Italian Master Class Series Fall Session – Culture of Italian Cuisine from North to South

  I was fortunate to have been invited to attend the first of five Italian Master Class Series Fall Session Culture of Italian Cuisine from North to South courtesy of The Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West. With thanks to Chef Giovanni for the comprehensive detail of the evening.   CHEFS CHEF GIOVANNI TRIGONA AND LADY…

CUCINA ITALIANA – Italian Master Class Series

  Fall session, September – October 2017    Come and join Master Chefs from Italy with their expertise and craft, weaving together cultural, history, tradition, and of course… FOOD! Within the project “Extraordinary Italian Taste” the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, Assocamerestero and…

A Taste of Wines from Italy

  The Terminal City Club was the host for the Italian Trade Commission this week for their “A Tasting of Wines from Italy” event. The event featured producers and vineyards from virtually every region throughout the country along with a detailed 200-page guidebook to help you navigate the room. The Italians take their wine seriously…

Veneto Wines on the Rise in British Columbia

  Valpolicella and Prosecco wines complement BC wine culture   The Veneto region of Northern Italy includes the dynamic and history-rich wine centres of Valpolicella and Prosecco: Valpolicella DOC and DOCG wines and Prosecco Superiore DOCG. In recent months and years, the two complementary regions have joined forces to invest resources in trade and media events across…

Valpolicella 2016

The Valpolicella appellation of north-eastern Italy is located just north of the city of Verona in the Veneto region and just east of Lake Garda.   This is a land of rolling hills covered in vines, olive and cherry trees. This region is steeped in history with impressive villas.   The wines here are made from…

Quintessence Tour visits Vancouver

  On May 26 the APVSA came once again to Vancouver to present an exciting range of wines to the local wine importers and distributors. The wines are presented in a private space for an “invitation only” opportunity to taste excellent wines of the various regions of Europe. Always top quality wines that are the best…

Tasting at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

  The wines of Italy. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is in full swing with the public tastings scheduled for Thursday, Friday, Saturday afternoon and evenings. Often the Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon public tastings are the least crowded. At this point all of the public session are sold out. Should you be planning to attend I…

My 5 Favourite Wines from Cornucopia 2015

Cornucopia, Whistler’s Celebration of Food + Drink, finished almost one month ago, but why does it matter?  Well there were many very good BC, and foreign, wines that attendees were given a chance to taste at various dinners, walk-about events, and seminars.  I spent many hours in seminars over the 2 weekends at Cornucopia and…

Cibo Trattoria Announces Second Annual “Bottle Royale”

Wine dinner series pits B.C. vintners against varieties from around the globe Wine connoisseurs can soon take a tasting tour of the globe’s foremost wine regions without leaving the city. Premier Italian eatery Cibo Trattoria is hosting its next edition of “Bottle Royale,” a comparative wine tasting dinner on Wednesday August 5th, 2015. A perfect night…

Embracing the Summer of Spritz

Summer is fleeting so when the sun is sizzling my skin and I’m wiping the sweat from my brow rather than complain I’m open to cooling suggestions. One welcome recommendation this year comes from the iconic Italian aperitif Aperol in the form of its Aperol Spritz cocktail. Festive with its bright orange colour, the Aperol…

Giusti – Where Italy and Canada Come Together

For those of you that attended the Vancouver International Wine Festival, there was a winery from Italy showing off their range of Proseccos.  And it had a Canadian connection that I did not know about.  The winery in question is Giusti Wine, from Veneto, Italy. Veneto is known for their Proseccos, Italian style bubble that…