Events, Food and Wine, Friends

Gatsby Gala

May 26, 2011

Perhaps you may have heard the the Fernie Library’s Fundraiser this June. Its theme is the Great Gatsby – terrific! 1920’s Hollywood glamour and intrigue at its best.

One really neat  auction item they are doing at this gala is a wine lot. The idea is that 40 people in town have been selected to donate a special bottle of wine that means something to the wine lover. A personal story or anecdote to explain whey they chose that particular wine. After all 40 bottles are collected they will be all auctioned off to one lucky winner. What a great instant wine collection. For the next years to come the winner has a story with every bottle of wine.

This year I have been selected to donate. Im really flattered and excited to share this bottle of wine, a 2008 bottle of Chardonnay from Ojai Vineyards in the Santa Barbara area in California. Here’s my story:

Ojai 08 Chardonnay Solomon Hills, California

It all started with a seat sale.

“$99 we simply can’t say no”, read the text message from my best friend who was sitting behind her desk in a downtown Calgary office building. Thinking of her there scrolling over the Westjet website on company time made me think of her as a classic Dilbert comic.

Fast forward six months later and our visions of cruising through the California wine country in a red convertible donning head scarves and oversize shades; ala Thelma and Louise, were replaced with an economy compact Suzuki and dusty golf hats.

We made it up and down the California coast from Venice Beach to the San Francisco bridge and back in 14 days. We rocked the infamous Troubadour rock club, strutted Hollywood Blvd like cheesy tourists, saw a live taping of Jay Leno, climbed a mountain in Big Sur and sipped blueberry vodka in a colorful bar on Castro Street in San Francisco.

But the most memorable and important California adventure we had was our stop in Santa Barbara. It truly felt like a second home. The wine was spectacular! The city, the architecture, the food, the people, was all absolutely stunning. Alas our visions of California were coming to fruition, and we were soaking it all up, literally.

We cruised through the lesser-known wine country in California from Santa Barbara to Arroyo Grande and to the San Luis Obispo valley.

This wine is to take you to the Santa Barbara at sunset, the hills and the coastline are baking in gold, the breeze is clean and the ocean is dancing. Everything is dripping in copper hues, even your hand holding your wine glass. You will taste the pure greatness of the California wine country. Hope you enjoy as much as we did.

Cheers Dude!


92 pts. “Bright gold. Perfumed aromas of orange peel, peach, ginger and honey, with a smoky quality. Lively and rich, with an impression of brooding power to the flavors of peach skin, bitter orange, ginger and buttered toast. Shows terrific palate presence and finishes smoky and long, with firm acidity on the gripping back end. This rich, tactile wine should age well. 92 points” By Josh Raynolds , Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 10

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Some lucky winning bidder gets to sip this back among 39 other bottles!  Good Luck!

More info on the Gatsby Gala Here or ask at the Fernie Library

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