California red blend hits all the right notes

  You can’t judge a book by its cover and I often can’t judge a wine from the first taste. That was certainly my experience with Mendocino County Babble. I liked the aroma from the get go but initially I tasted a lot of vanilla. I wasn’t expecting that from a blend that included Syrah…

Grab a bottle from Oz

  There was a time when I had struck Australian wines from my list. I found them to be a whole lot of the same. The best word to describe them? Homogenized. Thankfully those days are over and Aussie wines are back on my table. My latest find is Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run Cabernet Sauvignon. This…

Celebrate Seafood at Hart House Restaurant

  From now until November 16th, Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake is showcasing the amazing abundance of seafood with which BC is blessed. The three-course Seafood Celebration menu gives guests a choice of appetizer, main, and dessert at $38 per guest. Born and raised here in BC, Chef Michael Genest has designed a menu that…

DRINK BIG AT TASTE OF TULALIP MAGNUM PARTY 2014

  BIG Names, BIG Bottles, BIG Party   Wine aficionados always linger longer at the exclusive Magnum Party, a treasured ticket at Taste of Tulalip – the Resort Casino’s annual award-winning  weekend event.  Taking place November 15, this exclusive Saturday sampling is expanding to two rooms which will allow for a greater audience.   Executive…

Swirl White Rock Winemakers Dinner November 6

Join Us for Swirl Wine Store White Rock Winemakers Dinner Series! Wine and dine with our Chief Winemaker, Matt Dumayne, at Swirl Wine Store in White Rock for a winemakers dinner on November 6th! Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 Time: 7pm to 9pm Place: Swirl Wine Store White Rock – 15222 North Bluff Road, White Rock, BC Tickets:…

Wine Wednesday @RonWilsonVan

  Now that the weather has turned most of us reach for our favorite comfort meals and wines that go with them. This rustic red from Sicily is reliable and widely available through B.C. Liquor stores. Nero D’Avola is medium bodied with the taste of cherries and coffee. Dark red in colour and a great match…

Hot Holiday Homes Tour Returns: Six homes, dozens of designers, hundreds of ticket holders and thousands of Christmas ornaments

  As sure as the holiday season arrives, so does the Kelowna Christmas classic – Hot Holiday Homes.  This self-guided tour of decorated homes returns Saturday, November 15th from 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm.     Hot Holiday Homes features six privately owned homes that have been decorated by proud homeowners and talented designers exclusively for this self-guided holiday tour. This year, many homeowners have taken the decorating reins themselves leveraging…

Pacific Breeze Fall 2014 by @Sam_theWineTeacher

    I dropped into Pacific Breeze Winery in New Westminster recently to pick up more of their outstanding Reserve Chardonnay, one of my absolute favourites, as well as some excellent Big Red, their Rhone styled blend.  I left with a mixed case.  When I stopped by last summer to do a barrel sampling of…

Wine Wednesday review by @Sam_theWineTeacher

2012 Pinot Gris (Switchback Vineyard) Haywire Summerland, BC $22.90 Silver Medal Tasted 2014 08 This wine was fermented with wild ambient yeasts and was aged in concrete eggs.  Pale straw in colour and a hint of green with medium-light intensity.  Stone fruit, ripe mango and citrus on the nose.  Well balanced with good mouth feel. …

Vancouver Foodster presents the Curry Challenge

  This is our first Curry Challenge featuring 11 restaurants in Vancouver, Langley and Richmond, that runs from October 28 – November 20, 2014. The interpretation of curry takes on different meanings in many cultures and you will find several variations in the curry creations the chefs have entered into this challenge. Many cultures are…

Now Open: MOE’S Home Collection officially launches new retail showroom

  Flagship Vancouver store adds 13,000 square feet of stylish shopping space   Calling all interior design enthusiasts! MOE’S Home Collection, Vancouver’s premier retailer of stylish, sophisticated furniture and home décor, has officially launched a third-floor showroom at its flagship location. Offering an additional 13,000 square feet of beautifully styled displays, the space is ideal for shoppers…

Here’s my Halloween Treat by @RonWilsonVan

  I’ve often thought Halloween was wasted on the young. Adults should reclaim this day and rather then consume bags full of candy I’d suggest a bottle of this B.C. red. The Moon Curser Cabernet Merlot blend is the perfect wine for the fall. The vineyard is in the southern Okanagan where summer heat means ideal conditions for…