What’s In Store: Treating Dad to s/wine?

This week, I’m talking all about booze.

For anyone who knows me, that’s almost laughable. You can count on one hand the number of drinks  I’ve had in the past decade.

Nevertheless, I have to tell you about the fifth annual Wine & Swine event at Township 7 Vineyard & Winery on Father’s Day.

Three new spring wines are being paired with gourmet pork fare – hence the name – for a different type of tasting experience.

There are two different times on Sunday, June 19, the first session running from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the second runs 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The event also features performances by a local folk rock trio called LB4LB (Pound 4 Pound).

Tickets to the event are $30 per person at 604-532-1766 or township7.com.

Now hold on. You may be thinking this just sounds too commercial to be part of the What’s In Store column, and you’d be right.

But here’s the charity angle to this one – and usually Township 7 has a charity component to most of its bigger events. Partial proceeds from the Father’s Day Wine & Swine will be going to a very family-oriented charity – Ronald McDonald House.

Emporium closing

And speaking of wine, I received word that Frank Valente and the team at Wine Emporium are closing up shop next month.

Valente explains how B.C. licencing changes have impacted him, prompted him to shut the doors after 15 years.

The shelves have been appearing a little bare in the Murrayville shop of late, and Valente said “it’s time.”

July 15 is the final day.

“The decision to sell was not an easy one, but with new B.C. government liquor policies now well in place and other underlying factors, we have decided it is in our best interest to sell and move on to different ventures in our lives. This chapter is coming to an end,” he said.

The store opened in December 2001, and Valente said they’ve become a “big part of the community” since then.

“We saw the community grow, the B.C. wine industry grow, and in the end we grew as well,” he said, crediting the vision for the store and a team of hardworking staff for making that possible.

“This is what we will miss the most, you, the people, the community. Thank you for letting us help you select and for letting us educate you about B.C. VQA wines and in some cases thank you for educating us,” he said.



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