Winery owners raise money

Susan and Jeff Vandermolen are raising money at the Pacific Salmon Foundation dinner dance and auction.

Susan and Jeff Vandermolen, owners of the Comox Valley’s Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery, are helping to raise money at the Pacific Salmon Foundation dinner dance and auction this weekend.

The Vandermolens are donating the fifth of five Beaufort Jeroboams (three-litre) wine bottles, for the event this Saturday at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. All funds raised will assist with Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program.

This unusually large wine bottle was handpainted by local artist Brian Scott, and is numbered and signed by Susan and Jeff. The wine contained in the bottle, Beaufort’s 2009 Ça Beautage, is not only the first commercially available red wine to be produced from a vineyard in the Comox Valley, but received national recognition by earning a Best of Category/Double Gold medal at the 2011 All Canadian Wine Championships.

The first four jeroboams were auctioned at: a Cumberland Rotary charitable event in October 2010; the Mayor’s Charity Golf Classic in September 2011; the St. Joseph’s Charity Golf Tournament in June 2012 and the YANA dinner and auction in March 2013.

The auctioning of these bottles has raised over $2,600, with the last one earning $1,100 for YANA.

Says Susan, “Given the extremely high quality of the wine, coupled with its presentation in such a magnificent piece of art, we are hopeful that this jeroboam will attract an even higher amount for the Pacific Salmon Foundation.”

Jeff adds, “We are extremely fortunate to be living and doing what we love to do here in the Comox Valley. It is great to work with the organizers of this event, and artists like Brian Scott, to give something back to our community.”

For more information about the Pacific Salmon Foundation dinner, contact or visit Gone Fishin’ at 2720 Cliffe Ave. (250-334-2007) or contact Judy Ackinclose at ackinclose@shaw.ca or 250-335-0010.

For more information about the Beaufort Winery, visit www.beaufortwines.ca or www.facebook.com/BeaufortWines, and for Brian Scott, visit his website at www.brianscottfineart.com.

— Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery

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