Celebrate the Season with Blue Grouse Estate Winery

Blue Grouse Estate Winery, located in the Cowichan Valley Sub-GI, works with the community in many ways, to celebrate the bountiful harvest and the fall season.

The estate team is currently celebrating its 30th anniversarye commercial harvesting, helping to celebrate National Seafood Month and Wild Pacific Halibut, and making plans for a range of on-site activities where the community can gather.

Celebrate the harvest

Blue Grouse Winery celebrated the kickoff of its 30th commercial harvest on its 65-acre property on Lakeside Road in early October.

Since October is National Seafood Monththe Blue Grouse team made a fun collaboration with the Pacific Halibut Management Association (PHMA) where a commercial fisherman visited the winery and helped Blue Grouse workers harvest the grapes. On top of that, Blue Grouse winemaker Bailey Williamson, who once had a career as a chef, then entered the kitchen to cook alongside guest Tiare Boyes, a 2n/a generation of wild Pacific halibut fishers and an ambassador for the Comox-based Marine Stewardship Council.

Williamson cooked dishes paired with wines: Green curry soup with wild Pacific halibut cheeks paired with Quill Frizzante; Seared Wild Pacific Halibut Fillets with Tomato and Garlic served with Blue Grouse Pinot Grigio and Roasted Wild Pacific Halibut Necks served with Quill Q White.

See this link for recipes to try at home: Blue Grouse Wild Pacific Halibut Recipe Collection.

“The wine pairs so well with wild Pacific halibut,” Boyes said. “I also learned today that there are many similarities between farming and fishing. I loved sharing stories, experiences and our overall passion for sustainability with Bailey and her team during our visit.

Wild Pacific halibut is in season and commercially fished along the BC coast from March to December. British Columbia’s commercial halibut fishery was established in the 1880s and Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard is one of the oldest wineries on Vancouver Island. Each operation is a small family business and a way of life for each family. They share the philosophy of being proud stewards of the merroir and the terroir, with a 100% commitment to sustainability to ensure that this wealth can be shared for generations to come.

More seasonal celebrations at Blue Grouse

Chardonnay release – November 1

Kudos to our first release of 100% Cowichan Valley Chardonnay. This variety grown in cool climates presents complex notes of minerality, tension due to acidity and unctuousness due to aging in barrels. Available for tasting in November and December or while supplies last.

Sip and Shop – November 12

From 2-5pm, have a glass of wine and shop in the Blue Grouse Tasting Room. Stock up for all your entertainment and gifting needs by supporting local this year. Check out the Blue Grouse website for more details

The Trail of Lights returns to the Cowichan – November 26 and 27

Local vineyards and farms light up to celebrate the holidays. From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each day, taste wines and shop from local farms on this self-guided tour of twinkling lights and savory delights. At Blue Grouse, you can enjoy mulled wine, wine tasting, and discover local artisan products in stock for the holiday season.

New releases planned for grabs – December 1st

For the wine lover in your life (or yourself), save the date for the return of Blue Grouse Pinot Noir and Black Muscat Fortified.

The Blue Grouse Estate Pinot Noir, with its raspberry and dark cherry flavors, paired with a layer of spice and a long, warm finish, is a critics’ favorite – with the latest vintage notching 91 points. Only 300 cases are made and they sell out quickly.

As the only known producer of Black Muscat in Canada, the Blue Grouse team was looking for ways to better exhibit its unique characteristics. The winemaking team felt that the aromas would lend themselves well to a rich, warm port-style wine that would be the perfect finish to a meal and pair well with mature cheese and nuts. It is a very special and rare wine, with only 35 cases produced. Don’t miss.

Bring the team for a tasting

As the Cowichan community anticipates the holiday season and the opportunity to gather in groups, the Blue Grouse team suggests that corporate teams book a group tasting at the winery. Take advantage of the season’s cozy setting and sip on the local… a great way to celebrate the holidays. Book today with Pamela at [email protected]

Give a local wine as a gift

Our valued customers, colleagues and friends will enjoy Blue Grouse and Quill wines from the Cowichan Valley.

The Blue Grouse winery team offers free local delivery, free gift wrapping, case discounts and free delivery on 12+ bottles in BC. Place your orders today.

Holiday hours

Plan your visit! The tasting room is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Book your visit until December 24 before the holiday season closes from December 25 to January 2.

Elisha A. Tilghman