I took our management team on a wine tour as an afternoon out of the office last week and have to share our excitement. Although I've visited many of the wineries before, met the players in the industry, keep up to speed on vineyards, this trip was different. We were picked up at the Arbutus Ridge Golf Club by LA Limosine and escorted to Averill Creek, followed by lunch at Vinoteca and a stop at Rocky Creek and Cherry Point. The Pinot Noir from Averill Creek, scallops at Vinoteca, Blackberry dessert wine from Rocky Creek (mix this in with their salt & pepper chocolate!) and Ortega from Cherry Point stole the show in my opinion. The Gewurtzraminer from both Averill & Cherry Point are fantastic as well and comparing the Pinot Gris from many of the wineries was very interesting and they are all of great quality & have distinguished characteristics.  We would have stopped at Blue Grouse and Alderlea if we had more time! I have to say that although many of the wineries on Vancouver Island may have been categorized as "in their infancy", the products they are producing right now will surprise many folks who are not familiar. Most of the wineries marketing budgets are small, so it's important not to get caught up in not knowing a brand or name. The fun is in discovering something new and there are treasures to be found here! In addition to great products, I don't think you'll find more genuine hospitality than what we experienced on our tour. I was inspired afterwards to ensure we tied wine tours more into golf than we had previously, so I created the Arbutus Ridge Golf Club Harvest Golf & Wine Package. The Arbutus Ridge Golf Club is directly surrounded by 9 wineries so it's a natural. Check out the package located here: http://www.facebook.com/arbutusridgegolf or http://www.golfbc.com/special_offers/vancouver_island. Two nights at the Oceanfront Grand Resort in Cowichan Bay, a round of golf with cart at Arbutus Ridge Golf Club, a four-hour guided winery tour of the Cowichan Valley visiting Cherry Point, Venturi-Schulze, Rocky Creek and Averill Creek Wineries. This is the making of a memorable getaway!