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
This past Saturday morning, a crowd of art-lovers gathered in the tasting room before regular opening hours to listen to artist Jeff Burgess describe his latest piece, "The Dinner Party", which is now featured on the main wall adjacent to the tasting bar. This is a piece that Liquidity Wines has commissioned and that Jeff has worked on over the past year now.
Jeff's initial inspiration for this ensemble piece was from the Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Alice in Wonderland. He immersed himself in David Day's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded and found many fascinating metaphors that Lewis Carroll had hidden in the story, and that is where the idea of an At Table scenario first presented itself.
This wonderful, whimsical piece is full of numerous allegorical themes that reference art history as well as literary and mythological sources. To see it in person and to read through Jeff's description, please stop by the tasting room. Open daily from 11am to 6pm.
We are very pleased to announce that Stephen Judge has joined the Liquidity team as the new Tasting Room Supervisor and Wine Club Coordinator, effective March 27th, 2017.
Stephen joins us after having been with Black Hills Estate Winery and Vin Amité Cellars in Oliver, BC for the past few years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge of both the BC wine industry, customer hospitality and wine club management.
We would like to congratulate Stephen on his new role and are confident he will continue to care for our current wine club members, while growing the direct-to-consumer market and wine club here at Liquidity Wines. Please join us in welcoming Stephen to Liquidity!
Vintage Hospitality is thrilled to announce that Stephen Brummitt will be joining the team at Liquidity Bistro as Restaurant Manager effective March 1st 2017. Stephen brings a wealth of fine dining experience, having held positions at Bouchon Bistro in Kelowna and Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill in Vancouver.
We would like to congratulate Stephen on his new role and are confident he will lead the team to build on the Liquidity Bistro successes to date and continue to help us deliver the overall Liquidity experience. Please join us in welcoming Stephen to the Liquidity & Vintage Hospitality team.