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Wine’s not your thing? Don’t worry, you’ll still be taken care of out here on the left coast.

For those who prefer green tea over gamay noir, get a jump start on the Wine Fest-ers and check out this weekend’s Victoria TEA Festival, happening all day Sunday at the Victoria Holiday Inn.

So when’s the Victoria Coffee Festival…?

Victoria Tea Festival

Sunday March 11, 2007
The Holiday Inn
3020 Blanshard St.
Victoria, B.C.

Tickets: $45 (includes GST)

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Missed OpportunityYes, it’s still a week away, but given we’ve already started to salivate in anticipation we figured it was time to send out a reminder regarding next week’s Victoria Festival of Wine.

Highlights? Where to start?

Frankly, we’re drawn most strongly to three events:

  1. because an event put on by the same winery late last summer, hosted by the Lake O’Hara Lodge, was such a hit, the Cafe Brio / Golden Mile Cellars wine dinner (March 15th; $100; call 383.0009 to reserve);
  2. because we adore Peter Zambri, the Zambri’s Grappa Tasting & Pairing (March 15th; $50; 360.1171 for reservations); and
  3. well, because of the V.I. in di(V.I.)ne, the Defining the Vine session On Vancouver Island (Noon, March 14; $30; Victoria Conference Centre)

We’re also looking forward to the international public tasting on the Wednesday night, but honestly that’s as much for the people watching as for the wine tasting. Ok, perhaps a little more for the wine ($50; Victoria Conference Centre; tickets: 995.2665).

See you there.

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Da ByesThe Atlantic brine ne’er leaves your blood, even if you move all the way across the colony, so it’s a cultural imperative for me to herald the coming of sons of Newfoundland, Shanneyganock. The lads will be playing Victoria’s Irish Times Pub this Thursday to Saturday, March 8-10, 2007. No cover. Come early. I’ll be the one up front, singing the loudest.

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