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Vashon Island

…COMPLETES THE TRIFECTA – FOOD, WINE AND DOGS. Usually we like to get away the weekend after Labour Day. The weather is still nice. The summer crowds have dissipated. Up to this point, Whistler has been the destination of choice. This year we threw a change-up and decided to visit a friend who lives on […]

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Wine of The Night – Masi Grandarella 2004

My friend Andy turned me on to Amarone wines when he took me out for dinner to a great Italian restaurant in Yaletown called Amarcord.  We had the Tommasi Amarone Della Valpolicella Classico.  Wow, what a beautiful, full bodied, smooth red.  But at $59.98, I’m not cracking a new bottle seven nights a week so I […]

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Wine of the Night – Burrowing Owl 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

We love their wine and we’ve been patiently saving this one. We went back to my hometown of Nelson a couple of years ago and made sure we drove through the Okanagan wine country on the way back. We wheeled into Burrowing Owl Estates Winery and were immediately impressed. It’s a beautiful set-up on a hill right in […]

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Wine of The Night – Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon

Out of all of the Napa Cab-Sauvs we’ve tried in the $20ish dollar range, the Avalon is my new favorite.  I really enjoy the Liberty School and the Ravenswood as well, but the Avalon is more of a mouthful. Please give it a try if you haven’t already. It’s $23.78 at the B.C. Liquor Store. If you don’t like it, […]

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Wine of The Night – Church & State 2005 Syrah

Church & State 2005 Syrah We were told about this winery during a class featuring B.C. wines. We didn’t taste any Church & State wines that night, but the instructor explained that Master Winemaker Bill Dyer, who previously brought his skills to much-loved and hard-to-get Burrowing Owl products, was now working with Church & State just outside Victoria, BC. When I got home I did […]

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The Original Post – Includes Mother Mary’s Red Sauce

I have a feeling this first posting is going to be all over the place.  Seriously: Food, Wine & Dogs? Couldn’t I narrow it down?  Short answer: NO.  These are my passions/obsessions and if I’m going to prattle, it’s got to be about the things that I love. I think I need to set the tone early – Yes, those […]

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