Wine Tour de France trade tasting

    Last Thursday morning, I went on a journey to France which I didn’t want to come to an end. To be more specific, I attended the Wine Tour de France, a trade only event part of the 36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival. Over a period of two hours, panel representatives from 12…

French Wines compliment Curtain Raiser

  This was an opportunity to taste and savour an excellent selection of French wines paired with small bites in a festive atmosphere. The Curtain Raiser is held in an attractive second floor banquet space featuring an expansive wall of windows that overlook the massive lobby below.   A prelude to the first public tasting…

What I learned at WHAT’S TRENDING IN FRANCE

  What’s Trending in France seminar at the Vancouver International Wine Festival was a Trade event that I was able to “audit” for MyVanCity.ca. This was only one event, both public and trade, of ten events for the Festival that are capably organized by the team at The Wine Umbrella, Mireille Sauve and business partner…

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner benefits Bard on the Beach

BACCHANALIA GALA DINNER + AUCTION RAISES FUNDS FOR VANWINEFEST’S CHARITABLE PARTNER BARD ON THE BEACH The Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun, popped the cork on the 2014 festival celebrations with the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction fundraiser at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on Saturday, February 22. Net proceeds benefit charitable partner Bard…

RIPPON Vineyard and Winery

  Myself, Andrew Melville, and Marquis Wine Cellars are truly excited with this weeks’ offering; Central Otago’s ‘Rippon Vineyard’. As some might know, I was in New Zealand recently covering the country and visiting existing suppliers and looking for new ones. My visit to Rippon was a personal highlight of the trip. Rippon is one…

Town Hall introduces us to Haywire Winery

  Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 24 to March 2, 2014. Our Town Hall team is attending various events throughout the festival. Winery clients that are exhibiting: Haywire,  Amazing VQA wines and bubbles you HAVE to try! Now we will share the details on what you can expect from each of our BC winery client during the…

Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Town Hall Brands

  Vancouver International Wine Festival runs from February 24 to March 2, 2014. Our Town Hall team is attending various events throughout the festival winery clients that are exhibiting: Summerhill Pyramid Winery. Amazing VQA wines and bubbles you HAVE to try! Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna BC Of special note: • Stephen Cipes is a pioneer of the BC wine industry and…

Vancouver International Wine Festival media launch

  On February 24th, media and wine professionals gathered together at Joey’s Wine Room from 4-6pm to celebrate the launch of the 36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival.  Organized and executed by Heth PR, the event was a perfect opportunity for journalists, bloggers, sommeliers, and other industry professionals to socialize and sample a series of…

The times they are a-changin’

    Two of our long-time favourite BC wines were, for many years, also the hardest to find. Black Hills produced one of the province’s first Bordeaux blends. Many were the times that we drove along Black Sage Road, disappointed to find a “Sorry–Sold Out” sign on display at the winery’s Quonset building. The experience…

What’s better than bubbles? France Bubbly Party!

FRANCE BUBBLY PARTY   Tuesday, February 25 Ginger 62 1219 Granville Street 9-11 p.m. $65 Buy tickets 604-873-3311 Buy Tickets   What’s better than bubbles to kick off the festival celebration of France? Bring your friends and socialize with producers of Champagne, Crémant and sparkling wines from all over France during this stylish late-night party…

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…

Burrowing Owl Opens March 1 with Getaway Specials

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is pleased to announce that its hospitality services, including the Guest House, Wine Shop, and Sonora Room Restaurant, will open for the season on March 1, 2014. To celebrate the start of the new season, the winery is offering guests three special packages. All packages include a one-night stay at the Guest House,…

Policy changes open up winery opportunities

  When I read the lengthy list of recommendations coming out of the provincial governments review of liquor regulations I started to picture wine shops populating urban centres. Imagine wandering around Gastown or the New Westminister market area, popping into sample and buy wine while also enjoying visits to galleries and specialty retail shops. What…