The BC Wine Institute put forward its best face on July 30 at Cedar Creek in Kelowna, at an event featuring the dishes of Chef David Hawksworth and the premium wines that the BCWI is the standard-bearer for.
Seated guests were treated to a vista of Okanagan Lake from the Vineyard Pavilion while they waited for Chef Hawksworth to descend the stairs with each of his 5 courses. The wine pairing was curated by industry expert Rhys Pender, who sent out two wines per course, giving diners a chance to try a Cedar Creek wine alongside another VQA wine from the Okanagan and Similkameen.
The dinner was part of the Visa Infinite BC Wine Country Experiences Program, a celebration of excellence in Canadian food and wine that travels to different venues across the country. Ticket sales are limited to Visa Infinite card-holders, who had a chance earlier in the month to be served by Chef Jamie Kennedy at Tantalus Vineyards, and will have the next opportunity this fall at Tinhorn Creek.
The evening began with a sparkling wine reception above the Pavilion, a view affording guests a glimpse of the very vineyards that winemakers and winery principals would later refer to when they presented their wines. In addition to experiencing intimacy with the terroir, the guests also learned from Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) representative David Beaudoin about cheeses made from 100% Canadian milk, and the signature blue cow that is the DFC’s seal. The cheese course featured 3 offerings from Canadian producers.
For more information about the BC Wine Country Experiences Program, visit http://visainfinite.winebc.org.