alumni UBC Wine Series: Taste of the Island

When you think of B.C. wines, what comes to mind? The Okanagan? If so, did you know that Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are home to a dedicated community of family grapegrowers and winemakers who produce award-winning wines? Here’s your opportunity to sip along with a panel of experts through a wine tasting spotlighting three of the Islands’ top wineries: Blue Grouse Winery and Unsworth Vineyards from the Cowichan Valley region and Sea Star Winery from Pender Island. Along with wine educator DJ Kearney (BA’84) and fellow UBC alumni, attend this event to discover what’s so special about this region of the province and its climate for winemaking.

In partnership with the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.


DJ Kearney, BA’84 (she/her) — Director of Wine, Terminal City Club, Wine Educator, Wine Writer, Judge, Presenter and Chef.


Chris Turyk, Director, Sales & Marketing, Unsworth Vineyards
Traci Warkentin, BSc’94, Proprietor, Sea Star Vineyards  
Bailey Williamson, Winemaker, Blue Grouse Estate Winery 

Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Registration and Reception: 7:00pm-7:30pm
Tasting Event: 7:30pm -8:30pm

Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 1B6

Tickets: $65 (fees all in). Open to all UBC alumni and friends. Registration is required.


Questions? Please contact Andrea Korecova at


Speaker Biographies

This event is part of alumni UBC‘s Summer Series.

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