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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 [...]

Blue Water’s Frank Pabst Celebrates Sustainable Seafood with Unsung Heroes

By |January 16th, 2013|

Blue Water Café's periwinkles with saffron aioli, Tim Pawsey photo UPDATED, Jan 17, 2013. It’s a long way from British Columbia to Cornwall, in the South West of England. But, beyond the stunning scenery—which is in some ways quite reminiscent of Canada’s west coast—there are some other similarities. That beautiful part of the [...]

California Shines Again at 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival

By |January 11th, 2013|

Robert and Margrit Mondavi, 2002. Tim Pawsey photo When I was looking for an image to run with this post (most of which appears in this weekend’s North Shore News), I input “Mondavi” into my Spotlight and the above is what popped up. In my mind, and I suspect for many others, California [...]

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’ [...]

Forage Chef Chris Whittaker Sweeps Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

By |November 22nd, 2012|

Forage chef Chris Whittaker basks in Chowdown glory, with the original painting (included in his prizes) used for the contest promo, TP Photo Just a day after Forage officially opened, chef Chris Whittaker has been crowned Chowder Chowdown Champion at the Vancouver Aquarium’s keenly contested annual sustainable seafood celebration. Whittaker’s dish wowed not only [...]

BC Liquor Control & Licensing Branch Lays its Heavy Hand on Charities

By |October 27th, 2012|

  Ah, the joys of spontaneous journalism! Our column in this weekend’s North Shore News went to press too late to acknowledge the BC Government’s action—or rather statement of intended action—to modify the use of a Special Occasion License for charity auctions of wine or other alcohol. According to CTV, the minister responsible, the Honourable Rich [...]

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 [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By |August 23rd, 2012|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

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