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Italian wines
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Italian Wines and Spanish Wines at 2019 Vanwinefest

Italian Wines and Spanish Wines at 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival Whenever one of my beer guzzling friends tell me that I will learn to like beer if I continue going to beer tastings, I laugh at them and say, “Seriously, do you know that Italy has over 350 varietals?  And until …

French wines
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French Wines at 2019 Vanwinefest – My Recommendations

French Wines at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival My Recommendations Sometimes the wine list in a four star restaurant can be daunting as the list may be ten pages or more with only four to five selections that I actually recognize. So whenever I’m in this situation, I choose a …

Canadian Wines
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Canadian Wines Vanwinefest – My Recommendations

  .. … Canadian Wines at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival My Recommendations Some people say that the best thing about British Columbia is its salmon and beaches, but I say, it’s the wine. With 280 wineries in B.C.  All I can say is that if Alberta wants to keep its …

German Wines
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My Review of German Wines at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival

My Review of German Wines at 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival To Riesling or not to Riesling, is there even such a question? Because those of us who go ape sh**t over the stuff know that no other wine offers such a fragrant aroma of tropical fruit and notes of even more tropical fruit. …

Legendary Dracula Wines
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My Review of Legendary Dracula Wines at Vanwinefest

Legendary Dracula Wines at Vancouver International Wine Festival I was desperately seeking Dracula and couldn’t find him. But somehow I accidentally stepped on a bat hanging around the Legendary Dracula Wines table – oops there he is.  I loved all the Romania wines here, although I …

PICA Kitchen Party
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My Tasting Notes for the PICA Kitchen Party at Vanwinefest

    Tasting Notes from the PICA Kitchen Party on March 2, 209 Vancouver International Wine Festival   If you can only go to one food and wine pairing event during the Vancouver International Wine Festival, then you should buy tickets to the PICA Kitchen Party which features delectable …

California Wines
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My Review of California Wines at the 2019 VanWineFest

My Review of California Wines at the 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival Fifteen years ago when once upon a time I lived in California, I only drank Black Tower Piesporter. Period. I didn’t know about California Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays or Roses or anything about wine for that matter. Today …

Fat Bastard Wines
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Fat Bastard Is in the House – My Review of Fat Bastard Wines

    Fat Bastard is in the House – Fat Bastard Wines that Is   When the receptionist told me that Fat Bastard was in the house I thought to myself, “Damn, who told my ex I worked here?” Much to my relief it wasn’t the fat bastard I had been married to over 15 …

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Ode to the Rose Wine Program at The Wine Bar and Provence

Ode to the Rose Wine Program at The Wine Bar and Provence On June 1, 2018, Chef Jean-francis Quaglia and Wine Director Joshua Carlson launched a rosé wine program at and The Wine Bar  and Provence offering 46 rosés, bringing the total amount of wines being offered by the glass to 240 which is the …

Coal Harbour Spring Patio Tasting
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Coal Harbour Spring Patio Tasting Notes from the Wine Sweetie

[To view this photo gallery, scroll down to end of page and click on “View as Full Site”]   Much to my chagrin I missed last year’s Coal Harbour Spring Patio Tasting because of a stupid moth. Yes, you heard me right. A stupid big fat moth that sat on my ceiling …

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Recap of PICA Kitchen Party Food and Wine Event

[To view photo gallery, scroll to end of page and click on “View as full site”] … Recap of PICA Kitchen Party Event Everyone loves a good party and the best parties seem to be those where good food and good wine starts in the kitchen. But I’d dare say that the best kitchen …

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My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations – Red Wines

[To view photo gallery, scroll to bottom of page and click on “View as Full Site”]   My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations – Portuguese and Spanish Red Wines   I blame Malbec for the reason why my list doesn’t contain any red Spanish wines as I’ve grown to …

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My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations – White Wines

é [To view this photo gallery, go to bottom of page and click on “View as Full Site”]   My 2018 Vanwinefest Recommendations – White Portuguese and Spanish Wines I was fortunate to have had the chance to spend 17 days in Barcelona where cava is cheaper than bottled water. …

Savour Spain
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Recap of Savour Spain Vanwinefest Event

[To view this photo gallery, go to bottom of this page and click on “View as Full Site”] … Eating and Drinking My Way Through Spain at Savour Spain   Is there anything better than spending time in Spain where you can truly savour all that she has to offer from $2 cavas and …

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VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview

    VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview As someone who adores Spanish Wine and seafood, it gave me tremendous pleasure to be invited to the VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview at Blue Water Cafe. So the following are the wines I absolutely adored at the  VanWineFest.ca. …

Garagiste North
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2017 Garagiste North Wine Tasting Notes

One of my favorite wine tasting events is the Garagiste North Small Guys Wine Festival which features small lot wine producers in B.C. – proof that small quantities can produce the best quality of wine as I never fail to find some fabulous wines at this festival. Of late though, I’ve …

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PICA Kitchen Party at Vanwinefest – My Tasting Notes

[To view on mobile, scroll to end of page, and click on View as Full Site] Several years ago when I wasn’t a blogger and I actually purchased a ticket to the Tasting Room at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, it was such an overwhelming experience as I literally tried to taste each …

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25 Wines under Twenty Five Dollars – My 2017 Recommendations

[If viewing on mobile, scroll to end of post and click on “View full site’] Being fabulously frugal means I hardly ever pay more than $25 for a bottle of wine except for the occasional splurge when I really want that expensive bottle of bubbly or French pinot noir. So I’m always …

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Hearthstone Brewery where its not all about the beer

.. [To view this on mobile, scroll to the bottom of your screen and select “View Full Site”] I seldom go to pubs because as a wine drinker and foodie I find the food to be edible without any lack lustre and beer too hoppy for my oenophilic tastes. But at the recent Friends and Family …

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Okanagan Wine Campus JY Wine Launch

…. Okanagan Wine Campus JY Wine Launch The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) proudly announces the release of the 2015 jy. Ancient Method sparkling wine, the latest from Okanagan Crush Pad winery’s Okanagan Wine Campus series. The name behind the wine is Jason Yamasaki, group sommelier …

Wines under $25
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My Recommendations from the 25 Wines under $25 event

  Every year, my favorite event to attend at the Vancouver International Wine Festival is the 25 Wines Under $25 seminar as it’s definitely up my frugal alley.  Hosted by James Nevison, The Province‘s “Wine Guy” and author of the best-selling Had a Glass series of wine …

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Cool Climate Cool View Wine Event at Lift Bar and Grill

  Set against a picturesque view of Coal Harbour and the North Shore Mountains at Lift Bar and Grill, the Cool Climate Cool View grazing lunch event held on February 27, 2016 for the Vancouver International Wine Festival featured vineyards that are located within a few kilometres of the ocean …

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My Review of Bonterra Vineyards Wine Dinner at Boathouse Kits

  An Evening of Wine from Bonterra and Culinary Pairings from The Boathouse Hosted by General Manager, Amber Brownlee and Executive Chef, Vincent Wong of The Boathouse. Special Guest Dave Kobal, Vineyard Director, Bonterra Winery. Ever since I attended the New Zealand Wine event at the The …

Coal Harbour Tasting
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My Wine Tasting Notes for the Pelican Bay Wine Tasting

  I’ve been to the Pelican Bay Wine Tasting numerous times and it’s one of the better wine tastings as you not only have the opportunity to taste 100+ wines to taste, but plenty of appetizers to go around.  And last but not least, you leave with a voucher for $10 off on your next …

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Refresh Yourself With La Marca Prosecco Sparkling Wine

  Refresh Yourself with La Marca Prosecco Wine  Canadian wine lovers flocking to the affordable luxury of La Marca Prosecco®   The popularity of Prosecco is on the rise in Canada, with consumption of Italian sparkling wines growing more than 14 per cent over the past several years1. Part of …