Winemakers Dinner at Le Marche St George

Posted on September 03, 2012 by Luis Valdizon

I am pleased to announce a great dinner in my hood at one of Vancouver's funkiest and most intimate settings.

Please join me for a wine banquet at Le Marché St. George, featuring wines from The Artisan Collection. We will have four courses made lovingly with fresh and local ingredients, prepared by my good friend chef Shaun Snelling. Le Marché is a great cultural hub in my Main Street Neighbourhood and little oasis of good coffee, good people and good food.

4 course Wine Dinner at Le Marché St. George, Saturday September 8, 7:30 pm $75.

There are just 20 spots for this banquet and the cost is $75 per person including tax. Le Marché St. George is located at 4393 St. George at the corner of 28th Avenue. For more information, or to book your spot, call me at 604-862-3420 or email me at You can also purchase your dinner on line at

Course 1 Include () Rosé (A robust rosé with notes of red fruit, raspberry and red plum, citrus and watermelon)

Watermelon and hierloom tomato salad, grano padano, toasted pinenuts and balsamic drizzle.

Course 2 Siren's Call Viognier (Crisp white with intense floral and mineral tones, stone and citrus fruits.)

scallop carpacccio, shaved radishes, citrus and frisee, pink peppercorn vinaigrette

Course 3 Siren's Call Pinot Noir (Flavours of black cherry and vanilla with a lingering spicy finish.)

pork tenderlion, ricotta gnocchi, ciopollini onions and haricots verts, blackberry jus

Course 4 Siren's Call Harmonious (Bordeaux Blend with aromas of spice, black fruit and red berries.)

glazed okanagan peaches, white chocolate mousse, almond brittel and vincotto drizzle

We can accommodate “west coast vegetarians” or other special food requests by advance notice.

In creating The Artisan Collection, I journeyed thousands of kilometres across the length and breadth of BC’s grape-growing regions meeting growers, tasting grapes and hand-selecting the best to be used in creating the wines. Each wine lists the origin vineyard on the label, grounding and connecting each to its terroirs. I am in the midst of blending my 2011 vintage wines and I will have some barrels sample of my new blends to preview informally as well, including a sneak preview of my new Syrah. There are always surprises, extra value and special treats at my events, so be prepared for some spontaneity!

This outstanding four course menu has been specially created for this banquet and will feature superb local ingredients, expertly and creatively prepared by Chef Shaun, who some folks may remember from our outstanding “Wine Tasting at the Carter Estate” earlier this summer.

I will be on hand for the dinner to present the wines and enjoy your company. You don’t have to wear white, but dressing up for these events is always fun.

For more information on wines from the Artisan Collection, visit

I hope to see you there!

Mark Simpson

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Winemaker