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Celebrate BC’s Bounty with BC Blueberries and BC VQA Wines

The BC Blueberry Council is thrilled to partner with Wines of British Columbia to showcase a carefully curated selection of BC blueberry recipes paired with BC wines.

Celebrate BC’s Bounty with BC Blueberries and BC VQA Wines

The campaign runs during February and March and features award-winning cookbook author Jennifer Schell, who has prepared a special BC blueberry dessert from frozen BC blueberries with the perfect BC VQA wine pairing.

Watch Schell in action preparing the recipe at the link Perfectly Paired: BC Blueberry Limoncello Tiramisu with BC dessert wines.

To bring this partnership to the people, British Columbians can enter to win a Wines of BC & BC Blueberries gift basket (the retail value of the prize will not exceed $450).

The contest launches on Instagram on March 1, 2023. Follow @winesofbc and @bcblueberries for updates on how and when to enter.

BC Blueberry and Wine Pairings

To demonstrate how BC Blueberries and BC wine are made for each other, Schell has paired BC wines with a variety of recipes using both fresh and frozen BC blueberries.

From BC blueberry dessert offerings to main courses, salads, and appetizers, Schell demonstrates that there is a BC blueberry and BC wine pairing for everybody.

For dessert wine lovers, there is the blueberry limoncello tiramisu pairing.

Dreaming of that first spring BBQ? BC blueberry turkey burgers paired with a juicy and fruit-forward Pinot Noir are just the ticket.

Celebrate BC’s Bounty with BC Blueberries and BC VQA Wines

Having friends over for a mid-week pick-me-up? Pork tacos with blueberry pineapple salsa, paired with a Chardonnay with tropical fruit notes and great acidity, offer a fun pairing designed for easy hosting.

Celebrate BC’s Bounty with BC Blueberries and BC VQA Wines

For more BC blueberry recipes, and accompanying wine pairing notes by Jennifer Schell, visit Wines of BC’s Perfect Pairings page: https://winebc.com/our-wines/wine-food-pairing/perfect-pairing-recipes/

Most of the recipes featured make use of frozen BC blueberries, readily accessible in freezer aisles of local retailers year-round, making these ideal for winter entertaining.

To ensure you have BC Blueberries, look on packages for the words ‘Product of Canada’ and the words ‘highbush’ or ‘cultivated’.

Quick BC Blueberry Facts 

BC blueberries, both fresh and frozen, offer a host of health benefits. They also play a major role in the health of the provincial economy.

  • There are more than 600 growers of premium quality highbush blueberries located in some of Canada’s richest and most fertile farmland in BC.
  • With more than 11,000 hectares (26,000 acres), British Columbia blueberry country is one of the largest highbush blueberry growing regions in the world.
  • BC blueberries are the top small fruit export product in Canada.
  • British Columbia’s blueberry industry employs more than 10,000 people on-farm, packing, and processing facilities.
  • BC produces an average of about 73,000,000 kilograms (160,937,451 lbs) of blueberries each year, about 70 percent of which are exported.
  • Fresh vs. Frozen: Frozen BC blueberries are available year-round and have all the same nutritional benefits as fresh blueberries.
  • Be sure you have BC Blueberries by checking packages for ‘Product of Canada’ and the words ‘high bush’ or ‘cultivated’. For more guidelines on where to buy frozen BC blueberries, visit www.bcblueberry.com.