<![CDATA[Travel Photography and Blog - Wine/ Beer/ Food]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:21:39 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Historic apple cider - BX pRESS]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2017 21:49:57 GMThttp://daveleephotography.com/wine-beer-food/historic-apple-cider-bx-pressPicture
​The advertisement in a foodie magazine for a  Cardomen - Blackcurrent cider produced by BX Press cidery in Vernon BC grabbed my attention and I had to find out more, so decided that a road trip to the Cariboo was in order.
It was a sunny June day with perfect white fulffy clouds drifting over the rolling golden hills in the Cariboo. The winding road snaked up the hillside, above Vernon,  to the BX Press cidery. We arrived at the cidery building set beside the apple orchard, the trees were covered with clusters of small immature green apples. There was a tasting in progress and while waiting we looked over the displays of cider and , the names of the ciders caught our attention, there was ,Crackwhip,The Bandit, and Hostler
 We sat on the patio,that looked over the orchard, with the rows of stout apple trees that marched up the hillside.  When our tasting experience began, the host explained  the history of the property going back to the 1860’s and how the cider’s names came about. 

​The name BX Press included Press, as in pressing apples for juice, and BX for Barnards Xpress, a stagecoach line. As the story goes Francis James Bernard arrived in the Vernon area at the time of  the 1860’s gold rush. Barnard in the search for gold walked to Barkerville carrying some mail for the miners. He charged  $1.00 per letter and could see  the potential for a mail service.
The property where BX Press is located is part of 6000 acres Barnard bought on the hillside above Vernon for a  horse ranch. He returned to New Mexico and drove 400 horses back to Vernon. The horses were the start of a two horse wagon transportation company that grew to have multiple  6 horse stage coaches running from Yale to Barkervile. Barnards express secured the mail contract with the government of BC and a contract for the crown to transport the gold out of Barkerville.  The stage coach line continued to run under various owners  until 1926. The rail line came to the Cariboo in 1884, and stage coaches gradually became a part of history.
It was a great story and the ciders excellent. They are quite dry, but they balance out the selection with some slightly sweet ciders so there is a cider for all tastes.

​The story of the Bandit goes that in 1890, a BX Stagecoach was held up after leaving 100 Mile House and a  strong-box with over $15,000 in gold nuggets and bars (over $500,000 in today’s dollars) was stolen.
Not long after the hold-up, Sam Rowlands started making large deposits of gold at the Ashcroft bank, claiming he had struck it rich at nearby Scottie creek. This sparked a mini-goldrush to the area.  Not surprisingly, no one other than Rowlands ever found  gold and he, conveniently, only when by himself.
Soon enough the authorities became suspicious and held back some of the gold from Rowland’s deposits. They were able to examine it and determine that it had not come from Scottie creek, but rather several creeks, most likely in the vicinity of Barkerville – the same place the stolen gold had come from. Rowlands was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in the New Westminister penitentiary.  He broke out after serving only two years and no one ever found him or the rest of the gold again. So maybe that gold is still out there somewhere.
 Hostler cider is a light desert apple cider with a fruity apple taste, with the addition of crabapple to give a crisp complexity. Named after the men, Hostler’s,  who looked after the stage coach horses. They manned the stopping houses every 18 miles along the Cariboo road where the tired horses were changed out for a fresh team.  The towns of 100 mile house and 150 mile house were stopping houses named for the distance from mile 0 on the Cariboo road at lioette. The Hostlers were the men that kept the stage coach running consistently for many years, by taking care of the horses.
Prospector cider is named after the men who risked life and limb in the Cariboo gold fields of the 1860’s These men came from all walks of life and as many as 30,000 flocked to the Cariboo making the journey from San Francisco by steamer to Vancouver, Fort Langley, and Yale at the head of Navigation for the paddlewheelers, on the Fraser River. They travelled by stage coach or foot and spread out over the Cariboo in search of the next big strike   Prospector cider is the driest cider BX makes. from rare cider and heirloom apple varieties, with high tannin levels that give layered aromatics and a pleasant lingering finish.

Bx press has the Botanical series of ciders which are always subject to change as they experiment with new ideas.
The botanical series include:
Cardamom BlackCurrant (spring)
Lavender Raspberry (summer)
Cranberry Cinnamon (fall)
Vanilla Plum (winter)
You can find out more information about BX Press on their website at https://thebxpress.com/
Follow them on face book and subscribe to their newsletter for updates on ciders and the places they can be purchased.
This is a new experiment in cider that will be coming up in the future - These are Jack Daniels casks from Lynchberg Tennessee that BX will be aging some cider in sometime in the near future - I can't wait for that one.
<![CDATA[ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRET destination farms in the fraser valley.]]>Sun, 24 Aug 2014 22:55:12 GMThttp://daveleephotography.com/wine-beer-food/one-of-the-best-kept-secret-destination-farms-in-the-fraser-valleyPictureEntrance to the Food Adventure

Krause Berry farms is a lot more than just a berry farm. They specialize in everything to do with Berries, they have Berry wines,  Berry Pies, and Waffles with berries and whipped cream, its a food adventure.  They have lots of free samples so you can check out the products before you buy.

PictureFudge bar.
Then there is the Fudge, which is creamy, and rich. We purchased Grand Marnier, Strawberry Margarita, Caramel, and Chocolate, and now we just have to keep going back, because they have dozens of other flavors.

They have blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries fresh from the field., U pick if you like or just buy them already picked. We have had blueberries and strawberries and they were fresh and tasty.

PicturePies and More Pies

There are rows of coolers full of every kind of Berry pie. We bought a Strawberry Rhubarb and a Blueberry pie, they were excellent, chock full of fresh fruit and just the right sweetness. We will be back for more!

PictureThe Wine Bar
The winery has a really cool wine bar for tasting, with saddles for seats. Oh, Giddy up, Wine tasting is $4.00 which is waived if you purchase a bottle.  Who could resist  Blueberry or Blackberry wine, or maybe a Sparkling strawberry or a Raspberry desert wine, fill up your saddle bag and hit the trail. ( you will get it if you go!)

We ordered a  lunch at the wine bar, with a Yummy Garden Panini and ice cold Blueberry Wine-arita, wine mixed with a lemon lime slushy. We  relaxed at a real wood table in the u pick flower garden where they served our lunch, It was a perfect sunny afternoon and a perfect lunch surrounded by flowers and buzzing bees.

PictureHeather with part of the haul!

Are you Interested in a cooking class? Sign up with Wolfgang Schmelcher,  recognized as one of the best 18 chefs in the world. How about a pasta workshop, a 4 course french bistro dinner or one of the other 10 classes he offers.

This farm is for the kids too, with a petting zoo and a playground to let them burn off some energy.

I don’t know how we missed this destination over the years, but now we have found it is going to be hard to bypass if we are in the Langley area.

see the map attached and go to  http://www.krauseberryfarms.com/ and sign up to get information about special events they have during the year.

see the map attached  , the address is 6179 248th Street, Langley, BC, Canada,    go to http://www.krauseberryfarms.com/ and sign up to get information about special events they have during the year

<![CDATA[The FORT WINERY - FRUITWINES IN FORT LANGLEY, bc]]>Sat, 21 Dec 2013 19:47:21 GMThttp://daveleephotography.com/wine-beer-food/the-fort-winery-fruitwines-in-fort-langley-bc
The Fort Winery
The Fort Winery - Langley, BC, Canada

This is  fruit winery producing wine from  fruit grown locally in the Fraser Valley.  The wines we like the best are Cranberry, and Blueberry. They produce a variety of wines from dry to sweet ice wines to appeal to all tastes.

The winery has new owners and will be expanding to produce a growing variety of wines that will be geared to the asian export market. Check out more information on their web site or Facebook page.

Ice Wines