Blue Mountain & Friends Event Raises $7,000 for  British Columbia Hospitality Foundation

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2011 (Vancouver, BC) – On Monday, January 17 2011, the Okanagan’s Blue Mountain Winery and a dozen local restaurants hosted an evening of fine food and wine at Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel.  Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is pleased to announce that the event raised $7,000 to benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation.

Guests at the lively grazing-style event wandered freely around the room, socializing as they visited twelve tables featuring twelve Blue Mountain wines.  Blue Mountain, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first vintage this year, is known for producing wines exclusively from grapes grown in its own vineyards.

The event offered an exclusive opportunity to taste new vintages of several of the featured wines, as they have not yet been released by the winery.  The wines were paired with exquisite culinary creations from Cin Cin, C Restaurant, DB Bistro Moderne, Hart House Restaurant, Lift Bar & Grill, The Shore Club, O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, Provence Marinaside, Raincity Grill, The Vancouver Club, The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn and Yew Restaurant+ Bar.

Proceeds from the event went to support the charitable work of the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), which offers scholarships to students enrolled in Hospitality programs and financial assistance to those employed in food, beverage and hospitality professions when facing financial hardship due to critical medical needs.

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is a family-owned winery in BC’s Okanagan Valley and is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land which is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first vintage this year, Blue Mountain continues to offer complex and cellar-worthy varietal wines.