The 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival

Vancouver International Wine Festival returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 11 to 19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2017 festival features 180 wineries from 16 countries participating in 54 events. In celebration of our nation’s 150th birthday, the festival features Canada as the theme…

Italian Wine and Cheese at Porto Cafe

Here in Vancouver, we’re blessed with fantastic wine. I say this from the point of view of a college student on a budget, so when I say fantastic, I mostly mean affordable, varied, and easy to appreciate. But last Tuesday I got the chance to sample some truly amazing wine, in every sense of the word….

Wine Review: Young Brute Red Blend 2014

From The Casella Family of Southern Australia comes a new red blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that can only be described as “juicy”. If you’re looking for an affordable, BBQ-on-the-deck summer red, you’ve found it. This unpretentious Aussie is easy to drink, fruity (Lots of berry and cherry aromas) and offers a palate full…

Why not? – Quidni Estate Winery

Tucked in the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley, you’ll find a beautiful new winery by name of Quidni Estate Winery. Founder Marty Gunderson, who actually didn’t know much about wine-making, decided to partake in an adventure to open a winery to bring good people together through outstanding wine because… why not? The word “quidni” means “why…

Wine Review: Crane Lake Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

What better way to take in the Lunar eclipse than to enjoy it with a glass of wine and Crane Lake Cabernet Sauvignon. From California, this rather affordable wine has a rich and warm ruby colour and the bouquet holds notes of blackberry and cherry. The palate leaves a bit of vanilla with mild traces of oak….

Make it a La Marca Prosecco Brunch #CONTEST

Isn’t Prosecco the perfect brunch drink? The bubbles add a touch of class to any gathering. I was given a bottle of La Marca Prosecco to experiment with. I was in love after one taste. La Marca has notes of citrus and peach and has a light, floral aroma. It’s sublime, and at less than $20…

Introducing Singletree Wines

Food and wine. Wine and food. Some things are meant to be together forever. Such is the reason why I found myself at Forage on an early afternoon. We were invited to celebrate a new winery from the Fraser Valley. A new winery called Singletree. Singletree Winery was founded in 2010 by a family whose roots…

Wine Review: Yellow Tail Bubbles and Pink Bubbles

Hooray for delicious and affordable bubbles! Yellow Tail has been one of my favourite brands for awhile. Their Shiraz has been my go-to red wine for a very long time. Their sparkling white and rose wines offer a fizzy texture, a hint of sweetness and a delectable flavour that satisfies the palate and doesn’t break…

Embrace the Darkness with Apothic Dark

Days are getting darker, weather is getting colder. As we head into the winter season, Apothic Wines has created a new wine that will make you want to embrace the darkness. Apothic Dark is the “must have” wine of Winter. This seductive blend of Petite Sirah, Teroldego and Cabernet Sauvignon, has a smooth and layered…

Chaberton 2013 Valley Pink Review

The Chaberton Estate Winery is one of the oldest estate wineries in BC and the largest in the Fraser Valley. Located in Langley, the winery offers daily tours at 2pm and 4pm. If you’re looking to impress an out-of-town guest with a decent bottle of wine, the 2013 Chaberton Valley Pink has deep aromas of ripe raspberries…

Tinhorn Creek Winery and Wine Review

Oh Tinhorn Creek. Forever a soft spot in my heart for this winery. I was first introduced to wine tasting and wine tours  in the Okanagan here. I visit about once a year and I’ve watched them build a world class restaurant, Miradoro, and an outdoor amphitheatre. At one point, I was pretty sure my husband…