Horizon’s Restaurant

  Perched atop Burnaby Mountain is Horizon’s Restaurant surrounded by scenic gardens and stunning views of Vancouver, the inlet and the North Shore mountains.  I was there recently to celebrate my son and daughter-in-law’s seventh wedding anniversary.  It was a beautiful warm summer evening and as we arrived a half hour early, we spent some…

Wine Reviews from the Wine Teacher

  2012 Chardonnay Cedar Creek Kelowna, BC $17.95 Silver medal Tasted 2014 06 This Chardonnay has a small amount of Pinot Gris added to it. Lemon yellow in colour with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of tropical fruit, pineapple and a hint of banana. Good structure.  Eleven months of sur lees aging give it…

Introducing the 2013 Moscato d’Osoyoos and 2013 Leggiero Unoaked Chardonnay

THE PERFECT ACCOMPANIMENTS FOR PRIOR, DURING AND AFTER YOUR NEXT SEAFOOD MEAL   2013 Moscato D’Osoyoos $20.00 Inspired by the renowned Moscato d’Asti of the Piedmont region in Italy, the Moscato d’Osoyoos expresses an intense and complex array of aromatics displaying this grape’s true varietal expression. This light and merry sparkler bursts with aromatics of…

Vamos a North Vancouver!

  El Matador Spanish Tapas has just launched a tasty new promotion called “Botanas y Bebidas,” or “snacks and drinks.” Every week from Sunday to Thursday, guests will score $2 off all tapas and $1 off all drinks before 5PM and after 10PM. Why tapas? Conversation is king for owner Paul Mon-Kau, and social dining is central to all three of his restaurants: The…

A Quick Sangria Recipe for a Hot Summer Day

It’s summer time, hot, and hard to be productive.  Don’t you agree?  Sipping a nice refreshing Sangria on your patio would be a great way to spend the afternoon.  I recently went to Spain and enjoyed some Sangria at a restaurant there.  Back in Vancouver, the pitcher can be filled with slices of oranges, lemons,…

LA STELLA SIP & SAVOUR

AN EXCLUSIVE WINE CLUB EVENT Friday, July 18th  |  3-6pm A complimentary afternoon of delectable Okanagan bites and wine held on our sun-drenched patio with views of Osoyoos Lake and our rolling vineyards.This is a Club member’s exclusive event, one of four (or more) events we hold for our most cherished wine enthusiast followers.Interested in joining…

Bienvenuti Barbara Tamburini!

  Recently I attended a special evening of wine tasting at Hellam Vineyard, a popular wine store and wine bar in La Conner, Washington.   It was a very special wine tasting with Italian winemaker Barbara Tamburini arriving fresh on the heels of ten days at the Kapalua Wine Festival which was preceded by three days of…

BC Wine Institute’s BC Wine Industry Recognition Award

  Cedar Creek Estate Winery founder, Senator Ross Fitzpatrick, was honoured in Kelowna Tuesday with the BC Wine Institute’s BC Wine Industry Recognition Award.     “The Senator exemplifies the intent of the award, which was created to recognize those who have helped to develop the wine industry in our province,” says BC Wine Institute Chair, Josie Tyabji…

Hey, Hey, Gamay

  If you are fan of Pinot Noir (and if you’re not, you should be) you should try Gamay Noir wines.  It is safe to say that Gamay has not gotten the recognition it deserves.  Wines labeled PTG (Passe-Tout-Grains) are a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay.  Gamay Noir is the smooth, fruity, juicy grape…

La Dolce Vita – Once upon a time

  “It’s always about the story,” Sal D’Angelo agreed. We were talking about a book project I have going, my pal Sal and I, when I stopped in to pick up a case of Sal’s excellent wine at his Naramata tasting room.   “Did I ever tell you the story about how I discovered ML?”…

Introducing Earl’s Test Kitchen

  What will you find at 905 Hornby Street in Vancouver?  Earls Test Kitchen, which just opened in June.  It is the culinary inspiration centre for all of Earl’s sixty-five restaurants throughout North America.   Here, they bring together a collection of world-class chefs to develop new menu items.  If you look at the menus…

La Pentola della Quercia New Summer Menus

  La Pentola della Quercia Introduces New Summer Menus and Cocktail List The season’s freshest ingredients showcased at Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel   As the summer sun heats up it brings sunshine to the city and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables to La Pentola della Quercia’s kitchen door with daily deliveries of fresh juicy…

New This Summer: Tours & Seminars!

Are you heading to wine country? Or still deciding where to go this summer? Our series of delicious (and educational)new seminars will give you something to crow about on your next visit to the Naramata Bench! Here’s a sneak peek at what we have for you at the winery (reservations are recommended as limited spots are available): The…

Zintimate

  The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) invited me to an Zintimate trade tasting at Hawksworth Restaurant’s York Room in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.   They limited the event to 75 guests per hour for two sessions, one at 1:30 and the other at 2:30; a wine version of speed dating.  There were…

Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge Award Winners 

  The Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge was successful featuring 6 flatbread creations in this challenge from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their flatbread on their menu from June 4-26, 2014. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process…

Black Hills Estate Winery newest vintages

  Black Hills Estate Winery is pleased to release the newest vintages for our “Cellar Hand” tier of wines. In fact, the 2012 Cellarhand White just won the Gold Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships.As you may know, the grapes for these wines come from the same hand-tended vineyards carefully managed by their Vineyard team on Black Sage…