In 2011 my wife and I decided to take a trip out to Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, specifically the city of Kelowna. As part of that trip, we went on a wine tour. It was the first time I had ever been to a winery and I wasn't sure what to expect. Right away … Continue reading Traversing the Okanagan Valley: The Beginning
Sitting around the kitchen table one night after dinner, my wife and I got to talking about entertaining and we realized it had been quite awhile since we'd had a get together at our place. We only half seriously started to think about what kind of event we could have. At the same time my … Continue reading Review: Summerhill Pyramid Winery 2008 Zweigelt
One of the blogs that I routinely look forward to reading is pop & pour, written by local wine aficionado Peter Vetsch. I first came across Peter on Twitter and was quick to check out his blog, becoming an instant follower. When it comes to the world of wine I still consider myself quite an … Continue reading Review: Fox Run 2012 Lemberger
Have you ever purchased a bottle of wine based solely on the fact you liked the label? Years ago I was shopping for wine for a dinner party I was attending. At that time Australian wine was the big thing, so I happened to be browsing through that country section of the wine store. My … Continue reading Review: Penfolds 2014 Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet
I have a fascination with France and its culture. If you were to ask me what city I most want to visit, my immediate response is always Paris. I think it comes from some romantic notion of the French lifestyle. I have visions of sitting at a sidewalk cafe drinking coffee, enjoying a bottle of … Continue reading Belleruche, Cotes-Du-Rhone
In our house the choice of what bottle of wine to drink can sometimes be quite a challenge. My wife tends to prefer white (or rose) and when given a preference I most often will choose red. So to get around this we usually take turns. We'll open a bottle of white and enjoy that. … Continue reading His and Hers Tastings!
How do you answer the question "what's your favourite wine"? Do you have a favourite? Is there one wine from a particular winery that absolutely stands out from all the rest? Perhaps there's one wine that holds a sentimental place in your heart and for that reason you consider it your favourite? For me there … Continue reading Cave Spring 2013 Pinot Noir
Sitting in the office one day and I get a text message from a friend of mine. He and the wife are out in Kelowna for the fall wine festival and he's raving about the Pinot Noir from Arrowleaf winery. Says that I will absolutely love it and asks if I want him to pick … Continue reading Arrowleaf – 2013 Pinot Noir
About a year and half ago I began volunteering at The Cookbook Co., a local kitchen and food speciality store that also offers cooking classes and catering. I volunteered to work in their cooking classes, helping to setup the classes, help the chefs and participants, and clean-up after the class. Included in the price of … Continue reading The Song of Marjolaine
I'm on the hunt for something comfortable. I'm not complaining but after everything I've eaten over the last month, I'm in need of some comfort food. Something hearty, simple, and something that will just make you feel warm and comfortable. I think a big dish of Shepard's Pie should do the trick just nicely. It's a … Continue reading Crossing bridges through food & wine.