Wine in the Garden Debuts This Week 

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens to benefit from wine and song Summerland area wineries from the Bottleneck Drive Winery Association are packing their bags and getting ready to head to Vancouver to raise funds for one of Vancouver’s most treasured spaces. This Thursday, VanDusen Botanical Gardens will be the beautiful surroundings for the first ever Wine in the Garden fundraiser…

French Wine Connection

Monday, May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, and this cool overcast day is not a day for Spanish wines, but it is appropriate for French wines and I’m off to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel for the French Wine Connection, a trade tasting of wine, spirits and beer.   My plan is to focus on the…

Brunch at Calabash Bistro

What should you expect when you walk into the Calabash Bistro on Carrall Street, between Hastings and Pender?  Expect the unexpected.  Some people go for the food; others go for the music.  This is a friendly, unassuming eatery decorated in bright Caribbean canary yellow and red.   Owner Roger Collins, originally from St Kits, has…

How Many Chefs Does It Take to Make Great Beer?

R&B Brewing Co. Launches the Chef Series    Anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant knows that ‘kitchen beers’ are two of the most satisfying words a cook can hear. Not only does it signal an end to a very long day, it is the beginning of a nightly ritual that results in cold beer, comfort food…

2011 BC Wine: Cool Reds from a Cool Growing Season

2011 was not a warm year in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.  In fact, it may have been the coolest vintage in recent memory. We had a cold, wet spring which delayed bud break and flowering on the vines, forcing grape growers to significantly thin their crops.  Fortunately for us local wine lovers, Mother Nature…

Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival CONTEST!

WIN 2 TICKETS TO EAT! VANCOUVER FOOD + COOKING FESTIVAL How to enter to win two tickets: Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Leave a comment on this post: Who do you think is the top chef?   Love MasterChef Canada? Kaila Klassen (Top 3 MasterChef Canada Season 1 home cook) & Josh Gale (Top…

Bard on the Beach announcement:

BARD ON THE BEACH STUDIO STAGE NAMED FOR CITY ARTS PHILANTHROPISTS DARLENE & PAUL HOWARD   Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival has announced that the stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre tent has been named the Howard Family Stage in honour of Vancouver philanthropists Darlene and Paul Howard.   “We have watched Bard grow, always maintaining a high standard of excellence, and ever increasing…

Okanagan Crush Pad offers a new visitor experience

Get Ready for an Amazing Summer The summer is shaping up to be a great season and tourists are already starting to flock to the Okanagan. After two years of operating with limited space, Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP) has renovated its visitor area to accommodate more people and offer diverse experiences. The winery is now set up…

HARRISON HOT SPRINGS SUMMER FUN BEGINS:

TOP 5 ACTIVITIES Farm touring, Sasquatch folklore, world music, water fun and hikes For many, the summer season officially starts this week. Why not plan an easy getaway – weekend or mid-week, to Harrison Hot Springs? With activities for all ages and all interests, and suitable for singles, couples and families, this local gem is…

Once In A Lifetime Le Creuset

Limited Edition Mariner’s Star French Oven Arrives in Canada in time for Father’s Day Le Creuset is pleased to introduce as part of its Architectural Series, a limited edition French Oven – the Mariner’s Star. A striking addition to any kitchen, only 1,925 individually numbered pieces, to commemorate the year that Le Creuset was founded in France, are available…

INCEPTION – Delve Deeper

Just last week I had an opportunity to taste a wine that is new on the market in Canada,      Inception – introduced by the Mark Anthony Group of Companies. It was a delightful evening at Brix Restaurant and Bar where we were invited to “unravel the mysteries of a deeply layered all new wine…

 Okanagan Crush Pad  Establishes Winery Direct Sales Team

Okanagan Crush Pad winery is pleased to announce the establishment of its winery direct marketing and sales team to service British Columbia. After three years of working with external sales agents, we have determined that the timing was right to form our own team; one that can focus on our Haywire, Bartier Scholefield, and Bartier Bros wines exclusively and provide…

Summerhill’s Cipes Brut Is Canada’s Top Sparkling Wine Award Continues a Sparkling Success Story

Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s flagship sparkling wine Cipes Brut has won the trophy for Best Sparkling Wine of the Year at the 2014 All Canadian Wine Championships.     Cipes Brut is Canada’s single most awarded wine, having won gold medals and accolades from top writers around the world every year since its introduction in 1991. This lastest award follows a string…

Three big events at BC Shellfish Festival

It’s shucking madness!  Three big events help celebrate BC’s shellfish and seafood industry in the Comox Valley Friday, May 9, 2014 – Comox Valley, BC –During this year’s BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival, three major events – Comox By the Sea Shellfish and Seafood Celebration, the Seafood Feast & Casino Royale and the Chef’s Beer…

THE TELUS SUNSET CONCERT SERIES AT CEDARCREEK ESTATE WINERY

THE BARENAKED LADIES AND CHANTAL KREVIAZUK HEADLINE CedarCreek Estate Winery is pleased to announce that the Barenaked Ladies and Chantal Kreviazuk will perform this summer at their spectacular Vineyard Pavilion. Singer-songwriter, activist, model and two-time Juno award winner Chantal Kreviazuk returns to CedarCreek on Thursday, July 17th, 2014. OnFriday, September 5th, 2014, the Barenaked Ladies, whose fusion of hooks and yuks has resulted in more…

Vancouver Sommeliers Celebrate Chablis

Crisp, Rich Chardonnay Wines are on Trend for Summer Vancouver’s leading sommeliers are keen to share that the wines from Chablis are a rising trend for wine lovers; perfect for summer, and the local foods we love.   This promotion of Chablis wines has been percolating among the sommelier set for a long time, but…