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How do I store my Icewine? | Lakeview Wine Co

How do I store my Icewine? | Lakeview Wine Co

It is a world-renowned style of wine that can only be crafted under specific -8 degree to -10 degree C temperatures, for which our cool Canadian climate is ideal. But to many Canadians, Icewine remains a bit of a mystery drink — they see a type […]

Vancouver Urban Winery Launches the Reliance Series

Vancouver Urban Winery Launches the Reliance Series

Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) and Wine Director David Stansfield are pleased to announce the launch of their new premium, in-house Reliance Series, the first wines of their kind made entirely in Vancouver. Crushed and aged at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Railtown facility, the Reliance Red and […]

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Duncan | Vancouver Island Cowichan Valley

Blue Grouse Estate Winery Duncan | Vancouver Island Cowichan Valley

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Blue Grouse Blue Grouse Estate Winery Duncan Victoria BC Instanomss Nomss Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle Canada

Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard is located in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Situated in the heart of Cowinchan Valley, Blue Grouse is one of the founding estate wineries on the island. The winery is family owned by Paul Brunner. Since 2012, the winery has undergone sizeable upgrades and renovations (structural, systems, buildings) since Brunner took over from the Kiltz family.

 

 

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During our Vancouver Island road trip, we had no idea that the Cowichan Valley was home to so many BC wineries. Every few kilometers pointed us to a different vineyard. The southern slopes of the vineyard provide ideal growing conditions for German style wines. It is enveloped by evergreen trees to protect the vineyard from the wind. This area enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperatures!

 

Cowichan: First Nation’s word meaning “the warm land”.

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Blue Grouse Estate varietals includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muller Thurgau, Ortega, Black Muscat, Siegerrebe and Bacchus. Approximately 2500 cases are sold each year. Their 2015 Pinot Gris and Quill Rose are already sold out!

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Paul took Dave and I around facility and to the cellar. I love seeing the wine making process! Everything is like a science. It is very Walter White.

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Blue Grouse Blue Grouse Estate Winery Duncan Victoria BC Instanomss Nomss Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle Canada

Both the barrel room and the sparkling wine room are temperature and humidity controlled.

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Down the road from the Tasting Room is the Guest House. It has a gorgeous patio with a panoramic view of the vineyard. Trellis full of table grapes soon to be installed to provide shade to the ground floor. Ground floor suites now ready for private party and rentals.

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Blue Grouse Blue Grouse Estate Winery Duncan Victoria BC Instanomss Nomss Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle Canada

Seriously, I can’t wait to wake up to this view. Easy!

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Dave and I tried a few different wines and our favorite was the Siegerrebe and Ortega.

The Siegerrebe is a clear and bright with aromas of ripe apple, grapefruite, spring blossom and pineapple. It is a light-medium bodied wine that is smooth with a refreshing mouthfeel with flavors of papaya, tangerine and floral aromas lingering on the finish.

The Ortega is a cross between Muller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe. The flavors are clear and bright with a bouquet of pear, green apple and elderberry. Again this light-medium bodied wine is balanced with refreshing acidity and flavors of dried apricots and grapefruit to round out the palate.

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The Tasting Rooms gets busy usually between 1-4pm. For groups of six or more, reservation is highly encouraged. The cost for a group tasting is $5.00 per person and will not be refunded with purchase for parties of 10 or more.

This estate does not have a restaurant on site, so you will need to fuel up first!

 

I was invited by Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Town Hall Brands for menu tasting.

 

 

Blue Grouse Estate Winery
URL: http://www.bluegrouse.ca/
Cuisine: Estate Winery

Hours:

Sunday 11am – 5 pm
Monday 11am – 5 pm
Tuesday 11am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11am – 5 pm
Thursday 11am – 5 pm
Friday 11am – 5 pm
Saturday 11am – 5 pm

 

 

2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3
(250) 743-3834

Champagne & Caviar | Liberty Wines Merchants

Champagne & Caviar | Liberty Wines Merchants

The 21st Annual Champagne & Caviar by Liberty Wines Merchants took place at the Vancouver Rowing Club in Stanley Park. The event to benefit amateur sports in BC. Even though it was raining, lots of people came for an evening of bubbles of champagne, sparkling […]

La Vita Ruffino | Secret Romantic Italian Wine Getaway

La Vita Ruffino | Secret Romantic Italian Wine Getaway

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”17488″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text] Come meet me at 397 Alexander Street. I fancy an evening at an unmarked address in Railtown any day. The Vancouver International Wine Festival was going strong. I just came off from a decadent five course Winery Dinner and swirling wines […]

Vancouver International Wine Festival | 10 Things To Know

Vancouver International Wine Festival | 10 Things To Know

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”17423″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]The 38th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival eight day event between February 20 – 28, 2016 came and went just like that. This year’s theme country focuses on Italy with 155 Wineries and 14 Countries. Aside from the Tasting Room itself, there are lots of wine events including Winery Dinners,  Wine Seminars, Wine Minglers, popular Vintners Brunch, etc. The wine festival’s tasting room is a great place to familiarize yourself with different species, discover new wines and return to your favorite premium wines.

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I remember the first time I went to a Wine Festival many years ago. Thinking back I was such a noob. Meaning… I was drunk before I even made it past the second row. It’s all laughs and giggles now, but gosh I had to sit down. If you’ve never been to a wine festival, you should! It is also useful to familiarize yourself with a few etiquettes to help you feel more comfortable. Here you 10 useful tips to maximizing your wine-festival enjoyment!

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Ten Things To Know For The Best Wine Festival Experience

[/vc_column_text][divider][vc_column_text]Eat: A wine festival is not a food event. Make sure you have a meal before you arrive and snack throughout your time at the festival. Food samples (ex. crackers, cheeses, olive oil and bread) are available to enhance your wine tasting experience.

Footwear: Expect a lot of walking and standing. For example, the Vancouver International Wine Festival is held at the Vancouver Convention Centre and has carpeted floors. Wearing heels will tire you out quickly. If you are at an outdoor wine festival, you may take a guided tour that leads you into a vineyard (gravel, green lawn). Better to trade in your heels for a pair of feel good footwear like these or these.

More Room: If you want more room and time to try the wines and to talk with the winery principals, option to attend Thursday evening and Saturday matinee sessions. Fridays and weekend evenings are most busy.

Sip and Spit: If you swallow every wine you taste you will be drunk pretty quick! Each booth will have spittoon/container for you to spit and pour your wine away. Don’t think of spitting as uncouth. Only drink the wines you absolutely adore!

No Perfume: Please don’t wear perfume, cologne or overly scented personal products. Your scent can impact others tasting experience and you will upset a lot of people.

Designated Driver: Bring along a designated driver. Or take transit. BC Liquor Stores offers a free transit ticket at their Get Home Safe booth as you exit. Another great option is to book a hotel room for the evening.

Keep Score: Keep track of your wine tastings of what you like. Keep track of the wine and what you liked about the flavor. This will help you remember which wines you liked the day after if you wanted to purchase them at your local liquor store.

Free bottle check/Wine Delivery: The Vancouver International Wine Festival offers free wine bottle checks. All wine served are available for purchase. Make sure to ask the winery principal if the one you like is available for purchase at your local liquor store. Some are sold in very limited supply at the festival itself like this creamy marmalade Oyster Bay Riesling Botrytised 2011.

Wear White with Caution: I would suggest not to wear white unless it’s the color in your wardrobe. Be caution of spilling or other people bumping into you. If you must, bring an instant stain remover with you ok?

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URL: http://vanwinefest.ca/
Cuisine: Wine

Vancouver Convention Centre West, Ballroom D
1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver

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Wines of Veneto & Sicily | Vancouver International Wine Festival

Wines of Veneto & Sicily | Vancouver International Wine Festival

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Mallee Rock Wine Australia | Launch Party Taste of Australia

Mallee Rock Wine Australia | Launch Party Taste of Australia

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Grapes and Soda by Farmer’s Apprentice Vancouver | Natural Wine and Cocktail Bar

Grapes and Soda by Farmer’s Apprentice Vancouver | Natural Wine and Cocktail Bar

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The team is led by Farmer’s Apprentice GM and Sommelier Hao-Yang Wang and Manager Paul McCluskey as well as Chef Ron Shaw (former Bishop’s Executive Chef) and Bar Manager Satoshi Yonemori (formerly of Wildebeest and The Diamond).

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Smoked Sockeye Salmon Salad: with mizuna (Japanese mustard), ikura, strawberry, and rhubarb juice dressing. A fresh introduction to summer highlighted by salty salmon caviar and a single fermentation champagne with subtle carbonation.

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Colle Stefano Verdicchio di Matalica ’13, Marche, IT[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_animation image_url=”12707″ animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]Chicken Balantine 12: Anson mills grits siphoned and aerated for a whipping cream light texture, hazelnut crumbles, onion puree and morels. I have never been a fan of grits. This may very well change my mind, if all grits were as tasty as this! This is one of my favorite dishes of the night.

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Farmer’s Apprentice and L’Abattoir Chef de Cuisine Jack Chen joins Gunawan in the kitchen as Head Chef. Directing the front-of-house team are Chen-Wei Lee (Chambar, Blacktail Florist, Wildebeest, Bao Bei) and Jonathan Therrien (L’Abattoir, Cafe Medina, Chambar) while Wendy McGuinness (Chambar, Blue Water Cafe) takes the reins as Bar Manager.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Grapes and Soda
URL: http://grapesandsoda.ca/
Cuisine: Pacific Northwest, Farm to Table, Natural Wine Bar

Hours:
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

1541 W 6th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1
(604) 336-2456

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Raw Canvas, Vancouver (Yaletown)

Raw Canvas, Vancouver (Yaletown)

Raw Canvas

 

 

Raw Canvas in Yaletown is a great place to go spend an evening to release the inner Picasso in you. Whether you are looking for a fun date night rendezvous with your significant other or a fun girls’ night out, Raw Canvas does not disappoint. Complete with a front dining area for schmooze and booze or a few charcuterie plates with cheese, there is something for everybody. The back area is where the painting bar is happening. We came here after a lovely dinner at Simply Thai.

 

 

 

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

 

A selection of artisan cheese, figs, olives and meat.

 

 

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas
Picassos #datenight @dancywui

 

How to get started at Raw Canvas Lounge:

  • Put on a smock
  • Choose your desired canvas sizes, paint colors, and brushes.
  • Allow the inner child to let loose!
  • Pick up your painting within 7 days! (Something we forgot to do. If you see Richard Parker, please let us know! Many Thanks!)

 

Useful Tips:

  • Don’t wear white or anything you don’t want to get dirty
  • Don’t wear pretty shoes either… 
  • You never know what you’ve had that one glass of wine too many and splatter paint on yourself.

 

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

Raw Canvas

 

 

Keep your eyes open for Groupon and other discounts. We got ours Art-and-Tapas Dining Experience for Two with Small Canvases & Tasting Plates at Raw Canvas in Yaletown for $69.

 

 

And lastly, weeknights are usually better than weekends if you want to avoid crowds of bachlorette parties =)
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Raw Canvas
URL: http://www.rawcanvas.com/
Cuisine: Wine Bars, Tapas/Small Plates, Party & Event Planning
Hours

Mon Closed
Tue 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Wed 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thu 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Fri 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sat 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Sun Closed
1046 Hamilton St Vancouver, BC V6B 2R9
(604) 687-1729

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