12) September 3, 2008

Food and Wine Pairing Workshop

Venue: Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants

13) September 23, 2008

Canadian Wine Cage Match: BC vs Ontario!

Venue: Devine Wines and Spirits

14) October 22, 2008

Food and Wine Pairing Dinner

Venue: Jack’s Grill


FIRST COURSE: East Bay oyster with blood orange gelee; Wine: Oriel Prosecco. 

SECOND COURSE: Smoked lamb carpaccio; Wine: Dona Paula Malbec
THIRD COURSE: Avocado and corn crabcakes with chili cream sauce; Wine: Quintay Clava Sauvignon Blanc.

FOURTH COURSE: Braised venison tongue with saskatoon dressing; Wine: Mas de la Rouviere Bandol.

FIFTH COURSE: Torchon of Foie Gras with pineapple relish; Wine: Pineau des Charentes.

SIXTH COURSE: Sliced pear and Stilton cheese on endive with walnut vinaigrette; Wine: Recioto.

15) November 12, 2008

Regional Tasting: introduction to Spanish wines

Venue: Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants

16) January 20, 2009

Best Bang for the Buck: Quality wines under $25!

Venue: Liquor Select

The wines:

Sacchetto Prosecco                               $16.99  ( italy) 

Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc       $18.99 (new Zealand)

VF (vielle ferme) rose                              $13.99 (france)

Hill of content shiraz/Grenache                $19.99 (Australia)

A-mano primitive                                    $16.99 (italy)

Los cardos Malbec                                 $13.99 (argentina)

Altano Douro                                         $14.99 (Portugal)

17) February 7, 2009

Port and Chocolate with chocolatier Peter Johner

Venue: Devine Wines and Spirits

18) March 18, 2009

Regional Tasting: Introduction to Tuscany

Venue: The Wine Cellar

19) April 22, 2009

Wine and Food Pairing Dinner

Venue: Jack’s Grill


Roberto’s Smoked Salmon with Golden Caviar and Blinis with Traditional Method Sparkling Wine

Jack’s Style Fish and Chips with 2007 Bollini Pinot Grigio

Sautéed Diver Scallops with Sherry Butter Sauce and Vegetable Medley with 2007 Catena Chardonnay

Smoked Duck Sausage with Blueberry Sauce and Cauliflower Puree with 2006 Domaine de Mourchan Cotes du Rhone

Tagliatelle with Braised Steamboat Style Beef Short Ribs with 1999 Mount Langi Shiraz

Fresh Seasonal Berries with Moscato Sabayon with 2007 Chiarlo Moscato d’Asti

20) May 19, 2009

The Art of Wine: Wine appreciation seminar

Venue: The Wine Cellar

21) June 10, 2009

Barbecue Wines

Venue: Vines Riverbend Wine Merchants