This is an exciting year for Harry McWatters – he is renovating an old theatre building into a winery and wine hospitality centre in Penticton, he was named Spirited Industry Professional Award at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival, AND it’s his – count it – 50th vintage of making wine in BC!
Harry has accomplished a lot in his 50 years in the BC wine industry. He started with Casabello Wines in 1968. In 1980, he started Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, followed by See Ya Later Ranch several years later. Harry was instrumental in starting the Okanagan Wine Festival, which has run for over 30 years. He founded the BC Wine Institute and brought the VQA concept to BC. He was the first to have a commercially successful sparkling wine and the first to use the new word "Meritage" on his red wine blends. Harry was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in 2001 for his work in the BC and Canadian wine industry, he received the Order of British Columbia in 2003, and he was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, just to name a few of his many accolades.
TIME Winery was launched in 2013, and is making wine in Encore Vineyards' new Penticton facility alongside Harry's other two labels: McWatters Collection and Evolve Cellars. Join us as we taste some of the new TIME wines and hear a few tales from Harry’s “time” in the BC wine industry!
Wines being poured include:
Something else we need to mention: Harry has been a great friend to our Society ever since we started over 10 years ago, and he is generously donating all the wines that we will be tasting this evening. Thank you, Harry!
Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Place: Diamond Ballroom, top floor of the Masonic Centre, 1495 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver
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Contributors: Russell Ball
I'm a fan of great local wine and the passionate people who make it happen! Through the BCWAS and my personal blog Adventures in BC Wine I aim to share news about the fine wines and wineries of my home province, and my experiences exploring them with family and friends. Follow me on Twitter @RussellBall
Contributors: Kristal Kaulbach
I am very pleased to have been part of BCWAS almost right from the beginning – my first event was BCWAS’s third tasting, and I’ve been involved ever since! I am thrilled with all the support that we have from all of the wonderful owners and winemakers in our beautiful province, and of course, BCWAS couldn’t exist without you. Cheers, and see you at the next tasting!