What can I say.. I have a serious addiction for good food, good drink and good company. And travel too! After working in hospitality for a couple years post high school graduation, I realized I had to get out there and experience it all. I was in my 20’s and had the ultimate freedom, I was out of here. After two tours of duty by Volkswagen van in Europe, five years living in Australia where I met my wife, many trips to Asia, and one to the Middle East I returned to live and work in Vancouver. Sensing there was still so much to learn I fired up my brain and headed back to school to in 2008 to begin a Sommelier’s diploma (ISG) which I completed in 2011. Post diploma I began consulting on beverage programs for restaurants, planning food and wine related events, and freelance writing.

I am always chasing that perfect cocktail of the right people, food and drink.. This my friend is my University of Life!

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#Taste of Thursday wine pairing by Ryan Lewis

Wine pairing suggestions for #Taste of Thursday with Chef David Wong’s recipe this week.                 2013 Tantalus Riesling, Okanagan, BC – $24 – VQA Shops & Winery Direct Consistently one of the benchmarks for BC Riesling and a favourite of mine. Terrific blend of stone fruit, citrus and minerality,…

Tomato Time – Provence Marinaside Restaurant

Just a few steps from the rustic timber and brick of central Yaletown I discovered one of Vancouver’s little gems. The Provence Marinaside location combines the upbeat and trendy feel of one of our cities more popular dining locales with ever-popular waterfront views. Having the opportunity to sample the seriously delicious dishes from the ongoing…

A Good Craic To Be Sure

By Ryan Lewis A proper pint and a good craic, coming to a neighborhood near you! Mahony & Sons is set to open a third location at Stamps Landing (once Monk McQueens) this week and I was lucky enough to be on hand when they shared a little about the new location, design inspiration and…

Destination Steveston

  Sometimes it’s nice to change things up, try something different. I spend a lot of my time at venues in Vancouver for the various yearly wine events, and though they are often exceptionally well organized and attended it’s nice to find something on offer that’s fresh and little unique. I was lucky enough to…

New Zealand in a Glass

I am easily excitable when it comes to food and wine, and happy to admit it. So when given a spot at the New Zealand in a Glass, Pinot Noir master class here in Vancouver, well.. I jumped at it. Hosted by well known local wine guru, DJ Kearney, along with a panel of prominent Kiwi winemakers and producers, we sampled a selection of Pinots from some of New Zealand’s top regions, then headed to the tasting room to try the rest of the wines on offer.

Chile? Try these robust Chilean reds on for size

Every wine savvy drinker knows that the wines from Chile can offer some of the best budget friendly, everyday wines on the market. For well over a decade these wines have provided a welcome alternative to the sometimes confusing and often expensive world of European wines. But did you know that without Chilean vines many…

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