Halloween Treats And A Glass of Wine

It’s every parent’s favourite time of year – Halloween! That means sugar high kids, carved pumpkins smashed on the driveway and those questionable Halloween decorations where you don’t know if it’s a decoration or a person who is about to attack you at any moment. You might be in need of a glass of wine to get through this one. Luckily, we have you covered so both you and the kids can enjoy the Halloween festivities!

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We spoke to British Columbia wine experts to tell us what makes these pairings perfect and here is what they had to say:
Calliope Riesling + Sweet Tarts
The wine’s lime, lemon, and mandarin orange flavours are a delicious match for the tartness of the candies. Lip-smacking goodness.

Lini910 Lambrusco + Swedish Fish
Red wine that tickles? Seriously! Dive into the berry-liciousness of this bubbly red with these aquatic wine gums.

Gonzalez Byass Nutty Solera Sherry + Reese’s
Nutty is in the name with this pairing. Peanuts, chocolate, and Sherry? Treat!

Michael David 7 Deadly Zins + Hershey’s Kisses
Sweet, dark fruit + kisses. Halllowe’en treats for the grown ups.

If you’re a fun, wine & junk food pairings addict, our Guilty Pleasures: Wine & Junk Food seminar is for you!


Sneak Peak at Nourish: Meatless Monday

My name is Morgan Dunn and my journey into really taking a stand in my health was when I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in 2015 and my go, go, go lifestyle came to a sudden and screeching holt. I could no longer do the things that I loved so dearly like running, biking, snowboarding… all of the lovely West Coast things we adore so much. It was a shot to my identity and my future at that point felt a bit bleak with symptoms I’d never really experienced before that kept me in bed for days at a time. Once I took a stand with my health and decided that feeling terrible wasn’t good enough that was when things changed for the best. I got better, I got back into running and I made a bit of a lifestyle overhaul. It wasn’t easy but I have my life back. Becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist was my step towards being able to help others in the same predicament. Life should be LIVED and thoroughly enjoyed.

During the course of my recovery, I found solace and vitality in an abundance of locally grown vegetables that supported my health and filled me with energy. I have now made it a part of my practice to incorporate as many local veggies as healing foods so I’m excited to use kohlrabi in my dish at Cornucopia this year and show you how you can use this incredibly versatile vegetable.

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My name is Dawn Levelton and I am a nutritionist, nature lover, whole foodie and plant powered cook. My experience and passion for working with food began at the young age of 8 when my mom enrolled me in a cooking class. After that, I was hooked! Being a vegetarian – the only one in my family – had it’s challenges and required special dietary needs, so I became the family cook creating nutritious meals to fuel our busy, active lifestyles. My curiosity for nutrition developed even further as I experienced changes in my health from getting travel bugs – the kind that seriously compromised my digestive system. Determined to eat my way back to health, I went “back to my roots” and began eating all the fresh organic seasonal foods I grew up with on my family’s farm. After successfully healing my digestive issues, I decided to turn my passion for food and nutrition into a career and teach others how to cook plant powered meals to fuel their outdoor lifestyle and health naturally.

One of the most rewarding aspects of sharing my meatless meals with others is when I hear people rave about how tasty and versatile vegetables can be. Following food trends and injecting my own creative twist is key for me when developing my plant based recipes. So, I am thrilled to demonstrate for you how quick and easy it is to create a trendy zucchini noodle recipe made with a fresh plant based pesto and zesty topper. You definitely won’t miss the pasta or the meat in this dish!

Photo Credit: Dawn Levelton

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My name is Amanda Nickerson. I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, Yoga & Spin Instructor. As you can see, I am passionate about health and fitness. However, it is not just my passion, it is a way of life. I have been in the industry for over 10 years. For me, I feel my best when I am active. I don’t want to age myself. I will be 40 soon. I use to joke, I only exercise so I can eat. That use to work for me in my twenties. Now, I really have to watch what I eat. Let me tell you. I have a wicked sweet tooth. I am one of those people who opens the box of cookies and can’t eat just one. No, I have to eat the whole darn box. However, I just can’t eat the refined sugar, processed stuff I used to enjoy. So, what was a girl to do? Well, I started looking for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth and my body at the same time. This led to some pretty epic fails and wins in the kitchen. However, I had fun learning.

With winter fast approaching, I wanted to give everyone’s favorite comfort drink, Hot Chocolate, a superfood boost. If you are on social media, you may have noticed that Chaga coffee is taking the health world by storm. So I thought, why not Chaga Hot Chocolate? This drink is so decadent and all sorts of chocolate wonderful, you won’t even realize that you are drinking something healthy. Why all the hype about Chaga? Chaga is one of the best sources of antioxidants. Why are antioxidants so important? They help combat the free radicals that lead to many of the diseases that plague the modern world today, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc. Also, it boosts the immune system, which is super important as we come into cold and flu season. Now can you see why there is so much buzz about Chaga? Want to learn more? Come join me at Whistler Cornucopia for Meatless Mondays and sample my Chocolate Chaga Elixir. Hope to see you there.

 

Get your tickets for Nourish Event: Meatless Monday on Monday, November 13th today!


Cornucopia Presented by BlueShore Financial Top 25 Wines Are Revealed!

A few weeks ago, 11 esteemed industry leaders came to Whistler Village’s The Cellar Door by Araxi for a closed, blind tasting of over 150 exceptional wines. Reds, whites and pinks, they sipped and swirled one after the other, closely examining the unique tastes and scents that came with each wine to determine which one will land a spot in Cornucopia’s Top 25.

 

After several hours of tasting, the judges finished with wine red lips and smiles. Here is who gained the top spots:

Top White: Quails’ Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Top Red: TIME Winery Syrah 2013

Followed by the best of the rest (in alphabetical order):

  • 50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir 2015
  • 50th Parallel Estate Riesling 2016
  • Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2015
  • Basel Cellars Double River Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla 2013
  • BenMarco Malbec 2015
  • Clos du Soleil Signature 2013
  • Corcelettes Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2016
  • David Hill Vineyard & Winery Estate Grown Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014
  • DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc 2015
  • DeLille Cellars D2 2013
  • Desert Hills Gamay 2016
  • El Esteco Don David Reserve Malbec 2015
  • Fort Berens Riesling 2016
  • Howling Bluff Pinot Noir, ACTA Vineyard 2014
  • Kestrel Vintners Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
  • Long Shadows Pedestal Merlot 2014
  • Lunessence Pinot Blanc Oraniensteiner 2016
  • Rocca delle Macie Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2011
  • Thornhaven Estates Winery Gewurztraminer 2016
  • Treana Blanc 2014
  • Treana Red 2014
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard
  • Southern Clays Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Vina Ventisquero Grey Cabernet 2014

Drink Seminars for all!

Join us for one of our amazing drink seminars…

Sit down, relax and enjoy the experience of tasting and learning with wine, spirit, beer and more in an intimate setting with world class experts in their fields. With over 35 different drink seminars to choose from this is the perfect place deepen your knowledge and refine your palate with experts to guide you through each one. Questions are welcome and it’s a wonderful way to discover new wines, cocktails and more.

A WINE WITH FINGERPRINTS: SMALL WINERIES IN A GLOBAL AGE
TO BOLDLY GROW: REINVENTING SOUTH AFRICAN WINEMAKING
WINE DETECTIVE — ON THE CASE!
GUILTY PLEASURES: WINE AND JUNK FOOD
THE BOLD COAST: WILD WHITES FROM THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST
EXPLORING NAPA CABERNET FROM VALLEY TO PEAK
VERMOUTH’S BITTERSWEET REVENGE
SPANISH WINES: VIVA LA DIFERENCIA!
WOW WINES
BUBBLE-ICIOUS
TOP VALUE WINES
STEALING THE SCENE: BC’S SIMILKAMEEN VALLEY
FRENCH CLASSICS
(R)EVOLUTIONARY AUSTRALIA
ROSÉ, ROSATO, RAMATO: DRINK ITALIAN PINK
OREGON PINOT NOIR – WILLAMETTE VALLEY AND BEYOND
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DELICIOUS
SANGIO-CRAZY
COCKTAIL CHERRY BOMB: MIXED DRINKS WITH ATTITUDE
DYNAMIC WINE & CHOCOLATE PAIRINGS: KNOWING YOUR PLACE!
THEY’VE GOT CHEMISTRY – PAIRING CHOCOLATE & COCKTAILS
FROM BROOMSTICK TO SWIZZLE STICK: THE WITCHY WOMEN OF WHISKY
MIX IT UP & CHOW IT DOWN: PAIRING FOOD AND COCKTAILS
NOT SO STRAIGHT BOURBON
JUST ADD BUBBLES: CARBONATED GIN COCKTAILS
BEST IN GLASS: AWARD-WINNING BC CRAFT BEERS
WINES FROM OLD VINES
BREWING OUTSIDE THE BOX – BREWERS GONE WILD
BOTTLE AND THE BEAST: CHARCUTERIE & WINE PAIRING WITH OYAMA
VIVA LA VODKA!
DELICIOUS BY DESIGN: THE MARTINI GLASS AND WHAT IT INSPIRED
CABERNET CABARET
SINGLE MALT SEDUCTION
COZY UP TO WINTER WINES
CHARDONNAY PAJAMA PARTY
BLOCKBUSTER BC
SLICE ADVICE: PIZZA PIZZAZZ