Category: All About Wine

Featuring winemakers and special events held in the Vancouver area.

Montes Wine Tasting and Lunch at Forage

Montes Wines began in 1987 in Chile with their two original founders, Aurelio Montes and Douglas Murray. In 1988, they joined up with the other two founders, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, who brought their own complementary skills and expertise…

GAMBERO ROSSO Tre Bicchieri 2016 Tasting

It was a special fete to attend the Masterclass where these award winning Italian wines were presented for tasting. A selection of whites and reds these were the top wines of the recent vintage poured here in Vancouver, this presentation…

Sumac Ridge Wine Dinner at Showcase

After the reception that featured one of the Sumac Ridge wines along with some appetizers that included delicious lamb chops and dehydrated beets, goat cheese mousse and pistachio crumble it was on to a delicious pairing meal prepared by Chef Westley…

Vancouver Wine Fest Tasting Room Highlights

At this years Vancouver International Wine Festival that took place in February, Italy was the showcase country and Italian wines were my focus of the festival and the tasting room. I felt as I was travelling the various regions of…

Vancouver Winefest 13th Annual Awards Lunch

As a part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, on February 26, I attended this 13th annual awards lunch with an Italian theme, that was full of restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine makers, and other industry peers. Guests enjoyed a meal prepared…

Dig Deep Similkameen Winemakers Dinner at Forage

On June 17th I had the pleasure to learn all about the Similkameen wine producing region at a delightful dinner featuring several winery principles who’s wines were paired with the various dishes during this stellar dinner. The Similkameen Valley is…

Garagiste North Wine Fest

Known as The ‘Small Guys’ Wine Festival showcasing small case lot artisan wines from the ‘Garagistes’ of BC, I had a chance to taste some of these fine wines on June 27th at the Wise Hall in Vancouver. In order…

Singletree Winemakers Lunch at Forage

On June 16th I had the pleasure to attend a wonderful launch of Fraser Valley’s Singletree Winery at a lunch at Forage. Chef Chris Whittaker paired his dishes to many of Singletree’s wines. I enjoyed tasting the 2014 Singletree Sauvignon Blanc…

2nd Annual Wine in the Garden

On May 28th, I attended this wonderful evening of wines from the Summerland region along with delicious food prepared by Truffles Fine Foods. More than 75 wines from Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive in the Okanagan poured alongside food pairings and desserts…

Alamos Winemakers Dare to Pair Dinner

After being seated at the table inside the Modern Gallery area in the Listel Hotel on May 11, we were invited to Dare to Pair. Chef Welbert Choi was to serve us 3 courses, each of the courses featured a…

Vintners Brunch Highlights the Vancouver Wine Fest

This years Vintners Brunch that I attended as part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival was the best one that I had ever attended in the Vancouver International Wine Festival. It was so well organized, with delicious food from the…

Mclaren Vale Scarce Earth at the Vancouver Wine Fest

As part of the recent Vancouver International Wine Festival, I attended a seminar focussing on the Mclaren Vale Scarce Earth wine region of Australia. This is area where most of the Australian Shiraz is produced, 35 million bottles a year….

Vancouver Winefest 12th Annual Awards Lunch

As a part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, on February 22, I attended this 12th annual awards lunch with an Australian theme, that was full of restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine makers, and other industry peers. Guests enjoyed a meal prepared…

Vancouver international Wine Festival on sale January 6

Canada’s premier wine festival runs from February 20 to March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues across the city. The spotlight is on Savour Australia as the 2015 theme country, with a global focus on Syrah (aka…

Wine in the Garden

On May 29th, I attended this wonderful evening of wines from the Summerland region along with delicious food prepared by Truffles Fine Foods and music from Dawn Chubai and her trio.   VanDusen Botanical Gardens was the setting for the…

Bloom Spring Release Tasting

I attended this annual celebration of BC Wines on May 22, the tasting featured wines from many of the wineries across all regions in BC. This afternoon trade tasting was held at the Vancouver Convention Centre where guests I had…

Inception Wine Launch

Mark Anthony Group of Companies hosted to a wine party recently at Brix restaurant where they launched Inception Wines into our area to a large group of trade and media.   Light appetizers were served made by the chefs at…

Naramata Bench Spring Release Tasting

I attended the annual Naramata Bench trade tasting that featured wines from many of the wineries in the Naramata Bench Winery Association. This afternoon trade tasting was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver where guests I had a chance…

Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers Launches in BC

This afternoon I attended a bubble party to celebrate the launch of The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers in British Columbia. This Canada-wide association will bring new opportunities, connections and forums to our province.  CAPS have been active in Quebec,…

Vancouver Winefest 11th Annual Awards Lunch

As a part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, on February 28, I attended this 11th annual awards lunch that was full of restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine makers, and other industry folk.   The Rhone Valley region of France was featured…

Artisan SakeMaker Sake Release Tasting

On January 15, I attend the  Fraser Valley Junmai Sake – Series Two release tasting which also celebrated Artisan SakeMaker’s 7th Anniversary. These sake are part of the regional Osake series made from 100% organically grown sake rice in Abbotsford, BC.  Series…

Interview with Wine Sommelier David Stansfield

A couple of weeks ago David Stansfield gave a talk at my Food Talks Vol 10 event about Wine, it struck me as how knowledgeable David was. Hence it was high time I interviewed him, we first sat down at…

New Zealand Meets Asia

On October 21 I attended a wonderful event at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens presented by House Wine featuring over 50 wines from New Zealand paired with Asian dishes from 6 Asian restaurant in Vancouver. Fresh and pure, the…

Languedoc Wine Bar Crawl

Last week I took part in an exciting tour with some other invited media guests around the city that wined and dined us at four of Vancouver’s top wine bars. Travelling by a bus limo we made our way around…

West Restaurant Launched OWEN Cab Franc Wine

Okanagan Crush Pad recently released Owen for West Restaurant, a BC VQA Cabernet Franc, this is the second wine release from BC’s Okanagan Crush Pad’s Okanagan Wine Campus program, created by 2011 Vancouver Sommelier of the Year and West wine…

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