Why the Where to Dine Awards are Different

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:11+00:00 April 30th, 2015|Dining|

Sashimi platter at Miku, photo: KK Law One of the highlights of my year are the WHERE to Dine Awards. They were handed out this week at a superb party at Boulevard Vancouver, hosted by WHERE, and emceed by the inimitable Fred Lee. As Food & Wine editor, I get to hand out [...]

#LostInhibitions Wine: No F*cking Kidding

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:11+00:00 April 1st, 2015|Wine|

Lost Inhibitions EFFING EPIC: irony not lost One thing about Bernie Hadley Beauregard: you never know what the guy’s going to come up with next! Hadley Beauregard, of Blasted Church, Therapy Vineyards (Freudian Sip), Dirty Laundry (and a host of other labels/brands) fame, looks set to repeat the kind of off-the-chart success registered [...]

Golden Mile Bench GI a First for BC Wine

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:11+00:00 March 30th, 2015|Wine|

Looking down on Golden Mile Bench from above Culmina Winery Today's announcement about the final approval of the Golden Mile Bench Geographical Indication (GI) adds up to a red letter day for the BC wine industry. In essence, you could call it a watershed moment, as it sends a firm signal that BC is [...]

Rejoicing in Red: A Clutch of Good Value BC Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:13+00:00 December 6th, 2014|Hired Belly's Best Wines, Top Drops, Wine|

Spierhead: an emerging, consistent contender ©Tim Pawsey Looking to to buy for the BC wine lover in your life? Here’s a clutch of more interesting but not that hard to find wines, which individually and collectively show just how much the bar has been raised in the last few years. These bottles, beyond [...]

Samantha Syrah Joins a Winning Team

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:13+00:00 November 21st, 2014|Wine|

Samantha Syrah: worth tracking down—if you're quick Somehow I just knew it was going to be good. What do you get when you introduce a savvy Whistler sommelier to an accomplished winemaker and a decent crop of South Okanagan grapes? Samantha Syrah 2013 is the newest release in Okanagan Crush Pad’s Okanagan Wine [...]

Icewine: Is it Worth it?

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:13+00:00 November 16th, 2014|Wine Reviews|

Icewine was in the news this week as the cold snap had wineries springing into action for the second earliest icewine harvest on record—the earliest being Nov 5th, 2003. Judging by comments from the Okanagan, this may well prove also to be one of the largest icewine harvests on record. That begs the question, is [...]

Drink in Wine Tourism Day with this Summerland Deal!

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:14+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Wine|

Wine Tourism day wraps up with dinner at Summerland's Local Lounge | Grill (image supplied) (From the release) November 8 marks North America’s 2nd annual Wine Tourism Day.  Okanagan Crush Pad has gathered neighbouring wineries, restaurants and a hotel, to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine county. The winery itself will [...]

Golden Mile Bench Approved as Okanagan Valley’s First Sub-Appellation

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:15+00:00 October 17th, 2014|Wine|

South Okanagan, including the proposed Golden Mile Bench, from Anarchist Mtn., Tim Pawsey photo Updated: October 17th, 2014 ... GOLDEN MILE APPROVED AS BC's FIRST SUB G-I As per the British Columbia Grape Authority: "Golden Mile Bench" Sub-GI Application On May 20, 2014 the Authority received an application from a group of proponents [...]

Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:15+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I've participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make [...]

2014 BC Wine Awards: A Premier for Platinum

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:15+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Wine|

Flight of fancy, complete with 'silver bullet' Last week I was privileged to spend the best part of three days with a very focused group of wine judges from BC, across Canada and Kansas City. I’m convinced that, aside from an overall willingness to truly work together, the right setting enhances the process. As it [...]

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