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Toasting the New Year in The Right (Riedel) Glass

By |January 4th, 2014|

Waterford's pretty but ... Does the right glass really matter? You bet it does! Because we have a such a busy holiday season and Christmas, over the years, a restful, decidedly lazy New Year’s Day has become our tradition. Often we move little more than from the couch to the fridge—to extract more [...]

10 Fizzy Faves for the Holidays: Hired Belly’s Best Bubbles

By |December 14th, 2013|

Champagne flutes await at Cornucopia Bubbles forever!    © Tim Pawsey photo  Over here at HB's swank, granite and glass adorned, soaring corporate HQ, we’ve been busy popping a few corks, drafting our list of go-to holiday bubbles. Sparkling wines (and Champagne for some a few  most occasions) are a must-have this time of year. [...]

The Must-Have Value List: 2014 Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards

By |December 3rd, 2013|

  The rosé flight. Every home should have one! I’m working on a redesign for hiredbelly.com wine recommendations, which will include all of the Belly’s Best selections as they run elsewhere. It’s time consuming but I think will be worth the wait and effort. In the meantime, here’s a link to the best [...]

Broker’s, Brollies and Bowlers: The London Dry Taking the Gin World by Storm

By |November 29th, 2013|

The Broker's Brothers  Martin & Andy Dawson... If the hat fits ... Andy Dawson is sitting at the bar in Gerrard at Sutton Place. Between measured sips of her Moét, the woman at the other end is staring at him intently. More precisely (no offence to the eminently handsome Mr. Dawson), she’s actually [...]

Kamloops’ first winery, Harper’s Trail Releases Inaugural Cabernet Franc

By |November 19th, 2013|

Harper’s Trail has released its inaugural Cab Franc—and my guess is it will get plenty of attention. Well, it should anyway. In fact, you could file this under “One more reason why Cab Franc could be BC’s defining red variety.” I do think this is a ground-breaking wine. If you had asked people a decade [...]

Lake Sonoma Wines: Cross-Border Co-Pro Promises to Deliver

By |November 18th, 2013|

Tony Stewart and Dan Zepponi celebrate their latest joint venture, overlooking Lake Sonoma (image supplied) The other week I had a chance to catch up with Quails Gate CEO Tony Stewart. We’ve followed Quails Gate almost since day one, and can just about track every achievement made over the years—and there have been [...]

Terry Threlfall’s TNT: Blowing Away Preconceptions of Okanagan Chardonnay

By |November 7th, 2013|

Latest from Okanagan Crush Pad's 'Campus' series... Wine is very much about “people and place.” It’s a fact. Much of what makes wine so fascinating is just that: few other products yield so strong a connection to the land as grapes and the people who grow them, make wine out of them—or in [...]

Fable Kitchen: the Perfect Spot for Bubbles and Lunch

By |November 6th, 2013|

  Fable Kitchen - plenty to crow about! Kits hotspot Fable Kitchen (1944 West 4th. Ave., Vancouver, 604-732-1322) is now open for weekday lunch. We had a sneak preview the other day—and a chance to test drive several of chef Trevor Bird’s plates, some new, some borrowed from the evening list.  The array of tasty [...]

Good Tastes with Cono Sur winemaker Matias Rios at Nuba

By |October 26th, 2013|

  Matias Rios explains Cono Sur's new single vineyard range UPDATED: No thanks, not for wine, anyway! Last night I got a chance to re-taste the Cono Sur Viento Mar Block 21 Pinot Noir 2011 mentioned below. I'm sorry, I don't care how casual and 'friendly' they are, these kinds of [...]

First Tastes at Yaletown’s Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar with Wines of Roussillon

By |October 22nd, 2013|

  They had me at the Steelhead pastrami ...   Newly landed Good Wolfe (1043 Mainland St., Vancouver, 604-428-1043) has been on my radar for some time but I just hadn’t managed to get there until a couple of weeks ago. It’s not that I deliberately dodge new opening shenanigans. But the reality [...]

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