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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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A (not too hard to take) Evening of The Balvenie Single Malts at Yew

By |November 21st, 2012|

  Single malts: seeing the light, Tim Pawsey image I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m no single malt expert. But I do have an appreciation for them, thanks to a relatively early introduction to Scotch whisky as a young (almost legal) adult. Before leaving London I worked for my late uncle [...]

A Visit to Emiliana Vineyards: the Heart of Chile’s Organic Wine Movement

By |November 14th, 2012|

A comprehensive organic-biodynamic program from vineyard to bottle, Tim Pawsey photo Last week’s column for the North Shore News was a quick recap of our visit to Emiliana Los Robles Organic Biodynamic Vineyards. It was one of the more impressive but—more to the point— profound experiences of my week in Chile. A [...]

“The Lake”: When History, Music and Wine Combine

By |October 29th, 2012|

  Quails Gate Estate, on the site of the Allison homestead, overlooks Lake Okanagan (photo Brian Sprout) UPDATED: The Lake opens tonight—and is sold out. The good news is there are still tix for tomorrow night (November 15). And the better news is that all audience members  have a chance to enter a draw [...]

Joie and More Joie: Joie Farm Reserve Wines Bump it Up a Notch

By |October 1st, 2012|

Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn ... to the next level, TP photo Time to catch up on some housekeeping. Here's our column from the North Shore News a couple of weeks ago. As you can tell, we're a big fan of Joie Farm (and—full disclosure—a longtime friend of Heidi and Michael.) The piece [...]

The Gold Standard, Okanagan Style: 2012 British Columbia Wine Awards

By |September 29th, 2012|

Gold medal weather accompanied our judging at Manteo Resort If you’re a BC wine lover, the line-up of the 24 gold medal winners of this year's British Columbia Wine Awards (a key part of the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival) adds up to a pretty serious shopping list. (Most of these wines should still be [...]

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