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In Praise of Spitting: Random Thoughts on Wine Judging

By |July 2nd, 2011|

In anticipation of next week’s BC Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence announcement, we thought we’d revisit this column about wine judging that ran in the North Shore News a while back. Some folks have moved on to other things but ... well, you’ll get the gist.   Sometime this summer, when you were [...]

Vancouver’s Gord Martin Dumps Bin 942 in Favour of Second Go Fish! (Now closed)

By |July 1st, 2011|

Gord Martin took a 2004 gamble with Go Fish and won, Tim Pawsey photo Updated: Please note: this location is closed. But the original outdoor location is still thriving ...   One of the rewards of taking too many photos is that eventually you can always find a reason to use at least [...]

When the lens speaks louder

By |June 27th, 2011|

One of our few regrets, we never seem to have enough time to get the photograph we really want. Images are becoming even more crucial these days, especially in the more visually driven on-line world. We like this shot of winemakers Howard Soon and Stephanie Leinemann for any number of reasons, none the [...]

At Just Launched Okanagan Crush Pad, it’s All About the ‘Eggs’

By |May 24th, 2011|

The wraps are off at Okanagan Crush Pad, whose future has now been officially ‘hatched’. Literally. When Haywire Winery arrived last year, we said: “One thing we know for sure. Christine Coletta never does anything by half measure.” No kidding. Haywire announced then that it would build a winery in time for the 2011 [...]

What’s in a Name? If You’re BC’s Principal Grape Growing Region, Plenty

By |April 26th, 2011|

We're still sorting through our notes from this year's South Okanagan Banée. But this was the major news... Here's our column as it appears in this weekend's North Shore News: Over the last six months, the South Okanagan Wineries Association (SOWA) has been on the quest for a new identity. While organizations often [...]

Renewing an Old Acquaintance: Victoria’s Empress—Still Looking Good

By |April 23rd, 2011|

Coming back to—Victoria’s Fairmont Empress is a bit like catching up with your old aunt, who you haven’t seen for a few years. She’s aged a little more (haven’t we all?) but that last little nip and tuck of a facelift seems to have quite helped quite a bit. Victoria waterfront showing the hotel [...]

Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery: Raising the Bar on Okanagan Dining

By |April 18th, 2011|

We finally made it to recently unveiled Miradoro, the new restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, in Oliver, BC. We’ve been watching the progress (admittedly, slow at times) of this latest South Okanagan addition with interest, in part because it’s a collaboration between our long-time friends Manuel Ferreira (who owns Vancouver’s Le Gavroche) and Ken [...]

All-Star Alumni Mark 15 Years at Vancouver’s Diva at the Met

By |March 11th, 2011|

One of Vancouver’s flagship restaurants, Diva at the Met celebrated its 15th anniversary last night with a gala dinner (benefitting Big Brothers) that featured an extraordinary array of culinary talent. The hotel business is by nature a mobile affair, where personnel—including those in food and beverage—move around frequently.  Hence it was [...]

What’s Red on the Outside and Green All Over? Vancouver’s Commune Café

By |March 4th, 2011|

Vancouver’s been abuzz this past week with speculation concerning the imminent closure of what was supposed to be the long running extension of iconic lumiere and dbBistro,  on March 13th. It’s a sad development, considering the role that lumiere has played in Vancouver’s culinary ascendance. We won’t ruminate too much—except to say that the [...]

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, [...]

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