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Sunday School Returns To Vancouver Urban Winery September 18th

13 Sep

ILiveInEastVanMarch2013 284Starting this Sunday, September 18th, Vancouver Urban Winery’s Sunday School is back with some fun wine education classes. You are invited to join the hosts David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, both sommeliers, for an engaging  wine seminar.  It doesn’t matter how much or how little you know about wines, there will be something to learn for everyone.  This weekend’s class is “BC Wines v. The World VIII” and will feature an interactive, brown bag, blind tasting.  Each round squares off a local wine against a global challenger in the Rocky III of wine tastings. Sunday School classes take place from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy, in the heart of Strathcona. The cost is $40 per person and tickets are available via Eventbrite. If you miss this week’s Sunday School, they have two more sessions lined up in October and December. We’ve set out their upcoming classes below.

Oct. 16:   Sommelier Smackdown VIII – 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Equal parts ‘Bloodsport’ and ‘Sideways,’ this seminar sees the sommeliers, Dave and Lisa, pit their favourite wines against each other in a vicious street fight for wine geek supremacy. You get to act as the judge and jury over five rounds of tasting.

Dec. 11: True Lies – 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Everything you know about wine is wrong. Or is it? Join them for this myth busting seminar that puts wine’s biggest (mis)conceptions to the test as you drink your way to the truth.

If you haven’t already checked out this great spot in Strathcona, we recommend you do. Belgard Kitchen is on site should you wish to stay for a bite to eat after class.

Dine Out Vancouver 2016 Happens January 15 – 31

6 Jan

DOVF_Logo_StampDine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest restaurant festival gets under way January 15th with a record breaking 288 restaurants participating this year. This year, restaurants will be offering 3 prix-fixe menus, $20, $30 or $40. There are also a number of special events as part of Dine Out and the caliber of them improves every year.  This year, we see The Acorn Restaurant and Odd Society Spirits have partnered to offer A Distiller’s Dinner on January 24th for $99.  The gang at Off the Eaten Track is offering ‘How It’s Made: A Brewery, Distillery & Winery Tour’.  They will take you on a tour of  Odd Society Spirits, Vancouver Urban Winery and the Big Rock Urban Eatery. You will, of course, have the opportunity to sip on award-winning craft vodka, gin, three BC wines, and two local ales. This tour also includes a bite to eat at the Big Rock Urban Eatery all for $70. Tours run January 17, 21, 24, 28 and 31.  Lastly, our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tours have a Craft Beer & Food Pairing Tour on January 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 for $79 as well as a Craft Beer & Sweets Pairing Tour on January 21 and 28th for $75.   If you wish to participate in any of the events during Dine Out, we recommend purchasing tickets promptly, many sell out quickly some already have.  If you have a particular restaurant or event you really want to try, make your reservation.  Many fill up quickly and reservations start today. We’ve set out some of the East Van restaurants participating below.  For a full rundown of all the participating restaurants and events, visit Dine Out Vancouver.

Arriva Restaurant
Cafe Kathmandu
Campagnolo Restaurant
Campagnolo Roma
Cannibal Café, The – Commercial Drive
Carthage Café
Chicha Restaurant
East is East Chai Lounge – Main Street
Falconetti’s Eastside Grill
Federico’s Supper Club
The Libra Room
Merchants Oyster Bar
Nonna’s Table
Poor Italian Ristorante
Romer’s Burger Bar
The Reef – Commercial Drive


Made In Strathcona: AGRO Roasters, Propellor Design & The Settlement Building

18 Jun


I had the pleasure of attending the recent Made In Strathcona Tours hosted by the Strathcona BIA and organized with the assistance of My Loud Speaker. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the businesses in East Vancouver like Blake Hanacek founder of AGRO Roasters located at 550 Clark Drive. Blake is truly passionate about all aspects of coffee everything from growing the beans, to farming, to roasting and is well versed in the science behind what makes a good cup of coffee.  Our second stop was Propellor Design tucked away at 1128 East Georgia Street just North of La Casa Gelato and situated directly across the street from Admiral Seymour Elementary School. Propellor Design is a multi-disciplinary design studio. The principals at Propellor Design create lighting, furniture, sculptures and more. Many of their custom lighting designs have landed in restaurants across North America. You can see a sample of their work next time you visit the lobby of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

After our tour of these East Vancouver businesses, we were invited for wine, appetizers and a mix and mingle at the newly branded Settlement Building (formerly Vancouver Urban Winery), 55 Dunlevy Street. The Settlement Building holds the Fresh Tap wine system which packages wines in 19.5L stainless steel kegs.  Add to that, they have some 36 wines on tap for tastings.  The Settlement Building is now home to newcomer the Belgard Kitchen a restaurant serving lunch/brunch and dinner which seats up to 65 people. The food is prepared by chef and part-owner, Reuben Major, who brings 18 years of restaurant experience with him. Mia Stainsby of the Vancouver Sun just did a delicious review of the food. To learn more about her rundown, visit the Vancouver Sun. Today this busy group of entrepreneurs officially launch Postmark Brewing, East Van’s newest craft brewery. Postmark Brewing will introduce you to 4 new beers specifically, Postmark Pilsner (a clean, refreshing hybrid Pils brewed with Czech yeast, German malt and traditional Noble hops), Postmark IPA (a well-structured American Red IPA brewed with Simcoe, a Postmark Stout (a semi-light bodied stout with a dry bitterness and the complex notes of chocolate and coffee and the one I have my eye on Postmark Hefe (a dry Bavarian style Weiss beer brewed with lemon zest and local raspberries. I would be remiss if I forgot to mention the drive by growler refills that are coming.

Kudos to all those involved in organizing the Made In Strathcona Tours. It was great to meet the faces behind the local businesses and get to learn more about what they do and the many ways in which they contribute to their surrounding communities.  Stay tuned for news on future tours, we hear they will be back for another round.


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Sunday School Wine Education Is Back At Vancouver Urban Winery

22 Jan


Starting this Sunday, January 26th, Vancouver Urban Winery’s Sunday School is back with some wine education classes.  This weekend’s class is “The Price is Wrong”.   They will help answer what price has got to do with it when choosing wines.  The hosts will take you through a series of blind tastings of both inexpensive as well as some more expensive wines. To keep things fair, the wines will be from the same grape and the same country, just a different price tag.   You decide what you like best, as in the end, it all comes down to taste and what you like.  Classes run from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, doors open at 6:00 pm and you are invited to stay post class for a mix & mingle from 9:00 – 10:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and available from Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue. If you can’t make this week’s class, upcoming classes include:

February 16:              France vs the New World

March 16:             Sommelier Smack Down: the Rematch (SOLD OUT)

March 30:            Sommelier Smack Down (Bonus Class Added)

April 20:               Food Fight: The Great Beer vs. Wine Showdown

May 18:                 BC vs. the World: Round III

June 15:                The Cider House Rules

For more information or to purchase tickets visit EventBrite, or email the winery at info@vancouverurbanwinery.com or call them at T:  604.566.9463.

Sunday School Returns To Vancouver Urban Winery

19 Aug


Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue, brings back Sunday School starting this Sunday, August 25th and will be hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook.  The focus is to demystify wine while at the same time being educational and fun. This Sunday’s class will focus on French wines with their “Better Know A Country: France!”.  On September 8th, they continue their classes with “BC vs. The World (The ReMatch)” and lastly on September 22nd, they are doing “He Said/She Said: Sommelier Smackdown”.  All classes run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and are $40 per class or $100 for all 3 classes.  To reserve your spot, visit Eventbrite.   Everyone is encouraged to come early and meet their hosts and tour the winery. Cheers!

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Sunday Market at Vancouver Urban Winery

19 Jul


Vancouver Urban Winery and Dolly’s Delicious Treats have teamed up to bring you their first ever Sunday Market on July 21st at the winery,55 Dunlevy Avenue. There will be a number of local artisan vendors on hand including:

Brown Paper Packages Ice Cream

Dolce Delights

Dolly’s Delicious Treats

Hey Jude Shop

Marked Edible Designs

Sugo Sauce

Wonton Girl

Westcoast Chutney Company

Vancouver Urban Winery will also have some mini Sunday School wine seminars on throughout the day and, of course, many wines on tap.  The event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 and available online at www.eventbrite.ca.

Wine Seminars at Vancouver Urban Winery Starting Sunday April 14th

10 Apr


Have you wanted to learn about wine and wine pairing in a fun, informative environment? If the answer is yes, you are in luck. Vancouver Urban Winery is offering their version of Sunday School. A series of four ‘informal and irreverent wine seminars’ which will be hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook. Both sommeliers have extensive experience with wine. The aim of these seminars is to demystify wine and make it a fun and engaging evening for everyone.

There will be a series of 4 seminars starting this Sunday, April 14th. The initial seminar is titled #101 – A World Tour of Wine. The second seminar held on April 28th is titled #102 – BC vs. The World which will be an interactive evening with brown-bag, blind tasting. The third seminar being held on May 12th is #103 – Better Know A BC Winery – Joie Farms which will include back vintages and barrel samples presented by winemaker and owner, Heidi Noble.  And if you are going to know a BC winery, this is one to know.  This award winning winery just cleaned up at the 2013  Great Northwest Wine Competition in Washington state where it was awarded thirteen medals. The last seminar in this series is being held on May 26th  is titled #104 – How To Buy Wine and Influence People. The view of this seminar is to assist people in deciphering wine labels and understanding wine scores.  All four seminars will be held at Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Avenue. The cost is $35 per class or $120 for all 4 classes. Tickets can be purchased through the winery or by visiting www.vuw.eventbrite.com.  Classes run from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., but doors open at 6:00 p.m.  Everyone is encouraged to come early and meet their hosts and tour the winery. Cheers!

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Wine Tasting At Vancouver Urban Winery

19 Mar

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If you wish to taste some wines from BC’s Okanagan, you don’t have to travel very far.  I invite you to check out Vancouver Urban Winery. This operation is the brainchild of two young enterpreneurs, Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten who were recently voted into  Western Living Magazine’s 5th Annual 40 Foodies Under 40.

Vancouver Urban Winery is Canada’s first wine on tap operation, FreshTap.  They repackage wines sent from wineries in pressurized 19.5 litre stainless steel kegs. This not only cuts down on waste, but is also environmentally friendly in that each keg equals 26 750ml bottles of wine. Once a bottle is opened in a restaurant, it loses flavor with oxidization quickly.  Thus, a greater likelihood the wine will be tossed.



A side benefit for us Vancouverites, is that last summer Vancouver Urban Winery opened it doors to the public for wine tastings.  The majority of the wines are from British Columbia with a few from other countries including their own brand of Roaring Twenties  for sale by the bottle in their retail store on site.  Wine tastings are 1 oz pourings which start at $2.50 per tasting or $3.50 for premium wines. You can choose which wines you’d like to try individually, or you can try the Sommelier’s Choice where they choose 5 flights of wine for you to taste for $12.00.  There are various meats and cheeses available to nibble with your wine that you can purchase. We opted for the  Sommelier’s Food & Wine Choice Pairing for $24.00 which included 5 flights of wine (2 whites & 3 reds) and a selection of local meats and cheeses paired with each of the wines.

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Vancouver Urban Winery is located in a fairly non-descript building two blocks South of the docks and 2 blocks North of Oppenheimer Park.  At the entrance you will find beautiful doors with intricate woodwork and stonework.  On entering, the interior has a unique layout with 24 foot ceilings, wooden beams and beautiful ironwork from its predecessors.    There are some long wood tables perfect for large groups, or there is the fireplace with 2 long leather sofas which make for a nice way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon or wind down after a day at work.  The Vancouver Urban Winery is located at 55 Dunlevy Street (just 3 blocks North of East Hastings Street). They are open for tastings and tours, Mon. to Wed. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thur. to Fri. 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sundays from Noon to 5:00 p.m.  They are closed Saturdays for private events and occasionally will book private events during their operating hours. They update their Facebook Page regularly with their operating hours, upcoming events and promotions. One current promotion is Thirsty Thursday which is a 2 for 1 tasting special from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  The Tasting Bar this month features Roaring Twenties Wine Co. Quails’  Gate, Noble Ridge Vineyards & Winery and Road 13 Vineyards.  This is definitely a spot to check out.  Cheers!ILiveInEastVanMarch2013 284

Photos by Patti Zazulak and CreatEveInVan

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