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In our glass: past and present wine picks

Tales of Tawny Port, Marmalade and Lawn Roller Stiltons at Les Amis du Fromage

By |October 24th, 2011|

A sure sign that Christmas and the holidays are right around the corner is the seasonal deluge of wine tastings, including not a few Port and Sherry offerings. The other night we went to one with a difference, put on by Vancouver’s Les Amis du Fromage. Full disclosure: I’m a longtime friend and [...]

Okanagan Winery Helps Hatch a Bird of a Different Feather: Napa’s Plume is More Than Just Plucky

By |October 12th, 2011|

Two long established wine families have reached across the border to produce a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stewart family, which owns Quails Gate Winery in Westbank, BC, and the Zepponi family of Sonoma, California, have a history of similar if distant beginnings, in that their forebears settled and started farming at around the [...]

In Vancouver, BC, Chef Meets Grape. And Sustainable Pink Salmon too

By |September 28th, 2011|

Updated. April 13th, 2012. Here's a pretty solid endorsement of properly handled FAS salmon: Vancouver chefs salute FAS salmon Maybe it's a tipping point. A few things occured to me concerning the winner we picked at last week’s Chef Meets Grape Small Plates Challenge, organised by the BC Wine Institute. First of all, congrats [...]

Provence Rosé: the Perfect Pick for Late Summer Sipping

By |August 20th, 2011|

Nothing tastes like your own, super ripe tomatoes on baguettes rubbed with home-grown garlic, Tim Pawsey photo The Hired Belly recently harvested his garlic—a sure sign that summer is slowly but surely on the wane. However, all is not yet lost. Besides, we’ve long been long convinced summer actually extends well beyond the [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By |July 5th, 2011|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

Nothing Like a Little Languedoc to Get Your Roussillon — Hey Waiter! There’s Garrigue in my Wine!

By |June 10th, 2011|

We had an excellent tasting recently with the folks from Languedoc and Roussillon. It’s a region that gets surprisingly little attention, especially considering the character of the wines and the value they deliver at most price points. Over the years, however, I think the entry level wines in particular have suffered from being [...]

A Little Sauvignon Blanc Post-Ballot? Kiwi Wine Fair Rewards for Voting

By |April 23rd, 2011|

  Time to mark the calendar for May 2nd. Yes, it’s Election Day in Canada but more to the point, it's the day the Kiwis roll into Vancouver for the annual New Zealand Wine Fair, this year at The Roundhouse —so you can take the Canada Line to right across the street. [...]

Vancouver’s Marquis Wine Cellars: An Original in More Ways Than One

By |February 18th, 2011|

You have to hand it to John Clerides. He’s always been ahead of the curve. John’s the man behind Marquis Wine Cellars, which was one of the very first private wine stores anywhere in British Columbia. We were among the first through the door when he managed to wrangle a license in 1986—the [...]

Could You Become a Zork Dork?

By |January 24th, 2011|

Last week we spent a couple of enjoyable and informative hours with Shingleback winemaker Jahn Davey, from Australia's McLaren Vale. Wines tasted ranged from Shingleback 06 D-Block Shiraz (sequel to the celebrated 05 Jimmy Watson award winner) to value-based workhorse Red Knot Shiraz (BCLS $19.99) and Cabernet. The nicely designed Red Knot package comes [...]

Of Tiles, Tunas and Touriga Naçional

By |November 18th, 2010|

Citrus and vineyard at Quinta da Nespereira, Dao - Tim Pawsey photo Vineyard detail, tiles at Caves Sao Joao, Beiras - Tim Pawsey photo Just back from Portugal, and we’re playing serious catch-up! After a week of tasting a wide variety of sometimes unfamiliar table wine varieties—from Siria and Encruzada (whites) [...]

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