Wine Culture Magazine

Photo courtesy Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio.


If you’re enjoying a seawall stroll on a sunny June Saturday and the enticing aroma of a seafood-studded paella being prepared and the sounds of glasses of crisp rosé clinking waft your way from one of the city’s chicest waterfront patios, you’re going to want to be the one with a ticket to the party.

That gathering happens to be the upcoming Paella and Rosé Patio Party that will be happening at Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio on Saturday, June 8—which happens to be National Rosé Day. Even better, Ancora is holding this delicious late spring event at both their Vancouver False Creek and West Vancouver Ambleside restaurant locations.

For just $49 plus tax and tip, attendees will get to enjoy a reception style party featuring six notable rosé wines from B.C. and beyond, as well as appetizers and a serving of freshly-made (while you watch) Peruvian-style paella.


Peruvian-style Paella. Photo courtesy Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio.

Ancora Chef Ricardo Valverde is behind the restaurant’s signature paella, which showcases local crab, prawns, scallops and clams, and the additional zing of chimichurri and Huancaina aioli drizzled atop each serving of the soulful, savoury, seafood-forward classic.

In addition to the paella and rosé, guests can nibble on Mediterranean-inspired tapas like Boquerones (white anchovy on toast), Castelvetrano Olives and an exclusive taste of Cinco Jotas Jamón Ibérico; Ancora prides itself on being the only Vancouver restaurant where you can enjoy this exclusive Jamón Ibérico, made from 100% purebred ‘black hoof’ acorn-fed Iberian pigs.


Chef Ricardo Valverde “jamons” for the camera. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross


Guests will sip on their choice of pours from the following wine list of top-notch rosés:

  • Sea Star Blanc de Noir Rosé 2018, Pender Island, BC
  • La Frenz Pinot Noir Rosé 2017, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, BC
  • Mt. Boucherie Rosé 2018, Okanagan Valley, BC
  • Boutinot, Pasquiers Grenache Cinsault Rosé, Pays d’Oc. 2018, France
  • Quinta da Calçada Lago Cerqueira Rosé (Vinho Verde) 2017, Portugal
  • Rocca di Montegrossi Rosato 2018, Tuscany, Italy

A serving of paella. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross


Anchovies on toast. Photo by Lindsay William-Ross

Cheers! Photo by Lindsay William-Ross

Paella and Rosé Patio Parties

When: Saturday, June 8 from 2-4 p.m.
Where: Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio – 1600 Howe St #2 in Vancouver and 1351 Bellevue Ave in West Vancouver
Cost: Tickets are $49 each plus tax and gratuity and are available online

—by Linsday William-Ross, Vancouver is Awesome

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