Sam, The Wine Teacher, has been an educator, a home winemaker, a wine judge for too many years to count and is the former Guild Master of the BC Guild of Wine Judges. He has offered wine education and appreciation courses for Pacific Breeze Winery, Capilano College, Eden West fine foods, the Richmond School District Continuing Education department, the VAWA, the BCAWA as well as for various private functions. He also trains staff and offers cellar evaluations.

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Valpolicella at Vij’s

  If you are a fan of Italian wines, especially those from Northern Italy, like I am, then you likely think of enjoying a glass of Valpolicella Classico with pizza or a tomato sauced pasta, some Valpolicella Ripasso with barbecued chicken or mushroom risotto and of course a rich intense Amarone with roasted meats or…

Tricity International Food and Wine Festival – Part 2

    Marta Passio Reserva Brut Cava Rosé 2012          $31.22 Five varietals are used in this sparkling wine including Garnacha, which gives it its colour.   Albert Ponnelle Bourgogne Pinot Noir de la Chèvre Noire 2015            $29.49 This is a refreshing and affordable French pinot noir.   Narrative White        $19.49 This delightful white blend of…

Italian Wines in the World

  Italy is an ancient wine world with more than 500 DOC’s or specific recognized wine regions and more than 2000 grape varieties. Italy has 700 000 hectares of vineyards (by comparison, BC has about 4 000 ha). Wine Meridian is an online magazine that is devoted to promoting quality Italian wines in North America…

Craft Brewing Comes to Coquitlam

  Mariner Brewing opened its door just a few days ago, right across from Milestones restaurant and from the looks of it, it has certainly struck a chord with local beer lovers. I had the good fortune to be able to sit down with partners Lauren Ang (25) and Byron Vallis (26) early Sunday afternoon,…

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