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Think of this as the Negroni's Canadian cousin.
Stealing you kids' candy still makes you a creep; pairing it with wine makes you a sophisticated creep.
The BCHF's Magnums & More Charity Auction is on now until October 21—and here are three of our favourites on offer.
Happy days are here again for curious wine lovers.
SMStudio creates work that strikes that ever-elusive balance of modern and minimalist with moments of true delight.
An ascendant firm snags their second award in three years.
From architectural lighting to 30-foot sculptural installations, the work of Propellor takes industrial design into the realm of the artistic.
A modern Irish gin that won't break the bank in the nicest bottle we've seen. What's not to like?
That classic Kiwi tartness made distinctively in our own B.C. backyard.
The Toptable Group has brought in a team of all-stars to dazzle the Capital City.
Covert Farms is a good guide for this brave new world of low-intervention wines.
If whisky were stocks, we'd be a longterm buy on The Glenrothes.
All the bottles you need to know.
All the taste, half the wallop!
And there's a lottery this Thursday to get a "chance" to purchase it
It's the perfect learning ground to dive deep on a single grape.
Larry Ellison wants to prolong your life—via a luxury hotel on Lanai.
And Tantalus never ever puts anything on sale
And it's as classic as it gets.
We tap Chef Jonathan Chovanacek's take on his Grandma's recipe.
The Kettle Valley Beach Resort chills out with the full Ace treatment.
Unlike Love, Actually, it's a cherished tradition
The future of B.C. bubbles is bright (and lively).
It's Canada's most famous wine—but is it worth $185?
Always ask the question: would John Dutton want it?
It's criminally underloved and one of the greatest deals in all of wine.
Whistler’s main village gets all the glory, but don’t sleep on this neighbouring community.
If you love Sauvignon Blanc, then this might be your new Holy Grail wine.
If you don't like this probably no need to explore Oregon any further...
Piers Cunnington and Clinton Cuddington are ultimate problem solvers, bent on discovering new and innovative solutions.
One of these is bound to be The One That You Want.
The best bang for your buck in red, white and rosé.
Just as he completed a renovation on his first Palm Springs home, a design-loving writer accidentally falls in love with another house.
Here's 5 last-minute solutions starting at $26.
The Villa Royale arrives with a heady dose of design and a major side of swagger.
There's no one pushing boundaries like Osoyoos' Moon Curser.
A $23 stunner from Culmina
Four weekend warriors seek a slice of classic Canadiana in Powell River.
A stay for the classicist, the modernist and the mid-centuryist.
Getting up close and hopefully not too personal with Ursus horribilis in the Khutzeymateen.
A golfer's dream, with new greens coming in 2024.
Inside a gorgeous French café in Vancouver is a bathroom you can't help but take photos of: here's how the designers made it happen.
Hester Creek brings the juice at a shockingly low price point.
Reena Sotropa In House Design Group crafted a homey, adorable space remotely.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge is the O.G. (Original Glampster) of luxe retreats. Now under new Aussie ownership, its looking to introduce the world to Bedwell Sound.
Drinks are free when you're staying at the lodge (cheers to that).
It's a stunner of a move and the fires are to blame.
Meet the Top 40 folks shaping how we eat in Western Canada.
Treana Peake of the Obakki Foundation is budgeting $20,000 weekly towards supporting Ukrainians.
When you really need to make an impression.
Anyone have $4.5 million?
Grounds for divorce.
A red that can do double dutywithout breaking the bank.
The Champagne legend passed away early this month at age 94.
Maybe stick to cardi wraps Anthropologie
Not that there's anything wrong with Whispering Angel.
Wineries make it and then they store it for years... but they don't charge near enough for this service.
Nominations are open until January 15th.
Why has everyone turned their back on traditional furniture?
The Post Hotel is now part of Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts
The celebrated Vancouver chef gets dairy specific.
And you'll be blown away by the talent behind it.
Light, maybe. Powerful? You bet.
Stealing your kids' candy makes you a creep; pairing it with wine makes you a sophisticated creep.
A trio of wines for perfect turkey pairings.
Architect Kevin Vallely is all about going on a journey with his clients.
Hint: it's an iconic property from a famous Canadian brand.
The prices for the master's work have gone bonkers in the last few years.
The Aussie legend pushes the envelope.
Chianti Classico Riserva will never let you down.
As in Champagne (of course).
Is that so hard to ask?
This roadside stopover is a destination in itself.
The capitol's (hidden) modern heart.
Good things come to cheapskates that wait.
We gotta get the $$$ somewhere, and quick!
A textbook winner from Stag's Hollow.
It's the tastiest throwback.
If things open up after the long weekend, do we have a deal for you...
A more approachable version of Foxtrot.
How do you think they hold up?
A beauty of a Trebbiano from Zenato
A rare toned-down design from the SoCal master.
Or what sort of offspring are you?
This seems promising...
How to find the great in a sea of good.
Dropping the power hammer.
A great entry into the world's most rarified wine region.
A $15 wonder of a wine from O'Rourke's Peak Cellars.
Everything is 20% off next year. Seriously.
One of Australia's new-wave winemakers takes on the heartbreak grape.
This St. Patrick's Day, let's master some armchair travel (with a little help).
Township 7's new Seven Stars celebrates all things bubbly.
When it came to COVID pivots, they delivered.
This dynamic duo is reinventing the Naramata Inn.
Trust in trout.
Helming Calgary's new hotspot.
This self-proclaimed pastry nerd won our hearts (and stomachs).
Island wine is having its moment.
Potatoes to the rescue!
And it's pink and sparkly!
A prototypical pick from a classic producer.
The 40 finalists who made pandemic life a little more bearable.
You wanna buy Villa Maggio, pallie?
Ka'anapali for the price of Kelowna? Yes, please.
The winery that kicked off the Pinot frenzy.
This year buy local and buy quality
A classy bottle from a classy superstar.
Drafting up a solution to a complex problem.
A pioneering winery leads the pack.
The OGs of Craftsman architecture strike again.
Got $10 million to spare?
A star and a sidekick emerge
It's a rare pandemic upside.
The Master's legendary Lovell Health House is for sale
It's a new take on the Fall spirits release.
For $25 million you can own Richard Neutra's Kaufmann House.
Its latest accolade only underscores this fact.
The sale to California's Jackson family is a game changer.
Seriously? 2003? 2008? C'mon!
What's old is new again at the Union Club of BC.
Sean Pearson of RUFproject shows a deft hand at blending old with new.
Honestly, this has the potential to be the best season ever for accessibility.
This is the last vintage from CedarCreek, but the Fitzpatrick Family tows the line.
When it gets warm, go natural baby
Is our "national" point program really getting better?
The great artist's take on Vancouver's Hogan's Alley is a masterpiece
Phantom Creek just went full The Last Dance treatment...and it's pretty good
The Toto Washlet is a thing of beauty.
A benchmark wine at a mid-level budget.
Are you ready to become an almond master?
Spoiler alert: it's not that expensive.
Let's start with a few disclosures: in the heady days at the start of the pandemic I did what many others did and gave my entire closet a hard edit. In the end there was a shirt here, a blazer there and an enormous stack of pricey selvedge jeans that...
Like it or not, this is the summer of picnics.
Two bottles that are an exception to the rule.
I wont lie, the 2019 vintage was a tough one.
Required reading for home-bound oenophiles.
Some bottles, last forever but some are long gone.
Two legends helped craft this wine.
The leadership team at Como have achieved the impressive feat of making tapas cool again.
At the edge of Vancouver Island, they're reshaping B.C.'s food scene.
And even among the area's adventurous winemakers, the Bronca sisters stand out for pushing the envelope.
Maybe snag it before Meghan and Harry do?
A natural wine that stands up to time.
These two have a keen insight into where the wine world is heading, and which trends are here to stay.
Turns out all of those podcast ads are right.
Raising a glass to an unbeatable holiday gift.
What if we told you that on Hawaiis most populous island there existed a glorious slice of paradise unencumbered by the tourist hordes?
An editor (guess who) is steel fired up about his last scrubbing nightmare.
With LVMH buying the brand, it's only up from here.
Les Dames Bring The Vin.
The soufflé revolution is here.
(Hint: head East.)
Want to dip your toes in the world of collectible architecture?
An Earls-sized tip of the hat to a Western Canadian hospitality pioneer.
We have a serious entry for best new winery.
One man's sadness is another man's cider.
The Argentines simply do it too well for very little money.
Javier Campos turns clients visions into sustainably minded, stunning works of architecture.
Jeff Martin's journey to becoming a sought-after furniture designer started with one simple design.
This may be the most international whisky ever made.
At $24 this is the most exciting Okanagan wine I've tasted in a long while.
We'll give you a hintthink lakes, mountains and a pair of kick-ass chefs.
A farewell to one of the builders of the West Coast's wine industry.
The B.C. Pinot Noir Celebration is like a normal wine festival...without the duds.
Upper Bench's $25 beauty is not too rich, not too austere and just right.
"We're trying to bottle a feeling."
The director of the Chinese Restaurant Awards puts the spotlight on a deserving community of restaurateurs.
A big deal from a small town.
It's Argentine but it's Cabernet, not Malbec.
Because, who better to advise than someone with a Dad bod, right?
The Valley continues to act as a magnet for those looking to ditch the rat race and get a lot closer to their ingredients. From north to south, here are the hot new tables.
Chef Meets Grape sets your eating and drinking agenda for the year.
We're not trying to shame you: just offer some subtle direction.
As long as Blue Mountain sells their phenomenal Gold Label for under $28, it makes it tricky for anyone else to sell theirs for more.
I don't want to pay $$$ for your byproduct! Or do I?
Malbec, you've come a long way, baby.
We respectfully disagree.
Forget competing with Cancun; these days its high-end Punta Mita thats in Cabos sights.
And that's exactly why you should buy it.
Conegliano Valdobbiadene DOCG is easier to drink than it is to say.
I headed west in search of a new option for the Garden Isle. And then something wonderful happened
When I look at Spearhead, I see shades of famed California producers Kosta Browne and Williams Seylem.
A panel of BC sommeliers told us to buy it and they nailed it.
Imagine you had an allegedly unlimited expense accountwhich wine would you buy?
The nuts and bolts of the most expensive ski trip of your life.
Because life is not a spa, it's a slog.
It's an Easter egg of quality and taste.
A pair of WL editors take on a quick reno of a 1940s Palm Springs hacienda—and all of the resulting challenges along with it.
And this version from Culinary Capers Catering is simple, to boot.
Exhibit A: this gorgeous bottle from Bacardi that's a whopping $28.50.
That's why the Western Front's annual Toque reigns supreme.
Wine Spectator's Top 100 just came out and we scooped them on wine #12we just can't find the post.
12 Bordeaux style-blends were served blind and they triumphed over a seriously esteemed group.
Sheldon Simeon's Lineage is open in Wailea.
It's a pleasant surprise from a Canadian winemaking legend.
Condé Nast says so, but what was our Travel Editor's take?
Only in Alberta you say? Pity.
5 Wineries + 1 location = maximum exposure.
This Okanagan bottle is the place to start.
Uhm...we'll take a case.
Where to source Moroccan chic on your next Marrakech shopping spree.
Master the newest vintner slang and look like a pro on your next wine tour.
Furniture makers Kaly Ryan and Bram Sawatzky of Willow and Stump create pieces that are thoughtful, fresh and sustainable.
Happiness for winner Ko Júbilo lies in getting to the heart of an object—even if he has to take it apart first.
South Africa's not one for lightness.
For when you're cat-peed and gooseberried to death.
Forget pale pink and salmon huesSummerhill's version can stand up to a steak without breaking a sweat.
And it's only $1,885,000but how can you put a price on your childhood?
Why bother avoiding superlatives when Blue Mountain is making wine this good for this cheap?
This dynamo has been pushing the envelope in the Okanagan, and making our wine world a much better place.
Matt Kohlen and Adam Henderson are brewing up a little magic.
What does the perfect winery look like? Well if youre trying to make world-beating pinot noir, it probably looks something like Kelownas new Martins Lane.
A new craft brewery is coming to Kelowna this summer.
Exhibit A: This limited bottle from Hester Creek.
Smoke Show is a green whirlwind of heat, smoke and flavour.
Same grape, different name (and a different taste, too).
Turns out, the natural by-product isn't the root cause of your hangover.
How about treating VIWF as a fact-finding mission for everyday drinking?
For the price of a bungalow in Vancouver you could have this slice of history.
More proof that B.C. syrah is among the best in the world. Seriously.
It's not only a blockbuster of fruit and structure, but it's cheaper here than almost anywhere else.
Yesand "amazingly bonkers" natural wine, at that.
Sure, it needs some work...but what do you expect for $18.6 million?
The frenetic megalopolis of Hong Kong has always been about business, but these days it's also getting serious about putting the oasis into the urban.
The 'Bridesmaids' star just purchased a Case Study masterpiece in Pasadena.
Taste this wine and you'll know.
Two age-worthy bottles that make for great gifts.
A hotel revolution has comes to Palm Springs: these are the new rooms we're buzzing about.
Plus two valley wines that value freshness over power.
Travel editor Neal McLennan takes on Peru's other-worldly Sacred Valleyand it might just be cooler than Machu Picchu.
We tasted the annual offerings so you know what to snag when they're released October 14.
Think of how you would buy real estateand then do the exact opposite.
And there's a strong chance whoever buys it will demo it.
Tinhorn Creek's newest release was two decades in the makingand it shows.
Calgary's MoDA designs spaces that challenge the idea of architectural perfection in lieu of great storytelling and true livability.
After last week's revelation that Jon Snow wears a Skold rug on his shoulder, the mega-retailer is getting in on the game.
The 1971 Buff and Hensman design sits right next door to the John Lautner-designed Bob Hope house in the Valley's most exclusive community.
Checkmate Winery's summer pop-up tasting room, designed by renowned architect Tom Kundig, is the bomb.
The capital of Peru makes its case for the foodiest city on the planet.
Forgive us, but we're so frickin' excited.
When everyone was telling him to play it safe, Joël Watanabe decided to gamble with an Italian-Japanese hybrid restaurant.
The Kiwi-born winemaker has become the go-to consultant for small wineries looking to push the boundaries.
The story goes like this.
Maverick winemaker Charles Smith and famed architect (and WL Designer of the Year judge) Tom Kundig got together to create a tasting room like no other.
The Nota Bene makers help raise more than $30,000 for a scholarship in the late architect's name.
Napa's To Kalon Vineyard is the most famous (and expensive) cabernet sauvignon soil in North Americaand Robert Mondavi uses it for sauvignon blanc.
So what better time to revisit her sage advice on all things fried chicken.
Light, floral, crisp and fruitythis Spanish white has everything you want in a summer wine.
Billionaire Larry Ellison is reimagining the exotic island of Lanaibut does this paradise need improving?
Domaine de Beaurenard brings balance to a French powerhouse.
Take an obscure French grape and transport it to the up-and-coming Lazio region of Italy and wonderful things happen.
Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada doesn't get the love it deserves, despite being one of Portugal's finest.
Your everyday brewing, grinding, roasting and toasting just got a whole lot easier.
The tasting floor is no place for the weak of heart. You can amble around and (literally) drink it all in or you can act like a pro and zero in on some rarities that will blow your mind.
Or have you reaching for your skis!
It's on the other side of the world, but this Australian beach is well worth the trip.
Donatella Cinelli Colombini proves winemaking is more than just an old boys' club.
The proof? This J.P. Wiser's blend of 52-year-old malt scotch and 16-year-old whisky.
Wherein we skip the same old tasting notes for some unvarnished truth about what the bottle you choose says about you.
It turns out that the worlds priciest grape juice is most definitely worth all the fuss.
The new limited release Gamay from Quails' Gate's is a throwback wonder.
Buon Natale! Three top picks (at every price point) for the oenophile in your life.
Top Drop offers a highly curated look into what is hot in vino right now and where it's going in the future.
One part scientist, one part dreamer, Leckie Studios Michael Leckie finds the sweet spot of great architecture.
Victoria Gin was the West's first craft gin superstar and now it finally looks the part.
Cellar these amazing bottles until 2025 for an all-new tasting experience.
Because there's nothing worse than recipes which casually mention throwing a few of these pricey sticks in the mix.
Because Dad's aren't down with gift cards.
Tinhorn Creek's Gewurz clocks in well below $20 but delivers the complexity of a 90-pointer.
Just in time for Father's Day, kids!
Native Shoes founder Scott Hawthorn throws the ultimate summer party at his amazingly offbeat Okanagan home.
Start small, dream big and go easy on the price tag.
TV's most stylish show is auctioning some of its most iconic pieces.
The case for red as the perfect summer wine.
And they're sort of amazing.
Black Hills white blend has been around for 12 yearsand it continues to be the standard-bearer for looking for elegance in their Sauvignon Blanc.
Sometimes things work out in the most unexpected ways.
A lovingly restored mid-century gem looks to be facing the wrecking ball.
A new(ish) home in Edmonton gets a major overhaul for a young family.
Order a bottle from this obscure wine region.
In which our office goes bonkers over some baked goods.
Anyone interested in sharing a moving van from Chicago with us?
And, more importantly, do they make wines worth trying?
A red, a white and a rose walk into a bar...
Our five favourite spots (all in Western Canada!) to look up, look way, way up.
He has a dream to sell for $5,200,000 and he's gone all out in the staging to get 'er done!
Because it's one thing oohing and aahing about a bottle that was sent to you and it's quite another when you're spending your own $$$.
A snippet from what to expect from our upcoming How to Be a Wine Pro seminar.
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's last residential designs is a tour de force of the master's late period.
Calgary's Charbar rolls out the red carpet for the inaugural collection of JR Studio.
Here is our list of producers you shouldn't miss!
It looks like it could have been built yesterday andbonus!you can buy it for $5,500,000.
An English engineer wants to build this design in the Village of Wraxhall and isn't having much luck.
And it will likely go for the same amount as a teardown in Dunbar.
Amelia Freer is here to revolutionize how you eat.
Somewhere between the prime rib and the tenderloin sits the sweet spot of roasts.
It may be worth taking an international trip, just to grab one of these rare drams for Robbie Burns' Day.
AA Badenhorst makes wines so unique that they defy any preconceptions.
Mark Best of Sydney's Marque Restaurant will join forces with West's Quang Dang for a commonwealth collaboration between the two most unaffordable cities in the world!
The Thin White Duke evidently loved Shepherd's Pie.
And the winner gets to purchase one of the rarest whiskies in the world. For $45,000.
Who knew grenache from Sardinia could be so special?
The perfect breakfast. (Or lunch. Or dinner.)
For the next few months it's tough to spend more than $800 flying on Air France's new direct flight from Vancouver to Paris.
Our food and all-things-beverage editor shares his top three NYE booze picksbest enjoyed in this order.
Finding Burrowing Owl was a big deal when I was growing up in Edmonton and it still impresses the tar out of the relatives.
Luckily there's a new recipe book that allows us to swim in a sea of sticky sweet patriotism.
This week's auctions at Sotheby's and Christies have shown that pieces that a few years ago would have been castoffs now bring in big $$$$.
Scott McCallum and Victoria Walsh's Field Guide to Canadian Cocktails has everything you need to know about shaking up something wonderful in the Great White North.
Want to look like a big wheel when arriving at the holiday party? Double down on the bottle size.
With a bottle like this one, we might just stand a chance.
We're spoiling the locals' best-kept secret. Sorry, guys.
Tricks to make NYE entertaining a breezebecause we all know the best party is one the host can actually enjoy, too.
Ol' Blue loved his Jack Daniel's and now Jack is returning the favour.
Forget the fussy signature cocktaila big batch of easy-to-make, easy-to-drink punch is the secret to keeping the good times going strong.
Because when you first meet a grape, it's not time to cheap out.
Augey channels a long forgotten species: easy drinking, affordable Bordeaux.
The just-released Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye took top spot in the most recent edition of Jim Murray's Whisky Bible.
After all, you'll want to make this Lavender Gin Sour recipe.
At long last the future of wine buying finally lands in the Great White North.
Our yearly reminder that we live in the worst jurisdiction in North America to be a wine lover is out. And quit snickering, Alberta.
Foodie alert: A trip to Hawaii doesn't have to be all luaus and pricey hotel restaurants.
And they recruited superstars Jasper Morrison, Konstantin Grcic and Naoto Fukasawa to help out.
And Vancouver's Ancora is on the cutting edge of the trend.
The new Coolshanagh winery has the modest goal of making the very best Chardonnay in the Okanagan.
This wine is complexbut it isn't a show-off about it.
At least in the form of Cactus Club opening up a huge new spot smack in the middle of downtown Toronto.
The Quebec retailer has landed in West Vancouver with its signature high-low approach to style.
Every week I suggest a bottle, but here's a glimpse of what I do when no one is looking.
This basic spot is actually adjacent to the lifts at Southern Alberta's Castle Mountain
Barolo's trusty sidekick.
A stop-by-stop guide to Pariss hottest neighbourhood.
Call it "jug wine" if you will, but ambitious wineries are experimenting with amphora aging, and getting spectacular results.
Where to eat, shop, stay and play in NYC's coolest neighbourhoods.
A museum and a park worth leaving Manhattan for.
A neighbourhood on the verge provides some amazing spots to explore.
Midtown has a touristy reputation, but there's plenty of gems for fans of design here.
The design lover's guide to downtown New York, from Soho to Chinatown.
Our five favourite compact museums in North America.
The Judgment of B.C. tasting pitted our best Syrah and Chardonnay against the world and the results were....not bad.
At $18, this Bordeaux-inspired blend re-energized me on South African wines.
Ca'Rugate's Soave is affordable, delicious and a hallmark of someone with good sense and excellent taste.
Is this what it has come to? A perfectly nice new build on large-ish lot in a good (but not great) neighbourhood is almost 10 million dollars?
Dubh Linn Gate's recipe for Whiskey Cured Fish is the perfect weekend project.
Tinhorn Creek goes to the time (and expense) to age their 2Bench red before releasing itso you don't have to.
Averill Creek's cool-climate white is well suited to an increasingly warming climate.
Orca Air's new plane takes only 30 minutes to get you to the Wild West Coast.
I wonder what else weighs that much?
For architect Marianne Amodio, collaboration with her clients is the path to design nirvana.
You get a (new) log cabin, a lot of land (129 acres), and a killer view of Stump Lake thrown in.
Our prediction? Good luck getting a seat at Angus An's tiny and amazing Fat Mao.
Medium body + low alcohol + stone fruit = buy a half case for the fridge.
Why do lakes and oceans get all the love?
And that's why your Manhattans, Martinis and Negronis don't taste right.
A wine I gave little attention tountil I put a blindfold on.
A major sense of occasion and a dash of James Bond makes Taittinger's Comtes de Champagne without equal.
Fire up the grill. These incredible recipes (think apple burgers, rhubarb-marinated tenderloin and smokey perogy potatoes) make for a pretty incredible backyard feast.
Picking the right summer wine presents a whole other kind of ice bucket challenge.
If it works even a little bit isn't it worth it?
Here's how to have a swell time on Oahu's North Shore. (You don't even need a surfboard to have fun.)
The intersection of high design, vineyards and jaw-dropping views.
Our friends at Hubbub Sandwiches are big on fast and tasty.
This weekend's Garagiste North tasting lets you see what the really small producers are doing.
But you get one of the most singular retreats in the West.
It was up against the only four other Ortegas I've ever tried, but still.
Joe Cross was Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead until he started juicing.
The Big Boy of Italian reds should be the official wine of Father's Day.
Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton is both the most exciting building and the most exciting art gallery in Europe.
You tell us another area where you can buy the very height of technology for less than the price of seeing Jurassic World.
Stock up on these winery-exclusive bottles on your next trip to the Okanagan.
The 'other guys' of wine are ready to be served with your favourite recipes from the Duchess Bakery.
A pair of kids and a pair of parents and single room is a recipe for leaving your sanity in San Franciscohere's the perfect option.
Kicking off the summer season with a few splashes of French Rosé.
Start by growing it in France and adding some pals to toughen it up a bit
Artist Bobbie Burgers is the master of easy outdoor entertaining. Let her effortless alfresco dinner party inspire your own.
Chenin Blancs honeyed tasting notes have wine lovers buzzing.
A Malibu mini-estate by a famed Canadian architect comes with a celebrity pedigree and a steep price.
The West's most beloved cookbook joins forces with our beloved Contributing Editor.
Surprising pockets of tranquility in Southern Baja.
A great bottle from the criminally unheralded grape.
Its definitely the quietest and cleanest.
Make like Rhett Butler and scoop this pink mansion in Palm Spring's Old Las Palmas.
All you have to do is double down.
What would you pay for a true four-season lake cabin only 90 minutes away from downtown Vancouver?
An Aussie crowds in on the Petite Sirah game.
Moon Curser continues to be the mad scientist of the Okanagan.
It gave us food trucks & craft distilleries & barrel-aged cocktails. But a visit to Portland five years into the food revolution shows that it has become so much more than the sum of its quirky parts.
Narrow down this city's endless food options.
This eclectic city holds an abundance of great buys.
For your next dinner party, lay down a C-note to see the dramatic difference in style of this versatile grape.
We think this Calgary chef is the next big thing.
This trailblazer is changing the way Western Canadians enjoy a brew.
The &27 Chef is an Edmonton prodigy.
The Green Gourmets' Nosh Eatery is the new inspiration to eat vegetarian.
This master mixologist is shaking it up at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.
This dream team may be from a small town, but they're thinking big.
The Tacofino duo are building nothing short of a food empire.
These two bottles made the trip back with me from a recent weekend in California.
If you can focus on the view and not the upkeep costs, this maybe the spot for you.
We couldn't resist: it's a modern architecture masterpiece restored by an '80s icon.
Because it's one of the few grapes that's fought off the globalization trend.
Mad Fish has returned to the market, with a side of subtlety along for the ride.
Maybe condos in Vancouver aren't such a bad deal after all?
As Champagne become a more rarified treat, a new generation of sparkling wines take up the slack.
. . . also just so happens to be one of the best wine books of them all.
Because in this age of huge conglomerates, Compass Box captures the soul of making whisky.
And it's a great value in both places.
Is this Revelstoke's (beautiful) White Elephant?
It wasn't a high priced trophy wine, but a modest Riesling that went above and beyond.
Our New Year's resolution for 2015? Drink more riesling.
It turns out that the Crown in Crown Royal actually means something.
Give this beautiful red to someone who can resist opening it right awaya five-year wait will make it even better.
Wait, you can own a rural cabin in the Alberta Rockies?
You always called it "Rye" and now it actually is.
Hit the slopes with these cool new designs.
You've never had a Bobal like thisbecause you've probably never had a Bobal.
How a $100 Vodka may be the best buy out there.
Hint: it has to do with the insane price of its comparables.
What goes best with brunch? Bubbles, of course! These three bottles are fantasticdon't be fooled by the humble bottle cap that keeps them sealed up tight.
Though every year, food editor Neal McLennan swears he won't pay attention to Wine Spectator's ultimate hot list, every year he fails. Here's what he learned from this year's crop of winners.
The future of the Okanagan wine is sitting in concrete eggs at the Okanagan Crush Pad.
Yalumba was making wine 11 years before the Civil War startedand they're still one of the essential Aussie brands for wine lovers.
Salta may be the most remote and most exciting wine region in the world.
Here's why you should make it your next Hawaiian destinationand where to eat, stay and play when you get there.
Everybody knows someone whos made the trek to Kauai, but with its pristine beaches, sprawling canyons and epic waterfalls, perhaps that someone should be you.
Wherever you're staying on Kauai, these six amazing restaurants are worth the drive.
Four luxurious lodging options for your next trip to Hawaii's Kauai.
It may not be a competition, but we know where we're casting our vote.
The fave new cocktail of our Drinks Editor.
This week's wine pick comes from a surprising locale.
Compare it against one that's extraordinary.
Nova Scotia's Benjamin Bridge is making some of the world's best sparkling wine.
Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
And start thinking about balanceit's way more important.
This wine, a burger and a pretzel bun? That's some seriously good times.
Poplar Grove's merlot is an exercise in passion over finance.
The man who reinvented the Seattle food scene talks date night restaurants, late-night haunts and boozy milkshakes.
These Sicilian wines pair perfectly with the tomato-based recipes featured in Western Living's September issue.
Is Burrowing Owl the most reliable winery in Canada?
Are you ready to let Lukas Peet alter your environment?
Pull a cork in Solidarity this week.
But the ones that aren't are amazing.
Our wine editor, Neal McLennan, gives us his take on the rosé trend.
In which we break our cardinal travel-writing rule to never write about ziplines.
Is there more to life than bone dry wines?
The Macallan's M Series is serious whisky with a serious price tag.
We love juicing, cant we do it in style?
Why does Hester Creek make the Okanagan's only Trebbiano?
The white grape arneis flies under the radar in Italys most famous region.
Chenin Blanc reigns supreme in these parts.
Here's a wine that the winemaker doesn't even have anymoreand it's a bargain to boot.
St. Urbans riesling ages like white burgundy (maybe even better) at a fraction of the price.
The massive country has one foot in the Old World and one in the Newand these three bottles prove that's a good thing.
A new bottling from Stag's Hollow has us thinking about the grape's bright future in Canada.
The winery has become the new art gallery for big-time architects who want to make a reputation-boosting statement building.
JoieFarm Winerys Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn bring a modern approach to living and working on the Okanagans Naramata Bench.
Food and travel editor Neal McLennan picks a mixed case that covers the regions most exciting producers.
Mastroberardino doesn't grow Syrah or Merlot or Pinot Noir. And they never will.
The iconic Islay whisky doesn't change their lineup very often but when they do it's time to stand in line.
Portuguese wines deserve a little love. Here's six reasons why.
Its the end of the line, the Wests West. Once youve seen the towering trees meet the thunderous surf, youll be hooked on this, the last best place.
Right now, there's no more compelling country for wine drinkers than Spain.
Put a father and son in a compact car with two sets of golf clubs and a poor sense of direction, and let them loose in Ireland. It's bound to be the trip of a lifetime-and maybe the makings of the next great independent film.
Taking advantage of inexpensive American wine prices.
Pop StarDoes Champagne need an overhaul?
A state that puts The Greatest Snow on Earth on their licence plate is a must-visit ski destination.
Its that time of year, when electronics move from wish lists to must-haves.
It has a noble wine history and ancient vines to go with it. So why isn't Portuguese wine more iconic?
Islay is the whisky drinkers road not taken.
The fresh air and cold water of Sonoma make for a fantastically chill vacation.
Sculptor, furniture designer and artist Brent Comber defies categorization with his holistic and inspiring approach to wood.
The king of southern Italian grapes is no longer content to be a regional phenomena.
Three unexpected wines that are perfect patio fare.
Where to eat, stay and play in Western Canadians' favourite Hawaiian destination.
From scarcity comes creativity, as Edmonton's Manasc Isaac learned the hard wayin the heart of the Arctic.
The right bourbon, as American as apple pie, is a key component of a well-stocked bar.
Shane Pawluk and Jerad Mack are the design team behind Edmontons Izm and Western Living's 2010 Furniture Designers of the Year.
In our second annual listing, meet the new generation of passionate chefs, restaurateurs, food producers, wine and spirits experts and activists who are helping to define and change the way we eat in Western Canada today.
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