What Your Restaurant Servers Think of Their Wine Knowledge and What They Aren’t Telling You – Quini Poll

  Your senior servers know your wines well, but what guests experience in your casual fine dining restaurant, varies wildly If you’re going to offer a memorable guest experience, wine is a critical area you must get right. Servers in the areas we polled are upbeat and positive about their work. But when it comes to wine knowledge, they also offer…

The Italian Kitchen moves house to new Burrard Street location

  If you were a fan of the old Italian Kitchen on Alberni Street, and who wasn’t, you will love, love, love The Italian Kitchen now located on Burrard Street between Robson and Smithe Streets. White tablecloths and elegant table settings pair perfectly with the tasteful Mediterranean decor. Anchored by an impressive bar to the…

Our #FavouriteThings to make New Year’s the best ever

  Not surprising our Holiday #FavouriteThings are also our New Year’s recommendations. Enjoy your New Year’s celebrations with these great BC Wines and ciders. Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions from Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Mirabel Vineyards Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Bench 1775 Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift…

Taste BC 2018 Liberty Merchant Company is ready to pour it on for BC Children’s Hospital

  Liberty Merchant Company hosts the 23rd annual Taste BC: a fundraiser for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Oak Tree Clinic. The Foundation provides specialized HIV care for infected women, pregnant women, partners, children and youth, and support services for affected families. Thanks to the generosity of participants and vendors, the event, with 100% of…

Dine Out Vancouver Announces Details of BC VQA Wine Brunches

  In January, four local restaurants will host elegant reception-style brunches in conjunction with the 2018 Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Some of Metro Vancouver’s top chefs will prepare special menus for the events, and 5 BC wineries will each pour 2 VQA wines at each brunch. Guests will be encouraged to experiment and explore with…

The Final recap of Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – 23 Last Minute Ideas

  Last minute shoppers this is for you! Get your rear in gear and start shopping. We have a whole list of ideas for everyone on your list. This is our final recap of all the great suggestions for Christmas gift giving 2017. With special thanks to all those companies, Chefs, wineries and shops who…

One more of Our #FavouriteThings A Perfect Gift for the BC Wine Lover

Special Holiday Pricing ChefmeetsBCGrape Tickets Take advantage of early bird pricing on three outstanding ChefmeetsBCGrape events in Vancouver, Calgary and the Okanagan Valley. Each event will deliver a stunning and unique experience, bringing together fabulous BC wineries with top celebrity Chefs and Judges from across Canada. What to expect? Creative wine and food pairings in…

Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Quails’ Gate Winery

  We are supporters of the British Columbia wine industry and so far have featured a number of our favourite wineries in Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions This time we are featuring the family owned Quails’ Gate Winery and we are doing so not just because we like their wines but also because family owned and estate…

Our #FavouriteThings Holiday Gift Suggestions – Hester Creek Estate Winery

  This delightful wine was one of the first we tasted at Bubbles and Brunch at Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ for Chef meets BC Grape Okanagan Wine & Food Experience –  a BC VQA Okanagan Valley Hester Creek Estate Winery Trebbiano 2016 Easily a favourite any time of the year it is especially enjoyable with family and friends during…

Valpolicella at Vij’s

  If you are a fan of Italian wines, especially those from Northern Italy, like I am, then you likely think of enjoying a glass of Valpolicella Classico with pizza or a tomato sauced pasta, some Valpolicella Ripasso with barbecued chicken or mushroom risotto and of course a rich intense Amarone with roasted meats or…