A unique, dessert gin pairing of Wayward Distillation with sweet cicely ice-cream

Leave it to forage to come up with a unique gin tasting option… The ever inventive and regionally driven Vancouver restaurant has unveiled a flight of three one-ounce drops to celebrate BC’s burgeoning craft distillery culture. Each gin is paired with a taste from Chef Chris Whitaker’s adventuresome kitchen. Launching the program is Vancouver’s Odd Society, Okanagan […]

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The valley's most recognized winery...

Today’s announcement that Mission Hill winemaker John Simes is relinquishing his position as Chief Winemaker in order to concentrate on the Von Mandl Family Estates vineyards is an indication of just how much things have changed since Simes arrived on the scene.  He’s handing the winemaking reins to Darryl Brooker, who joined the group when Mission […]

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De-hilling at Waring House Vineyard, in Picton, Ontario

I’m still sifting through the voluminous results of last week’s All Canadian Wine Championships, in which BC fared very well. The competition is held in Prince Edward County (about 275 kms. northeast of Niagara), widely regarded as one of North America’s most up and coming regions. More on that, coming in detail, as soon as […]

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Sashimi platter at Miku, photo: KK Law

One of the highlights of my year are the WHERE to Dine Awards. They were handed out this week at a superb party at Boulevard Vancouver, hosted by WHERE, and emceed by the inimitable Fred Lee. As Food & Wine editor, I get to hand out a few too. Each year as we make these […]

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Sai Woo, Vancouver: Chinatown Rising

Sai Woo pea agnolotti with Chinese Jinhua ham broth

One of the challenges of this gig is finding the time to return to those places that impress the first time around. It takes no shortage of smarts to open a restaurant right, to hit the ground running and not miss a step. I’m convinced that Sai Woo (160 East Pender St., 604-586-1117) more than belongs in […]

Read more April 21, 2015 Dining

Rockin’ Rioja: A Clutch of Food Friendly Reds

Rioja wine bottles and keyboard

It’s been a bit of whirl on the wine circuit this past week. All the more reason to get back to posting, so at least I can figure out where I’ve been. (Just kidding!) Though sometimes the best way to take stock, truly, is to sift through the growing pile of notes (electronic and otherwise) […]

Read more April 19, 2015 Wine

#LostInhibitions Wine: No F*cking Kidding

#LostInhibitions EFFING EPIC wine label and glass partial

One thing about Bernie Hadley Beauregard: you never know what the guy’s going to come up with next! Hadley Beauregard, of Blasted Church, Therapy Vineyards (Freudian Sip), Dirty Laundry (and a host of other labels/brands) fame, looks set to repeat the kind of off-the-chart success registered by Moon Curser with his latest, even cheekier endeavour. […]

Read more April 1, 2015 Wine

Golden Mile Bench GI a First for BC Wine

panorama of Golden Mile Bench

Today’s announcement about the final approval of the Golden Mile Bench Geographical Indication (GI) adds up to a red letter day for the BC wine industry. In essence, you could call it a watershed moment, as it sends a firm signal that BC is serious about origin and transparency. No question, it is a big deal […]

Read more March 30, 2015 Wine

Cider House Rules: BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder

Cider newbie BC Tree Fruits Broken Ladder

Cider is one of BC’s relatively undeveloped opportunities. However, that may be about to change, with the arrival of a new cider, Broken Ladder, made by BC Tree Fruits. BCTF is an Okanagan Valley co-operative of over 500 growers, established almost 80 years ago. BCTF (and no, they’re not teachers) says Broken Ladder has been […]

Read more March 25, 2015 Cider

Nose to Tail: When Only the Beast Will Do

Nose to tail Smoked bison shanks with beets, pistachio and balsamico, paired with rich and dark but not sweet, Dive Bomb Porter

Nose to Tail at Campagnolo Roma I’m both intrigued and reassured by the resurgence and resilience of nose to tail dining. I’m a big fan of the whole beast movement, for any number of reasons. I’m intrigued because it really is a nod to a bygone era. Reassured because it’s utter common sense that, despite […]

Read more March 12, 2015 Beer