Tag: merlot

DYNAMIC SPAIN Seminar at VanWineFest 2018

Spain has had a long history of winemaking, from classic Riojas, newer Mencia from Bierzo, to Cavas and more. During the Vancouver International Wine Festival, I and several other attendees joined Master of Wine, Barbara Philip to explore a wide range of…

Supporting BC Wine and Alberta Beef – Farm Friends

Farm Friends logo

Farm Friends was a stand-up grazing event, organized by several BC wineries in response to the recent boycott on the importation of BC wine to Alberta.  The day of the event, held at Edible Canada, the Alberta government dropped the ban so that the…

Rock & Roll at VanWineFest with Charles Smith Wines

Flight of Charles Smith Wines bottles

The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2018 is almost here, and the theme countries are Spain and Portugal, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the other wineries from around the world visiting us.  Some are even next-door.  Take for example…

Barone Ricasoli Going Beyond; Bridging History and Technology

Barone Ricasoli Castello di Brolio wooden case label

Did you know that Barone Ricasoli is the oldest winery in Italy and the second oldest winery in the world?  Did you also know that Baron Bettino Ricasoli invented the Chianti blend in 1872?  So much history at one winery, and…

Getting the Goods on Upper Bench’s Wine and Cheese

Upper Bench Winery's latest wine and Grey Baby cheese

If you have never tried wines from Upper Bench Winery & Creamery from the Naramata Bench you should. They are a small, family-run winery, owning 7 acres of vineyards, is naturally farmed, and takes a minimalist approach to winemaking; using…

Nourish Yourself With the Lure of Seafood and Road 13 Wines

Lure cookbook by Ned Bell with Valerie Howes

Cooking with local, healthy, sustainable ingredients should be a goal we all aspire.  Knowing where our food comes from and how it was harvested can help us make sustainable food choices.  For Chef Ned Bell, it has been a journey…