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Vancouver’s España: Great Tapas and More. Raising the Bar by English Bay

By |September 26th, 2012|

Neil Taylor (l) and Ed Perrow pull the wraps off what promises to be a West End hotspot, TP photo What's the first thing you do (besides laundry) when you get back home after 24-hours of flying? Go out to dinner, of course! We had just a one night “stopover" in Vancouver between [...]

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 [...]

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

By |July 21st, 2012|

Rocky Creek’s Linda Holford with José’s Tempranillo, Tim Pawsey photo One thing about Taste Victoria: we never fail to be surprised by something or someone. Often the finds are wonderfully esoteric but usually worthwhile. These are tough times for growers on Vancouver Island—of grapes, or of just about anything. Two unseasonably wet, late [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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