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…

DRINK BIG AT TASTE OF TULALIP MAGNUM PARTY 2014

  BIG Names, BIG Bottles, BIG Party   Wine aficionados always linger longer at the exclusive Magnum Party, a treasured ticket at Taste of Tulalip – the Resort Casino’s annual award-winning  weekend event.  Taking place November 15, this exclusive Saturday sampling is expanding to two rooms which will allow for a greater audience.   Executive…

Swirl White Rock Winemakers Dinner November 6

Join Us for Swirl Wine Store White Rock Winemakers Dinner Series! Wine and dine with our Chief Winemaker, Matt Dumayne, at Swirl Wine Store in White Rock for a winemakers dinner on November 6th! Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Time: 7pm to 9pm Place: Swirl Wine Store White Rock – 15222 North Bluff Road, White Rock, BC Tickets:…

Wine Wednesday @RonWilsonVan

  Now that the weather has turned most of us reach for our favorite comfort meals and wines that go with them. This rustic red from Sicily is reliable and widely available through B.C. Liquor stores. Nero D’Avola is medium bodied with the taste of cherries and coffee. Dark red in colour and a great match…

Pacific Breeze Fall 2014 by @Sam_theWineTeacher

    I dropped into Pacific Breeze Winery in New Westminster recently to pick up more of their outstanding Reserve Chardonnay, one of my absolute favourites, as well as some excellent Big Red, their Rhone styled blend.  I left with a mixed case.  When I stopped by last summer to do a barrel sampling of…