Belfry’s Crush Fine Wine Auction Goes Online October 18 to 24

September 2, 2021 — Victoria, BC…Staff, volunteers and board members from Victoria’s Belfry Theatre have raided some of the best local wine cellars to find rare and unusual wines to auction online for Crush 2021 presented by Odlum Brown Limited, the theatre’s premier wine fundraiser.

This year’s lots will feature wine from France, Italy, California, British Columbia, and elsewhere.

Many of the bottles on offer are not available in liquor stores. Crush is the only opportunity to buy these bottles of wine – they have been held in private cellars, purchased abroad or were released in very small batches and subsequently sold out.

Robert Moyes, Monday Magazine’s “Wine Notes” columnist, is again preparing educational vignettes for the collector’s items, including this featured bottle:

Hundred Acre “Ark Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 (California)

Hailing from Napa Valley, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bottling from Hundred Acre winery is surely one of California’s most collectable wines. Produced by flamboyant and contrarian winemaker Jayson Woodbridge, whose signature style features an incredibly opulent and creamy texture, this beauty was sourced from his 15-acre Ark Vineyard property on fabled Howell Mountain. Hundred Acre wines are pretty rare in these parts, so this 2013 vintage, which was aged in cask for 32 months prior to being released, should be of considerable interest to serious collectors. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate was impressed enough to rate it at 100. The description is tantalizing: “Full-bodied, rich and velvety, the palate is completely packed with spicy fruit, finishing with lingering earthy notes.” The Wine Spectator was also a fan: “Creamy, mocha-scented oak provides a seductive introduction, easing the way for a rich mix of cherry, currant, plum and licorice flavours. This continues to gain depth and nuance, ending as it begins.” And two scribes from CellarTracker both bestowed a rating of 99, with this notable praise: “The 2013 Ark is as close to perfection as a wine can be! Floral aromas followed by flavours of black cherry, plum, blackberry and mocha.” And this from his colleague: “Simply outstanding. Great depth of flavour, rich mouthfeel, long finish.” Wow!

Donated by Anonymous; Value: $800



Robert’s notes are available here in advance of the event, so check for updates.

Following the success of last year’s online auction, the bidding for Crush 2021 will be open exclusively online this year between October 18 and 24 (there is no in-person event).

While the curated collector’s items in the auction are the highlight, there is something for everyone (over 19) at affordable price points, including baskets of B.C. Wine, local spirits, dining and other gift certificates.

All funds raised will go towards the re-opening of the Belfry Theatre to live audiences in November.

Crush is generously supported by Odlum Brown Limited, Vessel Liquor Store, Boulevard Magazine, EAT Magazine and


Susan Stevenson

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