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I still dream about this concoction at the Shangri-La. I’m thinking either Jasmine tea from T on Broadway, as that’s their tea provider, lemon and San Pelligrino (which is what they serve).

May not be actual tea that they use, as I made this yesterday with fresh lemons, tea and club soda. The tea made it somewhat bitter, and as I recall the jasmine in the lemonade was very strong and sweet, so I’m leaning towards jasmine extract . Still haven’t decided on the lemons, whether fresh lemons, lemon juice or lemonade, but I can tell you that club soda is NOT the way to go.  It was WAY too salty, and San Pelligrino should be used instead (5% or 130mg sodium vs. 1% or 10mg).

Where: Watermark Restaurant, during Dine Out Vancouver

Paired with: fois gras, pork… doesn’t matter as it’s just great on it’s own.

It was: Delightfully smooth, aromatic yet subtle and complimented by all at the table.

Great for: Intimate get togethers, end of the week wind down with candles and a laptop. Hostess gift that would identify you as having great taste. Can’t go wrong. $18.95/bottle.

From the Wild Goose website; The popular variety from Alsace. A small clustered variety that produces beautiful aromatic wines every vintage. Intense spice, rose petal, and lychee nut are the most common characteristics of this wine. Our Style-This is our trademark wine. Wild Goose has made one of the top Gewürztraminers in B.C. since our inception back in 1990. Slightly dry in finish and intense rose petal aromatics are the patented Wild Goose flavours extracted and put into every bottle. A must have wine every vintage!

Available at:

  • Wild Goose Winery
  • Peacock & Martin: 2035-1396 Richards Street Vancouver, BC V6B 3G6, Canada (604) 689-9462

BC Liquor Stores

VQA Village Wines – Gehringer Bros

Sutton Place Wine Merchants

Steamworks Wine Store – Park Royal

Liberty Wine Merchants – Gehringer Bros.

Peacock & Martin:
2035-1396 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3G6, Canada
(604) 689-9462

So I learned the hard way that you never have cold liquids with hot cheese fondue. Then the cold hits the hot, the cheese gets hard and clumps up in your stomach. Taken from a co-worker who went to school in Switzerland, you have cheese fondue with the liquor that’s in the cheese… kir. Hot kir at that.

No kir here, but I heard that a nice bottle of K.W.V. Chenin Blanc from South Africa goes perfectly with cheese fondue. Available at your local BC Liquor Store, it’s under the name Robert’s Rock Chenin Blanc (K.W.V.’s brand – good thing for superior Google skills).

From the Food Network:

Chenin Blanc Pairing Notes

Description: This Chenin Blanc is very aromatic with floral, grassy, white peach, pear and apple aromas. On the palate it is medium bodied with soft green apple and pear flavours, a touch of sweetness, and refreshing acidity through to the finish.

Why they match: This dish is rich, creamy, and a bit pungent from the stronger Gruyere cheese. The wine has enough sweetness and body to stand up to the strong cheese flavours and rich texture, but it is fruity and crisp enough to contrast and cleanse the palate.

Wine Suggestion: K.W.V. Chenin Blanc (South Africa).

CHENIN BLANC CHARDONNAY – ROBERTS ROCK

SKU#501304 / UPC#00748294420196
At $9.49 you can’t go wrong.


For the Morroccan dinner, recommended from Bombay Bhel… notes of lychee, rose… it was perfect for the occasion, smooth and a delight to drink.

Winery: Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
Vintage: 2006
Wine: Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Classic
Appellation: Okanagan Valley
Grapes: Schonburger (50%), Gewurztraminer (50%)
Price: $14.99

at VQA Wines (across from IGA)
Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery
2006 Schönburger-Gewürztraminer Classic (Okanagan Valley)
Walter Gehringer, who runs this winery with brother Gordon, was the first Canadian-born winemaking graduate of Germany’s Geisenheim Institute and he retains a sentimental attachment to grape varieties that were created there. One of those varieties was Schönburger, a 1979 cross whose parents include Pinot Noir, Chasselas Doré and Muscat Hamburg. At the time, Geisenheim named new grapes for Rhine castles – in this case, for Schönburg Castle.

The Gehringers have grown a small plot of Schönburger since the early 1980s. For many years, the winery released it as a varietal and hand-sold the off-dry white to loyal followers of Gehringer Germanic wines. The few others who grow the variety in the Okanagan simply blend the grapes into their Gewürztraminers. In recent vintages, Gehringer has been crafting tasty blends, noting that the varieties “truly complement each other.”

This vintage is a spice cake of a wine, starting with lovely rose petal and spice aromas. On the palate, the intensely spiced flavours include papaya and lychee. The winery describes this wine as medium-dry but it is so well balanced that the lingering finish is crisp. The dash of natural sugar serves to flesh out the texture. 88 points.