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February 2020 Vancouver Sensory Symposium Salon

Do you know there are over 30 wineries in the lower mainland and more than 30 wineries scattered across the islands? That means there are over 60 local wineries right in Vancouver’s backyard!

On February 24th, the Sensory Symposium Salon Series at VV Tapas Lounge hosed two all-star panel sessions exploring the issues facing local wineries and positioning this wine as “local” in the minds of Vancouver wine consumers. Throughout the evening,  attendees tasted the unique terroir of 8 different local wines, while panelists spoke to local wine issues.

Keynote Address: Peter Van de Reep, B.C.’s top Sommelier in 2020

The two panels featured a speaker and wines from Unsworth Vineyards (Chris Turyk), Blue Grouse Estate Winery (Bailey Williamson), Kutatás Wines (Daniel Dragert), and Averill Creek Vineyard (Brent Averill). The panels also included the following 6 speakers that are among the top in their fields:

  • Matthew Landry: B.C.’s top Sommelier in 2019, winner of the Tasting Games, and wine director at Fiore.
  • Laura Starr: Freelance writer, sommelier, wine editor at VITIS Magazine, and Vice-Chair of the BC Hospitality Foundation.
  • Shawn Jones:  Sommelier and general manager at Old Bird.
  • Jessica Luongo: Director & co-founder at AmoVino Distributors Ltd.
  • Sean Nelson: B.C.’s top Sommelier in 2018, sommelier at Hawksworth Restaurant Group and owner of Somm Wine Guy Consulting.
  • Louise Fedyk: Massey Wine & Spirits.
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Proceeds from the event benefited the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, which is accessed by 8,000 people every week. For every $1 donated, $3 of food can be purchased – donations can also be made directly by clicking here.

The Sensory Symposium Salon Series was proudly sponsored by Andrew Peller Limited, EMKAO fair trade chocolate, Massey Wines & Spirits, AmoVino Wine & Spirits, Town Hall Brands, Sani-Marc, and Nuance Winery Supplies.


About Sensory Symposium Events

Hosted by Terroir Consulting, Silk & Coupe and Sirocco Insights, the Sensory Symposium series is an in-depth discussion with BC winemakers about current topics. The May 2019 inaugural Sensory Symposium featured three winemaker panels discussing Women in Wine, Natural Wine and Sustainability/Sensory Diversity in BC.

coming up next…

Stayed tuned for the Sensory Symposium in Penticton in May 2020, as well as the Winnipeg Sensory Symposium in September 2020.

Sensory Symposium Research 

Read the consumer research results conducted at the first Sensory Symposium by Terroir Consulting’s Darcen Esau.