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A Peek at a Dine Out Restaurant to Consider: Mangia e Scappa

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Dine Out Vancouver starts on Friday, Jan 20, 2017 this year.  Already many restaurants are probably all booked up, but you would like to go to a top quality restaurant.  One thing is to think outside of the box; the…

Vigneti Zanatta Winery – Vancouver Island’s Sparkling Rebel

Tasting the base wine for the Taglio Rosso

The first modern winery on Vancouver Island is Vigneti Zanatta which is located 10 minutes by car southwest of downtown Duncan.  I think what sets them apart from the other wineries on Vancouver Island is their specialization on making sparkling wines. The…

Italy’s Wine Meridian Tour Comes to Vancouver

Wine Meridian

Did you know that Italy has more than 500 DOCs, more than 2000 Italian grape varieties, and covers nearly 700,000 hectares of vineyards?  That dwarfs BC and all of Canada’s production and grape variety.  Recently Wine Meridian, a wine magazine…

A Few Wine Gems from the Mark Anthony Portfolio 2016

A wine agent’s portfolio tasting typically gives you the chance to try both listed as well as spec wines; wines that may only show up in specialty wine shops or restaurants, in limited quantities.  I have been to Mark Anthony…

A Canadian Invasion at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

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O Canada!  Our 150th birthday is next year, 2017, and we need to celebrate.  The Vancouver International Wine Festival felt the spirit and chose Canada as the theme country for the Festival in 2017.  It is not just wineries from…

A Veneto Wine Lunch in Brunello Country!

Re di Macchia ristorante in Montalcino

One of Italy’s best known, and expensive wines, is Brunello di Montalcino, which is made from 100% Sangiovese grapes that are grown around the town of Montalcino, which is located approximately 80km south of Florence.  With that being said, why was I…