December 7, 2009
Zinck Cremant D’Alsace
This guest post is generously provided by Rod Phillips of Liquor Plus in Victoria, with a new location opening this week in Duncan. You can follow him on Twitter or read additional blog posts as he has a wealth of knowledge about wine, beer, and all thats in between. You can view his original post here.
We look forward to receiving any questions or comments that you may have.
Ian and Marilyn
I define these wines simply as those that are truly a delight to revel in their flavours without needing to have food. These kind of wines need to have soft, sweet tannins (little to no pucker) that carry the flavours right through the finish.
#1 Champagne. There is just something so sinfully luxurious about true Champagne. Many will feature more fruity flavours, some more toasty flavours, but all can be enjoyed with simply a smile on the face and air to breath. My specific recommendation Charles Heidsieck Champagne $59.99 + deposit
#2 Cremant D’Alsace. This is also a sparkling that is made in the Alsace region of France. A lot of similarities to Champagne, but 1/2 the price. My specific recommendation is Zinck Cremant D’Alsace $28.99 +deposit
#3 Australian Shiraz from the Barossa or McLaren Vale. Big rip Aussie Shiraz is one of the most purely hedonistic wines around. Opulent, round gobs of black and dark fruits, hints of baking spices… did I say GOBs of fruit flavours. My specific recommendation isFinders & Seekers 2006 Barossa Shiraz $18.99 + deposit
#4 Argentine Malbec. It is not a big step to go from Aussie Shiraz to Argentine Malbec. Both have a lot of similarities including lush dark fruit flavours. Malbec generally has more savoury spices and even leathery notes than does Shiraz but they are equally enjoyable. My specific recommendation isYauquen Malbec $19.99 + deposit.
#5 Balanced Chardonnay. For years Chardonnay has been attacked for being too oaky. Get over it! The wineries have heard you. Most are now so nicely balanced between fruit, acidity, and oak ageing that you can not tell that oak has touched them. Fruit flavours can range from fresh Delicious or Gala Apples to mouth watering pineapple and tropical fruits. These are balanced with hints of vanilla or clove spice. Yum! My specific recommendation is Billyrock Station Chardonnay $12.99 +deposit.
November 17, 2009
Today I came across this article that shows BC is leading the way to real estate recovery in Canada. It’s short, sweet, and to the point. See full details via the link below.
Report: B.C. leading Canada in real estate recovery – Headlines – News – News1130 – ALL NEWS RADIO.
October 28, 2009
We are proud to promote the production of “Rabbit Hole” directed by Matthew Howe and supported by the Canadian Heritage Arts Foundation. This show will run November 13-15 (Fri. November 13, 7:30pm; Sat. November 14, 2pm & 7:30pm; Sun. November 15, 2pm) at the Metro Studio Theatre.
“Rabbit Hole” was the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama, “Rabbit Hole,” by David Lindsay- Abaire, is a beautifully crafted work of great sensitivity which shifts perfectly from hilarity to grief. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. “Rabbit Hole,” charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. It’s a dramatic piece of writing laced with wit, insightfulness, compassion and searing honesty.
The play is guest-directed by Matthew Howe. Mr. Howe enjoyed ten seasons as Resident Director/Choreographer and Master Teacher at the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was named 2005-06 Twin Cities Director of the year.
Tickets: Adults $20, Students $15 (On sale at the McPherson Box Office; 250-386-6121)
Company C is the Year III program of the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Founded by Jacques Lemay and Janis Dunning in 1998, the College provides quality training to prepare students for careers in the area of performing arts. This year, Company C is composed of twelve graduates of the Year II program who are working alongside professional directors to bring three powerful shows to the stage this season. Also, stay tuned for “Little Shop of Horrors,” which will be running from December 11-13th at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. This fall is the last chance for Victoria to see this talented ensemble as they prepare to launch their careers across Canada and beyond.
Ian and Marilyn
September 8, 2009
We are pleased to announce that one of our clients, Geoff Kabush, placed 5th in the Canberra World Championships this past weekend. Kabush, who had reached the podium at the last two World Cups, finished fifth in 2:06:43 for the best world championship result of his career. It is Canada’s strongest result in the men’s elite race at worlds since Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria won silver in 2003. He trains in Victoria and you can follow him on Twitter. You can view the whole article on www.canada.com about this race and his amazing finish.
Ian and Marilyn