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

NEW YEAR? New Representation for Black Cloud

The rapid growth for BC winery Black Cloud is cause for celebration in this new year – and the reason for the announcement of a new partnership with Mondiale Fine Beverage Ltd., a Vancouver-based wine agency.

Black Cloud has attracted a strong following since its introduction in 2008. Up until now, the winery owners have been doing most of the distribution with the help of some independent sales people.
“We love being in the community and interacting with our customers and sales partners but there’s only two of us – to be effective in the marketplace we’ve opted to join forces with the experts at Mondiale,” said Audralee Daum, Black Cloud owner and chief financial officer, “Paul Jordan and his team have proven capabilities in wine sales and they ‘get’ what we’re doing as we reach for excellence in each vintage.”
Created in 2008 by winemaker Bradley Cooper and his partner Ms. Daum, and based in the Okanagan, Black Cloud makes Pinot Noir exclusively in several value tiers. Distinct vineyard-designate vintage bottlings are their hallmark.
Mondiale Beverage Imports is the brainchild of industry veteran Paul Jordan.  He’s joined by Frank Gregus and Tamara San Martin.
Mondiale Fine Beverage Ltd will be responsible for all accounts in the Vancouver – Whistler – Lower Mainland area. Black Cloud will continue to personally serve the Okanagan and BC interior regions. Representation on Vancouver Island and the Islands is maintained by Quench! Wines (Rayna Corner)
Interested parties are urged to contact Paul and his Mondiale associates at:
Paul Jordan
Downtown Vancouver, Whistler
Frank Gregus
North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Fraser Valley South
Tamara San Martin
Vancouver, Fraser Valley North
Black Cloud:
Bradley Cooper 250-490-7314
Audralee Daum 250-488-2181
Quench! Wines
Rayna Corner
604-884-7497

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.

Broadway Wine – one of our favourite wine stores

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Martin Farrell is one of the talented staffers at Broadway Wine Shop. They really know their stuff.

Every once in a while we like to feature one of our retail partners.  We don’t blanket every area by trying to be in every store.  Instead we like to choose shops that specialize in wine and take the time to work with their customers to guarantee they get the wine experience they’re looking for.

Broadway Wine (originally Broadway International) is that kind of store. They’ve been selling Black Cloud since we started almost 5 years ago.  They’re the embodiment of a good neighbourhood wine store.  The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.

The store has a somewhat unique license that allows them to have wine only, but includes import and domestic selections.  The result is an eclectic mix of difficult-to-find wines that are far from the ordinary.

2752 West Broadway, Vancouver

604.734.8543   Open daily 11 – 9pm

 

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Located at Broadway and McDonald in Vancouver, the Broadway International Wine Shop has been serving the wine-buying public since 1986.