VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY new Lounge Licence

Vancouver Urban Winery Joins a Select Few to Receive City’s New Lounge Licence VUW Tasting Room begins by-the-glass and bottle program   Today, Vancouver Urban Winery joins a select group of peer manufacturing facilities in Vancouver to be awarded the new government-appointed Lounge Endorsement License. Unanimously approved by city council in 2013, this new zoning law…

Seventh annual Winemakers Cup at Big White Ski Resort

Industry Night Party and Festivities 7th annual Winemakers Cup   The Cellar-Tek Winemakers Cup Ski Race is the World’s only annual ski challenge weekend for the wine industry and it takes place for the benefit of industry networking, peer camaraderie and palate appreciation. The seventh annual weekend of festivities takes place on Saturday March 15, 2014…

Parksville UNCORKED Wine and Food Festival Feb 20-23

  It’s an Experience: Parksville Uncorked 6th Annual Wine and Culinary Festival   From wine novice or beer newbie to seasoned palate, you’ll enjoy tastings, featured wine dinners, bubbly brunches, wine-inspired spa treatments and local tours. Last year’s festival events sold out. So be sure to book early.   Parksville Untapped   Thursday February 20, 2014…

Dine Out Vancouver – WEST Restaurant + Bar

  Dine Out Vancouver Festival – WEST RESTAURANT What a fantastic evening filled with award winning wines and sumptuous food; a sold out event and no wonder! Chef Chris Whittaker paired his delicious local and sustainably farmed dishes with JAK Meyer’s consistently elegant Wines. After a short introduction by both men, the first course and…

Where do you buy your wine?

  La Dolce Vita #2 Where do you buy your wine? My modest little wine cellar, about 24 square feet, can hold about 600 bottles. It is usually only about half full. At that, it’s still a challenge to manage our consumption so that we aren’t letting wines age past their best drinking time.  …

California’s Rodney Strong Vineyards – Dinner at Brix

  Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar will showcase Rodney Strong Vineyards  pairing an unforgettable four-course dinner plus reception. A main course featuring three of Rodney Strong’s Sonoma County region award winning single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Recently named American Winery of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast, Rodney Strong is celebrating 25 year of family ownership.  Winemaker Rick Sayre…

La Pentola della Quercia

  Awarded the Silver medal for Best New Restaurant 2013  by Vancouver magazine, La Pentola della Quercia delivers a glorious performance with their Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu.  Chef Lucais Syme hits all the marks with his northern Italian inspired menu, highlighting the diversity of farm to table ingredients that discerning Vancouver diners have come to…

Give Grenache A Chance

When someone asks if you like red wine, what do you think of?  French Bordeaux? Australian Shiraz? Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon? Argentinean Malbec? What about Grenache? Grenache is a red grape variety of note from the Rhone Valley (as well as Spain where it is known as Garnacha), that has spread across the world.  You…

Meyer Family Vineyards Winemakers Dinner at Forage

  What a fantastic evening filled with award winning wines and sumptuous food; a sold out event and no wonder! Chef Chris Whittaker paired his delicious local and sustainably farmed dishes with JAK Meyer’s consistently elegant Wines. After a short introduction by both men, the first course and flight of wines were presented and it…

Bistro 101 DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL

  Last evening I ventured down to Granville Island and the Institute of Culinary Arts restaurant BISTRO 101. Bistro 101 is one of over 260 restaurants participating in Dine Out Vancouver Festival and most likely at $18. for three courses the best value for dinner. Bistro 101 is training ground for the students of PICA…

Laughing Stock Vineyard’s Portfolio Futures

  Portfolio Futures 2012 – 10th Vintage Laughing Stock’s Last ‘Public Offering’ of Futures Laughing Stock Vineyards is pleased to announce that the Futures Offering for Portfolio 2012 will be available as of February 1st, 2014.  This vintage release is particularly noteworthy as it’s the 10th vintage release of Portfolio, our flagship Bordeaux inspired blend.  As well, this Futures release…

BLIND TASTING CHALLENGE event VanWineFest

  The Blind Tasting Challenge is a Trade event that is also open to the public. Trade professionals, servers, chefs, and sommeliers compete head to head with the consumer. The Blind Tasting Challenge is sponsored by the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in partnership with Mark Anthony Brands. Blind Tasting Challenge was created to provide…

SONOMA IN THE CITY and Lake Sonoma Winery

  Sonoma County Vintners is pleased to add Lake Sonoma Winery to the line-up of wineries participating in Sonoma in the City – Vancouver on Wednesday, February 5 2014. Lake Sonoma Winery, recently launched in Western Canada and has a deep British Columbia connection: it is owned by West Coast Wine Partners (WCWP), a partnership between the Quails’…

SUNDAY SCHOOL at Vancouver Urban Winery

The ever popular Sunday School at VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY is back in session. A Wine tasting event hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, Sunday School is an opportunity to demystify wine. Class content will range from understanding wine labels and terminology to evaluating aromas and flavours to assessing perfect food pairings and gauging…

PARKSVILLE UNCORKED for a great weekend getaway!

Parksville Uncorked is one of the most popular wine tasting events on Vancouver Island. Did you know that Parksville is only about 30 minutes from Departure Bay ferry terminal? That makes Parksville on Vancouver Island the perfect destination for a weekend away.   If you are thinking about a weekend away then mark your calendar for February…

My Trip to Mendoza, Argentina

I was recently on a Holland America cruise with a friend, so most everything was planned out for us. We left a few days early in order to see Mendoza, Argentina. I couldn’t go to South America without visiting one of its most important wine regions.   Mendoza is a desert-like climate nestled at the…

D is for dining…at CULINAIRE Victoria

The next dozen presenting restaurants of 2014 Culinaire Victoria start with “D” for Dining in Victoria. For those who missed out on this seasons’ hottest ticket here is a continuation of the list of great restaurants, bistros, pubs and caterers who will be presenting their gourmet and gourmand delights at CULINAIRE VICTORIA. All these fabulous…

21 Outstanding SONOMA COUNTY Wineries

  Sonoma County Vintners will visit Vancouver, bringing with them a treasure trove of sunshine-infused wines from the golden state. An evening of wine tasting at the Terminal City Club will offer wine lovers the chance to chat with principals and taste top bottles from    21 Sonoma County wineries: Sonoma in the City –…