Try a Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail for something different

Craving something different for apres than the “usual” Irish Coffee? Why not give this tasty treat a try; Warm Spiced Vanilla Cocktail. 4c milk (whole milk makes it creamier!), 1/4c Pure Maple Syrup 🍁, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 2/3c Irish Cream Liqueur, 1/3c Bourbon, 2 tsp...

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Negroni and Indigo

Negroni & Indigo these are a few of my favourite things. Ingredients  -  Yields: 1  1 oz. London dry gin 1 oz. Campari 1 oz. vermouth rosso cocktail glass Directions Add the ingredients together in a cocktail shaker. Shake well with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled...

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50th Parallel Wine BC Pinot Noir

Don't let wet weather get you down - stop by our in store tasting bar and sample the renowned Pinot Noir from @50thparallelwine . This is a beauty of a BC Pinot that earned itself 90 points from Decanter magazine! #wine #redwine #bcwine #vqa #tastingbar #pinotnoir...

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To Capture a Moment…

We often use wine to make an occasion special, to make a toast, or to celebrate someone or something, and it’s a wonderful way to enjoy that which wine has to offer.  Today though, I consider the wine itself to be the moment.  The simple pleasure of the sip can be the...

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Rise & Shine Wines!

With the dawn of spring here, Easter just around the corner, and my body finally adjusting to Daylight Savings Time… it’s time for rise and shine wines!  Not necessarily wake up, roll out of bed and hit the bottle wines, but wines to waken the palate; wines with...

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The Little James Basket Press

In my wine experience, I have what I like to call 'wishlist wines'.  These are wines I admire from afar; wines that are often impossible to find or impossible to afford.  Some people say it is better not to meet your heroes, and so perhaps it is best to keep the dream...

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November Wine Club Lineup – "An Evening of Bubbles"

We featured the following fantastic sparkling wines during our Wine Club event in November: *Cuvee Jean-Louis Blanc de Blancs (France)*See Ya Later Ranch 'SYL Brut' (B.C.)*8th Generation 'Integrity' Frizzante (B.C.)*Adriano Adami 'Dei Casel' Prosecco (Italy)*J...

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"B" is for Barbaresco…

We recently attended the Italian Trade Commission ‘Wines of Italy’ tasting in Vancouver, and enjoyed it greatly.  Italian wines, whether rustic or modern, tend to exude the sense of terroir very well.  They maintain a strong sense of character that gives them a...

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1988 & 1997

I recently had the great pleasure of enjoying a meal with some good friends.  One of whom was a former team member of our Blackcomb Liquor Store & Fitzsimmons Pub family, returned to BC from Australia for a short vacation.  As a wine enthusiast, any excuse will do to...

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"Great Grigio"

What's in a name?  Well sense of identity I suppose; and with wines and grapes it is as applicable as with any other thing.  We, in North America, remain quite varietally focused with our wines.  We tend to gravitate towards wines named for the grape or grapes that...

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