The Grape Debate

January 29
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC, 6163 University Boulevard
$40* | $50** | $60***



The Grape Debate: To Age or to Drink?
Presented by Alumni UBC and the Wines of British Columbia
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, UBC, 6163 University Boulevard

January 29
6:00 p.m. Club Amuse-bouche Curated Tasting
7:15 p.m. Debate
8:30 p.m. Grand Tasting

General Admission: $40*
General Admission and Courtesy Shuttle: $50**
Club Amuse-bouche: $60***

The ultimate act of delayed gratification – purchasing a bottle of wine with the intention of not opening it, possibly for many years. While the temptation of a well-stocked wine cellar is great, the rewards for ageing bottles are often much greater. Yet not all wine is made with the structure to support extended ageing. Stylistic decisions made by the winemaker can play a large role in determining when a wine is ready for drinking. Does the average wine drinker want to wait? Should the winemaker care? Should wines be made to be collected or enjoyed?

Join us for The Grape Debate, where our panel of wine experts will debate whether BC wineries should make wines for ageing, or for drinking right away. Following the program, sip your way through some of the finest BC VQA wines and cast your vote on the debate!

Want the VIP Experience? Several wineries will be pulling bottles from their libraries to offer an exclusive pre-event of BC VQA wines for a small and intimate group. A very limited number of Club Amuse-bouche tickets to this VIP tasting with the panelists will be available.

The Motion: Should wine be made to age or made to drink?

Moderator: DJ Kearney, BA’84 – Wine Educator, Wine Writer, Judge, Presenter & Chef

Panelists | Supporting: Made to Age

Panelists | Supporting: Made to Drink

  • Karen Gillis – Winemaker, Red Rooster Winery
  • Christa-Lee McWatters-Bond – Director of Sales & Marketing, ENCORE Vineyards Ltd.
  • David Scholefield, BA’75 – VP Wine Strategy, Trialto Wine Group; Wine Advisor, Okanagan Crush Pad

    * Includes Debate and Grand Tasting and tax. Ticketing fee not included.

    ** Includes Debate, Grand Tasting, tax and return transportation. Ticketing fee not included. Shuttle Departs from Waterfront Station promptly at 6:15PM!

    *** Club Amuse-bouche tickets include VIP Curated Tasting, Debate and Grand Tasting and Tax Ticketing fees not included.

    19+, Two pieces of Government ID is required. Please print and bring your ticket with you for entry. Event times are sharp. Tickets are non-refundable.

    Parking is a few minutes’ walk from the venue, please give yourself enough time.