As soon as I got the invite from Ron Bogdonov GM at Unsworth Vineyards in the Cowichan Valley Vancouver Island I knew it was just too good to pass up.
Chris Turyk, son of owner Tim Turyk and a seriously good wine guy who worked at Hawksworth!
Chris invited his Sommelier friends in Vancouver and they all agreed to fly over on three planes to spend the day touring the cellars at Unsworth and then finishing with food and wine pairings in their wonderful dining room.
Over 30 in total..all with sharp minds and even sharper tongues.
I recorded the highlights of the tour to start the show - so you get to take it as well.
Between the time the lunch ended and the buses left for the return flight I started asking questions of them – 3 at a time.
Below are the really fun results. We’re talking Unsworth, Cowichan, Trends, 2017 etc.
Peter Van Der Reep – Campagnolo Roma
Lisa Haley – L’ Abattoir
Kurtis Kolt – The Georgia Straight
Bryant Mao – Wine Director Hawksworth/Nightingale
Franco Michenzi – Hawksworth
Colin Davidson – Nightingale
Shane Taylor – CinCin Sommelier of the Year
David Stansfield – Earls Group
Sarah McCauley – Coast Restaurant
Chef Marc Perrier – Savio Volpe