Try a Burgundy Lunch at Bistro Pastis

I love French food and the French wine that goes with it. I received this note about an upcoming Burgundy cuisine and wine lunch at Bistro Pastis on September 19, 2010, so I thought I would pass it along to you.  As I see below, you will get to enjoy some Champagne, along with some very nice Chardonnay (white Burgundy) and Pinot Noir (red Burgundy).  Maybe you will see me there too!


The Burgundy Lunch
Bistro Pastis and Marquis Wine Cellars invites you to a Sunday lunch starting at noon on September 19th. What better way to start your Sunday than to sit down to an exquisite three course meal that has been paired with a great selection of 8 fabulous wines from Burgundy for only $99.

Don’t miss out on this Fantastic Food and Wine Sunday Lunch à la Française. For reservation, please call Marquis Wine cellars at 604-684-0445.

The Burgundy Lunch Menu

Reception Wine

– Champagne Paul Bara N/V Brut Réserve –


First Course
Scallops and Prawns, Saffron Angel Hair Pasta,
Braised Leek and Fennel, Citrus Beurre Blanc

– Domaine Guillemot Michel 2008 Mâcon-Villages –
– Domaine Patrick Javillier 2006 Puligny-Montrachet “Les Levrons” –
– Domaine Arnaud Ente 2006 Meursault “Goutte d’Or” 1er Cru –


Second Course
Lamb Sirloin Roulade and Mushroom Duxelle,
Braised White Beans Ratatouille Rosace, Sage Jus

– Domaine Tollot-Beaut 2007 Chorèy-les-Beaune –
– Domaine Jean-Tardy 2006 Vosne-Romanée “Les Chaumes” 1er Cru –
– Domaine Patrice Rion 2006 Gevrey-Chambertin “Lavaux St. Jacques” 1er Cru –


Third Course
Assiette de Fromage, Figue Compote

– Domaine Comte Senard 2006 Corton “Les Paulands” –
– Domaine des Lambrays 2007 Clos des Lambrays –

– $99.00 –

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039

Fraser Valley Wineries Association 2nd Annual Wine & Culinary Extravaganza

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} catch(err) {}Today was a beautiful day for the Fraser Valley Wineries Association 2nd Annual Wine & Culinary Extravaganza in south Langley. A large tent was set up, wines were chilled, and hot & cold appetizers were plenty. Some of the wineries offered grape based wines, which most of us think of, but there were also several fruit berry wineries. On the grape-side we had:
– Domaine de Chaberton Estate Wine
– Lotusland Vineyards
– Pacific Breeze Winery

– River’s Bend Winery

On the fruit berry side there was:
– Westham Island Estate Winery
– Wellbrook Winery
– Sanduz Estate Wines

– The Fort Wine Company

Some people say they get headaches after drinking red wine from grapes. This could be due to the tannins in some of the heavier reds, such as from syrah, cabernet sauvignon, and merlot. There are lighter bodied reds, with less tannins, such as gamay and pinot noir. But there is also another route that these red wine suffers may want to take, and that is to drink red berry wine. At today’s event, I was able to try wine made from blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, red currant, and black currant. I enjoyed the currant wines the most, as they were the closest to grape wine for me, but I can appreciate the other wines as well. There was also dessert (sweet) fruit wines to sample. One I enjoyed was the Sanduz blueberry dessert wine. It was almost porty.

On the grape side, I was very happy to find out that Lotusland Vineyards is an organic winery and also uses wild fermentation (that is using the native yeast in the vineyard to ferment the wines. The other method is to purchase specialized yeasts for fermentation.) Their gewurztraminer had a lychee / pear nose was light bodied and had a delicate flavour. Their pinot noir and merlot was also very nice. I unfortunately did not have a tasting sheet to make notes, for these wines or the other wines, but I do remember which wines I enjoyed the most. If you like big Rhone style or Bordeaux style wines, Pacific Breeze Winery, was pouring a Vin de Gariste and a GSM (Grenache / Syrah / Mouvedre) blend. They also had a very full bodied, creamy chardonnay. Another winery I enjoyed was River’s Bend. They had a very nice white blend called Flaxen, a Viognier, and a Pinot Gris. On the red side, their 2006 Black Horse, a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, was nice paired up with the pulled pork sandwich from Memphis Blues Barbeque.

There were several other local restaurants, such as Coza Tuscan Grill and Sonoma Grill serving up appetizers to go with the wines. The event was overall run very well. I’d recommend people to attend next year’s event so you can also try out these wines, or take a 1-day weekend trip to visit each winery.