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Big Guns: Icons of the Wine World

Exclusive winemakers’ dinner salutes the world’s outstanding wine regions and producers

Friday, November 11th @ 6:00 p.m., $250

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, internationally acclaimed Araxi Restaurant will unveil its most ambitious Big Guns Winemakers’ Dinner yet: Icons of the Wine World.

On Friday, November 11th, during Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food, 10 stellar wineries will represent the world’s outstanding wine regions. Hand selected over the past year by wine director, Samantha Rahn, each of the wineries has received critical praise from around the globe.

Executive chef James Walt will create a distinctive eight course menu that showcases the excellence of Pemberton Valley’s autumn harvest, with each plate meticulously matched to these prized wines:

Taittinger ‘Comtes de Champagne’, Blanc de Blancs, 2000 (Champagne, France)
The flagship and most prestigious wine from Taittinger.

Joseph Drouhin Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru, 2002 (Chablis, France)
A classic wine from a powerful Grand Cru and an excellent vintage.

Grgich Hills Chardonnay, 2008 (Napa Valley, USA)
Celebrating 35 years since Mike Grgich’s chardonnay famously won
‘The Judgment of Paris’.

Michele Chiarlo ‘Cerequio’ Barolo, 2004 (Piemonte, Italy)
An outstanding producer; one of the top ‘cru’ vineyards in Barolo.

Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva, 1999 (Rioja, Spain)
Made by one of Spain’s most highly regarded winemakers, Telmo Rodriguez,
at this ancient estate with centuries of winemaking history.

Catena ‘Alta’ Malbec, 2006 (Mendoza, Argentina)
From Argentina’s ‘First Family of Wine’, this is blended from the most prime,
high altitude vineyard blocks.

Mission Hill Oculus, 2007 (Okanagan Valley, Canada)
Representing proprietor Anthony Von Mandl’s vision for the Okanagan Valley
and his family estate.

Inglenook ‘Rubicon’, 2008 (Napa Valley, USA)
This powerhouse wine celebrates the return of the name Inglenook to the Rubicon Estate.
This evening will be the official release of the new vintage.

St. Urbans-Hof Riesling, Leiwener Laurentiuslay Spätlese, 2006 (Mosel, Germany)
Only 100 cases were made of this highly rated treasure from an all-star producer.

Quinta do Noval Port, 20 Year Old Tawny (Portugal)
Elegant, complex tawny from one of the leading historic and innovative
Port houses.

The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi is recognized worldwide for its excellence in food, wine and hospitality. One of Canada’s leading chefs, James Walt, crafts compelling regional cuisine based on local, sustainable ingredients. Restaurant 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Bar + Raw Bar 5:00 p.m. – midnight. Lunch 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Weekend brunch 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Sunday brunch and apres ski beginning December 1st. For reservations, call 604-932-4540 or visit www.araxi.com.

Cornucopia is all a Twitter with Wine Tastings

There’s an exciting new conversation brewing about this year’s CRUSH Gala Grand Tasting.

Whistler’s 14th annual Cornucopia is taking the social media world by storm with an initiative that will bring wines featured at CRUSH to the masses, all the while creating a buzz about the wines, the event and the players.

CRUSH features a multitude of wineries and is so popular it takes place over two nights – Friday and Saturday. With the addition of the Twitter Wine Tastings, the far-reaching popularity of CRUSH is about to broaden even more.

Tourism Whistler and event producer Watermark, are pleased to announce that a new component has been added to this year’s CRUSH events – Twitter wine tastings. The craze has hit many wineries in the U.S. and Canada, with vintners exploring social media wine tastings as a way to open up the experience to more people and increase interest in wine events.

The Twitter hash tag is #cornucopiataste. Event attendees, winemakers, media and industry representatives will be participating by tweeting about the wines they are tasting at CRUSH. So, while an influential winemaker, industry professional or media rep tastes a wine, you can be sipping the same bottle and join in the conversation with your own comments, or just take down their recommendations for the next time you want to explore a new taste.

To participate in following and contributing to the online conversation on Twitter, users simply include the hash tag in their tweets and they will automatically join the thread. Media are reminded to follow @mediaTWhistler for the latest story ideas, quirky facts and updates on what’s new in Whistler.

Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food takes place November 11-14 offering wine seminars, luncheons and parties galore. Never a dull moment to be had– tickets are still available to a myriad of events sure to please all palates and budgets.

Slow Food Artisan Market takes place at the Westin Resort & Spa Whistler on Saturday. This free event has become a Cornucopia favourite, showcasing the bounty of the region. Bring a tote bag because you’ll want to shop for organic cheeses, vegetables, baked goods and stunning artworks. The Westin’s executive chef, Bradley Cummings, will be preparing food stations throughout the market created with ingredients from the artisans. Sample tickets are just $1 each with each food and wine station priced at 1-7 tickets.

Wine Access presents Killer Value Wines on Sunday at the Whistler Conference Centre. Discover what makes wines a great value, whether they’re in the $10 range or the $25 range. A panel of wine experts will champion the domestic and international wines they believe offer consumers the best value. A wide range of wines from around the world will be selected and served blind. Following that, the panel will introduce their picks and explain the who, what, where, when and why for each wine. All wines sampled are available in B.C. Guests will also receive a copy of Wine Access magazine featuring the results of the 2010 International Value Wine Awards. Tickets for this event are $45 per person.

Wineries in Residence at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler offers a luxurious experience featuring the new Sidecut restaurant and winemakers from some of North America’s most distinguished wineries. At this reception-style luncheon, Chef Edison Mays will showcase samples from the Sidecut menu with pairings and presentations from featured wineries including Ehlers Estate, Merryvale Winery, Pahlmeyer, Miner Family Winery, Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars. Tickets for this event are $150 per person.

Bubbles and Brunch at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers guests a spectacular epicurean event at the Wildflower Restaurant. Bubbles and Brunch highlights the best of this year’s local harvest with fresh seafood and regionally-inspired fare prepared while guests watch. The menu is paired with a selection of still and sparkling wines. Bubbles and Brunch takes place on Sunday and offers the ultimate setting for a fond farewell to this year’s Cornucopia. Tickets for this event are $65 per person.

Detailed Cornucopia information including event schedules, ticketing information, participating wineries and restaurants, and an exciting list of celebrity chefs and seminar presenters is available at www.whistlercornucopia.com.

Cornucopia accommodation packages starting at $99 per night are available at www.whistler.com/cornucopia

Big Guns Winemakers’ Dinner Araxi, Whistler

Friday, November 12th @ 6:30pm $225, all inclusive

Big Guns: Small Producers –  Exclusive winemakers’ dinner celebrates a unique collection of wines

On Friday, November 12th, Whistler’s premier restaurant, Araxi, will celebrate a compelling collection of wines in an exclusive winemakers’ dinner during Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food.

These five extraordinary wineries—four from the Napa Valley and one from Walla Walla—are all small, family-owned properties engaged in sustainable farming practices. Each of the wineries has achieved critical acclaim and international followings, and through the course of the evening, introductions to each wine will be led by winery principals, including discussion on technique and terroir. This insider’s tour of excellence in winemaking promises to be Cornucopia’s tour de force.

Executive Chef James Walt has created a distinctive five-course menu that highlights the excellence of the Pemberton Valley’s autumn harvest—alongside globally-sourced ingredients—with each plate married to these prized wines:

Ehlers Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 2009

Ehlers Estate Cabernet Sauvignon “1886”, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 2006
‘Top-Rated’ Gayot

Miner Family Vineyards “Wild Yeast” Chardonnay, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2007
91 Points, Connoisseurs’ Guide

Miner Family Vineyards “The Oracle”, Oakville, Napa Valley, 2006
93 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine

Pahlmeyer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2007
95 Points, Robert Parker

Pahlmeyer Merlot Napa Valley, 2007
96 Points, Robert Parker

Pepper Bridge Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, 2007  
92 Points, Robert Parker

Pepper Bridge Winery ‘Reserve’, Walla Walla Valley, 2006
93 Points, Robert Parker

Merryvale “Profile”, St. Helena, Napa Valley, 1999
93 Points, Wine Spectator

Merryvale “Antigua” NV (Dessert Wine)
91 Points, San Francisco Chronicle
Gold Medal, Wine Enthusiast

For tickets, visit whistlercornucopia.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Whistler Health Care Foundation.

Big Guns Winemaker’s Dinner at Araxi

Friday, November 13th @ 6:30 pm
$195, all inclusive

Casting Long Shadows . . . Exclusive winemaker’s dinner at Araxi celebrates a unique collection of wines

On Friday, November 13th, Whistler’s acclaimed Araxi restaurant will celebrate one of the wine world’s most compelling stories, Long Shadows Vintners, in an exclusive winemaker’s dinner during Cornucopia: Whistler’s Celebration of Wine and Food.

Long Shadows Vintners (LSV) is an elite cadre of some of the world’s most accomplished winemakers who continue to shape the wine industry with their benchmark wines. Exporting their expertise to Washington State’s dramatic Columbia Valley, the convivium of internationally-acclaimed vintners have collaborated with wine pioneer and LSV owner Allen Shoup, and LSV winemaker Gilles Nicault, to create seven ‘best of’ varietals.

Araxi Executive Chef James Walt has created a distinctive five course menu that highlights the excellence of the Pemberton Valley autumn harvest–alongside globally-sourced ingredients–with each plate married to the internationally-influenced styles of LSV wines drawn mostly from the 2006 vintage, considered Long Shadows’ finest to date:

Poet’s Leap Riesling 2008 by Armin Diel
94 Points Wine Enthusiast

Chester-Kidder 2006 by Allen Shoup and Gilles Nicault
2006 not yet rated. 2004: 93 Points Robert Parker

Sequel Syrah 2006 by John Duval
92 Points Wine Spectator

Pedestal Merlot 2006 by Michel Rolland
96 Points Connoisseurs Guide

Feather Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 by Randy Dunn
2006 not yet rated. 2005: 92 Points Robert Parker

Poet’s Leap Botrytis Riesling 2005 by Armin Diel
Only 56 cases produced and available exclusively at the winery

LSV’s Allen Shoup will introduce the wines for each course, providing provocative commentary about this unique collection, as well as the terroir of the Columbia Valley.

For tickets, visit
whistlercornucopia.com. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Whistler Search and Rescue Society Holds Their Tenth Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction

Whistler Search and Rescue Society is holding its tenth annual fundraising gourmet dinner and auction – “Wine’d Up” – on October 17th, 2009.

Guests at this winemaker’s gourmet dinner and auction will enjoy an evening of outstanding food and wine while supporting the critically important work of Whistler’s search and rescue volunteers.

Organizers are delighted to welcome the return of five of Whistler’s renowned Executive Chefs:
• Chef Vincent Stufano, Fairmont Chateau Whistler
• Chef Scott Dolbee, Four Seasons Resort Whistler
• Chef Grant Cousar, Whistler Cooks & Catering
• Chef Steve Bjormark, Whistler Blackcomb
• Chef James Walt, Araxi Restaurant

Each chef will create a dish with flavours to complement and enhance the selection of fine wines that will be poured with each course. The wines for this year’s dinner are being generously donated by Kendall-Jackson Winery who has selected the following wines:
Reception Wine – Kendall-Jackson Vintners Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
First Course – Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay
Second Course – Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir
Third Course – Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dessert – Kendall-Jackson Late Harvest Chardonnay
In addition to sensory delights of food and wine, the event will offer guests a chance to participate in both live and silent auctions throughout the evening. The auctions will include such items as original artwork from leading B.C. artists Cameron Bird and David Langevin, Whistler Mountaineer train trips, Helijet flights, float plane trips, sports memorabilia, golf, hotel and restaurant gift certificates and much more.
The evening is truly a community effort. Whistler-Blackcomb generously supports this event each year by donating their facilities and staff at Dusty’s Bar & Grill in Whistler Creekside. Whistler Search and Rescue volunteer their time at the dinner and auction, in both the kitchen and ‘front of house’.
All proceeds from the event benefit the Whistler Search and Rescue Society, a registered charity which relies upon donations and sponsorships as well as community support of events such as the Wine’d Up gala. Dollars raised go towards operating and capital expenditures such as equipment, supplies and training of their volunteer members. Since its inception in 2000, the gala dinner has raised more that $200,000 for Whistler Search and Rescue Society.
Tickets are $150 plus GST and are sold through Whistler Blackcomb – 1-800 766 0449. Suggested attire for this event is smart western gear / smart casual.

Whistler Search and Rescue Society
Tenth Annual “Wine’d Up” Gourmet Dinner & Auction

Saturday, October 17, 2009
Dusty’s Bar & Grill, Whistler Creekside
Reception & Hors D’Oeuvres 6:00 pm

Tickets are $150 +GST on Sale September 1st.
Last year tickets sold out in just 8 days.
For tickets call Whistler Blackcomb at 1-800 766 0449

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