Brunch hot spot Café Medina celebrates its first decade by shelving its no-reservations policy for the Front of the Line Fundraiser for the remainder of February.
A maximum of three tables — one per time slot — are available to be booked each day at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tables may be booked for two to six people for a $25 donation (weekdays) or $35 (weekends) to be given in full to the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation.
Once all guests have arrived, the party will receive the next available table. Tables will not be seated until the full party has arrived. Front of the Line donations are non-refundable.
To book and make your donation visit medinacafe.com
The program offers vouchers for fresh local farmers market foods to thousands of deserving B.C. residents including low-income families, expectant mothers and seniors.
To support the cause, B.C. Wine Studio’s owner/winemaker Mark Simpson is donating $5 from every bottle sold to the program. The bottle is wrapped in original artwork created by Vancouver artist, and farmers market manager Laura Gibson has taken the signature mermaid of B.C. Wine Studio’s flagship Siren’s Call wines, and set her in a garden of market produce.
B.C. wine of the week
Van Westen Vineyards Vivre la Vie 2014, Okanagan Valley
$30 | 89/100
This is very good version of what is usually a heady, perfumed Merlot. As big as the 2014 is, it still offers up some hints of violets and minerality before the full force of its dark, potent, black fruit. Cassis, black plums and freshness (acidity) carry the story on through to a warm spicy (balsamic) finish. Don’t be fooled by the soft edges; this is a big Merlot with a fine future.
Wine for the cellar
Black Swift Vineyards Cabernet Franc Desert Valley Vineyards 2014, Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley
$54.99 | 90/100
The Black Swift Franc grows on the Golden Mile Bench sub-appellation in Desert Valley Vineyard. In 2014 it is a dense, muscular, round and ripe-fruited red that is a pleasure to drink. The west bench that gathers the less intense morning sun tempers the wine’s overall demeanour, aided by an early evening shadow that protects the fruit from excessive sugar production and eventually alcohol. The soil is mostly rocky, an old alluvial river bed, and the result is a mineral, stony red, and a black raspberry fruited wine with a sagebrush undercurrent. Grilled meats or poultry are fine matches at this point. Impressive now, but this will continue to improve in bottle through 2020.
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