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Winners Announced for 2012 Lieutenant Governors Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By |July 5th, 2012|

Winning wines, from one of the year's toughest contests: celebrating BC's best, Tim Pawsey photo   This week’s announcement of winners of the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines marks ten years since the competition’s inception.  Check out the Government House website and you can track the winners over that [...]

Black Hills Wine Experience Centre Takes Tasting to the Next Level

By |June 16th, 2012|

Smart decor, covered patio, Golden Mile vista. Works for me... TP photo Beyond test driving our Zagat equipped Acura, the main reason for last week’s Okanagan swing was to take in the Vinos and check out Black Hills snappy new tasting room—aka Black Hills Wine Experience Centre. Black Hills president Glenn Fawcett, [...]

A Tasting with Quails’ Gate Winemaker Grant Stanley

By |June 10th, 2012|

Grant Stanley: one of the Okanagan's best One of our favourite tastings of the year is an action packed hour or so spent with Quails Gate winemaker Grant Stanley. We’ll get to the wines shortly but much of my enthusiasm stems from the fact that Grant—aside from being a superb winemaker and one [...]

Okanagan Wines Fare Well in Rest of the World Blind Tasting

By |May 23rd, 2012|

BC Wines Stand Up in Global Tasting ... from North Shore News Several years ago, Quails Gate co-owner Ben Stewart did something unprecedented. He held a tasting of his wines at the Four Seasons Vancouver, mixed in with comparable drops from elsewhere in the world. When the wraps came off (it was a [...]

Why is this man smiling?

By |May 16th, 2012|

Because he always is!  I like this pic of Peller / Sandhill / Calona winemaker guru Howard Soon. It was just a quick snap, taken at a recent BC Wine tasting. But it shows you exactly the way Howard is: always there with something interesting to say and usually with a positive spin. [...]

Joie Springs Eternal: An Annual Highlight

By |April 16th, 2012|

Our recent nod to the BC Liquor Stores Alsace promo  just happened to coincide with the release of Joie Farm's latest crop of whites and ever popular rosé. And, as usually seems to be the case, right out of the gate, the Joie wines are an indication of what to expect for 2011 (overall, a [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By |December 20th, 2011|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By |November 15th, 2011|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

Okanagan Winery Helps Hatch a Bird of a Different Feather: Napa’s Plume is More Than Just Plucky

By |October 12th, 2011|

Two long established wine families have reached across the border to produce a new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Stewart family, which owns Quails Gate Winery in Westbank, BC, and the Zepponi family of Sonoma, California, have a history of similar if distant beginnings, in that their forebears settled and started farming at around the [...]

Vancouver Icon Bishop’s Celebrates the Season with Harvest Table Dinners

By |September 8th, 2011|

Not to pour cold water on Dine Out Vancouver’s impressive record, but we’ve always wondered why so many people wait for January to roll around, when there are other worthy dining deals on offer at all times of the year. Case in point: Bishop’s Harvest Table dinners (September 13th through October 20th), where [...]

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