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AWESOME THING WE ATE #928 | Mjadra & Fresh Saj Bread At The Drive’s New Jam Jar

October 30, 2014 

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We love the delicious simplicity of the menu at Jam Jar, a brand new and especially good looking “Folk Lebanese” restaurant on The Drive (read our preview of it here). We’re particularly found of their traditional take on mjadra, a cold Levantine staple pottage-puree of green lentils and brown rice that loves the warm embrace of flatbread fresh from the saj. So delicious!

2280 Commercial Drive | Vancouver, BC | 604-252-3957 | www.jamjaronthedrive.com | $7.50

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GOODS | The Bittered Sling Line Of Cocktail Bitters & Culinary Extracts Lands New Look

October 30, 2014 

Bittered Sling is an award-winning catering company and events company |bitteredsling.com @bittered_sling

Bittered Sling is an award-winning catering company and events company |bitteredsling.com @bittered_sling

The GOODS from Bittered Sling

Vancouver, BC | Continuing to provide an inspired twist to cocktail culture across North America and beyond, Vancouver-based Bittered Sling has announced a fresh and exciting redesign of its award-winning line of small-batch cocktail bitters and culinary extracts beginning with its newly released Gift Pack 2.0 (MSRP $44.95 CAD/USD).

While Bittered Sling won’t change the handcrafted, high-quality tonics in each bottle, its Gift Pack 2.0 — which contains six 25-mL bottles of its most popular and versatile flavours — will trade Bittered Sling’s former apothecary design aesthetic for a new look that blends the colour, symmetrical balance and design elements of the turn-of-the-century Belle Époque of 1870-1920 when cocktail culture came of age, along with Machine-Age touches inspired by the Art Deco movement of 1920-‘40.

“With this redesign, we’ve planted one foot firmly in the past and have one eye fixed on the future,” says Lauren Mote, the bartender and sommelier who co-founded Bittered Sling in 2012 with her partner and celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek. “La Belle Époque” or “Beautiful Era” was the golden age of cocktails, culture, art, music and theatre, and this new design pays homage to the history of bartending rather than just the history of bitters.”

Beyond the new design elements of the gift pack, the collection also makes way for two new flavours, as Kensington Dry Aromatic and Malagasy Chocolate — both of which garnered gold medals at the Beverage Testing Institute’s 2014 International Review of Spirits competition in Chicago — take their place alongside Orange & Juniper, Moondog, Grapefruit & Hops and Plum & Rootbeer. The latter two flavours also scored silver medals for Bittered Sling in the competition.

Bartenders, chefs and savvy cocktail aficionados alike will appreciate the new droppers that replace the original dasher tops, allowing for a more consistent application. In addition, the new colour-coded design scheme of each flavour will make for easier identification for bartenders and chefs working in fast-paced, low-light environments. [ Keep reading ]

FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE BRIEF #440 | Out The Train Window From Moscow To Beijing

October 30, 2014 

(via) French filmmaker Stanislas Giroux edited down three weeks of summer travel through three countries along the Trans-Siberian railway to just three mesmerizing minutes:

I took a train ticket for the Trans-Siberian railway, in order to reach Beijing from Moscow, crossing Mongolia. I travelled alone with my bag, half-filled with my video gear. At that time, I didn’t knew that my ticket for that seat 22 would be the beginning of a once in a lifetime journey…

But seriously, how does one not naturally expect that Moscow to Beijing by train will prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience?

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GOODS | “Notturno” Prepares To Serve Two Special White Truffle Dinners In November

October 30, 2014 

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | November is when white truffle season goes full bloom. To celebrate, Nottturno will host its highly anticipated White Truffle Dinner. For two nights only – November 10 and 11 – guests can enjoy Chef Bill Robitaille’s nine-course white truffle tasting menu, complete with wine pairings from Ben DeChamplain. A limited number of seats are available each night for this epic celebration that is sure to please both truffle newbies and aficionados, so reserve your spot today! Tickets are $375, wine pairings included (taxes and gratuity not). To purchase yours, please call 604-720-3145. Take a peek at the White Truffle Dinner menu after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

DINER | Ryan & Zach Of “The Juice Truck” Make Some Chocolate Almond Butter Cups

October 30, 2014 

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by Ryan Slater & Zach Berman | It’s way too easy to get caught up with all the Halloween candy currently in circulation. It’s somehow normal to down 10 chocolate bars before realizing that you just ate 10 chocolate bars. Since that’s not good for us, we like to make our own Halloween treats. Our all-time favourite is the chocolate almond butter cup. The big brand “peanut” original attracts a lot of heat because it’s seen as the “worst” Halloween candy as far as health is concerned, with each cup containing 105 calories, 6.5 grams of fat, and 2 grams saturated fat. Ours is an all-natural alternative, so there’s no guilt attached if you double dip for seconds.

Chocolate Mixture Ingredients

1/3 cup melted coconut oil
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup cacao powder
1/2 tsp raw vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract

Nut Butter Mixture Ingredients

1/4 cup almond butter (or your favourite nut butter)
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1 cup almond meal (ground up almonds)

Directions

1. Using a whisk, mix the two groups of ingredients in separate bowls until both are nice and smooth.
2. Get about a dozen cupcake papers or line a muffin tin with paper liners.
3. Fill each paper with about 1 tsp of the chocolate mixture. You can either brush, pour or pipe the chocolate into the paper liners. Make sure the bottoms and sides are evenly coated with chocolate.
4. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until hardened.
5. Once hardened, fill each cup with 1tsp of your nut butter mix.
6. Top off each cup with the remaining chocolate mix (if the chocolate hardens, just re-heat it) and put the cups back in the fridge for 10 minutes or until hardened.
7. Top the finished cups off with some Himalayan rock salt, cacao nibs, edible flowers, or cayenne pepper.
8. Store in the fridge or in a cool place until distribution.

And there you go! You’ve just made yourself some deliciously vegan, gluten-free chocolate almond butter cups. We recognise that most people think the idea of a “healthy Halloween treat” is downright spooky, but trust us, this is no trick!

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13499395865_537bf5ccb7_zRyan Slater and Zach Berman are the co-owners of The Juice Truck. What began as a couple of dudes with a strong sense of wanderlust and a dream of making juice has blossomed into a company that is slowly but surely becoming a hub of health and wellness in Vancouver. Maybe they’ll travel the world again soon and see what else they can dream up. Until then, they’ll be cracking wise and making stuff here.

GOODS | Robson’s “CinCin” Set For Pair Of Autumn Truffle And Piedmont Wine Dinners

October 30, 2014 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

The GOODS from CinCin

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s definitive modern Italian eatery, CinCin Ristorante, has just announced two unique truffle and wine dinners to be held on November 6 and November 27. Shane Taylor, CinCin Wine Director, along with restaurant director Richard Luxton, are delighted to orchestrate these exclusive events, featuring two of Piedmont’s top wineries.

“Piedmont is sometimes overlooked,” says Taylor, “however the wine cognoscenti realize its tremendous importance, and we’re thrilled to have two such brilliant producers make their debut here at CinCin.”

The Damilano Winery is over a century old. Managed by the founder’s great grandchildren, their estates produce mainly Nebbiolo de Barolo and Barbera. G.D. Vajra is located in Vergne, the highest commune in Barolo, where the late-ripening Nebbiolo grapes impart a distinctive flavour profile. Both wineries will present their finest bottles, which are consistently rated at 90 points and higher by major wine periodicals.

Executive chef Andrew Richardson will prepare a luxurious five-course tasting menu rich in the flavours of Autumn and featuring both black Piedmont and white Alba truffles, with several courses prepared on CinCin’s new Grillworks ‘Infierno’ rottiserie-grill… [ Keep reading ]

TEA & TWO SLICES | On Bringing Out The Gimp For Ghomeshi & Galiano Island Brawls

October 29, 2014 

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by Sean Orr | To the surprise of no one, Harper Named World’s ‘Worst Climate Villain’ After Damning Report. He’s also been named the World’s Worst Regular Villain, too.

To wit: Bill C-60: Tories Quietly Taking Control Of CBC, Group Alleges. It’s like he wants to “hate fuck” the CBC more desperately than Jian Ghomeshi does.

Related: The real reasons Jian Ghomeshi is suing the CBC. Featuring my new favourite word: opprobrium.

Meanwhile, Canadian humour magazine not even gonna touch this one, no thanks. Not even with a ten foot, um…pole?

Woman stabbed in Vancouver sex assault recovering in hospital. The story comes with a map of reported sex assaults, so nothing about the usual abuse of sex workers on the DTES, because they’re notoriously hard to pin down on a Google map. “He says it appears to police the woman was targeted because the attacker believed she was a sex trade worker”. Because then it would have totally been understandable? And of course, the usual mantra is repeated: “Women be careful out there”. It should be this: “Men stop raping women or we will fucking hunt you down and hurt you.”

Related: Hey Baby: Woman walks around NYC for 10 hours, is harassed 100 times, the supercut.

Meanwhile, in Toronto: Chow slams Toronto Sun cartoon as “racist” and “sexist”. And Doug Ford losing is like “Isis coming to Toronto

The only time you’ll feel proud to get punched in the face: Omar Albach Video ‘Canadians React To Ottawa Shooting’ Ends With Punch In Face. Violence is never okay except when it totally is.

The take-away: Ottawa attack reveals gaping holes in social safety net. “How would a beefed-up national spying apparatus have helped here? Or address the problem of alienated, emotionally incendiary and often addicted Canadians?”

Bad smell shuts down Vancouver’s Cambie Street. Are you sure it wasn’t Granville? (The lowest of low hanging fruit.)

Local band Ken Jennings gets tweeted by the real Ken Jennings:

Meanwhile, on Galiano Island, this is the most exciting thing that has ever happened: Galiano Island pub fight sparks four-hour standoff.

Cue David Cross on Redneck fights.

Vancouverite on the front lines of the fight against Ebola. Attaboy, Kenzie! I’m honoured to have been served a drink by this man, though I had no idea he was part of Zach Galifianakis’ Doctors Without Diplomas. *wink

Best new Twitter: Gastown’s Bill’s Confectionary.

Best Halloween costume: Social Media Professional.

Bonus: A haunting on Cordova Street.

GOODS | New Prix Fixe By Chef Curtis Luk And New Cocktails At Gastown’s Bambudda

October 29, 2014 

Gastown’s Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca

Gastown’s Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca

The GOODS from Bambudda

Vancouver, BC | Bambudda is ringing in the Fall/Winter season with a $32 prix fixe menu from Chef Curtis Luk along with a new cocktail list. We’ve added a sentimental favourite, the Suffering Bastard – scotch, gin, lime, house made ginger syrup – to our classics. Additions to our house list include the Post Opium – rum, passionfruit, kaffir lime bitters and a warm white chocolate apricot brandy float, as well as the Powell Street Sour – smoky scotch, lemon, Cab Sauv float with house vermouth air. Reservations can be made at bambudda.ca. Learn more after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

SCOUT LIST | Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

October 28, 2014 

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by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

FEISTY FEAST | Feisty Feast is a pop-up communal table supper anchored by an inspiring guest speaker at a unique locale. This Wednesday, organisers brings together a crew of creative and innovative women at East Van’s Vinegar Factory. Attendees can expect five courses of Mediterranean-inspired food and a presentation by First Nations filmmaker, activist, and curator Elle Maija-Tailfeathers.
Wed, Oct 29 | 6:30pm | The Vinegar Factory (1009 E Cordova) | $55 | DETAILS

NATURE | These last days of October and first days of November see some of the most stunningly beautiful days to hike through local forests. We suggest a few hours on the trails at Pacific Spirit Regional Park. After you’ve done your hike, consider heading to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC (take a mushroom walk on Saturday at 2:15pm, find out about arctic berries on Sunday at 1pm, or ask an expert everything you ever wanted to know about marine bivalves on Sunday between 11 and 3pm).
FORESTS | All Week | Pacific Spirit Regional Park | DETAILS
SCIENCE | Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, UBC) | DETAILS

DRINK | The Irish Heather is holding one of their amazing whisky-themed dinners this week. Grab a seat at the table for pours of Ardbeg; their 10-year, Auriverdes, Corryvreckan, and Uigeadail — paired with lamb shank pot pie, colcannon mashed potatoes, maple-glazed carrots and a serving of bread pudding and caramel sauce for dessert. It all sounds like the perfect autumn indulgence!
Thu, Oct 30 | 7pm | Irish Heather (212 Carrall St) | DETAILS

RAINCHEQUE | The Vancouver Design Nerds will be at The Museum of Vancouver this Thursday evening to address a very important city specific issue: “How can we make new social connections in the rain?” Join a crowd of artists, activists, designers, and place-making enthusiasts as they brainstorm some innovative ways to make cool public spaces in a soggy city. Coolest bit: the winning concept will receive mentorship and assistance with prototype development funding. Get involved!
Thu, Oct 30 | 7-10:30 pm | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut) | DETAILS

LAUGH | Dino Archie has opened for Aziz Ansari, but he’s got his own gig at the Comedy Mix this Thursday night and we’re betting he knows how to crack up a crowd. When was laughing until your stomach hurt anything other than a fantastic thing to do? Read an interview with Archie here, then grab a ticket and get ready to laugh.
Thu, Oct 30 | 8:30p | The Comedy Mix at Century Plaza (1015 Burrard) | DETAILS

MONSTERS | The Fall Tattooing & Artist’s Gallery has a creepy-as-heck group show opening just in time for Halloween. Feature Creature will showcase the works of 12 local artists. Expect drawings, paintings, sculptures and collages of monsters, mutants, and creatures of the dark. This show runs from October 30 – November 13 with an opening reception and cash bar on Thursday night.
Thu, Oct 30 | 8-11pm | The Fall Gallery (644 Seymour St) | DETAILS

BEETLEJUICE | Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice! Catch the midnight movie at the Rio Theatre this Friday night. Extra points for film-related costumes, so dig out that black and white striped suit, pick up a beer from the theatre bar and slide into one of those comfy velvet seats for an evening of Tim Burton magic starring Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton. “Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”
Fri, Oct. 31 | 11pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8/$6 | DETAILS

ART | Hustle over to South Granville for a look at Vancouver artist Rebecca Chaperone’s latest show: Eccentric Gardens. This exhibition of recent works bears the artist’s signature style: adorably dark and slightly creepy. Expect to encounter signs of the places we access creativity and imagination hiding in surreal sugar-dusted landscapes with murky undertones.
Now through November 15 | Initial Gallery (2339 Granville St) | DETAILS

HISTORY | Slip back in time at Vancity Theatre this Sunday with Vintage Vancouver: Archival Films from the City of Vancouver Archives and Vancouver – A Progressive City! Movies from the City of Vancouver Archives. These are fantastic compilations of footage gathered together from archival materials such as Parks Board films, home movies, newsreels, ads and television clips. In addition to live musical accompaniment by pianist Wayne Stewart, well known Vancouver historian Michael Kluckner will be on site to offer commentary for images originally produced without sound.
Sun, Nov. 2 | 2:30 & 7:30pm | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | $11 | DETAILS

ESCAPE | Vancouver is expecting rain every day this week. How nice would it be to press pause on that? As unlikely as that might seem, there is a way. Hide out at the Bloedel Conservatory for a few hours. While the Parks Board website explains that “the Conservatory sits beside the beautiful Quarry Gardens and has a panoramic view of the city’s skyline and mountain backdrop,” you won’t be seeing much of a skyline this week. Instead, go for the artificial temperature, exotic plants and flowers and free-flying tropical birds. With a little imagination (and a few props like sunscreen and a pair of flip-flops), you might just forget how miserable it is outside!
Mon-Sun| 10am – 5pm | Queen Elizabeth Park (4600 Cambie St.) | $6.50 | DETAILS

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

GOODS | East Van’s “Odd Society Spirits” Turns 1, Invites Public To Oct. 30 Festivities

October 28, 2014 

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

Odd Society Spirits is located at 1725 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-6745 | oddsocietyspirits.com

The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits

Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits is turning 1 and you are invited to join in the festivities on Thursday, October 30 from 4pm – 10pm, at 1725 Powell Street. The Tacofino Food Truck will be warming things up curb-side while the Odd Society bar team mixes up $6 cocktails in the lounge. You are encouraged to reveal your inner oddness and get dressed-up as there is a prize for best costume. Plus, Odd Society’s resident tarot card reader will be on-site to give you insight into the future. Learn more about Odd Society after the jump… [ Keep reading ]

DIG IT | On The Indefatigable “Helen’s Grill” – A Greasy Spoon Main St. Fixture Since ’61

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by Stevie Wilson | For the past several decades the southeast corner of Main Street and King Edward has been home to Helen’s Grill, the familiar diner best known for its all-day, greasy spoon breakfasts and table-side jukeboxes.

But it’s much more than that. Today, Helen’s Grill stands out in the community for having remained largely unchanged since its humble beginnings in 1961. It’s sphinx-like indifference to the world of change beyond its doorstep only adds to its appeal.

The jukeboxes aren’t the only vintage item that Helen’s has to offer, either. The bones of the building itself are relatively ancient. 4102 Main Street has been home to a number of other coffee-slingin’ businesses over the years. The current brick structure appears to feature elements of the Mission Revival style, including rounded clay tile roofing, which suggests it was built sometime between 1910 and 1930. However, the corner originally featured a smaller shop (likely built circa 1910 after the Walden Block next door) and according to city records, previous occupants include a millinery, a jeweller, an oil driller, Gary’s Dairy, and a Royal Bank in 1920.

At some point over the years, the original structure was either demolished or massively remodeled to accommodate a string of new businesses (share your insights if you have any idea about the date). It was a confectionery by the late 1920s, and in 1945 the address is listed twice, as Tom Gray’s Cafe and later as Morray’s Coffee Shop. The following year it became Salsbury House, which was noted for “Fine Food” and hamburgers. And in 1948, the address was renovated to become the 7th location of the locally famous Aristocratic Restaurant chain.

Though Helen’s might not be very fancy these days, that doesn’t make her any less charming.

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GOODS | Yaletown’s “Minami” Sets Table For Special Craft Sake Supper On Nov. 12th

October 28, 2014 

Minami is located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown | Vancouver BC | 604-685.8080 | www.minamirestaurant.com

Minami is located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown | Vancouver BC | 604-685.8080 | minamirestaurant.com

The GOODS from Minami

Vancouver, BC | Yaletown’s Minami Restaurant and fine wine and sake importer That’s Life Gourmet have partnered up to present the Ji-Zake Dinner on Wednesday, November 12th at 6pm. Following sake specialist Miki Ellis and Mariko Tajiri’s October travels throughout Japan, the evening features unique Japanese craft sake paired with a menu designed by Chef de Cuisine Alan Ferrer to highlight the flavours of each sip, from the Akita region to Miyazaki. Ellis has been touring around Japan with That’s Life Gourmet’s Tajiri this month, tasting at 10 sake breweries, shochu distilleries, and craft beer houses.

“Ji-zake literally means local craft sake and on this Japan trip, we really wanted to visit those craft sake breweries,” says Ellis, the youngest Certified Advanced Sake Professional in North America. “Each region has its own distinct sake.

Diners are in for a treat at this dinner. There are definitely going to be some sakes never before available in Vancouver. In addition to tasting sake, I’m also collecting ingredients from each region and bringing back to Chef Ferrer to utilize in his dishes.”

The evening begins at 6pm with a reception, followed by an eight-course paired dinner at 6:30pm. The full line-up will be unveiled closer to-the-date. Tickets are $250 (inclusive of tax and gratuity). Limited tickets are available by visiting Minami Restaurant (1118 Mainland Street), calling 604-685-8080, or emailing events [at] aburirestaurants.com. [ Keep reading ]

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #517 | Heady Show Opens At New Serpens Gallery In Chinatown

October 28, 2014 

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by Grady Mitchell | The new Serpens Gallery (replacing the Positive Negative Gallery at 436 Columbia St.) opened its first – and very Halloween-appropriate – show this past Friday night. It’s called Sahelanthropus; the name being a reference to the ancient humanoid skull that marks the point when chimps and humans began to diverge some 7 million years ago. It’s curated by artist Colin Moore, who say he’s ”always wanted to do a skull-bawd art show, and what better time than right before Halloween?”

Along with Colin’s work, the show features painter Jose Rivas, black and white illustrations by Peter Ricq, and two ceramic artists, Michael Holler and David M Robinson, whose works jive with the tactile, three-dimensional nature of the show’s theme. “Every artist learns to draw a skull at some point in their lives,” says Colin. “It’s good for learning anatomy.” Sahelanthropus will allow viewers the chance to see these studies first-hand, as well as some interactive aspects that you’ll need to check out for yourselves over the next two weeks.

(Regarding the gallery’s name change: former curator Adam Lupton has left for New York and grad school and handed the gallery off to his friend Steffen Quong. Steffen has given the gallery a rebrand and opened up much of the back area into a lounge-like zone complete with art and a long, communal table. He’s looking to keep a healthy variety of weekly events up in the space, including things beyond art exhibitions.)

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GOODS | Blue Mountain’s Newest Sparkling Releases Met With Praise From Wine Critics

October 28, 2014 

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

The GOODS from Blue Mountain

Okanagan Falls, BC | Our recently disgorged 2010 Brut Rosé R.D., 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. and 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. are now available! Here’s what the critics have to say: the 2010 Brut Rosé R.D. ($32.90) “…perpetuates the clear and concise house style, shared in common excellence with the Reserve Dry bottle. The smells of strawberries are key, the texture so important to character and aridity the driving force behind its level of elegance.” (Michael Godel, Reviewed October 2014, winealign.com).

The 2006 Reserve Brut R.D. ($39.90) is “exceptional, complex, silky. Recently disgorged (RD) refers to the fact that this sparkling aged on its lees to add complexity, until just months prior to release. Renowned for elegant and often intricate bubbles, this one is no exception. Made from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Gris, it suggests patisserie aromas of warm buttery croissants and nutty brioche slathered in pear compote alongside golden apples, field berries, orange zest and white flowers. Expect a fine bead (bubbles) and a mosaic of fruit, exotic citrus, nuts and bready toasted flavours. It is silky and undeniably elegant with exceptional power balanced by mouthwatering acidity.” (Daenna Van Mulligen, reviewed October 2014, winediva.ca).

And regarding the 2007 Blanc de Blancs R.D. ($39.90): “This lovely chardonnay-based sparkler shows some real class and finesse. Generous, complex refined aromas of lemon, mashed apple, vanilla and almond biscotti. It’s slim, focused, juicy and mouthwatering, with excellent to outstanding length.” (David Lawrason, Reviewed October 2014, winealign.com). Learn more about the winery after the jump… [ Keep reading ]