Lunch at Milestones Coquitlam

  A friend of mine, who I hadn’t seen in quite a while, was going to be out in my neck of the woods and suggested getting together for lunch.  I was open to anything and he suggested Milestones.   I’ve been to Milestones several times over the years, usually for meetings, get-togethers or family…

Fall into the Market 2014 Monday, November 3

  Liberty Merchant Company proudly presents its annual Fall into the Market tasting event. This Liberty-sponsored event is in support of the BC SPCA, to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in British Columbia. All proceeds from both ticket sales and the silent auction directly support the BC…

La Dolce Vita October 2014 When gold trumps platinum

  Bob Johnson couldn’t contain his smile when I dropped in for a visit to Creston’s Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery on Sunday. In his pocket were two medals from the recent BC Wine Awards. One, a Platinum, feted Baillie-Grohman’s 2012 Cabernet Franc as one of the best six wines in the province (5 platinum medals were…

Wine Wednesday review by @Sam_thewineteacher

2011 Chardonnay Liquidity Okanagan Falls, BC $23.00 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  The nose shows aromas of apple, white peach and wild flowers along with well-integrated oak.  Well balanced with good body.  Apple, butter and toast on the palate with a medium-long finish.  A good match for scallop and prawn…

Wines of British Columbia and Whole Foods partnership

Wines of British Columbia expands US reach with Whole Foods Market partnership in the Pacific Northwest. Eight hand-selected BC VQA wines will be available for purchase at 15 Whole Foods Market stores across Washington and Oregon.   “This partnership is part of the BC Wine Institute’s strategic plan to increase our exports to key markets,…

Garagiste North Wine Fest

  September 14th was a beautiful day in the Okanagan, especially at Meyer Family Winery in Okanagan Falls.  September 14th was also the day of the first ever Garagiste North Wine Fest.  This wine festival was the chance for BC’s small guys to share their stories and feature their wines.  Meyer Family Wines have to…

BC Winery of the Year 2013/14 InterVin International Wine Awards

  PAINTED ROCK ESTATE WINERY NAMED WINERY OF THE YEAR  at the 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards   Painted Rock is greatly honoured to have been named Winery of the Year at the 2014/2015 InterVin International Wine Awards. This years’ InterVin Wine Awards featured nearly 1,350 entries from 16 countries, with 63 wines earning Gold…

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Hosts Exclusive Winery Dinner with Ruffino Oct. 20

BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR HOSTS EXCLUSIVE WINERY DINNER WITH RUFFINO OCT. 20 Ruffino Senior Global Brand Ambassador Beppe d’Andrea to Guest Host Five-Course Dinner That Offers a Preview of Executive Chef Alex Chen’s Fall Menu When: Monday, October 20 at 7 p.m. Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. Price: $129 per guest, including tax and gratuity…

ORGANIC ITALIAN FOOD MERCHANT PARTNERS WITH BC WINERY

  Organic and biodynamic fine food merchant Casa Gusta offers premium quality pasta, oil and balsamic vinegar to LaStella winery visitors.   When two families  met and shared their utmost respect for each other’s product, not only were friendships formed, but a business relationship too. LaStella has been working with Casa Gusta since 2010, providing…

#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

  2010 Alibi (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) Black Hills Oliver, BC $24.90 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 09 A blend of 75% sauvignon blanc and 25% semillon, this wine is golden yellow in coloured with medium intensity.  Citrus, apple and a slight nuttiness on the nose.  The balance is crisp and refreshing.  Clean and tangy on the palate…

City Lights Meets Country Nights – Friday October 10th

  Leading Chefs Jeff Van Geest and Angus An cook together for one night only at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek   Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek, British Columbia’s premier winery restaurant, is excited to announce a collaboration between two of Canada’s leading culinary talents. Award-winning Chef Angus An from Vancouver’s Maenam (Best Thai, Vancouver magazine) and…

Okanagan Crush Pad Announces Changes to the Winemaking Team

As Okanagan Crush Pad celebrated its 3rd anniversary on September 28th, owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie are excited to announce changes within the winemaking team. Michael Bartier will transition his role as chief winemaker to Matt Dumayne which will allow Michael Bartier flexibility and the time required to continue to build his own wine portfolio, Bartier Family Vineyards…

Let’s Hear It For The Girls

  100% Premium Okanagan Wine, 100% Charity   In Brief: Oliver, BC’s TIME Estate Winery is proud to announce the release of The Girls Vivacious Rosé and The Girls Voluptuous Red, which give 100% of the profits to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – BC/Yukon Region.   Where to Try / Buy:   For the month of October,…

Methanex and Friends – Light the Night

  “Good, better, best” described the three levels of local white and red wines that Sam Hauck, The Wine Teacher, guided a group of forty wine enthusiasts through on September 10th.  The event was also a good opportunity for those wanting to further discover the characteristics and subtleties of chardonnay and merlot and to sample…

Taste Washington Announces 2015 Dates

Nation’s largest single region wine and food event expands and adds new events   Visit Seattle and Washington State Wine invite wine lovers to mark their calendars; Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event, will take place March 26-29, 2015, at various venues throughout Seattle. Now in its 18th year, Taste Washington…

ChefmeetsBCGrape celebrates 10 years pairing BC VQA wine and food

  After 10 years ChefmeetsBCGrape is still growing strong. With an increase in both ticket sales and attendance by wineries, ChefmeetsBCGrape is continuing its tradition of success in Vancouver. “This event not only supports a great organization, with all proceeds going to the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company, but it is an excellent opportunity for…

LAST CALL FOR ALCOHOL

  Le Vieux Pin Winery gets ready for the new vintage of their Sauvignon Blanc and announces a Last call on their 2013 stock. Le Vieux Pin Winery is doing a last call on the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc as they get ready to produce the 2014. Rasoul Salehi, General Manager said: “From what we see…