Haywire Baby Bub

The Arrival of Haywire Baby Bub!

BC Sparkling Rose wine = Summer Treat.  Enjoy it.  Please see the announcement that I received from Okanagan Crush Pad, then stock up!

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The team at Okanagan Crush Pad is thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Bub. On June 20, 2014 at 5:30pm 3,600 – 375 ml bottles, weighing 3,240 Kg, were bottled at the winery, just in time to enjoy summer.

Baby Bub was crafted by Jordan Kubek, Okanagan Crush Pad’s cellar assistant with direction from chief winemaker Michael Bartier. “The Baby Bub is tasting fresh, fruity and fabulous”, noted Jordan, “and I am very happy with the results. We stayed consistent with the 2012 Pink Bub giving Baby Bub six grams of residual sugar. I love the texture as it has quite a bit of yeasty fullness. Although it is a new born, the bubbles are quite fine and you can see the direction the wine will take as it ages.”

The wine was made in the classic style using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes with secondary fermentation occurring in the bottle. It was hand riddled and warm disgorged with a red wine dosage being added at final bottling. Like its bigger siblings, Baby Bub is closed with a crown cap ensuring that cork taint does not interfere with the wine.

This tiny bottle is a young, bright shade of pale rose and is packed full of raspberry, strawberry patch and lime zest character. Its singularly distinctive taste is gun flint which lends a smokey, stoney edge to the wine and keeps it in balance with its more berry salad side.

The first 100 cases of Baby Bub is being released this July long weekend at the winery and through the order desk exclusively. Priced at $13.90 and delivered in 12 – 375 ml bottle cases, sporting hot pink artwork, Baby Bub is sure to be a big hit this summer.

Vancouver Food Talks Vol 4 – From Chips to Chocolate to Wine

Vancouver Urban Winery wines on tap

Vancouver Urban Winery wines on tap

Thank you to Richard Wolak, aka vanfoodster on Twitter, for putting together these series of talks by people in the hospitality industry.  I attended the first Food Talk, and now had the scheduling opportunity to attend the fourth talk.  This event was held at Vancouver Urban Winery, a new concept for a winery here in BC and Canada.  They will help wine makers produce their wine, as you can see by the stainless steel tanks inside the building, but what makes them different is how they are bottling and offering glasses of wine for you to sample.  Instead of putting wine in glass bottles, they are offering to put wines in metal casks/cylinders, which keeps the wine fresh, and allows restaurants and bars to offer more wines by the glass to their customers.  That is wonderful, considering the penalties involved with drinking and driving.  So no more having to drink a whole bottle, but in return you get a much greater range of wines you can potentially try at a restaurant or bar.  Go to Tap & Barrel in the Athletes village for a bar that offers wine on tap through Vancouver Urban Winery, or go to Vancouver Urban Winery on Monday – Friday. Here are their tasting times and prices.  Thanks to Leanne Frose from Okanagan Crush Pad for offering each of us a glass of one of their wines to sample before the talks started this evening.

Our Speakers

Richard Wolak introduces the speakers

Richard Wolak introduces the speakers

The speakers at this evening’s event were:

  • Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa-Yacoub, Proprietors – Glowbal Group Restaurants
  • Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten, co-founders of the Vancouver Urban Winery
  • Greg Hook, owner of Chocolate Arts
  • Lesley Stowe, chef, cookbook author, and creator of Raincoast Crisps
  • Pete Schouten, Co-Owner of Hardbite Potato Chips and
    Braden Douglas, Co-Owner of Hardbite Potato Chips

All these speakers talked in one way or another about your need to have passion for whatever you do as the work is going to be hard, and there will be unexpected problems.  Passion is a virtue. The other component I saw threading through the talks is that the seemingly sudden success that we see is really a series of many smaller steps over 10-20 years in some cases.  It was interesting to hear this from the different speakers, and to hear some of the speakers, like Steve and Mike, who are just getting their feet wet with Vancouver Urban Winery, with their thoughts and passion, and the tempered wisdom of others like couple Emad and Shannon, Greg and Lesley.    I have created some youtube videos from some of the speakers for you to access below. I believe videos of all the speakers will also be available at the Food Talks website.  Enjoy my videos and pictures of the event!

My Videos and Photos

Vancouver Food Talks vol 4 speakers

Vancouver Food Talks vol 4 speakers
TOP: Pete, Braden, Emad, Steve, Mike, Greg
BOTTOM: Shannon, Lesley

Lesley Stowe, Creator of Raincoast Crisps.


Greg Hook, Chocolatier, Chocolate Arts


Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten of Vancouver Urban Winery

 

The Grand Opening at Tap & Barrel

Tap and Barrel main floor

Tap and Barrel main floor

This past week was the grand opening of Tap & Barrel in the Athletes Village area in Vancouver (that is just west and south of the Main Street Skytrain station).  The event was hosted by City TV’s Dawn Chubai with guest speaker and ribbon cutter Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie.

The venue has two levels and is waterfront situated, with a superb view of downtown and BC Place Stadium.  The Tap & Barrel has a patio on the main level and a balcony overlooking the downtown on the upper level. The main level is maybe more high energy with many large screen TVs showing sporting events, 23 beers on tap, and more by the bottle. If you prefer a bit more quiet time, go to the 2nd floor and enjoy the Barrel level, which has 6 white wines and 7 red wines on tap.  I did sample from both the beer and the wine levels.  On the beer side, I tried the Whiskey Jack Ale and for wine, the Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse (Chardonnay, Viognier blend).  While beer by the glass is common, having more than 1 house red and white wine is usually not available.  I like having the choice of wines to sip by the glass. Tap & Barrel also provides you with the option of 6oz or 9oz pours, or a full bottle (750ml). The wines are quality BC wines. Besides Blasted Church, you can also sample:

  • Le Vieux Pin,
  • Laughing Stock,
  • Nichol Vineyards,
  • Summerhill,
  • Okanagan Crush Pad (Haywire), and more.

On the beer side, all are BC brewed, and include 5 Lagers, 5 Ales, 4 Pale Ales, 3 Bitters, 4 Wheat Ales, and 2 Stouts/Porters on tap.  Besides all the tipple, there is also a selection of food items for you.  We had nibbles of their fish & chips (the tartar sauce is really good. It has a fair amount of horseradish in it), pretzels, burgers and pizzas. Things you would expect from a pub.

I think it would be a fun place to get together with friends after work, or when we have some nice sunny days (I know that might not be for a while now with our rainy season).  Probably fun too for upcoming Christmas parties!  Enjoy the pictures from the event.

Tap and Barrel upper floor balcony view

Tap and Barrel upper floor balcony view

Whiskey Jack Ale

Whiskey Jack Ale

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Barrels of wine

Barrels of wine

2 kinds of pretzels with moustard

2 kinds of pretzels with mustard