Month: February 2020

A Taste of Croatia Wine Dinner at ATLAS Steak and Seafood for VanWineFest 2020

ATLAS Steak and Seafood

My first official event for the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 was the A TASTE OF CROATIA dinner at Atlas Steak + Fish in Burnaby.  It was quite an event, packed full of people wanting to try Croatian wines.  The…

BCHF 2020 Scholarship Application Deadline is March 31, 2020

BCHF logo

If you are a young person starting your career in the hospitality industry there are scholarship opportunities to help you along.  The BCHF 2020 Scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2020.  Below is the press release about the scholarships.  Apply…

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction Raises ~$256,000 For Bard On The Beach Shakespeare Festival at VanWineFest 2020

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction at VanWineFest 2020

The Vancouver International Wine Festival always kicks off with their Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction.  That great event happened on Saturday, Feb 22 and of course, it was a great success.  Below is the press release from the Festival about…

Hunter’s Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunters Home Block Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunter’s Wines Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (NZ$30) They might be one of Marlborough (nay, New Zealand’s) oldest and most successful wine companies, but it’s taken them until now to declare an ‘icon’ release Sauvignon Blanc.  Their young winemaker,…

Unexpected Wines from Crowsnest Vineyards in the Similkameen Valley

Lineup of Crowsnest Vineyards wines

Crowsnest Vineyards is located near Cawston in the Similkameen Valley in south-central BC.  This valley is cooler-climate with the valley running east-west and a breeze that passes through it to help give the valley it’s character.  I was surprised that…

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019

Te Awanga Estate Mister Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2019 NZ$21.99 Word on the street is that 2019 was a cracker of a year in Hawke’s Bay for chardonnay and this little Rod McDonald creation definitely doesn’t let the side down.  It’s…

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012 NZ$36.99 I was completely seduced by the tiny, fine bead inside the glass, white gold, glossy, aromas of rising dough, crusty bread, caramelised character and richly structured.  Full, generous, incredibly elegant and finely…