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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 [...]

Wines of Argentina presents Dish ‘n Dazzle – May 16th

By |May 9th, 2012|

Taste superb food and wines, have some fun & support a worthy cause! As regular visitors may know, we're involved with the BC Hospitality Foundation. This charity provides last chance financial assistance for people in the hospitality and associated industries who are coping with hardship arising from a serious health-related condition. If this sounds a bit [...]

Perfect Pairings: German Riesling (and more) Rules at Vancouver’s Bao Bei

By |May 2nd, 2012|

We’re still stoked about last week’s German wine pairing dim sum, presented by the German Wine Institute with Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee, at Vancouver’s Bao Bei, Tanis Ling’s groundbreaking Chinese room. As we’re tight for time, here’s our North Shore News story (below) to bring you up to speed. In summary, [...]

Joie Springs Eternal: An Annual Highlight

By |April 16th, 2012|

Our recent nod to the BC Liquor Stores Alsace promo  just happened to coincide with the release of Joie Farm's latest crop of whites and ever popular rosé. And, as usually seems to be the case, right out of the gate, the Joie wines are an indication of what to expect for 2011 (overall, a [...]

Alsace Puts a Spring in Our Palate

By |April 14th, 2012|

Up in the lofty surrounds of a marble clad tower high above downtown Vancouver, HiredBelly.com’s cutting edge IT department is still grappling with the challenge of how to present our ongoing Belly’s Best wine picks in a timely and easily accessible way. We’ll let you know when they finally get it figured out. (If they [...]

Wine Festival Vintners Brunch Food & Wine Smackdown: Lift Ascends

By |March 8th, 2012|

Most people know the Wine Festival’s Vintner’s Brunch as the festival’s flagship food and wine event. It usually sells out within minutes of tix being available—even more so now that it’s held in the dazzling surrounds of the new Convention Centre West, with its sweeping ocean-mountain vista. Few realize that beyond [...]

The Haggis Match: What to Drink (as opposed to sip) on Burns Night

By |January 25th, 2012|

For just a moment—horrors!—the wine geek within had me pondering what to drink with Haggis. A crisp, clean Riesling perhaps? Or, how about a rustic red, maybe a budget Syrah, to pick up on all those gamey sheep bits? Thankfully, at this point, common sense (or my Scottish grandmother, from the Great Beyond) [...]

Canned Budget Bites by the Book: Moving Well Beyond Sardines on Toast

By |January 24th, 2012|

A few weeks before Christmas we dropped into Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks to take a peek at what’s hot in the culinary book world. And, as usual, we wound up picking up a couple of things that would make fun gifts—but somehow we forgot to give them away. One was Len Deighton’s French [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By |December 20th, 2011|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Skaha Meets Sidecut: Painted Rock Rules at Four Seasons Whistler

By |November 15th, 2011|

It’s entirely possible that the impressive Sidecut / Painted Rock 4 x 5 course winemaker dinner (that’ll be four courses each of five plates or accompaniments) that we enjoyed at just concluded Cornucopia entailed the most food we’ve seen at one sitting! Much like the winery with whom they partnered, it's apparent [...]

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