Taste Canada Awards Gala: Wine Pairing with Canada’s Top Chefs

There was a cornucopia of culinary royalty at the 20th annual Taste Canada Awards Gala/Les Laureats des Saveurs du Canada held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto last month. The red carpet was rolled out to honour Canada’s finest cookbook authors, publishers and food bloggers with 24 Gold and Silver awards given out. Categories ranged from…

Tasting Notes: Rangeland Wines and the Wines of Paso Robles

Rangeland is one of the best-kept secrets in Paso and Paso is one of the best-kept secrets in the wine-world. It didn’t take me long to figure that out. The awareness challenge that I talked about in my first Paso post, is changing….slowly. The community is banding together to help get Paso the recognition it…

From Vine to Wine: Harvest Curriculum @ Rangeland Winery

Harvest is a feverish, high-energy time in the vineyard and winery. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing seven months of nature’s miracle growth transition from vine to wine. Our* 10 days of working harvest with Paul Hinschberger and vineyard manager Patrick Hamilton were not only rich in curriculum, but they were fun. SO. MUCH. FUN….

Part 2 – Working the #2017 Paso Robles Vintage @ Rangeland Wines

I decided earlier this spring it was time for another harvest experience. I can drink wine till the cows come home (see exhibit A) but as an educator, I know the best learning happens when students are given hands on, real-world experience and – most importantly – responsibility for making real-world decisions. In the wine…

Part 2: Charme de L’Ile. The Sparkling Jewel in Vancouver Island’s Wine Crown

If you read my last blog post, you’ll know the Cowichan Valley, is gearing up to be British Columbia’s next powerhouse wine district. This southern Vancouver Island community is as rich in wine passion as they are grape-growing potential. Vancouver Island is already widely respected for its restaurants and ‘locally sourced’ culinary philosophy. With Mother…

Cowichan Valley: The Coolest Wine Destination You’ve Likely Never Heard Of

The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is probably best know for its prized, all-weather, Cowichan sweaters. The iconic images of whales, eagles, bear and snowflakes woven into a First Nation’s cultural motif make these wooly sweaters recognizable around the world. These days, the Cowichan Valley is building a reputation beyond its island knitters…