Love wine? Learn about wine tasting and support a worthy charity all at once!
What is a Tutored Wine Tasting?
Becoming an expert wine taster takes many years of experience but becoming a competent taster is not that difficult. Half the battle is knowing what to look for in a wine of a particular varietal or style. Tutored tastings are held in a relaxed atmosphere with likeminded participants who want to learn and know more about wine thereby developing a comfort zone with wine knowledge and tasting ability.
The cost is $10.00 which is donated to Autism Speaks.
Autism Speaks is North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.
We are dedicated to funding global research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
The tastings start promptly at 7:00 pm.
Call Urban Liquor Store to reserve your space: 250.860.0364
*Download a copy of the schedule here.
Varietal Wine Characteristics
Wednesday February 10th; 7:00 pm
The basics. This tasting will focus on the common grape varieties one should be able to recognize, their backgrounds and flavor profiles. How to taste wine and how to manage a public tasting will be discussed. This is a great tasting for those who are getting started and want to get more out of their wine tasting experience.
Wednesday March 16th; 7:00 pm
A mutation of Pinot Noir this grape variety is the number one planted grape variety in the Okanagan. Like Chardonnay; Pinot Gris can be manipulated with the use of oak and stainless steel fermentation and cellaring. Come and taste a comparative selection of styles produced by the wine makers of the Okanagan, Italy, New Zealand, California and Australia.
Wednesday April 13th: 7:00 pm
Light straw to golden in colour, Gewürztraminer wines are full-bodied with concentrated, heady aromas. Spice, rose petals and lychee are some of the descriptors used to describe this varietal wine. Grapes grown in a hot year and harvested too late tend to produce a wine oily in texture on the palate. Thought to be a mutation of the Traminer grape found in northeastern Italy, Gewurztraminer is at home in the Alsace region of France. Wines styles produced range from dry table to late harvest with some attempts at Ice wine.
Rose & Blush Wines – Tickle me Pink!
Wednesday May 11th; 7:00 pm
Unique the world over, Rose and Blush wines are perfect for summer entertaining around the BBQ. Rose and Blush wines are refreshing on a hot summer’s day and flavorful from the grape varieties they are produced from. Production of Rose and Blush wines are made differently from each other; come and discover a renewed worldwide interest in Rose’ style wines. France, California and wines from the Okanagan are just some of the wines we will be tasting.
Wednesday June 15th: 7:00 pm
Truly one of the noble grape varieties grown and produced in many of the world’s wine regions. Originating in the vineyards of Germany, Riesling is intensely aromatic and fruity. Produced in a variety of styles from dry to sweet table wines, sparkling and Icewines, Riesling wines are versatile in food pairing for any occasion.
Wednesday September 14th; 7:00 pm
In 1988, a group of American vintners formed The Meritage Association (now The Meritage Alliance) to identify and promote handcrafted wines blended from the traditional “noble” Bordeaux varieties.
“Meritage,” pronounced like “heritage,” was selected from more than 6,000 entries in an international contest to name the new wine category. Meritage is an invented word that combines “merit” and “heritage” — reflecting the quality of the grapes and the ancient art of blending wine. We taste a selection of international and local Okanagan blends.
Wednesday October 12th; 7:00 pm
This“Down Under”grape varietal has two names and a unique place of origin. Discover its ancestry, aroma and flavor profiles and how it moved around the worlds wine regions becoming the name call of wine aficionados everywhere. A selection of Okanagan, Rhone and Australian wine styles will be tasted.