La Pentola della Quercia

  Awarded the Silver medal for Best New Restaurant 2013  by Vancouver magazine, La Pentola della Quercia delivers a glorious performance with their Dine Out Vancouver Festival menu.  Chef Lucais Syme hits all the marks with his northern Italian inspired menu, highlighting the diversity of farm to table ingredients that discerning Vancouver diners have come to … Read moreLa Pentola della Quercia

Give Grenache A Chance

When someone asks if you like red wine, what do you think of?  French Bordeaux? Australian Shiraz? Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon? Argentinean Malbec? What about Grenache? Grenache is a red grape variety of note from the Rhone Valley (as well as Spain where it is known as Garnacha), that has spread across the world.  You … Read moreGive Grenache A Chance

Are you Dining Out yet?

No matter how busy we are these two weeks, checking out a few of the 263 restaurants on the Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2014 list is a must! I’m quite sure many of you have already started the Dine Out fanatic and probably sharing tips and reviews amongst friends. Well, here’s mine. Restaurants: 3 of … Read moreAre you Dining Out yet?

Meyer Family Vineyards Winemakers Dinner at Forage

  What a fantastic evening filled with award winning wines and sumptuous food; a sold out event and no wonder! Chef Chris Whittaker paired his delicious local and sustainably farmed dishes with JAK Meyer’s consistently elegant Wines. After a short introduction by both men, the first course and flight of wines were presented and it … Read moreMeyer Family Vineyards Winemakers Dinner at Forage


  Last evening I ventured down to Granville Island and the Institute of Culinary Arts restaurant BISTRO 101. Bistro 101 is one of over 260 restaurants participating in Dine Out Vancouver Festival and most likely at $18. for three courses the best value for dinner. Bistro 101 is training ground for the students of PICA … Read moreBistro 101 DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL

Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars “global focus”

  The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014 global focus is “bubbly”. You will want to be sure to taste the wines of BC’s iconic sparkling wine producer, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars and meet Winemaker Matt Mavety who will be showcasing their signature sparkling and still wines   Blue Mountain wines will also be featured … Read moreBlue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars “global focus”

Laughing Stock Vineyard’s Portfolio Futures

  Portfolio Futures 2012 – 10th Vintage Laughing Stock’s Last ‘Public Offering’ of Futures Laughing Stock Vineyards is pleased to announce that the Futures Offering for Portfolio 2012 will be available as of February 1st, 2014.  This vintage release is particularly noteworthy as it’s the 10th vintage release of Portfolio, our flagship Bordeaux inspired blend.  As well, this Futures release … Read moreLaughing Stock Vineyard’s Portfolio Futures


  I could tell you how tasty the British Columbia wines were, or how much I enjoyed the Canadian cheese, maybe describe the incredibly delicious offerings from Whet Bar & Patio, The Keg Steakhouse, Bridges Restaurant and the Sandbar. Or how about the Granville Island Public Market merchants that went above and beyond offering their … Read morePlated and Paired – DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL


  The Blind Tasting Challenge is a Trade event that is also open to the public. Trade professionals, servers, chefs, and sommeliers compete head to head with the consumer. The Blind Tasting Challenge is sponsored by the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in partnership with Mark Anthony Brands. Blind Tasting Challenge was created to provide … Read moreBLIND TASTING CHALLENGE event VanWineFest

SONOMA IN THE CITY and Lake Sonoma Winery

  Sonoma County Vintners is pleased to add Lake Sonoma Winery to the line-up of wineries participating in Sonoma in the City – Vancouver on Wednesday, February 5 2014. Lake Sonoma Winery, recently launched in Western Canada and has a deep British Columbia connection: it is owned by West Coast Wine Partners (WCWP), a partnership between the Quails’ … Read moreSONOMA IN THE CITY and Lake Sonoma Winery