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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 [...]

Long Table: Craft Distilling (Finally) Comes to Vancouver

By |February 23rd, 2013|

First sips of Vancouver's Long Table gin and vodka, Tim Pawsey photo Today marks a truly auspicious occasion in the sometimes mirky history of Vancouver's liquor trade. Long Table Distillery officially opens its doors—marking the launch of the city’s first distillery in several decades. The path to pulling the wraps off the converted [...]

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. [...]

Don and Elaine Triggs Pull the Wraps Off Culmina Family Estate Winery

By |February 4th, 2013|

Elaine, Sara and Don Triggs (and Barry the Corgi) on their recently sculpted and now planted high Okanagan bench, (image supplied) UPDATED: (From the release, Feb 13, 2013... More good news today (that we had heard was awaiting confirmation)... Pascal Madevon joins CULMINA FAMILY ESTATE WINERY as Vineyard Manager & Winemaker Pascal Madevon, [...]

Vinexpo Tracks the World of Wine: China Rising; Bullish on Canada (Added: All the Stats Fit to Print…)

By |January 27th, 2013|

  Robert Beynat, Vinexpo co-founder and CEO, image supplied Looking or someone with their finger on the pulse of the world wine market? Chances are Robert Beynat is your man. Beynat is one of the co-founders of Vinexpo. Held every other year in Bordeaux since 1981, it's now widely regarded as the world's leading [...]

Will Roaring Twenties Wines Leave Cellared in Canada in the Doldrums?

By |January 23rd, 2013|

Fresh Tap kegs: pouring into popularity As you may have noticed by now, Dine Out Vancouver is in full swing. The feeding frenzy that first took flight over a decade ago has grown somewhat, from a cluster of well-priced prix fixe menus to a region-wide food and beverage celebration that boasts foodie events [...]

SYL at TWB – OK? Provence Marinaside Unwraps a Smart New Wine Bar

By |January 17th, 2013|

Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia: smartly tapped into changing tastes with their sleek new TWB, Tim Pawsey photo We’ve always felt Provence Marinaside is one of Vancouver’s more under-appreciated rooms—but that might just be about to change with the arrival of TWB, which stands for (drum roll) The Wine Bar—at Provence. (We’re a tad [...]

California Shines Again at 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival

By |January 11th, 2013|

Robert and Margrit Mondavi, 2002. Tim Pawsey photo When I was looking for an image to run with this post (most of which appears in this weekend’s North Shore News), I input “Mondavi” into my Spotlight and the above is what popped up. In my mind, and I suspect for many others, California [...]

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