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Canadian Chardonnay Eh!? Vancouver Island Wine Tour #1

Check here over the next few weeks, I am touring Vancouver Island’s wines, ciders, and beer.

Wife, kid, and I (sounds like a musical) have driven a day to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. And yes, they grow enough grapes here to claim a Vancouver Island appellation or VQA. Sure, vines only started in 1992, today boasting 432 planted acres and 32 wineries (even Oregon’s tiny Willamette Valley claims 19,000 acres and over 500 wineries). But what that youth and extremely small scale means, however, is focus: most wineries are estate only, often organic, and handled by families from vineyard to bottle. Continue reading

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Vancouver Visit Leaves for Backyard Vineyards in Fraser Valley

With one “dry” weather day left in Vancouver, we hike the interior of Stanley Park. We feel like lost hobbits in this endless glade.

Dog walkers disappear as we delve deeper. Misty and free of the city’s steel, we find something odd. Continue reading

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Vancouver Visit to Stanley Park, Liberty Distillery, Fish and Chips, BC Liquor Store

Wayward Wine continues to search for drinks-related fun in “No Fun City”: Vancouver, BC. Where better to start than downtown’s Signature BC Liquor Store? But even in this urban chic city center, this state-run store only offers the same old Okanagan brands (Wayne Gretzky wine…sigh). Prices all tend to the teens and above. Anything cheaper and “local” is Australian bottled in BC (yes, they have a section for it). Thanks to brutal taxes, shelf price for any wine from anywhere, is twice what is stateside. There’s a reason people buy wine pre-made in bulk from private home brew shops: Continue reading

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Vancouver 4: Sake Rice, Mushroom, and Molsen Beer Risotto

So that rice, Canada’s only Saké rice, that we bought from Artisan SakeMaker of Osake (see last post: here) on Granville Island…how does it cook?s Since our palates have adapted to British Columbia over ten days, we decide to hold firm … Continue reading

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Vancouver Visit 3: Pacific Culinary Institute and Cassini Cellars, Pinot Noir

Out of desperation, we reserved lunch for Half Off Wine Wednesday. Online research found, finally, that wines equaled BC winery prices (albeit still twice US retail). More importantly, the Pacific Culinary Institute sourced food locally. The food should meld well … Continue reading

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