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By Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins

Published 12:23 PDT, Fri July 5, 2024


THE SUMMER SIP – Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2022

We were in need of a delicious white wine, perfect for that evening (or afternoon) on a patio with friends. We turned to one of our ‘wine experts”, Tim Arnold, BC account manager for Dream Wines. His suggestion: Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2022, from the Marlborough region in New Zealand. “This Sauvignon Blanc checks all the right boxes,” Arnold tells us, “fresh and vibrant with loads of complexity, and full of flavour, ready to drink.” As we enjoy a sip of this perfect wine for summer, Arnold tell us that Wine Spectator recently awarded Astrolabe #15 from the Top 100 Wines From Around the World. What about food pairings? There are many options that go perfectly with the Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc. “Cheese is a true match made in heaven with this wine,” Arnold says, “especially a goat cheese, Brie, Fontina or Gouda.” He also recommends pairings with shellfish, oysters, clams, spot prawns, lobster, crab, or scallops. “And try drinking Astrolabe the next time you eat sushi,” he tells us, “as this Sauvignon Blanc makes for a gentle pairing for fresh sushi rolls with white fish, shrimp tempura and vegetable rolls.” The best news about this superb wine, it’s very reasonably priced.


If you came of age during that wonderful, crazy decade of the 1980’s, the term, Brat Pack, may conjure up memories of iconic movies like St. Elmo’s Fire, Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club, and with it, a group of young actors who helped shape and define that era. Now, many decades later, comes a
new documentary called Brats, directed by one of those young actors, Andrew McCarthy. The film examines (and also re-unites) McCarthy with his fellow Brat Packers including
Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Jon Cryer, Lea Thompson, and Timothy Hutton to talk about what it meant to be part of this group of talented group of actors-movie stars. Brats is available for home viewing on and

THE SUMMER TREAT – Oenomel Chocolates

One of the things we like about doing our TV show (and writing these accompanying articles) is discovering and showcasing young entrepreneurs and their success. Melody Hu studied Molecular Neuroscience, Behavioural Neuroscience and Brain Anatomy at the University of British Columbia and graduated with a BSc. In 2020, she created Oenomel Chocolates, which specializes in high-quality, organic, and low-sugar treats. Hu combined her science background with a passion for desserts, and in doing so, developed phenomenally tasty chocolates with low sugar and no unhealthy fats. “We craft our chocolates using only natural, minimally processed ingredients such as tea, spices, nuts, and freeze-dried fruits packed with minerals, essential amino acids, and vitamins,” Hu tells us, “and these good ingredients allow our bars to offer a lingering flavour that develop into fragrances and aromas, far more enjoyable than chemical or artificial flavours.” Oenomel uses high-quality chocolates made of 100 per cent cacao and real cocoa butter (and fair-traded chocolates which support small cocoa farmers in Peru). All their artisan chocolates are made fresh, without refined or inverted sugar, syrup, and no lecithin or other emulsifiers.

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