Zac and I spent just over 10 days in Tofino in June, meeting restaurant clients and attending Grazing in the Garden, an annual food and wine festival hosted in the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Roger Dosman has attended the event every year it has been running (15 years) and we intend to keep up the tradition.
Whilst we are a relatively small vineyard and winery and do not participate in very many tasting events like this, Tofino is an important one for us given the strong following and support we have with clients in Tofino and Ucluelet. Tucked away near Bernardo O’Higgins Homestead, we poured for patrons who knew our wines and many who got to taste them for the first time.
In addition to Grazing in the Garden, we had a chance to meet a number of our clients face to face as we did tasting events in their restaurants with staff to discuss the wines and answer questions about farming practices, food pairings and the varietals themselves. It was inspiring to meet people who were so enthusiastic about our wines and who make a real effort to build our brand with their own clientele.
We really enjoyed both the scenery and the cuisine of Tofino, be it the fresh Dungeness crab we purchased along the road into town, the delicious charcuterie from Picnic (www.picniccharcuterie.com) or the outstanding seafood platter at The Schooner (www.schoonerrestaurant.ca), which paired so well with our Bacchus wine. Thanks to Sean and the team at The Schooner for being so welcoming to us.
We had a little downtime during our visit and had the chance to walk the Lighthouse Loop of the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet. I would highly recommend this easy hike for its amazing vistas and lookouts. Gorgeous.
We definitely look forward to Grazing in the Garden 2018 and to reconnecting with our customers in Tofino and Ucluelet. Thank you for all your support!