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BC Wine Institute and Visa Infinite Launch

Date: 07/25/12

Press Release: The BC Wine Institute (BCWI) has teamed up with Visa Infinite to create the ultimate wine touring program for cardholders. Giving special benefits at 19 BC wineries, including complimentary tastings, exclusive winery experiences, discounts and more, the program also features two winery dinners with award winning chefs at Okanagan wineries Mission Hill Family Estate and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards.

19 BC wineries have partnered with the BCWI and Visa Infinite to offer the ultimate Wine Country Experience, going beyond the bottle. Aimed at those touring wine country, Visa Infinite cardholders are entitled to special benefits to get an insider’s look: go behind the cellar door with in depth vineyard tours, libraried wine tastings, private tastings led by winemakers, access to limited large format bottles, exclusive barrel room tastings, and discounts of up to 25% off including winery accommodations. These benefits allow access to unique BC Wine Country Experiences, creating amazing memories to be enjoyed again and again every time a bottle of BC wine is opened. Participating wineries include:

img 1Black Hills Estate Winery
CedarCreek Estate Winery
Church & State Wines - Coyote Bowl Desert Hills Estate Winery
Herder Winery & Vineyards
Hester Creek Estate Winery
Inniskillin Okanagan
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery Mission Hill Family Estate
Nk’Mip Cellars Winery
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Red Rooster Winery
Sandhill at Calona Vineyards Winery
See Ya Later Ranch
St. Hubertus and Oak Bay Estate Winery Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
Tantalus Vineyards
Therapy Vineyards
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Join the stars of Top Chef Canada at Oliver’s Tinhorn Creek Vineyards for Top Chef Canada Winners on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM at Miradoro Restaurant. Newly crowned season two winner Carl Heinrich of The Richmond Station, season one winner Dale MacKay of Ensemble and Ensemble Tap, and season two runner-up Trevor Bird of Fable are hosted by Jeff Van Geest, Executive Chef of Tinhorn Creek’s Miradoro Restaurant. Visa Infinite card holders will have the opportunity to witness each chef at the top of his game, and to enjoy their collective culinary output in a one-of-a-kind gathering. Guests will receive one premium gift per couple or individual ticket holder. Tickets are $175 per person (includes sparkling wine reception, wine, food and gratuity; taxes extra), and available only to Canadian Visa Infinite cardholders; call 1-888-711-9399 or visit for purchase.

Sea to Sea II Chef Collaborative takes place on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 6:30 PM at The Terrace at Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna. Ten years after a group of Canada’s great chefs joined to create a legendary event called Sea to Sea, Visa Infinite and the BCWI are thrilled to present Sea to Sea II. These chefs represent some of the best of Canada from sea to sea, including Jeremy Charles of Raymonds, Derek Dammann of Maison Publique, Anthony Walsh of Canoe, Michael Noble of NOtaBLE, and David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant who will be hosted by Matthew Batey, Executive Winery Chef of Mission Hill Family Estate. Set at “one of the top 5 winery restaurants in the world” (Travel + Leisure Magazine) overlooking rows of pinot noir and chardonnay, guests will enjoy an unparalleled dining experience. Guests will receive one premium gift per couple or individual ticket holder. Tickets are $225 per person (includes reception, wine, food and gratuity; taxes extra), and available only to Canadian Visa Infinite cardholders; call 1-888-711-9399 or visit for purchase.

Integrated Digital Media Group (IDMG) is Visa Infinite's culinary marketing agency who designed and produced the Visa Infinite Wine Country Experiences program.

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