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Stag’s Hollow: The Power of Perseverance

By |March 18th, 2016|

Stag’s Hollow Winery, just outside of ‘OK Falls’ over 20 years ago, in 1995 has always intrigued me. Often as not, I find myself in awe of the perseverance displayed by winemakers and viticulturists. And in Stag's Hollow's case, that evolution has been truly fascinating.

10 Tasting Room Tips for Wine Fest Survival

By |February 20th, 2016|

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is hailed as one of the best of its kind anywhere. But walking into the Acura International Tasting can be daunting. It doesn't have to be. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Stone’d: Stoneboat Rocks New Label

By |February 18th, 2016|

The Stone’d wines are well-made blends which will doubtless get plenty of attention.

5 Wines for Valentine’s

By |February 12th, 2016|

Pink seems to be a constant theme, which I guess makes sense. Hearts are good, too. And sex should be in there somewhere, hopefully.

Alistair Veen is BC Sommelier of the Year

By |January 26th, 2016|

There was some seriously hot competition at Vancouver's Rogers Arena this week. And it wasn’t on the ice. CAPS BC (more lengthily known as the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, BC Chapter) held its annual competition to determine the best sommelier in the province. Vying for top honours were Sean Nelson of Vij’s Restaurant (Vancouver), Shane [...]

Valpolicella: a Truly Distinct Wine Region

By |January 22nd, 2016|

In Valpolicella, a truly distinctive wine region, it's really all about drying, or Appassimanto

Three Old World White Wines to Broaden your Palate

By |January 18th, 2016|

This year's event—the 38th —puts Italy firmly in the spotlight. That adds up to a perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the remarkable variety of Italian wines from across its 20 contrasting regions, and with no shortage of Italian food, of course.

Good Glass Makes Budget Wines Better

By |January 7th, 2016|

A few weeks ago I was having lunch at a fancy new modern bistro on top of an equally fancy new downtown department store, over which everyone’s gone ga-ga. The food was good, the service too, and the company delightful. But the stemware was downright clunky. Given the perceived cachet of the store, I was [...]

Had a Glass 2016: Ten Years On

By |November 18th, 2015|

“So, what’s a good wine?”...  “What can I buy that won’t break the bank?” What they’re looking for, above all, is Bang for their Buck. Well, that’s what we’re all looking for, right? In the trade it’s referred to as QPR, or Quality / Price / Ratio. We're all in search of wines not only [...]

Britagne: The ‘Champagne’ of British Bubble

By |November 14th, 2015|

Cava, Proseccco, Spumante, Sekt, Cap Classique.  There’s no end of monikers for effervescent efforts that mimic Champagne—even if in Canada we’ve yet to come up with our own handle beyond, truly riveting, ‘Methode Traditionelle.’  The fact is: Champagne and sparkling wine sales are booming just about everywhere. That’s good news for consumers, who are benefiting [...]

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