Topic: otc beer and wine

For the 'ultimate' autumn wine, consider Gamay

Check out master of wine Barbara Philip's picks for delicious Gamays.

Wine trends of 2017: Italian whites, rosé and keeping it natural

The glories of Italian whites, the renewed popularity of rosé and the ripe-fruit flavours of Chilean wines are among the trending styles and categories on B.C. wine lists. Our master of wine Barbara Phillip recommends some examples.

Get the raw story on raw ale, the newest trend in craft brewing

The newest trend in B.C. craft beer is old school — very old school.

Pinot Noir wines can be tasty without breaking the bank, columnist says

It can be a challenge to find a Pinot Noir that is both satisfying to the tastebuds and to one’s wallet — but On the Coast’s Master of Wine Barbara Philip has some recommendations that achieve both.

Nothing shabby about Chablis wines, columnist says

On The Coast's Master of Wine says Chablis wines are the perfect "summer sipper."

Beware of 'crafty' marketing, beer columnist says

Is the beer you drink craft? Or is it merely craftily marketed? On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says it can be hard to tell sometimes.

Check out these picks for great new wines under $25

On The Coast’s master of wine Barbara Philip has some highlights of new wine on B.C. shelves that won't break the bank.

To the patio! 2016 vintage rosé wines hit B.C. shelves

Check out master of wine Barbara Philip's recommendations for great rosés arriving in B.C.

Molto bene, eh? Festival celebrates best of Canadian and Italian wine

Check out these highlights from the Northern Lands festival from our master of wine.

Are new B.C. craft breweries struggling to distinguish themselves?

On The Coast beer columnist says as more breweries open in B.C., new entrants need to find their niches.

New model of craft brewing coming to Vancouver, says beer columnist

Contract brewing is the new kid on the craft beer block and is coming to Vancouver this spring, said On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman.

Try these great Bordeaux wines from recent years

Wine journalists and buyers from around the world are in Bordeaux, France, during the first week of April to barrel taste the 2016 vintage. They won't be ready for a while but here are some picks from previous years.

Bubbly with your eggs benedict? Columnist says wine becoming big part of Vancouver brunches

Check out our master of wine's picks for great wine to sip on at brunch.

Don't forget a pretzel necklace: 5 tips for a better beer festival experience

Beer festival "season" is just a few weeks away, and our beer columnist has some advice for getting the most of your experience.

Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the world duel in Texas

Check out Master of Wine Barbara Philip's Cabernet Sauvignon recommendations from the 2017 Texsom wine competition.

B.C. craft brewers know how to share the love, columnist says

This isn't some run-of-the-mill feel-good Valentine's Day story: this one has beer.

Vancouver wine fest celebrating Canada's 150th

To get you in the spirit, On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip has some all-Canadian wine picks this week.

Last whimper for the growler? Columnist predicts craft beer mainstay could fade away

Pour one out for the growler. Our beer columnist says the inconvenience of the refillable craft beer containers has some consumers and breweries looking for something better.

Stout competition: B.C. brewers to box each other for charity

Our beer columnist is getting ready to fight other people in the craft beer scene — for charity, of course — so here are her favourite post-workout beers.

Going frugal this January? Here are some wines that won't break the bank

Many people cut back on spending in January, so here are some great wines to try that are under $15.

Milkshake beer could be among 2017's craft brewing trends

Milkshake beer!? That's right, according to On The Coast's craft beer columnist. Here's what else she thinks will be a hit in 2017.

Stand out sparkling wines to ring in 2017

A must-have for when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31 is a glass of something bubbly in your hand. On The Coast's master of wine has a few tips on how to best select your first sip of the new year.

Serving beer at Christmas dinner? Here are some tips

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for this week.

Festive season and cold weather call for 'mouthfilling' red wines

On The Coast's master of wine says there are lots of red wine options that are rich and luxurious but don’t cost a lot. They are satisfying to drink on a chilly night and make thoughtful gifts.

Warm the cockles of your heart with these cozy winter beers

Columnist says, in general, what we think of as winter beers tend to be richer, sweeter and darker roasted and sometimes quite boozy with a strong malt profile.

Check out these wines made from obscure grape varieties

Never heard of these grape varieties? It's okay: On The Coast wine columnist Barbara Philip says she learns about new varieties all the time.

Celebrate the Brew-nited States election with these beer ideas

Napoleon once said of champagne, "In victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one needs it." With the U.S. election results coming Tuesday, Rebecca Whyman says the same thing about beer.

Port wine celebration in Vancouver has chivalrous feel

Check out Master of Wine Barbara Philip's Port wine picks for this week.

Missed the B.C. Beer Awards? Here are some winning brews to check out

Beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says there were a few surprises at this year's event and also a historic win.

2013 Bordeaux white wines on market and here are some to try

“The Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon blends from Bordeaux are often overshadowed by the reds but can be delicious and characterful wines, especially in a vintage like 2013,” says On the Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip.

Check out these fresh picks for fresh-hopped beer

On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman explains what fresh-hopped beers are and how they change the flavour of your brew.

Raise a glass to 300 years of Chianti Classico with these picks

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the region, producers, journalists and other members of the wine trade met in Florence to celebrate, including On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip.

Prost! Oktoberfest events to check out on the Lower Mainland

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for this week.

Okanagan Fall Wine Fest coming up: here's what to look for

On The Coast's Master of Wine, Barbara Philip, was a judge for the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival this weekend. Winners won't be announced until next week, but here are her picks for what to look for.

Summer season ending, but beer festival season just getting started

Here are three beer events in B.C. you won't want to miss in coming weeks.

Northern Hemisphere wine harvest begins: how will the 2016 vintage turn out?

On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip also shares some picks from recent vintages around the world.

B.C. Ale Trail lets beer lovers explore province's breweries

Love beer and want to get to know B.C. better? The B.C. Ale Trail has you covered.

Summer beer events still going on throughout B.C., columnist says

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's picks for refreshing summer fruit beers.

Having big fun this summer? Consider big wine, columnist says

Check out Barbara Philip's picks for big wine at a big value — with quality not an afterthought.

Ontario's craft beer scene has grown up over the years, columnist says

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's picks for this week.

B.C. wines impressed at international competition, columnist says

On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip has her picks from the competition, both from B.C. and around the world.

Craft beer tasting rooms add flavour to palates and communities, says columnist

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for this week.

For variety and quality, consider Spanish wine, columnist says

Check out On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip's picks for Spanish wines this week.

Beers are great at barbecues for drinking — and eating?

Plus, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks for the week.

Wines from Valpolicella, Italy becoming popular in B.C.: columnist

Check out this week's picks from On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip.

B.C. breweries tap into success at Canadian Brewing Awards

Want to try some of the award winners at this year's event? Rebecca Whyman has a few for you.

Rosé wines coming to store shelves and 2015 was a good year

If you look at things through rosé-tinted glasses, you won't want to miss Master of Wine Barbara Philip's picks for wine this week.

Languedoc-Roussillon wines becoming known for quality and sustainability

Plus, check out Barbara Philip's picks for this week.

Summer beers come in many shapes, sizes, tastes and alcohol contents

It might not officially be summer, but who are we kidding? You're already looking for summer beers, and On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has some recommendations.

B.C. wines can sparkle with the best of 'em, columnist says

At a competition in London, On The coast's Master of Wine Barbara Philip judged B.C. sparkling wines, and she found they held up well against international offerings.

Summer vacations are brewing, so why not make beer a part of it?

On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has some suggestions for places to visit for great beer — some far away, some right here in B.C. And, as always, she's got her beer picks.

Craft beer scene relies on collaboration for success

On The Coast beer columnist says collaboration between local craft brewers is a win-win and is part of why people find the scene so appealing.

2015 Bordeaux wines could be best since 2010, wine columnist says

The 2015 harvest won't be available in B.C. for two years, but On The Coast wine columnist Barbara Philip has some picks from previous years.

Spring is here, so spring for some lighter wine

On The Coast's master of wine, Barbara Philip, says spring is a time for lighter wines, but full-bodied ones are enjoyable too.

Dry Irish stout picks for St. Paddy's Day not named Guinness

If you like Guinness but want to broaden your horizons when it comes to dry Irish stouts, check out Rebecca Whyman's beer picks this week.

Southern food and wine: here are some down-home pairings

Y'all are going to love these recommendations for best wines to go with Southern cooking. On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip has some pairing advice based on her tour of the South.

Molson's old timey pale ale 'intrigues' beer columnist

You read that right. Craft beer columnist says Molson's 1908 Historic Pale Ale is "a fitting way to celebrate that long history" of Molson's. Also, check out this week's beer picks.

Italian wine will be the toast of 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival

Check out this week's Italian wine recommendations from On The Coast’s master of wine, Barbara Philip.

Budweiser is B.C.'s top beer choice, but craft beer on the rise

B.C.'s top beer choice might surprise you, especially in a province with a growing craft beer scene. Plus, Rebecca Whyman has her beer picks.

Valentine's Day wine? How about a wine tasting instead?

On the Coast's Master of Wine Barbara Philip has some recommendations if you want to do a wine tasting at home.

Need Valentine's Day ideas? Think beer, says Rebecca Whyman

On The Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has some beer-themed Valentine's Day ideas in case dinner and a movie has gotten old for you.

Craft beer trend gives new life to hops grown in B.C.

Local brewers in B.C. generally use imported hops to make craft beer but one hops expert aims to change that by teaching local farmers the benefits of growing the crop.

B.C.'s best sommelier crowned in high-pressure competition

Also, check out Master of Wine Barbara Philip's picks for this week.

Distillers and brewers sharing barrels in new trend

Forget "liquor before beer" or "beer before liquor." Some distillers' and brewers' aging barrels are going "liquor-before-beer-before-liquor" these days.

Wines from the south of France, a trip to the Mediterranean

On The Coast’s wine columnist, Barbara Philip, gives her picks of wines from southern France.

B.C. craft beer scene set to grow in 2016, says beer columnist

On The Coast's beer columnist says people who live far from existing breweries are an untapped market — pardon the pun — for new breweries opening in 2016.

Beer columnist says 2015 was the year of the sour

If beer isn't really your thing, give sour beer a try, says On The Coast’s beer columnist, Rebecca Whyman.

Giving wine this Christmas? Here are some recommendations

If you're thinking of giving wine as a gift this year (and if you've left your shopping to the last minute, you probably are), Master of Wine Barbara Philip has some recommendations and tips for you.

Holiday gift ideas for the beer lover in your life

‘Tis the holiday season, whatever you celebrate, If you're thinking about giving the gift of beer, we've got you covered.

Okanagan red wine starting to develop 'signatures'

When you think about red wines from California you might think Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot as signature styles. What about the Okanagan?

Craft beer variety at B.C. Liquor Stores set to grow next week

On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says beer varieties at government liquor stores could become more numerous. Plus, she's got some winter beer picks (no vanilla!).

Pairing wine with pizza: 4 recommendations from Barbara Philip

From Nero d'Avola to Emilia Romagna, from calabrese to pesto - we dare you to read this and not get hungry!

Winter beers go beyond vanilla, says On The Coast beer columnist

Rebecca Whyman isn't crazy about winter beers, but that's because she doesn't like the overuse of vanilla. She has some suggestions for different takes on beers for the winter season.

Spanish wine picks that go beyond Tempranillo

What's the difference between "classic" and "new" Spanish wine? On The Coast's Master of Wine Barbara Philip has the answer.

Beer advent calendar season is almost here, but options fewer

Beer advent calendars are growing in popularity in B.C., and it's almost time for the 2015 calendars. However, On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says choices will be fewer this year.

Italian wines from Piedmont make for great food pairings

Piedmont, Italy is an exciting region for wine, says On The Coast Master of Wine Barbara Philip. She has some highlights from her recent trip there that you can find in B.C.

Hoppy beers for 2015 that you won't want to miss

If you like your beer hoppy, as many in B.C. do, you'll want to check out these fine brews, many of which are made with local hops.

B.C. beer festival highlights coming up for fall 2015

Cheers! Beer festivals are back for 2015. On The Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has her picks for the best of the fests.

4 aromatic white wines to try this summer

Summer white tend to be delicious smelling wines, Philip says.

6 beer cocktail recipes you can make at home

What exactly is a beer cocktail, and what makes it a good summer beverage? Six recipes to enjoy this summer.

4 red wines to try this summer, under $15 a bottle

On the Coast wine columnist Barbara Philip makes the case for red wine as a summer beverage.

3 unfiltered, dry-hopped beers to try this summer

If you're looking for unfiltered, dry-hopped beers, Whyman suggests checking out Tree Brewing's new RAW series.

5 rosé wines recommendations sure to refresh you in the sunshine

Are you lusting after a drop of refreshing rosé wine in this beautiful Vancouver sunshine? So is our wine columnist Barb Philip.

5 summer craft beer recommendations from our beer columnist

On the Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman gives her top picks for this summer's brews.

Chianti Classico wines are complex, flavourful and soft says wine columnist

The word 'Chianti' may conjure images of a bulb-shaped wine bottle partially wrapped in straw or you may think of Chianti as the ultimate cheap and cheerful drink to pair with with spaghetti or pizza.

Vancouver Craft Beer Week events selling out fast

It's that time of year again - Vancouver Craft Beer Week tickets are on sale. While the event doesn't kick off until the end of May, many events are selling out fast.

Blind tasting develops and expands drinkers' palates

Wine expert Barb Philip says blind tasting helps remove people's preconceived notions of what they think they like and allows them to explore new tastes and varieties.

Craft beer growlers stir up controversy among beer drinkers

Over the past week craft beer enthusiasts have been arguing over Twitter about beer growlers and whether they're "a really stupid way to buy your beer."

B.C. craft beer tours: walking, running, cycling and shuttling between stops

Spring weather combined with the growing number of breweries in Vancouver is creating perfect conditions to embark on a local brewery tour, says On the Coast's beer columnist Rebecca Whyman.

Vancouver International Wine Festival offers unique Australian wines

Australia is the theme at this year's Vancouver International Wine Festival, and those in the wine trade are hoping it will inspire the next era for Australian wines.

Argentina wines offer good value, says wine columnist

On the Coast's wine expert Barbara Philip is on the move this week. She's in Mendoza, Argentina studying the country's wines including its classic varietal, Malbec.

B.C. craft beer trend: 3 tips for enjoying sour beers

Belgian-style lambics, gueuzes and krieks are becoming increasingly popular, says On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman.

Craft beer: 5 ways to sound like an expert

On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman has a few tips on how to become a beer expert.

What's "character" in a wine, and which wines have them?

Why are some wines quickly forgotten, while others stay with you? Wine Master Barb Philip talks about character in wines and how you can get it at a reasonable price.
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4 B.C. craft beer changes to look forward to in 2015

On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman says even though 2014 was one of the best years yet for the B.C. craft beer industry, there's still plenty to look forward to in 2015.

3 holiday beers to celebrate the season

Winter beer is usually all about vanilla, but for On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Wyman, this year the holidays are about Christmas ales from Belgium.

Bordeaux wine lovers awaiting 2011 vintage this weekend

Many wine enthusiasts are awaiting the 2011 Bordeaux releases, which arrive in B.C.'s liquor stores Saturday. CBC Radio One's On the Coast got some recommendations, and advice from the show's Master of Wine, Barb Philip.

What is a session beer?

CAMRA member Rebecca Whyman shares her favourite session beers, and gives us a preview of the Spring Session Cask Festival

Chardonnay wines for spring sipping

You've got a salmon on your barbecue and you're ready for a patio party. Chardonnay can be the perfect companion, and Master of Wine Barb Phillip shares some of her expertise on how to pick a fine bottle.

Craft breweries have much to consider in selecting a name

There is a lot of care and attention that goes into naming breweries and beers in today's growing craft beer market, says On the Coast beer columnist Rebecca Whyman.