Mar 3, 2010
March Wine: Sandhill Barbera
Alexandra Barrow

Pairing for a pork rack, some undiluted cool – and please, don’t hold the anchovies. Ask an Oenophile The Expert: Sarah McCauley, sommelier at Vancouver’s Cin Cin The Dish: Alderwood spit-roasted pork rack with sunchoke purée, shallot confit, Brussels sprout leaves and poached cherry, $29.50 The Pairing: Sandhill Barbera, 2006, $29.99

Feb 3, 2010
February Fashion: The Cowichan Sweater
Steven Schelling

Giving the iconic Cowichan sweater its due respect. The Cowichan sweater has a time-honoured place in the pantheon of Canadian style somewhere between the fringed belt of Quebec’s Carnival and the Roots Olympic bucket hat. So it should have come as no surprise that the Bay’s Team Canada Olympic sweater sparked some controversy when it was unveiled last October. Although hand-knit, the Olympic sweater does not use traditional wools or traditional colours, nor is it knitted by Cowichan First Nations people.

Feb 3, 2010
February Wine: Moet Chandon Champagne
Alexandra Barrow

Bubbles, cocktails and 
chocolates that are 
fit for a champion. The Expert: André St. Jacques, owner and proprietor, Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro
The Dish: Himachi sashimi with yuzu watermelon, fresh jalapeno and sesame ginger dressing, $98
The Pairing: Moët & Chandon Champagne, $29 per glass / 
$145 per bottle 
 The dish I’m pairing this...

Jan 6, 2010
January Wine: 2004 Macauley Cabernet
Alexandra Barrow

Steak-lovers, start your engines. The Expert: Steve Schmietenknop, bar and wine manager, Gotham Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar
 The Dish: 17-ounce New York strip loin of Canadian Prime Beef
 The Pairing: Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004, $166 list 
 I chose this wine because of the...

Dec 2, 2009
December Wine: Pieropan Soave Classico
Alexandra Barrow

The burning question: what to pair with ling cod? Plus a cool new cookbook from C and the 
ultimate cult for wine snobs. Ask a Sommelier The Expert: Sebastien Le Goff, sommelier at Vancouver’s Cibo Trattoria/Uva Wine Bar
 The Dish: Fillet of ling cod served with roasted red peppers marinated in red wine, $24

Dec 2, 2009
December Style: Holiday Chic
Steven Schelling

Sartorially speaking, the holiday season is a time of marked contrast: reindeer sweaters playing a seasonal counterpoint to the finery and glamour of evening wear. While a jingling elf cap may keep the accounting department in stitches at the office Christmas party, the sharp, ambitious dresser knows to steer clear of theme outfits in favour of a more classic – and classy – look. Herewith, a selection of accessories that will bring holiday cheer to even the most workaday ensemble.

Nov 4, 2009
November Style: Wristwatches
Steven Schelling

The advent of the cellphone and BlackBerry may have rendered obsolete the functionality of the wristwatch, but its pull as a powerful status symbol has not diminished in the least. Along with the wedding ring, the wristwatch is today the...

Nov 4, 2009
Culture: Moulin Rouge, The Project and Kanata
BCBusiness D.B.

In Dance Moulin Rouge It is the world’s most famous 
cabaret, the birthplace of the cancan and a font of creativity for more than 100 years. Located in Paris’s 18th arrondissement, Moulin Rouge has hosted concerts by the likes of Ella...

Nov 4, 2009
November Wine: Foxtrot's Pinot Noir
Alexandra Barrow

Ask a Sommelier The Expert: Van Doren Chan (who looks remarkably like a character from a Manet painting), sommelier at Vancouver’s Elixir Bistro
 The Dish: Pan-seared sablefish with braised cabbage, morteau sausage and walnut jus. $28
 The Pairing: Foxtrot Vineyards Pinot Noir, 2005, $120 list 

Oct 14, 2009
October Wine: Joie's Noble Blend
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

Contemplating JoieFarm’s leading wine, the 2008 vintage of A Noble Blend, you can’t help wondering whether it was wise for a seven-year-old operation to be claiming nobility – aristocratic status. Certainly Joie’s magnum bottle looks “noble,” at least by the...

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