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May 12, 2009
Lofty Libations
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

Jim Hoggan’s Wine Pick On the east side of the French A7 autoroute, just across from the Château de Beaucastel’s property in the Châteauneuf du Pape appellation, is the 30-hectare vineyard of the Coudoulet de Beaucastel.

May 6, 2009
Video: Guide to Golf Slang
J Bucher

In the May issue of BCBusiness, Jim Sutherland takes you on a tour of the six best courses in B.C. that might never come to be. Jim's an old golf hand, and he throws down some lingo with which you...

Mar 24, 2009
Blue Moves
Steven Schelling

April 30 is Jeans Day across the province, an annual charitable event wherein employers and employees raise funds for BC Children’s Hospital by purchasing the right to trade in their workaday pencil skirt or dress pants for a much-loved pair of their Sunday best.

Mar 24, 2009
Sweet Things
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

Jim Hoggan's Wine Picks California wine growers were probably disappointed to learn in the early ’70s that Zinfandel, long considered to be an American original, was actually descended from the old Croatian grape, Crljenak kaštelanski. But there are no other reasons to put “disappointed” and “Zinfandel” in the same sentence. “Zins” –...

Mar 1, 2009
Small Comforts
Jim Hoggan/Alexandra Barrow

The Hoggan Taste Test The Challenge: To find a wine under $30 that you could take to a house party (or serve to a crowd) without offending the guests or your palate. The Sommelier: Igal Amsallem (ambiancevins.com), whom I asked to recommend some bottles, all available at Liberty Wine Merchants.

Feb 1, 2009
Luxury Toys for the Ultrarich
D Yip

Let’s pretend for a moment that the burning question on your mind isn't how to protect your savings in a free-falling economy. Oh, no, your problem is a surfeit of money and the too-few places you can spend it. Annoying...

Feb 1, 2009
Money, Luxury, and the High Life in Vancouver, B.C.
Jessica Werb

Let’s face it: things are rough. If the economy were a celebrity, it would be Britney Spears in her head-shaving, rehab-going, strapped-to-a-gurney days. Hit with sagging investment portfolios and declining house values, British Columbians have seen an across-the-board hit to...

Feb 1, 2009
Culture: Steve Reich, Planet Salt Spring & Bush of Ghosts
J Bucher

Music Steve Reich’s Drumming: It’s much easier to be annoyed by experimental minimalism than most other kinds of music; humans are pattern-seeking animals, and we like few things more than a reliable melody. Experimental minimalism comprises musical sounds, but the genre – of which composer Steve Reich is considered one...

Feb 1, 2009
Undercover Lover
Steven Schelling

We've just pulled clear of February, that dark heart of wintry gloom, when leaden, soggy West Coast skies are at their most lifeless. But how do you spark romance in a torrential downpour, when tearful resignation is more appropriate? And where, pray tell, is the sexy in a hibernal uniform...

Feb 1, 2009
Taste of Romance
Jim Hoggan/Alison McLaughlin

Jim Hoggan's Wine Pick If Shakespeare truly believed that “music be the food of love,” he mustn’t have known good chocolate. Chocolate is the number one confection in this season of love – and the best gift. Cheaper than diamonds and more sensual than roses, it also goes better with wine.

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