Cornucopia at Whistler – Join us at the Crystal Lodge Gallery, November 12

The big food and wine festival that is Cornucopia gets underway in North America’s premier mountain resort in early November and Black Cloud will be there to take part and pour some Pinot Noir.

Now in its 20th year, Cornucopia celebrates food and drink in a big way with scores of events, big and small.

Black Cloud will be at the Crystal Lodge Gallery for a unique event that allows participants to express their artistic prowess (or lack thereof) and sip delicious Pinot Noir at the same time. It’s a great event for a date night, a girls’ night out or a chance to scratch that secret artist’s itch. If your in town, why not join us?

Black Cloud's Audralee and Bradley

Audralee Daum and Bradley Cooper – partners in Black Cloud.

Tickets go fast for these wine and art events so make sure you follow this link to secure a spot.

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Top Five Reasons To Join A Wine Club

Is a wine club for you?

Just about every winery has a wine club.  From a simple mailing list to a sophisticated e-commerce site, there’s no shortage of ways to become a club member of your favourite winery. Or three.  But why do people join these clubs? Have you been considering joining?

There’s a ton of different offers out there for fans of #BCwine. You’ll have to determine how often you want wine delivered, how much you can afford, what kind of wines are offered by the clubs and are their any hidden fees or extras.

Here’s five reasons clubs are popular.

1) Exclusivity – A lot of people get annoyed when they discover a wine they really like and when they check in to it, the wine is sold out! You can avoid that problem by joining a club.

We make no secret about the fact that our Cloudy Day wine club is the easiest way to be guaranteed access to our diminutive 500 case annual production.

Our members get a chance to ensure our various Pinot Noir bottlings find their way to their homes. You can try to find us in the few restaurants and fine wine stores around BC that manage to grab a case or two.  But that might prove to be hit and miss.

So, scarcity is probably the number one attraction to the Cloudy Day club.  But there are a few more reasons that may appeal to your logic.

2) Special offers.  Wineries like to make sure their best customers (the wine club) gets first crack at small lots, library releases, wines made expressively for the club, and occasionally co-promoted offers from other services and retailers.  For example, when we released our 275 bottle Cumulus Nimbus Pinot Noir in the spring, Cloudy Day club members had an opportunity to purchase first.

3) Better prices – most of the clubs offer a percentage off retail prices and often there’s a deal to be had on shipping too. Some even offer free shipping at certain purchase thresholds.

4) Delivered to your door – make no mistake about it, people love have their wine delivered right to their door. So civilized!

5) Access to events (on-site and off) and the people behind the wine –  when you’re interested in something like wine, finding out more about the products and the people is often very rewarding. From our perspective, we love having opportunities to connect with our fans and customers. That’s why wine clubs make sure their members get first opportunity to attend events at the winery or when they’re on the road. Wine tastes even better in the company of friends and like-minded strangers!

Do you have some other reasons? Are you already a member of a wine club or two? Let us know what you think.

Cheers!

Grapejuice!

Brian Heckl

A vertical of three magnums of our Altostratus Pinot Noir was one of last year’s auction items at the Grapejuice! 2014 event.

We’re happy to report that we’re pouring our Black Cloud Pinot Noir at Grapejuice this year (March 5) in Vancouver. If you didn’t know, Grapejuice is an annual event in support of the Big Sisters of BC (Lower Mainland). We’ve participated in the past by providing items for the auction. This year we get to attend and pour our wine for the throngs of guests that make this a sell-out every year. If you’d like to know more about this event or would like to buy tickets, check out Grapejuice with this link.

Spring is here! Here’s the tasting events calendar…

We’re heading to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland of BC over the next couple weeks to debut our new RED SKY release.  The 2013 RED SKY rosé is the big news – a fresh and lively addition to your patio or festive table and, of course, 100% Pinot Noir.  We’ll also have our  Altostratus and Fleuvage on hand and you will have an opportunity to taste these 2010 vintages  just to see how each evolves in the bottle and to explore the vintage characteristics.IMG_20140226_174534

Friday April 4th –  

Sheraton Wall Centre Fine Spirits
1075 Hornby Street
Vancouver BC
604-893-7254
wine@wallcentre.com

4 to 7 pm

A new place for us.  Our first time pouring there!

Saturday, April 5

Value on Liquor

1450 SW Marine Drive

Vancouver, BC

3 to 7 pm

Sunday, April 6th

–  Broadway Wine Shop 

2752 West Broadway Vancouver BC

Canada  V6K 2G4

2 to 5 pm

We’re pleased to return to one of the finest shops in the city and one of the first merchants to support our fledgling enterprise many years ago.

Thursday,  April 10

Whatcom Wines and Spirits

100-1900 N. Parallel Rd.
Abbotsford, BC  V3G 2C6

t. 604.746.3455

4 – 6 pm

Looking forward to seeing our fans in the valley!

Friday, April 11

Mt. Lehman Liquor Store

3122 Mt. Lehman Road

Abbotsford, BC

604-853-6253

4 – 6 pm

Another new store now carrying Black Cloud.

Saturday, April 12

Big Ridge Liquor Store

103 – 15250

Highway #10, Surrey BC

604-575-2371

3-6 pm

Returning to the old home town for some Pinot Noir liquid love.

Sunday, April 13

Shark Club Liquor Store

20169 – 88th Avenue Langley, BC

2:30to 5:30 pm

The Black Hills Experience – one of the best

We’re acutely aware that some of our fans wish we had a physical location for our winery where they could visit and live the terroir first hand. We don’t have a tasting room or a winery building to visit – for now. But we can recommend other places we think embody the Okanagan and BC wine experience.

A lot of the wineries in BC certainly don’t need our help.  But sometimes even our jaded perspective gets a wake-up call and we feel compelled to pass on what we think is essential for visitors and residents to know about.

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Lately we had the opportunity to visit Black Hills in the South Okanagan and thoroughly enjoyed the premium tasting that was offered.  We hadn’t been to Black Hills since they opened their new visitor center and we didn’t intend on doing anything more than standing at the tasting bar and having a couple sips.  But once we stepped into the modern, cool reception area and took in the view, staying a little longer and having a richer adventure seemed like the right thing to do.

The wines, scenery and architecture were great.  But without a good guide the journey can be confusing or lacking. Not so at Black Hills. They’ve got some top talent twisting tops and pulling corks.  I thoroughly endorse Jeff Stewart for the way he shepherded our group through our flight of wines, offering information and insights into vintage variations and winemaking stylistic nuances.  You can book Jeff directly at jeff@blackhillswinery.com when you book your tasting.

And I advise booking soon.  We were told that these custom tasting sessions are quickly finding a favoured place among wine touring visitors and this is something you don’t want to miss.

Black Cloud POP-up tasting shows off range of Pinot Noirs

Bottles of Pinot Noir wait to be sampled by participants at the Black Cloud POP-up wine tasting

Bottles of Pinot Noir wait to be sampled by participants at the Black Cloud POP-up wine tasting

The Vancouver International Wine Festival provided the backdrop for our 2nd annual POP-up Pinot Noir tasting last Saturday and the buzz inside the suite at the Hotel LeSoleil matched the general wine vibe in the city all week.

We set out an array of Pinot Noirs from the past, present and future releases to a small but appreciative crowd.  Featured during the tasting:

2012 Rose (unreleased, tank sample)

2006 Fleuvage

2008 Altostratus

2009 Altostratus

2010 Altostratus (unreleased)

2010 Fleuvage

2011 Altostratus (barrel sample)

2012 Altostratus (barrel sample)

Only about 20 cases of the 2012 Rose were made and these will be available to the Cloudy Day club members first as an add on to the regular subscription chosen.  It’s crisp and clean with a nose of raspberry and rose petals with a light cherry palate.  A great spring and summer accompaniment to any patio experience.

Be sure to read this blog for the next event featuring our Pinot Noirs.