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TRAVEL • CUISINE Vol. 8 • Issue 3 • Fall 2014

Valley uncorked Whether you're a connoisseur or a wine novice, discover the perfect way to toast the fall season

Chef forages local ingredients • wine-inspired vacations • fall fashion

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contents VOLUME 8 • ISSUE 3 • FALL 2014



8 Check out these corky gadgets available at local stores.

6 COVER STORY: With competition from around the globe, local wineries are working hard to make a name for themselves.

10 Chef Brian Fowke from Kitsilano

Daily Kitchen brings sourcing local ingredients to a new level.

14 Spot the latest fall fashion trends as our model visits Chaberton Estate Winery.

18 18 You don't have to be a connoisseur

to enjoy these relaxing wine-inspired vacations in Europe, South American, Africa and closer to home in the Okanagan.

21 Get the scoop on the fourth

annual Fraser Valley Cork & Keg Festival, featuring an oyster bar, live entertainment and beverage tastings.

From the editor Michaela Garstin


his issue isn't just for wine connoisseurs. Anyone who enjoys conversing with friends, trying new cuisine or a little rest and relaxation will get some great ideas on how to kick off the fall season. In this issue, Indulge chats with Chef Brian Fowke from Kitsilano Daily Kitchen about his commitment to buying (and even foraging) local ingredients. His menu changes daily, sometimes even hourly, to ensure his guests are served the freshest food possible. Fowke's ingredients – sourced from locations including Granville Island Market and anywhere wooded between the North Shore and Pemberton – are carefully paired with B.C. wine to enhance each dish's flavour and texture. For those wanting to travel further from home, Indulge profiles a selection of wineinspired vacations available through travel companies in White Rock and Surrey. Although wine is a focal point, these holidays in Europe, South America, Africa and the Okanagan include much more – amazing sightseeing opportunities, intriguing cultures, a great deal of pampering and much more. Closer to home, Indulge looks into how local wineries compete in the competitive world of wine. With hard work and dedication, vineyards in the Fraser Valley are being recognized alongside 4 Fall 2014 INDULGE

award-winning wineries from the Okanagan and internationally. I visited a few wineries in Langley's Campbell Valley Wine Region to see what goes into growing grapes in the Lower Mainland. The climate is perfect for vines that thrive in cooler temperatures, such as Bacchus and Chardonnay. The picturesque landscape influenced Indulge's fall fashion looks, showcasing darker shades with pops of colour and statement jewelry, all courtesy of boutiques and shoe stores in Surrey and White Rock. If beer is your beverage of choice, the fourth annual Fraser Valley Cork & Keg Festival is profiled. Besides an oyster bar and live music, the one-day event includes dozens of samples from local and international beer and wine companies, as well as from producers and culinary artisans from the Fraser Valley. As summer winds to an end, the temperature with drop and the days will become shorter, but this issue of Indulge shows there is much to look forward to. Let's embrace the changing season with friends, family, good food – and a glass of Fraser Valley wine.

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In the competitive world of wine, local wineries work hard to make a name for themselves


t can be surprising how much wine is produced within an hour drive from downtown Vancouver. In the Fraser Valley, where the soil is rich and farmland plentiful, there are 60-plus acres of grapevines – making up 22 wineries and nearly 30 vineyards. The region – tiny in comparison to the Okanagan – is stamping its mark on the competitive world of wine. But recognition has taken years of hard work and dedication from winemakers and vineyard owners. The main goal is to get local residents out to the wineries to try what's in the barrel – and

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demonstrate that the product can be in the same high-calibre category as wine produced in Naramata, Osoyoos, Oliver and other areas of the Okanagan. "Once you remove any bias, people realize the quality we have here," says Brian Ensor, manager of Chaberton Estate Winery in Langley, as he stands between rows of nearly ripe grapes. "It's about recognition, and this region as a whole has been making progress." Chaberton Estate Winery, formerly Domain de Chaberton, was the first winery to open in the Fraser Valley region 23 years ago and is among the largest in operation. It's a hot day in August as guests stop by to sample wine and tour the vineyard. They learn from their tour guide that Bacchus grapes are the most common varietal planted at the vineyard, and that the Fraser Valley's cooler climate suits some grapes well – such as Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay – but is not conducive to growing types that thrive

in hotter temperatures. Because of this, many larger Fraser Valley wineries use grapes grown in the Okanagan to supplement what they are unable to grow themselves. Fraser Valley vineyards are small compared to many others in North America; it's possible to see from one end of the rows of grape vines to the other. But still, to first-time visitors, the sight of grapes growing in the Lower Mainland can be shocking. It's this local, quaint vineyard atmosphere that the four wineries in the Campbell Valley Wine Region – Chaberton Estate Winery, Backyard Vineyard, Township 7 Vineyards & Winery and Vista D'Oro Farms & Winery – use to attract their customers. "In the Campbell Valley, we're not in competition with each other. We don't compete even with the Okanagan," Ensor says. "We all have the same purpose – to raise the profile of B.C. wine, and even Canadian wine."

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Standing near a patch of Bacchus vines, Brian Ensor, manager of Chaberton Estate Winery in Langley, says local wineries have worked hard to create a name for themselves. To help draw in customers, they are holding the Campbell Valley Wine Run in late September. Less than an hour drive from downtown Vancouver and mere minutes for Surrey and White Rock residents, the local wineries market themselves as a quick wine-tour getaway, in comparison to the multiple-day journey to the Okanagan. The wineries team up together to host events that draw people out to Langley. Participants in the Campbell Valley Wine Run on Sept. 21, for instance, run a 15-kilometre route between the valley's vineyards, stopping to sample wine along the way. The run isn't a competitive race – it's meant to be fun, with a fivekilometre walking option and prizes for best costume. "We get a lot of people saying, 'Wow, this is so close, I would Mary McDermott have stopped here winemaker before if I had known about it,'" says Backyard Vineyard's winemaker James Cambridge, who graduated from Niagara College's viticulture program 15 years ago before settling at other wineries, including Summerhill and LaStella in the Okanagan. "Once they know we're here, our job is to keep them coming back."

"The climate here in the Fraser Valley is a perfect match for sparkling wine"

Langley sparkles It's winemaker Mary McDermott's second day at Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, but she already has a lofty goal – to produce more sparkling wine. To create the refreshing bubbles, rows of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes – easily seen from the long country road – have been planted, and will be harvested at low sugar levels with high acidity. Township 7's 2008 Seven Stars Sparkling, created in the traditional style of French champagne, is sold out, and a new vintage is on the way. They produce around 100 cases of sparkling wine every couple of years, depending on whether the season was conducive to growing the specific grapes needed, and McDermott plans to boost production in the future. "The climate here in the Fraser Valley is a perfect match for sparkling wine," says the winemaker, who recently worked for Trius Winery at Hillebrand and Thirty Bench Winery in the Niagara region of Ontario. "It's vital to match the grape with the climate and soil – of course every grape can't grow anywhere" Bottles are sold at both of Township 7's wineries – locally and on the Naramata Bench – as well as at the White Rock Farmers' Market, a convenient "buy local" option that is the result of recent changes to the B.C.'s liquor policy. Other Campbell Valley wineries have their own signature styles. Chaberton recently released its off-dry 2013 Reserve Bacchus, highlighted by aromas of citrus, chamomile



BLATTNER REDS/HYBRIDS BLATTNER WHITES/HYBRIDS PINOT NOIR BACCHUS and apricots with peach, orange blossom and lemon notes. And Backyard Vineyard's easydrinking Nosey Neighbour red and white, one of the winery's most popular labels, have been a hit among local connoisseurs.

The future is local Competing against Okanagan and international wineries – with thousands of highly acclaimed labels from both the New and Old World – is a tough order. To appeal to customers, wineries from the Campbell Valley have banded together to create a unique region, complete with seasonal events and tour routes. "Buying our wine is almost an emotional experience," Ensor says. "When people come here, they get to taste the wine, walk around the vineyard and really get know the winery – it sticks with them." INDULGE • Fall 2014 7

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resh thinking and flexibility remain the key ingredients at play in Chef Brian Fowke’s Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. After two decades of making other people’s kitchens hum, he would not have it any other way. Nearly five years and well over 12,000 menu options later – neither would anyone who has discovered Daily’s principled charm. The Daily monicker applies as much to Chef Fowke’s perpetual foraging – be it at Granville Island Public Market or anywhere wooded between the North Shore and Pemberton – as to the menu itself. From day one at Daily, Chef Fowke changed the menu game entirely, serving only four appetizers and four mains, fresh in every way, everyday. It is a format that puts Chef Fowke’s passions to play in the most food forward ways imaginable, presenting a daily opportunity for fresh foraging and expression. “Finding the freshest ingredients has been what it’s all about from the beginning. For the first long while the day would begin with a trip to Granville Island because it is so close and then back to spread out all the ingredients on the bar by 11 a.m.” says Chef Fowke. “Now it is all a bit more organic. The brain trains itself to put all the pieces together. You see salmon, think chanterelles and then go back to grab a blood orange.” While recently that 4x4 offering swelled to 6x6 to accommodate an established audience, the guiding ethos remains unwavering. From plate to adeptly paired glass, Chef Fowke’s creation takes local to heart as few do. “We change the menu daily, but we’ll change the menu as we go too. If Kristjan from Sea Tilth comes through the door with fresh anything, we’ll be changing up the chalkboard because it’s going on the menu,” says Fowke. “The idea for Daily’s menu concept came from sitting down with a farmer who was raising rabbits and having problems connecting with local chefs. It really hit home. For all the support of local, for the

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small, sustainable food movement to work, we as chefs have to be more flexible.” While he admits that certain international accoutrements such as French truffles will always have a place in his heart and on his plates, the base of each dish is always local. The wine list too is exclusively B.C., although a selection of Old World bottles is also on display and available for anyone looking to compare. Interestingly, while pairing local wines with

local ingredients makes delicious and logical sense, it also required Chef Fowke to revisit the more classic definitions of B.C. wines with which he had been groomed during his years with Joe Fortes. “When we opened here, we knew the B.C. pairing would cause a lot of table discussion, so we wanted less jargon and a more conversational approach,” says Fowke. “Our B.C. wines and grapes are structured differently than many have been wine-

educated to believe. Our Pinot Noirs are very different from France and some of our Merlots are light enough to pair really well with salmon. We had to get out there, taste, talk and revisit a lot of prior thinking.” Fowke adds with a laugh, “We’re still doing that actually, so when it comes to pairings our front staff knows them all” Of keen interest to any who opt for the

Keeping it fresh, Chef Brian Fowke (left) makes last minute changes to the lunch menu at Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. The chef 's signature Barkley Sound Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto (above) pairs perfectly with the 2012 Church and State Chardonnay, while the Confit of Lehman Duckling Leg (top), with Sea Tilth farm's Tokyo turnips, matches the 2010 Burrowing Owl Athene.

multi-course Chef’s Menu is the approach to pairing with each dish. “We like to pair a dish with a pair of wines – one complementary and one which contrasts. A Chardonnay and a Cuvee Blanc can both work wonderfully but in very different ways.” That flexibility has been the driving force for Chef Fowke since, leading him to follow the seasons and his suppliers far more closely than most. “The truth is it is fun and we are doing our part to serve a bigger picture. As to the cost, another farmer once explained to me that if we only bought what was in season, it would be half the price. In a lot of ways, I have spent the past four years relearning, but good things always take time. James Joyce didn’t write Ulysses when he was 18,” he says with a grin. From his earliest apprenticing days at the Windsor Arms Hotel under executive chef Oliver Bonacini to his journey out West as executive chef for Joe Fortes Seafood to his avant-garde efforts with Rare and Metro in Vancouver – Chef Fowke has never been happier than where he is today. “Maybe I am just too crazy to stop, but what we are doing is really about opening people up to the wider spectrum of what’s available. It’s cooking with what you have and it makes a difference,” says Chef Fowke. “Having kids has made a real difference about how I think about what we do. We can’t fix a lot of the problems in the world, but creating a better culture of food is a great place to start.” Turn the page for Chef Fowke's Barkley Sound Chanterelle Mushroom Risotto recipe.

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Get the look: Wearing the latest fall trends, Indulge's model Rachel Plesec visits picturesque Charberton Estate Winery in Langley. Clockwise, from top: On a relaxing stroll through the vines, Rachel models a Boo Radley dress and sweater from Pistachio Boutique, a bold statement ring from Just Jewellery and Steve Madden Freebird boots from Zig Zag Boutique. Her hat is courtesy Topshop. With a bottle of Chaberton Estate wine in hand, Rachel wears a Joseph Ribkoff dress from Anna Kristina Boutique and Nine West shoes courtesy Zig Zag Boutique. For added flare, she adds a bold necklace from Anna Kristina Boutique. Cooling down in the barrel room, Rachel models a Sympli skirt, sheermesh top and grey sweater-vest – all courtesy Pistachio Boutique – and Shoe the Bear boots from Zig Zag Boutique. To accessorize her fall outfit, Rachel adds a Treska necklace from Pistachio Boutique and a statement ring from She's Some Kind of Wonderful. Sleek and stylish, Rachel wears a Frank Lyman dress and statement necklace from Pistachio Boutique, along with red France Mode heals from Turner Ecco Shoes. Her purple stud earrings and gold ring are courtesy Zig Zag Boutique. Rachel takes a break outside the winery in a Tuzzi white embellished dress-skirt and Joseph Ribkoff leather detailed legging, paired with a Kapalua long pony-haired vest – all courtesy Anna Kristina Boutique. To accessorize, she wears a chunky silver cuff from Just Jewellery, a black equestrian bag from Pistachio Boutique and boots from Strides Shoes.

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from France in 1981. When they opened the vineyard in 1991, they named it after the Violet family farm, Domaine de Chaberton. Eugene Kwan and Andrew Cheng, who bought the winery in 2005, simplified the name to just Chaberton. The winery sources red varieties from the Okanagan. The vineyard in the back yard still provides many of its whites, notably intensely aromatic varietals like Siegerrebe and Bacchus. “Those are the ones I baby,” says Barbara Hall, winemaker since 2011. “Those are the ones that speak to the Fraser Valley.” Whether the wine tour at Chaberton is led by Barbara or by one of her colleagues, her passion for those varietals guarantees excellent wines. And you will also have a selection of big reds. An international businessman and collector of Bordeaux wines, Andrew Cheng has a hand in blending remarkable Merlot-based wines released under his AC label. On 16 Avenue, just around the corner from Chaberton, Township 7 Vineyards and Winery is the Langley outpost of a sister winery in Penticton, also called Township 7. The Langley winery was opened in 2001 because the owners at the time decided to spare their customers the drive to the Okanagan. They have all of their excellent Okanagan wines in the Langley wineshop.

Backyard Vineyards, a short drive up 232 Street, has a lower profile because it has operated under three names, opening in 2002 as Glenugie Winery, then becoming Neck of the Woods Winery and now Backyard. James Cameron, the veteran winemaker who has been there for two vintages, has significantly raised the quality of the affordable wines. The Nosey Neighbour White and Red blends, at $15, are solid barbecue wines, and go well with the light lunches available in the Backyard tasting room. By contrast, you might want to check out the $150 bottle of The Referènce 2008 at Blackwood Lane Vineyards & Winery on 8 Avenue. Owner Carlos Lee presides over a tasting room, offering wines for connoisseurs. The final visit of this day tour is to Mt. Lehman Winery on Mt. Lehman Road in Abbotsford. Owner and winemaker Vern Siemens has a photogenic vineyard planted largely with Pinot Noir. He offers superb wines both from his wines and from premium Okanagan grapes. And before returning home, fill up in Abbotsford with the cheapest gas in the Lower Mainland.

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Alternatively, depart on Riviera's 11-day Artistic Discoveries voyage from Venice to Barcelona, departing May 11, July 25 and Nov. 7, 2015. For more information, call Marlin Travel in White Rock at 604-538-4499 or stop by 1544 Johnston Rd.

Tour Southern France Admire gorgeous scenery while enjoying delicious food and wine tastings on this intimate tour of Southern France. Nine days and eight nights start by being transferred from Toulouse Airport to the beautiful walled city of Carcassone. For the rest of the tour, you will visit the Corbieres, Limoux and Bordeaux vineyards,

while travelling through the quaint towns of Sarlat, Saint Emillion and Saint Beauzeil. Enjoy a Canal du Midi boat ride, a cooking class, and a professional driver guide throughout the tour. Breakfasts and some dinners are included. You will be spoiled! For more information about this vacation, call White Rock Travel at 604-531-2901 or stop by 1472 Johnston Rd.

Okanagan health retreat For wine lovers who want to explore the best B.C. has to offer, Sparkling Hill Resort in the Okanagan Valley is close to several wineries and vineyards – including family-owned Arrowleaf Cellars, organic Baccata Ridge Winery, and sustainable Edge of the Earth Vineyard – as well as within driving distance from hundreds of other award-winning wineries. After the daily wine tours and tastings are complete, guests can sit back and enjoy their view of Lake Okanagan in Vernon from one of 149 luxury rooms and penthouses outfitted with Swarovski crystal fireplaces and floor-toceiling windows. Sparkling Hill Resort's health-focused cuisine, served at PeakFine restaurant, is prepared with European flare, and carefully paired with wines from the Okanagan Valley, including a special selection from Bounty Cellars. These "Crystal Wines" – including a 2010 Gewürztraminer and a 2011 Meritage – showcase the best attributes of the region's wine. After dining, guests can enjoy Sparkling Hill Resort's 40,000-square-foot KurSpa, which includes access to seven aromatherapy saunas and steam rooms, an indoor pool complete with underwater music and a starry Swarovski crystal sky, a hot pool, an outdoor infinity pool, Kneipp water therapy, tea and serenity relaxation rooms and a fitness studio. For more information, call 1-877-275-1556 or visit

Relax in South America Apart from several wine regions in Europe that can be experienced on a river cruise, there are many other areas of the world that are known for their spectacular wines. On this vacation, enjoy a South Pacific cruise that takes in the southern part of Australia. There you'll find household names like Penfolds, Yalumba, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s Creek, plus countless boutique estates, all within the Adelaide area. Or perhaps South America appeals? While Chilean wines are better known on the foreign market, Argentinean wine is increasing in quality and is making a global impact. Wine is also produced in Brazil, Peru and small

Close to some of B.C.'s best wineries, guests can enjoy the view of Lake Okanagan (above) from their suite at Sparkling Hill Resort. Relax with a glass of wine (left) and delicious food pairings aboard Oceania Cruises' special wine vacations through several European countries.

quantities in Uruguay. How about a 36-day cruise sailing from Vancouver all the way down the west coast around Cape Horn up to Buenos Aires? On this trip you can experience a wide variety of wine, including bottles from California, Chile and Argentina. As the world's eighth These "Crystal largest wine producer, South Wines" – Africa's wine including a 2010 trade contributed Gewürztraminer 26.2 billion rand ($2.4 billion) and a 2011 Meritage to the country's with – showcase the best economy, exports increasing by more than a attributes of the quarter in 2013. region's wine. Wine is becoming increasingly popular on the continent, but the industry is still in its infancy outside South Africa. For more information, call Cruise Holidays of White Rock at 604-531-3307 or visit 2429 152 St., Surrey.

Worldwide wine For Crystal Roche from Lloyds Travel & Cruises in South Surrey, wine tours have evolved from a favourite pastime into a full-

time profession. Her first introduction to wine touring was in Yugoslavia during the summer of 1987, where she enjoyed a variety of "stunning" and affordable wine. A few years later, Roche biked through the Loire Valley and had "amazing Champagne tours down in the smoke-stained caves, remnants of the German retreat during the Second World War."A trip to Rome years later had her eating dinner in the wine caves of a hotel just off the main train station. Though these independent wine touring experiences were fun, today there are specialty tours and suppliers that offer a wide variety of wine experiences. Most river cruises in Europe offer complimentary wine on board that is often sourced from vineyards that were visited earlier in the day. One of Roche's favourite river cruises explores the Douro River in Portugal. Here, you will experience outstanding port and come to love “green” wine – a fresh and light (and very affordable) wine that must be served ice-cold. If you prefer to stay on ground, suppliers also have amazing Italian wine and food tours, Roche adds. For more information about Lloyds Travel & Cruise vacations, call 604-531-8388 or drop by 12869 16 Ave., Surrey. INDULGE • Fall 2014 19

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