Crush - A Fine Wine Affair - Sunday, October 21, 2018

This year’s live auction features an 1845 bottle of Cossart Gordon Madeira Solera Bual from Portugal.

Victoria, BC…Crush, the Belfry Theatre’s eighth annual fine wine auction and tasting event, takes place at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort (100 Harbour Road, Victoria) on October 21 at 5 pm. Tickets are $95 at or 250-385-6815.

This year’s live auction features the oldest vintage bottle yet: a Cossart Gordon Madeira Solera Bual from Portugal from 1845, valued at over $1200.

The majority of these wines are not currently available in liquor stores. Crush represents a unique opportunity for Victorians to buy some truly collectable wines that have been held in private cellars, purchased abroad or were released in very small batches that subsequently sold out.

There will also be more modestly valued bottles in the 21-lot auction. Wine enthusiast Robert Moyes has written descriptions ( for each bottle on the block.

Single malt scotch whisky likes to get in the act too. A 1972 Clynelish “Caledonia” Single Malt and a 1974 Glencadam “Connoisseurs Choice” Single Malt will be on the block.

Sommelier and wine educator Earl Wilde is our auction host and will regale the crowd with stories for each bottle up on the block. Roshan Vickery is our auctioneer extraordinaire and the two of them make an informative and entertaining team.

Crush also features tastings from BC’s best wineries and cideries, hors d’oeuvres, live music (Joey Smith Trio), and more. Chef Craig Stoneman will dazzle your palate with exquisite cuisine to complement the fine wine and cider tastings.

Sommelier Pamela Sanderson of Hire a Somm will guide guests through a fun and friendly-but-competitive blind tasting.

An accompanying silent auction features wine gift baskets and packages, dining, travel and other unique experiences of interest to the wine lover in every price bracket.

The evening finishes at 8 pm, and for those guests who are attending from out of town or who want to extend their experience, the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort is offering guests a special room rate, starting at $159. Reservations can be made here - (valid to October 1).

Tickets are $95 and all proceeds from Crush will benefit the Belfry, Victoria’s leading professional theatre company and its beautifully renovated 19th Century building in the heart of Fernwood.

Crush is generously supported by Odlum Brown Limited, Boulevard Magazine, EAT Magazine, Everything Wine, 98.5 The Ocean and the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.

Participating Vineyards

Adega on 45th Estate Winery
Arrowleaf Cellars
Averill Creek Winery
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Burnt Timber Estate Winery
Calliope Wines
CC Jentsch Cellars
Church & State Wines
Clos Du Soleil Estate Winery
Corcelettes Estate Winery
Fairview Cellars Winery
Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards 
Fort Berens Estate Winery
Fox Trot Vineyards
Gold Hill Winery
Hester Creek Estate Winery
Howling Bluff Estate Winery
Igneous Winery
Kettle Valley Winery
La Frenz Winery
Lake Breeze Vineyards
Marichel Vineyards
Meadow Vista Artisan Farm Winery
Nichol Vineyard
Nk’Mip Cellars
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Orofino Vineyards
Play Estate Winery
Quails’ Gate Winery
Roche Wines
See Ya Later Ranch
Stag’s Hollow Winery
Stoneboat Vineyards
Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Sunrock Vineyards
Tantalus Vineyards
Tightrope Winery
Time Winery
Unsworth Vineyards
Upper Bench Winery
Volcanic Hills Estate Winery
Wild Goose Vineyards

Participating Cideries

BC Tree Fruits Cider
Faustino Estate Cidery
Raven’s Moon Cider
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
Tod Creek Craft Cider

Live Auction Sneak Peek (this list is subject to change)

These are some of the bottles that will be on the auction block at Crush this year. Our thanks to the many individuals and businesses who have donated to the auction.

Comte de Lauvia Armagnac: 1934 (France)
Donated by Anonymous; Value: $1,303

Produttori del Barbaresco: Asili, Montefico, Montestefano, Ovello, Pora, Rabajà: 2013
Donated by Ernest Sargent; Value for six bottles: $500 

Belle Glos “Dairyman” Pinot Noir: 2013 (California) / Caymus Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon: 2014 (California)
Caymus donated by Anonymous; Belle Glos donated by Ross Woodland;
Value for both 1.5 litre bottles: $384

Osoyoos Larose: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 (Okanagan)
Donated by Tracey Mellor from estate of Elaine Curling; Value for 4 bottles: $250

Black Hills Nota Bene: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 (Okanagan)
Donated by Tracey Mellor; Value for 5 bottles: $400

Gould Campbell Bicentenary Vintage Port: 1997 (Portugal) / Dow’s Vintage Port: 1994 (Portugal)
Gould Campbell Bicentenary Vintage Port donated by Tracey Mellor from estate of Elaine Curling
Dow’s Vintage Port donated by Shellie & Mike Gudgeon, Il Terrazzo;
Value for 2 bottles: $383

Château Mouton Rothschild: 1988 (France)
Donated by Deep Cove Chalet; Value for two bottles:  $1,414

Clynelish “Caledonia” Single Malt: 1972 (Scotland)
Donated by Peter & Helen Malcolm; Value for 700 ml bottle: $275

Glencadam “Connoisseurs Choice” Single Malt: 1974 (Scotland)
Donated by Peter & Helen Malcolm; Value for 700 ml bottle: $394

Cossart Gordon “Solera Bual” Madeira: 1845 (Portugal)
Donated by Anonymous; Value: $1,220

Bolla Amarone della Valpolicella Classico: 1998 (Italy)
Donated by Ame De Paoli; Value: $121

Château Le Boscq Cru Bourgeois: 2005 (France) / Château de la Cour d’Argent, Bordeaux Supérieur: 2005 (France) / Château Baret: 2005 (France)
Donated by Ame De Paoli and Ian & Gloria Back; Value for three bottles: $169

Sumac Ridge Pinot Blanc Icewine: 2000 (British Columbia) / Yalumba Museum Muscat: NV (Australia) / Château Briatte Roudes Sauternes: 2002 (France)
Donated by Ame De Paoli; Value for three bottles: $315

Château Croix-Mouton: 2007 (France) / Château Joanin Becot: 2007 (France) / Château Haut-Carles: 2006 (France)
Donated by Ian & Gloria Back; Value for three bottles: $100

Les Forts de Latour: 2007 (France)
Donated by Cook St. Liquor; Value: $331

Produttori del Barbaresco, Ovello: 2011 (Italy)
Donated by Anonymous; Value for 1.5 litres: $225

Château de Beaucastel: 2009 (France)
Donated by Everything Wine; Value: $135.99

Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir: 2014 (California)
Donated by Everything Wine; Value: $125.99

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The Belfry is a professional not-for-profit theatre company in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 

We produce contemporary theatre from the international repertoire with an emphasis on new Canadian plays. 

With love, from scratch, and with some of the country's best theatre artists, we build, rehearse and create our plays in our own home, a renovated 19th century church in Fernwood - the city's most interesting neighbourhood. 

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1291 Gladstone Avenue
Victoria, BC
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