ChocolaTas orange infusion with Macallan 12 Year Old... Mmmm!

  I got a big kick out of meeting Win and Veve Tas the other day. They’re the fun couple behind Abbotsford’s ChocolaTas. And they held an informal wine and chocolate pairing the other night at their store in GranvilleIsland Market. (Oh, and there was Whisky too … I’ll get to that!) Wim and Veve moved to […]


Le Crocodile 30th anniversary menu

It’s a fact of life. People just have to ask me: “What’s your favourite restaurant?” It’s always tough to answer because, as a rule, I don’t play favourites. “It depends,” I’ll say … Chances are it might be the ‘flavour of the month:’ the place that’s just left a ‘lasting’ impression. Or, there may be […]


Sierhead Pinot Noir

Looking to to buy for the BC wine lover in your life? Here’s a clutch of more interesting but not that hard to find wines, which individually and collectively show just how much the bar has been raised in the last few years. These bottles, beyond the run of the mill, will appeal to anyone […]

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Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff

Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what we now refer to as “Casual Fine Dining” restaurants. Much of the reason for more interesting than usual selections (especially at ‘flagship’ locations like Cactus Coal Harbour or Bentall V) is due to the […]

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VanMag 2015

Vancouver Magazine has posted the results to this year’s Wine Awards (2015). It’s one of the most anticipated of the year, and rightfully so… There really are some phenomenal values here—and I’m truly honoured to have been a part of the amazing team that worked over three days to choose them. Here’s what head judge(and VanMag wine […]

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Tony Aspler

Tony Aspler—one of Canada’s most prolific wine writers—has again put pen to paper, this time with a fun-to-read memoir that spans 35 years of what he describes as “chasing the grape.” The world of wine is writ large, so what makes Aspler’s ‘The Five Minute Wine Book’ even more appealing is that the author has […]

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Samantha Syrah: worth tracking down—if you're quick

Somehow I just knew it was going to be good. What do you get when you introduce a savvy Whistler sommelier to an accomplished winemaker and a decent crop of South Okanagan grapes? Samantha Syrah 2013 is the newest release in Okanagan Crush Pad’s Okanagan Wine Campus Series. The wine was made by OCP’s Michael […]


Raincity Grill owner Harry Kambolis, at Nu, 2005

Raincity closes Whatever the circumstances, I was saddened by last week’s shuttering of long-running Raincity Grill and, not that long before, of C Restaurant, owned by Harry Kambolis. In the fickle world of dining there are any number of reasons as to why restaurants come and go. (And you can read plenty on line about Raincity, […]


icewine harvest, courtesy BCWI

Icewine was in the news this week as the cold snap had wineries springing into action for the second earliest icewine harvest on record—the earliest being Nov 5th, 2003. Judging by comments from the Okanagan, this may well prove also to be one of the largest icewine harvests on record. That begs the question, is […]


market tasting aydie l'origine with foie gras

Travel, they say, broadens the mind. It also sharpens your perspective at home. A recent tasting in France found me thinking, once again, despite some progress, just how outdated BC’s liquor laws really still are, outdated—and ridiculous. We were in the Victor Hugo Market, in central Toulouse, on a bustling Saturday morning. Surrounded by fresh produce at […]