Potential (almost) Lieutenant Governor's award winners, worth a look

Sometimes with wine competitions it’s well worth checking the list of wines that didn’t quite win but came pretty close. Not to take away the glory from the 14 stellar winners of the 2015 BC lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine, however, this is the first year that the list of finalists has […]



The winners are announced by Government House for this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine. This year there were more wineries awarded than in any previous year. It’s a sure sign of the excellent conditions of the last two vintages. And also a measure of the evolving high-quality of BC wines. The Lieutenant […]

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Umberto: You'll be impressed,

Giardino is just about ready to welcome its first, lucky guests. And judging by the number of enquiries on this site, there is no more highly anticipated event on the culinary calendar than Umberto Menghi’s return to Vancouver. In the past couple of weeks, all that remained of Il Giardino — except for the little […]


Perfectly smoked Steelhead ...

The wraps are off Beach Bay Café and Patio, across from English Bay, in the West End of Vancouver (1193 Denman St., 604-685-7337). I was in for an informal meeting and wine tasting and—while the restaurant is still very much in “soft opening” mode—thought I should share my first impressions. Although I’ll be heading back […]


Sea Star Estate: Gulf Islands’ Stellar New Winery

Sea Star Blanc de Noir, a pleasing, dry style offering you can take to the beach

June 3, 2015. I recently tasted Sea Star’s newest releases from the 2014 vintage and am happy to report that they’re every bit as good, if not better, than the 2013s mentioned below. I’m particularly excited by Sea Star’s approach in focusing on Siegerrebe and Ortega, and how that’s reflected in their overall activity. It bodes so […]

Read more June 3, 2015 Wine

5 Great Reasons to Visit Unsworth Vineyards

A restored early 1900s farmhouse is the centrepiece that serves as Unsworth's restaurant

1. It’s on Vancouver Island Even though the setting is beautiful and quite easily reached from Vancouver, I’ll confess: Over the years, I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with Vancouver Island’s wine scene. I’ve always had huge admiration for any winery that struggles valiantly in the face of diversity—and the islands have had […]

Read more May 29, 2015 Dining

6 Winning BC Oyster Wines

The Black Pearl Oyster —a perfect, plump and juicy partner

Sometimes even the very mention of the Osoyoos Oyster Festival is enough to get a raised eyebrow. But if the notion of West Coast oysters on the sandy desert shores of Osoyoos might at first sound incongruous, this little spring shuckfest that could has blossomed into a pretty serious event, with beer and now even whisky in […]

Read more May 28, 2015 Wine

This week: Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) 

Leyenda Oaxaca Mezcal and toasted grasshoppers!

Vancouver’s premium liquor culture continues to surge and grow in popularity. The biggest to date so far, the fourth annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) pours into the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday, May 30. The event is highlighted by a hotly contested cocktail competition, featuring the cream of the crop of bartenders and mixologists […]

Read more May 25, 2015 Spirits

‘Foragin’ craft gin flights of fancy

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 […]

Read more May 20, 2015 Spirits

Mission Hill’s John Simes Picks Vineyards over Cellar

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 […]

Read more May 20, 2015 Wine