Is vegan wine bulls%&# ?

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The Wine Wankers

Are you a vegan?
Would you buy a vegan only wine?
Or do you think wine that is vegan is bulls%&#
[no judgement from me! ūüėé]

Strict vegans will love Champagne Legret , which proudly flaunts its vegan credentials ‚Äď I tasted this yesterday in Stockholm, however I was in two minds. In a room full of great Champagnes, this didn‚Äôt win me over. Was it because they used vegan winemaking methods, or was it simply not as good as some of the other great wines in the room?


Traditionally, to make a base wine clear, you need to use a fining agent that most vegans spit out their quinoa salad ‚Äď things like casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein). They are not added to the wine, as they fall out out of the wine with the molecules that make‚Ķ

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Crianza – Alicante Export

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The Protected Domain of Alicante, Spain is home to a Mediterranean wine story 400 years in the making. The success of careful attention to detail can be found in this Crianza.

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Today,  Bodegas Bocopa presents a delightful and affordable range where the fruit is hand sorted and the wine is revealed over time.

The temperature in Southern Spain plays a role in the decisions made en route to the barrel. The reflection of genuine sincerity can be found in the glass.

Then, after valuation is made, additional time is given so the wood can marry with the full fruit that is expected from this sun drenched 39th latitude.

Try one if you can find it.

Available now is BC Private Liquor Stores,

Brownies & Bubbles

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Tripple Chocolate Paleo-Vegan-Gluten Free BrowniesNutritious = Delicious

As our friendly neighbourhood Naturopath was blogging about Paleo this and gluten free that our vino exploration senses went wild when topic landed on the recipe we are sharing with you here for these Triple Chocolate Mousse Brownies:

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Because we think you will want to try it with this: And this is where it gets good. No mistake these Brownies taste great and using Avacado for the fat feel in the mousse, No eggs, wheat free and all that jazz makes them healthy too!

You had me at Mousse. Sparkling deep red Alicante Monastrell varietal grapes make for a rare sparkling wine flavour treat. Marina Espumante red wine produced by Bodegas Bocopa lands on the ounce and explodes into a full mouse.

Delectable on any occasion.

Sparkling Monastrell with Brownies

Now It’s time to prepare for the winter nights ahead by adding these Healthy Triple Chocolate Brownies as a compliment to ¬†seductive and genuinely eligant and robustly honest tasting Alicante Sparkling Red Marina Espumante.

This is a wine drinkers wine. The bubbles are sincere and the taste profile is authentic and true to the winemakers intention.

This 90+ point wine earned Gold at the most prestigious 2015 France competition. Bubbles, Red, winer of gold medal in France.

Need we say click quick – get a bottle for while you’re baking these fabulous guilt free brownies them and one for when they are ready. Got it. Good idea, it’s better to order more.

And don’t forget the recipe!

New to Canada the Wine is sold in BC private stores and will be arriving next in Alberta mid to late 2017

Recipe Card Brownie Directions for Bottom Layer
Recipe Card Brownie Directions for Middle and Topping Layers
Brownie Directions and Ingredients = 3 parts. Enjoy. Learn more about Wellness visit Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC, Canada

Espumante Wine Delight

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Alicante Organic Wine and Marina EspumanteIf you find yourself to be a student of fine wine then you will agree with the welcome appreciation of these wine featured at the Liberty Wine Merchant on Granville Island who played host this summer to the introduction of the Bocopa Canada Wine Line Imported from Bodegas Bocopa of Alicante, Spain.

Then, if curious to taste the sparkling wine that is sold world wide but rarely found in Canada, you will want to know how to get some of the Marina Espumante Brut, Espumante Red and Espumante Rosado into your hot hands for the Holidays. And you can. #Smile. Yes, you can.

Jingle Bells are ringing at West Coast Liquor Company where they have an exclusive 11 style three brand collection of Alicante wine region 750ml selections. Place an order online and they will put them in your hands before sSanta arrives and that is very important to those of us who would rather avoid standing in line but want enough Bubbles for when the clock strikes 12 on December 31st.

Alicante wine club order on lineOur recommendation is to follow this link and stock up now unless you plan on boarding a plane to Spain in the next week or two.

Learn more at BocopaCanada.com

 

Enter to Win – Free travel trip to Alicante Spain!

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These wine available for the veyr first time in BC Private Wine Stores are a very good value.
Alicante terroir, sun and sea combine together in the fruit from 1000 hectares of vineyard campana-2015-costablanca-150pix-squaremanaged under the watchful eye of Bodegas Bocopa.

Visit Bocopa online to learn more about the Vino Torism route and prestigious education centre located 30 miles inland near the historic township of Petrer.

Opportunity to win free travel can be got by getting in the action with Western Canada’s only NHRA Fuel Altered Class Fiat Topolino.

After discovering a shared interest in wine, women and the insanity of Drag Racing as a kin to Running with the Bulls, Don Mantillon and Nitro Brothers Racing have put together a fan fan club inviting participation in various Motorsport events, a wine pairing dinner hosted by the team, VIP event promotions and monthly draws leading up to the grand prize giveaway.

Sign me up!   OK РFollow this link:

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Learn more about the History of Alicante wine visit Bodegas Bocopa’s¬†Home Page.

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The Discovery of Spanish Wine

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It has come to our attention that Spanish Wine may be somewhat misunderstood. Maybe this is OK. Maybe some further exploration is required. No doubt РA great number of people simply do not know what they have been missing. How is that?

According to near recent data 2014 Spain remains the planets top grower. This is an agricultural reference to cultivated area to yield 13.5% of world wine grape harvest.

Interesting to note that China now ranks # 2 in geographic terms overtaking the growing area of France. However, when converted to hectoliters of wine by volume, the top 4 producers are France, Italy, USA and Spain. Is this a contest? …”USA overtakes Spain by Volume”.

With the largest consumer market being the USA, China ranks #2 for consumption. Yet¬†China has a long way to go as a wine producing nation with a yield of about 11 million hectoliters that is much lower than what¬†France, Italy and Spain each produce about 40 million hectoliters per year. Can China’s climate and soil even deliver a satisfactory wine grape?¬†Clearly the world is turning in many different directions.

What can be determined from statistics? Who really cares about land mass and yield when what we really want is an enjoyable good taste profile. When all we really require is a decent understanding of a wine style, quality and taste, to make our purchase, open a bottle and have a drink. And this is what inspires us to talk about Spain, where Spanish wine continues to be a little, how do we say: “Low on the Totem Pole”.

Spain doesn’t have the Bravado in the barrel that Italy plays host with their Chianti and Prosecco. Spain doesn’t have the same Romantic relationship with Hollywood that France has so carefully cultivated as masterfully as their wine marketing of Champagne and Bordeaux, two French words that easily pass through any English spell checker. Wine sales marketing may have something to do with who you know?

So with China on the Grow Chart and the USA expanding their acreage and volume of domestic production by tremendous leaps and bounds, Spain remains quietly content in making consistently good wine for themselves. What is interesting to observe is a 25 year willingness to value add at home to their agricultural commodity to increase the potential of their export.

In Spain, the vines are typically spaced farther apart than in other wine growing nations. This adds value to the volume question as an achievement. With fewer vines spread out over a large area the yield on par with compact Italy and France as leading producers, Spain is operating a prestigious and noble code of conduct.

Great Grapes are grown in Spain. The History of wine making converges in Spain with ties to the origins of wine making dating far back to long before Columbus ever set sail to discover the new world. This heritage offers us varietals indigenous to Spain, the types that only grow well in that part of the world. And the Spanish have a secret that they have been keeping to themselves. Some wine is made for export and other wine they simple keep for themselves as observed by the tendency of the southern growers to supply their own nation.

As a wine producing nation, Spain has much to offer where an intrinsic value quality standard is undeniable. There is no multi generational marketing wizardry for perception used to influence sales. In general we find there is very little ingredient manipulation involved to bottle what the Sun and Soil creates.

What Spain represents is an earnest ecological stewardship of the land that feeds their people. Spain has retained a rich diverse culture that translates into an unspoken integrity that is uniquely apparent in the wine. Modern Architecture and Fashion, Tourism and Fantastic food surrounds a wine country that operates somewhat behind the times. Advancements in technology are utilized yet the soul of the wine maker is humble so it becomes simple to say that wine from Spain is characteristically great!

All natural when you think about it, Spain has been a major global producer for centuries and there are regions here that even experienced wine buyers are unfamiliar or blind towards recognizing. While the world is turning faster and faster, racing forward to make ‚Äúmore‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmore‚ÄĚ…Spain is different. Progress comes patiently with time. In this, the Winemakers of Spain must be proud to have quietly maintained true merit of success. We‚Äôre there is discovery to be made. Join us in raising a glass to Embrace Spain for All in Good Health and Good Wealth for a life filled with blessings and joy.

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Consumer Backlash in Vancouver: Why is the Japanese Asahi Beer Brand Made in China?

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Vancouver, BC, Canada: Consumers in this part of the world are very label conscious. Reading the ingredients of a product in grocery stores has almost become a national obsession. So, it goes to follow that Vancouver, the home of “Healthy Living” and recognized World Brand Excellence by the likes of yoga apparel giant Lululemon and early adopter Hootsuite (a brilliantly successful .com) the arrival of Japan’s #1 Beer as “Made in China” has really made a stir.

In a easily recognized and ever popular “Big Bottle” the change-up came sometime after the devastating¬†2011 tsunami crippled¬†the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor.¬†Learn more about Fukushima¬†and the 2011 tsunami event.¬†Japan got hit hard.

This was a major event… Japan is still in the recovery of this. But life goes on.

Asahi is a 100 year-old Brand. Born out of the Osaka Brewing Company the Beer was introduced in america to win “Best Beer” at the 1893 Chicago World Fair. That is interesting…especially for BC and the West Coast where Craft Beer is significant to the Trade. With an Authentic Origin that is Craft, the Osaka Brewing Co. “Asahi” became the asahi Brewing Company of Tokyo – Their Experience and Technology resulted in the creation of what we call “Super Dry” and it is Brewing Perfected.

With Agricultural Awards for the handling of the raw ingredients to¬†reduce the bruising of the Hops, Precision production standards and organization that the Japanese are famous for this is a Product and Brand representative of a nation that knows “hardship”.

China is a country where many are living in Hardship. News Lines are full of information surrounding various industry “bad practices”, “pollution” and “health safety” concerns. No wonder Chinese Nationals and Regional Asia people from Korea and other countries avoid good produced in China.

So why is this format of Asahi Brewed there?

Well, in-part because the world is round and we all have to do our part. The past is behind us and Asahi has entered China with their feet on the ground to put themselves in a Leadership Role. The Brewery is a Japanese Organization operating in China using the Asahi Code of Corporate Conduct. The Social Responsibility of Asahi is reaching beyond the boarders of Japan to pioneer reform and bring to China the very standards we in the west expect and by our choices command.

Canadians will not tolerate contaminated goods. Here in Canada, we have one of the best food and safety inspection agencies in the world. we could join the Anti-China sentiment and discontinue the import of this product but that would do nothing to contribute to the more important matter of making the world a better place to live.

And Beer does that? You might ask. Asahi¬†is a global company with global distribution. They offset their footprint with a reforestation program. They use solar power in their plants. They have water management systems that make sure the Product is “Clean”. While their nation is a nation of strength the Brand is proudly displaying their ability to make change in their own back yard by placing a Brewery in China. The Beer may be a little more bitter than the Aluminum Can package product and draught beer that is brewed in Japan but we attribute that slight variation to “Bottle Bruising”.¬†Reasonable?

The recipe and raw ingredients as far as we know is the same. And the “Yeast”… Asahi yeast gets the credit for bringing out the Aroma and Karakuchi Taste. Anyone who claims the beer doesn’t have aroma has a nose problem and should not be trusted for their opinion. Asahi is Brand that developed the technology for “Dry Beer”. The Japanese do good business and it will not hurt China one little bit by having this shining example “of what a company should be doing” on their soil.

We applaud Asahi for their execution in this, the intelligence to place production in a logistical cost and energy saving position related to the glass bottle. which is also a safe and well managed component of this product. The consumer stands a better chance of getting a dirty bottle from Champagne or mouse droppings in their Belgian craft befor ever finding a spec of contaminant in a bottle of Asahi as exported from Taiwan as is the smaller 330ml Bottle and then there are the Cans. Famous for Vending Machines, Japan exports the Cans because Aluminum and steel production is a benchmark of Japans industrialization.

We understand the objection to “Goods Made in China”. Just like we don’t want our children working in the basement of a toy factory. Asahi on the other hand. They have stood up to do something about it. The Japanese have invaded China time and time again but this time…Now – The Japanese are doing a bold and noble thing. They are putting there reputation ¬†as the #1 Beer in Japan. A Product that holds a Gold Medal Standard as the “Best Import Lager 2014” to show the world what it is going to take to make change. Asahi has risked it all. The Backlash is severe. Some restaurants have Boycotted the entire collection of cans and bottles because of the brewery relationship in China.

So the next time you reach for a Lager – Give Asahi a try for it’s taste. The way it goes down. The easy non-bloating 5% session-able flavour that goes great with BBQ and Steak. Asahi is Japan’s # Beer for more than it’s Country of Origin.

Asahi is #1 because it is one of the Best Lagers in the World. Beer guys know this. Girls like it too!

We all know China needs to see change,,. The world welcomes change. We think¬†Asahi has done a good thing by going out on this limb. Bravo Asahi Brewing Company – Finally, a “Big Brand” with a Heart. Show ’em how it is done…

Which begs the question? What ever happened to the Vancouver Asahi Baseball Team… while there is no relation to the Brewery we wonder if there are any decedents of this bit of BC’s history around to tell a tale or two?

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