Campbell River Daybreak Rotary Wine & Blues Fest – June 9

  • May. 31, 2018 1:30 p.m.

You are almost guaranteed to find just the wine that matches your palate at the ninth annual Day Break Rotary Wine and Blues Fest by the Sea.

Tickets are available from the Tidemark theatre.

Get a head-start on the Festival tasting with some of these international and highest quality local wines.

Vinho Verde is Portugal’s northernmost wine producing region. It’s located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula in northern Portugal. Made from the traditional Portugese grapes Loureiro and Arinto, Xadrez Vinho Verde (168625) $11.70 is bright and sassy, slightly fizzy, full of lemon and grapefruit flavours that slide into subtle tropical fruitiness and work wonderfully with oysters.

“We have over 12 winery representatives with wine from regions all over the world and this year 4 craft beer tasting tables,” said Theresa Marson, one of the coordinators of the event. “The wine tasting is complemented by a special selection of cheeses, cold cuts, breads, fruit dishes, spreads etc. all generously provided by our sponsors.

Bodegas Bleda is a family-run Spanish winery that dates back to 1902, when the Bleda family started a prosperous wine and olive oil business in Jumilla. All the best qualities of Spain’s Monastrell (aka Mourvedre), are expressed in Bodegas Bleda Los Jalones Joven Monastrell (120876) $15.49. Aromas and flavours of sweet ripe berries, cherries and blackberries ride a spicy base of ripe tannins.

The Fitzpatrick family history in agriculture in the Okanagan is almost as old as Greata Ranch’s and begins with a farm in 1913 at Rutland, just north of Kelowna. A blend of 5 grapes – predominately Chardonnay – Fitzpatrick 2017 Runabout White (4490) $16.50 is a mouth-filling medley of apple, pear and peach flavours with a splash of mango and pineapple in the finish.

There will be live entertainment by David Gogo the 2017 Maple Blues Award winner for Guitarist of the Year and 2016 Juno Award Nominee. David Gogo’s groove-fueled blend of blues and rock is the basis for a singular and storied music career.

Just outside of Mill Bay on Vancouver Island, Unsworth Vineyards was purchased by Tim and Colleen Turyk in 2009. Their winemaker Daniel Cosman and his crew currently farm 12 acres of grape varieties at Unsworth Vineyards.

A blend of 95 per cent Cabernet Libre and 5 per cent Marechal Foch which was dried in the Italian appassimento style, Unsworth Vineyards Symphony (666164) $26.79 offers up a medley of red and black berry aromas and flavours. Black cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavours lead with earthy notes of sweet fig and cedar in the lengthy finish.

Charles Ivory and J.M. Burt were two of Lodi’s earliest settlers – starting the first store next to the railroad station on Pine and Sacramento Streets. The Ivory Store brought together a myriad of unique folks who created this special place – homesteaders, farmers and even winemakers.

Lusciously fruity, Ivory & Burt Lodi Zinfandel (73056) $26.99 oozes aromas and flavors of rich cherry and lush blackberry with new American oak aging adding notes of vanilla, caramel and cinnamon spice. Entirely ‘yummy’, this is an amazing example of Lodi Zinfandel!

What is a garagiste? It started out in France as a derogatory phrase for those avante garde and crazy mavericks making wine in their garage and outside the highly regulated system. Garagiste, hair-dresser turned winemaker, Anthony Buchanan thanks Matt Mavety (Blue Mountain), Jim Faulkner (Mt.Boucherie), and Michael Bartier (Bartier Bros) for helping him find his way into the business. After tasting his wines, you’ll be thanking them too. Grown on vines from Dijon clone 115 Pinot Noir from the Sonora Pines Vineyard north of Oliver, Anthony Buchanan Ashlyn Pinot Noir 2015 (572966) $36.29 is very much an Okanagan Valley kind of homage to Burgundy. After 10 months in French oak every one of the 840 bottles made exhibits dusky strawberry and dried black cherry aromas and flavours with as twist of liquorice and tree-bark in the finish.

For craft beer aficionados there will also be three tables pouring samples from by Hoyne Brewing Company, Phillips Brewery, and Russell Brewing.

Proceeds raised for this charity fundraiser allow Daybreak Rotary to continue with its many charitable causes in the community. This is a non-profit fundraiser event and all proceeds will stay in the community. See you there!

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