Wine Tasting School

Wine Tasting School

The Victoria Highland Games Association is pleased to present “The Wine Tasting School” on both Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at the 159th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival at Topaz Park.

All session will feature premium wines (6 samples each class) presented by Callum Heap from Everything Wine. The registration fee is $35 and includes a one-day field entry (value $20).

Guests must be aged 19 years or older to attend!

Details of the 6 sessions are as follows:

Saturday May 21st 1:00 – 1:45 PM

Bubbles! Sparkles!
Price $35 – 30 attendees. SOLD OUTBuy Now!

Any sparkling wine can be called Champagne, right? Actually, Champagne is a protected term which can only be used to describe a sparkling wine from the region of Champagne in France. However, there are many different styles of sparkling wine from around the world, such as Prosecco, Cava, Crémant, and many more. These bubbles have various things in common but also demonstrate unique qualities. Come and taste the range, you might leave with a new favourite.

Saturday May 21st 2:30 – 3:15 PM

Southern Hemisphere White Wines
Price $35 – 30 attendees. SOLD OUTBuy Now!

Looking for those perfect patio sippers for the spring and summer? Well, we have got you covered. Regions such as Australia, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa are often known more for their red wines rather than their white wines. However, white wines from these regions shouldn’t be overlooked because they are refreshing but just as complex as their red wines. Everyone might have heard of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but did you know that Chardonnay is the most consumed white wine in the world? Join us as we explore different white grape varieties from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.

Saturday May 21st 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Big, Bold Reds
Price $35 – 30 attendees. SOLD OUTBuy Now!

Fortune favours the bold, or so the saying goes. Fortunately, we have scoured the world to find some of the most powerful red wines to showcase during this event. Most of the famous wine growing regions around the world produce a rich, full-bodied style. From Napa Valley in California to the Barossa Valley in Australia, there will be plenty to savor for those searching for an extra level of “umph”. So, dust off that BBQ and sample some heavy reds that will pair perfectly with the upcoming grilling season.

Sunday May 22nd 1:00 – 1:45 PM

Rose All Day
Price $35 – 30 attendees. SOLD OUTBuy Now!

It is getting closer to that time of year… Summer, also known as, Rose Season. This category of wine is made all over the world and in multiple different styles, from sparkling to dry and even sweet. Did you know the rose colour comes from the amount of time the wine is in contact with the skin of the grape? The popularity of rose wine has grown over the years and is now one of the most consumed types of wine available on the market. So, come and see what all the fuss is about as we prepare you for those summer sippers.

Sunday May 22nd 2:30 – 3:15 PM

Road Trip Through France
Price $35 – 30 attendees. SOLD OUTBuy Now!

France: The country synonymous with wine and winemaking. France is the leading producer of wine in the world and home to many of the grape varieties that we know and love, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. During this informative class we will be showcasing why French wines are so popular and how they are able to produce such an array of different wines, from sparkling, white, rose, red and even dessert wines. They say variety is the spice of life so if you like diversity, or just have an affinity for French wine, then this is the event for you.

Sunday May 22nd 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Oh, Canada!
Price $35 – 30 attendees. SOLD OUTBuy Now!

Our home and native land! Did you know that since 2001 the number of BC wineries has grown from around 70 to over 370? Here in beautiful BC, we also welcome over a million visitors to our wineries each year. During this event we will be tasting a full range of local wines from sparkling, white, red, and even dessert wines. You really won’t want to miss this class as we will be highlighting the incredible diversity and quality on offer from our homeland.

May 21st, 22nd & 23rd 2016