Surrounded by fields of farmland, The Fort Wine Company is a leading light in Langley’s diverse agricultural landscape. Cranberries are one of the oldest crops in Fort Langley and The Fort Wine Company made use of their abundance to create a secondary business from their land, cranberry wine. The wine business began as a way to prevent wasting excess cranberry crops, 11 years later The Fort Wine Company is renowned as a leader in the fruit wine market.
After gaining the experience of producing cranberry wine, the winery expanded into other local berries and fruit wines, now producing 11 varieties of fruit wine. Nowadays, much of their cranberry bogs are used for wine and some for fruit, reversing the original production.
On a recent visit with Tourism Langley, The Fort Wine Company allowed us to sample a few of their wines that are perfect for the upcoming Holiday season.
Mighty Fraser is the winery’s original wine, it has a blush colour and tart taste, and is the perfect wine to accompany the holiday turkey.
Keremeos Fruit Stand has the taste of fall, made from a crisp blend of apples and pears its taste brings to mind the autumn harvest. A glass alongside a sharp cheddar or with your pork roast would be a great pair.
Isle Queen Blackberry dessert wine is a hearty and warm port-style glass that has a hint of oak and like a warm cup of cocoa would be great on a cold winter’s evening.
The Fort Wine Company retail shop, bistro and winery tours are located at 26151 – 84th Avenue, Langley BC Phone: 604.857.1101 to book tours or reservations. The bistro and retail shop are also available for event rentals.
Kingyo Japanese Izakaya on Denman street has won many accolades in its short five year existence, including “Best Casual Japanese” Gold 4 years running at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, slipping to Silver for the first time in 2011. One visit to Kingyo certainly isn’t enough to get the full depth of the menu of small and shared plates, but it’s definitely enough to make you want to return for more. Begin with a starter or salad, like the light but full-flavoured ‘Cha-Shu Rice Paper Roll’ – roasted pork, lettuce and cucumber wrapped in a rice paper on a thin sweet peppery mayo sauce.
Follow with small plates or share something from the seafood, meat, sashimi, sushi menus maybe adding on a rice or noodle dish.
We choose ‘Stone-grilled “Kakuni Bibimbap”‘ slow coked pork belly and Korean pickles on a bed of ‘Koshihikiri’ Rice served in a sizzling stone bowl. The intriguingly named ‘Our Famous Invincible and Undefeated Tan-Tan Noodle‘ made it a must try, the cashew pork and shrimp noodle broth had just the right amount of spicy flavour with0ut overpowering the sesame miso.
With so many options on the menu, a return visit or more is certainly in the cards. The daily specials, friendly staff and invitingly casual modern room make Kingyo a place to turn into a regular hang out.
Located within the luxurious Loden Hotel, Tableau Bar Bistro is Coal Harbour’s neighbourhood restaurant. Chef Marc-Andre Choquette has created a play on the traditional French Bistro for the West Coast. Using old world technique with new world local ingredients the Chef and his team have made a comforting and welcoming room. Judging from the number of familiar greetings the patrons and staff exchanged on my visit, Tableau has its share of regulars.
This visit on a Thursday evening saw the restaurant almost fully booked, groups of friends, families and couples in casual to after work business attire all seemed equally at home. Our attentive server greeted us warmly and soon brought our first drink, a non-alcoholic Ceylon Orange Fizz, Ceylon tea, orange juice, agave nectar and club soda. Starter for both my companion and I was soup, the daily special – Cream of Mushroom for me, was a thick and rich mushroom broth with many meaty chunks of fresh mushrooms. My friend’s French Onion soup was a light onion filled broth topped with thick croutons and cheese baked to perfection. Each day of the week offers a different daily special, Thursday’s Lamb Shank and Risotto looked like a popular choice from the number of dishes on tables around. It looked too good to pass up and happily it lived up to the anticipation. A large shank of braised lamb was served upon a bed of bright and creamy carrot risotto. The fall-off-the-bone meat didn’t require a knife as the fork shredded it easily. I had to slow down and take my time to savour it as it went down so easily. The thick and creamy risotto had just the right texture and bite, the al dente carrots adding a lightness and crunch to contrast with the moist and soft lamb. With a glass of wine from the lengthy wine list, the two ample courses meant there was no room for a third but from what we could see on tables nearby, desserts looked equally tasty as our soup and entree. I guess that means another visit is in order to sample more of the menu…I’m looking forward to it.
Last week the brand new Edible Canada at the Marketofficially opened its doors to the public. The latest evolution in a dream that began with one man and a 400 sq ft market stall to a team of 80+ and a 3,500 square foot culinary centre in the heart of Granville Island. I walked past recently and had a look at the bustling location! Edible Canada at the Market is home to a vibrantbistro and artisan food retail store. As with the former location dedicated Edible British Columbia, the new space expands the idea and promotes the best of BC and Canada. This is reflected in the locally based menus, wine list and retail products. Market-fresh seasonal cuisine determines the menus and fresh sheet – with Chef de Cuisine Jennifer Dodd searching the aisles of next door’s Granville Island Public Market for daily inspiration. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and while the ingredients are of the highest possible quality, prices are kept reasonable and the dishes accessible.
The bistro seats 170, including an expansive patio perfectly sited for prime people watching. For those on the go there’s a take out window with a menu of quick and tasty handheld bites, as well as a barista-staffed full-service Salt Spring Coffee bar. Inside is a glassed-in private demonstration dining room, the new site of Edible Canada’s popular Guest Chef Market Dinner Series, and also available for private dinners and events. Every facet of the space was designed with sustainability in mind – from the recycled fir table tops, to the beach-scavenged cedar hostess stands (carved by Granville Island carver Clarence Mills).
Thursday night’s tweetup was hosted at The Corner Suite Bistro De Luxe (@thecornersuite) by @TheSassyFiles and @SoniaStirling Welcomed with a glass of champagne by Steve, owner and bartender extraordinaire, we instantly felt at home. Great company and conversation flowed easily all night. Steve was a calm hub of activity behind the bar serving us drinks and knowledge about the beverages, food and life. It’s great to see a restaurateur with such an intimate knowledge and care of everything that’s coming into, out of and happening in his establishment. The Tweet up drink special was very tasty…and the appetizer Croque Mademoiselle that I had was a perfect bite. In fact, everything on the menu looked fresh, local and mouthwatering.