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The Case for Fruit Wines and Chocolate

By |February 13th, 2015|

Forbidden Fruit's remarkable Cerise d'Eve, from the Similkameen Valley I’ve never been all that crazy about wine with chocolate, well, not entirely. In fact most of the time there’s little that appeals to me about matching a Cab with a piece of even good dark chocolate, whatever anyone says. OK, Port can be [...]

16 Oceans Cocktails to Float your Sustainable Boat

By |February 6th, 2015|

Yew's Oceans cocktails, such as this 'Glacial Snout" , are some of the most innovative we've seen I’ll confess: I haven't always been a huge fan of cocktail and food pairings. However, there was a time a short while back when it was all the rage. And for some it still is. Not [...]

6 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Resort—Besides Super Skiing

By |February 4th, 2015|

Sun Peaks - great skiing plus plenty more ... Sun Peaks—Canada's second largest ski resort—yields a wealth of fun and activities in a pristine alpine setting. However, there's a lot more here than you might imagine once you get off the slopes and trails.   1. Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival The [...]

Drinking in Dine Out in Style

By |January 19th, 2015|

Dine Out Vancouver started out as discount dinner-fest. But it’s now blossomed well beyond the plate. Dine Out is now very much also about what’s in the glass. The time was, not all that long ago, when you’d be hard pressed to find any BC wines on a restaurant list. No More. Dine Out’s most [...]

Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Hired Belly’s $28 Picks

By |January 13th, 2015|

Baru Latino: Dine Out is about the undiscovered Dine Out’s $28 category is the most hotly contested, with some 133 options—of which quite a few are chains—though worth checking out. What you won’t find mentioned below are restos who seem to have a tough time charging moderately for wines, or for, whatever reason, [...]

Dine Out Vancouver 2015: Hired Belly’s $18 Picks

By |January 12th, 2015|

Dine Out at Cannibal Café ... Dine Out is here again already? Boy, how this little post-holiday, pre-tax time doldrums promo has grown in its 13 years. What used to be purely a discount dinner fest has blossomed into a metro-wide food and wine celebration that truly reflects a level of diversity and [...]

Perfect Pairings: ChocolaTas, Whisky and Wine

By |December 17th, 2014|

  ChocolaTas: Looking as good as they taste UPDATED, Sept 9th, 2015 CHOCOLATAS OWNER WIM TAS NAMED TOP ARTISANAL CHOCOLATIER There is plenty of gold for ChocolaTas THE NEWS Master Chocolatier Wim Tas, with his wife and business partner Veve, are positively beaming GOLD. Named Top Artisanal Chocolatier and Most Gifted Chocolatierat the recent International [...]

Rejoicing in Red: A Clutch of Good Value BC Wines

By |December 6th, 2014|

Spierhead: an emerging, consistent contender ©Tim Pawsey Looking to to buy for the BC wine lover in your life? Here’s a clutch of more interesting but not that hard to find wines, which individually and collectively show just how much the bar has been raised in the last few years. These bottles, beyond [...]

Cactus Club Wine Matches: Try this at Home

By |December 2nd, 2014|

Cactus Club exec chef Rob Feenie and sommelier-service director Sebastien Le Goff Scratch the surface of a Cactus Club wine list and you’ll often find what constitutes an unlikely line-up of wines—for what we now refer to as “Casual Fine Dining” restaurants. Much of the reason for more interesting than usual selections (especially [...]

Casual Wine Tasting in a Toulouse Market

By |November 12th, 2014|

Casual tasting and wines by the glass at the market wine shop Travel, they say, broadens the mind. It also sharpens your perspective at home. A recent tasting in France found me thinking, once again, despite some progress, just how outdated BC’s liquor laws really still are, outdated—and ridiculous. We were in the Victor Hugo [...]

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