Burnt Bridge Cellars

Winemaker’s Dinner at Roots

Burnt Bridge Cellars and Roots Restaurant & Bar are joining their considerable palate-pleasing forces to provide an evening of wine, food, and delicious fun at a special Winemakers Dinner. Join vintner David Smith as he pairs wine with a five-course dinner prepared especially for this event by Chef Brad Root. Smith will discuss each wine as it is served and answer questions about the winemaking process and how to pair wine with its ideal culinary match. Space is limited, and the Winemaker dinners are extremely popular, so eager diners and winelovers are encouraged to call soon. For more information, or to secure your spot, call Roots at 360-260-3001.

Trivia & Wine Tasting

What goes perfectly with wine? A little culture, of course—which is precisely why the award-winning Burnt Bridge Cellars is hosting Tuesday Culture Club, held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Burnt Bridge Cellars, 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver.

Join the cognoscenti to learn about a wide range of brainy-but-fun topics while savoring wine that's garnered medals in some of the West Coast's most prestigious wine competitions (our favorite is the gold-medal-winning Columbia Valley Pont Brûlé—French for "burnt bridge"). Wine will be served by the glass and by the bottle, and light fare will be available for purchase. The topic-du-jour for Tuesday, March 25, will be "Trivia Night" wherein attendees can put their knowledge to the test while engaging in a little friendly competition for grape-related prizes.

For more information about Burnt Bridge Cellars' wines and tasting room hours, call 360-695-3363 or visit www.burntbridgecellars.com. If you're interested in fine food as well as fine wine, be sure to check out their next-door neighbor, Class Cooking and Catering.

Tuesday Culture Club (cancelled for 6/10)

Join the cognoscenti to learn about a wide range of brainy-but-fun topics while savoring wine that’s garnered medals in some of the West Coast’s most prestigious wine competitions. Wine will be served by the glass and by the bottle, and light fare will be available for purchase. Culture Club is held every Tuesday except holidays at Burnt Bridge Cellars’ beautifully designed tasting room in downtown Vancouver. To see upcoming topics, call 360-695-3363 or visit www.burntbridgecellars.com.

Wine, Art & Nibbles at Burnt Bridge Cellars

There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows and polished wood, and a long tasting counter where you can take your ease and enjoy the elightened conversation of vintners Mark Mahan and David Smith.

Mahan's wife, Kim, owns Burnt Bridge Cellars' next door neighbor, Class Cooking, which is mighty convenient since excellent food goes so well with excellent wine. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, you can sip your Syrah while noshing on selections from a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)

But wait, there's more! There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.

 

First Friday at Burnt Bridge

There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows, polished wood, and a long tasting counter.

Sip your Syrah while noshing on small plates from Class Cooking: a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)

There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.

New Rhone Wines at Burnt Bridge

On Sunday, May 4, Burnt Bridge Cellars will host a "Spring Release" party from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate its four new Rhône-style wines. Join winemakers David Smith and Mark Mahan as they pour samples of these South-of-France-inspired wines, most of which began their journey from grape to glass in 2012. These red wines are big, fruit-driven wines that required a few extra months in the barrel, but the results are well worth the wait. Here's what you can expect to taste, as well as the price per bottle:

  • 2013 Viognier ($25)
  • 2012 Pont Brûlé ($32)
  • 2012 Grenache ($30)
  • 2012 Les Collines Syrah ($34)

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver and its tasting room is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.. On the first Friday of each month (such as this Friday, May 2), the tasting room is also open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with wine available to purchase by the glass and by the bottle, along with small plates from Class Cooking. Burnt Bridge Cellars will also participate in the second Craft Winefest this summer in Esther Short Park, on the weekend of June 20-22.

Trivia Tuesday at Burnt Bridge Cellars

We all know that wine is anything but trivial; it's very serious matter indeed. But drinking wine while trying to beat the competition with your vast knowledge of trivia—well, that's just plain fun.

If you know lots of stuff, and if you enjoy extremely good wine, then Burnt Bridge Cellars invites you to attend its Trivia Night—part of the tasting room's weekly Tuesday Culture Club, held every Tuesday evening at the downtown Vancouver tasting room from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy award-winning wines and delicious nibbles prepared by Burnt Bridge Cellars' next-door neighbor, Class Cooking & Catering. As if that weren't enough of a draw, the evening's "Trivia Champion" will win a $30 Burnt Bridge gift certificate.

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in Vancouver. To learn more about this winemaker, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com or go to the tasting room's Facebook page to find out about more upcoming events.

 

Spring Release Party at Burnt Bridge

On Sunday, May 4, Burnt Bridge Cellars will host a "Spring Release" party from noon to 5 p.m. to celebrate its four new Rhône-style wines. Join winemakers David Smith and Mark Mahan as they pour samples of these South-of-France-inspired wines, most of which began their journey from grape to glass in 2012. These red wines are big, fruit-driven wines that required a few extra months in the barrel, but the results are well worth the wait.

Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver and its tasting room is open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.. On the first Friday of each month, the tasting room is also open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with wine available to purchase by the glass and by the bottle, along with small plates from Class Cooking.

Wine, the Universe, and Everything

For some people, simply drinking wine isn't enough. We want to know how it's made: where the grapes come from, how they're pressed and fermented, what kind of barrels they're aged in, how soil and temperature affect acidity and sweetness. Unraveling the mystery of wine somehow makes it more delicious. And the more wine you drink, the more winemaking seems to be related to the other sciences—chemistry, black holes, particle physics, biology, quantum mechanics. You know—the kind of stuff you think about after two glasses of really good Merlot, and you decide to write the next great science fiction novel.

If this describes you (science fiction and all!), then bring your sensitive wine-tasting palate and your inquiring mind down to Burnt Bridge Cellars from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, for a special Tuesday Culture Club with a focus on the science of winemaking and science in general, or "Science Café," if you will. Burnt Bridge Cellars winemaker David Smith will be there to talk about wine chemistry, black holes, and evolutionary theory, and whether Philip K. Dick or Isaac Asimov is more compelling. With good wine, you may unlock the secrets of the universe.

Five Guys at Burnt Bridge

Are your Tuesdays a little blah? Jazz things up a bit by visiting Burnt Bridge Cellars for its Tuesday Culture Club evenings. From 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, guests at the downtown Vancouver tasting room will hear (making a return appearance by popular demand) Five Guys Playing Jazz. Sip award-winning wine, nibble from a selection of small plates prepared by Class Cooking & Catering, and tap your toes to the syncopated rhythms of the only truly American art form. There won’t be a Culture Club on June 24, but do plan to visit on July 1, when the special guest will be author Kate Dyer-Seeley for a book signing and discussion of her most recent mystery novel, “Scene of the Climb.” (To learn more about the author and her book, read this post about the recent book launch party at Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar.)

Wine Education Class at Burnt Bridge

Sure, you may drink a little (or a lot) of wine, but do you really know what’s behind the mysterious (some would say divine) transformation of humble grapes into such exalted flavors? Missy Kipp, the tasting room manager at Burnt Bridge Cellars who is also—in wine-world parlance—an introductory sommelier within the Court of Master Sommeliers, will present a class on wine tasting, wine making, and grape varietals from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20.

Kipp will discuss proper tasting etiquette and how to knowledgeably evaluate wine. “Good” wine is, of course, extremely subjective and based mainly on the preferences of the taster, but this wine education class will help you to describe why you like the wines you do. You’ll learn the basic characteristics of wine and some common descriptive terms based on correlating aromas and flavors. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to confidently convey your impressions of particular wines. The cost of the class is $20 per person, and includes a glass of wine. Sign up by e-mailing missy@burntbridgecellars.com.

Since we’re on the subject of the award-winning wines of Burnt Bridge Cellars, here’s a few other events at the tasting room that might interest you:

  • Friday, Aug. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. (to coincide with First Friday Artwalk)—live music by the Vantuckians musical duo, and food by Class Cooking.
  • Sunday, Aug. 3, noon to 5 p.m.—Summer Craft Fair featuring ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, and wine charms.
  • Sunday, Aug. 10, noon to 5 p.m.—”Meet the Artist” with Barbara Creager, milliner, fiber artist, and owner of Babette’s Hatworks. Creager will host a trunk show and bring custom-made hats for you to try on.

Craft Fair & More at Burnt Bridge

There’s a lot going on at Burnt Bridge Cellars‘ downtown tasting room, starting with First Friday on Aug. 1. From 4 to 8 p.m., you can savor a glass (or two!) of gold-medal-winning wine while enjoying live music by The Vantuckians, as well as finger foods provided by Class Cooking. On Saturday, Aug. 2, drop by any time from noon to 5 p.m. and chat with winemaker David Smith.

After that, why not make a perfect trio of visits to Burnt Bridge by coming back from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, for the Summer Craft Fair, featuring local artists with ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, and wine charms for sale. Kim Mahan from Class Cooking will be making crêpes, and you can make some, too (although just eating them is also a good option).

If you still can’t get enough of Burnt Bridge Cellars, visit the tasting room from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, for a “Meet the Artist” with milliner and fiber artists Barb Creager, owner of Babette’s Hatworks. Creager will host a trunk show featuring her most recent creations, all of which look marvelous with a glass of wine.

 

 

Wine Education Class at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Missy Kipp, the tasting room manager at Burnt Bridge Cellars who is also—in wine-world parlance—an introductory sommelier within the Court of Master Sommeliers, will present a class on wine tasting, wine making, and grape varietals from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. Kipp will discuss proper tasting etiquette and how to knowledgeably evaluate wine. This wine education class will help you to describe why you like the wines you do. You’ll learn the basic characteristics of wine and some common descriptive terms based on correlating aromas and flavors. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to confidently convey your impressions of particular wines. The cost of the class is $20 per person, and includes a glass of wine. Sign up by e-mailing missy@burntbridgecellars.com.

Since we’re on the subject of the award-winning wines of Burnt Bridge Cellars, here’s a few other events at the tasting room that might interest you:

  • Friday, Aug. 1, 4 to 8 p.m. (to coincide with First Friday Artwalk)—live music by the Vantuckians musical duo, and food by Class Cooking.
  • Sunday, Aug. 3, noon to 5 p.m.—Summer Craft Fair featuring ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, and wine charms.
  • Sunday, Aug. 10, noon to 5 p.m.—”Meet the Artist” with Barbara Creager, milliner, fiber artist, and owner of Babette’s Hatworks. Creager will host a trunk show and bring custom-made hats for you to try on.

The Vantuckians at Burnt Bridge Cellars

There’s a lot going on at Burnt Bridge Cellars‘ downtown tasting room, starting with First Friday on Aug. 1. From 4 to 8 p.m., you can savor a glass (or two!) of gold-medal-winning wine while enjoying live music by The Vantuckians, as well as finger foods provided by Class Cooking. On Saturday, Aug. 2, drop by any time from noon to 5 p.m. and chat with winemaker David Smith.

After that, why not make a perfect trio of visits to Burnt Bridge by coming back from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, for the Summer Craft Fair, featuring local artists with ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, and wine charms for sale. Kim Mahan from Class Cooking will be making crêpes, and you can make some, too (although just eating them is also a good option). If you still can’t get enough of Burnt Bridge Cellars, visit the tasting room from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, for a “Meet the Artist” with milliner and fiber artists Barb Creager, owner of Babette’s Hatworks. Creager will host a trunk show featuring her most recent creations, all of which look marvelous with a glass of wine.

Summer Craft Fair at Burnt Bridge Cellars

From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, Burnt Bridge Cellars will host a Summer Craft Fair, featuring local artists with ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts, and wine charms for sale. Kim Mahan from Class Cooking will be making crêpes, and you can make some, too (although just eating them is also a good option). If you still can’t get enough of Burnt Bridge Cellars, visit the tasting room from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, for a “Meet the Artist” with milliner and fiber artists Barb Creager, owner of Babette’s Hatworks. Creager will host a trunk show featuring her most recent creations, all of which look marvelous with a glass of wine.

Wine Tasting at Latte Da: Burnt Bridge Cellars

Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar is bringing the North Bank’s best wines to you with monthly wine tastings on the last Thursday of each month, starting Thursday, Aug. 28, with Vancouver’s own award-winning Burnt Bridge Cellars. Come to Latte Da any time from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to sample and learn about this winery’s finest summer sippers, the best wines to pair with barbecue, and deep summer wines. Get ready to taste some melt-in-your-mouth Merlot, Viognier, the mysteriously named “Blend X,” Syrah, and Semillon. (Visit www.burntbridgecellars.com to see which of these wines have been honored with medals at competitions around the country.) Missy Kipp, Burnt Bridge’s tasting room manager and the instructor of the winery’s Wine Education series, will be on hand to answer questions and broaden your wine knowledge. Tasting night dates through the end of the year are:

  • Sept. 25: mellow end-of-summer and early fall wines from Walla Walla
  • Oct. 30: must-have Halloween wines and “monster” wines with big, bold flavors
  • Nov. 20: Thanksgiving dinner wines
  • Dec. 18: the best bubbly and other seasonal sparklers

There’s no charge to attend, and you can get four tastes for $5. Complementary light refreshments will be served and there’s also lots of scrumptious things to purchase from Latte Da’s appetizer menu.

First Friday Art & Music at Burnt Bridge Cellars

Burnt Bridge Cellars tasting room will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5—in conjunction with downtown Vancouver’s First Friday Artwalk—to provide you with award-winning wine, delicious food, excellent music, and fine art. Kim Mahan, owner and instructor at Class Cooking, will prepare a delectable line-up of wine-friendly, ultra-noshable small plates, including paella, salads, a salami-and-cheese board, and spiced pecans. While you’re sipping and savoring, you can enjoy live music by Kevin Moon and see Karla Piatt’s magnificent fused-glass paintings as well as photographs by Glenn Miller. Burnt Bridge Cellars is located at 1500 Broadway in downtown Vancouver. To learn more about this multiple-award-winning winemaker, visit www.burntbridgecellars.com.

Wine + Art at Burnt Bridge

Here are two new reasons to drop by the Burnt Bridge Cellars this weekend: firstly, the tasting room has just released six of its fall 2012 wines, and they are aching to be tasted. Secondly, you can meet local artists Glenn Miller and Randy Hopfer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. See Miller’s extraordinary photographs and hear Hopfer talk about the process of printing photographs on aluminum. Their photographs will also be on display for you to enjoy (or to purchase!) while you are sipping your wine.

You’ll also want to mark your calendar for Burnt Bridge Cellars’ next wine education class from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 19. The topic will be types of grapes—or, in wine parlance, varietals. Learn the common characteristics for popular grapes, such as what makes a Syrah a Syrah or a Cabernet a Cabernet. Tasting room manager and newly-certified Sommelier Missy will identify key flavors and explain where they come from, as well as how to use these flavors to successfully pair wine with food. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to explain which wines are your favorite and why. Tickets are $20 per person, including a glass of wine. Contact missy@burntbridgecellars.com to reserve your spot.

While you’re there, you can book your holiday party or corporate event at the tasting room. Your guests will enjoy fabulous wine and mouthwatering food from Class Cooking (located adjacent to Burnt Bridge Cellars). For more information, contact Kim at kim@burntbridgecellars.com.

Wine Education at Burnt Bridge

Missy Kipp, the tasting room manager at Burnt Bridge Cellars and newly certified sommelier, will present a class on wine tasting, wine making, and grape varietals from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 19.

Kipp will discuss proper tasting etiquette and how to knowledgeably evaluate wine. “Good” wine is, of course, extremely subjective and based mainly on the preferences of the taster, but this wine education class will help you to describe why you like the wines you do. You’ll learn the basic characteristics of wine—for example, what makes a Syrah a Syrah or a Cabernet a Cabernet?—and some common descriptive terms based on correlating aromas and flavors. By the end of the class, you’ll be able to confidently convey your impressions of particular wines. Kipp will also offer a brief discussion on how each wine’s signature flavors enhance the flavors of certain foods.

The cost of the class is $20 per person, and includes a glass of wine. Sign up by e-mailing missy@burntbridgecellars.com.