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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...

Cocktails Anyone?

Latest Recipes

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

Sauvignon Blanc Punch

Sauvignon Blanc Punch

Sauvignon Blanc Punch Is this low-ABV, easy patio sipper made with Aperol the perfect wine punch for a pleasant spring afternoon? This little number adapted from Liquor.com might just be! 1/2 oz Aperol3 oz Sauvignon Blanc **1/2 oz Grapefruit juice (Fresh squeezed is...

Navarrico

Navarrico

Navarrico Butano 4 oz fluffy orange juice from a high-speed juicer* (See notes below for alternate)1/4 oz Sambuca or Pastis** (or other Anise liqueur) (See notes)3/4 oz Sloe gin** (See notes)3/4 OZ Campari (or any Italian Bitter Liqueur)1/2 oz Apple cider...

Rebujito Sherry Cocktail

Rebujito Sherry Cocktail

Rebujito This simple, refreshing little number blends dry sherry, lemon-lime soda and mint to create a lovely patio sipper. There are many recipes on the interne,t but the basic recipe is 1 part dry sherry to 2 parts soda. This can be made as a single cocktail or like...

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...

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...

Sauvignon Blanc Punch

Sauvignon Blanc Punch

Sauvignon Blanc Punch Is this low-ABV, easy patio sipper made with Aperol the perfect wine punch for a pleasant spring afternoon? This little number adapted from Liquor.com might just be! 1/2 oz Aperol3 oz Sauvignon Blanc **1/2 oz Grapefruit juice (Fresh squeezed is...

Navarrico

Navarrico

Navarrico Butano 4 oz fluffy orange juice from a high-speed juicer* (See notes below for alternate)1/4 oz Sambuca or Pastis** (or other Anise liqueur) (See notes)3/4 oz Sloe gin** (See notes)3/4 OZ Campari (or any Italian Bitter Liqueur)1/2 oz Apple cider...

Rebujito Sherry Cocktail

Rebujito Sherry Cocktail

Rebujito This simple, refreshing little number blends dry sherry, lemon-lime soda and mint to create a lovely patio sipper. There are many recipes on the interne,t but the basic recipe is 1 part dry sherry to 2 parts soda. This can be made as a single cocktail or like...