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Crush! - France, Italy, Portugal and Scotland!
Each summer — staff, volunteers and board members from the Belfry Theatre raid some of Greater Victoria’s best wine cellars to find rare and unusual wines to auction off at Crush, the theatre’s fundraising wine event.

Crush starts with wine and cider tastings. Guests can sample more than 50 wines from 42 vineyards and five cideries. The tastings are accompanied by Chef Craig
Stoneman’s dazzling hors d’oeuvres to complement the fine wine and cider tastings.

Sommelier Pamela Sanderson of Hire a Somm will guide guests through a fun and friendly, but competitive, blind tasting at her station.

At 6 p.m., we will move to the auction room for the start of the live wine auction.

Part of the allure of Crush is the rareness of the wines on offer. Most are not available in liquor stores, and this is a unique opportunity to buy some truly collectable wines — at all price points — that have been held in private cellars, purchased abroad, or were released in very small batches that subsequently sold out.

The star of this year’s live auction is an 1845 bottle of ‘Cossart Gordon Madeira Solera Bual’ from Portugal. The live auction will feature wine from France, Italy, Portugal, Australia, British Columbia, and two exceptionally rare offerings of single malt scotch whisky from Scotland.

Sommelier and wine educator Earl Wilde will introduce each auction lot and auctioneer Roshan Vickery will get the bidding started.

Wine enthusiast Robert Moyes is preparing comprehensive wine notes for the event’s auction catalogue. His notes are updated frequently and are available at belfry.bc.ca/crush in advance of the event. An accompanying silent auction features wine gift baskets and packages, dining, travel and other unique experiences of interest to the wine lover in every price bracket.

CRUSH TAKES PLACE AT THE DELTA OCEAN POINTE RESORT, 100 HARBOUR ROAD, VICTORIA, ON OCT. 21 AT 5 P.M. TICKETS $95 AVAILABLE AT: BELFRY.BC.CA/CRUSH OR 250-385-6815.