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Smoke & Oak: Ribs ‘n Riesling at Wild Goose

By |August 22nd, 2014|

Smoke & Oak overlooks this dramatic panorama Last week—on yet another glorious Okanagan summer’s day—we found ourselves on the patio at Wild Goose. Nothing unusual about that. But this was the first time I had managed to get back to check out Smoke & Oak Bistro, which they launched late last year. Some [...]

A chat with KWV Winemaker Izele Van Blerk 

By |August 8th, 2014|

Izele Van Blerk One thing about the wine biz: it’s always changing—and usually for the better. It’s been a few years since I was in South Africa. But I vividly recall a visit to KWV’s hallowed Cathedral Cellar, for so many years the heart of the ‘old’ South African wine industry. At the [...]

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living 

By |August 6th, 2014|

Provence Food and Wine ... some pretty irresistible dishes Yes, it’s a none-too thinly-veiled promo for Provence. Never mind! I love this cookbook that was doing the rounds at about the same time as the recent B.C. Wines from Provence spotlight. Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living (by François Millo and [...]

5 (More) Reasons to Drink German Riesling

By |July 24th, 2014|

Riesling is very much on our radar this summer. Well it always is, but even more so thanks to Wines of Germany’s ’31 Days of German Riesling’ promo, now on across Canada. Drop by any participating resto* and you might just win yourself an all expense paid trip to Berlin—and likely a few slurps of [...]

Okanagan Falls: More Than Just a Pretty Place

By |July 14th, 2014|

Okanagan Falls: not a bad spot for a scenic tasting! The more focused evolution of the Okanagan’s specific wine regions continues, as sub-appellations seem likely to become a reality. Witness the progress of the Okanagan Falls Wineries Association. Last Friday night’s Party in the Park was just that: a delightful evening of wine [...]

(Bending the) Riesling Rules with Martin Tesch

By |July 6th, 2014|

Dr. Martin Tesch   A multi dimensional tasting They say that wine always tastes better with the winemaker. I’m inclined to agree, especially when it comes to someone like Martin Tesch, who dropped by Vancouver last week. Then again, I happen to know they show just as well without him. It’s not hard to [...]

It’s Always Pimm’s O’Clock Somewhere

By |July 5th, 2014|

  Pimm's. Borage rules, cucumber too. Updated, July 7th, 2014. My recipe has evolved since the original post, so I thought I’d share it now. First of all, for some reason, this time around we’ve ‘graduated’ to Pimm's no. 6, and I’m not sure why. It doesn’t seem quite as ‘Pimmish’ as no. 1., [...]

Winners: 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By |June 18th, 2014|

2014 Lieutenant Governor Award winners for Excellence in BC Wine The winners of last week’s keenly contested Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wine are announced by Government House this morning. As always, the final outcome was interesting because somehow we managed to select (from 436 entries between 119 wineries) just 12 wines [...]

Free Glass by the Wines at (a few) VQA Stores

By |June 2nd, 2014|

Joie Noble Blend: Topping the list ... (note this is my glass, look below for the glass in question...) I’ll admit that I am a little bit late to the party on this one. But it’s still a deal worth mentioning. All of last month and into June, local Vancouver BC VQA wine [...]

5 Good Reasons to Re-think (and Drink) Portugal

By |June 1st, 2014|

Portugal's stunning Douro Valley. These days, though, there's a whole lot more to Portugal than Port. Portugal is back in the table wine game with a vengeance. No better proof of that than a recent Vancouver  visit by a couple of score of key producers. Judging by the excitement in the room the [...]

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