New Year’s Sparklers

Time to check out my cellar to see what bubbly I’ll open to ring in the New Year.  I always try to keep a few on hand and at least some of them in my cellar’s mini fridge.   I have a magnum of Sumac Ridge’s Stellar Jay Brut, always a favourite and two from…

Tacofino Gastown’s New Grab-and-Go “Burrito Bar” Announces “Taco Bar” opening January 9th

TACOFINO GASTOWN’S NEW GRAB-AND-GO “BURRITO BAR” NOW OPEN, ANNOUNCES ADJOINING “TACO BAR” OPENING JAN. 5 Precursor to Launch of New “Taco Bar” Restaurant Offers Tacofino’s Signature, Surf-inspired Cuisine at Take-Out Counter, with Added Lunch and Dinner Service Soon to Follow   Tacofino rolls out its latest evolution in Mexican-inspired fare today when the celebrated West Coast staple officially…

Here’s our complete list of Holiday Fun in Vancouver

Still time to enjoy the Holiday delights of Vancouver including New Year’s Eve Tourism Vancouver’s list of Vancouver holiday experiences   The Capilano Suspension Bridge is twinkling with thousands of lights.     Crane your neck at the world’s tallest living Christmas tree. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s 152-foot, 250-year-old Douglas Fir Christmas tree is dressed in 10,000…

THE NEW YEAR AT EARLS KITCHEN + BAR

Holiday Brunches, New Year’s Resolutions and a new line of non-alcoholic Craft Sodas + Cocktails   BRUNCH at Earls Kitchen + Bar for the holiday’s Earlier this year Earls Kitchen + Bar introduced a brunch menu and guests have been loving it! Offered  Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays, Earls will also be offering brunch on Boxing…

Some Sparkling Options for New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, you are having a party with family and friends, but what festive wine to buy?  Champagne, Cremant, Prosecco, other?  Fortunately there is a wide variety of sparkling wines from around the world that you can choose from.  Below are a couple that won’t set you back too…

Win Win for your Taste Buds and your Wallet

Does your list include the most difficult to buy for during the holiday season? No worries we’ve got you covered, even if… “I’ll be happy with whatever I get” “I really don’t need anything” “Thanks, another tie” “These florescent socks sure stand out” “Well if I lose a few pounds it will fit perfectly” “That…

A Friend for the Turkey

Every turkey that’ll be carved and enjoyed on Christmas Day needs a good friend that goes with white or dark meat, dressing and cranberries. The Mt. Boucherie Family Reserve Gamay Noir is a perfect choice in my humble opinion. This gold medal winning red is a mouth watering, basketful of summer berries and currants. It’s…

Chef Rob Feenie joins #Taste of Thursday top chefs

Chef Rob Feenie, Executive Chef, Cactus Restaurants Ltd.   The driving culinary force behind Cactus Restaurants Ltd., the award-winning collection of 26 casual fine dining restaurants in BC, Alberta and Saskatoon, Rob Feenie is also one of Canada’s most recognized and celebrated chefs. At Cactus Restaurants Ltd., Chef Feenie leads the culinary team, blending his…

Exploring the Cowichan Valley

Wow! I’ve been living and loving the Island life for 10 years now. Yet, I’ve seen so little of our island. Sure I want to explore Vancouver Island, but I figured why wait? Why not get started in my own back yard; the Cowichan Valley? My first planned outing was to the Duncan Farmer’s Market…

Wine Judging – a new Continuing Studies program

Capilano University is offering a new Continuing Studies program in the new year, taught by yours truly.  I think you will find it very informative and enjoyable.  Hope to see you there. Introduction to Wine Judging NEW Ever wonder why some wines are better than others?  Join us for an introduction to the process of…

La Pentola offers seasonal sips and festive family-style dining

Ring in the New Year at OPUS Hotel’s award-winning restaurant The holidays are in full swing at Yaletown’s La Pentola. Seasonal menus, spirited cocktails and a warm inviting atmosphere make for a fun and festive holiday dining experience: ramping up to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration. La Pentola is open for lunch and dinner on Christmas…

SmartyPantz to launch in the heart of Gastown in early 2015

Escape Room puzzles and challenges arrive in downtown Vancouver   SmartyPantz, Downtown Vancouver’s first Escape Room, is set to launch mid-January in the heart of Gastown. Occupying 3200 square feet across three Heritage buildings at 289 Abbott Street, SmartyPantz is raising the bar for the Escape Room experience with film-level room decor and start-to-finish interactive…

2015 BC Home + Garden Show announces five favourite features

Five Favourite Features:  BC Home + Garden Show announces shortlist of can’t-miss experts, events and exhibits    Top exhibition of all things landscaping and home improvement to hit BC Place Stadium, February 18-22, 2015 Enhance your home, inside and out! The 42nd annual BC Home + Garden Show will up the home improvement ante from February…

Perfect for holiday dining

For years my Joie Farm favorites were Noble Blend and Rose. Now I’ve added Chardonnay and the beautiful red blend PTG. Short for Passe Tout Grains. This is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay and is familiar if you were visiting Burgundy. Joie has a deft touch as evidenced by their popularity and…

La Dolce Vita, Give these a chance

When you stand in front of the shelves at a wine shop does your eye automatically search out your favourite varietals? Merlot? Cab Sauv? Chardonnay? Or one of the Pinots—Noir or Gris? Or perhaps you prefer, as so many do, Bordeaux blends. It’s easy to fall into purchasing patterns, searching out the safe and certain…

BC Wine Program Pairing with Asian Cuisine Expands

Celebrate Year of The Sheep with Haywire Lunar Wines Haywire Lunar New Year White 2013 features an artistically designed Chinese character of the “sheep”, crafted by Haywire Winery to welcome the Year of the Sheep in 2015 and to pair perfectly with Asian cuisine. Isabel Wu Photography With the dynamic Asian dining culture in Vancouver…

Wine Wednesday Review by Sam_theWineTeacher

2011 Chardonnay (Reserve) Pacific Breeze New Westminster, BC $29.99 Gold Medal Tasted 2014 12 Rich lemon yellow in colour with medium plus intensity.  The nose is complex with aromas of caramel, tropical fruit, honey, toast and butter with a hint of citrus.  Very well balanced with unctuous mouthfeel.  The flavours echo the nose.  A long,…

Red, White and Drunk All Over Book Review

Natalie MacLean’s book, Red, White and Drunk All Over is one of the best wine books I’ve ever read.  Her book is humorous, informative and covers a range of topics from the importance of real estate (terroir) – “location is everything”, to the diverse approaches to making wine, the mystique of champagne, the competitive aspects…