While in the Vancouver/ Whistler area a little over a week ago, I had a chance to try several beers and wines that are worth sharing and recommending.
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As a start on beverages, I'll start with a nice wine. Prospect Winery 'Rock Wren' 2010 Pinot Noir.
A very nice Pinot. Medium body, slight earthiness, forward fruits, and just the right amount of acid. It was a really good pinot, and I would buy this if they carried it locally.
Sticking with wine, this was another good find:
Sauvignon. A big cab with dark fruit flavors, and a hint of vanilla and wood. This would be excellent paired up against a steak or venison.
Now, on to beer.
When ordering beer with some of the locals at restaurants or at events, a lot of them were drinking something that I pronounced as 'Cocaine', and was quickly corrected should be 'Co-ka-nee'
On the complete opposite side of the spectrum:
And sticking with the Dark Side:
Russel Brewing Rick August Russian Imperial Stout. This was really, really good. Poured a dark black with a thin lacey head, and has a strong molasses and rum scent. The scent carried into the taste with forward flavors of rum, molasses, cocoa, and licorice. Undertones of coffee, hops and a sweet finish. This would be a great afterdinner drink by a fire. I wish I had brought back a case of this beer.
If you are in the area, I hope this helps with some good beverage selections from some guy in central Texas.