David Hawksworth and his vision for Nightingale.

Looking for a great new wine?  We present the IVSA 2017 new releases.


David Hawksworth

 Chef David Hawksworth realized his culinary vision at his first  restaurant, in the very heart of downtown Vancouver. At Hawksworth Restaurant, which opened in 2011, he has created the ideal setting to deliver compelling contemporary Canadian cuisine; a demonstration of his European-trained technical ability, deep appreciation for local ingredients and an absolute insistence on only the very best quality.

Winner of 2012 and 2013 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year and for four consecutive years, Best Upscale Dining, as well as enRoute magazine’s top three Best New Restaurants, and Maclean’s magazine Restaurant of the Year; Hawksworth has anchored himself at the helm of the Vancouver – and Canadian – dining scene.

A native Vancouverite who spent a decade honing his talents in Europe working in Michelin-starred kitchens such as Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, L’Escargot and The Square, David Hawksworth soon emerged as one of Canada’s leading culinary talents upon his return in summer 2000. In 2008 David became the youngest chef inductee in to the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame.

Now he has  opened  his next restaurant..Nightingale, a casual room with seriously great  food and service.  Check out the pizza.


It’s in a heritage building on West Hastings. Right around the corner from the iconic Marine Building.

 Just announced –  – Find your seat at the Chef’s Table at Nightingale.  Join family, friends or co-workers for a social sharing menu created Georgia Straight Chef of the Year, Phil Scarfone. Bookings are available for groups of up to 18 people with menus starting from $45 per guest. To reserve email [email protected]

I talked to David just as the restaurant was opening.   David explains everything.


 BC’s Agents and Reps pour the new wines and spirits


 IVSA (The Import Vintners & Spirits Association) work very hard to keep all of us up-to-date on what’s new in the wine and  spirits new releases.

I made sure I had fresh batteries in my recorder..found the Delta Ocean Pointe in Victoria and worked the room.

Couldn’t talk to everyone..the room as busy with lots of seekers but here’s who I was able to get the microphone in front of..

Lionel KingPartner in Bonvida Importers and Distributors   www.bonvidawines.com

Benjamin PhillipStile Brands   (Vancouver Island Account Exec)  www.stilebrands.com

Jaime Cowan – Partner  Landmark Selections  www.landmarkselections.com

Teresa Chiesa– Christopher Stewart Wines Vancouver Island Rep.  www.christopherstewart.com

Dan Volway – Edrington Americas   Brand Ambassador / Whiskey  www.edrington.com

Eugene Chae –  Cobees.  Korean Soju   www.cobeesliquor.com

Here’s hoping you discover  your favourite wine or spirits for 2017!


Flourish at Vancouver Community College

Elephant Island


Kettle Valley

Former student Chef Clement Chan – ToraFuku/Le Tigre

Former student Angus An – Maenam, Fat Mao

Meet the Makers  in Victoria

Sheringham Distillery

Townsite Brewing

Blue Grouse

Stags Hollow

Sea Cider


Sara Park


5th annual Okanagan Falls  Spring releases in Vancouver

Blasted Church

Blue Mountain

Cresent Hill

Kraze Legz

Meyer Family


Noble Ridge

Painted Rock



Wild Goose

Naramata Bench pours Spring Releases