Spring has arrived at Liquidity Wines, bringing with it the re-opening of Liquidity Bistro - helmed by a powerhouse new chef and operations manager. There's never been a better time to visit the winery & bistro and raise a glass to the best season yet!
Visitors to the winery can now bask in the Okanagan Valley's spectacularly sunny weather at Liquidity Bistro, which just opened for the duration of the 2018 season. After sampling wine flights in Liquidity's light-filled tasting room, guests can adjourn to the bistro for sustainable, seasonal, artful cuisine. The bistro's airy interior is an aesthetic marvel, adorned by contemporary art fit for display in the world's top galleries. Outdoors, the sun-washed patio is idyllic for sipping wine while listening to the soothing trickle of an infinity water feature and soaking in postcard-worthy views of the sprawling vineyard and Vaseux Lake.
This season, the bistro team is led by Head Chef Matt Martin, whose love of food and cooking started at a young age. After working his way through the ranks in various kitchens in the Okanagan, Matt came to work at Liquidity Bistro with former Chef Rob Walker in 2015. He has since travelled throughout Thailand, Germany and Belgium; Matt also worked at Chef Christian Puglisi's Michelin-starred restaurant Relae in Copenhagen, where he developed a passion for sustainable cuisine and land stewardship. Now, Chef and his likeminded team at Liquidity have renewed their focus on serving responsibly sourced, seasonally influenced plates whose exquisite presentation pays homage to the winery's focus on the arts.
"I'm thrilled to be back in the Okanagan and to be able to bring my style of food to the guests of Liquidity Bistro," said Matt. "I'm particularly excited to start our own farm garden here at the winery. I think it's incredibly important for people to know the story behind their food, and this will provide diners with access to hyper-local ingredients that they can actually see growing onsite."
Lucia Martin, the bistro's new operator, started her career in hospitality more than 25 years ago. After working extensively for Club Med Resorts in the Caribbean, Lucia returned to Canada where she learned about all aspects of the food and beverage industry by serving, bartending, managing and leading operations at well-known restaurant chains and independent operators. Lucia immediately accepted Liquidity's offer to join the team, where she now oversees all operations for the bistro.
Liquidity Bistro reflects the winery's artistic approach to life with an eclectic selection of artwork adorning the walls and colourful vibrant dishes produced by Chef Matt Martin and his culinary team. Honouring the seasons that dictate the life of the vineyard, food is freshly sourced from local farms and paired with fine wines from Liquidity as well as those of the neighbouring Okanagan Falls wineries.
2018 Culinary Team (L-R): Travis Gilbert, Pierre Geronimo (Sous Chef), Matt Martin (Head Chef), Austin Atcheson, Nolan Hennenfent (Sous Chef)
Our 2016 Chardonnay Reserve has been listed as the number one wine in the Top 10 Chardonnays to receive Gold medals at the recent 2018 Chardonnay du Monde Awards.
Now in its 25th year, the prestigious Chardonnay du Monde Awards recognize the world's best Chardonnays as evaluated by a panel comprised of 300 international experts. This year, 679 wines from 39 countries were tasted by the judges.
When asked about this award-winning wine, our winemaker Alison Moyes states: "We grow and craft our Chardonnay to be a direct reflection of our exceptional region, climate and soils here in Okanagan Falls. This, in combination with years of dedication and vision for this grape variety specifically, has culminated into something extraordinarily special, world class and distinctively Okanagan."
The award-winning 2016 Chardonnay Reserve features layered aromas of toasted almond, pear and peach with a subtle whisper of allspice. Complex yet well-balanced, the wine captures flavours of lime zest, pineapple, lemon curd and intense minerality, and leaves a lingering finish on the palate. Ideal pairings include roasted chicken, pork loin, cheese plates, creamy pasta and risotto with butter-basted scallops. The wine will be available for purchase in April to Liquidity's Equity Tasting Club members, followed by Club Liquidity members ($42, plus tax); it will also be available in the winery tasting room in July (while supplies last).
Steve Warner, PRESIDENT & CEO WASHINGTON STATE WINE
Steve Warner was appointed as President & CEO of the Washington State Wine Commission in February 2012. Steve came to the Commission from Merck & Co., Inc., where he was the Managing Director based in Bucharest, Romania. Prior to that, he held General Manager and marketing positions in global and regional marketing in the Asia Pacific region and led teams while living in Seoul, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; and several domestic markets.
In addition to a bachelor’s degree in biology, Steve holds a master’s of business administration in international business and finance from Rutgers University. Born and raised in eastern Washington State, Steve graduated from West Seattle High School before serving in the United States military’s Special Operations Command, first as a Sergeant in Pararescue and then as a Lieutenant Commander in U.S. Navy Special Operations.
On behalf of the state of Washington and its wineries and growers, the mission of the Washington State Wine Commission is to raise awareness and demand for Washington State wine through marketing and education, while supporting viticulture and enology research to drive industry growth.
The Washington State Wine Commission represents every licensed winery and every wine grape grower in Washington State. Guided by an appointed board, the Commission provides a marketing platform to raise positive awareness of the Washington State wine industry and generate greater demand for its wines. Funded almost entirely by the industry - through assessments based on grape and wine sales - the Commission is a state government agency, established by the legislature in 1987.
June 18th, 2018 at 6:30 pm
OKANAGAN COLLEGE PENTICTON CAMPUS
Tickets are $20. Refreshments will be served.
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The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species in captivity—inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. The National Geographic Photo Ark is a compelling and visually powerful project that aims to photograph species before it is too late. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world.
National Geographic is showcasing this important project through multiple platforms, including a traveling National Geographic exhibition, “National Geographic Photo Ark,” that opens at Liquidity Winery in Okanagan Falls from June 23rd , 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the exhibition will be on display until September 3rd, 2018. This exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and Liquidity Winery.
Sartore estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of over 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. In what will be the largest single archive of studio-quality photographs of biodiversity ever, the National Geographic Photo Ark continues to move toward its goal of documenting these 12,000 species in captivity, thanks in part to Sartore’s enduring relationships with many of the world’s zoos and aquariums. These iconic portraits have captured the imagination of people around the world and have even been projected on the Empire State Building and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
The “National Geographic Photo Ark” exhibition will highlight more than 40 of Sartore's most compelling images and provide visitors with the unique opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world.
“The National Geographic Photo Ark has already inspired millions around the world with the message that it is not too late to save some of the world’s most endangered species,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions, National Geographic Society. “Joel Sartore has demonstrated what one man can do using the power of photography—and now National Geographic wants to inspire people all over the country to contribute to this global challenge.”
About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. We support educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. We aspire to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Our goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.
Together with Liquidity Winery, Okanagan College is presenting the third installment of its popular Wine Talks series on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the College’s Penticton campus.
The third event will feature a single keynote speaker whose recognition and distinction in the industry is notable.
John E. Peller, LLB, is the Chair and CEO of Andrew Peller Limited. His company’s brands include a growing number of Okanagan wineries, among them are Sandhill, Calona Vineyards and Red Rooster. Andrew Peller Limited made headlines this month when news broke of a $95-million-dollar deal to acquire three additional Okanagan wineries: Black Hills Estate, Gray Monk Estate and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.
“The topic seems very timely,” says Jim Hamilton, President of Okanagan College. “This event has been well attended by our community and has brought a lot of value to the industry and I expect to see that trend continue with our third event.”
Peller began his legal career in 1980 in Hamilton, Ontario where he practiced corporate and commercial law. He spent a year in France attending the L’institute de Touraine for six months and worked for six months with DeLuze, the wine subsidiary of Remy Martin. He spent the next four years in New Jersey working with Nabisco Brands Inc., first as Manager, Corporate Planning and Development and then as Regional Marketing Manager for the Grocery Products Division (North East Division).
He joined Andrew Peller Ltd. in 1989, assuming the role of Vice President, Sales and Marketing Planning. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1990 and to the position of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing in 1991. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in 1992, then President and Chief Executive Officer in 1994. He is currently Chair and Chief Executive Officer.
“This is a unique opportunity to hear from a leader of the Canadian wine industry,” says Ian MacDonald, owner of Liquidity Winery. “John's bold vision continues to shape the future of this business.”
Wine Talks will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College (room PC 113, 583 Duncan Avenue West), from 7 to 9 p.m., including a coffee and wine break. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online here.
This year at the 20th edition of the Mondial des Pinots, held in Sierre, Switzerland, August 6th to 8th, 62 international judges tasted 1301 Pinot wines (Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir) from 429 different producers of 25 different countries. Of those wines, 379 were awarded medals. Our 2015 Pinot Noir Estate and our 2014 Pinot Noir Equity both took silver medals in the Pinot Noir category!
Back in May our winemaker, Alison Moyes, travelled to London, England, to take part in some events that were showcasing Canadian wines. Just this past week, a summary of some of those wines were featured in Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, in an article by Richard Hemming, MW. Here are the lovely reviews on our Viognier and our Chardonnay Estate...
"Liquidity Viognier 2016 Okanagan Valley Total Production 1,150 cases. Clone 642, planted 2005 and 2008.
Super-sweet fragrance with young fresh stone fruit and loads of honeysuckle and jasmine fragrance. Mouth-filling body yet bright acid gives a refreshing finish. Excellent typicality. (RH)13.7% Drink 2017-2019 17" [90 pts]
"Liquidity Chardonnay [Estate] 2015 Okanagan Valley Planted 1994 and 2009. Clone 76. 384 cases.
Biscuit, cream and apricot on the nose - ripe but not fat. The dairy and oak spice is judged so cleverly. Hugely satisfying - flavoursome, yet retains something of the neutrality of the variety, somehow - not strongly aromatic, just combines oak, dairy and fruit character in a really convincing way. Very good. (RH)13.5% Drink 2016-2019 17" [90 pts]
For the first time Liquidity has dedicated its entire gallery space to a special retrospective of David's work. The show entitled OCEAN features the artist’s own selection of thirteen of his favourite images captured as he explored the World’s oceans.This show runs now through July 2nd. This past Saturday morning, David was on hand for a "Walk & Talk", to explain each of the photographs and his inspirations to approximately twenty people who reserved the free tickets online.
To see the amazing images in person, stop by Liquidity before July 2nd. The tasting room is open from 11am to 6pm daily, and the bistro is open from 11am to 9pm daily. No reservations are required to simply view the artwork.
Liquidity Wines and Okanagan College have partnered once again to bring Wine Talks: an International Perspective on Wine Marketing to Penticton on Monday, June 26 from 6-9 p.m. at Okanagan College.
The spring event will feature a panel of five renowned experts who will discuss a variety of current and emerging issues related to wine marketing.
Leading the discussion will be Mark Davidson, Global Education Manager for Wine Australia. Davidson has more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality sector and is a former Sommelier of the Year at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. He is an instructor with the International Sommelier Guild and is currently studying the theory section to become a Master of Wine.
Joining him is founder of WineDrops, Karen Graham. WineDrops offers commentary on policy and business issues in the Canadian wine and liquor industry, along with analytical and strategic advisory work through KMG Strategy Consultng. Prior to working in the wine industry, Graham held several senior level policy positions with the Business Council of BC and the United States Consulate in Vancouver.
Rob McMillan, Executive Vice-President of the Wine Division of Silicon Valley Bank, joins the panel once again, having presented at the first Wine Talks in November. In his role, McMillan supports the growth of California’s wine industry with his client base and by sharing views on factors impacting the fine wine business.
Vancouver-based lawyers Mark Hicken of Vintage Law Group and Shea Coulson, who practises commercial, regulatory, and constitutional litigation, will provide updates and insight on the direct-to-consumer market and interprovincial trade barriers. Hicken is the founder and co-chair of Vancouver’s annual Wine and Liquor Law Conference.
Follow this link to order early bird tickets ($35): https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wine-talks-2-tickets-34751556842