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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 [...]

In Vancouver, BC, Chef Meets Grape. And Sustainable Pink Salmon too

By |September 28th, 2011|

Updated. April 13th, 2012. Here's a pretty solid endorsement of properly handled FAS salmon: Vancouver chefs salute FAS salmon Maybe it's a tipping point. A few things occured to me concerning the winner we picked at last week’s Chef Meets Grape Small Plates Challenge, organised by the BC Wine Institute. First of all, congrats [...]

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 [...]

Feds Farmers’ Loan Actually Funds Imported, Not ‘Canadian Wine’

By |September 7th, 2011|

'Government of Canada Invests in New Technology for Canadian Wine', ... says the headline. Really? Not so fast. The key words here are ‘Canadian wine.’ Andrew Peller Limited has received a $1.04 million interest free federal loan to upgrade (and effectively double) bag-in-box production at its wholly owned Calona Vineyards subsidiary in Kelowna, and at Andrew [...]

Edible Canada at the Market: A Tasty chat with Eric Pateman

By |August 18th, 2011|

The other day we checked out Edible Canada at the Market, the new, all-things-very-culinary-Canuckish bistro on Granville Island, that opened—appropriately—on Canada Day. As it turned out, getting there proved to be half the fun. I’d forgotten how enjoyable it is to take the ferry across False Creek–especially on a perfect summer’s [...]

Summerhill Winery: Boxed in by Slow Moving BC VQA Regulations

By |August 15th, 2011|

Is it just a storm in a wine glass? Or is there more to this than meets the eye? Summerhill Winery (besides being infatuated with shapes Cheopic) is well known for its penchant for all things organic and environmental, so it came as no surprise to hear that the view-kissed East Kelowna winery, [...]

Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food & Wine Yields a Wealth of Local Flavours

By |July 26th, 2011|

Off-leash and delicious Dogfish at The London Chef, Tim Pawsey photo  Taste 2012 runs July 19-22. Read about last year's below—then book this year's here!   We’re just back from Victoria, where we took in a couple of days at Taste Victoria—the very successful food and wine celebration organised by culinary tourism maven Kathy [...]

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

By |July 5th, 2011|

VICTORIA – The winners have been chosen for the 2011 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 309 wines were submitted from 83 wineries across the province. The winners are: • Howling Bluff Estate Winery 2009 Pinot Noir • Laughing Stock Vineyards 2010 Pinot Gris • Mt. Lehman Winery 2009 Viognier Reserve [...]

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 [...]

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