LaStella and Le Vieux Pin Wineries Vertical Tasting

There are several types of wine tastings including blind tastings, horizontal tastings and vertical tastings.  A vertical tasting is when you taste the same wine from the same winery, but from different, usually sequential, years.  In contrast, a horizontal tasting is the same varietal and the same year but from different wineries and a blind…

Swirl Winemaker’s Dinner

Matt Dumayne, winemaker at the Okanagan Crush Pad, was in town recently for a winemaker’s dinner at Swirl Wine Store in White Rock.  Matt has spent sixteen years as a winemaker and has twenty-eight vintages under his belt including several in his former home in the Central Otago region of New Zealand.  Swirl owner Jeff…

Wine Wednesday Review by Sam the Wine Teacher

2013 Bacchus (Dry Reserve) Chaberton Langley, BC $17.25 Tasted 2014 11 Straw coloured with medium-light intensity.  An inviting Muscat like nose showing aromas of peach, mineral, apple and citrus.  Good balance, clean and crisp.  Stone fruit (peach and nectarine), lemon and elderberry flavours on the palate.  A medium finish.  This lip smacking social wine will…

Wild Sweets launch “The Atelier” for the Holidays

Celebrated Chocolate-Makers and Authors     By demand, Wild Sweets opens their door to the public By popular demand and in time for the holidays, the international award-winning food and chocolate artists, pastry chefs and authors, Dominique and Cindy Duby of Wild Sweets, open The Atelier, a pop-up boutique in Richmond, BC, open Saturdays from 10:00…

Eastern Influence: Food Trends for 2015 from Chef Paul Mon-Kau

With 2015 right around the corner, culinary trends for the New Year are already popping up on menus and in kitchens from coast to coast. As the co-owner and chef at three North Vancouver restaurants, The District Brasserie, El Matador Spanish Tapas, and The Little District Roadhouse, Chef Paul Mon-Kau has his finger on the pulse of what’s…

Enjoy a COUNTRY CHRISTMAS at Timberline

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS   If your family is looking for a relaxing and fun Christmas experience that avoids the crowded malls and long Santa line-ups, come out to the country! Leave the busy city behind, and enjoy the short trip to a 73 acre horse ranch in Maple Ridge that has been transformed into a Christmas…

RE/MO – Remember Movember!

    Are you an Artsy-Motsy? Then this is for you! Come historicize that gorgeous Stache (or Stache spirit for you Sistas) with a true analogue black-and-white portrait professionally shot and lit using 1920s – 1960s epoch large format cameras! WHAT & WHEN RE/MO Remember Movember is a unique pop-up photo salon offering Vanalogue Photobooth…

Hawksworth Restaurant Group to open a second restaurant

Chef David Hawksworth Reveals Location Of Second Downtown Vancouver Restaurant  Due To Open Late 2015 After much speculation and anticipation the location of Chef David Hawksworth’s new restaurant, opening in downtown Vancouver, can finally be announced. Hawksworth Restaurant Group’s new venture will take centre stage on the ground and mezzanine level of Oxford Property Group’s…

A History of Excellence

I think it was seven years ago that I had my first glass of Joie Farm wine. It was their superb rose which remains one of my favorites to share with friends. Year in and year out I think their commitment to excellence makes Joie wines stand out. I recently tasted their 2013 Un-Oaked Chardonnay and once again…

Requisite holiday gifts at PAPYRUS

We’ve all been there. From the friend-of-a-friend hostess to your workplace cubicle mate, finding the perfect gift isn’t always easy. But fret not—with PAPYRUS’ unparalleled collection of proprietary and carefully curated brands of art, fashion accessories, stationery and home décor, not to mention cards and wrap, gift giving is a snap for every name (however impersonal)…

Join Highstreet for the Christmas Tree lighting

Highstreet Holiday Show shines bright with British Columbia’s largest Christmas tree lighting The Holidays at Highstreet kick off on Saturday, November 22 at 5PM Add some jingle to your holiday season! The holiday spirit is returning to Highstreet, starting with a family-friendly, kid-crazy Holiday Show this Saturday, November 22 at 5PM. Highlights include performances from 100+ local dancers and…

Take the whole family to LTC for Holiday Magic

Get your Christmas spirit on with Lougheed Town Centre. Lots of things to do for the whole family. Check out these suggestions and on Sunday, November 23 have a wonderful seasonal family day! Santa arrives at Lougheed Town Centre amidst a flurry of festive entertainment and perks   #LTCHolidayMagic slated to begin Sunday, November 23 at 11AM Calling…

vaneats.ca Presents SaladDate at SaladWorks in Yaletown

Presented by vaneats.ca, SaladDate runs from November 10, 2014 – January 10, 2015 with limited passes available for $22. The SaladDate  package includes: Your choice of any Carvery Salad Your choice of any Gourmet Sandwich/li> Your choice of two items “sides” (wine, soup of the day or bottled/fountain drinks) My visit to SaladWorks in Yaletown…

Samantha Syrah Gives Back

When Samantha Rahn was named Sommelier of the Year, the honour came with a rare opportunity. Samantha got to make a wine that carries her own name. Like any great wine this lovely Syrah is the sum total of the palate and knowledge of Samantha, the talented team at Okanagan Crush Pad and the deft hand…

Festive And Active Holidays At Harrison Hot Springs

FESTIVE, ACTIVE AND A LITTLE COUNTRY – HOLIDAY TIME AT HARRISON HOT SPRINGS Small-town charm and outdoor winter fun is only 90 minutes away from the crowds. With merry events, family-friendly snow sports and special entertainers, Harrison beckons to young families and seniors alike. The season opens with the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for…