Canada’s brightest changemakers raise a glass of BC wine

Last week, New York City played host to a remarkable event that saw some of the best wines from Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country members poured for guests attending Destination Canada events.

The reception, held at the Arlo Soho Hotel, followed the filming of TED Talks by inspirational people with connections to Canada, sparking conversation and encouraging the world to view Canada in a different light.

“We were so honoured to pour for some of our country’s brightest speakers and biggest changemakers following the recording of their landmark TED Talks,” says Jennifer Busmann, executive director of Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association. “To share both the quality and narrative of wines from our region in New York City has been a dream come true.”

To illustrate the warmth of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country’s desert-like landscape, which has more degree-growing days through the year than the Napa Valley, the team poured Road 13 Vineyards 2020 Syrah, Bordertown Estate Winery 2019 Cabernet Franc, Culmina Family Estate Winery 2017 Hypothesis.

To speak to the region’s diverse terroir and various elevations with warm days but cool nights, guests enjoyed Road 13 Vineyards 2018 Sparkling Chenin Blanc, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2020 Chardonnay and Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery 2017 Riesling Ice Wine.

To celebrate the region’s authentic cultural roots and stewardship of the land, two wines from Nk’Mip Cellars were poured: 2020 Qwam Qwmt Riesling and 2019 Qwam Qwmt Syrah.

Wines were also poured to guests attending a business and events reception earlier in the week, held at the Consulate General of Canada. TED@DestinationCanada Talks will be published on starting in the spring.

A Road 13 wine is poured for a guest from Tokyo, Japan.

Photos courtesy of Destination Canada / Daniel Seung Lee.