A round-up of foodie people doing nice things in their communities and beyond.

Blue Grouse Winery | We’re a little late to the party on this one, but for the whole month of April, Blue Grouse Winery is donating $1 for every bottle of Blue Grouse or Quill wines sold to Nourish Cowichan. Better yet, the Brunner family, who own the winery, will match the donation. Last year, they provided 5,000 meals to families in need and let’s be honest, families are in more need than ever this year. Especially in the Cowichan Valley, where the child poverty rate is at a staggering 30 per cent – the second-highest rate in the province. We highly recommend their Ortega, but check out their wines here.  Good on you, Blue Grouse. ⭐⭐⭐

BC Farmers Markets for Low-income Families | The BC Association of Farmers Market, along with MP Gord Johns, is bringing a petition to the House of Commons asking the Government of Canada to expand the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) across the country. The FMNCP provides nearly 16,000 vulnerable families, seniors and pregnant women with weekly coupons that can be used at participating farmer’s markets. There is currently a waiting list in every BC community, which is why the BCAFM is taking it to Ottawa. The petition calls on the federal government to create a matching program to help meet the demand locally and nationally. Head here if you want to sign the petition. A big thanks to the Comox Valley Farmers Market for drawing our attention to this worthy cause. Well done you. ⭐⭐⭐

#StandUpForService | It has been a tough, tough, tough year for the restaurant biz. To give back, the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association wants to recognize those who go above and beyond for their coworkers and guests in their #StandUpForService campaign. If you think someone in the service industry is deserving of an extra air high five, nominate them here. Each Wednesday, a new winner is announced, and they will receive a $100 gift card to Save-On-Foods and a gift from Sumac Ridge Winery. An excellent way to brighten someone’s day. Claps all around. ⭐⭐⭐

 

Blackberry, blueberry and strawberry rhubarb fruit wine from Maan Farms

Break from the grape with Maan Farms’ Fruit Wine

We ditched the pinot for a minute to try Maan Farms’ fruit wine. It did not disappoint.

We try Road 13's super delicious Honest John's Rosé

Road 13 Honest John’s Rosé Is My Unofficial Wine Of COVID-19

On the eve of the COVID-19 ‘implosion,’ I grabbed a bottle of Road 13’s Honest John’s Rosé, sat on a park bench and had no regrets.

Niche Wine Co.’s Small Batch Bubbles

Niche Wine 2018 Small Batch Bubbles

From grape to glass Niche Wine Co. stays completely in the family. We tried their 2018 release of their Small Batch Bubbles.

2018 Grüner Veltliner

The Grüner Veltliner Singletree Winery

We try the cool-fermented 2018 Grüner Veltliner from Fraser Valley’s Singletree Winery.

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