The GOODS from Summerhill Pyramid Winery
Kelowna, BC | On his last national tour, David Suzuki shares the wisdom of a life full of action and celebrates Canadians who are standing up for the people and places they love. A special VIP reception at the VSO School of Music (843 Seymour St, Vancouver) on Sunday, November 9 from 5-7pm will directly precede the finale event at the Orpheum that same evening (show starts at 7pm).
Summerhill Pyramid Winery and the Cipes family have been longtime supporters of the David Suzuki Foundation and have been hand selected to showcase their organic and biodynamic wines alongside cuisine from top Vancouver chefs from the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia, including Vikram Vij (Vij’s), Ned Bell (Yew at the Four Seasons) and David Hawksworth (Hawksworth).
VIP reception tickets include premium seating at the finale event featuring performances and appearances by Neil Young, Robert Bateman, the Barenaked Ladies, Margaret Atwood, Feist, Shayne Koyczan and many more.
“David Suzuki’s message is brilliant and simple and true: Every Canadian should have the right to a healthy environment. We’re proud to support his efforts out on the road, getting the message out there and hopefully starting a national debate on this bold and righteous premise,” says Ezra Cipes, CEO of Summerhill Pyramid Winery.
A limited number of VIP tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.
Ezra Cipes: CEO
Eric von Krosigk: winemaker/viticulturist
Jesse Croy: winery chef
Gabe Cipes: biodynamics/permaculture
Stephen Cipes: founder/proprietor
ABOUT SUMMERHILL PYRAMID WINERY
Summerhill Pyramid Winery is a pioneering Okanagan Valley winery established in 1991. Owned and operated by the Cipes family, the winery has been a leader in organics, converting their own vineyard holdings to organic status shortly after the property was acquired in 1986, and helping to convert over 200 acres of Okanagan vineyards to certified organic status since then. The home vineyard in Kelowna is, as of 2012, BC’s first Demeter certified biodyamic vineyard. Summerhill considers their plots to be ‘vineyard ecosystems’ rather than viewing them as industrial farms. The philosophy of winemaking is that organic and biodynamic grapes, grown in harmony with the ecosystem, is the starting point for authentic, expressive, terroir driven wines. The portfolio of Summerhill wines has earned Summerhill the title of ‘Canadian Wine Producer of the Year’ from the IWSC in London, England (2009).
Summerhill has also been at the forefront of sparkling wine production in the Okanagan. The winery was founded with the production of Cipes Brut, a traditional method cuvee based on Riesling and Chardonnay, and has gone on to garner international acclaim for sparkling wines, including a gold medal from France (Chardonnay du Monde, 2000) and a trophy from England (IWSC, 2010), both for the estate grown Cipes Gabriel Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine.
The winery is also home to the Sunset Organic Bistro, featuring seasonal Okanagan wine paired cuisine in a rustic, relaxed atmosphere. Executive Chef Jesse Croy draws from the bounty of regional organic farmers, including an onsite half-acre biodynamic vegetable patch.