Saturday, June 18, 2022


Wine Women and Chocolate


The White Rock Soroptimist held their annual Wine Women and Chocolate event last Thursday (22-06-16) at the Elgin Hall near Crescent Beach. It was a fund raiser for the work they do to support women and girls in need.

Several local wineries contributed to the fund raiser. Those sending along wine for tasting, Township Seven, City Side, Backyard and Festina Lente. Due to staff shortages only Township Seven were able to send staff for their tables.

Barbara, our dear friend Kim and I would man the tables for the other three wineries. Kim been the one of us with experience.

The event was scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm by 6:15 we were pouring wines. Sadly, the tables were placed too close to the stage where a very good band was playing. However, we could not hear the people coming to the tables. They of course had trouble hearing us.

Barbara handled the majority of the tastings for Festina Lente. Festina Lente is perhaps the best Mead producer in British Columbia. Now most people are not interest in Mead. Barbara was extremely good at convincing everyone to try the mead. I think they liked it! In fact, we ran out of mead.

Kim handled the City Side wines who offered a selection of four wines. Pinto Gris, Riesling, Chardonnay and a white blend. The huge winner here was the Pinot Gris, a very good wine full of traditional flavours, the wine was quickly gone.

I did the majority pouring of the wines for Backyard, a Fraser Valley Winery that most people knew. They offered their Noisy Neighbour White and Red, along with the Gossip White and Red. The four wines were blends of four or more varietal. All were all well received.

It was the first time Barbara and I found ourselves on the other side of the table. It was quite the experience. We were so happy that Kim was there for us. It would have been quite the challenge to handle three wineries.

We went home quite tired from a very long day!