Top Table Wine Directors Launch Private Blends


Top Table Wine Directors Launch Private Blends

Partnership with Laughing Stock Vineyards
produces two uniquely blended wines

Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. (September 14, 2011) – Top Table’s four wine directors—Araxi’s Samantha Rahn, Blue Water Cafe’s Andrea Vescovi, CinCin’sSarah McCauley, and West’s Owen Knowlton—are excited to debut their inaugural wine label, Director’s Blend, a duo of personally blended wines produced byLaughing Stock Vineyards in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Augmenting the extensive international wine cellars at each restaurant, the 2009 Director’s Blend Red and 2010 Director’s Blend White are now available exclusively at Top Table restaurants and represent the first vintages of an ongoing project.

After researching, blending and tasting with Laughing Stock’s David and Cynthia Enns for more than a year, the wine directors have created food-friendly cuvées that deliver value far beyond their price points.

Owen Knowlton, Vancouver’s 2011 Sommelier of the Year, says, “We’re extremely proud of these first vintages. Our intention was to build approachable blends to complement the food offered in our restaurants, and we feel we’ve succeeded.”

“There were a number of trial blends and plenty of discussion,” adds Sarah McCauley. Blue Water Cafe’s Andrea Vescovi (2009 Sommelier of the Year) and Araxi’s Samantha Rahn agree, adding, “David’s familiarity with each varietal was a great boost – he was a vital part of our collaboration in what can only be described as a fascinating process.”

Tasting Notes

2010 Director’s Blend White
Comprised of grapes grown on the Naramata Bench and East Bench Osoyoos, the White consists of 50% pinot gris, 20% viognier, 15% pinot blanc, and 15% sauvignon blanc. Fresh and elegant with aromas of intense pink grapefruit, white peach and mineral. Refreshing acidity lends a vibrant structure built for food. Complex, harmonious finish leaves a lasting impression of candied citrus.

2009 Director’s Blend Red
Comprised of grapes grown on the Naramata Bench and East Bench Osoyoos, the Red consists of 40% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 15% syrah, and 10% cabernet franc. Intense, complex nose of wild berries, vanilla, mocha and plum. Velvety and round tannins balanced with vibrant acidity. Long, lingering finish of cocoa, bright fruit and spice box.

One of the most highly respected hospitality groups in Canada, Top Table encompasses four elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the newly opened chocolaterie, pâtisserie and café, Thierry. Characterized by warm décor, stellar cooking and welcoming service, each venue has received significant critical acclaim, both locally and internationally. For more information, visit

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