Wines of BC

Last Monday wine lovers got a treat for the 'Swirl, Sniff, Sip & Learn' wine education series. The line up featured 7 great wines that represent the dept of styles of the Okanagan Valley. The class was a success, thanks to the following people: David Murney - Hops & Vine consulting Benjamin Philip - Stile Brands Chris Smith - Way West Wines We used  the Star wine rating. 5*  Simply delicious from the first sip! 4*  Very good and offer great drinking pleasure. 3* Nice and flav...
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Wines of Portugal – Tasting Report

Wines of Portugal - Tasting Report On Monday, February 26, 13 wine lovers joined me for a "Wine Of Portugal" tasting. We all took a great deal of pleasure in enjoying and savouring 8 wines accompanied with bread, cheeses, and cold cut. The wines were from different regions, and primarily from the good 2013-14 vintage (except for the white).  All told, the tasting reinforced our notion that Portugal offers value and that the country has enormous potential. Most wines are available at BC liquor s...
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Experiental Knowledge For Sustainable Change

Experiental Knowledge For Sustainable Change There are people that are committed to "on-off", and they can not envision that there is another way. So how does the fact that there is another way come into existence? It's experiental. So much human communication is nonverbal, something like 80 to 90 percent. If you lived all your life in a one-step environment, unless you have the experience of what it is like to really do critical thinking (for long term goals), to really take responsibility for...
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Large Black Heritage Pig Breed

Large Black Heritage Pig Breed Eating them to Preserve them! Recently, chefs have discovered the rich and complex flavour of heritage pork and the older breeds are making an amazing comeback. First to be adopted by fine restaurants was the Berkshire, and more recently the Tamworth and Large Blacks. These breeds do not meet the commercial criteria for quick growth under intensive management; however, their slow growth and adaptability to pasture management make them easy keepers that produce ...
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Port – The Gem Of Portugal

A very successful tasting event, and thank you to all participants. A special thanks to Ceri Barlow from Pacific Wine & Spirits. An agency that import premium products to BC. Port Tasting Notes: TAYLOR'S FINE WHITE PORT       Fragrant nose. Full-bodied, rich, fruity with a flavoursome long finish.  Serve chilled as an aperitif. White Port makes fabulous cocktails. Add pizzazz to your holiday fête, and make a big batch of White Port Mojito. Your guests will ...
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Restaurant Basics – First Impression

Annoying Impressions How you can drive your customers away before they get to the table? The first impression starts when the customers enter the restaurant. What they see, what they hear, and what they feel will affect how they think. Their first and last contact with your staff is usually in the lobby/entrance area. It presents an incredible opportunities to create goodwill. How you capitalize on those opportunities is up to you. Annoying impressions arise from actual contact with your sta...
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Wine Appreciation 101

Wine Appreciation 101 Tasting October 16 at Monterey Recreation Centre in Oak Bay. The group used a 100 points rating. 90+  = Solid wine. Well worth buying. You will like it. 80+  = Tasty and above average.  Recommended. 70+  = Simple, drinkable everyday wine. TASTING NOTE Mission Hill Pinot Gris 2016       This is a very good example of Pinot Gris from our backyard, the Okanagan Valley. Very enjoyable. Beaujolais Régnie Maison des Bulliats 2015...
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Cocktail Event

Corporate or Private 'Let's Cocktail' Party   Let your next corporate function, friends get-together, birthday, anniversary or Christmas Fête be a one of a kind party with a cocktail theme event. If you have been in charge of planning a staff party or a special event and you want a different activity than the traditional get-together, then think about a mixology event. I offer different cocktail making activities depending on your preferences, needs, and the numbe...
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