The 2019 BC Pinot Noir Celebration brings together BC's top 35 Pinot Noir producers for an unforgettable festival-style tasting experience. The event kicks off with a sparkling reception and keynote address by Madeline Puckette, certified sommelier and author of New York Times Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine.
A courtyard tasting salon complements exquisite culinary creations prepared by local Chefs from Joy Road, Waterfront Café and Catering, Frankie We Salute You, Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Winery, Vice & Virtue Brewing Co, Start Fresh Catering and Vancouver’s Wildebeest followed by a cocktail-style dinner. Watch the rest of the evening unfold with live music featuring The Insiders and dancing under the stars.
To enhance your Pinot Noir experience we are pleased to offer three in-class educational sessions in the morning hosted by winemakers, winery proprietors and leading industry professionals (must be booked in advance).
Held at UBC's Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, BC on August 17th, 2019. This is a full day event with optional breakout sessions held in the morning. See below for further details and full event program.
In-class educational sessions and shuttle tickets must be purchased in advance.
A festival shuttle will be offered for $25 + gst per person (round-trip) from the following Kelowna hotels:
Shuttle pick up times vary based on location of pick up and scheduled to arrive at UBC's Okanagan campus between 3PM and 3:20PM. Return shuttles will be offered at 8PM and 10:30PM. Must be purchased in advance.
The Science of Wine: free educational session hosted by UBC.
UBC is pleased to invite BC Pinot Noir Celebration participants and members of the general public to join them for a presentation showcasing their cutting-edge research related to wine. Attendees will learn about how the chemistry and biochemistry of grapes and fermentation impact the flavour profiles of wine. Tickets to this session are free and must be booked in advance.
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Breakout session A: Pinot Noir from Coast to Coast hosted by BC Pinot Noir Celebration.
In this breakout session you will have the rare opportunity to taste pinots from coast to coast with representation from Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia. You will learn how terroir, climate, vineyard management and wine making techniques affect the pinots that are produced from these unique regions and of course, you will taste the wines to judge for yourself. Limited seats available, tickets must be purchased in advance (tasting included).
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Breakout session B: Something Old, Something New by BC Pinot Noir Celebration.
British Columbia is considered a young wine region but some of its producers have been making pinots for a number of years now. You will have a chance to taste some ‘old’ and ‘new’ wines from four British Columbia wineries. During the tasting there will be a discussion about how the vines, wines and times have changed in the last decade. Limited seats available, tickets must be purchased in advance (tasting included).
3:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Festival gates open, bubbly reception held in UBC's Okanagan campus courtyard followed by a festival-style tasting. Cocktail-style dinner and wine bar from 6PM to 8PM followed by live music.
*Breakout sessions are not included in festival ticket. Advanced purchase required, limited seats available.Must be 19+ to attend this event, photo ID will be required.