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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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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Get Your Restaurant Noticed

Getting Your Restaurant Noticed With Social Media It used to be that one of the substantial advertisements for a restaurant was the business itself. You opened a restaurant in a good location to draw people in. Also, if you had an advertising budget, you could put an ad in the local newspapers or magazines.  It made sense: after all, people who wanted to dine out would go to a restaurant. But all these traditional advertising sectors are in decline, and in many cases the most significant chan...
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Holografyx Brings Products To Life

The company Holografyx® from Victoria develops cool and innovative holographic tools to showcase products. Their window screen displays exciting and entertaining optical illusions that are eye catching. The technology is coming into its own, and slowly entering and competing with traditional advertising platforms. We live in an age of visual culture, imagery has mass appeal. This 3D holographic technology will find many other applications than just advertising. For the tech savvy restaurant ow...
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Viva Italia – Part 2

Viva Italia Wine Tasting A room full of wine enthusiasts got a treat last Monday night for the ‘Viva Italia – Part 2’  at Monterey Rec Centre. The line up featured 7 liquid treasures from central and south Italy. Thank you to the following sponsors that made this event a great success: Empson Wines Canada – Passionate about great wines. Bonvida – Importers & Distributors – Promoting wine enjoyment. Enoteca Bacco – Importers of Fines Wines & Spirits. We used broadly the popular 10...
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Sparkling Wine & Champagne Tasting

A Special Sparkling Wine Tasting – Bubbles & Nibbles Event Awesome event and many thanks to the sponsors that made the evening so deliciously bubbly! DAVID HERMAN & SON – Wine & Spirit Merchant ANDREW PELLER – Import Agency BURROWS, LUONGO & ASSOCIATES inc. – purveyors of Wines & Spirits Kitchens  Of Distinction catered the nibbles. All the wines are available at Signature BC gov’t stores, and at selected private stores. We used broadly the 100 scale wine rating. 90...
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