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French wine tour stops at Roundhouse

Some of the most prestigious names in French wine will be coming to Whistler Sept. 8 for a tasting/luncheon in the Glacier Room at Whistler Mountain’s Roundhouse Lodge.

Select Wine Merchants, under the auspices of the French Trade Commission, is bringing Christian Pol Roger of Champagne Pol Roger, Francois Faiveley of Bourgognes Faiveley, Etienne Hugel of Hugel and Fils, Nicolas Jaboulet of Paul Jaboulet Ainé, Jean-Michel Chartron of Chartron & Trébuchet, Jean-Charles Remy-Verdier of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, and Alain Royer of A. de Fussigny, to Whistler.

Each principal/owner will be pouring some of their best vintages paired with regional French cuisine made by 12 of Whistler’s top restaurants. The participating Whistler restaurants are: Araxi, Aubergine Grille, Bavaria Restaurant, Bearfoot Bistro, Chef Bernard’s Café, Hy’s, Il Caminetto, La Rúa, Les Deux Gros, Val d’Isere, Whistler-Blackcomb, and the Wildflower.

Some of the wines that will be poured are: Pol Roger’s Brut Reserve, Hugel’s Gewurztraminer 1999, Faiveley’s Chambertin "Close de Beze" 1990, Jaboulet’s Hermitage "La Chapelle" 1988, Rothschild’s Mouton Cadet Reserve 1998, and Alain Royer’s A. de Fussigny "Ebony Blend" Cognac.

The reception goes from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $65, available through Whistler Mountain’s Guest Relations.

The tour will continue with tastings and receptions in Vancouver, Calgary and Winnipeg.

Phatter fats

Last week’s Get Stuffed on essential verses non-essential fats omitted a good source of essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids – whole hemp seeds and hemp oil.

According to Peter Skeels of Fiber Options, hemp seeds contain "Nature’s most perfectly balanced oil" due to the fact that pressed hemp seed oil contains the ideal three to one ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids, plus essential Gamma Lonolenic Acids. This is a better ratio than flax, and "it tastes way better."

"One other thing," writes Skeels. "It is similar to olive oil in the respect that you wouldn’t heat it above 150 degrees Centigrade as it would turn it into something unhealthy. Use it in salads, pasta, dressings, or drink it straight out of the bottle. It tastes great – a real flavourful nutty taste."