The wine and bubbly will be flowing during the flagship Crush event being held as part of the Cornucopia food and wine festival.
The gala grand tasting, being held on Friday and Saturday nights (Nov. 9 and 10), is a chance to experience wines from all over the world in sample sizes according to Jess Smith with Watermark Communications, which is promoting the festival.
Smith said Crush highlights wines, but also provides canapés for those attending from places like Sidecut, Terra Breads, Moonstruck organic cheeses and other cheese offerings from the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
“Cheese and wine are such a fantastic match and a great way to not be overwhelmed by the amount of wine in the room,” she said. “We have some spectacular wines that will be there that are over $100 a bottle that you would never get to try by the glass.
“Maybe you will find something that you love.”
In its 16th year, Crush hosts 1,200 people per night that it is held at the Whistler Conference Centre. On Friday (Nov. 9) night, however, a limited number of tickets are available for early entry to the event featuring Yellow Tail bubbles.
Smith said the advanced entry allows people to beat the rush to try some of the wine selections from the approximately 50 wineries that will be represented. She added that her advice is to go “from the lightest to the heaviest” of the varietals and compare wines from different regions that use the same grape.
After Saturday’s (Nov. 10) Crush event, those attending can then head to Araxi’s Bubbles + Oceans after party to finish the night off in style.
Executive Chef James Walt said while the event is meant to focus on champagne it also features a wide selection of seafood.
“Each year we try to push it more and more, but the event is centred around the champagne first,” he said. “The idea started with oysters as something that would go really well with the champagne.
“The idea started with that and we kjept building off the seafood theme. It is later at night so you don’t want to be eating big rich heavy foods.”
The seafood includes sushi, lobster, prawns and house cured salmon to name a few. This year, Walt said the selection will include things like gooey duck and sea urchin.
“Hopefully people can try something they haven’t tried before,” he said.
Bubbles + Oceans begins at 10 p.m. and tickets are $155. Crush goes from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and tickets are $89. Yellow Tail early entry on Friday begins at 7:45 p.m. and goes until Crush begins at 8:30 p.m. with tickets costing $109 for both events.
Go to whistlercornucopia.com for more information or to purchase tickets.