The Essence of Veneto

  Nestled along the northeastern coast of Italy is the region of Veneto, famous for many things other than its scenic capital of Venice.  In the hills 50 km north of the capital are the best wine growing areas.  This is land of gently sloping vineyard covered hills, mountains and valleys.  While each valley has…

Summer skies: Black Cloud Moving

  On “those lazy, hazy days of summer” as we watch the clouds sail across the skies so, too, in the Okanagan Valley you’ll find Black Cloud Pinot Noir on the move. After nine vintages with Township 7 Vineyards and Winery, Okanagan winemaker Bradley Cooper is making a move down the Naramata bench and bringing…

Le Creuset Introduces Palm 

  Fresh, lush new hue brings a coastal vibe to any kitchen Le Creuset is thrilled to be introducing a brand new crisp shade of green to the culinary world with the arrival of Palm. A fresh and fun addition to the palette of classic hues from the makers of the world’s finest premium French…

Destination Steveston

  Sometimes it’s nice to change things up, try something different. I spend a lot of my time at venues in Vancouver for the various yearly wine events, and though they are often exceptionally well organized and attended it’s nice to find something on offer that’s fresh and little unique. I was lucky enough to…

SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL TALENT COMPETITION

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! VANCOUVER ARTIST WINS VIRGIN MOBILE PRESENTS SQUAMISH VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL AND GALAXIE’S RISING STARS TALENT COMPETITION Jess Cullen has won the ultimate summer prize – the chance to perform in front of 35,000 music fans at the most anticipated live music event of the year! The Australian born singer and songwriter is the…

Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour

Enjoy two-wheeled touring & behind-the-scenes access during Comox Valley Farm Cycle Tour August 9 & 10, 2014   Comox Valley farmers are opening their back gates for an in-depth, behind the scenes tour where cyclists can explore, taste and experience the best of farm life and product during the fourth annual Comox Valley Farm Cycle…

Free Fun & Culture on the Streets of Vancouver

Squamish Valley Music Festival Helps Bring Free Fun & Culture to Streets of Vancouver  Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival has partnered with Rize Alliance Properties and Sean Pacey (president of Pacey’s Pianos and founder of the Piano Teachers Federation) and his widely popular Pianos on the Street project, which brings free, playable pianos to the…

Filberg Festival featured artist

Just one of the featured artists at the Filberg Festival in Comox August 1 – 4   Indian Summer Leather Design – Anita Jackel-Deggan WEBSITE: indiansummerleather.com FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/IndianSummerLeatherDesi­gn  …

Odd Society Spirits Raises the Bar with Gin

  The Highly Anticipated Wallflower Gin is Available Now It’s the quiet ones that often take you by surprise. Shy and demure while awaiting the opportune moment for its official debut, Wallflower Gin by Odd Society Spirits is now the belle of the ball and is available on shelves at many of Vancouver’s finest cocktail bars…

32nd annual Filberg Festival August 1-4

Celebrate the best of Arts, Crafts and Music at the 32nd annual Filberg Festival August 1 – 4, 2014 Comox, BC, In less than 2 weeks we will be once again enjoying the magic of the Filberg Festival. The critters will move out and the vendors will move in to take over the Filberg Heritage…

Le VIEUX PIN 2011 Equinoxe Syrah (coming Fall 2014)

  Do you remember when our 2009 Equinoxe Syrah won the world’s best syrah-based wine during the old world and new world blind taste test at the Judgement of Montreal Soirée des Connaisseurs 2012, Syrah vs. Syrah? It took top spot against some of the world’s most celebrated winemakers from California and France’s Rhone Valley…

La dolce vita – Tasting a legend

  For many years I have wondered about the true value of a dessert wine that is often displayed behind glass in some of the better wine shops I have visited. Could Chateau d’Yquem really be worth the price, which ranges from several hundred to many thousands of dollars, depending on the vintage? Moreover, what…

Wine Reviews from Sam the Wine Teacher

    2010 VIP (Port Style) Saxon Estate Winery Summerland. BC $17.32 Bronze medal Tasted 2014 05 This Port style Pinot Noir is garnet red in colour with deep intensity.  The nose shows aromas of prunes, black cherries and dark chocolate.  The balance is good and the flavours follow the nose with a medium finish…

Faubourg Paris’ gourmet ice cream and sorbet

  There’s no need to sugarcoat it, Faubourg Paris’ new selection of fresh, gourmet ice cream and sorbet is the cherry on top of an already supreme sweets menu. Launching today, Faubourg’s small-batch orders are crafted from scratch at its East Vancouver commissary kitchen, making them the ultimate cool summer treat. Fresh flavours include: Vanilla Bean…

National Cheesecake Day: July 30th

National Cheesecake Day…surely there is a day for everything but for those of you who are cheesecake fanatics, July 30th will be the perfect day to ignore the diet and grab a slice of creamy cheesecake from Trees Organics. They’re offering all cheesecakes for half price; all 9 flavours, by the slice, and whole cakes,…

Quirky cast of characters make BC’s Maritime Heritage fun

  Enchanting mermaids, marauding pirates, a storytelling wharf rat and creatures from the deep will bring the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site alive with free entertainment, exploration and discovery for the Richmond Maritime Festival from August 8 to 10. BC’s oldest shipyard, the Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site, will be transformed with festive, maritime-themed décor, spontaneous…