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…

Golden Mile Bench Proposes to become Okanagan Valley’s First Sub-Appellation

Wineries located on the Golden Mile Bench wine growing area near Oliver in British Columbia have submitted a proposal to become the first official sub-DVA “Designated Viticultural Area” of the Okanagan Valley DVA. An in-depth scientific analysis by scientists from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre – Summerland (AAFC-PARC Summerland) has shown the…

BOOST your way to FEMININE POWER!

Unlocking your Feminine Power is showing up everywhere on the runway. No longer is at-the-knee or below-the-knee dresses & skirts too modest for us.  In fact, we’re reclaiming our ladylike ways.  It’s no surprise ~ we’ve maxed out the micro mini ! More importantly not every female can pull off a short skirt.   It’s…

BC Shellfish Festival June 13 – 22

8th Annual BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival June 13-22, 2014 in the Comox Valley 10 days of fabulous seafood tastings, informative aquaculture producer tours, signature dinner events, competitions, and family fun! Book a shellfish festival escape in the Comox Valley! Friday, June 13th 3PM – Arrive in the Comox Valley and check-in at one of our fabulous accommodations! 5PM – Start your Shellfish…

Cotton Candy Kids “Spinning” Their Way to Success

While most middle school students across the province are already looking forward to summer vacation, Robbie, Brandon, and Dawson Hodge are getting their small business ready for another busy season of community events, birthday parties, weddings, and carnivals. Together, the three brothers form the “Cotton Candy Kids,” Coquitlam’s newest—and youngest—specialty vendor of cotton candy, popcorn,…

It’s a Rib kind of night at Earl’s

If you’re a fan of really great ribs, then you probably already know about Earls. They are hands-down, the best ribs in town. If you don’t however, think of Earls when you hear the word “ribs”, you surely will after you read this article.   Earls is having a serious rib event right now, I…

International Pinot Noir Celebration

The International Pinot Noir Celebration Announces Program and Culinary Details for 2014 Event, Held July 25-27 in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country Bon Appetit’s David Lynch Keynotes 28th Annual IPNC in McMinnville, Oregon. British wine journalist Jamie Goode leads “Pinot Noir and the Doors of Perception” Grand Seminar   During the IPNC weekend, world-renowned…

There’s an App for that!

Well if you are looking for an app to help you pair food and wine, help you decipher wine terms, or store photos and notes of your favourite wines, there is indeed an app, or more accurately, many apps for that.  Here is a sampling of some of them. Wine Terms A dictionary of wine…

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival continues its 25th Anniversary season with the magical romance The Tempest. The production is on stage Tuesdays through Sundays on the BMO Mainstage, in Bard’s 733-seat custom-built Mainstage Theatre tent in Vanier Park, from June 12 to September 18, 2014.  Director Meg Roe returns to Bard on the Beach with a re-imagining of her hugely-popular 2008 production of the play. …

Getting in the Spirit at BC Distilled

This was one fun inaugural event! Saturday at the CBC building saw spirit enthusiasts having a great time. With 17 local micro-distilleries on hand offering up samples of Gin, Vodka, Whisky & other spirits which included liqueurs and brandies among other mixed drinks, non alcoholic drinks and mixers and more there was something for everyone…

Mott’s Clamato Best Caesar Competition

MOTT’S CLAMATO BEST CAESAR on VANCOUVER ISLAND COMPETITION 2014 BC SHELLFISH AND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Show off your Caesar making skills amongst some of the best bartenders on Vancouver Island, as part of the 8th Annual BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival. Participating bars, pubs and restaurants will feature their signature competition Caesar on Sunday, June 22,…

Spirited People’s Choice Awards

The Results are in for BC Distilled’s Best of Show Presented by the Gin Society On Saturday, May 10, over 500 local spirits aficionados sampled their way through the province’s finest offerings at BC Distilled, British Columbia’s premier micro-distillery festival. The sold out inaugural event proved that the public’s passion for local ingredients includes local spirits…

New Zealand in a Glass

I am easily excitable when it comes to food and wine, and happy to admit it. So when given a spot at the New Zealand in a Glass, Pinot Noir master class here in Vancouver, well.. I jumped at it. Hosted by well known local wine guru, DJ Kearney, along with a panel of prominent Kiwi winemakers and producers, we sampled a selection of Pinots from some of New Zealand’s top regions, then headed to the tasting room to try the rest of the wines on offer.

Rosé Smack Down

Two weeks ago, in Vancouver, Haywire and Bartier/Scholefield went head to head with their Rosés.  It was a good publicity event as Michael Bartier and David Scholefield have been winemaking partners at the Okanagan Crush Pad for some time and produce wines under a variety of labels. Upon my arrival, Leann Froese, of Town Hall…