On September 29th a total of 46 intrepid wine tasters enjoyed a a fabulous day out, despite a forecast for heavy showers and a last minute bus break down.
The day began bright and early in the upper parking lot at Fairwinds Marina with coffee and some very tasty muffins baked by volunteers. Happily the bus was soon fixed after only a minor delay and after departure, the MC’s, Bill & Linda Hamilton, did a fine job of keeping everyone entertained with jokes and skill testing games. The very talented Andy and John Vallis blew everyone away with their unsurpassed knowledge of 1960’s Canadian rock music and Canadian trivia.
The first stop was at the very picturesque Blue Grouse Winery for a tasting and an engaging presentation by winemaker, Bailey Williamson. His comments included the history of the property and buildings as well as the types of grapes best suited to the Vancouver Island climate and general information regarding the wine making process.
An hour of free time in Duncan gave everyone a chance to check out the local shops or the brew pub. Some stragglers from the latter establishment received some wry comments from their fellow passengers when they finally returned to the bus. One individual was even spotted crawling on all fours to avoid being noticed.
Our final stop was at Unsworth Vineyards for a fabulous gourmet lunch served family style and accompanied by tastings of a selection of their fine wines, together with a commentary by the Tasting Room Manager.
The volume level in the bus on the trip home was distinctly higher than on the outward trip. Chocolate and liqueur served on the return drive back to Fairwinds added to the atmosphere. The end to another memorable and enjoyable SCYC day out!