Beban Park March 3, 2018 Wine Judging Competition & Social – Huge Success!

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A Message From Our President Dave Burt

Our annual wine judging competition and evening social was held yesterday at Beban Park Social Centre. Results have been posted on the BCAWA website ( In all, 133 wines were judged Saturday morning to early afternoon. Congratulations and a huge thanks to our Chief Steward, Doug Markin on a well run competition, and thanks also to all the volunteers – without you guys there would be not competition (judges, table stewards, data entry team, post judging bottle collation – 30 of us in all).

We are also appreciative of our data entry team, Vern Rogers and Mike Scott for timely entry of the judging results onto the BCAWA online system. As we sipped on those gorgeous best-of-class and gold medal wines last evening, we owe a big thanks to the post-judging crew, Don Graham, Doug Morrison, Carol Fornelli, George Beck, and Peter Huyghebaert, for their efforts in labelling, topping up, corking, boxing, etc. to get all those wines ready for the tasting tables and not-so-silent auction. Speaking of auctions, great job Jim Thorp in coaxing the timid, and not-so-timid, to raise their hands for the loud auction.

Now on to the silent auction. I have to say I was blown away by how you all came forward with so many and such a variety of silent auction donations. This speaks to your enthusiasm for the club, and is heartening to the organizers…that you are 100% behind their efforts. We can thank Cindy Scott, Jennifer Kelso, and Christa Fox for pulling together all the pieces of the silent auction and creating such a magnificent display. And did you notice the enticing graphics associated with some auction items…for sure you saw the poster on the easel at the entrance – all thanks to the graphic talents of our webmaster, David Holmes.

The one glitch in the evening was the failure of our Square to read credit cards.  A big thanks to Jennifer and Cathy for persevering through the confusion.

Finally, due to issues with the card reader, I did not get to properly thank the key person behind such a successful evening, our Social Coordinator, Cindy Scott. For Cindy, the past 2 weeks has been a full time job as she tirelessly attended to all the details in putting the on event (I received many an email at 7:30 in the morning indicating she was already hard at it). Cindy prepared our lasagna judges lunch, was a main player in the silent auction, dealt with the insurance people and Beban Park staff, worked with the caterer on the appetizers selection…basically organized our whole evening so that we could sip away and enjoy each others company. When you next raise a glass, please send some thoughts of thanks to our Social Coordinator Extraordinaire!

It was wonderful to be in your company – thank you all!




Our sincere thanks to all the companies, members and friends who so generously donated items:

2018 Silent Auction Donations

Item #Donated ByItem
30Andrew and Christa FoxChardonnay Lovers Package
47Carol FornelliElectric Bottle Opener & Aerator
48Carol FornelliHand Knit Ladies Socks & Hat
49Carol FornelliWine/Coffee Picnic Backpack
24Chris GebhardHome Smoked Polish Sausage Pkg #1
25Chris GebhardHome Smoked Polish Sausage Pkg #2
18Cindy & Mike Scott6 Course Winemakers Dinner for 4
42Clair & Sue DragomanWild Caught Fish & Morel Yukon Mushrooms
44Constance & Duane LukynBook: Culinaria Spain
45Constance & Duane LukynBook: Culinaria Greece
46Constance & Duane LukynBook: Culinaria Italy
4Dave BurtDave's Home Roast Coffee 3-pack
5Dave BurtDave's Home Roast Coffee 3-pack
19Don & Eileen GillinghamSail the Gulf Islands for a Day
1Don GrahamBarrel Stave Candle Holder
2Don GrahamBook - The Oxford Companion To Wine
3Don GrahamBook - Island Wineries of BC
27Don GrahamBoxed set- An Evening of Wine Tasting
53Don GrahamMetal Wine Rack with 2 Sailor's Rest Wines
20Doug & Cathy MarkinGardening Basket
51Doug & Cathy MarkinPort Wine After Dinner Basket #1
52Doug & Cathy MarkinPort Wine After Dinner Basket #2
8Doug MorrisonDoug Morrison's Wild Organic Game Meat #1
9Doug MorrisonDoug Morrison's Wild Organic Game Meat #2
22Doug MorrisonDoug Morrions's Wild North Coast Spring Salmon
23Doug MorrisonDoug Morrison's Wild Pacific Halibut
29Doug Morrison55 L Demi-John in Wicker Basket
37Doug MorrisonChicken Roaster
57Elaine Brown Apron & Placemats
17Elaine Peligren - Dominion Lending CentresWine Gift Basket
6Great Canadian Oil Change$60 Gift Certificate
26Home Hardware NanaimoSkill 1/4 Sheet Palm Sander
35Ian MurfittWooden Wine Rack #2
38Ian MurfittWooden Wine Rack #1
39James WaringPillitteri Estates Reserve Icewine
40James WaringMission Hill Icewine
41James WaringBook - The Oxford Companion to Wines
34Jennifer KelsoCottage Paint Class
55Jennifer KelsoPlaque: WINEOLOGY -Hand Painted, custom transfer design
56Jennifer KelsoPalque: "This home…..Hand Painted, custom transfer design
28Jo GrahamA Decandant Chocolate Cake
33Lawerence & Jane MatthewsBrits Lunch
43Marjorie & Rob BorrelliGourmet Gift Basket
10McLean's Specialty Foods$20 Gift Certificate
21Nesvog Meats and Sausage CompanyNesvog Meats & Sausage - $25 Gift Certificate
11Peter HuyghebaertBook: The Wine Lover Cooks with Wine
12Peter HuyghebaertBook: Complete Wine Course
13Peter HuyghebaertBook: World Encyclopedia of Wine
36Quality Foods NanaimoQuality Foods $50 Gift Card
14Taras PrysiazniukBook: Wine Guide
15Taras PrysiazniukBook: Wine Guide
16Taras PrysiazniukBook: Wineries of BC
50Taras PrysiazniukBook: Chardonnay
7The Wine Works, NanaimoLodi Old Vine Zinfandel Kit with skins
54J. Andrew, Dir. of Real Estate, & M. Blake, Crown Isle Resort, Courtenay1 Night Stay "King Jacuzzi Suite" Crown Isle Resort
31Wine Kitz (Metral Place)$25 Wine Kitz Gift Certificate #1
32Wine Kitz (Metral Place)$25 Wine Kitz Gift Certificate #2

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