Chefs for Oceans founder Ned Bell and lobster sandwich

Over the years, I like to think I’ve developed a sense of perspective. Or, more specifically, an ability to single out those who, truly, walk the talk… The other night, Four Seasons Vancouver executive Chef Ned Bell capped off his remarkable Chefs for Oceans ride across Canada with a celebration in Yew Restaurant, highlighting some of […]


Summerland's Local Lounge | Grill

(From the release) November 8 marks North America’s 2nd annual Wine Tourism Day.  Okanagan Crush Pad has gathered neighbouring wineries, restaurants and a hotel, to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine county. The winery itself will be open Nov 8 from 12-5 pm to pair their bubble with catered treats from chef Roger […]


South Okanagan, including the proposed Golden Mile Bench, from Anarchist Mtn., Tim Pawsey photo

Updated: October 17th, 2014 … GOLDEN MILE APPROVED AS BC’s FIRST SUB G-I As per the British Columbia Grape Authority: “Golden Mile Bench” Sub-GI Application On May 20, 2014 the Authority received an application from a group of proponents requesting that a new Sub-Geographical Indication under the name of the “Golden Mile Bench” be prescribed […]


grapes to juice to wine

Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I’ve participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make it to the Okanagan (or elsewhere).  The B.C. Wine Institute […]


Bufala Margherita sm

Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture that’s engulfed the rest of Vancouver and environs has all but […]

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BC Wine Award Platinum winners

Last week I was privileged to spend the best part of three days with a very focused group of wine judges from BC, across Canada and Kansas City. I’m convinced that, aside from an overall willingness to truly work together, the right setting enhances the process. As it turned out, with its ‘collegial’ personality, super staff, and […]

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(Oops) wine label

(oops) wine label documents in detail the improbable but true story of how most of what used to pass for Merlot in Chile was actually Carmenère.


Prunelade is Malbec's genetic father

This week I got my nose into a whole bunch of new varieties. Actually, as it turned out, most of them weren’t that new—and some were pretty old. Just east of Toulouse, in Lisle Sur Tarn, is one of  seven regional offices of l’Institut Français de la Vigne et Vin. Not surprisingly, this particular outpost concerns itself […]


sockeye salmon special at Nicli's Next Door

Nicli’s Next Door is one of those places that if you blink you could miss. But you’ll be sorry if you do, because it’s one more very tasty example of what’s driving Gastown’s dining renewal. No prizes for guessing, it’s right ‘next door’ to pizza emporium Antica Nicli, which effectively spearheaded Vancouver’s ongoing love affair […]


Chateau Gaudou winemaker Fabrice Durou

CAHORS, southwest France. Mention ‘Malbec’ and chances are your mind and palate will go straight to Argentina. That’s not surprising: the South American producer has done for Malbec what Australia did for Shiraz, or New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc. However, the fact that Malbec is now a household name—even if propelled by far away Argentina, hasn’t hurt […]