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In our glass: past and present wine picks

In Burgundy’s Pouilly-Fuissé, it’s All About the Rocks

By |May 5th, 2013|

La Roche de Vergisson, in southern Burgundy, presides over vineyards with names such as Les Crays (Chalks), Tim Pawsey photo Pouilly-Fuissé, Burgundy. One day into a whirlwind tour of Burgundy, my very obliging guide, Youri Lebault (Bourgogne Gold Tour), is anxious to make sure I understand the importance of “The Rocks”. (More about [...]

Fat Bastard Revisited and Gabrielle Meffre at Le Crocodile (Video)

By |April 20th, 2013|

I’m not sure why but I always figured that cheekily named “Fat Bastard” had to have something to do either with the guy who might drink it (me) or the guys who made it—Thierry Boudinaud and Guy Anderson. But here's the real story, as told by Fat Bastard co-owner (and Gabrielle Meffre globe-trotting sommelier) Anthony Taylor.   [...]

Howard Soon: “2012 is one of the Best Vintages We’ve Ever Had” (Video)

By |April 15th, 2013|

Last week after the BC Wine Institute Vintage Preview, we asked Peller master winemaker Howard Soon for a few comments about his Sandhill Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2012 vintage...   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1S0OWF2bMiQ   Here's our story from the North Shore News: ... What was interesting this time was that the viticulturalists were invited along to offer [...]

Road 13 Vineyards & Joy Road Catering Team Up for a Not-to-be-Missed Epicurean Dinner

By |March 20th, 2013|

Locally sourced and impeccably paired ... TP photo If you’re a regular visitor here, you’ll know that one of the best meals we enjoyed last year was a lunch that blended the talents of Joie Farm and Joy Road Catering. Joy Road returns to Vancouver on April 3rd, this time for a dinner [...]

Rosé Smackdown: Two of the Okanagan’s More Serious Wine Guys Go Toe to Toe

By |March 13th, 2013|

David Scholefield (left) and Michael Bartier—No fun at all ... TP photo Rosé has a long and sometimes less than illustrious history in BC, which is one reason why, no doubt, messrs. Bartier and Scholefield (aka BS Wines) have elected to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and duke out their stylistic differences. [...]

Vintners Brunch: Wrapping Up 2013 Wine Fest (for Some) in Style

By |March 12th, 2013|

Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre—a spectacular setting, TP photo For many people, the Vintners Brunch—for all intents and purposes the closing event —remains the highlight of their Vancouver International Wine Festival week. And that’s now even more the case, given the spectacular setting in the new convention centre overlooking Vancouver's harbour and North [...]

Colby Red: A Good News Wine Story with Real Heart

By |March 7th, 2013|

Daryl Groom: serious passion for a cause that's close to home, Tim Pawsey photo When I interviewed Daryl Groom a couple of weeks ago, it was first and foremost to talk about Colby Red. However, how could I hang with Daryl Groom and not talk about his remarkable career, which saw him emerge [...]

Nicolas Jaboulet Talks About Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah-Viognier

By |February 27th, 2013|

Here’s a quick clip (just over a minute) of Nicolas Jaboulet talking about his good value, (non-appellation) Vin de France - Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah-Viognier 2011, made in partnership with the Perrin family: He explains what’s behind the blend and what each part contributes.  (Actually, I love the way he says “syrahviognier”, as if it’s all one word, as [...]

Selbach at Sun Sui Wah: A Great Way to Welcome Chinese New Year

By |February 16th, 2013|

Johannes Selbach: loess is more, Tim Pawsey photo Warning: This post is NSFNRL (Not Safe For Non-Riesling Lovers) ...  I’m not sure what it is but the last couple of times I’ve been lucky enough to break bread with Johannes Selbach, it’s been in a Chinese Restaurant—which makes absolute sense. That’s because Selbach [...]

Six Last Minute Ways to Toast Your Valentine

By |February 13th, 2013|

  Hot on the heels of Haywire's first (sold out) sparkler: The Bub in Pink       Roses are red Violets are blue If I drink pink You will too     Some men (apparently) are notorious for leaving Valentine’s (and probably a whole lot of other things) until the last minute. [...]

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