Takeaways from the event hosted at B.C.’s Sun Peaks Resort
Last week I hit up the Winter Festival Of Wine at British Columbia’s Sun Peaks Resort, trudging through snow banks and slipping on icy patches — all in the name of pairing good drops with winter sports and all-around hoopla.
Sommeliers lead the way to hip wine and dine spots
The past five years have seen several of Toronto’s top chefs scale back their operations, with many critics lamenting the death of fine dining. Some refer to this as a reactionary or recessionary period.
The first Canadian city to hold the event
It was recently announced that Penticton, British Columbia will be the first city in Canada to host the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference from June 6-8, 2013.
Wine Access 2012 Canadian Wine Awards
The Wine Access 2012 Canadian Wine Awards will be held for the fourth time in Penticton, B.C., Aug. 13 through 16 at the Lakeside Resort, Conference Centre & Casino.
The BYOB rules for planes, trains and boats
Go to the FAQ section of any airline, cruise line or train company and you’re bound to find a question about alcohol consumption. Specifically, many query something along the lines of, “Can I bring/drink my own alcohol onboard?”
Advice on cooking one of the most healthful meats
Rabbit is one of the most healthful meat you can eat. Yet, some people keep their experience with it to fancy restaurants while many haven’t tried it at all. Rabbit is a white meat that’s low in cholesterol. It has the highest percentage of protein, and the lowest percentage of fat, of any meat. Though not tremendously popular in North American diets, it is more common in New Zealand.
How to make the most of the western experience
The Calgary Stampede is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. As the pancake breakfasts, parade and chuckwagon races get underway this week, here's a collection of what to eat, drink and shop for to make the most of your Stampede experience. And, you don't have to be in Cowtown to act like a cowboy, our guide will have you grilling steaks and dressing the part in no time, whether you're in Alberta or Newfoundland. Saddle up!
Drink in centuries of tradition on a European wine trip
Escape the crowds of Tuscany and head to the hills of nearby Umbria instead. This wild, mountainous region of Italy isn’t as famous as, say, Chianti, but that just makes discovering its bright, food-friendly wines that much more exciting. Umbria has long been known for Orvieto, a crisp, dry, white blend produced around the medieval village of the same name. But it is also becoming celebrated for elegant reds based on sangiovese, such as Torgiano Rosso, which pairs beautifully with the area’s hearty, game-based cuisine. Be sure to visit the village of Norcia, which is as famous for its pork salume and black truffles as it is for being St. Benedict’s birthplace.
Adventure and wine collide in New Zealand
Sitting in the restaurant in the Sky Tower in downtown Auckland is quite an experience. You can sip a nice selection of both North and South island wines, while eating local cuisine including Kumara chips, made from indigenous sweet potatoes favoured by the Maoris. Out the window is a view of the ocean, but you can also see ample evidence of the surrounding volcanoes, not currently erupting, but always looming.
Looking for a romantic way to celebrate? Try dinner or tasting at a Canadian winery
Where: Westside Wine Trail