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Holiday Sips From Near and Far

What to Sip this Holiday Season? Some Bubble, Grenache, Syrah or Nero D’Avola perhaps?

We lined up and tasted a few more wines over the last little while and thought we’d share a few of our thoughts on these beauties because we are so very generous and you should have these on your to taste list too!

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Narrative XC Method from Okanagan Crush Pad $25

Tis definitely the season for bubble and this is one that stands out from the crowd. It’s a blend of traditional champagne grapes, 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay; the secondary fermentation took place in the wineries unique charmat tanks; designed to lie on their sides in contact with lees for 90 days, hence the XC in the name. Love sipping on this one around the fire (fake or real) or serving it up as guests arrive. It’s nice and crisp, with green apple, citrus and toast aromas and flavours and a nice length. Quite dry with just a touch of sweetness on the finish.


99986Vaporetta – Prosecco Brut No 8 – $17.50

Venturing over to Italy we find this rather fruity and floral bubble with some orchard fruit and honeysuckle aftertastes. A marvelous wine with light seafood dishes and sushi!







645655 0Rasteau – Cave de Rasteau du la Domeliere $21.99

Hailing from the Côtes du Rhône, this GSM blend comes from older vines and has some nice black cherry and licorice aromas along with some cherry and plum notes and a fairly lengthy palate with silky tanins. Great with pulled pork sliders I say!






144923Sicilia Nero d’Avola – Feudo Maccari SALE $16.50

This is a very flexible wine, one for after yoga perhaps, but what I really mean is that it could pair with a number of dishes and flavours that appear on the table at this time of year. A fuller bodied wine with dark cherry and blackberry flavours and a noticeable minerality on the finish. I am thinking about roast pork here, or perhaps a wine for that turkey dinner.






Laughinglaughing stock Stock Syrah $33.99

Syrah grows well in the Okanagan and this wine proves it. 2014 was a warm vintage and this Syrah benefited. Partly fermented in French oak puncheons and tanks, smothing out any rough edges, this wine is full of blueberry, blackbery, plum and spice and would be perfect with lamb.


What’s Good This Week April 26

Events in Vancouver

We’re back from our Okanagan getaway and seem to have brought the sun back with us! Perfect weather to check out indoor and outdoor events in Vancouver!
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The Greasy Spoon Vol 14. Featuring Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen – April 26

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four course meal to remember. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

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To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

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Siena – The Balls to battle Cancer – until May 12th 

Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts. Balls-themed menu as a Men’s Cancer Fundraiser, featuring mouthwatering versions of Siena’s Arancini, Meatballs, Bocconcini, Burrata, Croquettes, Profiteroles and more!

$7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, directed towards research and prevention of male cancers. The “Balls Menu” is offered in addition to the regular menu.


Provence Poisson d’Avril until April 30

Enjoy Provence’s Poisson d’Avril menu and fish from their fishbowl to win great prizes and fun pranks.  Poisson d’Avril dinner menu ($56) with optional wine-pairing ($24). Every card contains a unique prize, so get ready to enjoy a great Ocean Wise meal and Go-Fish. Click for details


Farmacie Dinner – April 28

The Pipe Shop on the North Shore hosts a plant-based FARMACIE long table dinner in partnership with Saje Wellness!

100% of proceeds will go directly to support Girlvana! Girlvana’s goal is simple; to teach teen girls the tools of yoga and meditation while providing strong mentorship with a raw and heartfelt approach.

The menu is curated by To Die For’s Erin Ireland featuring: Chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Cheese, Chef Marika Richoz, The Juice Truck Chefs Scotia Corinne & Alina Bobyleva and Kitskitchen. Alison Ramage of Design to Dine will be hosting a multi-sensory cocktail garden using goods from Rise Kombucha, Deep Cove Brewers, The Juicery Co., & Odd Society Spirits to name a few!

The place decked to the nines with help from MAIWA and Room 6, so arrive farm chic and expect to be wowed. Grab your tickets at FARMACIE.CA

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The Naramata Bench Wineries announces their annual and much anticipated Spring Wine Release Event, WINE FOR WAVES, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver at 7 PM.

Enjoy the best  and newest wine releases from 26 Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings from  YEW seafood + bar; Mosquito, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Vancouver Fish Company, Vancouver Aquarium; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro,  Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Grill, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Info and Tickets go to vanaqua.org/wineforwaves Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Tickets: $110.

All proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise.


Chef Meets Grape

Taste BC Wines Paired With Vancouver Restaurants at Chef Meets Grape

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Place, Ballrooms A, B and C
7–9:30 PM

Join the Arts Club and the Wines of British Columbia at the 11th annual ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series, the largest tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver!

This evening features up to 90 BC wineries pouring over 350 award-winning Wines of British Columbia, with BC restaurants pairing sweet and savoury dishes to show off the best of our region.

Click here to view the list of participating wineries and restaurants.

Come and experience why BC food is designed for BC wine.

$90 regular

For corporate and group orders of 10 or more tickets, please contact specialevents@artsclub.com for special discounts.

Kamloops Wine Country – Vitamin Daily

We visited Kamloops Wine Country and reported our adventures on Vitamin Daily and the story got picked up by the Huffington Post.

Once home to fur traders, gold miners and infamous train robber Billy Miner, Kamloops, B.C., now boasts lush farms, a stunning riverfront and the recently created Kamloops Wine Trail. Not one to miss out on a day of wine tasting (not to mention exploring, shopping and spa-ing), we packed our bags and drove straight there.

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stay: The Plaza Hotel, Kamloops’ oldest tall building, is right in the thick of downtown, with spacious rooms and beds we were hard-pressed to leave in the morning (had it not been for the promise of wine). Check out the hotel’s Fireside Steakhouse & Bar for delicious, locally sourced beef. The Plaza Hotel, 405 Victoria St., Kamloops, 250-377-8075, www.theplazahotel.ca

explore: Downtown Kamloops exudes a cool “antique” feel, meaning every visit should include a stop at the Kamloops Museum & Archives, where you can currently catch a fascinating exhibit by Mary Spencer, one of Canada’s first female photographers. Kamloops Museum & Archives, 207 Seymour St., Kamloops, 250-828-3576, www.kamloops.ca/museum

Read the rest of the story here:

Hester Creek Winery Dinner French Table May 5, 2015


Join the French Table and Hester Creek Estate Winery from the beautiful Golden Mile Bench.  The price for the menu is $125.00 including tax but not service.

Tuesday May 5th, 2015 Hester Creek Estate Winery

Reception from 6:00 to 6:30pm with Hester Creek Pinot Blanc Dinner at 6.30


Trebbiano – New Vintage: Smoked ahi tuna tartar, avocado sesame salsa, apple chips.

Rose – Cabernet Franc: Spot prawn ceviche, crispy spot prawn head on watermelon and jicama salad.

Cabernet Franc Block 3 Reserve: Seared pheasant breast on wild mushrooms, bread pudding, Madeira sauce.

Reserve Merlot: Cheese Selection

Alpine gold from Farmhouse Agassiz
Tiger blue  from Poplar grove Okanagan
Lady Jane from Farmhouse Agassiz

Late Harvest Pinot Blanc: White wine poached pears with white chocolate parfait.

3916 Main St.
(corner of Main & 23rd)
Vancouver, B.C V5V 3P2

Call: 604.689.3237

Hardrock 30 for 30 Taste BC Wines

Hard Rock30 for $30 series is a Taste of BC event with wines from Sumac Ridge, Inniskillin, See Ya Later Ranch and Nk’Mip. All wines will be paired with dinner and will be presented by Executive Chef Matt Richmond & a representative from Constellation Brands.

Simply call Stake at 604.523.5368 to reserve your spot.

Registration is now open so make sure you call us to not miss out. Thanks and we will see you on Thursday November 6th at 6:30pm.

What to Eat & Drink at Eat! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

IMG_4715Take at least a quick break from the sunshine this weekend and check out EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival at BC Place Stadium on May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014.

Time it right and you can catch Lynn Crawford, Chuck Hughes, and Vikram Vij on the Food Network Celebrity Stage, along with Ned Bell of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Restaurants. There’s lots to sample so be sure to pick some tickets especially for the Sips area where you’ll find some great local wine, beer and spirits.

We got a sneak peek on opening night and scouted out some key stops.


Don’t miss the mini Hawkers Market on the far side of the room next to the Sip tent and stage. Here you’ll want to sample through Cajeta from Ceiba Gourmet (the most awesome caramel sauce) and perhaps some of the dim sum items or ice cream sandwiches from Brown Paper Packages.



Over in the Bites by sure to get an order Pork Adobo from Max’s Restaurant and some BC Lighthouse Oysters from Glowbal Group.


Sign up for Vitamin Daily’s Newsletter and get yourself a toasted marshmallow from Archimallow’s Homemade Marshmallows.


Sample the bao buns from The Lo.


First of the season strawberries from Urban Fare.


Visit my pal Dan for some BC Wine from Noble Ridge, Backyard Wines, Thornhaven and Hester Creek.



Finish up with BC’s craft beer. R & B, The Cannery, Begbie Brewing, Vancouver Island and Mount Begbie are worth using up the remainder of your tickets for.



Tramonto at River Rock Casino Best of BC Wine Dinner

tramontoEnjoy an expertly paired 5 course dinner hosted by Chef Robert Mackay, featuring the best of BC wines poured by in Tramonto’s private dining room.

March 26 / 6:30pm to 8:30pm / $89 per person

BOOK YOUR SPOT @ 604.247.8573

Goat Cheese beef Carpaccio, wild honey spiced Okanagan goat cheese, walnuts, celery hearts, anise tips

Gray Monk “Odyssey” Rosé Brut
aromatic cherry/raspberry, liquorice, tobacco, nutty, citrus aroma
fresh, full, slightly foamy palate with light sweetness

Tuna seared marinated Albacore tuna, beet purée, fennel remoulade
tomato escabeche, micro greens

Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris
nectarine, blood orange, ruby grapefruit onto mineral and nutmeg complexities
slow ripening of the grapes created wonderful complexity and flavour development

Halibut pan fried halibut cheeks, roasted sun chokes, root vegetable broth
tomato confit, pea shoot

Blue Mountain Pinot Noir
rich, ruby-coloured wine complex layers of red fruit, spice and integrated oak

Pork smoked pork medallions, bacon mushroom and navy bean ragout
apple Espellette pepper jelly

Le Vieux Pin “Tramonto” Syrah
complexity and elegance of the old world
exuberance and lush fruit of the new world

Fig Tart orange water mascarpone cream, caramelized figs, ruby port reduction

Sumac Ridge “Pipe” Port
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
dark berries, cheeses, nuts and dark chocolate

Perfect Pairings of BC Wine – Kelowna

new zealandGreat wine and amazing chefs.  It’s a must! GLV Experience the Best of BC’s Perfect Pairings at a Farm-to-Table Feast at Bottega Farm Inn & Studio

British Columbia is home to a dizzying array of abundant crops, orchards, vineyards, seafood, game farms and renowned chefs whose creations embody their commitment to “farm-to-table”. When these local culinary delights are presented alongside the province’s award-winning BC VQA wines – it’s a Perfect Pairing.

Bottega Farm Inn & Studio, Kelowna

Friday, October 11, 2013 6:00 PM

Tickets $99.00

Join our team of celebrated local winemakers and chefs for a feast of specially created Perfect Pairings.

Guest chefs include Chef Mark Filatow (Waterfront Wines, Kelowna), Chef Lee Cooper (L’Abattoir, Vancouver), Chef Brock Bowes (The Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Oliver), Chef Roger Sleiman (Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna), Chef Jeff Van Geest (Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver) and Chef Geoff Rogers (Fable Kitchen, Vancouver).

To purchase tickets, click here or call 1-800-656-0713.

Join our team of celebrated local chefs and winemakers for a feast of specially created perfect pairings.

DJ Kearney
Sommelier, Instructor/Wine Consultant


Mark Filatow
Waterfront Wines, Kelowna

Lee Cooper
L’Abattoir, Vancouver

Brock Bowes
The Sonora Room Restaurant at Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Oliver

Roger Sleiman
Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate Winery, West Kelowna

Jeff Van Geest
Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver

Geoff Rogers
Fable Kitchen, Vancouver