Auctioneer Roshan Vickery works the room as the live auction portion of the evening gets underway at The Belfry Theatre’s Crush-A Fine Wine Affair on Sunday at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

CRUSH 2018: Fine wine affair benefits the Belfry Theatre

Patrons sample B.C. wines, bid on rare international treasures donated for fundraiser

Wine lovers converged on the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort on Sunday night to help celebrate and raise funds for The Belfry Theatre.

Crush – A Fine Wine Affair saw representatives of vintners from around British Columbia offer up tastings of their latest and most popular wines, while attendees bid on 21 lots of extra-special donated wines and spirits during a live auction.

From a six-bottle selection of 2013 wines from Barbaresco in Italy to a 1934 vintage Comte de Lauvia Armagnac and a 1988 Château Mouton de Rothschild, winning bidders took home a variety of rare wines, plus a couple of bottles of rare Scotch, with the most valued items bringing in $1,000-plus.

Wine lovers inspect the latest offerings from vintners around British Columbia at the Belfry Theatre’s Crush – A Fine Wine Affair on Sunday at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

Noted local sommelier and wine educator Earl Wilde led those gathered through the offerings, lending colour to the proceedings and adding to the thorough descriptions of the lots written up for the Crush program by Monday Magazine wine columnist Robert Moyes. Auctioneer Roshan Vickery also entertained as he coaxed bidders through the process.

The gala social also saw Sommelier Pamela Sanderson from Hire a Somm lead attendees through a blind tasting, while the Joey Smith Trio entertained guests. Plus a variety of delectable savoury and sweet bites created by Craig Stoneman provided palate changers and pairings for the wines being sampled.

While the final total raised was not yet available at the time of writing, the event is generally one of the largest fundraisers of the year for The Belfry Theatre.

editor@mondaymag.com

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Bartender Ann-Bernice Thomas chats with a patron during The Belfry Theatre’s Crush - A Fine Wine Affair at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

A variety of silent auctions items, most of which had wine as their central aspect, were available at The Belfry Theatre’s Crush-A Fine Wine Affair. Don Descoteau/Monday Magazine

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