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BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, Comox Valley Economic Development Society, Comox Valley, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Comox Valley’s BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival: opening weekend

As guests of the Discover Comox Valley (Economic Development Society), fellow travel blogger Megan and I were invited as participating travel media to attend the opening weekend of the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival. The following visuals highlight a number of the activities in Comox, Courtenay, and Campbell River.

  • ‘Fresh Fest’ public event with food and music, 12 June
  • Gartley Point Hatchery, 13 June
  • Lunch at Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa
  • Mac’s Oysters
  • Flying Fresh lobster extravaganza, industry & public event
  • BC Seafood Expo & Workshop Series, 14 June
  • Cermaq Canada’s Venture Point aquaculture facility, 15 June

‘Fresh Fest’ – 12 June


Site Tours – 13 June


BC Seafood Expo – 14 June

Norway's ambassador to Canada, Her Excellency Mona Elisabeth Brøther, BC Seafood Expo, Courtenay, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Via Skype from Ottawa: Her Excellency Mona Elisabeth Brøther, Norway’s ambassador to Canada


South-central coastline – 15 June

Cermaq, Venture Point, Okisollo Channel, between Quadra Island and Sonora Island, Campbell River, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Cermaq’s Venture Point aquaculture farm, Okisollo Channel, BC, Canada”

BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival, Comox Valley, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

cmp.ly customI’m grateful to Comox Valley Economic Development Society (EDS) and the BC Salmon Famers Association for supporting and providing access to places and activities as a guest to Comox Valley and the Venture Point farm facility, respectively. The first two images were generously provided by the Comox Valley EDS. I made the remaining photos from 12 to 15 June 2015 inclusive. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6Uj.
Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Celebrating Saxon wine tradition at Schloss Wackerbarth

I have a confession.

Red wines and I have rarely gotten along.

With the exception of the Chilean Carménère, reds generally feel I’ve been pouring scarlet poison down my gullet, burning and tearing the esophageal lining on the way down to my stomach, into a slow boil, scalding and churning with fury.

Dear crimson nectar, you’re all hot and alluring dressed in your tannins, but I cannot have you any more. The subsequent days of post-red churning-gut syndrome are over. I’ve left you for the clean, smooth, sharp, sexy blondes in the white, because frankly, I’m having a lot more fun with the whites. I admit I’ll occasionally stray to the familiar Carménère, but I will always bring white wine back home.


As part of the pre-conference activities for the Germany National Tourism Board, I’m traveling with a group of travel industry trade and press on a three-day tour in eastern Sachsen (Saxony) to explore the culture and traditions, including the long tradition of arts and culture in Dresden, fine porcelain in Meissen, and the Sorbian minority in Lausitz (Lusatia).

Winemaking continues to be an important cultural tradition in eastern Germany with history going back over eight centuries in nearby Meissen. Along rolling hills next to the Elbe river, Saxony prizes its primary vineyard and winery at the Sächsisches Staatsweingut (Saxon State Wine-Growing Estate) where production, marketing, and sales take place at Schloss Wackerbarth.

Located in Radebeul about halfway between Dresden and Meissen, Schloss Wackerbarth (Wackerbarth Castle) began as Count Wackerbarth’s place for peace and quiet by 1729. Several owners came and went, along with the launch in 1836 of the neighbouring Niederlössnitz (later “Bussard”) champagne factory using French techniques. For over a century, the Bussard name remained synonymous with Sekt or sparkling wine, until the company’s termination in 1947. German reunification meant funds and resources for renovation and new construction, and Schloss Wackerbarth eventually bought the Bussard trademark rights. White wine and sparkling wine became production mainstays with both modernized efficient tank-fermentation and classic turn-by-hand bottle-fermentation. With their reopening in 2002, the estate’s strong drive continues towards direct reach to the customer – from vineyard to production to gastronomy to immediate purchase – all on the same grounds.

The Schloss Wackerbarth wine-producing estate is Saxony’s oldest and Germany’s 2nd oldest facility producing sparkling wine. White wine makes up over 80% of their total sales; the most popular white is their Riesling which makes up 25% of total sales. Naturally, their next most popular product is their Sekt. Their most popular red is the Spätburgunder (late Burgundy) accounting for 2% of total sales. For now, the Saxon State Wine Estate isn’t worried about sales in other countries; they’re sustaining good customer base and healthy bottom-line with intra- and interstate sales in Germany.


Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Welcome to the realm of the senses …

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Welcome

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Weinkeller/Sandsteingewölbe | wine cellar / sandstone vault

Gasthaus | Restaurant (l); Schloss | Castle (r)

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Late-April a little early, but still pretty

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

To the Belvedere …

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

… for dry sparkling wine (‘Augustus der Starke’, Sekt trocken)

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Biking past the terrace

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Summertime terrace

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

White wine paired with lunch: pan-seared fish, risotto, asparagus

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Wein-Führung von … | guided tour by …

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

… Herr/Mr. Roland F.

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

1st set of separation tanks

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Fermentation tanks

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

From barrels to bottles

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

More sampling required

Sächsisches Staatsweingut, Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul, Sachsen, Saxony, Germany, fotoeins.com

2013 Goldriesling

How to reach Schloss Wackerbarth:

With S-Bahn service from Dresden city (central train station), the S1 train to Meissen is about 30 minutes to stop ‘Radebeul-Zitzschweig’. From the latter, it’s about 1.6 km (1 mi) east to the winery: it’s a short 15- to 20-minute walk, or alternatively, you can take tram 4 “backtracking” towards Dresden for a very short ride to stop ‘Schloss Wackerbarth.’ (Google map for more details). Schloss Wackerbarth is also part of Deutsche Bahn’s “mittenrein reisen” train-and-visit program in Saxony; for discounts, click here (in German) for information.

Other posts:

•   About GTM15 (Germany Travel Mart)
•   The bright side of Dresden
•   Celebrating Saxony’s culture: beer and the Sorbian minority

cmp.ly customI made all of the photos above on 23 April 2015. I’m grateful to Germany Tourism, Tourismusverband Sächsisches Elbland, and Schloss Wackerbarth for supporting and providing the activities as guest to the Sächsisches Staatsweingut. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6R7.

Fotoeins Friday: Roads into the Atacama from ANF airport

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