Scene in the City – Raising the Tasting Bar

At Vancouver Urban Winery.  008The concept at this appealing new spot is to bring the consumer closer to the winemaking experience in a more meaningful way. Yes I get it.  I sampled a few wines last week at this place which is unlike any other tasting experience in British Columbia or the rest of Canada. It is a unique experience because you can sample wines from the different wine appellations across BC with 36 rotating wines-on-tap. You can choose from the 5 tasting menu options or customize your very own tasting. You can learn a bit about wine making too.

007My friends and I decided to go with the sommeliers recommended 5 tastings perfectly paired with the chosen local food selection. Pairing wines with distinctive local foods makes for an experience that your taste buds won’t forget.  You can always expect something different as new food selections and rotating wines-on-tap come in weekly.

The Vancouver Urban Winery tasting bar focuses on promoting local artisan foods with locally made jams, jellies, salts, antipastos, pasta sauces, banana breads, beef jerky and much more available in their local wine shop.  The winery manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands including their own “Roaring Twenties Wine Co.” which you can also purchase.

013The Vancouver Urban Winery is also currently the home of FreshTAP, a company specializing in packaging fine wines in stainless steel kegs for the emerging wine-on-tap category.  We were fortunate that founder Steve Thorp was in the house and told us about the process.

The 7,700 square foot location with 24-foot ceilings and large exposed wood beams dating back to 1923 is just two blocks off Gastown’s historic Railtown district and also operates as a unique special events space.  Right now their tasting room is only open to the public on Thursday & Friday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Cheers!

They are located at 55 Dunlevy Ave.

A Way with Wine

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Aha! The real secret to Betty White’s youthfulness!
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B Well – Wine Not? Health Benefits of Resveratrol

Isn’t it nice to find out that a certain vice which is somewhat indulgent is actually good for you?…in moderation.

What Makes Resveratrol a Unique Antioxidant?

Resveratrol is unique among antioxidants because it can cross the blood-brain barrier to help protect your brain and nervous system, and studies show that its benefits are wide reaching, including:

Protecting your cells from free radical damage

• Inhibiting the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer

• Lowering your blood pressure

Keeping your heart healthy and improving elasticity in your blood vessels

• Normalizing your anti-inflammatory response

• Helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Because resveratrol appears to be so effective at warding off many diseases associated with aging, it is often referred to a “fountain of youth” that can extend lifespan.

Already, animal studies have shown that resveratrol helped overweight mice run farther and live about 20 percent longer. It has even been found to increase the lifespan of human cells.  No wonder I was able to run the half marathon after consuming several glasses the night before!

Resveratrol also seems to produce many similar benefits as exercise, and I suspect it would be a powerful addition to exercise. Maybe I’ll fill my water bottle with vino next time I hit the gym.

New research explains resveratrol’s effect on inflammation, and also shows how it can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.

The Best Sources of Resveratrol

Resveratrol is found in grapes, which produce it as a defense against fungi. Muscadine grapes actually have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it is concentrated.

Resveratrol is found in abundance in red wine, and it’s highly soluble in alcohol, meaning your body may absorb more of it from red wine than from other sources. But there ARE other sources out there, including cocoa, dark chocolate and peanuts.

If you opt to take a resveratrol supplement (I always prefer the natural solution), there are numerous products on the market. Be sure to look for one made from muscadine grapes that uses WHOLE grape skins and seeds, as this is where many of the benefits are concentrated. That’s grape news!

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Personal Post – I like to wine for the saké of it!

I have taken a few “prisoners” from NAPA – loved them all.

WINE IMPROVES WITH AGE. The older I get, the better I like it.  Anonymous

Here are some of my favorite wines from the Napa/Sonoma region. Looking forward to discovering lots more.

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NAPA here we come!

Russian River Valley Pinot
Chateau St-Jean ’07 Merlot

I’m also starting to really appreciate some select sakes.

Beau’s Pick 2001 Cab Sauv from NAPA
Markham Vineyards Merlot ’08
Benzinger ’07 Cabernet

So far I’ve not been able to find any so-so wines in Sonoma.

SONOMA here we come!

Age is just a number. It’s totally irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine – Joan Collins

Gloria Ferrer Gravel Knob Pinot Noir ’06 – Sonoma
Jacuzzi Montepulciano 2010 Italian grapes grown in Sonoma
Kendall Jackson ’08 Chardonnay
These sakés are not your run of the mill.

There are way too many good wines out there to mention in this blog but I can personally attest to the quality of these shown in the photos – having tested them all.

Too many wine….too little time!