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TASTING NOTES: A decade of House Wine
It’s certainly been a hectic few weeks around the local wine industry as of late, a common autumn occurrence.
A smattering of us have just wrapped up judging more than 750 wines for the next edition of the Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards (results out Dec. 1), another 100 or so wines to determine the Top 25 up at Cornucopia in Whistler (running Nov. 7-17), and then the usual lot of wine tastings, dinners and so on.
Besides swirling, sipping and spitting abundant wines and quenching our passions, one of the best parts of this time of year is getting to spend a little more time with favourite colleagues (not to mention sharing some refreshing post-event pints and a little extra cheer).
The majority of the time, many of us are in frenetic yet solitary mode, whether toiling in a private client’s cellar, tapping away on the ol’ laptop (Hey, I’m doing that now!), or dashing around town trying to source product for restaurants. The “work” events like said tastings and judging become our default community social time to catch up on what’s on our respective desks, share new favourite wine discoveries and, well, gossip a little bit too!
Two colleagues I always adore catching up with are Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris, more commonly known around town as the “House Wine Girls.” Michelle and Michaela are always embarking on many a wine-related adventure, from organizing and purchasing for the home cellars of clients to penning article and putting on a head-spinning array of public events and tastings.
Aside from all of this, they’re two of the best wine minds around town, both often found teaching budding sommeliers on behalf of the Wine & Spirit Education Trust or the International Sommelier Guild.
When we do catch up, the conversation is certainly prone to revolve around wine, but it’s always peppered with many a laugh and often a healthy lashing of passion-driven debate of varied vinous subjects.
There’s a little extra spring in their step these days as they’re entering an auspicious time in their professional partnership and friendship; ten years in business together. I always have mad respect for anyone who’s self-employed who can get a few years under their belt, but ten years in Vancouver’s rapidly-changing social and cultural landscape certainly deserves and extra clink or two of Champagne.
So how are they celebrating this partnership? Well, the only way they know how; putting on a big event that celebrates our local wine culture. “House Wine Turns 10” is happening Thursday, Nov. 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Loungeworks (130 West 4th), and is a steal at $59.
On tap will be a bubble bar, a Latin American corner and a cheese and wine pairing station, plus they promise many more surprises to keep you entertained. There’s no doubt that the room will be full of a who’s-who of wine around these parts, so you can imagine the abundance of exciting new wine leads that’ll be on offer as well!
Michelle and Michaela have long been great pals who were also awesome support when I started up my own thing a mere three years ago. I’m quite looking forward to sharing yet another toast, and hope to share a couple with some readers as well.
For tickets and more information on House Wine, head to HouseWine.ca
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