DEVOUR – eat, drink, and be social.

Kelowna foodies have eagerly marked their social calendars for March 7 as Kelowna’s highly anticipated decadent social night-out DEVOUR returns! The event’s promoter, Social Magnet Productions, market DEVOUR as, a culinary showcase for social foodies, featuring the Okanagan’s best chefs, mixologists, winemakers, master distillers, brew masters and purveyors of fine food and drink in a…

Australia’s coming to Vancouver!

There’s no more enjoyable week for a  wine lover than the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. Where else can you try so many wines, share so many tips, pick up the hot buzz and make new wine friends? This year’s festival celebrates the wines of Australia. With that in mind I’m recommending you warm up for…

Wine & Chocolates for Valentine’s – BC VQA Wines Have Got You Covered!

45 BC VQA Wine Tastings in BC Liquor Stores with Mink Chocolates Feb. 12, 13, 14 BC Wine Institute (BCWI) pairs up with Mink Chocolates for an unprecedented Valentine’s celebration across British Columbia this month. 15 BC Liquor Stores in Burnaby, Langley, North Vancouver, Port Coquitlam, Sidney, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria, West Vancouver and Whistler will each…

Another winner from Kim Crawford

Kim Crawford is a nationally recognized wine maker largely because of the very popular Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. So naturally I was interested in trying Kim’s Pinot Gris to see if their success extends to this varietal. I’m happy to report it does. My yard stick for Pinot Gris is the superb wines produced…

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Recognized With Top Scores From Wine Enthusiast 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Recognized With Top Scores From Wine Enthusiast  Limited Time Free US Shipping Allows Cross-Border Access To Top Rated Canadian Vintages Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is thrilled to announce that world renowned wine publication Wine Enthusiast has awarded 90+ point scores for three of their wines: Tinhorn Creek 2013 Gewürztraminer (91), Tinhorn Creek 2013 Pinot Gris (90) and Tinhorn…

Wine Wednesday from southern France

When I first started developing an interest in wine I learned that the Languedoc region is a great go-to place when you’re looking for good value table wines. About six months ago I had an opportunity to try my first wine from the Languedoc’s most honored wine maker, Paul Mas. I’ve recommended his Syrah and Viognier…

Wine Wednesday 2015 02 04

2012 Chardonnay Cedar Creek Kelowna, BC $17.95 Silver Medal 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 a creamy mouthfeel. Well…

CONTEST open to Singles or A Couple WIN tickets to a Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting “It’s Science!”

Wine Adventures Magazine blends science with wine for a delicious social psychology experiment on LOVE. Enter to win a ticket, or a pair of tickets to Wine Adventures Magazine special “scientific” Wine Tasting. To enter leave a comment on this post telling us if you are a single male/female, age range 19-29, 30-39,40-49,50-59,60+ or let…

Spain’s wines deliver great value

It’s been less than a year since I started compiling a broad selection of wines for my site www.cheapandcheerful.ca. The goal is always to find a wine that overdelivers for the price. The Alceno 12 Messes from southern Spain is a case in point. It’s a dark ruby red blend of the Monastrell grape (Mourvedre…

EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ENHANCED PROGRAMMING FOR 2015

Canada’s premier food festival grows to week-long extravaganza featuring 35 unique culinary events, plus a three-day tasting show     The annual EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival returns for its 13th year April 26 to May 3, 2015 with an expanded content program featuring a smorgasbord of exciting new events that will showcase the city’s unique culinary culture and attract…

Wine Wednesday with RonWilsonVan

I’m always on the lookout for good table wines that qualify for CheapandCheerful.ca and this new red from Australia fits the bill. The Forbidden Red Blend from Urban Myth doesn’t disclose what grapes they use but I’m sure I tasted the fruit of merlot and the pepper of shiraz. It’s a delicious medium bodied wine with…

Sip Happens on the Westside Wine Trail! 

Sip (wine). Savour (chocolate). Enjoy (the wineries of the Westside Wine Trail).   It is that time of year again when the chefs, bakers and sommeliers of the Westside Wine Trail team up for some decadent chocolate and wine pairings. Sunday, February 8th marks the fourth annual ‘Sip with Your Sweetheart’ event which will take place at eight different wineries along the wine…

The New Vintage Tickets on Sale

The Refreshed Taste Washington Event Tailored to Millennials Moves to New Date and Location   Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine expand Taste Washington weekend to include The New Vintage on Friday, March 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. Created for the next generation of wine lovers, the upbeat…

Quini Expands Wine Tasting Education Program – Partners with everything WINE and Offers Wine Tasting Tips

Quini (www.quiniwine.com), the wine market intelligence platform and wine tasting app has expanded its tasting and education events footprint to include Everything Wine (www.everythingwine.ca), British Columbia’s wine superstore. Quini’s thematic wine tasting and education series will launch at Everything Wine’s North Vancouver location on February 3rd, 2015. Multiple sessions will be held each month covering…