Rosé wine and me!

I honestly LOVE exploring Rosé wines…. but I suppose that’s no secret. I’ve even created a Facebook Community Page called The Pink Tank – where me and wine friends share reviews on our favourite rosé wines, it’s meant to be fun and unpretentious.

Check out some favourites I’ve had…

An all-time favourite from France! Cave de Lugny Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gamay. This beautiful wine is made in the ‘traditional method’ – which means made just like champagnes are made. It’s fresh red berries, but dry and refreshing.

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Seriously one of the most wine-geek rosé wines I’ve found. Bodega Txakoli Rezabal Rosé is made from 100% Hondarrabi Beltza, a local grape variety found in the Basque region in Northern Spain. These wines are light in body and alc. making them so delightful. And they have a slight frizzante so they are usually poured from high above the glass.

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A lovely find – Stoneboat Vineyards is in the South Okanagan Valley in BC, Canada. Their Faux Pas Rosé is made with 100% Pinot Noir. Think rhubarb, strawberries and a lovely freshness on this wine. And if you are ever in the area – they have a quaint tasting room on a popular wine route, so don’t miss this it!

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Rosé season – and they are so many styles to explore!! So try the off-dry or fruit forward ones with spicy salamis and the dry ones with crab, salads, roast chicken and seafood. Have fun exploring all the wine regions of the world and the rosé wines they make at different prices to see how many you enjoy.

Drink Pink!

A NEW Wine and Snack Bar in Vancouver

From the first day I started this blog until now, I have been excited about great food, new restaurants and wine bars in Vancouver. And I am happy that we have a new Wine bar to add to the few we have!

Located on the southern side of the Sheraton Wall Centre HotelLaTab Wine Bar is a quaint little find, that is bright and welcoming. The wines are hand-picked by owners Eryn and Kris, as they are wine lovers (geeks) themselves. And the food is a passion for Kris, bringing his creativity from Toronto to open Vancouvers eyes to some new dishes and flavours.

As part of a culinary tour to a few restaurants, me and some friends started our tour at LaTab. We each picked a dish and shared a bottle of Christophe Pacalet’s Julienas Beaujolais (made from the grape: Gamay) – it’s a fresh way to start an evening. Think dark red fruit, tart and earthy.

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Pictured above we enjoyed: the Humboldt Squid with sauerkraut, caramelized yeast and crabapple – I love discovering new ways of enjoying squid, this was delicate and tasty; The Vegetable ‘egg’ with charred wild mushrooms and seed cheese was so much fun! The egg is made of vegetables and when you cut it open the pureed pumpkin inside acts like a “yolk” and blends with the delicious local mushrooms on the plate (this was my favourite dish!); I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Cricket Dumplings with smoked pumpkin, chestnuts and yuba – but I am now a fan. Can you taste “Crickets” I thought? Well first of all, how would I know what a cricket taste like?! And no, these were fresh little dumplings or ‘gnocchi’ that just happen to be made with cricket flour – a “future food” according to Kris (because to raise crickets requires very little water, yet they are high in protein). Very cool indeed for this small town palate 😉 . I’ll definitely be going back!

Don’t judge them by their website, they are new ;),  but definitely add them to your dining out list

and enjoy the creative dishes and yummy wines!

LaTab Wine Bar

983 Helmecken @ Burrard

Vancouver, BC