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LA FRENZ 2021 EVENTS
Join us on Friday, August 27th at 6pm at Joy Road Caterings Alfresco Dining Series to celebrate La Frenz Winery in the beautiful Blue Bee Orchard. This working orchard is also home to La Petite Abeille cidery and Plot Twist Farm’s permaculture garden.
At LA FRENZ, the goal is to produce world class wines with a sense of place. With full control of our 5 estate vineyards, we use cutting edge and meticulous farming practices tailored to our varieties and clones. The unique soils and micro-climates of the vineyard sites produce the vibrant and intense grape characters found only in the Okanagan Valley.
The dinner will take place amongst the boughs of the fruit trees and guests will be able to wander into the one-and-only “Pierre” cellar, whose moustache-handled doors open into a magical room built right into the hillside.
On arrival, guests will be greeted with a glass of La Petite Abeille’s sparkling cider with which they can explore the property. Guests will then be served a multi course, plated meal using a multitude of produce from the seven acres upon which they sit, as well as other ingredients from local suppliers. Each course will be served with the perfect wine pairing from La Frenz Winery.
LA FRENZ 2020 EVENTS
Elemental Ensemble on Saturday Aug 1st, 2 - 5pm
Not all wine is created equal.
La Frenz owner, Jeff Martin, will take you on a captivating tour of the vineyard explaining the importance of biodiversity and terroir. Then join our winemaker Dominic McCosker for an interactive white Bordeaux blending session of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the elements that make up our Reserve Ensemble. Experience an exclusive vertical tasting of the Ensemble, then finish the afternoon with a tapas style food pairing accompanied by a selection of our new release whites and reds.
ZOOM wine tasting with Marquis Wine Cellars on Wednesday June 17th 2020, 5 - 6pm
In the comfort of your own home!
Join LA FRENZ winemaker Dominic McCosker in a live ZOOM tasting in conjuction with Marquis Wine Cellars. Sip through our 2018 Semillon, 2018 Sauvignon Blanc and our 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir as Dom talks about the history of LA FRENZ and the finer points of the wines on offer.
All wines are currently available at Marquis Wine Cellars for pick-up or delivery.
Apex 8th Annual Vertical & Vintages on March 7th, 2020
The Vertical & Vintages Saturday-evening event is one of the highlights of the season at Apex Resort. Enjoy an evening of sipping many of the famous wines from the Naramata Bench. Local wineries will be pouring an outstanding selection of tastings and the wines will be complimented by delicious tapas and chefs’ specialty creations served by Gunbarrel’s gourmet kitchen. Join the wineries during this wonderful social evening of tastings. After the event, the Gunbarrel Saloon and Restaurant is hosting live music by Uncorked and dancing to round out a perfect evening.
Flourish Gala! on February 5th, 2020
Flourish is Vancouver Community College’s signature, green-tie fundraising gala! Enjoy fabulous wine from Naramata Bench Wineries Association member wineries, food, music, fashion and the opportunity to take something special home from the wine wall and silent auction. Guests will be treated to a memorable evening showcasing the work of VCC’s highest-achieving students, faculty members and alumni. In addition to tasting creations by Vancouver’s leading culinary minds, guests will experience the best of VCC's fashion arts, auto restoration, live music and more. Net proceeds support VCC student scholarships and bursaries.
LA FRENZ 2019 EVENTS
Naramata Tailgate on Saturday Sept 14th 2019
Celebrate harvest with us! This is the wine and food event of the season for wine enthusiasts to plan an Okanagan Fall Wine Tour around.
Taste, Tapas and Tunes are the order of the evening – Taste the terroir through our winemakers’ renowned wines; savour the creative tapas from Naramata Chefs; while enjoying live music in a fun friendly atmosphere.
Naramata Restaurants there will be: The Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove Winery; The Kitchen at Da Silva Winery; Hillside Winery Bistro; The Patio at Lake Breeze Vineyards; The Oven at Upper Bench Estate Winery; Smuggler’s Smoke House at Red Rooster Winery; and the 1908 Restaurant at the Naramata Heritage Inn.
RED, WHITE and BLUES, 20th anniversary party on Friday Sept 6th 2019
This will be a twilight “can’t keep still” dance party, featuring bluesy rock by the incomparable LeRoy Bell and his only Friends from Seattle. Award winning chef Martin Laprise of The Chef Instead will be providing his fabulous southern style BBQ and of course the award-winning wines of LAFRENZ.
As this is a 20th anniversary party we will be releasing our much anticipated ASTER champagne at this event. We have long believed that true method champenoise wines will be one of the signature wine styles for the Okanagan in the long term. Named in honour of our first grandchild, this is a classic blend of early picked Chardonnay for honey and toast, while the Pinot Noir provides backbone and structure, then aged 3 years on its yeast lees in bottle before disgorging has produced the finest bubbles. The result is beyond incredible and will sit on the table alongside the best from anywhere in the world.
BC Pinot Noir Celebration on Saturday Aug 17th 2019
The 2019 BC Pinot Noir Celebration brings together BC's top 35 Pinot Noir producers for an unforgettable festival-style tasting experience. The event kicks off with a sparkling reception and keynote address by Madeline Puckette, certified sommelier and author of New York Times Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine.
A courtyard tasting salon complements exquisite culinary creations prepared by local Chefs from Joy Road, Waterfront Café and Catering, Frankie We Salute You, Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Winery, Vice & Virtue Brewing Co, Start Fresh Catering and Vancouver’s Wildebeest followed by a cocktail-style dinner. Watch the rest of the evening unfold with live music featuring The Insiders and dancing under the stars.
Seize the Chardonnay! on Saturday May 4th 2019
Learn about the intricacies of producing great Chardonnay wines at LAFRENZ.
This event will start with a captivating tour of our Freedom 75 vineyard with owner, Jeff Martin, explaining the importance of biodiversity and terrior. Winemaker, Dom McCosker, will then guide you through an interactive barrel tasting comparing the stylistic differences in the production of a great Chardonnay. End the tour with a tapas style food pairing with an exclusive pre-release tasting of our wines.
BC Uncorked on Saturday April 6th 2019
Local is best!
Join LA FRENZ and over 55 BC wineries and 12 restaurants, caterers and food companies for the 12th annual BC Uncorked Festival. Sample treats from all local BC companies with all money raised going to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation. Entry fee includes all costs, no additional fees for samples.
ReWined on Wednesday on April 24th 2019
The Victoria Chapter of Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon is delighted to once again host ReWined with wine sponsors the Naramata Bench Wineries Association as they reveal their exclusive Spring Release Wine portfolio in Victoria, B.C.!
Come sample the latest wines from Canada's top destination for wine enthusiasts, while enjoying small plates sponsored by some of Victoria's best restaurants and food providers, and help grant life-changing wishes to children living with a critical illness on Vancouver Island!
Apex 7th Annual Vertical & Vintages on March 9th 2019
As a part of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association, this year LA FRENZ will be participating at the Apex Vertical & Vintages Wine Festival on Saturday March 9, 2019 from 7 to 9 pm at the Gunbarrel Restaurant. Eighteen wineries from the Naramata Bench will be pouring a selection of wines paired with tapas created by the Gunbarrel's gourmet kitchen. Join the wineries for this wonderful evening of tasting and after in the Gunbarrel Saloon for live music and dancing to the sounds of Naramata's Uncorked!
Flourish Gala! on March 13th 2019
Flourish is Vancouver Community College’s signature, green-tie fundraising gala! Enjoy fabulous wine from Naramata Bench Wineries Association member wineries, food, music, fashion and the opportunity to take something special home from the wine wall and silent auction. The event showcases the work of VCC’s highest-achieving students, faculty members and alumni in fashion arts, culinary, auto restoration, music and more.
LA FRENZ 2018 EVENTS
Whistler Cornucopia on Nov 9-10th 2018
We are excited to announce that we will be participating at Whistler Cornucopia event from Nov 9th-10th 2018. Cornucopia is one of the major food & drink festivals in BC!
We will be pouring our wonderful wines at the Cellar Door Grand Tasting on Friday night, at the Trade Tasting on Saturday afternoon and at the signature event for wineries only Crush Grand Tasting on Saturday night!
Tickets are on sale now so don't miss out in this opportunity. You will have the chance to meet Jeff & Niva Martin, LAFRENZ owners!
6th Annual Vertical & Vintages Apex Mountain Wine Festival on March 10th 2018
As a part of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association, this year LA FRENZ will be participating at Apex Vertical & Vintages Wine Festival on Saturday March 10, 2018 from 7 to 9 pm at the Gunbarrel Restaurant. Eighteen wineries from the Naramata Bench will be pouring a selection of wines paired with tapas created by the Gunbarrel's gourmet kitchen. Join us for an evening of wine, food, live music and after party!
Flourish 2018 VCC Foundation Gala in Vancouver on March 14th 2018
Join us at the annual fundraiser for the Vancouver Community College (VCC) featuring wine tasting from winery members of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association, food from the culinary program prepared under the supervision of celebrity alumni chefs, entertainment and more! Your ticket purchase helps VCC Foundation fund student scholarships and bursaries.
The event will be held on Wednesday March 14, 2018 from 7 to 10 pm at the Vancouver Community College Broadway campus, building B, 1st. floor located at 1120 E. 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5T 4V5.
Rewined at the Crystal Garden in Victoria on April 10th 2018
Rewined is a new partnership between the Naramata Bench Wineries Association and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Twenty NBWA wineries will be participating in this event in support of local children with critical illnesses. Guests will have the opportunity to taste the new Spring wine releases while enjoying local food, entertainment and a silent auction.
Join us on Tuesday April 10, 2018 from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Crystal Garden located at 713 Douglas St., Victoria, BC.
Wine for Waves at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver on April 13th 2018
As a part of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association, LA FRENZ will be offering new wine releases to the public on Friday April 13, 2018 from 7 to 10 pm in support of Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. Do not miss the opportunity of learning about our wines and meeting our winemaker Dominic McCosker.
You will have the oppportunity to taste Narmata Bench's Spring wine releases while enjoying Ocean Wise seafood offerings from sustainable seafood restaurants. This event will be hosting a silent auction as well.