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    Fort Berens Winery Grand Opening

    This week marked yet another milestone for one of British Columbia’s most pioneering wineries. Invited media and the many friends of Fort Berens Estate Winery gathered in Lillooet to celebrate the official grand opening of the new tasting room and production facility.

    6 readers - By Adventures in BC Wine

    SOME NEW WINES TASTED THIS MONTH –

    1.Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, $22.95. Now available at Marks and Sparks, er, Marks and Spencer UK for 15.99 pounds (about the same price as here in the Vintages Essentials program). It's an organic wine also certified as biodynamic by Demeter. It is an intense, well-developed cabby savvy, typically North American, with twist top and 12.9% ABV.

    6 readers - By Gothic Epicures VinCuisine

      Yamhill Valley Vineyards 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir, McMinnville, $35

      Great Northwest Wine - - 6 readers - Stephen Cary is in his third decade of working with this 200-acre site, the second-oldest in Oregon’s McMinnville AVA and the oldest winery in the appellation. Harvest of this 100 percent estate production took place Oct. 17-19, and this bottling shows elegance with definition, starting with aromas of dark blueberries and plum, dusty Bing cherry and white chocolate with a crumble of Wheat Thins.

      Malbec, Who’s Your Daddy? Prunelard (at l’Institut de la Vigne)

      hiredBelly.com - - 5 readers - Prunelade: Papa de Malbec. Who knew? This week I got my nose into a whole bunch of new varieties. Actually, as it turned out, most of them weren’t that new—and some were pretty old. Just east of Toulouse, in Lisle Sur Tarn, is one of seven regional offices of l’Institut Français de la Vigne et Vin.

      Southbrook Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting

      Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews - - 5 readers - I received these wines to celebrate Southbrook Vineyards' recent inclusion into the high-quality prepared food section of distinguished British retailer Marks & Spencer. Southbrook is now the sole Canadian vintner to be found in this section. This is also Southbrook's first foray into the U.K. market with Demeter-certified biodynamic wine.

      The Passion of Steve Beckta: Hospitality and Service

      Natalie MacLean - - 5 readers - Continued from Part 1: Steve Beckta Restaurant Eight months later, the capital has become bricks and mortar. This morning, the restaurant is dark, cool and silent like a stage set. Even in shadow, the Mediterranean tones are soothing: the azure sky splashed on the walls, the amber setting sun on the suede chairs and the field-flower dappled yellow of the maple floors.

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      Sept. 27 LCBO Wine Picks: Pioneers + Portugal

      … MERITAGE 2011 - VQA Twenty Mile Bench, Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#388264) (XD) - $19.95 VENTISQUERO GREY SINGLE BLOCK CARMENÈRE 2011 - Trinidad Vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile (#325415) (XD) - $19.95 reviewed here DOMAINE BRUSSET TRADITION LE GRAND MONTMIRAIL GIGONDAS 2012 - AC, Rhône, France (#960104) (XD) - $29.95 BODEGAS VIZCARRA JC…

      3 readers - By Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

      Tasting pinotage from around the world – in Canada

      …Jon Whitteker is the Cellar Master for the South African Wine Society in Toronto in Canada. He rightly thought I’d be interested in a tasting his club was putting together of pinotages from six countries (USA, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Australian and South Africa. I asked him to let me know how it went, and he’s done so. As I’m sure others…

      3 readers - By GrapeGrape

      The Passion of Steve Beckta: Hospitality and Service

      … for the braised pork. Durling, 25, who worked with Vardy at a Halifax restaurant, bubbles with adoration for him like a boy for a Harley-Davidson: “He’s the best chef in Canada man—no, in North America!” And while there are probably a few more contenders for that title, there’s no doubt that Vardy is talented. He’s also pedigreed having worked…

      5 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Celebrating Canada Braai Day 2014

      …Today, September 20th, is the 2nd Annual Canada Braai Day. Braai is the Afrikaans term for barbecue. Not only is braai a popular pastime in South Africa, it is a national day of celebration. Every September 24th, South Africans celebrate National Heritage Day. At the core of this public holiday is braai - where South Africans across all cultures…

      2 readers - By Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews

      Why You Should Travel Internationally

      … get to them your costs can actually be less than if you stayed at home. If travel intimidates you, start with somewhere that is English speaking. You can go to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England and many other places. You won’t have to worry about making yourself understood but you will experience different foods, see amazing sights and meet…

      4 readers - By Vinogger

      SOME NEW WINES TASTED THIS MONTH –

      …, light and crisp. Sponsoring Canada Braai Day September 20. Quality/Price rating is 88 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures. 7.Nederburg Winemaster's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, +111526 LCBO, $11.95: with some cassis sweetness and red fruit showing, with a suggestion of mushroom or forest floor. Medium bodied but 14% ABV. Velvet tannins, under cork closure. Sponsoring Canada Braai Day September 20. Quality/Price rating is 88 points by Dean Tudor of Gothic Epicures. Chimo! www.deantudor.com…

      6 readers - By Gothic Epicures VinCuisine

      Fort Berens Winery Grand Opening

      … and devotion of small businesses that energize communities. Travelling along the rugged Trans-Canada Highway I admired the stunning canyon and mountain views for the first time, in one of BC’s most historic valleys. With the powerful Fraser river a constant companion we observed noticeable changes in flora as the local climate dried out further north…

      6 readers - By Adventures in BC Wine

      THE VALLEY TABLE: Spirited Apples

      …Name: Carlo De Vito Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He was also a publisher at Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from…

      2 readers - By East Coast Wineries

      The Valley Table magazine: Hudson Valley Ciders

      …Name: Carlo De Vito Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He was also a publisher at Running Press Book Publishers, where he published books from…

      2 readers - By East Coast Wineries

      Turn Up The Piiiiiinot (IPNC 2014 Alfresco Tasting Highlights)

      …, but it’s nothing that a bit of time (and a bit of grilled cedar plank salmon) cannot address. 2012 Mission Hill Family Estate Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir (British Columbia, $NA) Oh, Canada! Welcome to the Okanagan Valley, a name about which we in the States should probably now stop acting as if we’re surprised to find on a bottle of excellent Pinot…

      3 readers - By 1 Wine Dude

      Review: AVIV 613 Vodka

      …Sorry, Easter egg hunters, AVIV 613 Vodka is not named after the area code for Ottawa, Canada. It is rather named for the city in which it is made — Tel Aviv, Israel — and a purported 6/1/3 proportion of ingredients used in its production. I wouldn’t dare try to explain this unique process, so I’ll let AVIV 613 do the job: Yossi Gold, our master…

      3 readers - By Christopher Null/ Drinkhacker.com

      Malbec, Who’s Your Daddy? Prunelard (at l’Institut de la Vigne)

      … turned them into wine household names. A century ago these strains were virtually confined to their home turf and probably considered unlikely candidates as single varietal stars in Chile—or a far flung part of Canada. Read more about Prunelard here The inevitable office smoked leg of pork. This is France, after all… The post Malbec, Who’s Your Daddy? Prunelard (at l’Institut de la Vigne) appeared first on hiredBelly.com.…

      5 readers - By hiredBelly.com

      Phillips 13th Anniversary Ale – 13 Knots in a Hangman’s Noose

      …Phillips 13th Anniversary Ale – 13 Knots in a Hangman’s Noose Posted By Brian on Sep 12, 2014 in Beer, Canada | Brewery: Phillips Brewing Company Beer Style: I don’t think they have a name for this. But it’s technically an Imperial IPA. Region: Victoria, BC Alc%/Vol: 11.9% or 13% depending on how you drink it. Notes: I’ll try to tackle…

      5 readers - By Tangled Vines

      A common weal of September VINTAGES best buys

      …Innisfiil Sunflowers September has its share of excellence being revealed, particularly this coming weekend with the VINTAGES September 13, 2014 release. This is a perfect time to investigate the wares from this province. The weekend also marks the launch of the #LCBOtastelocal initiative, in conjunction with Wine Country Ontario. Then on October…

      3 readers - By Godello

      Southbrook Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting

      … 2013 - VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada (#117556) (D) - $21.95 Stelvin screw cap. Medium intensity, elegant lime and mineral nose with hints of lychee, floral and citrus coming from the 5% (Reimer Vineyard) Gewürztraminer that adds some interesting complexity. Honeyed fruits with floral tones lead the way on medium-bodied palate. Also…

      5 readers - By Vintages Wine Picks & Reviews