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Busy First Week of Dec. 2012

December 31st, 2014 | in |    0   

This past week has been quite the week as December tends to be so crazily busy when you’re involved in the wine and hospitality industry. On Monday evening I was invited to the new opening of Forage restaurant. This is a complete reno of the old O’Douls location and, having been there several times over the years, it was due. They have the greenest kitchen in the city now and will even grow their own herbs and veg right on their roof! Cool. Thanks to Sue Alexander of Alexander Ink for sending us the invite.  Forage is a very hip new spot and is well situated on the west end of Robson Street. I’m certain they will do very well.

On Wed afternoon I was asked to pour wine for my friends Mara and Lisa at Lash Fabulous in West Van. It was a Christmas appreciation night for their clients and promised to be a fun filled late afternoon to early evening event. Lash Fabulous is located on 17th and Marine in Ambleside and their specialty is eyelash extensions. Who knew there would be a market for that, but then again, I started a business storing people’s wines. We had a delightful little French Cremant Rose from Bouillot ($26.00) to start the evening off as well as Oyster Bay Sauv Blanc ($17.99 a Lash Fab house wine) and a red Spanish Garnacha called Fuego ($15.99). I had picked out these wines as they all offered good value and went well with the appetizers provided by Dale from….. The event was a smash and I look forward to doing more with the lovely ladies of Lash Fab!

Thursday was a big day! I started the day off doing deliveries for my new North Shore Wine Lockers delivery company in the morning so that I could make the invite only, sit down Champagne tasting at Trialto. Wow! I will write a separate article on that, but suffice it to say, with seven different small grower Champagne houses, and trying all their different bottling’s, there was a lot of bubble! It was a who’s who event of sommeliers, wine writers, and wine educators from all the major players in Vancouver. I was truly honoured to have a seat amongst all the biggies in the industry. Thanks to Rick, Tim, Richard and all the others at Trialto for putting on such a first class tasting. Then it was off to meet Roberto Garcia from Charton Hobbs to try some of Famille Perrin’s new wines at the Georgia Hotel. Thomas Perrin was in town and yours truly along with a  few friends/clients sat in his top floor suite sipping some of the newest offerings from Perrin. We tried 2010 Perrin Cotes du Rhone Rasteau, 2009 Perrin Vinsobres Cornuds and Perrin Vacqueyras. All of them were delicious with matching scores and accolades from Wine Spectator and, all from $19.99 to $26.99! Great value, and wines you could drink now or sock away for a couple of years. Perrin also makes Chateau de Beaucastel Chateuaneuf du Pape and the 2009 is truly outstanding! Many thanks to Roberto and Thomas for being gracious hosts.

The evening carried on as my friends and I went to Black and Blue to celebrate my good pal Farzad’s bday. This is a time honoured tradition but starting it out with the Perrin tasting was a new twist. Black and Blue was packed and a happy, slimmer Emad Jacoub was his ever gracious hosting self. The food was fantastic, the wines delicious, and we even ran into the Lash Fabulous girls and my friend and event coordinator, Diana, at the beautiful Black and Blue bar. Small world indeed and a perfect end to a crazy week. It is only Thursday though and there are several Xmas parties and events to attend this weekend. TGIF and I can stay home and rest tonight! Cheers!