September 19, 2012: BC Winery Restaurants

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

BC’S WINERY RESTAURANTS 

BC has approximately 20 winery restaurants.  That is a tremendous number of winery-owned restaurants for an industry with only 209 wineries.  Find out about the marriage of food and wine on the site where the wines are made.  Where are these restaurants?  What kind of food do they serve?  Are they open year round or only in the summer?  Do they serve other wines than their own?  Why have so many wineries opted to go into the restaurant business and what are your favourites?

We’ll introduce you to where you can find them in BC as well as some of the challenges that face BC’s winery restaurants…many are not considered to be a “real restaurant” by the Agricultural Land Reserve who allows them to exist.  For example, many winery restaurants are not allowed to serve even locally crafted beers or spirits because they do not have food primary license.  They are also not part of the new changes to the corkage laws we saw enacted this summer.

Pull up a glass of BC wine and take part in the chat!

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September 12, 2012: Good Old Fashioned Venting on BC’s Archaic Liquor Laws

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

Good Old Fashioned Venting on BC’s Archaic Liquor Laws

Sometimes it’s good for you to get it all out.  We have  a long, long way to go, my friends, to bring BC’s archaic liquor laws into this century.  Are you a Consumer? Restaurant? Retailer?  Winery? You may still be asking yourself… “Why can (fill in the place) do (fill in the initiative) and in BC we are not allowed?”

Join in. Lurk. Vent. Rant.  It’s OK.  We’ll let you do it for one hour guilt free.

September 5, 2012: BC Harvest 2012: Pre Harvest Report

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

BC Harvest 2012: Pre Harvest Report September 5, 2012

How’s the 2012 vintage shaping up?  Get the first hand account of how our year is looking just before the wineries and vineyards go into harvest.  It’s a great time for consumers, retailers and restaurants to ask questions of those people involved in The Crush.  Participate, lurk, ask, answer.  We’re talking all things relating to the 2012 vintage!

August 29, 2012: Your Favourite Home Cooked Meal with BC Wine

HERE’S HOW THE CHAT WENT:

Your Favourite Home Cooked Meal with BC Wine

This week’s chat is all about going home.  Everyone has a favourite home cooked meal and we’d love to hear about it.  Have you found that special BC Wine that goes with it?  The perfect pairing?  Bonus points if you tweet out a picture of it and can tell us the secret recipe!