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Dabble in Dry Muscat from Joie Farm in the Okanagan Valley

The last time I was in British Columbia I came back across the border with some Canadian wine that I was very curious to sample. None more so than a bottle from Joie Farm, located on the Okanagan Valley’s picturesque Naramata Bench. And I was not disappointed. Joie’s 2012 Muscat was, well, a joy to [...]

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Fol Epi in Victoria, BC: Does a More Perfect Sandwich Exist?

In a past life I was a baker, so while recently in Victoria, BC, I was excited to check out Fol Epi. I got a hot tip from my friend Jay Friedman that the smoked albacore tuna sandwich was not to be missed. You can check out his take on Serious Eats. And also peruse [...]

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Six Hours of Eating in Richmond, BC: Dim Sum, The Crispiest Pork, and a Bakery Run

A visit to Richmond, BC, for a dim sum eating expedition began, as all culinary adventures should, bright and early in the morning. See, there’s a 9:43am time stamp to prove it. (Context: It also took place after a night in Vancouver that involved five izakaya visits plus a ramen finale. There was less than [...]

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Insider Tips For Discovering the Best BC Wines

My pool of knowledge when it comes to the best BC wines is a shallow one. Frankly, when it comes to British Columbia wines, we’re not even talking kiddie pool-deep. More like a thimble. Luckily, I have Luke Whittall of the excellent blog and podcast Wine Country BC as a friend and guide. He’s been [...]

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A Tantalizing Sparkling Riesling from British Columbia

Cannot quibble over getting invited to attend an outdoor Riesling Rendezvous at Chateau Ste. Michelle on a picture-perfect day. Located in the town of Woodinville, not far from Seattle, I knew while at this event I’d taste all manner of Rieslings from the corners of the globe. Special recognition must go to the Tantalus Old [...]

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An Okanagan Valley Gewurztraminer Rules the Roost

I was so impressed with a sample bottle of an Okanagan Valley Gewurztraminer made by Red Rooster Winery that I contacted the winemaker, Karen Gillis, to find out more. You can see the bulk of my interview with her on Foodista. Here are a couple bonus questions, focusing on next year’s Wine Bloggers Conference in [...]

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A Concrete Egg Hatches a Haywire Wine

What does a concrete egg have to do with wine? I was curious to find out when I received a sample bottle of the 2011 Haywire Winery Pinot Gris that stated “Raised in Concrete” on the front label. So I contacted the co-owner of this British Colubmia winery, Christine Coletta, to ask her about this [...]

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BC 101: Introduction to British Columbia Wine Country

One of the best parts of attending the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, OR, was getting to meet so many fellow bloggers. So I wanted to note that a highlight of my visit to Phelps Creek (besides the scenery, food, and wine) was the company of many interesting people along for hay rides (!) [...]

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