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BC Wines Set to Shine Alongside Celebrity Chefs at Inaugural Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan

The Wines of British Columbia's inaugural Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine and Food Experience four-day festival weekend kicks off this Thursday in the heart of BC wine country bringing together 17 Canadian top chefs, 50 award-winning BC wineries, and special guests in a multi-event series celebrating the best of BC wine and food.

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"There has never been a more exciting time to visit the wine regions of British Columbia than now. With breathtaking scenery, award-winning wineries and a delicious food scene, the four-day Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan wine and food experience is the best way to sample the bounty of BC wine and food this summer, highlighting all things grown, crushed, raised and produced in British Columbia," notes Miles Prodan, CEO and President of the BC Wine Institute.

In addition to the star-studded chef-collaborative winemakers' dinners including, the First Nations Elements DinnerIcons of Wines and Food Dinner and Sunday Bubbles and Brunch, the Taste of the Okanagan signature tasting event on Saturday, August 26 is not to be missed. This outdoor festival will invite guests to tempt their taste buds with celebrated star chefs and 34 award-winning BC wineries from the glorious vantage point of See Ya Later Ranch in Okanagan Falls.

The day will include 10 chef stations; over 90 BC VQA Wines to sample; four food and wine pairing demonstrations from Chef Mark McEwan, Head Judge of Top Chef Canada, Chef Nicole Gomes, Top Chef Canada Allstars Winner and Chef David Beaudoin, Cheese Evangelist with the Dairy Farmer's of Canada; wine seminars and vertical tastings of library wines examining why wines age and how BC wines are performing in this test of excellence.


Video: Master of Wine Rhys Pender gets excited for the Taste of the Okanagan Signature Event at See Ya Later Ranch on Saturday, August 26.

Led by Master of Wine Rhys Pender, guests will have the opportunity to learn and taste from some of the top trending wine varieties and styles on the market in a series of educational wine tasting seminars throughout the day. From BC bubbles to elegant, sophisticated, dry Rosés, to the refreshing taste of BC's light and juicy Gamay Noirs, these seminars will examine how BC's unique climate makes it incredibly suitable for making these styles of wines that are gaining international recognition from top critics from around the world. 


"The goal of this event is to showcase the very best of what BC's wine and culinary regions have to offer at a premium level. Inviting Masters of Wine Marcus Ansems and Rhys Pender, and celebrated Chef Audrey Surrao of RauDZ and Terrafina at Hester Creek to participate on a Chef Meets BC Grape Wine Selection Committee was one way of ensuring the best of BC's favourite wineries are presented throughout the weekend," notes Prodan.

Video: Chef Audrey Surrao of RauDZ and Chef Meets BC Grape Wine Selection Committee comments on the Bubbles and Brunch at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Estate Winery on Sunday, August 27.

"Our selection committee for Chef Meets BC Grape 2017 took great care to choose fantastic wines that showcase the best of our diverse terroir and a sense of place that is the signature of BC wines. As a unique venue, See Ya Later Ranch winery offers an incredible location that is breathtaking  for anyone participating and learning about the Wines of British Columbia," says Marcus Ansems MW, (B .Ag. Sci (Oen)) Co-Owner Daydreamer Wines and Grassroots Wine Consultants.

With many of British Columbia's best BC VQA Wines and top chefs from across Canada descending on the South Okanagan to celebrate local cuisine, this promises to be one delicious weekend. Create a memorable journey this summer in BC wine country. 

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  • Little Straw Vineyards Estate Winery
  • Meyer Family Vineyards
  • Monster Vineyards
  • Moon Curser Vineyards
  • Mt. Boucherie Winery
  • Nighthawk Vineyards
  • Nk'Mip Cellars
  • Osoyoos Larose Estate Winery
  • Painted Rock Estate Winery
  • Pentage Winery
  • Perseus Winery
  • Quail's Gate Winery
  • River Stone Estate
  • Robin Ridge Winery
  • Savard Vines
  • See Ya Later Ranch
  • St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery
  • Steller's Jay
  • Stoneboat Vineyards
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery
  • Tantalus Vineyards
  • vinAmité Cellars
  • Wild Goose Vineyards                 
  • 50th Parallel Estate Winery
  • Bench 1775 Winery
  • Black Hills Estate Winery
  • Black Sage Vineyard
  • Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery
  • C.C. Jentsch Cellars
  • Close du Soleil Winery
  • Crescent Hill Winery
  • Culmina Family Estate Winery
  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard
  • Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards
  • Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
  • Giant Head Estate Winery
  • Hester Creek Estate Winery
  • Hillside Winery
  • House of Rose Vineyards
  • Howling Bluff Estate Winery
  • Indigenous World Winery
  • Inniskillian Okanagan Vineyards
  • Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate
  • Kismet Estate Winery
  • Kraze Legs Vineyard and Winery
  • Laughing Stock Vineyards
  • Lavina Estate Winery
  • Le Vieux Pin Winery

Since 1990, the BCWI has played a pivotal role in taking BC's wine industry from a vision to an internationally recognized niche region producing premium wines and providing exceptional wine tourism experiences. The BCWI markets the wine and regions of BC; delivers quality trade, media and consumer tastings; and acts as the voice of BC's wine industry by advocating to government on behalf of industry that contributes $2.8 billion in provincial economic growth annually. 

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