Posts tagged ‘Vacation’

September 27th, 2011

B.C. Vineyards

Continuing on with my trip to B.C., on the Sunday we all headed out on a road trip, we hit up a few wineries, B.C. is famous in Canada for it’s exceptional wines and I was dying to check some out! We hit up around four of them but I was so into it that I really didn’t take many photos but here are two vineyards we went to and loved!

Cherry Point Vineyard

One of the vineyards we went to was Cherry Point Vineyard.

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Cherry Point was this wonderful little Vineyard about an hour outside of Victoria.

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Turns out, we showed up on the same day that they were hosting the after-party of a cycling race! We also found out that someone who was part of the race actually flew this helicopter into the vineyard just to race! Crazy!!!!

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One of the things I LOVE about visiting wineries is just how laid back the atmosphere is. They let us set up a picnic out back and pop open a bottle of sparking pinot noir which was so light and fruity that it went down waaay to easily even though we forgot glasses and had to buy shot glasses!

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At one point, the sommelier just wandered down to join us for a drink and chat!

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Then this happened! The bottle didn’t have a cork in it, nor was it a twist top, it was one of those hold pop tops but every time we opened the bottle it would go flying off. The second time we tried putting the metal neck on the bottle (the one seen in the picture) it somehow sheered the entire lip of the bottle off!!! Yikes! We let the workers know and they were kind enough to give us another bottle. Guess we just don’t know our own strength!

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Godfrey-Brownell Vineyard

Another winery we went to was Godfrey-Brownell Vineyard. My cousins snagged a Groupon deal with this vineyard as we were the last appointment for the day so everyone was even more relaxed! We got a tasting of a variety of their wines and were served an antipasti platter to go along with it!

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All the wines we tried here were top-notch. Full of complex, fruity flavours!

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When we first arrived we were served by a foreign student who had just been working in the vineyard for two weeks and she sat and chatted with us for a while. Not too long after she left, the owner himself came out to chat! This is David Godfrey and he was quite the interesting guy! He came out with a few more bottles, including an amazing 2002 sparking Pinot Noir, poured us all glasses, poured himself a glass and then plunked himself down in a chair for a chat. Turns out he spent a lot of his years in Toronto and when we Google’d him later he turned out to be a Governor General award winning author!

Mr. Godfrey talked a lot about the winery and the wines. Not only is the wine organic but they also use bio-dynamic principles in the wine making process. Bio-dynamics is a system whereby the farmers do not bring in outside sources to keep the crops from growing (outside of the crops themselves) but use the natural lay of the land and everything that’s on it to produce their crops. They also use the weather and even moon phases to help to plant and harvest their crops. I love this style of farming and trust me, it shows in the wine! I wanted to buy everything! Thank god they do shipping, we just may have to order a few bottles!

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Visiting Godfrey-Brownell was the perfect end to a leisurely day in the vineyards of Vancouver Island. A great time was had by all and we really had to pull ourselves away.

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It was so great to be able to try some wines we wouldn’t ordinarily get at the liquor stores here in Ontario. I’m so sad they’re so far away! I was even more impressed with the sheer amount of organic wineries, almost all of the wineries we visited were organic without being so pretentious as to shout it from the rooftops.

More from our vacation to come!

September 16th, 2011

Victoria, B.C. – Butchart Gardens

Holy geez! I can’t believe how time has gotten away from me already! I’ve been back from B.C. for a week already without posting! ACK!

Alan and I had an amazing time visiting my cousin and her husband in Victoria and, quite frankly, were bummed we had to come back. I’ll go into detail over the next few posts of some of the major highlights of the trip.

One of the first things we did was to hit up Butchart Gardens just outside of Victoria. Whitney told us they had gone for the first time a few weeks before and had such a spectacular fireworks show that she immediately put it on our itinerary!

Butchart Gardens was spectacular! It’s a major tourist spot but I can see why. The gardens were just beautiful! Words don’t give it justice so I’ll just post a few photos instead!

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And yes, Whitney was right: the fireworks show was the most spectacular fireworks show I’ve ever seen! They incorporated music and moveable parts with just an awesome display of pyrotechnics. I highly recommend heading to Butchart Gardens for a nice afternoon out (go on Saturday’s fore the fireworks show)!

Next post I’ll talk about wine and totem poles!!!