GOODS | “East Van Wine Academy” To Pair Wine With Sausages At Chinatown’s Bestie

August 8, 2013 

Bestie is a new restaurant in Chinatown at 105 East Pender St. | 604-620-1175 | www.bestie.ca

Bestie is a new restaurant located in the heart of Chinatown at 105 East Pender St. | 604-620-1175 | www.bestie.ca

The GOODS from Bestie

Vancouver, BC | Want to find out why all wine geeks hold Rieslings in such high regard, but wouldn’t know a Spätlese if you tripped over one? Join Kurtis Kolt of the East Van Wine Academy on Sunday, August 18th at 6:00 inside Bestie, “Home of Chinatown’s Finest Currywurst,” and taste through eight German Rieslings that will cover the range from bone-dry to decadently sweet. While touring through a handful of German wine regions, you’ll get a handle on all the important terminology, the various styles of the grape, learn how to make sense of the labels and gain a new appreciation for some of the best-value wines on store shelves today. And even better, you get to try these lip-smackingly delicious wines paired with a half-dozen different sausages while learning just how food-friendly these wines can be. It’s just $40 to taste through eight wines, bump up your wine education, and polish off a couple of plates of the hottest sausages in town. Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve yours today. Read more

DINER: Follow Along At NYC’s James Beard House As Maenam’s Angus An Represents!

April 24, 2013 

by Kurtis Kolt | Just sending a quick note to share that Maenam’s Chef Angus An and I are in New York City and in the home stretch of prepping for his dinner at James Beard House this evening. As a little refresher, Angus has been the consulting chef in New York at Kittichai in the Thompson Hotel for the last little while, so he’s officially wearing two hats tonight as he presents contemporary Thai dishes out of both New York and Vancouver. As the lucky guy who consults on the wine list at Maenam, I got to come along for the ride; designing tonight’s wine program and overseeing wine service!

Angus was invited to cook at James Beard House many months ago, and much of the coordination has come out of Vancouver. I got to dive into a whole new realm of liquor laws to adhere to, and track down various wines from suppliers I have no experience with. The good folks from the Okanagan’s Tantalus Winery did us a solid by doing a good ol’ fashioned border run of their kick-ass 2010 Riesling a few weeks back. I’m quite excited and proud to represent BC wine country tonight, with a little Mission Hill in the mix as well!

Angus and his team – many of whom are from Vancouver – are hustlin’ away doing prep as I type this, and they’re pretty stoked. I will indeed rock out a full report for you on our New York adventures later in the week, loaded with pictures and good cheer. In the meantime, I will be Tweeting and Instagramming (both @KurtisKolt) tonight using the hashtag #AAJBwKK.

Do follow along as we represent!

The View From Your Window #153: Early Morning Flight From YVR To The Okanagan

January 21, 2013 

Reader K.K. | Dawn sommelier run from Vancouver to Kelowna | 8:00am | SHARE YOUR VIEW

We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. Some of our all-time favourite reader submissions below… Read more

GOODS: Make Wine With Laughing Stock Vineyards At The Waldorf On August 15th

August 11, 2012 

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | The East Van Wine Academy and the Waldorf Hotel are excited to present “Blending Bootcamp: Laughing Stock Vineyards”, co-hosted by Laughing Stock Vineyards’ owner and winemaker David Enns, this Wednesday, August 15th. They say Syrah’s one of the most suitable grapes for the Okanagan, particularly if its aromatics are lifted by a small splash of Viognier. Commonly known as a Côte-Rôtie blend, after the blend’s natural home in France’s Rhône Valley, the Syrah (or Shiraz)-Viognier blend is a worldwide success, gaining popularity through Australian versions and more.

Join Laughing Stock Vineyards’ winemaker David Enns as we tour and sample some of the globe’s more notable Côte-Rôtie blends from France, Australia, Chile and BC (including Laughing Stock’s recent BC Lieutenant Governor Award-winning version ) Afterwards, enjoy the opportunity to build your own blend with tank and barrel samples David’s bringing along, and see how yours stacks up! Recently recommended by Lonely Planet and the BBC as a perfect “antidote to stuffy tasting events,” the East Van Wine Academy offers kick-ass wine events that will add colour to your week and definitely help you find a splash of something you’ll like. Read more

GOODS: The East Van Wine Academy Set To Return To The Waldorf Hotel This January

December 15, 2011 

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | Vancouver wine guy Kurtis Kolt and The Waldorf Hotel are thrilled to announce the return of the East Van Wine Academy, beginning January 2012. After a dozen sold-out events in 2011, Vancouverites of all ages and walks of life came away with a better handle on various aspects of the wine world, having had a ton of fun in the process! Whether a classroom-styled spotlight on Italy, an Aussie wine night coupled with burlesque, a film screening or a Labour Day Weekend outdoor BBQ party, the East Van Wine Academy has been producing sold-out wine events that proudly stray from the norm… Read more

GOODS: Kurtis Kolt & Chef Jason Harris Set To Demo Holiday Entertaining At Beachside

November 14, 2011 

Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

The GOODS from Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | Make sure your festive fête is fabulous and easy to execute by joining us for Christmas Countdown on the evening of November 29th. Learn tips, tricks and tools that will light up any cocktail party from the entertainment experts at Liberty Wines and Beachside Forno. Enjoy five expertly selected wines with five creative canapé courses and get the inside scoop on holiday entertaining. Executive Chef Jason Harris will be demonstrating dishes and sharing secrets on how to serve up freshly shucked oysters, chic canapés and unique desserts in style. Read more

GOODS: A Evening Full Of Pinots With Kurtis Kolt At West Vancouver’s Beachside Forno

September 13, 2011 

Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

The GOODS from Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | Well suited to a variety of different growing regions around the world, and known for their nuanced and delicate nature, wine varietals Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are worth getting to know. Join us at Beachside Forno on Tuesday, October 4th (6:30pm) for an evening of wine exploration, food and fun. Led by wine guru, Kurtis Kolt, enjoy a four-course dinner matched with five of the most interesting wine varietals going. Paired with the inspired cuisine of Beachside Forno’s vibrant new Executive Chef, Jason Harris, this is sure to be a delightfully delicious learning experience. Read more

GOODS: “Old World Vs. New World” With Kurtis Kolt At West Van’s Beachside Forno

August 17, 2011 

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Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

The GOODS from Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | A bit baffled about the differences between Old World and New World wines? Want to kick up your knowledge on the subtleties of it all? Spend the evening  of August 30th at Beachside Forno for a fun, food and wine fuelled event designed and led by Vancouver’s affable and charming wine luminary, Kurtis Kolt (6:30pm start). The night will also introduce new Executive Chef Jason Harris and his take on fun and flavourful old and new world pairings. He will be presenting his riff on a classic dish as well as its modern interpretation with each pairing. Harris joins Beachside Forno from his most recent post at ORU in the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: “Know Your Neighbours” Wine Dinner At Beachside Forno On July 26th

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Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

The GOODS from Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | Spend the evening at Beachside Forno for another fun, food and wine-fuelled evening.   The second in a series of summer wine evenings designed and led by Vancouver’s affable and charming wine luminary, Kurtis Kolt, Beachside invites you to get to “know your neighbours.”

On Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm, guests are invited to join us for a 5-course dinner paired to the wines of our talented North Shore neighbours.  Featuring Haywire Winery, Tantalus Vineyards and Painted Rock Vineyards,  get to know a few of the proprietors that are putting BC wines on the map.  Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chasing Wine Knowledge With Burlesque At “The Waldorf” This Wednesday

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | Due to a resolved scheduling conflict and the stars being in perfect alignment, participants at the Waldorf Hotel’s season finale East Van Wine Academy this Wednesday, July 13th will get a little more bang for their buck, as all are invited to stick around immediately after the event when the World Famous Tiki Bar hosts Exotica Vintage Burlesque with DJ Chaz Royal. Read more

GOODS: “Beachside Forno” Hosting Series Of Wine Evenings Led By Kurtis Kolt

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Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

The GOODS from Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | Beachside Forno is hosting a fun, food and wine-fuelled evening on June 27th. Designed and led by Vancouver’s affable and charming wine luminary, Kurtis Kolt, the night – “Spring into Summer” – will be an enjoyable, casual celebration of summery wines and matching food pairings…with a twist. Read more

STOKED! Kurtis Kolt Joining The WE Team With New Wine Column Later This Month…

I’m very stoked to report that the food and drink section at my newspaper will be getting a major shot in the arm with the new addition of writer/sommelier Kurtis Kolt. A friend and trade colleague of many years, Kolt will be bringing his wealth of restaurant experience, keen palate and charming turn of phrase to the WE pages opposite my own beginning with our June 23rd issue. I couldn’t have hoped for a better or more reputable dude to share column inches with!

If you want to get a taste of what he pours, check out his (and L’Abattoir sommelier Jake Skakun’s) kickass blog, Cherries & Clay.

GOODS: The “East Van Wine Academy” To DIsh & Dazzle At “The Waldorf Hotel”

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings in beautiful Vancouver, BC | 604.253.7141 | WaldorfHotel.com

The GOODS from The Waldorf Hotel

Vancouver, BC | Local wine lovers attending the next edition of Vancouver’s popular East Van Wine Academy at the Waldorf Hotel might just leave with more than increased wine knowledge and some new favourite grape varietals.

Each attendee of “East Van Wine Academy: South America!” on Tuesday, June 14th will be entered into a draw courtesy of Wines of Chile to win two tickets to the upcoming “Dish & Dazzle” event at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, celebrating food, cocktail culture and a vast array of wines from Chile. ”Dish & Dazzle” features 12 of Vancouver’s finest restaurants alongside 20 Chilean wineries plus a cocktail competition featuring Vancouver’s top bar talent, assembled together to benefit the BC Hospitality Association, a registered charity that offers financial assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits, to people who work in food, beverage and hospitality professions at a critical time of need. Read more

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