Written By Guest Writer Libations / Vancouver / Wine Nov 8, 2013 BC “Sommelier of the Year” Makes His Own Wine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThanks to Okanagan Crush Pad’s Okanagan Wine Campus program, Vancouver’s best sommeliers get a special opportunity to make their own wine and support the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF). In 2010 Christine Colletta, one of the owners of Okanagan Crush Pad, came up with the brilliant idea of offering the winner of Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Sommelier of the Year the opportunity to make their own wine that would then be sold to raise money for the BC Hospitality Foundation’s wine scholarship fund. The sommelier would have to be involved in every step of the wine-making process, including viticulture, grape varietal selection, crush, branding, and selling the wine. An added bonus was that Vancouver’s best sommeliers would have to spend time in the Okanagan, which would help increase the awareness of the great wines being produced in Canada.Thus far, the Okanagan Wine Campus program has released two wines, raising $10,000 for the BCHF: “Kurtis Wild-Ferment Semillon” by Kurtis Kolt, 2010 Vancouver Sommelier of the Year, and “Owen Cabernet Franc” by Owen Knowlton, 2011 Vancouver Sommelier of the Year. The sommeliers have complete freedom in choosing the name of their wine, as well as creating the label with Town Hall Brands marketing team. The only rule is that the label must be black and white uniting all of the Okanagan Wine Campus program wines.The third wine in the series was unveiled on Tuesday, November 5th to media and industry at a private event. Terry Threlfall (Hawksworth Restaurant), 2012 Sommelier of the Year winner, released his TNT Chardonnay 2012 (TNT being Terry’s initials). The un-oaked chardonnay was sourced from a single vineyard on Black Sage Road. Terry Threlfall describes his own TNT Chardonnay as: “Pale yellow with a tinge of green, this wine has aromas of bright citrus & apricot, with hints of green apple and a chalky minerality. TNT cries out for a plate of freshly shucked BC oysters. Dynamite.”As Terry moves to the final stage of selling his TNT Chardonnay, 2013 Sommelier of the Year Samantha Rahn (Araxi Restaurant) is busy working at the Okanagan Crush Pad making her Syrah for the Okanagan Wine Campus program, which will be released next year.Priced at $22.90, TNT Chardonnay is currently available directly from Okanagan Crush Pad and will be available at selected private retail stores in BC by December. Only 150 cases were made. Enjoy a bottle of this Okanagan terroir chardonnay and help support the BCHF.BCBC Hospitality Foundationbc sommelier of the yearOkanagansommelierVancouverWine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Comments are closed.