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Wine & Dine in the Valley – The Fraser Valley Wineries Association (FVWA)

The Fraser Valley Wineries Association (FVWA) is thrilled to announce their 2nd Annual Wine & Culinary Extravaganza, coming to Langley’s Highpoint Equestrian Estate Community (2 Avenue at 200 Street, Langley) on June 27, 2009 from 2:00-5:00PM. The wineries of the Fraser Valley are once again pairing up with the hottest local restaurants for a spectacular afternoon of food, wine and live entertainment. This year, participating restaurants include: Bacchus Bistro, Coza! Tuscan Grill, Memphis Blues, Restaurant 62, Sonoma Grill, The Seasonal Experience, and more. Be sure to check the website for up to date information. Last year’s event was hugely successful, and this year we anticipate no less. Tickets are $50 + tax and are available now at 1-800-663-1900 or

Once again, partial proceeds raised from the FVWA Wine & Culinary Extravaganza will go to Langley’s Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities. This organization was established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. Equine assisted therapy has long been recognized as an excellent means of providing physical, psychological, social and recreational benefits to children and adults with disabilities. Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with a wide range of disabilities. For more information on Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities, visit

The 12 wineries of the Fraser Valley Wineries Association are located just outside of Vancouver, making for a short drive to enjoy a taste of the Valley. With great local wines, food and farm-fresh ingredients, the FVWA Wine & Culinary Extravaganza is your opportunity to celebrate country life in BC. Formed in 2006, The Fraser Valley Wineries Association includes: Domaine de Chaberton Estate Winery, The Fort Wine Company, Lotusland, Lulu Island Winery, Mt. Lehman Winery, Pacific Breeze Winery, Real Estate Vineyards & Winery, River’s Bend Winery, Sanduz Estate Winery, St. Urban Winery Ltd., Wellbrook Winery, and Westham Island Estate Winery. For more information, visit their website at

Night at the Vancouver Aquarium with Oceanwise

night-at-the-aquariumVancouver Aquarium
7 p.m. to midnight

Regular Price – $250 per person (Buy Tickets Online)

Chairman’s Circle : $1,000 per couple

For more than 50 years, the Vancouver Aquarium has been one of the community’s most unique special-event venues, providing guests with an entertaining and informative look at the often mysterious world beneath the waves.

On June 12th, 2009, we will present Night at the Aquarium, our signature gala fundraiser. One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to the Aquarium’s education, research, and conservation activities.

This high-profile evening will allow 700 of Vancouver’s philanthropic and corporate leaders to experience the Aquarium in a unique way, as the magical backdrop for a splendid gala evening.

Starting with a champagne entrance, guests are encouraged to explore the galleries and enjoy a full evening of food, wine and entertainment scattered throughout the Aquarium.


* Food stations offering tantalizing items from Vancouver’s top Ocean Wise restaurants

* Fabulous live and silent auctions

* Unique entertainment sure to awe and inspire

Tour De Cork in Cowichan with Josh Clark

A day-long coach tour of four wineries/cideries in the Cowichan Valley, with proceeds to benefit Intrepid Theatre
Tickets: $125 (includes tax receipt, lunch + winery discounts)
Intrepid Theatre invites you on a private daytime coach tour of four Cobble Hill/Cowichan Valley wineries. You’ll enjoy lunch at Merridale Estate Cidery, tastings, talks and tours. Sommelier Josh Clark of Modern Palate will be riding along to answer your questions and share his wine knowledge.
Advance booking required as seating is limited.
Board the Tour de Cork Coach at Intrepid Theatre offices #2-1609 Blanshard Street,
Sunday, June 14, 9:30 am returning late afternoon
This special limited seating tour is open to all supporters of freaky, fringey theatre or anyone game for a full day vino adventure!

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South World Wines – Summer Solstice

7- 9 pm, Players Lounge, Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club,
1630 West 15th Ave., Vancouver
$44.00 per member or non-member.
Sign up or Renew your membership at the same time for an additional $40.
Celebrate the start of summer at the lively and ever popular annual SWWS Summer Solstice Festival. Sample wines from Argentina, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa.
Our festival-format wine and food tasting this year provides a wonderful opportunity to mingle and meet with six BC wine agents that are bringing in their best and most popular Southern Hemisphere wines to sample. Agents that have graciously offered to pour their wonderful wines include:
– AnaRona Wines,
– Los Vinos Merchants,
– Marfful Consultants Ltd,
– Patagonia Imports,
– Rocky Mountain Wines, and
– Stile Wines.
Here are a few of the wines you will be tasting from the agents (more wines will be listed shortly):

AnaRona Wines

Los Vinos Merchants
– Viña Morandé Limited Edition Pinot Noir, Chile 2004 Spec
– Viña Morandé Grand Reserve Syrah, Chile 2005 Spec
– Viña Morandé Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2008 Spec
– Viña Morandé Pionero Rose, Chile 2008 Spec
– Viña Morandé ChamanCarmenère/Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 2006 Spec

Marfful Consultants Ltd
– Agricola La Vina, Colchagua Valley, Chile, Syrah Polkura 2006 SPEC
– Cuatro Vinos, Maipo Valley, Chile, Sigla 2, 2006 SPEC
– Casas del Bosque Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 2008
– Casas del Bosque, Pinot Noir Reserve, Chile 2007
– Casas del Bosque, Syrah Reserve, Chile 2005
– Vina Bisquertt La Joya, Gewürztraminer Reserve, Chile 2008

Patagonia Imports

Rocky Mountain Wines
– Crios Susana Balbo Syrah-Bonarda, Argentina, (2005-07) SPEC
– Crios Susana Balbo Torrontés, Argentina, (2007-08)
– Razor’s Edge Shiraz – Grenache, Australia (2006)
– Razor’s Edge Unwooded Chardonnay, Australia (2006) SPEC

Stile Wines
– Humberto Canale Diego Murillo Malbec, Argentina, 2007 Spec
– Two Hands The Lucky Country Shiraz Barossa Valley, Australia, 2007 Spec
– Two Hands Brave Faces Grenache/Shiraz Barossa Valley, Australia, 2007 Spec
– Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc Nelson, New Zealand, 2008 Spec
– Richmond Plains Pinot Noir Nelson, New Zealand, 2006 Spec
– Excelsior Paddock Viognier, South Africa, 2008 Spec
– Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa, 2006 Spec
– Pikes ‘Traditionale’ Clare Valley Riesling, Australia, 2007 Spec

Some of these wines are “spec”, which means that you cannot buy them as a general listing in a BC Liquor Store. These specialty wines are available for you to try at this event.

Here is a sample of some of the food that you will get to enjoy (subject to change):
– A selection of international cheeses with fruit and biscuits
– Canapés and hors de’oeuvres:
* Bruschetta
* Chili Prawns
* Chicken Satay with Mango dip
* Crab with tarragon mayonnaise
* Grilled Atlantic scallop with sweet soy garnish
* Gravlax canapés
* Rare roast beef with horseradish cream and pickled onions

There is going to be lots of food, so casually dine, sip and chat with friends. Prize draws for wines and other goodies will take place for all those that sign up for membership for our next tasting season – 2009/10, which starts in September.
We are offering Membership renewals/registrations for the 2009-10 tasting season TOGETHER with the Summer Solstice event, along with the Member/Non-Member tasting registration. For those who renew their memberships, or are signing up for the first time, along with registering for the Summer Solstice, will get a draw ticket at our Summer Solstice for one of our door prizes.

To REGISTER via CREDIT CARD click here: “Summer Solstice 2009” register via the website.

May 27 – The Good Life on the Jenn and Joe show

This week on The Good Life we have Tara Thom from Vancouver’s newest hot Thai spot – Maenam, sip some ?, and check out the what’s to do this week in food and wine.

Listen live on The Buzz 1410 AM – or check on the Weekly Podcast

Maenam – Now open on West Fourth in Kitsilano

Wine Pick – tbd

Events worth checking out

May 28 – New Zealand Winefair

May 28 – Fruili and Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich at 39th and Cambie Liquor Store

May 29 – Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks presents author Jane Ganahl and Single Women of a Certain Age

June – Four Seasons’ YEW travels to the UK for the 3 course $35 menu

June 1 – DB Wine Dinner with Barbara Mills of That’s Life Gourmet and Chef Stephan Istel – Wines of Jura

June 5 – Cookshop in City Square hosts Anthony Sedlak from the Main

Monday Night Wine Dinner Series

Stephane Tissot Wines of Jura – France’s Smallest Wine Appelation

Welcomes special guest presenter Barbara Mills of That’s Life Gourment

Inspired dishes prepared by Chefs Stephane Istel and Bruno Feldeisen – five courses, including:

  • Reception: Chef Istel’s Alsatian Tarte Flambe, Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling 2004
  • Tartare of Smoked Sablefish served with Celery Remoulade and Potato Latkes, Stephane Tissot Cremant du Jura NV
  • Poached Poularde served with Morels and Yellow Vines, and fragrant Basmati Rice, Stephane Tissot 2005 les Graviers Arbois Chardonnay
  • Selection of beautiful cheeses of the Jura, Mont d’Or, Comte and Morbier regions, Stephane Tissot 2005 Arbois Poulsard
  • Chocolate Clafoutis, Blind tasting

Hosted by Sommelier Kevin Van Hullebush, and served in the Private Dining Room. The May 4th dinner sold out quickly and space is limited. BOOK NOW or email. See tasting Notes Below.

Starts at 7pm sharp $65 plus tax & gratuity.


Stephane Tissot Cremant du Jura NV

An aromatic ringer for a good Champagne, this stylish wine (55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir)
nonetheless boasts its own distinctive Jurassien personality ~a little softer and more grapy, but redolent of almonds and spring flowers ~ The nose is super clean, very fresh, with prominent chalk, pastry dough, and ginger. The palate is surprisingly full and rich with citrus, chalky minerals, and yellow cake.

Wine Spectator: “Apple and beeswax aromas and flavors mingle with the bright acidity and rich mousse in this appealing Crémant. Good length. Drink now. 1,600 cases made.” Wine Enthusiast: “Made mainly from Chardonnay, this poised sparkling wine is deliciously crisp, packed with flavors of red apples and aromas of hedgerow flowers.”

Stephane Tissot 2005 les Graviers arbois chardonnay

Les Graviers is an exceptional interpretation of this classic varietal.

The nose is terroir driven, filled with notes of smoke and gun flint, achieved from the fruit of very healthy, very old vines.

On the palate, the fruit is rich and tropical with gentle acidity, showing the structure and balance of a beautiful, age-worthy white wine.

The wine can hold its own and is a well-balanced accompaniment to Chef’s poached poulard.

Stephane Tissot 2005 Arbois Poulsard

Poulsard (pool-zahr) is the grape and it is thin-skinned and produces light and elegant red wines.

This version, made by Stephane Tissot, clocks in at a lithe 13% alcohol. The nose has a distinct touch of the Burgundy barnyard and a very brisk bit of acidity on the palate.

Nice dark cherry and raspberry flavors round out a very pleasurable, sophisticated red wine drinking experience.

Serve it to your friends and family and they will give you better presents next year.

Pairs beautifully with regional cheeses.




All db Wine Dinners in the series are served in the Private Dining Room and Wine Vault, and are moderated by a winemaker or regional representative.

The evening ends with a sweet course prepared by Pastry Chef Bruno Feldeisen, accompanied by a blind tasting from the DB – Lumiere wine cellar. Hosted by Sommelier Kevin Van Hullebush.

The db Monday Night Wine Dinners are offered at the introductory price of $65 per person, plus taxes and gratuities.

A credit card reservation is required. Be sure to note ‘Wine Dinner’ when reserving online.

  • RESERVE the June 1 Wine Dinner now
  • RESERVE the June 15 Wine Dinner now
  • RESERVE the June 29 Wine Dinner now
  • RESERVE the July 13 Wine Dinner now

Warm Weather Wines with House Wines

Geady for the social season.  The long days and warm nights mean bocce, volleyball, outdoor dining and picnics on the beach. The most important decision is what to drink while lounging in the sun. house wine will pour our favourite picks for the summer. From sparkling wine to rosé, crisp whites and lighter reds there will be plenty to quench your thirst. You may even start a summer fling with a newly discovered wine.

Date: Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Venue: The Vintage Gallery
O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar
1300 Robson St., Vancouver, BC

Cost: $35

House Wines

Pollanate UBC Farm

In partnership with UBC Farm, Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks is pleased to announce a Saturday afternoon presentation and book signing with author, Michael Pollan. Vancouver will be Michael’s only Canadian city on his book tour for the paperback version of In Defense of Food. This unique opportunity to meet Michael takes place at UBC Farm on Saturday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. At this fundraiser for UBC Farm, Michael will share his manifesto for eating: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” He will also be available to sign copies of In Defense of Food.

This exciting afternoon includes a signed copy of In Defense of Food, guided tours of UBC Farm with live music and entertainment. All are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and a blanket to sit on.

Tickets to this rain or shine event are $45 (includes GST) and are sold exclusively through Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks.

For more information about this and other events, visit our website at Please call 604-688-6755 to purchase tickets.

Cookshop in City Square hosts Anthony Sedlak from the Main

anthony-sedlackFriday, June 5th from 6:00 – 9:00pm

Join The Cookshop this evening for an extraordinary event as they welcomes TV Chef and Author, Anthony Sedlak! Chef Anthony will share some fantastic recipes from his new cookbook and TV show, The Main. In addition to winning the Food Network’s Superstar Chef Challenge, Chef Anthony has also represented Canada in the Hans Bueschken World Junior Chef Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand. Chef Anthony’s characteristic cooking style is tasty, simple & rustic fare presented elegantly. This evening you will enjoy a menu of:
• Oven Roasted Clams with Sweet Smoked Paprika, Chorizo & Fingerling Potatoes
• Warm Organic Chicken with Lemon-Cinnamon Dressing served with Morrocan Fruit and Nut Couscous
• Prosciutto Wrapped Halibut with Puttanesca Sauce
• Shaved Fennel with Lemon, Olive Oil, Pecorino & Pine Nuts
• Traditional Tagliatelle Bolognese with Parmigiano Reggiano and Olive Oil

Food Network’s THE MAIN
6:00 – 9:00pm

The Cookshop at Cambie and 12th