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The Case for Fruit Wines and Chocolate

By |February 13th, 2015|

Forbidden Fruit's remarkable Cerise d'Eve, from the Similkameen Valley I’ve never been all that crazy about wine with chocolate, well, not entirely. In fact most of the time there’s little that appeals to me about matching a Cab with a piece of even good dark chocolate, whatever anyone says. OK, Port can be [...]

Of first growth faith, hope and charity

By |January 31st, 2015|

With two of the best vintages in recent memory (2012, 2013) and a third in the barrel (2014), most agree: it’s a pretty good time to be making red wines in the Okanagan Valley. However, it’s already been several years that Bill Lui has been thinking seriously  about what it would take to make the [...]

Vancouver International Wine Festival: Australia Redux

By |January 23rd, 2015|

A memento of Coonawarra There’s something about this shot of the old Coonawarra train station that pushes so many buttons for me. Yes, I’m a bit of a sentimentalist. I love trains—and have probably taken more than my share of them over the years. I’m also a big fan of Australia—and this photo [...]

Drinking in Dine Out in Style

By |January 19th, 2015|

Dine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass. The time was, not all that long ago, when you’d be hard pressed to find any BC wines on a restaurant list. No More. Dine Out’s most [...]

Rejoicing in Red: A Clutch of Good Value BC Wines

By |December 6th, 2014|

Spierhead: an emerging, consistent contender ©Tim Pawsey Looking to to buy for the BC wine lover in your life? Here’s a clutch of more interesting but not that hard to find wines, which individually and collectively show just how much the bar has been raised in the last few years. These bottles, beyond [...]

Cactus Club Wine Matches: Try this at Home

By |December 2nd, 2014|

Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what we now refer to as “Casual Fine Dining” restaurants. Much of the reason for more interesting than usual selections (especially [...]

Must-Have Vancouver Magazine Value Wine Awards: 2015

By |December 1st, 2014|

Vancouver Magazine has posted the results to this year’s Wine Awards (2015). It’s one of the most anticipated of the year, and rightfully so... There really are some phenomenal values here—and I’m truly honoured to have been a part of the amazing team that worked over three days to choose them. Here’s what head judge(and VanMag wine [...]

Tony Aspler: The Five Minute Wine Book

By |November 26th, 2014|

Tony Aspler — "a card-carrying member of Pack Rats Anonymous." Tony Aspler—one of Canada’s most prolific wine writers—has again put pen to paper, this time with a fun-to-read memoir that spans 35 years of what he describes as “chasing the grape.” The world of wine is writ large, so what makes Aspler’s ‘The [...]

Samantha Syrah Joins a Winning Team

By |November 21st, 2014|

Samantha Syrah: worth tracking down—if you're quick Somehow I just knew it was going to be good. What do you get when you introduce a savvy Whistler sommelier to an accomplished winemaker and a decent crop of South Okanagan grapes? Samantha Syrah 2013 is the newest release in Okanagan Crush Pad’s Okanagan Wine [...]

Casual Wine Tasting in a Toulouse Market

By |November 12th, 2014|

Casual tasting and wines by the glass at the market wine shop Travel, they say, broadens the mind. It also sharpens your perspective at home. A recent tasting in France found me thinking, once again, despite some progress, just how outdated BC’s liquor laws really still are, outdated—and ridiculous. We were in the Victor Hugo [...]

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