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Sun Peaks Winter Wine Festival: The Skiing Senator, Snowshoes and Syrah

By |January 4th, 2013|

UPDATE: There are still a few tix to be had for this year’s Sun Peaks Winter Festival of Wine (January 12-20, 2013). Take a look at last year’s post and you’ll see it’s a lot of fun—particularly if you’re a skier or into any other winter sports. Sun Peaks is one of those ‘just right’ [...]

Eight Perky Sparklers to Get You in the Holiday Mood

By |December 17th, 2012|

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Thinking of buying some bubbles in the next few days? You’re not alone. By far the majority of Champagne quaffed during the year is consumed during the holidays—and the same goes for sparkling wine. Here in the swank surroundings of Hired Belly corporate HQ, while we relish the taste [...]

Rooting Around at Forage Yields Ultimate in Porcine Pampering

By |November 29th, 2012|

Pork hock and bacon terrine. We were hooked, umm hocked ... TP photo We finally managed to get into forage last night for a serious meal. And believe me, it was serious. Chef Chris Whittaker was showcasing pork from Gelderman Farms (Abbotsford) with Audrey and Jerry Gelderman in attendance. Think Porkapalooza—and then some. [...]

Great Value Bites and a Smart New Wine at Edible Canada

By |November 15th, 2012|

Another winner from Okanagan Crush Pad A few weeks ago we dropped byEdible Canada at the Market(1596 Johnston St. 604-682-6681) for a post theatre, late night bite. (Somehow a trip to Chile in between derailed our good intentions to post about it sooner.) It’s also been a while since we wrote at length about Edible Canada but [...]

Vancouver Listel’s Chris Whittaker Goes Even Greener with Forage

By |November 9th, 2012|

Forage Chef Chris Whittaker. Vancouver's greenest chef? Reinventing a legendary room is never easy but when the Listel Hotel decided to close long running O'Doul's, the move afforded no shortage of opportunities. In 10 days or so they'll pull the wraps off forage (1300 Robson St, 604-684-8461), a smaller and considerably more casual [...]

BC Sparkling Meets French Champagne—But It’s Not a Battle of the Bubbles

By |November 3rd, 2012|

Cipes Arial beside Krug Grande Cuvée: More of a love-in than a smackdown, TP photo Champagne and sparkling wine producers enjoy a well earned rep for coming up with some pretty clever promos. We can certainly attest to that ... However, we were still intrigued, a few weeks back, when Summerhill’s Ezra Cipes [...]

“The Lake”: When History, Music and Wine Combine

By |October 29th, 2012|

  Quails Gate Estate, on the site of the Allison homestead, overlooks Lake Okanagan (photo Brian Sprout) UPDATED: The Lake opens tonight—and is sold out. The good news is there are still tix for tomorrow night (November 15). And the better news is that all audience members  have a chance to enter a draw [...]

Similkameen Valley’s Little Farm Winery Rolls Out First Releases

By |October 12th, 2012|

LittleFarm's Rhys Pender and Alishan Driediger Planting your own vineyard requires healthy doses of optimism, a ton of knowledge, unbridled passion and not a little cash, regardless of how big—or small—the project. Making your own wine, even more. This week we got to taste the first release from Similkameen’s aptly named Little Farm [...]

Joie and More Joie: Joie Farm Reserve Wines Bump it Up a Notch

By |October 1st, 2012|

Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn ... to the next level, TP photo Time to catch up on some housekeeping. Here's our column from the North Shore News a couple of weeks ago. As you can tell, we're a big fan of Joie Farm (and—full disclosure—a longtime friend of Heidi and Michael.) The piece [...]

The Gold Standard, Okanagan Style: 2012 British Columbia Wine Awards

By |September 29th, 2012|

Gold medal weather accompanied our judging at Manteo Resort If you’re a BC wine lover, the line-up of the 24 gold medal winners of this year's British Columbia Wine Awards (a key part of the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival) adds up to a pretty serious shopping list. (Most of these wines should still be [...]

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