This November Fox Harb’r Resort is proud to introduce a Wine Makers Dinner Series. Wine has long been an integral part of the Fox Harb’r Resort experience. Not only do we support Nova Scotia’s fine wineries, we also have our very own vineyard on site. But this fall we’re turning our attention to Canada’s west coast with a series of four special gastronomic events designed to highlight the best wineries in BC’s Okanagan and Osoyoos Valleys.
Working with the wineries, we’ve curated a selection of five wines that best define the output from each domaine. Then we asked our Chef to develop a multi-course pairing menu to showcase these fine wines.
“We’re excited to welcome some of BC’s finest wineries to Fox Harb’r Resort. The evening will be a celebration of fine wine and food, as we guide our guests through a tour of the world class wine region of British Columbia,” says our Director of Food and Beverage, William Kawaja.
Wine makers of each winery will be on hand and will present each wine and share the stories of the wines that we are serving. Reservations open at 6:00pm. Seating for each event is limited to 60 guests.
Dinner Price: $247.50 plus gratuity & hst, per person. Call now to reserve your dining reservation. Guest accommodations available if required.
Featuring: Cedar Creek & Checkmate
Friday, November 18, 2022
Featuring: Le Vieux Pin
Friday, November 25, 2022
Featuring: Martins Lane & Mission Hill
Saturday, November 19, 2022
Featuring: La Stella
Saturday, November 26, 2022
November 18 & 19: Bram Bolwijn, Market Development Manager
Bram Bolwijn’s ability to pour his passion and enthusiasm into every glass of wine is very well known throughout the Okanagan Valley. Bram developed an early interest in the hospitality industry back in his home country, the Netherlands, where he studied Tourism and Hospitality Business. Following his studies, Bram travelled the world for years and worked in various high-end restaurants and like many others before him, he quickly began to the discover the jewel that is the world of wine.
As his thirst for more wine knowledge grew, Bram knew he needed to expand his roots to provide himself with the best opportunity to progress his learning. His ambition brought him to Bordeaux, France where he would spend the next 2 years completing his Sommelier Accreditation, after which he would then gain experience working in Michelin Star restaurants.
Now that he had completed his education and gained experience working in the industry, Bram set his eyes on his next adventure in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Even though his love for wine belonged to the old world, Bram knew that breaking away from the traditional old-world style for the innovative new-world style would provide him with the juxtaposition he was searching for.
Since joining Mission Hill Family Estate in 2017, Bram prides himself as an ambassador for the Canadian wine industry. As a Sommelier, Bram utilizes his wine knowledge and work experience to share the unique story of Canadian wines as he knows that these are the efforts that need to be made in order to bring our wines to the international market. One of his greatest achievements thus far in the Okanagan Valley was being awarded a BC Tourism Industry award under the category of Customer Service in 2018. Bram’s position as Head Sommelier for Mission Hill Estate winery has led him to his next title as Market Development Manager looking after all 6 wineries in the portfolio, with the focus on Martins Lane winery and Checkmate Artisanal winery.
As a young leader working in the wine and tourism industry, what most excites Bram about the future here in the Okanagan Valley is that there are so many more opportunities for him to deepen his roots in the valley, which he believes is just like a young grape vine would feel.
November 25 & 26: Severine Pinte, Managing Partner, Viticulturist, Winemaker
Severine Pinte came to Le Vieux Pin in 2010 with 14 harvests of international wine making experience under her belt along with 8 years of vineyard management. Severine is a graduate of the illustrious ENSAM (Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier) where she acquired her Masters in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology.After leaving ENSAM she apprenticed at the Cave de Tecou in the AOC Gaillac before coming for the first time to British Columbia to work for Domaine de Chaberton as an assistant winemaker. In 1999 she returned to France and worked a year in Bordeaux under the direction of Andre Lurton in Pessac-Leognan then returned to the Languedoc. For nine years Severine was head winemaker and viticultural council for ‘Le Vignoble des 2 terres’ in the Terrasse du Larzac terroir.
In the winter of 2003, she took leave for harvest at Frankland Estate winery in Western Australia and enjoyed learning a different take on her beloved Syrah and Viognier.Curiosity and the pursuit of new challenges brought Severine to the Okanagan and she brought with her an astute understanding of wine and terroir. Her favorite quote is from Jean Hugel: “100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality.”
For her, the Okanagan, with its unique terroir and cool climate, has always been intriguing. We are delighted to have Severine leading our viticulture and wine making team; she is the perfect candidate to craft world class Syrah and Viognier in the South Okanagan.