DIY: Wine Themed Bridal Shower

Does your bride-to-be love wine? Do you want to throw an elegant, sophisticated Bridal Shower full of delicious wine and food, perfect decorations and fun for all?

Here is an event plan to follow to help you throw the best wine themed party!

THINGS TO DO:

1) Guess how many corks are in the vase- provide small pieces of paper for guests to choose how many corks are in the vase, and give a prize out to the closest # without going over

2) A pop-up BC wine tasting can include the following wines:

  • Okanagan Crush Pad/Bella Sparkling Gamay Noir
  • Averill Creek Pinot Grigio
  • Tinhorn Creek  2BenchWhite
  • Wild Goose Vineyards  Gewurztraminer
  • Dirty Laundry Kay-Syrah
  • Krause Berry Farms Blueberry

3) Have guests give hand written advice to the bride-to-be- provide a box for guests to leave the notes in, then give this to the bride to take home and keep forever

4) How well does the Bride know the Groom? (Q+A game)

DECORATIONS:

Flowers | fill mason jars with corks and top with a seasonal flower and/or fill wine bottles with a tall flower, or even a rose

Wine glasses | make sure you have tags so each guest can write their name down so they don’t loose their wine glass during the event

Thank you gift ideas | wine charms, a cheese spreader (knife), home-made infused olive oils

Details | grape crates, wine barrels, and wine corks can be scattered around the room to add to ambiance

Frame | quotes like “you had me at merlot” or “may your love age like a bottle of fine wine and get better with time”

FOOD and WINE:

Food

  • create a large cheese (aged cheddar, brie, asiago) and meats (salami, garlic sausage) platter served along side with bread and crackers.
  • make home-made pizza on the BBQ
  • serve fruit alongside a white chocolate dipping sauce

Wine

  • welcome everyone with a glass of bubbly. Some of my favourite BC sparkling wines come from Backyard Vineyard, Blasted Church, Summerhill winery and Sumac Ridge
  • serve a variety of BC wines in a large ice bucket so guests can try different wines, and learn about BC wineries. Add a tag/note around the top of the bottle, which states the winery, region and an interested fact about the wine.

If you are looking for some help planning an upcoming wine-themed event, please contact Kayla at Kayla@uncorkBC.com. She specializes in event coordination who can help with pre-planning and execution.

Le Vieux Pin Wines Added to Michelin Restaurant Lists

The Okanagan’s Le Vieux Pin is celebrating recent and ongoing inclusion on the wine lists of several international Michelin starred restaurants including the following:

* The Table Kevin Fehling (Germany)Kevin Fehling is the youngest European 3 Michelin starred chef ever
o 2009 and 2010 Le Vieux Pin Syrah (Cuvee Classique)
* Hakkasan (London)
o 2013 Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette
o 2010 Le Vieux Pin Syrah (Cuvee Classique)
* Yauatcha (London)
o 2013 Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette
o 2010 Le Vieux Pin Syrah (Cuvee Classique)
o 2013 Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette
o 2010 Le Vieux Pin Syrah (Cuvee Classique)
Being included on these lists is no small achievement. These restaurants can stock their cellars with wines from anywhere in the world, regardless of price. Many European culinary meccas have been carrying Le Vieux Pin wines for at least four consecutive vintages.
Le Vieux Pin’s appearance on these exclusive lists is particularly meaningful because it indicates that the winery is recognized for crafting truly exceptional wines by those holding the highest standards. Established only ten years ago, Le Vieux Pin is a relative newcomer, and the winery hails from a lesser-known region compared to many of its peers from winemaking regions that have been famed for centuries.
Of special note, London’s Hakkasan’s wine buyer and well known wine personality, Christine Parkinson, was so impressed by Le Vieux Pin wines that she purchased a case of Syrah Cuvee Violette for her personal cellar.