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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 [...]

Nicolas Jaboulet Talks About Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah-Viognier

By |February 27th, 2013|

Here’s a quick clip (just over a minute) of Nicolas Jaboulet talking about his good value, (non-appellation) Vin de France - Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah-Viognier 2011, made in partnership with the Perrin family: He explains what’s behind the blend and what each part contributes.  (Actually, I love the way he says “syrahviognier”, as if it’s all one word, as [...]

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 [...]

In Vancouver’s Yaletown, this Pig is Still Flying High

By |November 30th, 2012|

TFP mussels and clams – the perfect wet weather foil One spot that’s an easy lure for lunch—particularly when it’s raining cats and dogs—is Yaletown’s The Flying Pig (1168 Hamilton St, 604-568-1344). There’s just something about this place, from its easy going ways and cosy room with a great buzz to the quality [...]

A Visit to Emiliana Vineyards: the Heart of Chile’s Organic Wine Movement

By |November 14th, 2012|

A comprehensive organic-biodynamic program from vineyard to bottle, Tim Pawsey photo Last week’s column for the North Shore News was a quick recap of our visit to Emiliana Los Robles Organic Biodynamic Vineyards. It was one of the more impressive but—more to the point— profound experiences of my week in Chile. A [...]

White Spot Celebrates Grown in BC—Both on the Plate and in the Glass

By |July 15th, 2012|

Been a bit churlish, we have, of late towards BC’s beloved burger-monger and family resto chain White Spot—due mainly to the presence of its large chicken mascot on BC Ferries the other weekend. (White Spot supplies a portion of BC Ferries food requirements...) Somebody in the Twitterverse took offence when we suggested (in jest) the [...]

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 [...]

Rosé on the Rise: Tastes of Provence Rekindle Memories, with a Modern Feel

By |June 4th, 2012|

If wine is about place, chances are what’s in your glass (aside from—hopefully—tasting good) may also rekindle memories. My tasting last week with the folks from Vins de Provence did just that, as it transported me back several years to an unexpected four-day stopover in and around Aix-en-Provence, during which I was able [...]

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. [...]

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