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Naramata Bench Wineries are bringing their Spring Release wines to the River Market for an exclusive tasting on Tuesday, April 24. Guests will have the chance to experience the year’s first releases paired with delicacies from some of Metro Vancouver’s well-enjoyed restaurants. The Naramata Bench Winery Association prides itself on presenting wines to the public in new and innovative ways; this year’s spring release is no exception.

Richard da Silva, Misconduct Wines
[Richard da Silva, Misconduct Wines]

This event will also put guests in touch with the winemakers. Naramata Spring Release wines will be paired with morsels of culinary artistry. You’ll have an opportunity to bid on a silent auction of exclusive wines, Canadian artwork, and more. The beneficiary of partial proceeds from this year’s auction is the BC Cultural Crawl, an organization creating the best of BC arts experiences. Guests will mingle while enjoying live music and entertainment presented by the Sarah Kennedy Jazz Trio and talented New West songstress Gillian Hobbs.

Communities from all over Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and the Okanagan will be featured in this fantastic event. Here’s a list to get your taste buds ready:

Food and winery list

The newly renovated River Market at Westminster Quay is a bustling cultural hub and home to some of the Lower Mainland’s most innovative culinary fares and unique shops. Offering organic produce, sustainable edible gardens, farmer’s markets, unique artisan shopping and dynamic art exhibitions, the River Market is a unique and vibrant destination in the heart of Metro Vancouver. Guests of Naramata on the River can count on an exceptional experience of culinary and cultural stimuli.

Salad greens, beans, and smoky bacon
[Seasonal 56: Salad greens, beans, and smoky bacon]

This event sells out every year, so mark Tuesday, April 24 on your calendar for an evening of fun, flavour, and discovery as the Naramata Bench Winery Association brings their Spring Wine releases to New Westminster.

Visit the Okanagan Reservations website to purchase tickets for the 2012 Naramata on the River.

Naramata on the River

Date: April 24, 6:30 to 9 pm
Venue: River Market at Westminster Quay, 810 Quayside Drive, New West
Tickets: $85, online purchase only

If you’re island-bound, don’t forget about Uncork Your Palate, the Victoria sister event, happening on April 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Victoria’s historic Crystal Garden. Tickets are $95 and available via Ticket Rocket or by phoning the Victoria Conservatory of Music at 250.386.5311.

Help support the Victoria Conservatory while enjoying Naramata Bench wineries and delicious cuisine.

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