January 6th, 2018 – Dine out Vancouver

Getting ready for Dine Out Vancouver

Talking Organic with  Ann Sperling

New releases poured in Victoria


  Lucas Pavan – Dine Out Vancouver Producer

Lucas Pavan

 Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at over 300  restaurants.

The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, BC wines and the city’s exceptional culinary talent from January 19 to February 4.

There is no better voice for a Dine Out Primer than Lucas Pavan who leads an all-star team that begins to build all these events just as August rolls in.

Lucas walks us through events such as:

Railtown Catering Pop Up Dinner

Dinner on the Rocky Mountaineer

Taste of the market at Lonsdale Quay

Dine out Grand Tasting

East Van Craft Beer and Food Tour

The art of Tea

The Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Tour

Urban Wine and Distillery Tour

Introduction to Dim Sum

Olympic Village Food Tour

BC VQA Wine Brunch at Hart House

Vancouver Craft Beer and Street Food Tour

World Chef Exchange

Best of Granville Island

Street Food City Seven

Mamie’s Low Country Pig Roast

And many many more.



Ann Sperling:  Sperling Vineyards Okanagan.  Southbrook Vineyards Niagara

Team Sperling

 One of the very best winemakers in Canada.

Creating outstanding, award-winning organic wines at Southbrook in Niagara and at her family’s estate outside Kelowna.

Sperling Vineyards has been certified Organic and that’s our starting point with Ann.

Ann Sperling

Why organic?  Other than the obvious decision to take care of the land around them..what else should wine fans watch for with the ever growing organic movement.

After all, more and more we are asking questions of our fish, food, and vegetables.  Where was this grown, is it local, is it wild or farmed, was it organically grown?  Why not our wines?


We spend time talking about her glorious Old Vines Riesling.

Loved listening to Ann. Truly at the top of her game!


IVSA  New Releases

 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 King – Partner in Bonvida Importers and Distributors   www.bonvidawines.com

Benjamin Phillip – Stile 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


Stories we’re working on

 Moon Cursor

A speed round of Dine Out Vancouver

Van Wine Fest

Kettle Valley

Clos du Soleil

Checking in with our segment sponsors

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