Vancouver Foodster’s Dine Out Brunch Crawls – Get Your Tickets

What’s better than going to a Dine Out Vancouver restaurant for dinner?  How about going to 4-5 different restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops for brunch.  That is what Vancouver Foodster is offering those who are willing to get out of bed and enjoy a morning brunch.  For Dine Out Vancouver, the following brunches are being offered:

These brunch crawls are very similar to Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates events.  You will get a card at the registration desk for one of the crawls, and then you visit each restaurant/cafe/coffee shop and get a sample of their food and/or beverages they are offering for the event.  It is a great way to try different/new restaurants, plus walking between the restaurants, gives you some time to burn off what you ate.

As an example of what to expect, I have listed the Kitsilano Brunch Crawl participating restaurants for you.  Enjoy and see you at these events!

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl on January 22

Vancouver Foodster Dine Out Vancouver Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Vancouver Foodster Dine Out Vancouver Yaletown Brunch Crawl

Dine Out Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, this expanded event from 2016 is sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit multiple restaurants throughout the Kitsilano neighbourhood as you taste all sorts of dishes in this brunch crawl.

Using your “passport” as your guide, you can enjoy a variety of dishes including juices, smoothies, coffees, and chai to eggs benny, pancakes, french toast, omelettes, pulled pork, hash browns, bacon, meats, desserts and so much more.

Time: 10am – 2pm

Participants include some of Kitsilano’s finest restaurants including:

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Cuisine: Tea

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products. Experience bliss at our award winning spa.

 

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Be Fresh Market Cafe

1900 West 1st Avenue

Web: http://www.befresh.ca/ 

Twitter:@befreshlocal

Cuisine: juice bar and cafe

At Be Fresh, we believe that food should be enjoyed and to fuel your body, which is why we only create meals with delicious and healthy ingredients.

 

Rain or Shine Ice Cream

1926 West 4th Avenue

Web: http://rainorshineicecream.com/

Twitter: @rainorshineYVR

Cuisine: Ice Cream

Homemade ice cream in Vancouver using local, natural and fresh ingredients!

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Kahve

1822 W 1st Ave, Vancouver

Web: http://www.kahvevancouver.com/

Twitter: @KahveVancouver

Cuisine: Coffee and cafe

KAHVE offers a very unique space, offering exquisite coffee experiences in town. The space also offers understated but timeless modern designs from Europe.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co 

1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.rockymountainflatbread.ca

Twitter: @flatbreadco

Instagram: @rockymountainflatbread

Cuisine: Pizza and Pasta

They use lots of local & organic produce, free range organic meats & Ocean Wise seafood. Creating handcrafted flatbread pizzas, daily pastas, seasonal soups, salads & desserts “to live for” from their open kitchens & artisan ovens. And for all those pizza lovers who are wheat intolerant or have nut allergies – they create extremely tasty gluten free and nut free pizzas! Their daily salads, soups & cheesecakes are also gluten free and nut free!

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Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch!

Tourism Vancouver Dine Out Festival and Vancouver Foodster presents:  Dine Out™ Van Fest does brunch! Presented by Vancouver Foodster, these events are sure to please anyone who loves brunch. Visit 6+ restaurants in each of the neighbourhoods as you taste all sorts of dishes in this Brunch crawl using your “passport” as your guide. 

3-Crawl Ticket Pack:  Choose any 3 crawls for $115 provides the best value where people can choose any 3 of the 6 brunch crawls and save over $20 per ticket. For single tickets, Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015. Regular price tickets are $60 after December 31, 2015.

Tickets are now on sale through Tickets Tonight 

January 16, 2016 — Gastown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Gastown’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down, Capilano Tea and Soda Co., Prado Café, Small Flower, Zero Zero Pizzeria and more.

January 17, 2016 — Olympic Village Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Olympic Village’s finest restaurants, including Bao Down Gastropub, Milano Coffee, Solly’s Bagelry, Whole Foods and more.

January 23, 2016 — Downtown Vancouver Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Downtown Vancouver’s finest restaurants, including Marquis Wine Cellars, Meinhardt Fine Foods, Saj & Co., Truffles Fine Foods and more.

January 24, 2016 — North Van Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of North Vancouver’s finest restaurants,including Cook Culture, Rosemary Rocksalt, Two Daughters Bakery, Bowen Island Pizza Co, Bean around the World and more.

January 30, 2016 — Yaletown Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Yaletown’s finest restaurants, including Bella Gelateria, Lime and Moon Pie Co., Small Victory Bakery + Coffee, Xoxolat, Zend Conscious Lounge and more.

January 31, 2016 — Main Street Dine Out Brunch Crawl

Participants include some of Main Street’s finest restaurants, including Radicle Juice, Rosemary Rocksalt, The Honey Shoppe and more.

* All brunch crawls run 10am-2pm.

General Admission: $60*
Early Purchase Discount: Save $15 before December 31st, 2015
3-Crawl Ticket Pack: Choose any 3 crawls for $115

Tickets now on sale through Tickets Tonight

Vancouver Foodsters Tasting Plates Yaletown on October 15

Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Yaletown neighborhood downtown Vancouver. This tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants and cafes throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

  • Vegetarian options will be available at many of the participating restaurants.
  • Bring along a friend or two, your significant other, your family or come solo.
  • A food networking dinner event connecting Vancouver’s vibrant food community.

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by walking, bike, moped, car, or carpooling.

Registration: Bella Gelateria Yaletown -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Cards.

Participating Restaurants: 

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BELLA GELATERIA YALETOWN

1089 Marinaside Crescent

Web: http://www.bellagelateria.com

Twitter:@BellaYaletown

Feature: Pizzeria & Gelataria

 

Italian Napoletana pizzas, unique Italian desserts married with gelato from award winning Maestro James Coleridge.

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XOXOLAT

1271 Homer St, Vancouver

Twitter: @Xoxolat

Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/

Cuisine: Chocolatier

 

An edible gallery of all things chocolate displaying only the finest of the world’s chocolates, specializing in Single Origin and Estate chocolates, and, treats pairing fun & unusual flavours with chocolate.

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GANACHE PATISSERIE

1262 Homer St.

Web: http://ganacheyaletown.com/

Twitter: @ganacheyaletown

Cuisine: Desserts Café

 

Since opening in 2003, Ganache has established a reputation for its creative modern twists on classical recipes and desserts.

 

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KROKODILE PEAR 

518 Davie Street

http://www.krokodilepear.com/

Twitter: @krokodilepear

Cuisine: Juicer

This popular Kitislano juicery known for their organic smoothies and cold pressed juices on tap, opening soon in Yaletown.

 

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ROMER’S BURGER BAR 

1039 Mainland Street

Web: http://romersburgerbar.com/

Twitter: @romersburger

Cuisine: Burgers

EAT good food. Keep it FRESH. Keep it simple. Be CREATIVE. Let seasons and farmers be our guide. Be good to the PLANET, and all who are on it. LAUGH. SHARE. Do what you do best: with us, it’s BURGERS.

More restaurants to be announced soon

 

Purchase Tickets Here:

 

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after October 12, 2014.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Select Finalists Announced for 25th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Vancouver MagazineVancouver, B.C.; April 15th, 2014 – Vancouver Magazine announced today select finalists for its upcoming 25th Annual Restaurant Awards.  Finalists were named in the magazine’s new Best of Neighbourhood award categories including: Best Downtown, Best Yaletown, Best West End, Best Gastown & Chinatown, Best West Side, Best East Side, and Best Richmond.

These categories join Best North Shore in highlighting establishments for diners for whom location is at least as important as reputation, type of cuisine, ambiance, and price. See attached fact sheet for finalist restaurants.

“For the past 25 years, Vancouver Magazine has been cataloguing the city’s finest rooms and creating a definitive compendium of all that is delicious, masterful, and of the moment,” said John Burns, Vancouver Magazine Editor-in-Chief. “The addition of Best of Neighbourhood awards reflects our judges’ view that for many people, location matters a great deal when deciding where to dine.”

Finalists in the remaining 42 categories won’t be revealed until the gala, to be held at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel on April 22nd. More than 700 of B.C.’s top chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, and food critics will gather to recognize the city’s best. Vancouverites can follow the event live on Twitter and Instagram using #VanMagAwards.

Vancouver Magazine’s May issue includes a 42-page feature on all the award categories. The issue will be on newsstands on April 28th and digital subscriptions will be available at vanmag.com.

Finalists for New Best of Neighbourhood Categories

Best Yaletown

  • Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar,
  • Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca,
  • The Flying Pig,
  • Homer St. Café and Bar,
  • La Pentola della Quercia

Best West End

  • Forage,
  • Hokkaido Ramen Santouka,
  • Kingyo,
  • Nook,
  • Tavola

Best Downtown

  • Cactus Club Coal Harbour,
  • Hawksworth,
  • The Mexican, Antojitos y Cantina;
  • Tableau Bar Bistro,
  • Yew Seafood & Bar

Best Gastown & Chinatown

  • Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie,
  • Campagnolo,
  • Phnom Penh,
  • Pidgin,
  • The Union

Best West Side

  • Maenam,
  • La Quercia,
  • Vijs,
  • West,
  • Zest

Best East Side

  • Campagnolo Roma,
  • Chicha,
  • Les Faux Bourgeois,
  • The Red Wagon,
  • Via Tevere

Best Richmond

  • Dinesty Chinese,
  • Gudrun,
  • Hoi Tong Seafood,
  • Spicy Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best North Shore

  • Blue Eyed Marys,
  • Canyon,
  • Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle,
  • Gusto di Quattro,
  • La Régalade

 

 

TWB – The Wine Bar One Year Anniversary Celebration on December 5

The Wine Bar logoTWB – The Wine Bar, located in Yaletown, has been offering some tasty appetizers and a wide selection of wines to go with them.  They are celebrating the 1 year anniversary on December 5 and are having a party.  Here is their press release. Enjoy!

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(Vancouver, BC) – December 5th marks an important day for Provence Restaurants. It’s the first birthday of the ‘baby’ of the family:  TWB – The Wine Bar. “It’s been an incredible year for The Wine Bar,” says owner Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia. “People have really taken to our Bites and wines-by-the-glass concept.  TWB has become a popular meet-up location. I am very proud of what we’ve accomplished in just one year.”

To celebrate, TWB is holding an evening of special promotions and giveaways from 5 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, December 5th.  The public is invited to pop by and celebrate the birthday with Chef Quaglia and Sommelier  Rachelle Goudreau.  TWB will be having prize draws every 15 minutes and there will be plenty of complimentary Truffle Popcorn along with specials on Bites and some wines.

In the year since it opened, TWB has received several accolades including most recently a Bronze in the Wine List category in WE Vancouver’s ‘Best of Vancouver” Awards.

“We hope everyone will join us for the birthday party. We promise it will be a fun evening.”

The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside Now Open

The Wine Bar logoI was told about Provence Marinaside’s wine bar being built in the fall last year, and it is now here for the new year.  I am excited to read the wide selection of wines by the glass available.  That is great because: 1) you may want to try a particular wine before committing to a whole bottle, 2) you may be by yourself and you cannot drink a whole bottle, then drive home.  I will be heading over to The Wine Bar quite soon and will send out my review, but in the meantime, please feel free to go and comment on my blog about your experience.  Here is their press release.  Enjoy!

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(Vancouver, BC) – Provence Restaurants is pleased to announce that its newest venture, TWB – The Wine Bar, is now fully open. “We completed construction in mid-December and operated ‘under the radar’ for the rest of the month. Now all the kinks have been ironed out and The Wine Bar is ready to welcome guests,” says proprietor and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia.

“The Wine Bar at Provence is a place where you can drop by for a glass of wine, have a light snack and meet up with friends.” The self-contained separate facility features the wine bar (serving 50 wines by the glass), casual seating for 30 plus its own separate menu.  It is open from 3 p.m. to late every day.

“The wine program is meant to be approachable while offering guests a range of products and prices to suit every taste and budget. By-the-glass offerings start at $7 and bottles start at $30. To accommodate guests looking for something special and to utilize current inventory, a reserve list is available featuring a selection of wines, many of which are hard to find labels and rare vintages,” adds Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau

In addition to the wine taps for The Wine Bar, Provence has invested in a 12-slot by-the-glass wine preservation system. A couple of slots in this system are kept open so that guests have the option of being able to choose anything off the reserve list and order it by the glass at one fifth (20 percent) of the bottle price. Once the bottle is open, the selection will be available for everyone in quantities as small as an ounce taster and listed on the daily features menu. This allows wine-loving guests to try some of the best wines in the world without having to invest in a pricey bottle.

Ms. Goudreau worked with Chef Quaglia to choose wines that best complemented Provence’s and The Wine Bar’s West Coast- influenced Mediterranean/French dishes. The primary focus of the wine list is French, with a selection of other Mediterranean countries and an array of prominent styles from around the world – particularly those inspired by the French classics. Also, drawing from the classic French bistro concept of using what is locally produced, the list features a broad selection of wines from British Columbia along with a wide range of sparkling wines. “I am very excited to offer Montelvini Prosecco on tap,” says Ms. Goudreau. “Two of my local favourites, also on tap, are Joie’s Noble Blend and Road 13’s Honest John Red. For French there’s Louis Latour Chardonnay (Coteaux de lÀrdeche) and Les Brottiers Cotes du Rhone Rouge.”

Wine is meant to be enjoyed with food and at The Wine Bar guests will find a wide-selection of tempting dishes – from tasty morsels to full meals. “The Wine Bar is meant to be very casual,” says Chef Quaglia. “I have created a wine-friendlyBites Menu especially for The Wine Bar.”  Bites come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine value-priced at $5, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared for $18.

Look for specials such as Monday Bites (three Bite plates for $10), Tap Tuesdays (all ‘on tap’ wine $8/glass) and Wine Wednesdays (25% off any bottle on the list). A la Minute daily specials and features will be posted on Facebook and Tweeted. There are plans to start a wine club along with hosting special tasting events. Check out the web site or the Facebook page to sign up for the monthly newsletter, get in-the-know for A la Minute specials and hear about other special events and programs.

At TWB-The Wine Bar, it looks like a vintage year coming up.

Provence Marinaside to Open The Wine Bar

Have you been to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown? It is located where Davie Street meets False Creek so you great a great view of our inner harbour. In the summer you can watch the action in the marina or on the seawall. Enjoy fresh local seafood, their raw oyster bar, and taste from their extensive wine list. They have been awarded Opentable’s Diners’ Choice Winner of 2011.  And now they will be opening a Wine Bar.  Their announcement is below.  Enjoy!
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Provence Marinaside(Vancouver, BC) – There’s a new ‘baby’ in the Provence Restaurant family. Starting at the end of October, construction begins on a new space at Provence Marinaside – The Wine Bar.  A separate casual dining space; The Wine Bar takes over the space that formerly included Marinaside’s entrance foyer, antipasti case and small ‘room with a view.’
Designed by Bella Vivante, the same company that designed the renovation on Provence Mediterranean Grill last year, construction of the new room is expected to take a month with the opening anticipated for early December. “As the construction is confined to an enclosed area, we do not anticipate any inconvenience to our guests” says owner and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia. “We hope they will be as excited about the new space as we are.”
“The Wine Bar at Provence is a place where you can drop by for a glass of wine, have a light snack and meet up with friends.” The self-contained separate facility features the wine bar (serving 50 wines by the glass on tap), casual seating for 30 plus its own separate menu.  It will be open from 3 p.m. to late every day.
“Provence’s Wine Bar is meant to be very casual and value-priced,” says Chef Quaglia. “We are introducing a wine-friendly Bites Menu created especially for The Wine Bar.”  ‘Bites’ come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared.  Wines by the glass will start at $7 with Small Bites coming in at $5 per dish and Big Bites priced at $18.
Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau is also very excited about the installation of a new state-of-the-art wine preservation and dispenser system. “This allows us to open any bottle of wine and sell glasses from it. We are going to be offering some of the premium bottles from Provence’s cellar – it’s a great way to try some pretty amazing wine.”  Montelvini Prosecco will also be available on tap for $6 per glass.
Watch for The Wine Bar to arrive at Provence Marinaside in early December. It’s the perfect place in which to eat, drink, chat and in true French fashion …  what happens next is up to you.
Provence Marinaside (Yaletown) 1177 Marinaside Crescent at the foot of Davie St., 604.681.4144     www.provencevancouver.com

Enjoying the Northern Icon, Southern Gem, Concha y Toro Dinner

Northern Gem Southern Icon - Concha y Toro at Blue Water Cafe

Northern Gem Southern Icon - Concha y Toro at Blue Water Cafe

The largest and most well-known winery from Chile in my opinion is Viña Concha y Toro.  This winery has been recognized by many wine publications and has 15 awards as “Winery of the Year” in Wine & Spirits.  They are also acknowledged as “Second most powerful wine brand in the world” according to The Power 100 survey by Intangible business.  Concha y Toro does not rest on their past, but still strives to produce wines of extraordinary expression of contemporary Chile. One iconic wine in particular is particularly nurtured each vintage, “Don Melchor“, led by top wine maker, Enrique Tirado, to produce this wine.  With great anticipation, as part of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, I arrived at the door of the Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown to sample the carefully crafted and paired coastal cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Pabst with Concha y Toro’s wines.

Leading the tasting is Isabel Guilisasti Gana, the Marketing Director Origin Wines for Concha y Toro and wine maker Tamara Baeremaecker.

Concha y Toro Chardonnay Carmenere and Don Melchor bottles

The Guilisasti family has a long history in Chile and in the wine trade.  Isabel Guilisasti joined Concha y Toro in 2000.  As marketing manager, she is responsible for Concha y Toro’s ultra premium and super premium brands.Tamara joined Concha y Toro in 1998 after receiving her degree in oenology from the Universidad Catolica de Chile. She has worked on many of their premium-brand wines and in 2006 became part of the Don Melchor wine making team.

Our private tasting room at the Blue Water Cafe was laid out as two long table, with each person getting a name card for their particular seat.  It was quite interesting.  Some of the people I sat with were other media, but I also sat with people who were there as they love Chilean wine and Blue Water Cafe.  I had fun chatting with everyone around me.

Our Dinner

Scallop prawn and oyster with Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009

Our first pairing:

  • Pan seared scallop with fennel basil slaw and kumquat ginger puree, Grilled prawn with garlic and rosemary, mango salsa and avocado, and Smoked Stellar Bayer oyster in brick leaf with white onion grape soubise and toasted hazelnuts. These 3 seafood morsels was paired with Concha y Toro’s Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2009 from the Limari Valley.

I thought the pairing of each seafood, with their own unique flavours and textures, all paired very well with the Chardonnay. The Chardonnay was medium lemon in colour.  A very fruity tropical fruit nose with some vanilla too. Medium plus body with high acidity leaving a prickle on your tongue, but it still had some roundness to it. Full of tropical fruit flavours with vanilla on the finish.  The higher acidity from the wine comes from the cooler coastal Limari Valley.

The scallop was very fresh, seared lightly on the outside and tasted very nice with the citrusy flavour of the kumquat and the fennel flavour of the slaw.  The latin-spiced, grilled prawn with the mango salsa and avocado were nicely complemented by the tropical fruit flavours of the Chardonnay.

White sturgeon with Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere 2009

Our second pairing:

  • Farmed white Sechelt sturgeon with beluga lentils and Berkshire pork cheeks with a mild Madras curry tomato sauce. This was paired with the Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere Peumo vineyard 2009 from the Rapel Valley.

The Carmenere was deep ruby in the glass with a bright rim. Dark fruit, vanilla and very slight capsicum aromas. Very ripe plums, quite spicy with black pepper on the palate. Round and full bodied up front and then lightens up mid-palate.

The sturgeon was soft with fine texture.  The lentils added an earthiness to the dish and the light curry tied the two elements together.  The curry flavour also made a red berry flavour come out of the Carmenere.  Another great pairing.

Bison Churrasco with Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Our third pairing:

  • Marinated bison flat iron steak, grilled and served with cassava root gnocchi, sauteed salsify, eggplant caviar with oregano, and chimichurri sauce.  Our pairing was the Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Puente Alto-Maipo Valley.

This was the youngest Don Melchor in our mini-vertical that Concha y Toro provided to us.  Don Melchor, Chile’s first ultra-premium wine is the only one with 21 vintages to its credit that are prize winning and known by wine critic around the world.  Don Melchor is produced from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape from the Puente Alto vineyard in the Alto Maipo Valley near Santiago.  2008 was a cooler vintage for this wine and it was more restrained than the 2007 vintage.  The 2008 Don Melchor was opaque ruby.  Light red cherries, some stemminess and cassis aromas.   Full body.  Very spicy mid palate with ripe plums and cherry flavours.  Dry with some minerality.  As this wine breathed in the glass the cassis flavour became more prominent. Still a young, tight wine, but one that you could enjoy now, or in another 10 or 20 years.

The Bison Churrasco was a wow dish for me.  It was soft, medium rare.  The Chimichurri sauce with olive oil, parsley, cilantro, salt, and garlic flavours really enhanced the bison flavour.  Red wine loves protein and this held true for the Don Melchor and the bison.  In addition the chimichurri sauce I think helped to tone down the spiciness of the wine.

Wagyu beef shortrib with Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 and 1995

Our fourth pairing:

  • Wagyu beef shortrib braised with merken spice and espresso, sauteed portobello mushroom whipped potatoes, green beans, and braising juices reduced with tamarind. To this we had 2 Don Melchor wines.  A 2007 and a 1995 vintage.

The Don Melchor 2007 came from a warmer vintage than the 2008 vintage and you could smell and taste the more opulence of this wine.  It had lots of plum, vanilla and capsicum on the nose.  Very silky mouthfeel.  Peppery round and dry on the palate, with black cherries cassis and oak flavours, and vanilla on the finish.  A very nice wine.

The Don Melchor 1995 is now 17 years old.  You would expect the colour and fruit flavours to have diminished, which they have to some extent.  The wine has changed to a medium plus garnet colour with very slight bricking on the rim. The aromas are more complex with capsicum, chocolate and dark fruit aromas.  Soft, medium body in your mouth.  Pencil leads and dark fruit flavour with higher acidity.  A very balanced, complex wine.

If you have never had Wagyu beef, you should try it.  It is so soft and so buttery rich.  The shortrib was cooked to perfection wit the beef falling apart easily.  I think the Wagyu beef with the big braised flavours with the espresso needed a full bodied wine, and the 2007 Don Melchor fit the bill.  The fruit from this wine paired with the strong flavours of the beef.  The 1995 Don Melchor to me is not as fruity, with more complex aromas and flavours.  It was not quite as good to me with the Wagyu beef, but I would have loved a plate of cheeses to try with it and savour them both together.

Kalamansi honey cheese cake with Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Our fifth (and last) pairing:

  • Kalamansi honey cheese cake with papaya and strawberry salsa.  Paired with Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from the Maule Valley.

The Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2008 was pear skin in colour.  Honey and peach aromas.  Medium body with honey, spice, peaches, apples and flowers flavours. Medium sweetness.  I think this wine paired nicely with the Kalamansi citrus from the cheese cake and the peachy fruit from the wine.

Blue Water Cafe and Don Melchor

If you have never been to Blue Water Cafe, I hope this review of the food and wine pairing convinces you to enjoy a lunch or dinner with them.  Executive Chef Frank Pabst is recognized for his creative flair and his dedication towards responsible seafood practices.  He has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Germany and France.  In 2010 he was recognized by Vancouver Magazine as “Chef of the Year” and inducted into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.  Quite an achievement.

Here is a web link if you would like to find more information about Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor wine,

I really enjoyed this dinner.  All the food and wine were paired wonderfully by the Blue Water Cafe.  I look forward to the next time I sit down and enjoy dinner with friends there.