BC Icewine Harvest Second Earliest on Record

BC’s annual Icewine harvest got off to a very early start this year, with cold temperatures prompting two wineries to start picking grapes on the second earliest day on record. The earliest harvest on record in BC was November 5, 2003. While this year’s harvest so far has been limited to just two wineries whose…

Wine Wednesday! Wine Wednesday!

The temperature drops, the wind is cold, you come home feeling chilled and immediately think of comfort food for dinner. So do I. But I also think of comfort wine. That go-to red that warms me up and gives me a perfect companion for everything from mac and cheese to a savoury pot roast. The Falernia…

#WineWednesday @Sam_theWineTeacher review

  2011 Naughty Chardonnay Dirty Laundry Summerland, BC $24.99 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 11 This is Dirty Laundry’s oaked chardonnay.  They also make an un-oaked one (Not So Knotty Chardonnay).  Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  Aromas of apple, pear, citrus and mineral on the nose.  Good balance with medium body.  Citrus and mineral on the…

Happy 1st Birthday! The Little District Roadhouse Marks Its First Anniversary

Time flies when you’re having fun! This November marks the one-year anniversary of The Little District Roadhouse, North Vancouver’s new favourite spot for barbeque and Southern comfort food.   The third restaurant in The District Restaurant Group, The Little opened to rave reviews last fall, thanks to its mouthwatering menu and inspired décor. Fan favourites…

It’s not a gimmick, it’s good wine @RonWilsonVan

The first time I saw a bottle of Norma Jeane Merlot on a wine store shelf I walked right by. I’d never thought of screen icon Marilyn Monroe as a symbol of a good wine. Apparently I was wrong. Turns out Norma Jeane wines have turned into a cult classic and this merlot sells out each year…

Wine Review @RonWilsonVan Refreshing and Reliable

  It’s Friday and I have the original no-brainer wine pick for the weekend. Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse has been a favorite of mine for years. I just tasted the 2012 vintage and it delivers the goods once again. This is a complex blend of almost every white varietal grown in B.C. From pinot gris…

BC Wineries Report Success at Farmers’ Markets

The first season of selling local wine, beer and spirits at farmers’ markets in British Columbia was good for consumers, vendors and the markets. Starting in June, BC Farmers’ Markets offered sales of locally-made wine, beer and spirits, following the provincial government’s move to modernize liquor laws. These changes came as the result of Parliamentary…

Wine Wednesday goes Italian @RonWilsonVan

One of my happiest wine memories was an incredible al fresco dinner in Rome with a group of journalists who loved to work hard and play hard. We began our evening with a salad of tuna and olives accompanied by Ruffino Pinot Grigio. This medium bodied white is made from grapes from two of Italy’s best known…

Wine Wednesday review by @Sam_TheWineTeacher

  2012 Minervois Chateau Millegrand Languedoc, France $17.99 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 10 This wine is a blend of syrah, carignan, grenache and mourvedre.  Garnet-black in colour with medium-deep intensity.  Aromas of black fruit, black pepper and a hint of dark chocolate on the nose.  Well balanced with firm ripe tannins.  The flavours echo the…

Le Creuset Celebrates Enduring Design and Shared Memories This Holiday Season 

  Iconic Cookware Gift Selections for Epicurean Enthusiasts, Wine Lovers, Home Cooks, and Professional Chefs   Preeminent French cookware brand Le Creuset makes the perfect partner this holiday season with inspired selections from the iconic collection known for eye-catching designs and a rich legacy of quality craftsmanship. Le Creuset presents a superb selection of gifts…

California red blend hits all the right notes

  You can’t judge a book by its cover and I often can’t judge a wine from the first taste. That was certainly my experience with Mendocino County Babble. I liked the aroma from the get go but initially I tasted a lot of vanilla. I wasn’t expecting that from a blend that included Syrah…

Grab a bottle from Oz

  There was a time when I had struck Australian wines from my list. I found them to be a whole lot of the same. The best word to describe them? Homogenized. Thankfully those days are over and Aussie wines are back on my table. My latest find is Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon. This…