THE ONE BRANDY ALL COGNAC LOVERS NEED

  There was a time, not so long ago, when brandy was a drink that was enjoyed en-mass as an after-meal drink, as part of a cocktail, or warmed gently to take the chill off. Cognac was slightly more expensive but not egregiously so and one might, as well, find a bottle of Armagnac on … Read moreTHE ONE BRANDY ALL COGNAC LOVERS NEED

4 Sparkling Wines You #MUSTHAVE Our #FavouriteThings

  Every year around this time I have friends come up to me or text me in a panic asking for help choosing a sparkling wine:   “I’m going to a party – don’t know what to bring!”   Quite often the statement is followed by expletives and/or frantic emojis… and this is when I … Read more4 Sparkling Wines You #MUSTHAVE Our #FavouriteThings

Harry McWatters and the Sunday Roast

It’s one of our favorite times of the week; the Sunday roast. This past weekend we were fortunate enough to enjoy a delicious local free-range chicken with two superlative wines from the McWatters family of wines: the McWatters 2016 Chardonnay ($25) and the Evolve Cellars “Pink Effervescence” ($20). It’s a luxury in this busy life … Read moreHarry McWatters and the Sunday Roast

Fort Berens meets Coquilles St Jacques

Fort Berens Estate Winery meets Coquilles St Jacques     Here in British Columbia we are blessed with, depending on the year, an abundance of two things: Chardonnay and scallops. Cue my colleagues at Fort Berens; producing an absolutely world-class Chardonnay at under $20. But let me give the wine some context… I recently had … Read moreFort Berens meets Coquilles St Jacques

Domaine Lafage and herb-roast lamb

Domaine Lafage and roast lamb   As a young man Jean Marc Lafage (co-proprietor of Domaine Lafage) always knew what he was going to be when he grew up; he came from a family of 6 generations of grape-growers… there was never a question in his mind. But when the young Jean met his future … Read moreDomaine Lafage and herb-roast lamb

Il Feuduccio and classic risotto

the wines of Il Feuduccio & classic risotto The leaves have turned, the wind blows a bit harder down the mountainside and by 6 pm the street is getting dark; Autumn in here. And with the turning of the seasons comes the turning of our appetites; from the salads and barbeques of summer to the … Read moreIl Feuduccio and classic risotto

Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir and Tunisian Couscous

  I’ve had the great pleasure of knowing Jak Meyer, and subsequently his world-class wines at Meyer Family Vineyards, for years. It would be difficult for me to speak about how much Jak’s work and the work of Chris Carson winemaker – the entire team –  has meant to me and other BC wine-lovers without … Read moreMeyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir and Tunisian Couscous

The California (Wine) Legacy

  The California Wine Legacy   Signorello, Stags’ Leap, White Rock… some of the most iconic names in the California/American wine industry. Now these wineries and many more are smouldering ruins and in the wake of these fires a piece of our collective history, our living history, has gone too. We in British Columbia understand … Read moreThe California (Wine) Legacy

Guest Food & Wine Columnist Kristof Gillese shares his Pot Roast recipe

  Pot roast     The lowliest cut of beef turned into the most succulent comfort food. I mean what says comfort more than pot-roast? Immediately thoughts turn to Sunday evening meals; family is near, there’s good conversation amidst the bickering (it is family after all) and always a decent bottle of wine or two … Read moreGuest Food & Wine Columnist Kristof Gillese shares his Pot Roast recipe