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Vancouver’s Marquis Wine Cellars: An Original in More Ways Than One

By |February 18th, 2011|

You have to hand it to John Clerides. He’s always been ahead of the curve. John’s the man behind Marquis Wine Cellars, which was one of the very first private wine stores anywhere in British Columbia. We were among the first through the door when he managed to wrangle a license in 1986—the [...]

Why This Tulip Won’t Be Blooming in Our Gadget Garden Any Time Soon!

By |January 30th, 2011|

Maybe it’s not surprising. but the Hired Belly has a thing about corkscrews. Even though these days we likely encounter almost as many screw caps (or even the occasional Zork) as we do corks, the choice of weapon—the venerable ‘church key’ or whatever you may call it—is crucial when it comes to pulling [...]

Could You Become a Zork Dork?

By |January 24th, 2011|

Last week we spent a couple of enjoyable and informative hours with Shingleback winemaker Jahn Davey, from Australia's McLaren Vale. Wines tasted ranged from Shingleback 06 D-Block Shiraz (sequel to the celebrated 05 Jimmy Watson award winner) to value-based workhorse Red Knot Shiraz (BCLS $19.99) and Cabernet. The nicely designed Red Knot package comes [...]

New Orleans Pours Into Vancouver: Tales Of The Cocktail On Tour

By |January 14th, 2011|

Fancy yourself a good mixer? Here’s a great chance to hunt down that silver cocktail shaker you were given for your 21st (well, wasn’t everyone?) and polish up your mixology skills. Tales Of The Cocktail on Tour rolls into Vancouver, March 12-15. If you’re ‘in the biz’ you won’t want to miss this [...]

B.C. Wines: Unsung Players in Rise of Vancouver’s Culinary Scene

By |January 9th, 2011|

As you can see from elsewhere here, and from the crescendo this week of the on-line buzz surrounding the live launch of this year's 200 plus menus, Dine Out Vancouver has more than earned its place as the country's biggest restaurant promo of its kind. Now while you will hear plenty about deals on meals, [...]

ZAP Turns 20 in San Francisco – Jan 29 Maybe You Should be There!

By |January 7th, 2011|

With Golden Gate Bridge in the background, and a wealth of wine within, not a bad place to taste, Tim Pawsey photo ZAP may well be the most fun you can ever have at a wine tasting ... We’ve been to a few tastings in our time but nothing quite compares with ZAP—the no holds [...]

BC Pioneer John Bishop Marks 25 Years with Classics Redux Menu

By |January 6th, 2011|

It should have come as no surprise. But John Bishop's 25th anniversary celebrations were as understated as the man himself. Just before Christmas, on December 14th, 2010—25 years to the day when Bishop’s first opened—it was almost business as usual in the modest, west-side Vancouver room that still holds considerable sway in the [...]

Backyard Vineyards VQA Brut: BC’s Newest Bubble Brims with Promise

By |December 9th, 2010|

Looking for a special bottle for that hard to please wine geek in your life?  Yesterday we sipped a glass of the first vintage sparkling wine to (officially) come out of the Fraser Valley. Maybe we really weren’t expecting much.  But came away very pleasantly surprised.  More to the point, if there was [...]

Of Tiles, Tunas and Touriga Naçional

By |November 18th, 2010|

Citrus and vineyard at Quinta da Nespereira, Dao - Tim Pawsey photo Vineyard detail, tiles at Caves Sao Joao, Beiras - Tim Pawsey photo Just back from Portugal, and we’re playing serious catch-up! After a week of tasting a wide variety of sometimes unfamiliar table wine varieties—from Siria and Encruzada (whites) [...]

First Tastes of Portugal: Fried Little Fish and Tentacles

By |November 10th, 2010|

Two hours after landing in Oporto, we’re hot on the trail of two essentials: sardines and octopus. Oh—and wine! Well, that’s not too hard to find around these parts. Nor are the first two. Down a narrow side street, not far from our hotel, in the centre of the old town, we discover [...]

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