Explore Locally with New Beer and Wine Tours to Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam, Burnaby and New West

Photo Credit: Jackie Dives

Did you know Coquitlam’s first craft brewery is now open? Check it out, along with sampling at Dagaraad Brewery in Burnaby (definitely try their dubbel made with figs from Mission) and while you’re at it, pull up a chair at Steel & Oak Brewing in New West. (I’ll take the wheat ale with rose hips and hibiscus, thank you.)

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Explore Locally with New Beer and Wine Tours to Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam, Burnaby and New West

With tickets going fast, here are four Vancouver Int’l Wine Fest events you can still catch

This year, Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. So it makes sense that the featured country at this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival should be, well, Canada.

Over 70 Canadian wineries will be featured at this year’s fest, including many from B.C. (of course), but also from Ontario and the East Coast. According to the wine fest, “This marks the largest gathering of Canadian wineries ever at an international festival.”

Other numbers to keep in mind are the dates of the festival, Feb. 11-19; the number of events, 58; and how many, as of this posting, have sold out since tickets went on sale last week, 15 – an amount  that reflects the festival’s ever-growing popularity among oenophiles.

With that in mind, let’s look at a few of the events that still have tickets left.

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With tickets going fast, here are four Vancouver Int’l Wine Fest events you can still catch

Vancouver Date Ideas: Wine for Waves and the Launch of Red Racer Super Stellar IPA

Wine for Waves

The comfy stage of any relationship is the best. You know, the point where you can wear your grungiest clothing, have stringy hair, and your dorkiest glasses and you don’t care? My boyfriend and I are at this point now, and I love it.

Except sometimes I miss the beginning when we always dressed to impress each other and every outing together was memorable (home dates in sweatpants tend to be interchangeable). When we make the effort to plan something special, we transform into the shinier new couple we used to be.

Fortunately, two upcoming events that celebrate the best of local drink and food promise to be evenings of fun for you and your sweetie. And, if you’re single, you’ll have the chance to mingle with people who just might turn into future dates.

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Vancouver Date Ideas: Wine for Waves and the Launch of Red Racer Super Stellar IPA

Thirsty? Try 1450 of the world’s top wines this week at the Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Wine lovers in Vancouver have good reason to raise a glass this week.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival, one of the biggest events of its kind in North America, returns to the city Feb. 20-March 1.  The eight-day blowout is much, much more than a simple wine tasting. More than 50 wine-fueled events are scheduled at venues across the city, from wine-paired dinners, lunches and brunches at top hotels and restaurants to special wine seminars and a series of giant tasting for 25,000 oenophiles.

This year, more than 150 wineries from 14 countries will be pouring up their finest reserves. The theme country for the 2016 festival is Italy, meaning fans of Italian wines are in for a special treat. A total of 60 Italian wineries representing nine different regions – from Tuscany to Piedmont – are on hand.  There will also be a range of brand new wineries at the festival, including some viticultural pioneers from Kamloops and New Mexico.  Continue reading:
Thirsty? Try 1450 of the world’s top wines this week at the Vancouver International Wine Fest

Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

If you’re a fan of wine from the “land down under,” this might be right up your alley, mate.

Tickets for the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 20-March 1, are officially on sale now. And the 37th instalment of the festival – one of the biggest on the continent – is putting Australia’s incredible wines in the spotlight.

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Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Drink Up: Wine to be Sold in Vancouver Grocery Stores

Wine sold at a Trader Joe's grocery story in the U.S. Photo credit: Mack Male | Wikimedia Commons

Wine sold at a Trader Joe’s grocery story in the U.S. Photo credit: Mack Male | Wikimedia Commons

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to pick up a bottle of wine while you’re at the grocery store?

For decades, Vancouverites have fantasized about this simple act, commonplace in so many parts of the world. Now, it’s finally becoming a reality.

Starting April 1 (and no, this isn’t an April Fool’s gag), grocery stores throughout British Columbia will be able to sell local wine.  Think of it as one small step for Vancouver, one giant leap for wine drinkers everywhere.

But before you race out to the corner Safeway looking for your favourite bottle, there is some fine print to consider.

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Drink Up: Wine to be Sold in Vancouver Grocery Stores

New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets

Photo credit: J R | Flickr

Photo credit: J R | Flickr

The moment that Vancouver drinkers have long dreamed of is finally here.

June 20 marked the first day that pubs and restaurants in the city could offer customers happy hour specials on beer, wine and spirits.  Previously, provincial regulations had prohibited establishments from changing the price of their booze during the day, effectively nixing the possibility of happy hours.

Under the new rules,  bars and restaurants are now free to set their own happy hour specials, provided that they comply with mandatory minimum prices.  For beer, the minimum price is $3 per 12-ounce bottle or sleeve, $5 per 20-ounce pint or $15 per 60-ounce jug.  Wine must be priced at at least $3 per 5-ounce glass or $15.85 per 750-millilitre bottle.  Spirit prices must be set at a minimum of $3 per 1.5-ounce drink.

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New Booze Laws in Vancouver: Happy Hours Officially Start; Booze Now at Farmers Markets