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BC Riesling Deal Alert: Peller Estates VQA Private Reserve Dry Riesling 2011

By |August 2nd, 2013|

 Peller Okanagan (Similkameen?) Dry Riesling A few insiders will know that Peller Okanagan Dry Riesling heralded in this year's garlic crop! If you move really quickly you can buy Andrew Peller Private Reserve (VQA) Dry Riesling for just over $11 at BC Liquor Stores.  Believe me, as they say “while stocks last”, it’s [...]

Belly’s Budget Best: Seven Summer Sippers

By |August 2nd, 2013|

In sippers, Picpoul Rules This unique wine is always on our Go-To summer 'fridge' list   There’s no rhyme nor reason to this list. Just a few decent and, above all, pretty wallet friendly whites, perfect for value-driven summer sipping. You can pin this one to the fridge!  We’re also working on a [...]

Chicha Brings Vibrant, Modern Peruvian Cuisine to Vancouver

By |July 12th, 2013|

Chicha: tasty, healthy and novel plates A Chicha highlight: quinoa salad with red onion, mango and avocado plus jalapeño and Haucatay dressing Chicha, 136 East Broadway, between Quebec and Main, 604-620-3693. Open for dinner nightly; for lunch maybe in the fall.   Even after more than a few years in this business, I [...]

Fat Bastard Revisited and Gabrielle Meffre at Le Crocodile (Video)

By |April 20th, 2013|

I’m not sure why but I always figured that cheekily named “Fat Bastard” had to have something to do either with the guy who might drink it (me) or the guys who made it—Thierry Boudinaud and Guy Anderson. But here's the real story, as told by Fat Bastard co-owner (and Gabrielle Meffre globe-trotting sommelier) Anthony Taylor.   [...]

Colby Red: A Good News Wine Story with Real Heart

By |March 7th, 2013|

Daryl Groom: serious passion for a cause that's close to home, Tim Pawsey photo When I interviewed Daryl Groom a couple of weeks ago, it was first and foremost to talk about Colby Red. However, how could I hang with Daryl Groom and not talk about his remarkable career, which saw him emerge [...]

Belly Up to Que Guapo: A Bargain Taste of the Barrio

By |February 22nd, 2013|

Que Guapo - it means "You're handsome!" I’m always looking for ways to re-live last fall’s visit to Argentina, and to remind me of my first visit to Buenos Aires—a truly remarkable city that's not just big (Greater BA is home to 12.8 million) but amazingly diverse and culturally fascinating. Here’s a wine that's [...]

From Tapas to Tostadas: Vancouver’s The Mexican Trips the Right Fandango

By |February 15th, 2013|

The Mexican partners: Roger Creixams, chef Ana Vander and Claudia Roma, TP photo Something about the shifting scene of the restaurant business intrigues me. And, believe me, it is always shifting. Restaurants come and go, and usually their owners go with them—although sometimes owner and surroundings stay put, and the change comes from [...]

Six Last Minute Ways to Toast Your Valentine

By |February 13th, 2013|

  Hot on the heels of Haywire's first (sold out) sparkler: The Bub in Pink       Roses are red Violets are blue If I drink pink You will too     Some men (apparently) are notorious for leaving Valentine’s (and probably a whole lot of other things) until the last minute. [...]

Vinexpo Tracks the World of Wine: China Rising; Bullish on Canada (Added: All the Stats Fit to Print…)

By |January 27th, 2013|

  Robert Beynat, Vinexpo co-founder and CEO, image supplied Looking or someone with their finger on the pulse of the world wine market? Chances are Robert Beynat is your man. Beynat is one of the co-founders of Vinexpo. Held every other year in Bordeaux since 1981, it's now widely regarded as the world's leading [...]

12 Newbies in 2012 That Made Vancouver’s Dining Scene Even Better

By |December 18th, 2012|

Siena: braised lamb filled ravioli, Tim Pawsey photo One of the hazards of writing “Best of” / “Year End” lists is that you’re guaranteed to miss one (or more)—even more likely if you’ve been waging a kleenex demolition derby against the lurgy sweeping through Vancouver these days. That said, here’s a greatly expanded [...]

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