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(#185) Little Qualicum Cheeseworks & Mooberry Winery

We had a blast hanging out at Morning Star Farm, touring one of our favorite Vancouver Island cheese producers, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and their fantastic little fruit winery, Mooberry Winery.



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(MM#008) The Adventure Thus Far: We Three Kings (Meritaaage…)

WineGarageHighlights-127Having learned in our previous vintages how hard it is to find quality grapes in small quantities (i.e. less than a ton) we figured we should start shopping around for our 2009 vintage much earlier. Thankfully we found another grower named Terry, un-related to Terry with the Foch (see MM#004), with some nice grapes on the Naramata bench. Terry happened to have two of the red varieties that (we think) consistently make some of the best reds in the Okanagan, Merlot and Cab Franc.

As Thanksgiving 2009 approached, Terry kept us up to date with the ripening progression in the vineyard. It had been a great growing season and the numbers were lining up perfectly with our planned Thanksgiving excursions to the Okanagan……………………..

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(#184) Pizzeria Prima Strada

In sticking with our current theme of exploring Italy, we figured that we needed feature some authentic southern Italian food. Pizzeria Prima Strada is a certified, authentic, Neapolitan and absolutely delicious pizzeria!




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(MM#007) The Adventure Thus Far: Drago… the Natural Wine

There once was a man named Drago,
He came from Croatia a long time ago.
He grew many a vine,
And yelled loudly all the time.
The most interesting guy you could know.

Growing up in the Fraser Valley, Mike N. lived in a tight-knit rural community with several neighbourhood ‘personalities’. One of these personalities was named Drago (see limerick above.) 2009 happened to be one of the warmest years on record in the area and Drago had a bumper crop of grapes. Not knowing what to do with all these grapes, he tracked down the local neighbourhood wine nerd and said in his usual tone, “HEYYYY… MIKE… YOU VANT GRAPES?” (picture an unshaven middle-aged Croatian dude waving his arms in the air). Continue reading

(#183) Exploring Italy: Vermentino From Sardinia

Vermentino is a white grape variety originating in Sardinia, but is growing in popularity throughout several other warmer climate wine regions of the world. Continuing on with our current series, we taste a great example of Sardinian Vermentino.




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(MM#006) The Adventure Thus Far: Lessons In Blending

A sunny afternoon in April we popped by a local winery in Abbotsford with our first two wines to get an outside opinion. The color and the aromas of our cherry wine and the full mouth feel of our Marechal Foch pleasantly surprised our winemaker acquaintance. However, we all felt that the Cherry wine came across rather thin with no length and the Foch had those typical Fochy characteristics (wild, brambly and lacking much aroma).

With a twinkle in his eye he grabbed the bottle of Cherry and tossed a dash into his glass of Foch, leaning our way said, “Try this!” This was our first official experience with blending. Continue reading

(#180) BC’s Liquor Board At It AGAIN!


BC Liquor Licensing Branch shuts down a local charitable wine auction.


Leave me some comments on this after you read the articles, I really want to know what you think?

(The Article from the Belfry Theater’s website)

(The Article from Vic News.com)

(Mark Hicken’s Website WineLaw.ca)

(This is a great follow up article from Vic News.com)

(An article by The Province on a temporary fix)

(A great educational resource for you: Modernize Wine)

(A great educational resource for you: Free The Wine)

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(#179) Exploring Italy: Red Wine From Sicily

I’m stoked to start a new series exploring the wines of Italy. Italy has so many random grape varieties that I am excited to discover together with you. On this episode we start with a great red blend from Sicily


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