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Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living 

By |August 6th, 2014|

Provence Food and Wine ... some pretty irresistible dishes Yes, it’s a none-too thinly-veiled promo for Provence. Never mind! I love this cookbook that was doing the rounds at about the same time as the recent B.C. Wines from Provence spotlight. Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living (by François Millo and [...]

Rosé Smackdown: Two of the Okanagan’s More Serious Wine Guys Go Toe to Toe

By |March 13th, 2013|

David Scholefield (left) and Michael Bartier—No fun at all ... TP photo Rosé has a long and sometimes less than illustrious history in BC, which is one reason why, no doubt, messrs. Bartier and Scholefield (aka BS Wines) have elected to put on the proverbial boxing gloves and duke out their stylistic differences. [...]

Six Last Minute Ways to Toast Your Valentine

By |February 13th, 2013|

  Hot on the heels of Haywire's first (sold out) sparkler: The Bub in Pink       Roses are red Violets are blue If I drink pink You will too     Some men (apparently) are notorious for leaving Valentine’s (and probably a whole lot of other things) until the last minute. [...]

No Champagne Discounts Please: We’re Canadian!

By |December 7th, 2012|

Champagne Flutes, Tim Pawsey photo© It’s a question guaranteed to pop up at this time of year. Where can I buy Champagne, (as in true, French Champagne) for a song? The short answer is “You can’t.”  At least not here in BC. Want to buy Big C Champagne at sparkling wine prices? Your [...]

A Tasting with Quails’ Gate Winemaker Grant Stanley

By |June 10th, 2012|

Grant Stanley: one of the Okanagan's best One of our favourite tastings of the year is an action packed hour or so spent with Quails Gate winemaker Grant Stanley. We’ll get to the wines shortly but much of my enthusiasm stems from the fact that Grant—aside from being a superb winemaker and one [...]

Rosé on the Rise: Tastes of Provence Rekindle Memories, with a Modern Feel

By |June 4th, 2012|

If wine is about place, chances are what’s in your glass (aside from—hopefully—tasting good) may also rekindle memories. My tasting last week with the folks from Vins de Provence did just that, as it transported me back several years to an unexpected four-day stopover in and around Aix-en-Provence, during which I was able [...]

Going Haywire (with a little BS thrown in) at Edible Canada at the Market

By |December 20th, 2011|

Yesterday we took time out from our pre-holidays deadline whirl, and Zagat Survey wrap-up (hence the lack of posts here), to catch lunch with the Okanagan Crushpad gang and consulting winemaker  Alberto Antonini. His best quote of the day was: “If I was a yeast, I wouldn’t want to spend my life in [...]

Provence Rosé: the Perfect Pick for Late Summer Sipping

By |August 20th, 2011|

Nothing tastes like your own, super ripe tomatoes on baguettes rubbed with home-grown garlic, Tim Pawsey photo The Hired Belly recently harvested his garlic—a sure sign that summer is slowly but surely on the wane. However, all is not yet lost. Besides, we’ve long been long convinced summer actually extends well beyond the [...]

No Time Like the Present to Perk Things Up with Pink

By |May 31st, 2010|

Why it's (always) the right time for BC rosé Meyer Family Vineyards (Naramata Bench) Rosé - Tim Pawsey photo Not long ago it was almost impossible to find a decent rosé around these parts. But that's all changed in recent years. Today, rosé is hotter than pink itself. What's driving the rosé revolution? [...]

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