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Why You Should be Camping and Exploring on Vancouver Island

There is nothing like anticipating a new season or the next holiday. With spring well underway, we have just passed the unofficial first holiday of the summer for Canadians and, for many, the first...

A Taste Of Spain – Sherry

If you are a Millennial or Gen Z looking for a new experience in wine, you may be surprised to hear one of the most interesting and versatile types of wine is Sherry. In North America, sherry is...

A Taste of Spain – Food & Culture

Spain is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. It is the fourth-largest European country and the second-most mountainous country after Switzerland. It has numerous offshore...

A Taste of Spain – Wine Tour

Ah, those grey, rainy, late winter days here on the West Coast! Are you thinking of Spain, and its sunny and warm climate... but getting there isn't in the budget? No worries, we may not be able to...

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Latest Recipes

Classic Bellini

Classic Bellini Summer is truly here when fresh local fruit appears for sale. With fresh peaches comes the opportunity to enjoy a perfect patio sipper, the Peach Bellini. The classic Bellini is...

Scotch Fruit Cocktail

Scotch Fruit Cocktail Enjoying a drink outside is a given as we move into long summer days. If you want an alternative to beer or white wine, try this flavourful cocktail based on blended scotch...

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail This simple, delicious low ABV cocktail is all the rage with Mellenials and Gen Z. Mix equal parts lemonade and Rose wine in a cocktail glass filled with ice, add...

Flor de Jerez

Flor de Jerez This little gem mixes the sweet and the tart showcasing the rich flavour of Amontillado sherry and all of the joy sherry can add to the cocktail world. This recipie is from Death and...

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A Taste Of Spain – Sherry

A Taste Of Spain – Sherry

If you are a Millennial or Gen Z looking for a new experience in wine, you may be surprised to hear one of the most interesting and versatile types of wine is Sherry. In North America, sherry is usually misunderstood; the myth is that sherry is sickly sweet and is...

A Taste of Spain – Food & Culture

A Taste of Spain – Food & Culture

Spain is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. It is the fourth-largest European country and the second-most mountainous country after Switzerland. It has numerous offshore islands, each with its unique and memorable personality. It is...

A Taste of Spain – Wine Tour

A Taste of Spain – Wine Tour

Ah, those grey, rainy, late winter days here on the West Coast! Are you thinking of Spain, and its sunny and warm climate... but getting there isn't in the budget? No worries, we may not be able to provide the sun, but we can bring a taste of Spain right to your door...

Non-Alcoholic Trends

Non-Alcoholic Trends

Why Non-Alcohol? In a very short period, the non-alcohol landscape has changed dramatically, one part driven by age and the other by culture.  Older drinkers such as Baby Boomers or Gen X have reduced their consumption primarily due to age and health.  Millennials...

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky

When you hear mention of Japanese spirits, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  If you are like most people, the first thought is of Sake or maybe Beer.  Japanese culture has a long history of creating alcoholic drinks from rice when the techniques appeared in...

Happy (Belated) National Tequila Day

Happy (Belated) National Tequila Day

We may have missed the real National Tequila Day (July 24th) but it doesn't mean we shouldn't find a way to celebrate tequila every day! Fun fact: Tequila is the fastest-growing spirit in North America.  Not surprising given the promotion and celebrity tequila enjoys...

Scotch Fruit Cocktail

Scotch Fruit Cocktail

Scotch Fruit Cocktail Enjoying a drink outside is a given as we move into long summer days. If you want an alternative to beer or white wine, try this flavourful cocktail based on blended scotch whisky, you will find it is as easy to enjoy as it is to make. This...

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail This simple, delicious low ABV cocktail is all the rage with Mellenials and Gen Z. Mix equal parts lemonade and Rose wine in a cocktail glass filled with ice, add elegance with a garnish of fresh lemon peel or a lemon wheel. The sweet...

Flor de Jerez

Flor de Jerez

Flor de Jerez This little gem mixes the sweet and the tart showcasing the rich flavour of Amontillado sherry and all of the joy sherry can add to the cocktail world. This recipie is from Death and Co with the image by Garnish Blog. 1/2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Blend...

Sherry Daiquiri

Sherry Daiquiri

Matt Piacentini’s Sherry Daiquiri This is a nutty variation of a Daiquiri that features Oloroso sherry and rich demerara sugar syrup. It is a perfect way to learn more about sherry and all the lovely ways it can be enjoyed. Try with Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera from...

Aperol Fizz

Aperol Fizz

Aperol Fizz Food & Wine Test Kitchen, the authors of this recipe, describe this lovely cocktail as the perfect marriage of an egg cream and an Aperol spritz. I tend to agree! Navy-strength gin is used in the recipe and can be difficult to source in some...

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz This classic and refreshing cocktail celebrates spring. It's easy to make, easy to make and quaff, and its low ABV makes it no problem if you sneak in a second one on a warm afternoon. 2 oz Aperol3 oz Prosecco, your favourite1 oz Sparking water or...

Check out more posts

A Taste Of Spain – Sherry

A Taste Of Spain – Sherry

If you are a Millennial or Gen Z looking for a new experience in wine, you may be surprised to hear one of the most interesting and versatile types of wine is Sherry. In North America, sherry is usually misunderstood; the myth is that sherry is sickly sweet and is...

A Taste of Spain – Food & Culture

A Taste of Spain – Food & Culture

Spain is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. It is the fourth-largest European country and the second-most mountainous country after Switzerland. It has numerous offshore islands, each with its unique and memorable personality. It is...

A Taste of Spain – Wine Tour

A Taste of Spain – Wine Tour

Ah, those grey, rainy, late winter days here on the West Coast! Are you thinking of Spain, and its sunny and warm climate... but getting there isn't in the budget? No worries, we may not be able to provide the sun, but we can bring a taste of Spain right to your door...

Non-Alcoholic Trends

Non-Alcoholic Trends

Why Non-Alcohol? In a very short period, the non-alcohol landscape has changed dramatically, one part driven by age and the other by culture.  Older drinkers such as Baby Boomers or Gen X have reduced their consumption primarily due to age and health.  Millennials...

Japanese Whisky

Japanese Whisky

When you hear mention of Japanese spirits, what is the first thing that comes to mind?  If you are like most people, the first thought is of Sake or maybe Beer.  Japanese culture has a long history of creating alcoholic drinks from rice when the techniques appeared in...

Happy (Belated) National Tequila Day

Happy (Belated) National Tequila Day

We may have missed the real National Tequila Day (July 24th) but it doesn't mean we shouldn't find a way to celebrate tequila every day! Fun fact: Tequila is the fastest-growing spirit in North America.  Not surprising given the promotion and celebrity tequila enjoys...

Scotch Fruit Cocktail

Scotch Fruit Cocktail

Scotch Fruit Cocktail Enjoying a drink outside is a given as we move into long summer days. If you want an alternative to beer or white wine, try this flavourful cocktail based on blended scotch whisky, you will find it is as easy to enjoy as it is to make. This...

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail

Rose Wine Lemonade Cocktail This simple, delicious low ABV cocktail is all the rage with Mellenials and Gen Z. Mix equal parts lemonade and Rose wine in a cocktail glass filled with ice, add elegance with a garnish of fresh lemon peel or a lemon wheel. The sweet...

Flor de Jerez

Flor de Jerez

Flor de Jerez This little gem mixes the sweet and the tart showcasing the rich flavour of Amontillado sherry and all of the joy sherry can add to the cocktail world. This recipie is from Death and Co with the image by Garnish Blog. 1/2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Blend...

Sherry Daiquiri

Sherry Daiquiri

Matt Piacentini’s Sherry Daiquiri This is a nutty variation of a Daiquiri that features Oloroso sherry and rich demerara sugar syrup. It is a perfect way to learn more about sherry and all the lovely ways it can be enjoyed. Try with Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera from...

Aperol Fizz

Aperol Fizz

Aperol Fizz Food & Wine Test Kitchen, the authors of this recipe, describe this lovely cocktail as the perfect marriage of an egg cream and an Aperol spritz. I tend to agree! Navy-strength gin is used in the recipe and can be difficult to source in some...

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz This classic and refreshing cocktail celebrates spring. It's easy to make, easy to make and quaff, and its low ABV makes it no problem if you sneak in a second one on a warm afternoon. 2 oz Aperol3 oz Prosecco, your favourite1 oz Sparking water or...