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Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014 #VIWF – Headed for a Sell-Out

By |January 13th, 2014|

In recent years, the array of food and wine events have become a big draw for VIWF (David Niddrie photo) The Vancouver International Wine Festival is already on the horizon (Feb 24th to March 2nd).  Hard to believe! This is by way of a heads-up that tickets are going fast! As of now, a [...]

10 Sure Bets: The 2014 Dine Out Vancouver Short List

By |January 8th, 2014|

Dine Out Vancouver: It's about food and wine UPDATED, Jan 16, 2014. The Trouble with Dine Out Lists... Is that you're guaranteed to miss not only a few worthy restos but likely many. So be it. However, here, in random order (i.e. as I think about them or hear about them from reliable sources), is [...]

Time to Sip the Slopes for The 16th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

By |January 6th, 2014|

Sun Peaks Village is truly accessible, Tim Pawsey photo I’ll confess: I’m not exactly a champion of winter sports. There was a time when I used to pretend to downhill ski. That was before I “graduated” to cross-country—back in the days when mohair was big. And I’m not talking about sweaters. More recently [...]

Vancouver’s Chowder Chowdown: It’s Time to Make Chowder Our Own

By |November 22nd, 2013|

Chowder Chowdown - Ocean Wise spoons await Ocean Wise spoons await the crowd UPDATED: Nov 16, 2014   Chowder Chowdown goes this Wednesday... Full details here Read about last year's event: When the dust settled at this year’s Vancouver Aquarium Chowder Chowdown, the undeniable big news of the night was that Forage chef [...]

A Frozen BC Blueberries Bonanza—and a Big Win for The Oakwood!

By |November 1st, 2013|

Chef Mike Robbins' visually stunning—and delicious—savoury blueberry perogies and pork belly carried the day for the Oakwood Canadian Bistro I didn’t have to think twice before accepting an invitation to commit the best part of a day to judging the first annual Frozen BC Blueberries Chefs’ Invitational. After all, for a guy who’s [...]

The Medal Counts: 2013 BC Wine Award Results

By |October 3rd, 2013|

A tough job but ... Yes, I know, there should be a way more sexy pic here. But that’s all there is: a down and dirty get it done, direct from the action shot that exposes the gritty reality of judging the morning’s first flight. We had planned to have all kinds of [...]

The Beautiful South: Wines of South Africa, Chile and Argentina

By |August 28th, 2013|

The Beautiful South Salta, Aconcagua and Robertson are just a small part of the big, Beautiful South Next month in London, they’ll pull the wraps off “The Beautiful South”, a two day tasting extravaganza (September 11, 12) that brings together South Africa, Chile and Argentina in a major collaboration. Even though the countries [...]

Hock Rocks! Riesling and Other Perfect German Wine Pairings at BCLS

By |April 7th, 2013|

  UK Wine Merchants Berry Bros. 1896 price list gives Hock its due, TP photo Germany's in the spotlight at BC Liquor Stores this month, which found us digging in our archives  for this weekend's North Shore News column... With spring our thoughts turn once again more to white wines and lighter fare, which [...]

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 [...]

Will Roaring Twenties Wines Leave Cellared in Canada in the Doldrums?

By |January 23rd, 2013|

Fresh Tap kegs: pouring into popularity As you may have noticed by now, Dine Out Vancouver is in full swing. The feeding frenzy that first took flight over a decade ago has grown somewhat, from a cluster of well-priced prix fixe menus to a region-wide food and beverage celebration that boasts foodie events [...]

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