Month: February 2016

A Cornucopia of Italian Wines and Food at Il Centro Dinner

Il Centro dinner with menu and wine

At the Vancouver International Wine Festival you can celebrate with food and wine together through various dinners.  I attended one dinner at Il Centro at the Italian Cultural Centre. Of course all the wines were Italian.  There were 3 participating…

VanWineFest Serves up 82,000 Wine Glasses and 43,000 Bottles of Wine

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is underway this week, and it has lots of amazing wine related stats.  The Festival sent me this list, and I thought I’d pass it along to you.  Enjoy, and see you at the public…

Taste Washington Grand Tasting – Get Your Tickets

Taste Washington logo

Washington State has an amazingly large number of wineries.  800+ wineries.  Compare that to the 273 wineries in British Columbia.  Washington State has much more land available for viticulture.  In BC we are quite constricted by our mountain ranges in…

TED2016, Sustainability and Chilean Wine

Wines of Chile logo

In conjunction with TED2016, held here in Vancouver, the Wines of Chile participated by bringing some wines for us to try.  These wines though represent sustainable initiatives taken by these wineries. In Chile there is a sustainability code that a…

Winestains Wine Academy – A New Venue for WSET Courses and More

Winestains tasting room

Learning about wine is a great experience.  It leads you to try new grape varieties, buy more expensive wines to see the difference with lesser priced wines, travel to wine destinations like the Okanagan or Napa Valley, and maybe start…

Where Will You Find Me at the VanWineFest 2016?

Vancouver International Wine Festival

The days are quickly ticking down to the Vancouver International Wine Festival, which if you don’t know, runs from Feb 20 – 28, 2016.  Events are held at the Convention Centre, and as well at many restaurants around the Vancouver…

4th Annual Shine a Light Kidney Gala Featuring BC Wines

Shine a Light logo

I will be volunteering at the 4th Annual Shine a Light Kidney Gala which takes place on March 3rd, 2016 at The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel.  This event raises awareness of kidney disease for the work and mission of The Kidney…

Perogies and Viognier? An Unexpected Pairing

Sometimes there are dishes that you don’t normally think about pairing with wine.  Take perogies for example.  This eastern European dish is a dough dumpling stuffed with a filling such as mashed potato or cottage cheese, or a combination of…