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When I went to Cornucopia in Whistler, I had the pleasure to attend a few seminars to zero-in on certain aspects of food and wine. One of my favourite sessions was Ohh La La, where we sipped and learned about 10 French wines that cost CAD$37 or less. Besides BC wines, I have always been a big fan of French wines. I love me some bold Bordeaux blend, and French Viognier was one of the first wines I fell in love with. I was really excited about attending this seminar, facilitated by wine experts Christine Campbell and Dr. Damien Wilson, who have both lived in France before.

Here are the 10 wines we tried, ranging from sparkling to rose, to white to red. I will highlight the ones I enjoyed the most.


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Even though the theme region for this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival was California, there were many events featuring other wine-making countries/regions. Lucky for me I was able to attend the Gusto Latinoamericano wine lunch at Lift Bar Grill View. As you may have guessed already, this wine lunch highlighted wines from Argentina and Chile.



Event guests were treated to a 3-course lunch here, along with wine pairing. But before that, there was the amuse Argentinean Prawn with Chimichurri. The prawn was sweet and plump, and the chimichurri brought bright acidity. It was paired with the Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut NV — a dry, crisp, easy-drinking bubbly with 25% pinot noir and 75% chardonnay.


For our appetizer, it was a Chilled Seafood Salad, with a mix of wine braised octopus, mussels, clams and squid, along with some chorizo chips and warm garlic bread. (more…)

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At the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival, I once again went to the popular 25 Under $25. Hand-picked by James Nevison, The Province’s “Wine Guy”, we got to sample 25 wines from around the world that are priced reasonably at $25 or less.

25 Under $25 2016

Here is the list of wines grouped by colour (white, rosé, red or port), then sorted by countries in alphabetical order. In the event program, there is a price listed for each wine, so I’ve included it here for your reference. If they are currently available at BC Liquor Stores, I have used their listed price instead. Keep in mind that prices may be different at private liquor stores.

I’ve highlighted the ones I enjoyed the most: (more…)

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The last Vancouver International Wine Festival event that we attended was the popular 25 Under $25. It’s one of the last events of the festival and in my mind, it’s a great event for first-timers or wine beginners. Tickets were priced reasonably and you get to try 25 wines that are generally priced under $25, a price point that would be affordable to most, if not all, of us wine drinkers.

25 Under $25

The following is the list of sampled wines grouped by white and red, then sorted by countries in alphabetical order. Most wines should be available at a BC Liquor Store. The listed price (in the event program) is also included for your reference, but it might be different at each wine store. I’ll keep this short and highlight ones that I liked the most. You should know that I’m usually drawn to sweet, fruity whites and full-body reds. You’ll probably notice the same pattern here: (more…)

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On Monday, the 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival officially kicked off. I was at the launch party where the Executive Director, Harry Hertscheg, along with Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver, did the ceremonious countdown to the festival.

Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury (right, at the balcony), Consul General of France in Vancouver, counts down to kick off the Festival

A count from “dix” to “un” and we’re off for some French wine and French-inspired canapes.

Celebrating over food & wine

Kobe MeatballsLemon Meringue Tart

This year’s theme country is France with a global focus on Bubbly. (more…)

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