Vancouver Island

The Latest Blue Grouse Wines: Pinots and More

Blue Grouse Winery (Credit Derek Ford)

Cool climate wines are where the vibrant acidity and tart fruit flavours. Citrus trending to stone fruits for white wines, and red fruits like strawberries, raspberries and red cherries.  A cool climate region to consider for wines is Vancouver Island.…

Let’s Talk About BC’s 2016 Harvest with 3 Wine Makers

Ripe grapes from Blue Grouse Estate Winery

BC is a large province, with a varied climate from maritime to alpine.  Our grape growing regions for wine production vary from the coast, to slightly inland (think the Fraser Valley), to our hot interior (the Okanagan or Kamloops for…

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…

The Winners of Vancouver Magazine 24th Annual Restaurant Awards

Starting a restaurant is hard.  Running a restaurant is hard. Whether you are the owner, chef, wait staff, or any combination of these, you are dedicated, you love food, and what you do.  This week was the Vancouver Magazine 24th…

Eighth Annual ChefmeetsBCGrape Celebrates Regionality with BC Food Designed for BC Wine

Have you ever attended ChefmeetsBCGrape before?  It is a great event where you get to try BC VQA wines, and wonderful food produced by top BC chefs.  The dishes prepared are from Ocean Wise partner restaurants, which is good IMHO…

Bloom YVR – The BC VQA Spring Release Tasting #BloomYVR

This past week was very busy with wine events, but one event that I made sure to attend was the Bloom Vancouver, BC VQA Spring Release Tasting.  This was a Trade only event, so people like media, restaurant owners, sommeliers,…