Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival Wine Symposium

John Schreiner's BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide cover

John Schreiner's BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide

The 7th Annual Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival will be presenting a Wine Symposium at the Malaspina University’s NEW Cowichan Campus on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th. The Symposium will feature special guest speaker, author John Schreiner, Canada’s most prolific writer of books on wine. He has written 15 books on the subject since his first book, The World of Canadian Wine, was published in 1984.

“Our community is thrilled! Vancouver Island University is hosting our first Cowichan Wine Symposium and John Schreiner is our special guest speaker,” commented Mike Hanson, 2011 Festival Director. “We are so grateful to have John join us and share his wealth of knowledge with our visitors at the Symposium and the Stone Soup Inn Dinner.”

Schreiner’s latest book, BC Coastal Wine Tour Guide (Whitecap Books, $20), has been developed as a hands-on guide to touring West Coast wineries.

“I persuaded my publishers that the coastal wineries needed a separate guidebook to help them raise their profiles. The coastal producers are every bit as colourful as wine producers elsewhere in the province. Because the wineries are small, there is always a good chance that the owners will be hand to welcome visitors,” said John Schreiner. “It is a real pleasure to be able to present at the 1st Cowichan Wine Symposium. My newest book will be available for purchase and signing at the end of each of my symposium sessions.”

Wine Symposium

Saturday, Sept. 17th & Sunday, Sept. 18th
Vancouver Island University – Cowichan Campus
2011 University Way • 250.746.3500

Series of 4 weekend day sessions

How To Taste Wine – 10 am – Fenix Theuerkorn & Peter Briscoe
Varietals of Cowichan – 11 am- John Schreiner
Wine and Food Pairing – 1 pm – Fenix Theuerkorn & Peter Briscoe
Terroir of Cowichan – 2 pm – John Schreiner

“Vancouver Island University (VIU) partnering with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has developed a wine business certificate that provides our students with the essentials to understand the business of wine. This enables our students to be more competitive in obtaining employment in wine related industries,” stated Frank “Fenix” Theuerkorn, Faculty of Management, Vancouver Island University. “Our program information can be found at:



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