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…

CIBO TRATTORIA HOSTS B.C. VS. WORLD ‘BOTTLE ROYALE’ DINNER

  Exclusive event pairs five-course menu with top-shelf B.C. and international wines When: Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m. Where: Cibo Trattoria, 900 Seymour St., Vancouver, B.C. Price: $119 per guest, plus tax and gratuity Special Guest: Vancouver wine consultant, judge and columnist Kurtis Kolt Tickets: Call 778-870-3787 or reserve via Eventbrite. Seating is limited In what…

#Wine Wednesday review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2010 Chardonnay Blackwood Lane Langley, BC $24.00 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 08 Straw coloured with medium intensity.  Green apple, mineral and honey on the nose.  Well balanced.  Citrus, mineral and subdued green apple on the palate with a medium-long finish.  This Chablis styled wine paired very well with pan seared scallops and prawns.   2012…

Quails’ Gate Releases 25th Anniversary Wines

  Quails’ Gate Winery is pleased to announce the release of a new series of wines made to honour its 25th anniversary. The wines, which include a Chardonnay, a Pinot Gris, a Pinot Noir and a Syrah, were made in very limited quantities and will be available for purchase starting Friday September 12th only at…

Blue Grouse Winery is a Must-Visit this Fall

  Vancouver Island’s Pioneering Vineyard Awaits   The Story:   When visiting Vancouver Island, its unique and beautiful wineries are on a must-see list, with Blue Grouse Estate Winery leading the way. This September, Blue Grouse celebrates local wine and food at the Savour Cowichan festival, with complimentary tastings at the winery from Sept 26 to…

International Pinot Noir Celebration

  At the end of July, I was lucky enough to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  The 27th annual event was held over three days with many activities, including lectures, guided tastings, winery tours and a salmon barbecue.  Lectures covered subjects in geology, history, chemistry, and geography…

WINE WEDNESDAY – Wine Making Clubs

  As the end of September approaches, many men and women are busy checking their supplies, checking last year’s notes, cleaning equipment and getting ready for the upcoming harvest.  Who are these people?  They are home winemakers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this year’s grapes.  Some have put their orders in months ago…

Summerhill Harvests Organic Chardonnay for Sparkling Wine

BC’s 2014 Wine Grape Harvest Has Begun   Fall has arrived in Osoyoos, BC, delivering a bountiful harvest for Summerhill Pyramid Winery. With a hot and dry summer season, Chardonnay grapes from the certified organic Sekhon Family Vineyard have ripened beautifully with a perfect balance of fresh acidity and flavour expression.   Acheiving organic status in…

La Stella to release La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon

  La Stella Winery gets set to release their 2011 La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon in October, 2014.   If there is one wine at La Stella Winery that’s style is among some other regions producing great grapes, it’s their La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon. This grape does well and reflects those made in Washington State rather…

Tomato Time – Provence Marinaside Restaurant

Just a few steps from the rustic timber and brick of central Yaletown I discovered one of Vancouver’s little gems. The Provence Marinaside location combines the upbeat and trendy feel of one of our cities more popular dining locales with ever-popular waterfront views. Having the opportunity to sample the seriously delicious dishes from the ongoing…

Down at the Boulevard

  Yes, there’s a new restaurant in town and what a place it is.  The media launch for the Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar was held earlier this month and a lavish event it was. We were greeted outside by a string trio and welcomed with a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne. Inside, David…

Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship Fundraising Dinner

What :: Join us as six of Canada’s best chefs collaborate to create an unforgettable evening of Canadian cuisine benefitting the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship. Chefs include: David Hawksworth (Hawksworth, Vancouver) Normand Laprise (Toque!, Montreal) Anthony Walsh (Canoe, Oliver & Bonacini, Toronto) Scott Jaeger (The Pear Tree, Burnaby) Michele Jacob (Le Crocodile, Vancouver) Kristian Eligh (Hawksworth, Vancouver)…