A Few Whisky Events in Vancouver – Get Your Tickets

If you are a whisky lover, here are a few events in October presented by BC Liquor Stores in Vancouver.  Here is their announcement.

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Warm up this fall and explore the ever changing world of whisky! BC Liquor Stores has an outstanding line-up of events and master classes for all whisky enthusiasts and avid collectors alike.

Here is your inside track to some of the upcoming whisky events happening at BC Liquor Stores. Tickets are limited so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and knowledgeable brand ambassadors!

39th & CAMBIE

BRUICHLADDICH SINGLE MALT WHISKY

Friday, October 6
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Walk through the Isles. From the non-peated Laddie to the heavily peated Port Charlotte, Bruichladdich is anything but the typical whisky.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Wednesday, October 18
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Friday, October 27
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

PARK ROYAL

DIAGEO SPECIAL RELEASE SINGLE MALT WHISKIES
Tuesday, October 17
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Come join Stuart Brown, Whisky Consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release as he guides you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky including the Dalwhinnie, Caol Ila, and the Oban. Learn about some rare, old, and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries. The tutored tasting will present the small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Diageo, all limited edition and usually bottled at cask strength.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

DOUGLAS LAING PREMIUM SPIRIT RELEASE TASTING
Saturday, October 28
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join us in a special sit down tasting featuring a few Spirit Release whiskies from Independent Bottler, Douglas Laing. Taste the rare 25-Year-Old Ardbeg plus two other single grain whiskies, the Cameronbridge 25-Year-Old, and the Cambus 25-Year-Old (one from a closed distillery).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location.

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Seasons in the Park Winebar Tastings

Seasons in the Park Seasons in the Park, that’s Queen Elizabeth Park, has a lovely garden setting.  Set atop a high point in Vancouver that overlooks the downtown and North Shore mountains, you have a visual feast for your eyes out the window, as well as on your plate and in your glass.  In case you did not know, Seasons has a wine bar, where they have featured tastings.  Their next series of tastings are upcoming starting in March.  Below is the announcement from Seasons about their wine and whisky tastings.  Enjoy!

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Seasons in the Park view

Seasons in the Park view

On Tuesday, March 12th, we will begin yet another fantastic series of tastings in the Seasons Winebar!

At the Seasons Winebar, we welcome guests of all interests! March through September, we host a variety of tasting events every other Tuesday night. Join us as we celebrate some amazing wine, spirits and delicious chef-made creations.

Week to week, our tastings reflect some of the best products that we and our partners have to offer. So join us for a unique, enjoyable and memorable experience in the Seasons Winebar!

Upcoming Events

  • March 12: Whiskies From Around The World
  • March 26: Evolution of Painted Rock Wines
  • April 9: Mission Hill Wines
  • April 23: Pinots from the Valley

Here is the link to find out more about these tastings.

Vancouver Foodster and the Best Burger Challenge

Best Burger ChallengeFrom November 5 – 30, 2012 you can taste the burger creations from 29 restaurants in Vancouver and Burnaby, then vote from November 28 – December 3 for your favourite. Visit www.vancouverfoodster.com/burger-challenge/ to find out all the restaurants and how to vote.

I had an opportunity to visit 3 of the participating restaurants with Media last week.  The burgers were all very different in their style, which I think makes the challenge interesting.  Find what you like.  The three restaurants we visited:

  • Max’s Burgers (521 West 8th Ave, Vancouver)
  • Luke’s Kitchen (2996 Granville St, Vancouver)
  • Whet (1517 Anderson St, Vancouver)

Max’s Burgers

Max’s Burgers produced a “local” burger, where all the ingredients are local.  Plus the hamburger bun is produced on premises. The beef comes from the Honest Butcher on Broadway and the bacon comes from Woodland Smokehouse.  Amber Ale white cheddar for the burger comes from the Okanagan. We were told that since they created this burger it is their top selling burger in Max’s. People like local!  I enjoyed this burger. It was well put together.  I liked the bacon in that it was not too smoky or salty, and the burger was not dripping in sauce.  The patty looked to be 1/2″ thick. Some other Media people mentioned how much they liked the home made hamburger buns.

Max’s also made their version of a Whisky Sour to go with our burger, called “Pomme de terroir“. It is a blend of local Spicebox Whisky mixed with roasted & pureed local Gala apples, and some sugar. A shrub vinegar was also added, and to top it off with R&B Cream ale foam. The baked apple mixed with the sweet spice from Spicebox Whisky was really very tasty.  I’d order it again.

If I were to pair a wine with this burger it may be a California Chardonnay, or maybe Summerhill’s ALIVE Organic Red.

Max's Burgers

Max’s Burgers

Max's local burger

Max’s local burger

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Kitchen also went local but with a twist. They produced a home made veggie burger patty. They spent 2 months with 3 different consulting chefs to create the burger we tried that evening. Some of the ingredients that went into this patty included quinoa, toasted almonds, black beans and more.  To complement the burger they topped it with southern fried beer battered dill pickles and jalapeno peppers and dressed it with home made Granny Smith Chipotle ketchup. Wow. The pickled peppers and ketchup added zing to this burger. The patty had nice texture to it, and you don’t miss that it is not beef.

If I were to pair a wine with this, I may go with a rose wine, maybe from Joie or Haywire.

Luke’s Kitchen is taking local to another level as they will soon be growing their greens onsite, and talked about also raising their own fish at the restaurant too. Very cool and very local.

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A cross section of Luke's veggie burger

A cross section of Luke’s veggie burger

Whet

Our last stop for the evening was Whet on Granville Island. They created a beef burger for this challenge and their twist was a Latin spice influence. They use local ingredients as well, such as the buns from Le Baguette on Granville Island. The beef was mixed with oregano, cumin and other spices.  AAA beef was used for the patty and it came 1/2″ thick on the bun. A Dominican style chimichuri slaw was served on the side.  The beef was very juicy and lots of flavour.  I in particular liked the cumin flavour, plus the actual taste from the grill marks on the patty.  I did not taste the grill from the other 2 burgers. The other thing I really liked was the cheddar cheese that was layered on the burger really stood out.  I like the sharpness of the cheddar.

I’m partial to Latin flavours, and this was my favourite burger of the evening.

They served an R&B Bitter with the burger.  It had nice orange, cherries and spice flavour. It was light body with medium bitterness.  A nice beer to enjoy with this burger.

If I were to have a glass of wine with this, I think I would go with a Ravenswood Zinfandel.

Whet's beef burger

Whet’s beef burger

Give these burgers a try, or try some of the other restaurants, then vote for your favourite burger. Enjoy!

Highland Park Single Malts Part II – Get Your Tickets

Do you like Scotch Whisky?  Have you ever tried Highland Park?  Why not attend this tasting of Highland Park whiskies at Liberty Wines in North Vancouver?

About Scotch Whisky

To be called Scotch Whisky, the whisky must fulfill three criteria, which are:

  1. to be distilled and matured in Scotland
  2. to be matured for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks
  3. to be bottled at a minimum strength of 40% ABV (alcohol by volume).

There are two main types:  Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Blended Scotch whisky.  For many Scotch Whisky drinkers, a single malt is their preference.  The characteristics of a Single Malt Scotch Whisky is that it is:

  •   Made from 100% malted barley
  •   The product of a single distillery

Highland Park whiskies

HIGHLAND PARK produces single malt Scotch Whisky and has won many awards. In 2009, Highland Park’s 18-year-old single malt Scotch whisky has been crowned ‘best spirit in the world’ for the second consecutive time by leading US independent whisky expert Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal’s Top 115 Spirits in the World.

Did I whet your appetite?  Enjoy a great selection of single malts from one of the most famous distilleries in Scotland.  Six exceptional single malts to taste & discover.  Presented By Dan Volway, Highland Park Brand Ambassador for Western Canada.

Where and When is the Event?

Monday September 10, 2012 7:00-9:00pm
Liberty Wines Point Grey Store
4583 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver BC  V6R 2J2

For Reservations Contact Igal at:  (604) 224-8050  or Igal@libertywinemerchants.com

Admission: $75

Admission price also includes:
A Highland Park Welcome Cocktail & a Selection of Fine cheeses & baguette.