Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, March 12, 2019 – Known for producing wines of international acclaim and home to an elegant on-site bistro, Liquidity Wines makes a change in leadership as Ian MacDonald and the Board appoint Ruth Hanbury as President.
Liquidity Wines is owned by a small group of people dedicated to making wines reflective of the terroir of Okanagan Falls. Originally founded by Ian MacDonald, Liquidity Wines delivers a full sensory experience around wine, food, and art. After months of transitional planning with MacDonald, the Liquidity Wines Board of Directors recently appointed Ruth Hanbury to President.
In her role as President, Hanbury is responsible for the operations of Liquidity Wines. “I’m thrilled to continue this work with the Liquidity team,” says Hanbury. “I’m honoured to have the trust and confidence of the Board as we build on what Ian envisioned.”
While Hanbury joined Liquidity in 2014 as General Manager, her career in wine began in 2001 while working at Felton Road in New Zealand. “I fell in love with the wine industry and knew I had to be part of it,” she says. Hanbury holds a masters degree in Business Management from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland.
Now close to realizing the goals of their last strategic plan, Hanbury and the management team at Liquidity are working on developing the next. “We can get wrapped up in the romance story of wine,” says Hanbury. “It’s still here, but my responsibility is for Liquidity to be sustainable by being a great employer, good land stewards, and making exceptional wines. For me, those are the foundations.”
Hanbury and the team will focus on continuing to improve their vineyard soils and practice of low-intervention viticulture and winemaking while expanding the wine portfolio's reserve tier. “This team has done so much to get us where we are,” says Hanbury. “It’s a privilege to be working with such talented people.”
Proudly presenting “Twisted” by the renowned UK sculptor Richard Hudson. Richard is an acclaimed contemporary sculptor whose monumental and smaller scale works have achieved global recognition. Hudson pares down iconic shapes such as the heart, teardrop, and human form, leaving only the essence of meaning. Traditional ideals of balance and harmony are sculpted in hard polished steel yet retain softness in elongated lines and curves.
While many artists cite inspiration from masters such as Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, Hudson’s work moves beyond this lineage to innovate forms through process and materials. Based in a quest for classical beauty, the works open up a distinctly contemporary dialogue between the viewer and changing forms of (urban) landscape to probe a deeper investigation into the human psyche.
This exhibition is in this creative climate of blurring that Lyle finds his mixed media self portraits not only accepted, but highly celebrated. The portraits are transformative in nature and fuse inspiration from high fashion with the mundane objects of every day life; taking beauty and turning it on its head. “For me, it is not about Drag, female impersonation or living the life of a New York City clubkid. It has always been and continues to be about the art. My face as a canvas.” Through the process of removing his self identify and replacing it with that of an object, it encourages dialogue on a journey connecting the viewer with a myriad of objects relating to their own carbon footprint and consumerism through a surreal lens.
Liquidity Winery is pleased to present these self portraits that fuse facial sculpture, makeup, found objects and fictional writing into works that speak about the power of transformation and the ability to move beyond the sense of self.
Sculptor David Robinson has been a force in the Canadian art scene for the last 25 years. Based in Vancouver, he is known for his conceptually and physically complex works that are outstanding contemporary examples of a type of humanist realism that engages with fundamental, often spiritual questions of the experience and meaning of being. His sculptures do this through a few central premises; the universal human, our interaction with the physical world and the exploration of metaphysical ideas and their expression in form.
Robinson has produced numerous solo shows, and participated in many group exhibits nationally and internationally. His sculptures have been commissioned by such clients as Polygon Homes, the Four Seasons Hotel Resort in Whistler, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and Century Group. His work is in many private and corporate collections including the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Dentons Canada LLP, Painted Rock Estate Winery, Toronto Dominion Bank, and Vancouver General Hospital.
Belle Isle Aquarium
This exhibition presents the large format photographic work of Canadian photographer Philip Jarmain. Since 2010 Jarmain has been documenting the increasingly rapid destruction of Detroit’s early twentieth-century buildings. His emphasis in this work is on the architecture itself of these vanishing edifices: The form and the detail.
In Jarmain’s own words: “These are the last large format architectural photographs for many of these structures.” This is work of great visual impact, the scale and definition of the images translating for the viewer into space that one enters, a physical presence that one feels, and history that one contemplates. The majority of these majestic pre- buildings are presently being destroyed at an exponential rate as they lie victim to scrappers, arson, and demolition.
These photographs as an opportunity to consider the historical and current state of Detroit as an American city.
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
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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.