There's a lot of fun stuff happening around downtown Vancouver on First Friday, and sometimes it's hard to choose. But if you love wine—and art, and music, and really, really, really good appetizers—here's a place you might want to stay awhile: Burnt Bridge Cellars. Burnt Bridge has been turning out award-winning wines (lots of gold and silver medals!) since it opened a couple years ago. The tasting room is a truly beautiful space, with plenty of windows and polished wood, and a long tasting counter where you can take your ease and enjoy the elightened conversation of vintners Mark Mahan and David Smith.
Mahan's wife, Kim, owns Burnt Bridge Cellars' next door neighbor, Class Cooking, which is mighty convenient since excellent food goes so well with excellent wine. From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 4, you can sip your Syrah while noshing on selections from a cheese board with fig and olive tapenade, lahvosh pizza with mozzarella, Italian sausage and basil, pesto rice salad with Parmesan on a bed of greens, pasta shells stuffed with spinach and three cheeses with spicy marinara, and spiced nuts with cinnamon-dried apples and peaches. (All appetizers are reasonably priced, and can be paired with wine by the glass or by the bottle.)
But wait, there's more! There'll be live blues with The Two-Bit Wonder and Joshua Bennett, new art from Vicki McArdle, photos by Randy Hopfer, and Native American story tapestries from the Vancouver Tapestry Group. For more details, visit Burnt Bridge Cellars' Facebook page.