The Vancouver International Wine Festival Returns Until March 3

The 41st Vancouver International Wine Festival is back for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 23 to March 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2019 festival features 160 wineries participating in 54 events. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from California, with 53 wineries from…

2018 VanWineFest Wineries Announced

If you’re counting the days to the Vancouver International Wine Festival, you’ll be excited to know that the winery lineup for the 40th annual festival, which takes place February 24-March 4, 2018 has been announced. .The eight-day wine and food extravaganza will showcase 177 wineries from 15 countries, including 38 wineries from Spain and 24 wineries from…

SF Adventures – The Meritage Resort & Spa

A weekend in San Francisco isn’t complete without a visit to the Napa Valley. Day 3 included a short drive around Oakland, followed by some shopping stops in Emeryville and Vallejo before reaching Napa. We were invited to stay at The Meritage Resort & Spa, one of the largest resorts in the Napa Valley. Situated on…

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….

The Big 3 Review – Sonoma

I spent this past weekend in Sonoma wine tasting and doing fun touristy things in San Francisco. While in Sonoma, I stayed at the beautiful Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. It is a gorgeous resort with a top notch spa – though I would say my favourite spa is still the Grotto Spa (#1 Spa…

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…

Wine Review: Big House White

This is the type of wine you don’t mind doing time for! This wine from California is aromatic and sweet, and made with Malvasia Bianca, Muscat Canelli, Viognier, Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Gris, and White Riesling grapes. Quite the mix. What stood out for me the most is the bouquet – it has floral notes and hints of citrus…

Wine Review: Cupcake Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay

I’m not sure of what I was expecting form this vintage. I guess with a name like Cupcake, I was expecting a super sweet wine, almost like a dessert. I was definitely not expecting a complex,rich, oaky wine. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised. A California wine, this chardonnay has a nice crispiness  when…