Sips Artisan Bistro

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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What a find! “Sips” was the perfect little bistro to experience some of British Columbia’s unique wines and grab a bite to eat. 

I’m not sure if a reader suggested Sips or I read about it myself, but I’m so glad that Mal and I decided to stop in. 


The decor inside Sips is modern, yet simple, and seems to suit the bistro well. Check out some more photos of Sips.


A colorful, hand-painted mural covered the back wall of Sips.  


Our server started our “tasting” with a delicious, dry, oak-fermented white wine: 2007 Venturi-Schulze “The Bad Boys.”

From the Venturi-Schulze website:

“Pinot Noir and Zweigelt weren’t going to take the cool 2007 season lying down, so they went undercover – took the law into their own hands, you might say. They’d been on capers together before, when things were hot … red hot … but this time, they decided not to let their true colours show: a white wine so good, it’s almost criminal! They had help from the rest of the Venturi-Schulze gang: no irrigation; no herbicides or insecticides; hand selection of grapes; whole cluster pressing and French oak barrel fermentation.”


Mal absolutely loved the Bad Boys wine! In fact, he liked this particular wine so much, he ended up drinking 3 glasses.


Our server kept pouring us “sips” of wine to taste. By the end of the night, we must have tried at least 6 or 7 different wines.

I drank a lot of sips at Sips!


Mal and I had eaten a rather large lunch earlier in the day, so we ordered the Local Cheese Plate to share for dinner.

Local Cheese Plate: Village Cheese Company’s Horseradish Jack, Hilary’s Valley Blue, Natural Pastures’ Comox Camembert: A Cheese Epiphany


Crusty sourdough was served along side the cheese plate.


I really loved this combination of foods– wine, cheese, and bread— so much, in fact, that I decided it would be my “last meal” (if I ever had to decide). Mal said his “last meal” would be Thanksgiving dinner.


I didn’t snap photos of all of my wine sips over the course of the evening, but, let’s just say, there were many


One of the wines that I really enjoyed was a 2006 Pinot Noir— also from Venturi Schulze

“2006 was a near perfect growing season, producing exceptional quality Pinot Noir grapes. The resulting wine has the dark cherry and brambleberry fruit aromas and a big, dark juicy palate typical of our recent vintages with sweeter and riper tannins than before. The luscious dark berry fruit, minerality and spice are seamlessly clothed in the subtle vanilla and nutmeg contributed by a combination of new and one year old French Nevers oak barrel ageing. The wine can be enjoyed young, yet the rich tannins, alcohol of 14.9% and the bright natural acidity will enable ageing for several years for further softening and rounding. It is unfined and not sterile filtered, so we recommend storing it upright (it is closed with a crown cap) and decanting it off any sediment before serving.”


And more sips…


And more! 


I definitely had more than enough sips, but I had such a blast enjoying new wines paired with delicious, fresh foods, and chatting with my hubby, I didn’t care that I splurged so much. It was totally worth it! 

Sips is a great, little place. I highly recommend it! :mrgreen:

Healthy Summit Ticket Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the HLS Ticket Giveaway! I wish I could give everyone who entered a ticket, but I could only select one winner (via Random Integer Generator). And the winner is… 

Ali from Food, Fitness, Fashion!!! :mrgreen:

I let Ali know as soon as she won, but I never had a chance to announce it on the blog. Sorry, guys! It’s been a crazy week with traveling across the country and then to another country for a few days. 

Hopefully, you were able to snag a ticket to the Healthy Living Summit!!!

Question of the Day

What would you pick as your “last meal”?

We’re heading back to Beantown this afternoon. Back to regular scheduled blogging soon! 

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