Vintage 2015: An Amazing Year for BC Wines

This was a sit-down tasting lead by DJ Kearney who moderated a panel of distinguished BC Winemakers as they discussed their wines from the 2015 Vintage and spoke of the future of BC winemaking. The panellists included Michael Bartier representing Harper’s Trail Estate Winery (Kamloops), Grant Stanley from 50th Parallel Estate Winery (Lake Country), Marcus … Read moreVintage 2015: An Amazing Year for BC Wines

Viva Italiano!

  Italian Wines in the World – Wine Meridian’s Canada Tour 2016   Every time I go to a tasting of Italian wines, I am struck by the same thought – they just keep getting better and better. And for good reason, a lot of effort has gone into improving vineyard quality and modernizing equipment, … Read moreViva Italiano!

California Dreaming

  I left Port Moody on a gray drizzly day. As I rode the Skytrain into Vancouver for a California wine tasting, the sky got progressively clearer and brighter. The California Wine Fair had obviously brought some sunny weather along to compliment their wines. Most wine drinkers are familiar with California wines as they are … Read moreCalifornia Dreaming

Anoushka Shankar – An Enchanting Evening at the Chan Centre

  Anoushka is the daughter of the late Ravi Shankar. She began playing sitar with her renowned father at the age of nine and has appeared with him on stage many times. Anoushka released her first solo album when she was just seventeen years old. She fuses her traditional Indian music with western influences. Anoushka … Read moreAnoushka Shankar – An Enchanting Evening at the Chan Centre

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2016

  There may not have been limos pulling up in front of the Sheraton wall Centre dropping off glamorous celebrities to walk the paparazzi lined red carpet, but there certainly was a buzz of excitement around the Sheraton Wall Centre. For twenty-seven years now, Vancouver Magazine has recognized the talents of our finest culinary talents. … Read moreVancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2016

Vancouver Magazine Awards Reception 2016

The day began with a pre-awards reception, which featured a variety of beer, food and wine samples. I began with a cool refreshing new Double IPA from Stanley Park Brewing, which was the perfect way to wake up my taste buds for what was to come. My first stop was Culmina, a Triggs family winery … Read moreVancouver Magazine Awards Reception 2016

Malbec Day 2016

Malbec may have grown up long ago in Bordeaux, but it has since retired to Argentina. Not the whole grape family, mind you. Some, perhaps out of a sense of patriotism or because they thought Argentina would be too hot, stayed in France and settled a little to the east in Cahors. A few adventurous … Read moreMalbec Day 2016

Serendipity on the Naramata Bench

  They say that when one door closes, another opens. For Judy Kingston, a car accident brought her 25-year law career to an end. Then during an Okanagan holiday in 2006, chance brought Judy Kingston to Naramata where she stumbled across a property that was for sale and had an epiphany. The door opened; then … Read moreSerendipity on the Naramata Bench

German Wine Tasting at Bauhaus

  I was thrilled when contacted by Mireille Sauve of the Wineum Brella, who asked if I’d be interested in tasting some German wines with Romana Eschensperger, a visiting Master of wine, who was in town. Well there aren’t many things that would get me up early to drive into Vancouver, but tasting German wines … Read moreGerman Wine Tasting at Bauhaus

Festival of the Spirits – BC Distilled 2016

    BC Distilled is BC’s premier craft and micro-distillery festival. Its goal is to celebrate and promote British Columbia’s many specialty distilleries. The festival is the largest spirits event in Canada reserved exclusively for local distilleries.    In addition to 26 distilleries, there were several restaurants and other exhibitors in attendance, some of which … Read moreFestival of the Spirits – BC Distilled 2016