluent English and colourful Spanish – in his immaculate vineyards around Gratallops.” - Decanter.com
Vertical of Chateau Palmer, May 29, 2010
James Sichel, owner of Chateau Palmer, will be hosting a technical tasting of 10 vintages of Chateau Palmer, and four vintages of Alter-Ego, the estates second label. The tasting will take place at the picturesque Post Hotel in Lake Louise, as one of the featured events during the 2010 Wine Summit.
The vintages to be tasted are:
BC Christmas Dinner – Dec 2009 – Dream Wines Condo Vancouver
Starting with some BILLECART – SALMON and followed by some out standing wines from the Dream Wines Portfolio which included 1995 LEROY Chambolle-Musigny “Les Fremiers”, 1998 HAUT-BRION, 2001 CHATEAU PAVIE , 2002 DAVID ABREU “Madrona Ranch” and 2005 AMUSE BOUCHE to name a few… A rustic dinner, that included a Wilted Spinach Salad, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Braised Lamb and Veal, was prepared by the Dream Wine team with the direction of Brian “Gunny” Gunsten our VP and Chef de Party. Attended by Vancouver’s top on premise and private retail accounts!!!
We are looking forward to the 2010 Year – Cheers
Chateau d’Yquem Vertical Tasting – Friday, February 15th, 2008
Dream Wines is pleased to announce an exclusive tasting of 15 vintages of Chateau d’Yquem hosted by Mr. Pierre Lurton, owner of D’Yquem and Cheval Blanc.
The following vintages of Chateau d’Yquem will be poured; 1893, 1921, 1929, 1945, 1947, 1959, 1967, 1975, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997 and 2001.
The tasting will be followed by an incredible dinner showcasing some of Bordeaux greatest treasures.
The event will be held at The Post Hotel & Spa (Relais & Chateaux and holds Wine Spectator Grand Award), nestled in beautiful Lake Louise, just two hours west of Calgary, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.
(Includes 15 vintage d’Yquem tasting, dinner, 1 nights accommodation and breakfast)
For further information please contact Brian Gunsten at email@example.com.