PENFOLDS PREMIUM WINE DINNER 2024
Indulge in an expertly paired exclusive Dinner as we raise a toast to the Dragon. Elevate your senses and embark on a gastronomic journey, meticulously crafted with exquisite pours.
Here's to an unforgettable evening of
fine dining and festive cheer!
A TOAST TO THE DRAGON
Hosted by Gillian Ballance (MS, DWS)
Date: Friday, January 26, 2024
Time: 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Venue: Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant
(555 W Hastings St)
COMPLIMENTARY BOOK "PENFOLDS: REWARDS OF PATIENCE"
BY ANDREW CAILLARD INCLUDED WITH TICKET PURCHASE
HOW DO I MAKE A RESERVATION?
Please kindly RSVP to:
Please RSVP by Wed, Jan 24 to reserve your spot!
There are only 24 seats available!
avocado, sesame cone
Aged Balsamic Glazed Roasted Beet + Feta Cheese Carpaccio
PAIRED WITH BIN 23 PINOT NOIR
Calamaro Humboldt Squid Strips
sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
PAIRED WITH BIN 51 EDEN VALLEY RIESLING
Pan Roasted Sea Bass
butternut puree, lemon beurre blanc
PAIRED WITH BIN 311 CHARDONNAY
(special pour of Yattarna Chardonnay)
Grilled Filet Mignon
king oyster mushroom, peppercorn demi-glace
PAIRED WITH BIN 28 KALIMNA SHIRAZ
(special pour of Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz)
Belgian Chocolate Terrine
PAIRED WITH CLUB TAWNY
(special pour Luxury Grandfather Tawny)
Gillian Ballance MS, DWS has spent the last 20 years working in the best fine dining restaurants, hotels and resorts in the United States.
Ms Ballance began her career at The Rainbow Room, one of the most beloved restaurants in New York City, and worked under Andrea Immer Robinson. While there, Ballance’s thirst for knowledge and passion for wine became evident, so when Andrea became the Beverage Director at the Windows of the World Restaurant, she took Gillian with her.
Exposed to a cellar with over 100,000 bottles was the best education a passionate wine enthusiast could have and Ballance’s career soared. Her career includes opening up Cello in NYC, Wine and Beverage Director at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, Plumpjack Group’s Wine Director, Wine Consultant and Sommelier for Bottega Restaurant in Napa Valley, Wine Director at the luxurious Cavallo Point. Currently, Ballance is the National Education Manager at Treasury Wine Estates.
Ballance has been featured in numerous publications like Wine Spectator, Food and Wine Magazine, and an abundance of Trade publications. She has also judged at several wine competitions and conducts wine seminars and lectures across the United States.
In 2012 Ballance passed the esteemed Master Sommelier Diploma Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers, representing one of 30 women in the world. She received her Higher Certificate of Distinction as well as her Diploma in Wines & Spirits from the British Wine and Spirits Education Trust. In 2016, Ballance became an Approved Education Provider for the WSET Wine and Spirit courses. This year, Ballance was appointed to sit on the James Beard Foundation Beverage Advisory Board.