Author Archives for Frank Haddad and Susan M Boyce

Muscadet Meets European Flats or They Took My Oysters


I went down to our local seafood supplier on the weekend to pick up some oysters to take to a backyard party. For the first time in months, they had European Flats in stock. European flats are my favorites (Susan’s as well), and there were only a few left. Threw a dozen or so in […]

Crazy for Spanish Wines: Tempranillo Meets Toro


We have both been busy lately – a little too busy actually and, regretfully, not much of it to do with wine. The wine shelves are almost bare, dirty laundry piling up, and unanswered emails clogging our inboxes.
However, somewhere in the blur that has been this summer, I did manage to attend – survive might […]

New Standards for British Columbia’s Wine Industry


Although there’s been little fanfare, British Columbia’s wine industry has a new set of standards and regulations. Thanks to a provincial law passed on July 18, 2007, and named the Wines of Marked Quality Regulation, these new standards come under the umbrella of the BC Wine Authority (BCWA) which will implement the newly enacted regulations […]

Forchini’s 2004 Zinfandel Proprietor’s Reserve: A Zin-fully Delicious Treat


Frank’s back from his road trip and it was an undisputed success. In fact, he’s still raving about the wineries, the people, and the climate. Now I just need to get him to apply fingers to keyboard… not that I’m hinting you understand.
Meanwhile, though, there’s one story that already has a sequel, hopefully the first […]

The Secret Life of Grenache


It’s one of the world’s most planted grapes but tough to find unblended in a wine bottle.  Jancis Robinson describes it as “noted for brawn rather than beauty” in her classic reference book Vines, Grapes, & Wines. A quote from a reader of What To Drink with What You Eat by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen […]

1996 Prado Enea from Bodegas Muga


Sometimes we figure we just need a treat – no special occasion, just a treat for the sake of it. One such evening a couple of weeks ago, we popped the cork on a bottle of 1996 Prado Enea from Bodegas Muga.
“Massive fruit, subtlety, maturity, complexity, and elegance” was the descriptor in John Radford’s classic […]

Indian Summers, Spices, and Mangalore


Jodi Rogers, our illustrious wizard of special events at the Cambie Liquor store, has been poking fun at us of late. “You guys are just all about wine, aren’t you?” she said to me when I bumped into her a few weeks ago. “You never come to any of our other tastings – it’s just […]

Love and Wine: A Thirst for Romance?


The classic fairy tale of discovering a message in a bottle just took a new turn – a pretty weird one.
Here’s the premise. You’re lonely and looking for romance. Grab yourself a bottle of Soif de Coeur wine – the blue label for guys, pink for girls (give me strength) – in your choice of […]

British Columbia’s Gulf Islands Make VQA News


There’s a new appellation in British Columbia. Well, okay, it’s not really that new – two years old actually. But it arrived with so little fanfare, many people are still not aware of its existence. Even Appellations America only recently learned of the new designation that it says currently encompasses just over 100 acres.
The Gulf […]

Think Pink: Rose Wine Tasting Aids Breast Cancer Research


 

It’s not often we get the chance to taste wine and support cancer research at the same time. I’ve lost almost half my family to cancer, Frank’s lost several friends. So when we saw one of Vancouver’s premier restaurants was hosting a four-course, “Think Pink” rosé wine and food pairing dinner throughout the month of […]

Frank Haddad and Susan M Boyce