BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Warmer Golden Mile Bench, Similkameen Valley and Naramata Bench

BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview II

I attended online Part II of the BC Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview which welcomed winemakers from the Similkameen Valley, South Okanagan Valley (Golden Mile Bench) and BC’s new Sub-GI, Naramata Bench.  It was interesting to hear the differences and similarities…

Catena Zapata Named The #1 World’s Most Admired Wine Brand of 2020 By Drinks International Magazine

Bodega Catena Zapata logo

At the end of February, I was very fortunate during the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 to be able to meet and interview Laura Catena, from Bodega Catena Zapata; an iconic Argentinean winery.  And in April I received information that…

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc 2019 (NZ$29) Returning to his dry-style roots not seen since 2013, winemaker Gordon Russell has taken fruit for the first time from Ian and Linda Quinn’s Two Terraces Vineyard located west of…

Getting Gratitude from JAK’s and Okanagan Crush Pad

JAK's and Okanagan Crush Pad's gratitude wines

With these challenging times, it is good to be able to take some time to be grateful for those people around us and the country we live in.  I am grateful that all my family and friends are symptom-free and…

BC’s Virtual 2019 Vintage Preview – The Cool North and Vancouver Island

Virtual BC Vintage Preview Part 1

BC’s wine regions, in my opinion, can be categorized as either a very cool, cool, warm, or hot climate.  Vancouver Island and the Fraser Valley I’d put into the very cool category.  Lake Country would be cool.  North Okanagan and…

New This Week at Provence Marinaside – Duck Confit Cooking Kit and Caesar Cocktail Kit

Duck Confit with Mixed Mushroom & Coco Bean Ragout (Duck Confit + Mixed Mushroom & Coco Bean Ragout. Photo credit Hamid Attie)

Has the thought of cooking duck confit from scratch intimidated you? Well, no more as Provence Marinaside has the confit made for you and the other ingredients that you need to make an awesome dinner from a kit.  They as…