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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.   [...]

Tapping In: Wine on Tap Continues to Pour It On

By |April 17th, 2013|

Image courtesy Tidings.ca There’s plenty going on at Vancouver Urban Winery these days—including wine on tap at Gastown’s soon to be open TUC Craft Kitchen. They’ve even re-purposed a couple of vintage fire extinguishers as part of the deal! Tap & Barrel kegs Yesterday we were tasting Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse [...]

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 [...]

Hock Rocks! Riesling and Other Perfect German Wine Pairings at BCLS

By |April 7th, 2013|

  UK Wine Merchants Berry Bros. 1896 price list gives Hock its due, TP photo Germany's in the spotlight at BC Liquor Stores this month, which found us digging in our archives  for this weekend's North Shore News column... With spring our thoughts turn once again more to white wines and lighter fare, which [...]

Les Dames Bid Addio to Umberto Menghi at Star Studded Soirée

By |April 2nd, 2013|

The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier announces An Evening in Tuscany to Celebrate Umberto Menghi  When: Friday, May 31, 2013 - 6pm Reception / 7pm Dinner Where: Hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter and Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver Tickets from Eventbrite Details from Les Dames d'Escoffier... Following the long table format, a beautifully decorated Italian inspired [...]

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 [...]

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