Event:Crush - A Fine Wine Affair
Start:Monday October 18, 2021
12:00 PM PDT
End:Sunday October 24, 2021
8:00 PM PDT
Contact:Kate Barry
(250) 385-6835

Welcome to our Crush Online Auction in support of the Belfry Theatre.

Bid from ANYWHERE in British Columbia! BUT watch for details on pick-up and mailing.


WINNERS: Confirmed Monday Ooctober 25th.

Visa, Mastercard, American Express. Select Express Check Out option. Payment is due as soon as possible after auction closes.

-Social Distancing scheduled pick-up will be at the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone Ave, Victoria BC) for the week following the auction
-Selected items can also be sent by regular Canada Parcel Post or courier service at winner’s expense*
*We hold no responsibility for items damaged in transit.

Thank you to our sponsors, Odlum Brown Limited, Used.ca, Vessel Liquor Store, Boulevard Magazine and Eat Magazine and to the donors of these fabulous items so generously donated.

Cash AppealsOur Goal
Make a Donation to the Belfry
For more than 40 years the Belfry Theatre has showcased new plays, Canadian classics, and the best contemporary work from around the world, in a 19th century heritage building that has transformed over the years into one of Canada’s most beautiful and intimate cultural spaces.

Tickets sales pay for less than half of our operating expenses. We rely on government and corporations to help us continue, but without the generosity of hundreds of individual donors, our beautiful building and the quality work we produce would not be possible.

This year, more than ever, we are looking to our friends and donors to help us. Your gift will enable us to continue making superior theatre content during this fallow period, both in-person and online.

Tax receipts are issued for cash donations of $10 or more. All donors who contribute $25 or more are considered members of the Belfry Theatre Society and are eligible to vote at the Belfry Theatre’s Annual General Meeting.

Our Goal: $2,000

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Fine Wine
Hundred Acre “Ark Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 (California)

Hailing from Napa Valley, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon bottling from Hundred Acre winery is surely one of California’s most collectable wines. Produced by flamboyant and contrarian winemaker Jayson Woodbridge, whose signature style features an incredibly opulent and creamy texture, this beauty was sourced from his 15-acre Ark Vineyard property on fabled Howell Mountain. Hundred Acre wines are pretty rare in these parts, so this 2013 vintage, which was aged in cask for 32 months prior to being released, should be of considerable interest to serious collectors. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate was impressed enough to rate it at 100. The description is tantalizing: “Full-bodied, rich and velvety, the palate is completely packed with spicy fruit, finishing with lingering earthy notes.” The Wine Spectator was also a fan: “Creamy, mocha-scented oak provides a seductive introduction, easing the way for a rich mix of cherry, currant, plum and licorice flavors. This continues to gain depth and nuance, ending as it begins.” And two scribes from CellarTracker both bestowed a rating of 99, with this notable praise: “The 2013 Ark is as close to perfection as a wine can be! Floral aromas followed by flavors of black cherry, plum, blackberry and mocha.” And this from his colleague: “Simply outstanding. Great depth of flavor, rich mouthfeel, long finish.” Wow!

Valued at $800Current bid: $800

Donated By Anonymous

Marchesi Antinori Solaia
1997 (Italy)
Solaia means “sunny one” in Italian, and is the name for the 10-hectare vineyard that is the source for this signature Super Tuscan. The Marchesi Antinori family goes back seven centuries as winemakers, but made recent history in 1971 when they launched their Tignanello blend, followed by Solaia in 1978. Initially controversial because these wines had “international” aspirations and used some non-Italian varietals, their stunningly rich flavours and charismatic opulence easily captured the wine world’s attention. A lush blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Franc, Solaia vintages have won many awards, and almost invariably score in the mid- to high 90s. The 1997 is no exception, with Wine Enthusiast bestowing 97 points and these laudatory comments: “Top echelon, with a stunning purity and depth of layered fruit both sensuous and intellectually appealing . . . while the supple mouthfeel belies the wine’s profound power and structure.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate came in at 96, adding this rave: “The sensational, opaque blue/purple 1997 exhibits a complex nose of cedar, spice box, cassis and subtle oak. It is a thrilling Solaia.” Wine maven Jancis Robinson loved the tremendous concentration and called the wine “outstanding.” One writer at CellarTracker praised it for being “juicy, deep and very silky” while another noted: “Stunning balance, sophistication and elegance. Incredible wine. So thankful I have more.” Enough said!

Valued at $500Current bid: $500

Donated By Ame de Paoli

Château Cheval Blanc, 1999 (France)
One of only four Saint-Émilion estates to merit a Grand Cru designation, Château Cheval Blanc is one of Bordeaux’s most well known wines. The 1999 vintage is a blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc, with Cheval Blanc being considered the most esteemed Cab Franc-based wine in the world. Very much a celebrity, it has been featured in many movies and TV shows, having had cameos in episodes of Rumpole of the Bailey and Inspector Morse, and various films such as Ratatouille, Sideways, and the James Bond thriller Never Say Never Again. Appropriately, this wine “star” has many fans amongst the critics, including Robert Parker whose Wine Advocate awarded the 1999 vintage 93 points and mouth-watering praise: “Once past the blockbuster bouquet of menthol, leather, black fruits, licorice, and mocha, the wine reveals medium body, extraordinary elegance, purity, and sweet, harmonious flavours . . . this is a seamless beauty of finesse, charm, and concentration.” The Wine Spectator was similarly impressed, calling the wine “opulent, yet reserved, and beautiful. Offering so much finesse and beauty, this is a polished and gorgeous Cheval.” Two writers at CellarTracker recently awarded 95 and 96, and suggested that this vintage’s time in the cellar was coming to an end. “It’s outstanding – such complexity, lovely long finish. It’s perfect now,” wrote one, with the other scribe adding: “Splendid, simply splendid, at its prime now, don’t wait too much longer.”

Valued at $1,500Current bid: $700

Donated By Paddy Stewart

Château Cos d’Estournel, 1990 (France)
Surely there is no better source of brilliant wine than France’s fabled region of Bordeaux, which boasts many hundreds of châteaux producing wines the whole world craves. And when it comes to bidding on fine French wine, why settle for just one bottle when the auction lot features a matched pair? This lovely brace of beauties from Château Cos d’Estournel comes from one of only five Grand Cru Classé-rated wineries in the Saint-Estephe region. Coloured a dark crimson, this medium- to full-bodied wine has a silky texture and aromas of spice and sandalwood . . . and enough charm and character to earn 95 points from Vinous, as well as this hymn of praise: “I have always had a soft spot for the 1990. The palate is fresh and lively. It grips the mouth and offers black truffle and sage towards the slightly grainy textured finish that lingers on the palate. What a sublime Cos d’Estournel.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate awarded an impressive 94 points, noting, “The 1990 Cos has reached full maturity. It exhibits sweet berry fruit intermixed with spice box, herbs, and spring flowers.” And Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar had this so say: “Perfumed aromas of cassis, redcurrant, plum, minerals, coconut and violet. Lush, dense and gentle; rich and chocolatey.” Yum!

Valued at $820Current bid: $550

Donated By Anonymous

Château Les Ormes de Pez, 1990 (France)
Saint-Estephe is the northern-most of the Medoc communes, and is increasingly recognized as an excellent source for both high quality and great value Bordeaux reds. Case in point is Château Les Ormes de Pez, whose 33-hectare vineyard is planted with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc and yields some of Saint-Estephe’s leading Cru Bourgeois wines. The 1990 vintage received a rating of 91 from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, which made some mouth-watering comments: “It is certainly showing wonderfully well . . . a very deep garnet color, a lifted cedar and pencil-lead nose . . . . The palate is full-bodied with superb balance, vibrant acidity, plump black fruits, one of those St. Estephe wines that gets the saliva flowing, but easing up nicely towards the precise, dry finish. Very satisfying. Drink now-2020.” The Wine Spectator was similarly smitten with the 1990, and had these remarks: “Beautiful structure to this wine. Dark ruby color. Loads of tar and spice on the nose. Full-bodied and very concentrated, with velvety tannins and a long, long finish.” And CellarTracker (92 points) delighted in the “excellent nose of red and black berries, forest floor and leather . . . and much the same on the palate. Really pretty classic aged Bordeaux.” This auction lot consists of a pair of Ormes de Pez – sounds like a good chance to double your pleasure with a garlicky roast lamb dinner!

Valued at $205Current bid: $220

Donated By Anonymous

Château Lynch-Bages, 1988 (France)
Although technically only a “fifth growth” in ranking, Lynch-Bages is an unfailingly rich and robust wine that becomes ever more delicious with age; a Bordeaux from the Pauillac region, it is a wine that, in the words of renowned critic Hugh Johnson, “aspires to greatness.” The 1988 Lynch-Bages certainly pleased the experts. The Wine Spectator awarded this Grand Cru Classé a generous 95 points, adding: “Complex aromas of dark chocolate, currant and cigar box. Full-bodied, with chewy tannins . . . finishes with loads of ripe fruits. Big and juicy wine.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (92 points) had this to say: “It is a beautiful, classic claret. Dark ruby-colored with purple hues, it reveals aromas of dried herbs, smoke, leather, grilled meats, and copious black cherry and currant fruit. Medium-bodied, powerful, rich, and surprisingly evolved.” Various scribes at CellarTracker rated it from 90 to 95 points. Here are some of their comments, all dating from 2021: “Drinking beautifully – can enjoy now but also no rush.” “Light cedar nose; initially reserved with tannin; softened later and plummy; long sweet blackberry finish.” “A richly complex nose of cassis, plum, iron, [and] leather. Medium body, beautifully balanced, great mix of crisp and complex fruit . . . drinking beautifully and should continue to do so for another decade or more, great old-school Bordeaux.”

Valued at $285Current bid: $250

Donated By Anonymous

Château Léoville Poyferré, 2005 (France)
An early version of this Saint-Julien estate dates from the 1600s; much later, Château Léoville Poyferré was one of 15 Second Growths in the original Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855. Modernization and other improvements in the last few decades have pushed Léoville Poyferré to even greater heights: this is an elegant, refined and complex wine that offers lush, ripe fruit in a concentrated and powerful style. The 2005 vintage, a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot, was very well received. James Suckling gave it 96 points, complimenting it for being “full-bodied with velvety tannins that are layered and beautiful.” Overall he admired its “plushness and beauty.” Coming in at 95 points was Wine & Spirit, with this comment: “It’s massive, with dark extract and exotic spice, a sophisticated wine that ends on sweetness, bitter chocolate and dark berry fruit.” Appropriately enthusiastic, Wine Enthusiast (94 points) had this to say: “Hugely concentrated and packed with tannins, this wine shows considerable amounts of dark, extracted fruit. It wins out on impressive power driving the fruit through the tannins, giving great richness.” And Wine Spectator loved its “beautiful, caressing aftertaste,” while Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate opined that this was “a gorgeously opulent, approachable wine . . . exhibiting a dense purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of mocha, black chocolate, crème de cassis, licorice and toasty oak.”

Valued at $225Current bid: $250

Donated By Anonymous

Il Poggione Vigna Paganelli Brunello di Montalcino Reserva
2012 (Italy)
With the predominance of Bordeaux at this auction, it’s easy to forget that other countries in Europe also produce superlative wines. Such is most certainly the case with Brunello di Montalcino, the superstar of Tuscany and arguably Italy’s most collectable and cellar-worthy red. Il Poggione was established in the late 19th century, and is one of the three original producers of Brunello di Montalcino. Their “Vigna Paganelli” Reserva is only produced in the best vintages and comes from the oldest vineyard on the estate. And lucky is the bidder who wins this 2012 bottle, all 1.5 liters of it. James Suckling rated it at 97, praising its “great subtlety, enormous depth and a ton of tannin behind the opulence.” Although this vintage is drinking now (according to many critics), Suckling adds, “This stunning Brunello has decades of life ahead of it.” Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate crafted this compelling love poem: “Here’s a beautifully rich and succulent Brunello that drinks very nicely straight out of the gate [delivering] a warm, inviting and velvety presentation. What stands out most, however, is the wine’s rich texture that floods the mouth from front to back.” And Wine Spectator combined a rating of 95 points with these tasty comments: “Rich and evocative of cherry, currant, mineral, spice and tobacco flavors, this tightly knit red is harmonious and solidly built. Remains vibrant and persists on the mineral-inflected aftertaste. Fine length. Best from 2023 through 2038.” And given that this bottle is a magnum, that’s double your pleasure with one of this auction’s most hedonistic wines.

Valued at $256Current bid: $375

Donated By Ross Woodland

Champagne Trio
The monk who invented champagne famously declared, “I am drinking stars!” In the four centuries since then, enthusiasm for sparkling wine has only increased. Which brings us, very happily, to this party-hearty trio of premium French champagnes. Let’s start with the Egly-Ouriet Brut Grand Cru, a non-vintage bubbly, that is 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and is fermented and aged in barrel. Wineanorak rated it at 94 points, and lavished it with praise: “Broad and complex on the nose with toast and ripe pear notes. Some apricot and nuts, too. Rich and weighty on the palate. Such concentration. Mineral and pristine.” Next up is the Robert Moncuit “Vozémieux” Extra Brut Grand Cru Champagne, a single-vineyard production from 2010 that is made from Chardonnay; this blanc de blancs is considered to be powerful and masculine, with aromatic complexity and a bright, full-bodied palate with notable limestone minerality. Called “seriously delicious” by vervewine.com, this vintage was also prized by Vivino, which wrote: “This $100 bottle easily beats well known $200+ brands Intense golden color, amazing complex bouquet, multilayered palate, perfect balance and oak influence, flavorful and delicious.” And let’s cap the party with a 1.5 liter bottle, the Pierre Paillard “Les Parcelles” Grand Cru XV from the (undeniably amusingly named) village of Bouzy. Wine maven Jancis Robinson was clearly smitten with this wine that is 70% Pinot Noir: “Pretty full-on mousse. This is almost more like a pale red burgundy that happens to have bubbles. Quite a statement!” K&L Wine Merchants were similarly impressed, and had this to say: “This wine has such power and presence it deserves a great pairing like lobster, but also has the elegance to enjoy as an aperitif.” And Vivino added their own gush of praise: “A great way to finish a fun dinner with friends. Lively acidity and beautiful bubbles were complemented by sweet citrus on the nose and an excellent mouthfeel. Nice champer!”

Valued at $416Current bid: $545

Donated By

Andy Stephenson

The Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil" Ice Wine
The Rolling Stones continue to tour . . . and so does their legendary icewine, which is still swaggering about with devilish panache. Mick Jagger and the boys struck a tasty deal with Okanagan Valley’s Ex Nihilo Vineyards to put their name – and that lascivious red tongue – on a very limited-release icewine made from Pinot Noir. And with only 222 cases made, this ranks as one of the rarest wines in the world. (Which is why no reviews are available.) The official tasting notes identify “fresh berry with intense raisin” (although Stones fans will doubtless also note traces of brown sugar). Given that the Okanagan produces some of the planet’s finest icewines, you can expect this tipple to be exquisitely premium and as kicky as a Keith Richards guitar solo. Elegantly wrapped in black tissue and sealed with that Andy Warhol-designed tongue, this ultra-collectable comes tucked into a deluxe wooden presentation box. The lucky bidder gets to invite the Rolling Stones – and maybe some honky tonk women – for a truly unforgettable dinner. Talk about satisfaction!

Valued at $1,000Current bid: $300

Donated By Tracy Mitchell

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
Based in the very south of Napa Valley, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards grows many varietals on their 300 acres but are particularly known for their “Double Lariat” Cabernet Sauvignon, which is painstakingly blended by veteran winemaker Linda Trotta (who includes grapes from notable vineyards all over Napa). This auction lot is a vertical pair that starts with the 2015 vintage, comprising 87% Cabernet with small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot for complexity. James Suckling awarded it 90 points, and added, “A soft and juicy red with chewy tannins, bright fruit and a savory finish. Full body, round and delicious.” Two reviewers from Vivino were vivid in their praise: “All you want in a Napa Cab. Price point makes this a winner. Blackberry notes and full currant abound”; and “Enticing aromas jump out of the glass with this beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon. Notes of black currant, anise, and cedar intrigue the senses. The Double Lariat is highly elegant with a very pleasant finish.” The 2016 was similarly well regarded. Decanter went 92 points, then added, “Cigar box, herbal cassis, roast meat and wood smoke, complemented by a great balance of Cabernet menthol. Full bodied yet supple with a classy finish.” Wilfred Wong of Wine.com opined, “Plenty of fruit and a pleasing layered palate. This wine exhibits aromas and flavors of savory spices, dried earth, and black fruit.” James Suckling awarded 90 points, then added: “This has aromas of black fruit, sweet vanilla and toast. Full-bodied with a round texture. Full and juicy. A little old-style and fruit-forward.”

Valued at $140Current bid: $150

Donated By Jamieson Ranch Vineyards

Bordeaux Starter Pack
Crush has auctioned six-bottle “party packs” before, but this diverse and exciting collection of wines from all over the world is more like a miniature – and well aged – wine cellar. First up is the Haan Wilhelmus, a classy Bordeaux blend from Australia’s Barossa Valley. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated it from 91-94 and loved its “. . . gorgeous aromas of graphite, cedar wood, black currants, and licorice. The fragrant perfume is followed by a full-bodied red reminiscent of a top-flight Pauillac. Complex, elegant and intensely flavorful without being heavy.” Then it’s off to South Africa for the 2003 De Toren Fusion V, another Bordeaux blend that is De Toren’s flagship wine – one that has been reaping accolades from around the world. Here are some mouthwatering comments from Vivino: “17 years young! Such a blessing to still have some of this vintage in the cellar. Still inky black in the glass . . . the nose still shows blackcurrant, blueberry, cassis, black plum and licorice. The palate is silky smooth . . . this is what an iconic wine should taste like.” Here is another 2003 beauty, this one hailing from Washington State’s Columbia Valley. The Long Shadows “Pirouette” is 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and lesser amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah. Wine Spectator liked it enough to give it 93 points and some serious praise: “This rich, opulent red teems with currant, blackberry, plum, and exotic spice flavours.” Wine Enthusiast, also a big fan, was won over by how it “hits the palate quite soft, seamless, classy, rich and luscious in a Napa Valley style.” New Zealand is the source of our next red, the 2009 Craggy Range “Sophia” Merlot, Gimblett Gravels. This one averaged 92 points with serious critics, and wine goddess Jancis Robinson added some serious praise: “Very grown-up, sophisticated, complex nose. Lovely build. Fluid fruit with masses of minerality and some nicely judged tannins. A wine for the long term. Really appetizing.” Italy’s renowned Tuscany region provides our next entry, the 2008 Ornallaia “Le Serre Nuove,” a Merlot-heavy blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. It earned 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – and glowing words to match: “Drop-dead gorgeous. Mocha, smoke, tar, grilled herbs and black fruit emerge from the glass, followed by a dense core of fruit.” And Wine Spectator found it “full-bodied, with juicy, velvety tannins and a very long finish. A lovely combination of ripe fruit and toasty oak.” France is our final stop, via the 2006 Clos de L’Oratoire, a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classé that was called “full and silky” by Wine Spectator, while Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate raved that this mostly Merlot wine was a “surprisingly opulent, flamboyant, fleshy soft crowd-pleaser displaying abundant amounts of smoked herbs, sweet black cherry and cassis fruit, licorice, espresso roast, chocolate and toast.” Wow!

Valued at $655Current bid: $600

Donated By Ernest Sargent

Stags' Leap
Stags’ Leap “The Investor,” 2015 (California)
Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 (California)
Aside from its very romantic name, Stags’ Leap Wine Cellars is considered a Napa Valley first-growth estate. Oh, and they also won the Cabernet Sauvignon competition in the legendary 1976 Judgment of Paris that humiliated French wine snobs and put California on the map. Their “The Investor” is a lush and vivid blended red, with the 2015 vintage offering 42% Merlot, 30% Petite Sirah, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 9% Malbec that was aged on oak for 18 months. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate gave it 92 points and this praise: “Very deep garnet-purple in color, it reveals crushed black and red currants, black cherries and unsmoked cigars with hints of violets, chocolate box and cedar. Full-bodied and packed with vibrant fruit layers . . . finishes long and spicy.” TastingPanelMag also went 92, then enthused that it was “smooth, juicy and ripe with rich spice and velvety texture.” SL’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is even more impressive, with WineAlign’s David Lawrason bestowing 93 points and lots of love: “This has more structure and firmness than many Napa cabs. Really like the blackcurrant fruit focus with fine oak, vanillin and some mint. Dense, elegant and almost crisp.” WineAlign colleague Steve Thurlow went 92 points, calling this “a beautiful California cabernet, balanced, elegant and nicely structured for mid-term cellaring. It’s full-bodied and dense yet juicy with complex flavours.” And James Suckling went 94 points: “Very fine indeed. Better in 2020 but so beautiful now.”

Valued at $235Current bid: $255

Donated By

Cook St Liquor
Whitney Laughlin

Cru Bourgeois Classics - Saint-Estèphe
Here are two lovely Cru Bourgeois classics from the Saint-Estèphe region of Bordeaux. Château Meyney, which neighbours fabled Château Montrose, is planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. Their wines are typically full-bodied, complex and harmonious. The 2016 got a remarkable 96 points from James Suckling, whose rave included these remarks: “Wild nose. Impressive, deep hue and a wealth of fresh, violet-like aromas, as well as cassis, graphite, and dark cherries. A classic Meyney. Best since 1961!” Decanter, which rated this one of the value picks of the vintage, awarded 94 points and this praise: “Rich and full, this is very St.-Estèphe: round through the mid-palate, with an amazingly tasty balance of richness and freshness.” And Wine Spectator loved the “dark and juicy core of currant, plum and blackberry reduction flavours, inlaid with charcoal.” Château Phélan Ségur inspired similar enthusiasm in the critics. James Suckling went 95 and then added, “A very serious St.-Estèphe with excellent concentration, firm tannins and a dark soul. I love the earth, walnut, bark and smoke aromas that pour out of this.” Decanter, obviously a big fan at 94 points, had this to say: “Wow, this is silky-smooth and incredibly accomplished, straying very close to being sensational. Cassis, damson and dark chocolate flavours are joined by brushed tannins and great lift. Is this their best-ever wine?” And Jeb Dunnick called it “incredibly impressive” before saluting the “pure cassis, violets, damp earth, lead pencil and spice-driven aromas.”
Donated by Il Terrazzo / Cook St. Liquor; Value: $80 / $100 ($180 for both)

Valued at $180Current bid: $180

Donated By

Mike & Shellie Gudgeon, Il Terrazzo
Cook St Liquor

Meursault Lot
Chartron et Trébuchet Meursault, 2015 (France)
Domaine Henri Boillot Meursault, 2017 (France)
Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune region is famous for its Meursault, one of the world’s great expressions of Chardonnay. This double lot begins with the 2015 Chartron et Trébuchet, a Grand Vin de Bourgogne. Vivino was a big fan of this vintage: “This 2015 Meursault is a generous wine, open and expressive, with fleshy white fruit, honey and nuts. There is intensity on the palate, and a lovely citrus freshness. A very good wine.” A second Vivino scribe was equally enamoured: “Citrus, oak and butter on the palate. Dry, well-balanced acidity. Complex with good fruitiness. Lovely finish.” Wine & Spirits awarded 91 points and had these comments: “The driving acidity keeps it tight and crunchy. This should be fascinating to follow as it ages.” The Domaine Henri Boillot is a youthful 2017, and certainly capable of turning heads. Jancis Robinson admired its “Good vibrant blend of bright fruit . . . crystalline and super punchy” while Vinous Reverie added this: “While this well-made effort is certainly energetic, the mouthfeel is almost delicate. In a word, lovely. Don’t miss! Outstanding.” The writers at cellartracker.com ranged from 90 to 93 points, and their comments were appropriately enthusiastic: “Needed some time to hit its stride but really a beautiful wine.” “This is evolving nicely. Not a very complicated wine but just such a pleasure to drink.” “Fresh and savoury.”

Valued at $185Current bid: $200

Donated By

Cook St Liquor

3 Bottle Mixed Lot
Araldica Barolo Flori 2016 - displays all the best aromatic characters of the Nebbiolo grape - tobacco, leather and violets. Soft, light tannins give this a silky mouthfeel and a ripe fruit character on the palate, which would appeal to fans of Old World Pinot Noir. Its slightly savoury edge makes it perfect with all things game - wild boar sausages, venison, hogget or gamebirds.

Luke 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - Made by hand and showcasing a deep dark almost opaque ruby, purple color, the 2018 reserve bursts from the glass with intense aromas of cassis, black currant, dark cherry and pressed herbs. Notes of blackberry preserves, grilled toast and baking spices are also evident in this excitingly complex wine from Wahluke Slope AVA, Columbia Valley.

Château Grand Pascaud 2015 Bordeaux Supérieur - Magnum

Valued at $265Current bid: $190

Donated By Kyle Murray

The Italians Are Coming!
Viva Italia! In recent years there have been a greater number of fine Italian wines coming up for auction at Crush, and this six-pack is certainly noteworthy. First up is the 2015 Rio Sordo Riserva, which hails from fabled Produttori del Barbaresco, a unique collective based in Piedmont that produces impressive, deeply flavoured wines from the Nebbiolo grape. This beauty got 96 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (“. . . especially profound in 2015, striking a careful balance between elegance against power”), with Wine Spectator close on its heels at 95 points (“This is lush and harmonious, laced with cherry, plum, licorice, iron and eucalyptus aromas and flavours.”). Nuff said! Brunello di Montalcino is one of Italy’s greatest wine pleasures and the 2015 Altesino clearly delighted the critics. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate went 95 points (“. . . shows beautiful depth and latitude, with broad fruit aromas of dark cherry and cassis”); and James Suckling also went 95 (“balanced and stylish”). Not far behind at 93 points, Wine Enthusiast clearly approved: “Medium-bodied palate, licorice and clove accent a core of juicy black cherry while polished tannins lend refined support. Fresh acidity keeps it balanced.” The Elio Sandri family winery is a boutique producer and their 2018 Langhe Nebbiolo has much to offer according to Anthony Gismondi on Wine, which awarded 89 points and these comments: “This Nebbiolo opens with crushed rosehips and candle wax, before moving into raspberry and wild cherry on a fine, salted palate. The finish lingers with subtle salted bergamot, and a swell of warmth.” Added ChambersStWines: “Approachable tannins make this a great current drinking Nebbiolo, especially with heartier fare.” There is also lots to recommend the 2015 Broccardo Paiagallo, yet another tasty Nebbiolo from Piedmont’s Barolo region. According to Wine Enthusiast, “Subtle aromas of orange zest, tilled soil and green peppercorn emerge from the glass. The straightforward palate delivers baked plum, clove and cocoa alongside taut, astringent tannins. Drink after 2022.” And one fan at Vivino had this so say: “Wine very elegant, well-balanced with soft tannins, ripe fruit acidity. Finish very persistent, energetic, memorable.” And who doesn’t love a succulent Amarone? The 2015 Tedeschi “Marne 180” Amarone della Valpolicella consistently got ratings in the low to middle 90s, with tasty comments to match: “Offering bright primary fruit with good complexity in the form of spice, tobacco and dried herbs” (Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate); “Dark cherries and brambleberries abound. Plush and chewy, this full-bodied red delivers soft, juicy tannins against a backdrop of ostentatious dark fruit” (James Suckling). And now, dessert! Located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico region, Barone Ricasoli dates from the 12th century and is one of the world’s oldest wineries still run by its founding family. Their Granello is a not overly sweet “vino dolce” made mostly from Sauvignon Blanc. The 2010 vintage was clearly a hit with the writers at Vivino: “Funky with loads of dried apricots and a light nuttiness. Medium sweet but ripping acidity to balance”; “soft body, medium dry, rich creamy with hints of tropical fruit. Waited 7 years to drink this and it was worth the wait”; “Really good. Best sweet Italian wine I’ve had.” Note: this bottle is even signed by the winemaker!

Valued at $336Current bid: $520

Donated By Vessel Liquor Store

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno
Tenuta Sette Ponti is a top-of-the-line Tuscan estate and Oreno is their flagship wine, a lush Bordeaux blend that is mostly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a top-up of Petit Verdot. The 2017 vintage did well with the critics, particularly James Suckling, who awarded 95 points. He described it as, “a fresh yet rich and dense red, with cherries, berries, light cream and hints of hazelnuts. Full body, soft and layered tannins and a fruity finish.” He suggests waiting till at least 2022 to pop the cork. After awarding 94 points Vinous had this to say: “The 2017 Oreno is an attractive, expressive wine done in a style that is all about richness. Black cherry, mocha, espresso, licorice and sweet French oak infuse the 2017 with notable depth.” Wine Spectator, also a fan, opined that this wine was drinking now and would ideal up till 2028; it characterized the Oreno as “a big, brawny red, [one that] delivers flavors of black cherry, plum and spice, with hints of wild rosemary.” And Vivino’s praiseful comments verged on exuberant poetry: “Marvelous and luscious, its color was a dark and rich pulsating ruby red, bordering on purple. Aromas of blackberry and cherry. Dry, with medium acidity, medium tannins and a nice complexity. On the palate, bursting flavours of oak, cherry, leather, blackberry, plum, some earthy notes and ground black pepper. Absolutely exciting and exquisite wine.”

Valued at $115Current bid: $130

Donated By Walt & Karen Madro

Auchentoshan 21 Years
A mellow and refined 21 year old that’s triple distilled and aged in bourbon and sherry casks. Shows aromas and flavours of honey, light spice, vanilla with citrus peel and hay notes. The initially dry palate, follows with a smooth/creamy mouthfeel and a long and complex finish. Savour as a perfect conclusion to a fine meal!

Valued at $210Current bid: $220

Donated By Peter & Helen Malcolm

Knockando Extra Reserve
A bottling of Knockando's Extra Old Reserve whisky, distilled in 1970 and bottled in 1994.

Valued at $875Current bid: $450

Donated By Peter & Helen Malcolm

An exceptionally complex 27 year old The Glenrothes from the 1973 vintage, bottled in July 2000. Rich and deep, with hints of orange peel.

Nose – More fine and long. Heather and sweet fruits, spice floral, apple, prune, nutmeg.

Taste – Layers of orange. Vanille, spice, and raisin flowing together. Fine tannins.

Finish – Nutty. Everlasting. Quintessential Glenrothes.

Valued at $1,160Current bid: $750

Donated By Peter & Helen Malcolm

Glen Grant 1969 Adelphi Distillery
Glen Grant is a distillery founded in 1840 in Rothes, Speyside, that produces single malt Scotch whisky. This Sherry Cask vintage from 1969 was bottled in 2000. Cask number 1772 . 1 of 511 bottles produced.

Nose: Very clean and appetising, with a gentle floral character.

Palate: This is extremely rich and very balanced in flavour.

Finish: Lingering finish.

Valued at $2,500Current bid: $1,700

Donated By Peter & Helen Malcolm

Sheringham Gin
One bottle of Sheringham Distillery's Seaside Gin - citrus, floral and notes of the sea make this gin as refreshing as a seaside stroll. Made from BC white wheat, BC malted barley, natural botanicals and sustainable hand-harvested local winged kelp. Also included is a unisex t-shirt.

Valued at $70Current bid: $65

Donated By Sheringham Distillery

Ampersand Gin
Ampersand Gin is our flagship product, an award winning instant classic, that brings together BC grown wheat with eight cultivated or wild harvested botanicals and our own spring water.

Ampersand Gin plays well with others in your favourite cocktails, but it's also brilliant on its own. And since it's made from scratch with high quality botanicals and BC grown wheat, we think it's a better gin. Period.

Valued at $40Current bid: $55

Donated By Ampersand Distilling Co

Arbutus Distillery Duo
In pursuit of the unconventional, truly unique, flavour-forward spirits & cocktails

Brewed, Fermented, Distilled & Bottled on-site

We source only 100% BC grown fermentables & grow many of our own botanicals

Enjoy Arbutus Distillery Hibisicus Vodka & Single Malt Whiskey sourced only from 100% BC grown fermentables & homegrown botanicals.

Valued at $78Current bid: $70

Donated By Arbutus Distillery

Glenfarclas - Strath Edition Cask Strength 12

An exclusive collaboration between two iconic family owned businesses. Bottled especially for the Strath, with artwork of our Douglas Street frontage by local artist Wesley Dunlop. This special edition cask strength version of the classic Glenfarclas 12 is a truly unforgettable experience.

Valued at $148Current bid: $130

Donated By The Strath Liquor Store

Helijet Vancouver Theatre Experience
The ultimate Vancouver getaway for you and a guest! Travel via Helijet to enjoy any one of the Arts Club Theatre productions in their 2021-22 season. Stay the night in a one bedroom deluxe king suite for two at the Rosedale on Robson and fly home. What a treat!

Valid through April 2022

Valued at $1,475Current bid: $900

Art Consult, Gallery Passes & Emily Carr Books
Spend 2 hours with Art Consultant, Karen Cooper from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She will come to your home and re-hang your current collection to give it a fresh new look or help with some advice on a new painting. This also makes a great gift to a new homeowner and needs their art hung!
Included in the package are 4 passes to the Gallery and 2 books: Emily Carr - The Edge of Nowhere and Vision Into Reality: Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Early Years 1951-1973.

Valued at $300Current bid: $280

Donated By Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Sea Cider Experience #1
Enjoy two long flights and a charcuterie board to share out at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Come home with two of your favourite 750ml sparkling cider bottles and 1 375ml bottle of fortified cider. Yum!

Valued at $115Current bid: $120

Donated By Sea Cider

Sea Cider Experience #2
Enjoy two long flights and a charcuterie board to share out at Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse. Come home with two of your favourite 750ml sparkling cider bottles and 1 375ml bottle of fortified cider. Yum!

Valued at $115Current bid: $110

Donated By Sea Cider

Delta Ocean Pointe/Lure Restaurant
Take in some of the best waterfront views in Victoria, BC, at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. This package offers you a one night stay in their well-appointed rooms and $50 to use at LURE Restaurant & Bar. Whether you're starting the day with a bountiful breakfast or ending the evening with dinner and a round of craft cocktails, you're in for a real treat.

Valued at $330Current bid: $310

Donated By Lure Restaurant at Delta Ocean Pointe Resort

Oak Bay Beach Hotel
$250 towards any services or merchandise at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, rated Canada's #1 Hotel by Conde Naste Traveler 2021 Reader's Choice Awards

Valued at $250Current bid: $250

Donated By Anonymous

Death by Chocolate
Enjoy a luxurious and informative evening with David Mincey, one of Canada's leading chocolate experts. David will take you and your guests on a journey through the history and culture of our favorite food and you will have the opportunity to taste many of the finest artisanal bars made in the world. Explore the amazing flavours of single-origin chocolate and learn about the past and future of the cacao industry.
David is a professional chef, restaurateur, grand jury judge at the International Chocolate Awards and founder of "The Chocolate Project" a bean-to-bar store in Victoria, BC which stocks a curated selection of over 300 of the finest and rarest bars on Earth.
The class can be held in your home, or a location of your choosing.

Valued at $250Current bid: $225

Donated By David Mincey

Stay on Thetis Island
Enjoy 2 Nights on Thetis Island in your own private 1 Bedroom Cottage just feet from the ocean. Queen Bed, full kitchen, fireplace, indoor and outdoor shower, private deck with lounge chairs. Thetis Island, located a short ferry ride from Chemainus, is quiet and tranquil with little services except a Marine Pub with small grocery and liquor store. Saturday markets in the summer months. There are some hiking trails but once you get to this picturesque retreat, you won't feel like going far. Your hosts, Chris and Karen Roff, are excited to welcome you and to support the Belfry Theatre.

Valued at $500Current bid: $500

Donated By Chris & Karen Roff

Averill Creek Tasting Experience and a Bottle
Uniquely situated on the side of Mt. Prevost, you will find yourself worlds away with this exclusive winery experience. Enjoy a private tour for you and five guests followed by a flight of wines and & a charcuterie platter.

Also included is a bottle of Somenos Pinot Noir from Averill Vineyard.

Valued at $375Current bid: $210

Donated By Averill Creek Vineyards

Cordova Bay Golf
Enjoy two rounds of golf at renowned local course, Cordova Bay.

Valued at $200Current bid: $160

Donated By Cordova Bay Golf Course

Union Club Staycation
One night stay at the Union club plus breakfast for 2

Valued at $299Current bid: $280

Donated By Union Club of Victoria

Kelowna Golf Trip
Here's a treat for you: Drive up to the Okanagan and your ferry, hotel and golf are all included. What a getaway - the hardest part will be choosing who to take with you!

Golf Okanagan Golf Club 2 people and cart
Gallagher’s Canyon Club 2 people and cart
Round trip for 4 people and a vehicle on BC Ferries
One night at any Accent Inn/Hotel Zed location (excluding Tofino)

Valued at $1,000Current bid: $600

Personal "Masterclass" in Performance Technique
Feeling a little rusty in your performance skills? Have no fear: Glynis Leyshon and Kimberley-Ann Bartczak are here!


GLYNIS LEYSHON , former Belfry Artistic Director and one of Canada’s foremost theatre and opera directors, is offering an intimate 2 hour masterclass in presentation technique.

Ideal for actors and/or singers beginning their careers and looking for professional guidance in audition technique and presentation styles.

The session will also featuring working with professional accompanist and senior Pacific Opera vocal coach KIMBERLEY- ANN BARTCZAK.

Valued at $300Current bid: $310

Magnolia Hotel/Courtney Room
Emanating timeless elegance, The Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers an unrivalled luxury boutique hotel experience in the heart of the city, only steps from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Welcome to a world of personalized service, thoughtfully appointed rooms, fine dining, and tranquil spa experiences.

Enjoy one night stay and breakfast at the Courtney Room

Valued at $350Current bid: $300

Donated By Magnolia Hotel

Fairholme Package #1
One night stay in an Ocean View Suite at Fairholme Manor B&B between October 2021 and May 1, 2022 (excluding December 22, 2021 to January 3, 2022) and Sylvia Main's Easy Elegance from Fabulous Fairholme cookbook.

Valued at $300Current bid: $200

Donated By Sylvia Main

Fairholme Package #2
One night stay in an Ocean View Suite at Fairholme Manor B&B between October 2021 and May 1, 2022 (excluding December 22, 2021 to January 3, 2022) and Sylvia Main's Easy Elegance from Fabulous Fairholme cookbook.

Valued at $300Current bid: $160

Donated By Sylvia Main

From Grapes to Glass Group Visit
Bring your friends to join us for a walk through the winery including an overview of the vineyard property, tasting room, winery cellar, barrel room, and an overview of the winemaking process. Enjoy a tasting of 5 wines at the end of the tour. For up to 6 people.

Valued at $150Current bid: $110

Donated By Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Okanagan Crush Pad Virtual Wine Tasting
Don’t let physical distancing keep you and your wine-loving friends apart over the holidays. We will provide 4 sets of 3 wines for you and three groups of friends to enjoy in the comfort of your home while one of our Winery Ambassadors joins your “party” over Zoom to discuss the wines and tell the story of Okanagan Crush Pad.

Valued at $650Current bid: $300

Donated By Okanagan Crush Pad Winery

Garden Makeover
This certificate is for $600 towards any project, garden clean up or regular maintenance. A consultation will be provided to address whatever your needs may be, and Costa Verde's excellent crew members will have your property looking like new!

Valued at $600Current bid: $500

Donated By Costa Verde

BC Wine
Pair of Bottles from Artisan Wine
Enjoy two beautifully gift-wrapped bottles of BC wine - Road 13 Fifth Element 2018 & Mission Hill Terroir Collection Viognier 2019.

Valued at $100Current bid: $60

Donated By Artisan Wine Shop

Wine Gift Basket #1
3 bottles of wine
-Black Sage Merlot 2016
-Jackson Triggs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
-Open Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Valued at $50Current bid: $65

Wine Gift Basket #2
3 bottles of wine
-Black Sage Merlot 2016
-Jackson Triggs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
-Open Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Valued at $50Current bid: $50

Wine Gift Basket #3
Four bottles of BC Wine
-Saintly Sparkling Rose 2019
-Sunrock Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
-Jackson Triggs Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
-Open Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Valued at $85Current bid: $80

Howling Bluffs and Volcanic Hills
3 bottles of Howling Bluff Semillon Blanc and 3 bottles Volcanic Hills Pinot Noir

Valued at $150Current bid: $150

Marichel Vineyard Estate Syrah
100% Syrah and 100% Estate-grown on the Naramata Bench. Full-bodied and smoky with leather, earth, plum, and berry flavours. Refined tannins and structure.

This is their premiere wine and the utmost attention and care has gone into its production.

Valued at $100Current bid: $80

Donated By Marichel Vineyards

Kettle Valley "Old Main Red"
For almost 30 years the Kettle Valley Winery has been growing grapes and making wine on the Naramata Bench. Their flagship red wine is a classic five-varietal Bordeaux blend called Old Main Red, named for the vineyard where the majority of the grapes are grown. A respected and collectable wine – it was included by John Schreiner in his Icon book profiling B.C.’s best wineries – the 2016 Old Main Red went through full malolactic fermentation and was then aged in French oak for 21 months prior to bottling. Unfortunately, it is impossible to come by online reviews of this particular vintage. Vivino was lucky enough to get access to a 2014 bottle and was very impressed: “Well structured Naramata Bench meritage. Surprisingly fresh plum and raspberry woven with oak, leather and lingering cigar box finish.” And the aforementioned John Schreiner gave 93 points to another earlier vintage, so this is obviously a wine brand to take seriously. The other important thing to note is that a 1.5 litre bottle is being auctioned, so that represents potential for a grand dinner party. The bottle label is etched, making this a bit more collectable.

Valued at $200Current bid: $180

Donated By Kettle Valley Winery

Osoyoos Larose "Le Grand Vin" Vertical
Osoyoos Larose is one of the Okanagan’s flagship wineries, and their “Le Grand Vin” Bordeaux blend is eminently collectable, a wine cherished for its richness and complexity. Although there is a new winemaker at the helm these days, Bordeaux-raised Pascal Madevon spent 12 fastidious and inspired years at Larose. This auction lot of three features a vertical array from 2004 to 2006, and these well-aged beauties all display the master’s touch. Le Grand Vin is a true Bordeaux blend, containing mostly Merlot alongside Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Canadian wine maven Natalie MacLean scored the 2004 at 93, and had this to say: “Classic Bordeaux style with a distinctly Canadian interpretation. Notes of cassis, blackberry, smoke, oak and finesse. Buy a case!” She was similarly impressed with the 2006: “A fabulous, full-bodied red with classic lines and structure. Blends Old World finesse and New World power and flavour beautifully.” Tim Appelt of WineDiscovery was lucky enough to attend a vertical tasting spanning nearly a decade of Madevon-vinted wines and here are a few representative comments: “The nose is rich, intense and fruit-forward [suggestive of] black currants, cherries, blackberries, plums, along with violets and baking spice. Mouth-filling fruit, chocolate and coffee bean flavours.” And of the 2005, one of Appelt’s top picks, he added: “There is real elegance here, a wine that will interest those who aren’t looking for raw power.”

Valued at $165Current bid: $190

Donated By Ernest Sargent

Osoyoos Larose “Le Grand Vin,” 2015 (British Columbia)
The history and delectable virtues of Osoyoos Larose’s “Le Grand Vin” Bordeaux blend are touched on in two other descriptions in this auction catalogue. So let’s cut to the chase with details of this magnum (1.5-litre) bottle of the 2015 vintage. Natalie MacLean awarded 93 points and these comments: “Osoyoos Larose is produced by single-vineyard varietals and this vintage is beautifully lush, balanced and juicy with ripe dark berry, cherry, raspberry plum, tobacco leaf and baking spice flavours on the palate. Finishing long and luxurious. Can easily cellar for 10 years to show its best.” Anthony Gismondi on Wine awarded 91 points and had these praiseful insights: “This is one of the most successful Bordeaux blends that I’ve tried from 2015. It shows a traditionally styled nose with cedar and dried sage, with sweet, ripe black fruits. Given the top price of Bordeaux today, this over-delivers. And if you’re torn between opening up a new or old world wine, this will certainly fill the bill for both.” And the America-based Vivino was downright exuberant: “Okanagan is Canadian for excellence. Another beautiful, complex vintage from B.C. Red currant, pepper, juicy prune and plum . . . a Canadian Bordeaux blend that blew my mind. Merlot dominant, with CF CS, PV and Malbec. Beautiful, delicious dark fruit, with perfectly textured tannins. It has a super long finish. A definite buy!”

Valued at $110Current bid: $120

Donated By Scott Cumming

Osoyoos Larose “Le Grand Vin,” 2014 (British Columbia)
Osoyoos Larose was designed from the start to be a Bordeaux-inspired property: the rootstock and clone combinations were selected in Bordeaux, shipped to Canada and planted by hand. The result has been one of the Okanagan’s most polished and iconic red blends, and this particular “Le Grand Vin” is a massive 3-litre bottle that is surely destined to be the centrepiece of a remarkable dinner party. The 2014 vintage has been well received by the critics. Natalie MacLean bestowed 93 points and praised the “spectacular” blend before adding, “The Okanagan structure is fully present here with a generosity of dark fruit aromas and rich, full-bodied weight. A long, satisfying finish.” Winealign.com’s Sara d’Amato went 92 points, and had these tasty comments: “This 2014 incarnation of Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin highlights the elegance and refinement that was the initial intention of the estate. In this vintage the blend is heavy on Merlot at 68% with Cab Franc coming in second place at 11% and Cab Sauv, Malbec, and Petit Verdot taking tertiary roles. The wine is, unexpectedly, perfectly ripe, showing both fine acidity and elegant tannic structure.” And Anthony Gismondi joined in the chorus of praise: “The 2014 might be the friendliest OL since its launch, with elegance and silky tannins leading the way. The palate is a youthful mix of black currants, black cherries and plums with savoury supple tannins.”

Valued at $220Current bid: $190

Donated By Deep Cove Chalet

Laughing Stock Vertical
Laughing Stock “Portfolio,” 2004/2005/2006 (British Columbia)
Two decades ago husband-and-wife stockbrokers David and Cynthia Enns shed their power suits and Toronto address for gumboots and a promising patch of dirt on the Naramata Bench. Hard work and talent soon resulted in the drolly-named Laughing Stock Vineyards. Hardly a laughing stock, this has long-since been a celebrated Okanagan winery, and is justly famed for its iconic “Portfolio” bottling, a lush Bordeaux blend that regularly delights the critics. There is a consensus that Portfolio hit its stride in 2004, and this auction lot is an early vertical trio from 2004 to 2006. The 2004 won a silver medal at the 2006 Canadian Wine Awards, and also was awarded 91 points by revered wine scribe John Schreiner, who was charmed by its “aromas of vanilla and cassis, with berry flavours that are still bright. The finish has notes of chocolate, thyme and sage.” The 2005 stepped it up and won a gold medal at the 2007 Canadian Wine Awards. It also earned 94 points from John Schreiner, whose tasty description noted that, “It has matured to display aromas of cassis, blueberry and mulberry and to offer a core of cherry and vanilla flavours.” Next year’s vintage won a silver medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, and more flag-waving from John Schreiner, who praised the wine’s “concentrated texture with flavours of plum, black currant, chocolate and espresso.” This is a great opportunity to buy a trio of historic bottles from one of B.C.’s most celebrated wineries.

Valued at $195Current bid: $550

Donated By Ernest Sargent

Package from Hester Creek
Now here's a lot for your next party!

1 magnum of Hester Creek Cabernet Franc 2018
Limited Edition The Judge 2017
2017 Garland
2018 Syrah Viognier
2019 Chardonnay

Valued at $275Current bid: $215

Donated By Hester Creek Winery

Foxy Lot
Foxtrot Vineyards is a boutique winery focused on crafting terroir-driven Pinot Noir and premium Chardonnay. According to John Schreiner, for more than a decade Foxtrot has produced the Okanagan’s most coveted Burgundian-style Pinot Noir. Recently they have also launched a budget line, “foxly,” which is branded with that lower-case “f”. This Crush four-pack contains a fine array of Foxtrot wines. First up is Foxtrot’s newest offering, the 2019 foxly Rosé, which is unusual in that, rather than using Pinot Noir they make it from Pinot Gris, extracting colour from contact with the grape skins (and a splash of Zweigelt). The foxly Rosé received 92 points from WineAlign, and these tasty words: “It is medium weight, nicely fresh yet rich. It is warm, elegant and refined. The length is excellent.” Added CheapandCheerful.ca, “On the nose I picked up stone fruit and tasted flavours of peaches and strawberries in a fruit-forward dry style of rosé. Good acidity and a creamy finish made this wine very enjoyable.” WineAlign went 91 points on the 2016 foxly Reserve Pinot Noir, and clearly liked what it tasted: “The nose is soft and complex with dried cherry/cranberry fruit, dusty earth, underbrush and vague oak spice. The length is excellent.” Similar praise came from Anthony Gismondi on Wine, which wrote, “There’s a notch more complexity and ripeness here than you’ll find in their entry-level Pinot, with black strawberry, cola, and vanilla-tinged oak. A good introduction to Foxtrot at a fair price.” The 2019 Foxtrot Chardonnay is so new that it is nearly impossible to find online reviews. But here is Anthony Gismondi on the 2018: “The wine is delicious. The nose is a riot of lemon and lime with some classic mineral leesy underpinnings. On the palate, honey and orange mix with ripe apples and toasted oak. The balance is perfect [and] there is enough complexity here to hold your interest.” Interestingly, America’s Vivino was able to get its paws on an early release of the 2019. They bestowed four stars and declared that it “will mature into an amazing wine. Yummy Okanagan Chardonnay!” Our final Foxtrot is the 2018 “The Waltz” Pinot Noir. Once again, Vivino proved to be a huge fan, bestowing 4.5 stars and lots of praise: “Phenomenal Canadian Pinot Noir – I think my favorite to date. Nice classic Burgundian style. I want more of this in my life. Also, this may have the greatest label in Canadian wine.” Followed by: “Wine tasting in Okanagan, Day 2: A total highlight of the day! Ridiculously delicious and complex Pinot! Mini Burgundy.” WineAlign’s comments were less gushy but more detailed: “An earthy, somewhat evolved Pinot Noir with a distinct smokiness. Notes of game and dried leaf on the palate along with leather and cherry. More of a textural wine than a fruit-forward style with the alcohol and wood in a fine balance.”

Valued at $235Current bid: $200

Donated By Vertical Wine Consulting

Assorted BC Wines
Plot Merlot 2019
Beaufort Ortega 2019
Beaufort Ça Beautage 2018
Lunessence Rose 2020
Lunessence Riesling Brut 2020
Rigor & Whimsy Thus Spoke Veruca 2020

Valued at $180Current bid: $120

Orofino & La Frenz Lot
Orofino Syrah
Orofino Beleza
2014 La Frenz Vintage Port Style
2016 La Frenz Vintage Port Style

Valued at $155Current bid: $210

Donated By Marcus Sawatzky

Burrowing Owl Merlot Double Magnum
Located near the north end of Osoyoos Lake about 15 kilometres south of Oliver, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery was founded nearly 20 years ago and has always been regarded as one of the most prestigious and consistent wineries in the Okanagan. Their 2018 Merlot got 90 points from Anthony Gismondi, who had this to say: “We tasted it alongside the 2017, and it showed more vibrancy and a fresher undertone. More floral, red fruit on a silky mid-palate, all flecked with black plums, black raspberries, and a touch of tannin appropriate for its youth. Lamb chops, grilled pork, or most any steak cut all work here, and will for some time as it ages through 2025 and beyond.” Three reviewers with WineAlign all went 92 points; here’s a medley of their comments: “Dark fruit and berry notes with hints of spice greet the nose followed by well-integrated oak with plush tannins. Medium bodied with great structure and a long mocha cassis finish. Well done!”; “It shows lifted blackberry fruit, with florality, herbs and light smokiness. The length is excellent”; “A fine Merlot, ripe, fresh and glycerous [and] uncommonly fine and supple tannins.” And from south of the border, here is generous praise from Vivino: “Rich, full-bodied, big ripe black fruit flavours with spice and a hint of graphite. Will age beautifully”; and “Full-bodied, dark fruits. Yummy!” Given that this is a hefty 3-litre bottle, it’s hard not to get excited about this beauty.
Please note: The vineyard will ship this directly to the winner.

Valued at $350Current bid: $335

Donated By Burrowing Owl Vineyards

This item can be mailed.

Gently Used Pedego Electric Adult Tricycle with accessories
A sturdy ride with room for safely transporting your groceries and wine! Hop on the electric bike trend and be a friend of the environment while getting some exercise too. Comes with all the accessories you need to hit the road including including quality bike lock, tire pump, safety vest, helmet, rain proof yellow carry bag, bike tool kit, and most importantly the battery and charger. Was purchased four years ago for $4,500 and used for two years (has been in storage for the past two years). For any questions on the tricycle contact development@belfry.bc.ca

Valued at $3,000Current bid: $0

Donated By Katrin Horowitz in memory of Andy Croll

Vessel Grab Bag #1
$75 gift card
T-shirt and hat
Bubble stopper
All in a branded Vessel Liquor Store reusable tote

Valued at $125Current bid: $90

Donated By Vessel Liquor Store

Vessel Grab Bag #2
$75 gift card
T-shirt and hat
Bubble stopper
All in a branded Vessel Liquor Store reusable tote

Valued at $125Current bid: $85

Donated By Vessel Liquor Store

Vessel Grab Bag #3
$75 gift card
T-shirt and hat
Bubble stopper
All in a branded Vessel Liquor Store reusable tote

Valued at $125Current bid: $85

Donated By Vessel Liquor

Vessel Grab Bag #4
$75 gift card
T-shirt and hat
Bubble stopper
All in a branded Vessel Liquor Store reusable tote

Valued at $125Current bid: $80

Donated By Vessel Liquor Store

Sheringham Distillery's fantastic answer to the experience, not the alcohol.

Lumette was born out of the admiration of all things natural and a love for cocktail culture. Our non-alcoholic London Dry, Bright Light and Lumrum Alt-Spirits are distilled from a bounty of botanicals giving you the versatility of an aromatic spirit, without the alcohol.

Lumette, in any setting, is always the perfect fit.

Valued at $110Current bid: $90

Donated By Sheringham Distillery

Loma Hair Products
Shampoo, rinse, repeat with these Loma products donated by Studio 1313. Included in the package are styling creme and hairspray along with an all natural aromatherapy candle.

Valued at $110Current bid: $60

Donated By Studio 1313

Baan Thai Gift Certificates
2 x $50 gift certificates to this Victoria area staple, offering a diverse menu of traditional and modern Thai cuisine with a multitude of flavours. From hot and spicy to mild dishes, they have something for everyone from children to seniors.

Valued at $100Current bid: $95

Donated By Baan Thai

Chorizo & Co Gift Certificates
2 x $50 to this casual and inviting restaurant featuring an intimate bar area and beautiful mezzanine overlooking the Fort Common courtyard. The menu includes a variety of local dishes created with a Spanish influence, and served in the tapas style with the intention of sharing. The bar menu features local and Spanish wine, beer, and creative cocktails.

Valued at $100Current bid: $100

Donated By Chorizo & Co

De'Lish Gift Certificate

Valued at $100Current bid: $100

Donated By De'Lish Catering

Fernwood Inn Gift Certificates
Welcome to the Fernwood Inn, a community gathering place in the heart of one of Victoria’s oldest and most colorful neighborhoods. We are committed to providing locally sourced organic products, wild seafood, and the Island’s best micro brews. Come and experience our wonderfully unique environment where every element of our Inn’s cuisine is created ‘Inn’ house!

Valued at $80Current bid: $80

Donated By Fernwood Inn

Fernwood Pizza Co
$80 gift certificate to Fernwood's favourite pizza!

Valued at $80Current bid: $80

Donated By Fernwood Pizza Co

Il Covo Trattoria
Enjoy casual, rustic Italian food and feel like you’ve walked in off the street in Italy into a warm old world trattoria. The owner hailing from Genova Italy, started serving flavors of Italy in Victoria since 1999. At Il Covo Trattoria, the menu consists of family recipes and northern Italian classics offering freshly made in-house traditional cuisine.

Valued at $65Current bid: $90

Donated By Il Covo Trattoria

Wine Pairing Dinner For Two
An evening of great food and great wine at Bill Mattick's Restaurant at Cordova Bay Golf Club. Menu designed by Chef de Cuisine Walter Gurtner. Wines paired by Sommelier Grant Soutar. Your choice of a 5-course meal for 2 on November 13 2021, or a 4-course meal on December 31 2021.

Valued at $300Current bid: $220

Donated By Mattick's Restaurant

The Whole Beast
The Whole Beast's vision is to produce handmade, traditional, artisan cured meats without unnecessary additives, preservatives or fillers, while utilizing ethically raised, hormone and antibiotic free meats that are locally sourced. The Whole Beast gives customers a tangible connection to a growing sustainable food movement on Vancouver Island, while increasing awareness and appreciation for nose to tail products.

Valued at $50Current bid: $55

Donated By The Whole Beast

Village Butcher
Village Butcher was founded in 1980 and has consistently provided the highest quality locally-sourced and responsibly-raised meat to discerning customers from all over greater Victoria.

Our mission is to provide top quality Island-raised meats to our clientele while increasing awareness and appreciation for whole animal nose-to-tail butchery, and to promote and support our partner farms, producers and purveyors, sharing their stories with our clientele.

Valued at $50Current bid: $60

Donated By The Village Butcher

Fire + Water Restaurant
Located inside the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour, Fire + Water Restaurant draws inspiration from local, sustainable ingredients that are abundant along the Pacific Coast. Our talented and diverse culinary team showcases a blend of different cultures through a variety of dishes.

Valued at $100Current bid: $85

Donated By Marriot Hotel

Ross Bay Pub
We are a locally owned and operated public house in the Fairfield neighbourhood of Victoria, BC. We offer all major sporting events on the big screen including Canucks games, NFL Football, Keno and pull tabs. We invite you to join us and enjoy some of our craft beers or choose something to your liking from our local and international wine list.

Valued at $50Current bid: $70

Donated By Ross Bay Pub

Smuggler's Cove Gift Certificate #1
Nestled in the heart of Cadboro Bay Village, you will find Smuggler's Cove Pub. Delicious food, friendly faces, outstanding service. You’re always welcome at Smuggler’s Cove Pub!

Valued at $100Current bid: $110

Donated By Smugglers Cove Pub

Smuggler's Cove Gift Certificate #2
Nestled in the heart of Cadboro Bay Village, you will find Smuggler's Cove Pub. Delicious food, friendly faces, outstanding service. You’re always welcome at Smuggler’s Cove Pub!

Valued at $100Current bid: $110

Donated By Smugglers Cove Pub

Bon Macaron Gift Certificate
$25 to Bon Macaron

Valued at $25Current bid: $25

Donated By Bon Macaron

Moxie's Dinner with the Sinner!
Back again by popular demand! A $100 gift certificate for you and a friend to join the Belfry Theatre's illustrious Chair Emeritus Paddy Stewart at his favourite lunch haunt. Bring your "A" game as Paddy will attempt to outwit, outlast and outplay everyone at the table. Social distancing guidelines will be in effect.

Priceless!Current bid: $110

Donated By Moxie's Grill & Bar

Zambri's Gift Certificate
Italian Soul Food Since 1999. Enjoy a $30 gift certificate towards your next meal at Zambri's.

Valued at $30Current bid: $50

Donated By Zambri's

The Collective Wine Bar
Victoria's premiere wine bar, with over 50 wines, live music and casually elegant food.

Valued at $100Current bid: $100

Donated By The Collective Wine Bar

Tea for 2+2
Enjoy lunch or afternoon tea for four people at the Teahouse at Abkhazi Gardens.

Valued at $220Current bid: $180

Donated By Abkhazi Gardens

Il Terrazzo
A $100 gift certificate to Il Terrazzo

Valued at $100Current bid: $100

Donated By Il Terrazzo