John Schreiner on Blue Grouse
In order to reach out to wine writers and sommeliers in Vancouver, the Cowichan Valley’s Blue Grouse Winery scheduled a luncheon and tasting on March 19 at a leading Vancouver restaurant.
It never took place because restaurants had been asked to shut down the previous week in order to control COVID-19 outbreaks.
In early May, Blue Grouse reached out to those same wine writers to do a virtual tasting using Zoom, the online communications technology that many of us might never have discovered but for COVID.
Tasting Room Safety at Blue Grouse
The tasting room is now open and we are so excited to see you! Below is what to expect when you come to visit us.
What the Blue Grouse team is doing for you:
- We are following the direction of BC’s Health Officer by limiting our capacity to 50 % and reservations are recommended but limited to groups of no more than 6.
- Our teammates will wash their hands before each group
- We will be sanitizing patio chairs and tables, glassware, and payment terminals in-between each group of guests
- Washrooms and all high touchpoints (door handles, counters, etc) will be sanitized frequently throughout the day
- Wine tasting flights will be pre-poured
- Contactless payment systems available for tasting fees and purchases
- Our team will stay home if they are not feeling well in any way
- Orders to be collected by us to prevent multiple surfaces being touched by others
- Individual disposable cups for spittoons and single-use menus in place
What you can do for us:
- If you are not feeling well, please visit us another time
- Please use complimentary hand sanitizer upon entry of the Wine Shop
- You are welcome to wear your own face mask, but it’s not a requirement for entry
- Please respect social distancing regulations and remain 2 M (6 feet) apart from other guests
- Tastings could be outside, so please come prepared for the weather
- Be kind and be patient.