Blue Mountain Pairs Up with les amis du FROMAGE for Innovative Virtual Cheese and Wine Tasting

Les Amis du Fromage has a fabulous selection of cheeses and Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars, top sparkling wine.  Enjoy both together!  Here is a press release about how you can enjoy this through a guided online event.

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July 20, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is pleased to partner with Vancouver’s les amis du FROMAGE for a unique virtual cheese and wine tasting. The event will be live-streamed on the evening of Sunday, August 23 2020. Ticketholders will enjoy an hour-long guided tasting that will be both informative and indulgent, all in the comfort of their own homes. The interactive event will be hosted by les amis du FROMAGE founder Allison Spurrell and will feature 2 Blue Mountain wines, the Gold Label Brut and the 2017 Pinot Noir Reserve Cuvee.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online starting July 22nd at 9AM. Each $75 ticket is for 2 people. Ticketholders will pick up a package containing a selection of amazing edibles from les amis du FROMAGE to taste along with Allison. Ticketholders can pick up their package from either of les amis du FROMAGE’s locations during the 3 days prior to the event.

Your ticket purchase also entitles you to a 10% discount on the 2 featured Blue Mountain wines when you purchase them online from Marquis Wine Cellars. You will receive a discount code at the time of ticket purchase.
 
Alternately, you can order directly from the winery by Monday, August 17th. Blue Mountain offers FREE BC-wide shipping on orders of 6 or more bottles, so this is a great time to try out the winery’s new releases, including the Blue Mountain 2019 Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc.
 
Then join us for the live-streamed guided tasting on les amis du FROMAGE’s Facebook page.
 
Only 100 tickets will be sold for the event, so don’t wait to get yours!
 
Virtual Cheese & Wine Tasting
$75 for 2 people + Blue Mountain wines
Tickets available online starting July 22nd at 9AM
Streaming on Facebook Live on Sunday, August 23, 2020
6:30pm – 7:30pm
 

About Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars: 

Located in BC’s South Okanagan, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars is distinctive among Canadian wineries in that all its wines are produced exclusively from grapes grown on the estate’s vineyards.  Ian Mavety purchased the land that is now Blue Mountain Vineyard in 1971.  Current owners Ian, Jane, Matt, and Christie Mavety continue to work to realize the potential of the region, utilizing sustainable farming methods and winemaking practices.  Blue Mountain produces complex, age-worthy varietal wines that are consistent in style while allowing the expression of both the terroir and the individual growing season.
 
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About les amis du FROMAGE: 

les amis du FROMAGE is a family owned and operated specialty cheese store with two locations in Vancouver. With a carefully curated selection of local and imported cheeses, charcuterie and accompaniments, we also specialize in frozen soups and meals, all made in house using top quality ingredients.  Founded in 1985, les amis du FROMAGE is proud to still remain a family owned and operated Vancouver company after over 30 years in business.  Current owners Allison Spurrell and Joe Chaput continue the company’s reputation of offering the highest quality cheeses, cut to order, along with one-to-one customer service.
 
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Provence Marinaside Hits the Spot with BC Spot Prawn Features

Spot prawns are here in BC for a short time.  They are here now, so go out and get some to eat.  If you would like them cooked professionally for you, why not go to Provence Marinaside  in Yaletown?  Here is their announcement of what you can expect. Cheers.

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BC Spot Prawn Duo. Photo by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

BC Spot Prawn Duo. Photo by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

(Vancouver, BC) – Every year we eagerly await the coming of Spot Prawn Season – that short window starting in early June when these succulent and flavourful crustaceans make their way off fishing boats and onto the plates of enthusiastic diners. With a culinary ethos honed in Marseille and on the Côte d’Azur, Provence Marinaside’s Owner/Executive Chef Jean Francis Quaglia treats BC Spot Prawns with a gentle hand to bring out all their delicate flavour.
 
Starting today Provence guests can indulge their passion for prawns with a special BC Spot Prawn Menu featuring Gazpacho with Poached BC Spot Prawns served with a cucumber and lime relish, One Pound of BC Spot Prawns served either grilled or steamed and Provence patron favourite – BC Spot Prawn Duo (grilled and Provençal style) on tagliatelle and zucchini ribbons.
 
As Provence is known for its extensive wine list, Wine Director Joshua Carlson could choose to pair these dishes with any wine from around the world. However, keeping with the philosophy that local terroir complements local ingredients best, he has selected an optional wine pairing of exclusively BC-produced wines which will be available by either the glass or the bottle –Terravista Vineyards Albariño 2019 (Naramata Bench) to accompany the Gazpacho, Sea Star Vineyards Blanc de Noir Rosé,2019 (Pender Island) to complement the steamed or grilled One Pound of BC Spot Prawns and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery ‘Lucy’s Block’ Rosé 2019 (Kelowna) is paired with the BC Spot Prawn Duo.
 
This really is a case of limited-time offer as the season for BC Spot Prawns is short. Imagine yourself on the Promenade de la Croisette as you dine on delicious BC Spot Prawns, sip your wine and watch the world go by from Provence’s vantage point overlooking the False Creek Seawall and Quayside Marina. It’s a perfect way to start the summer.
 
Please note:
Provence Marinaside is committed to the health and safety of its guests and staff in keeping with the protocols set by the BC Ministry of Health. You can find the details of Provence’s standards here.
 
In addition to Dine-In service, Provence Marinaside continues to offer its Takeout Menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner daily.  If you prefer to cook Provence’s food in the comfort of your own kitchen, they also offer six French Food Made Easy kits and two Cocktail Kits (Moscow Mule and Caesar). All are available through Provence Marinaside’s website along with Chef Sheldon’s Online Grocery Store for individual ingredient items such as meats, dairy, baking supplies and other miscellaneous items.
 
Provence Marinaside is also supporting The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre with the donation of meals and funds along with a donation option on their website should the public also wish to support the organization.
 
 

BC Liquor Stores December Special Events

Wine, beer and spirits are always welcome for the holidays.  Here are the December specials from BC Liquor stores.  Wow, there are lots to enjoy!

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BC Liquor Stores e-news

Celebrate the holidays with BC Liquor Stores! Give a unique gift this season with tickets to one of our educational whisky seminars. Learn about brands such as The Dalmore and GlenAllachieLimited tickets available.

Check out our Japanese Whisky Collectables release tomorrow for some rare high-end single malts and collector limited edition whiskies.

Take advantage of our bottle engraving and custom label printing events to add a personalized touch to your gifts.

Can’t decide on what to pour for your holiday entertaining? Drop by our stores and try something new from our complimentary tastings below. You can also pick up a copy of the Holiday issue of TASTE Magazine.

BC LIQUOR STORES WEEKLY WEDNESDAY TASTINGS
Every Wednesday
3:00pm to 5:00pm | Multiple locations
Excite your palate with something fresh every week! Each week will feature an exciting theme with products hand-picked by our experts.
December 11 – Holiday Gift Guide (in TASTE Magazine)
December 18 – Sparkling Wine

JAPANESE WHISKY COLLECTABLES
Thursday, December 12
8:00 pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
A selection of premium Japanese Collector whiskies, exclusive to BC Liquor Stores, will be released on December 12th. The collection features high-end single malts, rare single casks and collector limited editions, from two well-known Japanese distilleries, Nikka and Chichibu. The entire collection will be released at our 39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store. A small quantity will be available at our Richmond Brighouse Signature BC Liquor Store on December 13th at 7:00 p.m. Bottle restrictions apply. Details will be posted on the BCLS website soon.

NIKKA WHISKY TASTING
Friday, December 13
4:00-7:00 pm | RICHMOND BRIGHOUSE
Join us for a special tasting of Nikka whiskies including one very special age statement single malt, exclusive to BC Liquor Stores. Learn about the Japanese whisky collectables in this casual style complimentary tasting event.

THE SINGLE MALT EXPERIENCE
Friday, December 13 – Glenfiddich
Friday, December 20 – Balvenie
5:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Join Scotch Ambassador Joel Virginillo in an educational tasting experience featuring Single Malts such as the Glenfiddich, Balvenie, Ledaig, Bunnahbain, Deanston, Glenglassaugh, BenRiach, Lambay, and GlenDronach. Learn about each of these brands as we focus on one distillery per week. Receive a gift with your purchase. A wrapping service will also be available for guests who purchase a single malt over $100 from the portfolio – a perfect gift for the holidays!

SANTA TERESA 1796 HOLIDAY CUSTOM LABELING
Saturday, December 14
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Friday, December 20
3:00pm to 5:00pm | KELOWNA ORCHARD PARK
This holiday, celebrate the giving season with a personalized bottle of Santa Teresa 1796 Solera Rum. Sample the super premium blend of rums aged between 4-35 years using the ancient solera method while your taster prints and applies a personalized label for you in seconds. While you wait, feel free to enjoy a curated dark chocolate pairing selected exclusively for Santa Teresa 1796 rum.

HENNESSY BOTTLE ENGRAVING
Friday, December 13
3:00pm to 7:00pm | RICHMOND BRIGHOUSE
Saturday, December 14
1:00pm to 5:00pm | RICHMOND BRIGHOUSE
Give the perfect gift this holiday season with a custom engraved Hennessy XO. With the purchase of a 375ml or 750ml Hennessy XO, we’re offering customers the opportunity to personalize their bottle — a great gift that will be cherished for years to come.

THE PERFECT GIFT, PERSONALIZED
Saturday, December 14
12:00pm to 3:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Add a personal touch to your gifting this holliday season using our satin ribbon, overlaid with a personal message. Purchase the Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Beringer Knights Valley, Stag’s Leap Petit Sirah, and the Mission Hill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon for the perfect gift, personalized.

ICONIC WINERIES OF BC
Sunday, December 15
2:00pm to 6:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Explore the iconic wineries of BC this holiday season. For one afternoon only, winery representatives from Mission Hill, Cedarcreek, Checkmate, Martin’s Lane, and Road 13 will be in Vancouver to showcase the science, craftsmanship and terroir that make Okanagan so extraordinary.

GLENALLACHIE TASTING WITH JAMES BORNN
Wednesday, December 18
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Come and join James Bornn, Fine Wine and Spirit Ambassador, for an exclusive chance to taste the GlenAllachie Wood Finishes whiskies. Tickets are $15

CELEBRATE WITH THE GIFT OF THE DALMORE
Thursday, December 19
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
From Dalmore 12 to our newest addition within the Dalmore family, The Dalmore Port Wood Reserve, guests will have the opportunity to taste and compare the different scotches and really get a sense of the craftsmanship that goes into every bottle of Dalmore. Louis-Jérôme Doise, Single Malt Specialist will host the tasting. Tickets are $35

A GRAND GIFT WITH GRAND MARNIER
Friday, December 20
Friday, December 27
4:00pm to 8:00pm | PARK ROYAL
Saturday, December 21
6:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Saturday, December 28
Sunday, December 29
4:00pm to 8:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Experience the taste of Grand Marnier, an alchemy of fine aged cognacs and exotic wild oranges, while having the opportunity to engrave your purchased bottle with a personalized message, perfect for this holiday season.

BAILEYS TREAT BAR
Saturday, December 21
Sunday, December 22
12:00pm to 5:00pm | 39TH & CAMBIE
Drop by the Baileys Treat Bar – a space where you can create your own Baileys delights. Come in for an always-photogenic, ever-so slightly over-the-top adult indulgence.

The West Coast Culinary Experience

A press release about a very interesting tasting of BC wines and enjoying culinary dishes prepared at PICA on Granville Island.  Enjoy now till Oct 13, 2019.

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PICA (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts) highlights BC’s best in new culinary activity

Vancouver, May 9, 2019 – The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is excited to announce the debut of The West Coast Culinary Experience; an immersive exploration of British Columbia’s vibrant culinary landscape.
From the ocean to the mountains and Okanagan Valley, British Columbia boasts a rich and diverse terroir that produces a vast selection of regional ingredients. The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) will be highlighting the many flavours of the West Coast in their new culinary activity, The West Coast Culinary Experience is available for bookings now until October 13.
Located at the gateway to Granville Island, one of Canada’s most visited neighbourhoods and home to the iconic Granville Island Public Market, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts is Vancouver’s leading culinary education center with classes for everyone from aspiring professionals and home chefs alike.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is a deep dive into the flavours of British Columbia and begins with a walking tour of Granville Island. The walking tour weaves through the bustling public market where guests will work up an appetite as they take in the many local artisans and food purveyors from butchers and chocolatiers to bakers and baristas. Tour guides are globally trained chefs, certified sommeliers, food writers, and food experts from PICA, who will answer questions and provide cooking tips, while they point out historical details and reveal hidden, cultural landmarks.
A sommelier-led wine tasting follows the walking tour and features four exceptional BC wines: Mission Hill, Quails Gate, Blue Mountain, and Hester Creek. Guests will experience the province’s different wine regions while learning about grape varieties and what’s new in winemaking during this interactive tasting session.
With thirsts quenched and appetites peaked, up next is a cooking demonstration and tasting. The instructing chef will share best practice for selecting the freshest fish and seafood and demonstrate various cooking techniques. This may include an exploration of traditional recipes from West Coast aboriginal nations or how to clean, filet, and debone a whole salmon. Guests will leave with a better understanding of local seafood and insights on current flavours and cooking styles.
three-course meal at PICA’s Blue Hat Bistro concludes the West Coast Culinary Experience. Guests will have two or three dishes to choose from for each course including vegetarian options.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is an interactive and immersive journey through the traditions, history, and trends of British Columbia’s cuisine. Guests will see, taste, and learn what makes the Vancouver and British Columbia world-class culinary destinations.
The West Coast Culinary Experience is available for booking seven days a week from May 1 until October 13. Tours begin at either 10:00 AM or 3:00 and last approximately 3 hours. Each tour can accommodate up to 16 guests and costs $167 per person before tax. For more information or booking, please call: 604.734.4488 or email: wcce@picachef.com or via eventbrite.

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.

Whistler Remind You to Attend Cornucopia in November

It is not yet ski season in Whistler, but it is wine drinking season, so if you have some time to go to Whistler to enjoy Cornucopia, get your tickets.  Here is the latest press release about Cornucopia.  Enjoy.

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Whistler, B.C. – In just two weeks, Whistler welcomes its 22nd annual celebration of food and drink, Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial taking place November 8-18. With an abundance of dining events, tastings, drink seminars, and parties, there’s plenty to experience.

Local Whistler restaurateurs and visiting B.C. and Canadian chefs alike have created a diverse selection of cuisines in the paired-dinner events. From the festival’s extensive list of renowned winery dinners to a cocktail-paired dinner, brewery dinner and a roving, multi-station dining experience – the biggest question will be how to fit it all in?

Aura at Nita Lake Lodge is excited to showcase a special Sip & Savour winemaker dinner. Building on the success of its summer Sip & Savour Winemaker Dinner Series – this Cornucopia-inspired dinner is an elaborate six-course menu paired with varietals from 50th Parallel Estate winery. Alternatively, visitors can reserve for a three-course dining experience paired with Blasted Church wines available daily throughout the eleven day festival.

Quattro’s legendary fare will be on display at the Quattro Batasiolo wine dinner – Chef Jeremie Trottier will pair his classic Italian cuisine alongside legendary Barolo producer Batatsiolo winery.

What do the Okanagan, South Africa and Napa have in common? A vineyard from each region will be featured among the three winery dinners at the Bearfoot Bistro. Meyer Family Vineyard from BC’s own Okanagan region, South Africa’s Anthonij Rupert wines and Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley will be paired with Executive Chef Melissa Craig’s seasonal fare. BC’s Hester Creek winery has chosen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with dinner at Caramba! Ticketholders can expect an evening of canapes, four-courses and some of Hester Creek’s finest varietals.

Il Caminetto makes its Cornucopia debut with three winery dinners and a new cocktail-paired dinner – Il Salotto. While sister establishment, The Cellar by Araxi, returns with the hugely successful Intimate Wine Dinner Series featuring six dinners to choose from including the celebrated Big Guns ‘Par Excellence’ showcasing the very best of Old World wines.

Continuing the intimate dinner theme, the private dining room of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room will feature 10 impressive dinners. Taking place over each weekend of the festival, the dinners will include themes and wineries such as Small Farms, Liquidity and Lock & Worth.

Legs Diamond, located along the Upper Village stroll, is making its mark at this year’s Cornucopia with 11 dinners, one for every night of the festival. Guests can indulge in a menu of game, seafood and sweet treats all paired with BC wines.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has partnered with its colleagues south of the border to bring two exciting dinner offerings. On the first weekend, patrons can experience a collective of steakhouse chefs from four of Four Seasons’ alpine resorts – Whistler, Jackson Hole, Vail and Santa Fe – for the Four Peaks Dinner by Four Seasons. From the sunshine of Los Angeles, CUT by Wolfgang Puck located in the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons hotel, will be appearing for a one-night only experience on Friday, November 16.

For those looking for something more casual Savour at The Westin  will servea two-hour multi-station dining experience including its coveted Poutine Bar, Truffle Mac n’ Cheese and more with BC and International wine samplings.

Last but not least – if local brews are more your flavour, you’re in luck. Blacks Pub has partnered with Whistler Brewing for a four-course dinner with seasonal beers. Coast Mountain Brewing and Hunter Gather Eatery’s ‘Cask N Brat’ – a showcase of bratwurst and festive cask ale for this Novemberfest inspired evening.

Farm Friends: Celebrating BC Wine + Alberta Food @ Edible Canada Feb 22

Farm Friends BC Wine and AB Food event

Farm Friends BC Wine and AB Food event

Join BC wineries at Edible Canada for a stand-up grazing event pairing BC wine and Alberta food. In light of the recent boycott on the importation of BC wine to Alberta, we encourage the food and wine community to come together in a show of support for BC wineries and Alberta food.

Participating wineries include 50th Parallel Estate WineryCulmina Family Estate WineryHaywireLiquidityPainted Rock Estate WineryPoplar Grove Winery and Summerhill Pyramid Winery as well as Mireille Sauvé with the Dames Wine project. Winery principals will be on hand to showcase their wines and talk to guests and celebrate the gains that the industry has made over the past two decades.

Wines will be showcased along with Alberta foods such as beef and bison made by Edible Canada and guest chefs.

All proceeds will be donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation.

DATE AND TIME

Thu, 22 February 2018

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST

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LOCATION

Edible Canada

1596 Johnston Street

Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

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You can buy your tickets at this link.