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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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)
2010 Altostratus (unreleased)
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.