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GPS Wine Touring in Style with the 2013 Acura RDX Tech

By |June 14th, 2012|

I started my recent wine tour of the Okanagan Valley a little early, right in Vancouver, to be precise. This time I left behind my own car in favour of a swish, spacious and sporty, titanium 2013 Acura RDX Tech, courtesy of Acura Canada—just like the one in The Avengers! Aside from [...]

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 [...]

At Okanagan Crush Pad It’s (even more) All About the Eggs

By |June 9th, 2012|

Okanagan Crush Pad continues to add to its burgeoning winery empire, last week welcoming a flock of chickens to the team. In true Crush Pad style, the dozen or so Rhode Island Reds (with more to come) are housed in what may well be the most impressive chicken coop we’ve seen in years, complete with [...]

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. [...]

First Tastes from Lillooet: Fort Berens Unveils its Inaugural Estate Releases

By |May 6th, 2012|

Last week in Holland they were celebrating Koninginnedag or Queens Day—a national holiday in honour of the Queen, when everyone wears orange to the max. Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek (who came to BC from the Netherlands) were also celebrating (and wearing orange), for a different reason. They were pouring the first [...]

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 [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Newbie Pig is Really Flying

By |October 30th, 2011|

The Flying Pig's skirt steak—the real deal, Tim Pawsey photo It just goes to show; you can never know what to expect on a Vancouver Monday night. One recent, still dry October soirée, you could have fired a proverbial cannon down most of Yaletown’s narrow streets, so who knew that we’d only just [...]

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