The Pacific Announces New "Flights & Light Bites" Line-up for Spring


One-hour seminars pair liquid flights with tasty bites for Saturday afternoon fun

January 31, 2012; Victoria, B.C. –  After successfully launching in the fall, the Pacific Lounge is happy to announce a new line-up of their popular Saturday afternoon “Flights & Light Bites” tastings. The hour-long seminars offer locals the chance learn a little more about their favourite tipple, as they’re taken through a flight of four different samples by an expert in the field, along with the tasting plate that the drinks have been paired with.

Covering everything from wines from a single producer, through to award-winning whiskies, and themes such as “sustainable wines,” the tastings are a fun, low-commitment alternative to full wine dinners or educational courses. “We had a great response to the first range of tastings when they were launched in November,” said Janis Goard, the Hotel Grand Pacific’s Food and Beverage Director. “People really seem to appreciate that they can meet up with friends, try something new and learn about wine and spirits without giving over their whole evening.”

Each Flights & Light Bites session starts at 4pm, running for approximately one hour. For just $20 plus tax, each guest receives at least four tasting pours of the featured beverages, along with a tasting plate with items such as charcuterie, cheese, olives and nuts, depending on the pairings. With just one seminar left in the inaugural line-up, the February 11th Dessert Wines event, dates and themes for the next five Flights & Light Bites have now been announced:

February 25: Canadian Whisky Award Winners
Lead by Whisky Expert Iain Hooey, guests will experience the 2012 winners of the Canadian Whisky Awards and discover the merits of quality Rye Whisky.

March 10: Sustainable Wines
Sommelier Stuart Brown of Trialto Wine Group will take us through the rising trend and practices of making sustainable wines around the world.

March 24: Sake
Sake expert Patrick Ellis will explain the process of quality sake making and showcase some amazing products from Oregon’s SakeOne.

April 7: Tantalus Vineyards
Participants will have the opportunity to be among the first to try the new vintages of the amazing wines from Tantalus Vineyards in the Okanagan.

April 21: Port
Sommeliers Jeremy Pott and Carmen Parry will take participants through the many different types of port and port production.

Tickets are available in advance through calling the restaurant at 250-380-4478. While tickets will be available at the door, advance purchase is recommended as space is limited. 

The Hotel Grand Pacific offers guests what they want, where they want it. Conveniently located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, it is the perfect choice for the lifestyle traveller seeking an alternative from the traditional branded hotel stay.  With 304 spacious guestrooms and suites, the Hotel Grand Pacific is renowned for delivering an exceptional and personalized guest service experience. With a focus on health and wellness, the hotel offers complimentary access to the Victoria Athletic Club, located on-site. Relax at the spa or dine at the all-day Pacific Restaurant or The Mark, an award-winning fine dining restaurant.  The Hotel Grand Pacific is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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