Sweet Dreams are made of Pizza and Chocolate on Valentine’s Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Chocolate and pizza are two staples nobody should be without.  Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Here is a press release by Rocky Mountain Flatbread about their Valentine’s Day offering.  There is nothing about wine in the press release but they do have BC wine.  Here is the link to their Drinks page in Kitsilano. Enjoy.

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Vancouver, BC – Sweet dreams are made of pizza and chocolate on Valentine’s Day at Rocky Mountain Flatbread! Chef Oliver Zulauf has created a delicious 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu with handmade raw chocolate pairings from Koko Monk Chocolates.

Everyone – including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diners – will have tons of choices on this nut free menu which is offered at $30 per person (plus tax and gratuity):

Starters:
Begin with the golden song of a Brunette Bangle (a curry and coconut infused chocolate) and choice of traditional salad (fig & goat cheese, basil & blackberry, or fresh herb salad), melt in your mouth BC mushroom caps, or house made soup.

Mains:
Pucker up your lips for your First Kiss (a to die for sour cherry and raspberry infused chocolate) and enjoy any hand-crafted Traditional Flatbread pizza or featured organic pasta made with seasonal veggies and local meats.

Desserts:
Wind down your evening with dessert – your choice of the signature Rocky Mountain Flatbread warm double chocolate brownie, apple cinnamon crumble (vegan) or baked cheesecake with gluten free toasted coconut crust.

Valentine’s Day with Kids:
Rocky’s Valentine’s Day Kids Menu comes paired with chocolate too! This three-course menu is offered for $13.50 per child (plus tax and gratuity).

  • Starter:  Drink or Veggie Monster Bowl paired with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Mains:  Mozza Pizza or Pasta paired with a Hershey’s Kiss
  • Desserts: Warm Double Chocolate Brownie with House Made Ice Cream or One Scoop of Vanilla or Chocolate Ice Cream

Reservations Recommended!
Call Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street at 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

Call Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano at 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse Tees Off at Dine Out Vancouver

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse (Image courtesy dineoutvancouver.com)

This is the first year that the Burnaby Mountain Clubhouse participated in Dine Out Vancouver.  It’s sister restaurant at the Riverway Clubhouse in south Burnaby has participated the past two years plus this year, and I’ve had excellent meals there, so I was looking forward to my Dine Out meal on Burnaby Mountain.  It was a great value at $18 and had the following menu:

Appetizer

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP Cajun crispy chickpea & basil cream
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Chardonnay

or

LOUISIANA FRIED CHICKEN freshly made waffle, tomato & jalapeno chutney, sour cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

or

ONSEN EGG CARBONARA guinness cheddar, bacon, edamame, linguine

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Entree

8 OZ. CERTIFIED ANGUS NEW YORK STEAK Yukon Gold roasted garlic mash, market vegetables, green peppercorn sauce
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot

or

CHAR BROILED MAHI MAHI southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, fresh pineapple salsa

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Pinot Gris

or

SWEET CORN & CREAM CHEESE STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM herb cornbread, market vegetables, barbeque sauce

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Gewürztraminer

Dessert

DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE IN JAR oreo cookies, shaved chocolate
BC VQA Wine Pairing: Red Rooster Merlot

or

STRAWBERRY SUNDAE IN JAR vanilla ice-cream, strawberry coulis, chocolate & coconut brownie

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Summerhill Cipes Sparkling

or

APPLE CRUMBLE IN JAR granny smith apple, vanilla ice-cream

BC VQA Wine Pairing: Tinhorn Creek Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine $10

My Review

I was very happy to see that they had a BC VQA wine pairing suggestion for each food item served.  My wine was the Red Rooster Chardonnay, which I sipped through the appetizer and entree, and was a nice match.  My dining partner and I picked different items so that we could double up on our food samples, and were happy with both sets of appetizers and entrees.  The only thing that was not quite up to par was the desserts, which were a bit too sweet and not at the same level of quality as the appetizers and entrees.  But dessert is probably the least important aspect of your meal, so I would say to savour the rest of the meal with wine, and then to finish with a coffee, ice wine, or liquor.

I loved the Louisiana Fried chicken with waffle appetizer.  The chicken was not overly spicy so anyone could enjoy it, plus the waffle and a bit of sweetness from the Chutney to go with the savoury chicken is a nice combination.  This dish could be turned into an entree easily.  Also the butternut squash soup with Cajun crispy chickpeas and basil cream was very good.  Again not too spicy.  The drips of basil cream and crunchy chickpeas added bursts of extra flavour and texture to the soup.

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Louisiana Fried Chicken on a waffle

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

Butternut squash soup with cajun crispy chickpea and basil cream

I had the Angus New York steak with Yukon Gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables and green peppercorn sauce.  The steak was done Medium Well as I had ordered.  I loved the nice char on the steak, and the flavour from the green peppercorns.  I paired the steak with the Red Rooster Chardonnay.  The pairing worked as the Chardonnay as it was quite full bodied thanks to the Sur Lie aging.  The garlic potatoes were really buttery and added to the feel of a decadent main course.  The char broiled Mahi Mahi was quite flavourful, paired with the pineapple salsa, but was a tad over cooked.  Still very tasty.

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Angus New York steak with Yukon gold roasted garlic mashed potatoes, market vegetables, and green peppercorn sauce

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

Char broiled Mahi Mahi with southern rice pilaf, market vegetables, and fresh pineapple salsa

The dark chocolate mousse with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate was a bit too much sweetness and chocolate in one spoon.  I do love dark chocolate, but maybe this could have been lightened up a bit.  The apple crumble was not quite as sweet but I found the oat flakes a bit hard to chew.

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Dark Chocolate Mousse in a jar with oreo cookies and shaved chocolate

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Apple Crumble in a jar with Granny Smith apple and vanilla ice-cream

Overall a wonderful meal, and I would try the Clubhouse again, especially on a sunny day in the summer, sitting on their patio.

 

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Celebrate the Season with BC VQA Wines

Thinking of the perfect holiday gift for someone that has everything?  How about some wonderful BC VQA wine?  I see that there is a special promotion on gift wrapping now for some of these wines.  Here is the info I received.  Enjoy!

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The Wines of British Columbia have got you covered this holiday season with ready-to-gift BC VQA wines available at no extra cost in 10 participating BC Liquor Stores, from now until Christmas.

As you read this press release, sheer organza wine-bottle gift bags are being applied to 10,000 bottles of BC VQA wines in select BC Liquor Stores, making it easier for BC wine shoppers to give the gift of wonderful wines, made in beautiful British Columbia. Whether for a BYOB party, a Hanukkah gathering, an office Christmas party or a dinner with family or friends, grabbing a gift-wrapped bottle of wine makes this year’s holiday shopping that much easier. What’s more is that the British Columbia Wine Institute has taken its promotional gift wrap to the next level of thoughtfulness, including a blank gift tag on every bottle to support a personalized gesture from each gift giver.

With 20 wines taking part in this holiday promotion, you can find the perfect gift for any palate and occasion:

Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Franc

593038 $23.99

Calona Vineyards Artist Series Sovereign Opal

364265 $12.99

CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Gris

561175 $17.95

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery Ehrenfelser

171512 $14.99

Gray Monk Estate Winery Gewürztraminer

321588 $16.99
Hester Creek Estate Winery Pinot Blanc 467316 $16.95
Inniskillin Okanagan Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 597070 $16.99

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

543884 $16.99

JoieFarm Rosé

511469 $20.90

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Five Vineyards Pinot Noir

118844 $17.99
Nk’Mip Cellars Merlot 626416 $19.99
Osoyoos Larose Petales d’Osoyoos 343103 $25.00
Perseus Winery Merlot 127068 $19.99

Quails’ Gate Winery Chasselas Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris

585737 $18.99
Red Rooster Winery Pinot Gris 533174 $17.99
Sandhill Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Merlot 168641 $19.99
See Ya Later Ranch Winery Riesling 579045 $16.99
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Private Reserve Merlot 272781 $15.99
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Merlot 530725 $19.99
Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery Autumn Gold 414755 $19.00

 10 participating BC Liquor Stores will have the gift-wrapped bottles displayed on their shelves, making it easy for anyone in the Greater Vancouver area to stock up on holiday cheer at a convenient location:

39th & Cambie 5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver
8th & Cambie 2395 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Alberni & Bute 768 Bute Street, Vancouver

Broadway & Maple

2088 West Broadway, Vancouver

Dunbar

3453 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Lynn Valley

15 – 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Northgate 103 – 3433 North Road, Burnaby
Park Royal 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver

Richmond Brighouse

100 – 8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond
Westwood 100 – 2748 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam

BC VQA wines make the perfect gift anytime, especially this holiday season when they are all dressed up and ready-to-go!

Best of BC Wine Tastings At BC Liquor Stores in October!

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This announcement just came out and there are some exciting, quality BC VQA wines being poured at BC Liquor stores in the Vancouver Lower Mainland and Victoria.  Here is the announcement and some of their wines.  Enjoy!

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With the fall harvest in full swing and Thanksgiving just around the corner, October is the perfect month to explore BC VQA wines. British Columbians are celebrating our local bounty and, what better way to honour our crops, than with the annual BC Liquor Stores ‘Best of BC’ release?

Every year, BC Liquor Stores carefully selects a small collection of BC wines which are in limited supply and high demand. In the interest of fairness to all of their customers, the whole selection is released at once, and this year’s release takes place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in Signature BC Liquor Stores across BC. It’s ‘first-come, first served’, so BC wine fans are encouraged to hurry down and snap up the very best that our province has to offer.

In support of this annual release, the British Columbia Wine Institute has organized an extensive series of in-store wine tastings which will feature a variety of VQA wines from BC. From Vancouver’s West End to West Vancouver, from Victoria to Whistler, 12 different liquor stores will be home to sommelier-led wine tastings where customers can belly-up to the bar while doing their shopping, taste an assortment of BC VQA wines, and learn all about the vinicultural bounty that exists right here in our own backyard.

October brings out the best wines our province has to offer with the ‘Best of BC’ release and province-wide BC VQA in-store wine tastings. Enjoy a glass of your backyard bounty this month!

Dates of In-Store Tastings with Locations and Times:

Thursday, October 3                      

Whistler Marketplace – 101 – 4360 Lorimer Rd, Whistler

3 to 7 PM

Saturday, October 5                       

Dunbar- 3453 Dunbar St, Vancouver

10 AM to 2 PM

Sunday, October 6                          

Highgate – 235 – 7155 Kingsway, Burnaby

1 to 5 PM

Friday, October 11                          

Northgate – 103 – 3433 North Rd, Burnaby

3 to 7 PM

Richmond Brighouse – 100- 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond

3 to 7 PM

Alberni & Bute – 768 Bute Street, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Langley – 6435 – 201 Street, Langley

3 to 7 PM

39th & Cambie – 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Westwood – 100 – 2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam

3 to 7 PM

Fort Street – 1960 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria

3 to 7 PM

Park Royal – 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Saturday, October 12                    

Northgate – 103 – 3433 North Rd, Burnaby

3 to 7 PM

Richmond Brighouse – 100- 8100 Ackroyd Rd, Richmond

3 to 7 PM

Dunbar – 3453 Dunbar St, Vancouver

10 AM to 2 PM

Alberni & Bute – 768 Bute Street, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Langley – 6435 – 201 Street, Langley

3 to 7 PM

39th & Cambie – 5555 Cambie St, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Westwood – 100 – 2748 Lougheed Hwy, Port Coquitlam

3 to 7 PM

Fort Street – 1960 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria

3 to 7 PM

Park Royal – 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Thursday, October 17                    

8th & Cambie – 2395 Cambie St, Vancouver

3 to 7 PM

Whistler Marketplace – 101 – 4360 Lorimer Rd, Whistler

3 to 7 PM

Highgate – 235 – 7155 Kingsway, Burnaby    –

3 to 7 PM

Featured Wines in the’Best of BC’ Release:  

Burrowing Owl Cabernet Franc 2010 $32.89 Product # 178756
Painted Rock Syrah 2010 $39.94 Product # 130989
Le Vieux Pin Syrah 2010 $44.88 Product # 875831
Laughing Stock Blind Trust Red 2011 $30.00 Product # 492421

Nk’Mip QwAM QmWT Syrah 2009

$34.99 Product # 561415
CedarCreek Platinum “Block 4” Pinot Noir 2011 $39.95 Product # 464628
Poplar Grove Cabernet Franc 2010 $34.90 Product # 894410
Jackson-Triggs SunRock Shiraz 2010 $34.99 Product # 365635
Stoneboat Pinot Noir 2011 $24.89 Product # 498170
LaStella Fortissimo Selezione Di Famiglia 2010 $34.88

Product # 840504

A Few Provincial Wine Protectionist Thoughts

Ever so slowly people are starting to be able to order wines from wineries in other provinces.  BC is wide open for business, while Ontario still has restrictions, apparently, to their consumers.  I’m not going to go into each province and which wine they can and cannot purchase from other provinces.  There are other articles out there that have this covered.

What I would like to briefly talk about is one of the reasons I hear about why people should not be able to buy wines from wineries in other provinces.  And that reason is that the provincial government where the person lives, will not get their provincial sales tax added to the wine, so the province will be losing out on revenue.  From statistics that I read from the USA experience, 2% of wine sales are online, which doesn’t sound like a huge amount to me.

Who is Buying Wine Online?

If we look at the VQA wines that are for sale from wineries across Canada, I’d dare guess that most are in the $20 range or higher.  Juxtapose this with the statistic that the highest volume wines sold in Canada are around $15.  From this I am going to guess that these sub $20 wines are probably non-VQA and a fair number will not be produced in Canada.  There are many southern hemisphere wines that you can buy in your local liquor store that are sub $20 for example.

When purchasing a case of BC (or ON) VQA wine online I think most wineries ask for 6 or 12 bottle purchase.  These wines I think would not be what the general sub $20 bottle buyers want to purchase.  I think that the profile of the purchasers of these case and half cases would be people that have been to the winery before, possibly attend wine festivals and other wine events, and have a bit more disposable income.  I could be wrong, but I think I’m pretty close.  These $20+ wines would probably not ever be sold in a volume large enough for a provincial government liquor board to bring into their inventory, so no significant loss of income.

Selling Wine Online Creating More Revenue?

But here is another argument.  Maybe these wines that are ordered online, creates MORE revenue to the government coffers in other items taxed, plus grows the economy for the private sector.  What?  How can this be?

How are these wines shipped?  By courier.  The courier companies charge taxes for shipping, so there is tax revenue to the government, plus money to the courier companies, and wages to their employees.  I think that companies like AMAZON and EBAY with all their online retail are helping courier companies and Canada Post with their volume of packages sold, plus as I mentioned the taxes on all those items shipped.  Besides the couriers and Canada Post making money, there are all the other companies that make the boxes and packing materials to ship the wines.  Again there will be taxes paid for these materials as well.

So overall maybe opening up the provincial borders will do more net good to both the private and public sector, plus increase tax revenues.  It’s worth a try!

White Spot Goes With 100% BC VQA Wines

I was pleasantly surprised when I read about White Spot‘s commitment toward promoting BC VQA wines in their restaurants.  I also had seen a tweet about it.  Beside supporting BC wine, White Spot also sources local ingredients, so White Spot is a real home grown success. Their BC VQA wine list is at this link. The wines cover the major varietals of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, and a few others.  All wines are from the Okanagan.  Here is their announcement.

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In celebration of summertime in beautiful B.C., White Spot today unveiled its 2012 seasonal Celebrate BC menu across the province, featuring summer dishes inspired by fresh, local ingredients. The return of Celebrate BC also marks the launch of White Spot’s new VQA wine list, making it the only casual dining chain in the province to offer a 100 per cent B.C. wine selection. “Since the first White Spot restaurant opened in 1928 we’ve been dedicated to using local ingredients in our menu as often as we can,” said White Spot President Warren Erhart. “Almost 50 per cent of White Spot’s ingredients, from tomatoes to potatoes, are locally sourced and we are proud to support the producers that grow delicious food right in our own backyard.” To create White Spot’s Legendary Burgers, fresh-cut fries and famous blueberry pies, more than 675,000 pounds of tomatoes, almost 5,000,000 pounds of Kennebec potatoes and 73,000 pounds of blueberries are used each year – all supplied by B.C. producers. This year the restaurant is deepening its commitment to local food and drink with its 100 per cent B.C. wine list. “By exclusively offering B.C. wines, White Spot boasts a menu that is truly made at home, showcasing the very best our province has to offer,” said Miles Prodan, Executive Director, British Columbia Wine Institute. “The BC VQA designation guarantees 100 per cent B.C. wine. Paired with the Celebrate BC menu, White Spot’s new wine list is the perfect way to toast summer in B.C.” From now until early September, White Spot guests are invited to enjoy delicious new Celebrate BC menu items, including signature creations, like Truffled Mushroom Flatbread, Candied Salmon Cavatappi and Candied Salmon Spinach Salad. Please visit www.WhiteSpot.ca/CelebrateBC to view the complete menu.

A Niche Wine – A Rose from the Okanagan and More

Niche Wine Co Rose 2010

Have you heard of Niche Wine Co?  Me neither, until very recently.  There are many new wineries sprouting up here in British Columbia.  Niche’s Head Office is in Vancouver, and their winery in Kelowna.  James and Joanna Schlosser are the owners. They are farm folk and love to make wine. You can find their winery high on a ridge in West Kelowna.  All the grapes for the wine come from their vineyard, so very much a boutique winery. They currently are producing a rose and a Pinot Blanc.  And I am told a Pinot Noir is on the way.

Today I am trying their Niche Wine Co. Rose 2010. It is a blend of 59% Pinot Noir, 28% Riesling, and 13% Chardonnay. Very pale salmon in colour.  Ripe tropical fruit, strawberries and red cherry aromas. Round, and soft mouth feel.  Medium body with more red cherries and strawberry flavour.  Medium plus acidity makes this a refreshing rose. Medium length with apples on the finish.  I think the Chardonnay and Riesling add a bit of complexity to this rose.  I don’t normally for example, think of tropical fruit when I taste a rose.

A decent first attempt. I am curious to taste their Pinot Noir when it is released.  I am one of the many Pinot lovers here in Vancouver.

James and Joanna also recommend this Citrus Strawberry Salad Recipe to go with their Rose.

Enjoy!

7th Annual Chef Meets Grape – Get Your Tickets

One of the most popular BC wine events is the annual ChefMeetsGrape.  The 7th Annual edition of this popular event here in Vancouver on Sept. 22.  Many wine events are wine with bread and cheese.  This event is excellent because restaurants will be serving appetizers paired with a BC VQA wine(s).  Also, you have so many BC wineries from across BC here in one place.  It is a great way to try wines that you may only have a chance to try if you drive to their winery.  Take advantage of having the wineries come to you.

Here is the announcement and details.  Enjoy!

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ChefMeetsGrape, the largest annual celebration of BC VQA wines and local food, is once again coming to Vancouver! On Thursday, September 22, 75 BC wineries will be sharing their new fall releases, perfectly paired with inspired dishes from top Ocean Wise partner restaurants.

This year, guests will enjoy wines from all of British Columbia’s five designated viticultural areas and sample dishes from top chefs from Vancouver, Whistler and the Okanagan. The restaurants in this year’s event, renowned for their delectable wine and food pairings, will compete for the honour of “Judges Choice”, as they each create appetizer-sized portions of a dish using BC ingredients, paired with their selected BC VQA wine.

New this year is a critics’ choice raw bar (sponsored by the BC Shellfish Growers Association) featuring wine pairings from top BC wine writers and sommeliers.

With over 250 award-winning Wines of British Columbia, 10 mouth-watering dishes, a critics’ choice raw bar, and the sultry sounds of jazz crooner Heidi McCurdy, this is truly an evening you and your tastebuds will never forget!

Organized by the British Columbia Wine Institute (BCWI), Chef Meets Grape is proud to support the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise program with 10% of all proceeds going towards their vital conservation efforts.

When, Where, and How to Get Tickets

Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1005 Canada Place, Vancouver

Tickets are $85 (plus HST & s/c), and available through Tickets Tonight at ticketstonight.ca or by phone (604-684-2787).

For up-to-date event details, visit winebc.com.

Participating Wineries

  • Arrowleaf Cellars
  • Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery
  • Black Hills Estate Winery
  • Blackwood Lane Winery
  • Burrowing Owl Vineyards
  • Calona Vineyards
  • Cassini Cellars
  • CedarCreek Estate Winery
  • Church & State Wines
  • Clos du Soleil Winery
  • D’Angelo Estate Winery
  • Desert Hills Estate Winery
  • Dirty Laundry Vineyard
  • Dunham & Froese Estate Winery
  • Ex Nihilo Vineyards
  • Fairview Cellars
  • Fort Berens Estate Winery
  • Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery
  • Garry Oaks Winery
  • Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
  • Gold Hill Winery
  • Gray Monk Estate
  • Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery
  • Hester Creek Estate Winery
  • House of Rose Winery
  • Howling Bluff Estate Winery
  • Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards
  • Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate
  • JoieFarm
  • Kalala Organic Estate Winery
  • Kraze Legz Vineyard & Winery
  • Lake Breeze Vineyards
  • LaStella Winery
  • Laughing Stock Vineyards
  • Le Vieux Pin Winery
  • Little Straw Vineyards
  • Mission Hill Family Estate Winery
  • Moon Curser Vineyards
  • Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery
  • Neck of the Woods Winery
  • Nk’Mip Cellars
  • Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
  • Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
  • Osoyoos Larose
  • Painted Rock Estate Winery
  • Paradise Ranch Wines
  • Peller Estates
  • Poplar Grove Winery
  • Quails’ Gate Estate Winery
  • Red Rooster Winery
  • Road 13 Vineyards
  • Robin Ridge Winery
  • Sandhill
  • Saturna Island Family Estate Winery
  • See Ya Later Ranch
  • Seven Stones Winery
  • Soaring Eagle Estate Winery
  • Sonoran Estate Winery
  • SpierHead Winery
  • Sperling Vineyards
  • St. Hubertus Estate Winery & Oak Bay Vineyard
  • Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard
  • Stoneboat Vineyards
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery
  • Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery
  • Tangled Vines Estate Winery
  • Tantalus Vineyards
  • The View Winery
  • Therapy Vineyards
  • Thornhaven Estates Winery
  • Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
  • Township 7 Vineyards & Winery
  • Vista D’oro Winery
  • Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery
  • Young & Wyse Collection

Participating Restaurants

  • Alta Bistro
  • Cibo Trattoria & UVA Wine Bar
  • Edible British Columbia Bistro
  • Fraîche Restaurant, Vancouver
  • Le Gavroche
  • Miradoro
  • O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar
  • Yew Restaurant + Bar
  • Vancouver Convention Centre Catering

Chef Meets Grape Event and Tickets

If you have never attended Chef Meets Grape in the past in Vancouver, don’t miss it this year.  It is a great time, with BC VQA wines and fantastic food from top Vancouver restaurants.  Here is the announcement.

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Join us on Thursday, September 22 for the ultimate celebration of local wine and food at the 7th Annual Chef meets Grape! The largest annual tasting of BC VQA wines in Vancouver, over 75 BC wineries will be sharing their new fall releases, delectably paired with inspired dishes from 12 top Ocean Wise partner restaurants. With over 250 award-winning Wines of British Columbia, 12 mouth-watering dishes, and a critics’ choice raw bar (featuring wine pairings from top local wine writers and sommeliers), this is an evening you and your tastebuds will never forget! 10% of all proceeds will support the Ocean Wise program, promoting sustainable seafood in our restaurants. Come to sip, savour mingle and enjoy an evening of great BC wine, food and fun!

Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 7:00PM to 9:30PM
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1005 Canada Place, Vancouver
VCEC Website

Tickets: $85 (plus HST), with 10% of all proceeds going to the Ocean Wise program at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Tickets are available online or by phone (with added service charges) through Tickets Tonight, or in-person at the Tourist Info Centre, 200 Burrard Street, Vancouver.

PARTICIPATING WINERIES
Black Hills Estate Winery
Burrowing Owl Vineyards
Cassini Cellars
CedarCreek Estate Winery
D’Angelo Estate Winery
Desert Hills Estate Winery
Fort Berens Estate Winery
Gold Hill Winery
Gray Monk Estate
Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery
Hester Creek Estate Winery
House of Rose Winery
Howling Bluff Estate Winery
JoieFarm
Kalala Organic Estate Winery
Lake Breeze Vineyards
LaStella Winery
Le Vieux Pin Winery
Moon Curser Vineyards
Neck of the Woods Winery
Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery
Okanagan Crush Pad Winery
Painted Rock Estate Winery
Poplar Grove Winery
Road 13 Vineyards
Sonoran Estate Winery
Sperling Vineyards
St. Hubertus Estate Winery & Oak Bay Vineyard
Stoneboat Vineyards
Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery
Tantalus Vineyards
Thornhaven Estates Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Wild Goose Vineyards & WineryMore to come…