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Pulled 'La Petite Paille' 2010 Cuvée Noir out of Bale of Wines at Swirl in Yaletown, A British Columbia Wines Only Store

Aug 11
Pulled 'La Petite Paille' 2010 Cuvée Noir out of bale of wines at Swirl, a Yaletown store dedicated to selling British Columbia wines only and educating palates. Owner Jeff Wong was conducting a small in-store tasting while I was there. Wine is produced by Little Straw Vineyards in West Kelowna, owned by 6 people including Susan Ursuliak. This is an interesting blend of Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Blau Frankish from BC VQUA...
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Beet the Heat with Summer Borscht from 'Samarkand' by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford

Aug 14
Beet the heat with Summer Borscht from Samarkand, Recipes & Stories from Central Asia & the Caucasus (Kyle Books, June 2016) by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford. Summer Borscht with Sour Cream and Chives Serves 4 4 beets, peeled and coarsely chopped 3 carrots, coarsely chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 1 (14-ounce) can chopped tomatoes 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 bay leaf 4 black peppercorns 2 cloves 1 teaspoon sugar...