Last Friday, Wine for Waves, presented by the Vancouver Aquarium and Naramata Bench Wineries Association, uncorked for the first time this season the Bench’s finest 2014 spring release wines in Vancouver, along with delectable tastings from Ocean Wise restaurant partners and a silent auction full of Naramata experiences and fine wines. Thanks to the support of the event’s guests, participants and sponsors, Wine for Waves raised approximately $25,000 in support of the Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program.

Featuring 23 wineries and 11 Ocean Wise restaurants and partners, the event featured a dizzying display of sumptuous wines and mouth-melting canapés, including an Ocean Wise oyster bar, courtesy of the B.C. Shellfish Growers Association; land-raised Ocean Wise Kuterra Salmon with green garbanzo bean hummus & lemon camelina oil from YEW seafood + bar; Winemaker Karen Gillis’s 2013 Red Rooster Riesling and Okanagan organic slow braised rooster topped with fresh “hickory sticks” from The Pecking Room Patio Grill; and Ocean Wise pickled mackerel and sweet pepper with eggplant, potato, buttermilk and capers from Homer St. Café and Bar, among many other savoury and sweet bites.

The team from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts shows off their sweet dessert buffet at Wine for Waves. Photo credit: Dan Poh Photography.

The team from Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts shows off its sweet dessert buffet at Wine for Waves. Photo credit: Dan Poh Photography.

The packed room of nearly 400 people emitted a festive vibe, with DJ Chris Rushton of Zuzu Productions spinning energetic tunes and guests bidding for 15 Naramata Bench experiences and 22 wine packages.

Silent auction experiences included great adventures such as a stand-up paddleboard tour followed by a picnic bubbly breakfast on the beach from Elephant Island Orchard Wines; a Movie in the Vineyard with delicious bites, followed by an overnight stay at the winemaker’s, breakfast and a private wine tasting from Serendipity Winery; and a landscape photography workshop with well-known Canadian photographer Scott Forsyth, followed by dinner and wine courtesy of Kettle Valley Winery, among others.

The event would not have been made possible without the support of supplier sponsor Sysco Canada, as well as media sponsor CTV Vancouver. Additionally, warm thanks goes to all of the wineries, restaurant, and volunteers who made the event a smashing success. To view all event participants, visit our website.

Overfishing is the biggest issue facing our oceans today. Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program works with chef, restaurant, retail and market partners across Canada to provide sustainable seafood options for consumers. Look for the Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item for Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice.





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