Vancouver International Wine Festival is one of Canada’s premier food & wine event that you don’t want to miss. Although this year’s themed wine region is California, we enjoyed a sumptuous winery lunch at Lift Bar & Grill at Coal Harbour featuring food-friendly wines from Chile and Argentina.
Domaine Bousquet Organic Brut NV – Aromas of citrus, apple and tropical fruits. Tastes of green apple flavour and aroma, tropical and delicate minerality. Made from organic grapes.
Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 – Aromas of citrus, grapefruit, lime, pineapples and white flowers. Smooth, flavourful taste of acidity, mineral and saline hints. 20% in French barrels for 5 months leads to a less oaky finish.
Viña Santa Ema Amplus Carmenére ONE 2017 – Aromas of sour cherries, black pepper and chocolate. Bright tasting, well bodied and concentration with a fruity ending linger.
Bodega Argento Cabernet Franc Reserva 2016 – Aromas of cherry, raspberry, currant leaves and fruits. Tastes of herbs and cassis for spicy notes. Tastes of sweet tannins, spiciness, rich and full-bodied with a long finish. Argento Reserva is a limited selection of fuller-bodied wines with a greater concentration of fruit and complexity. The grapes used to make these wines come from the Argento’s oldest vineyards in Mendoza.
Achaval-Ferrer Mendoza Malbec 2017 – Aromas are fresh and floral, featuring blackberry, raspberry and violets. Taste is dense, thick with a noticeable mineral frame. It is acidic with silky tannins and a long finish.
My favourite was the bright crimson Gran Reserva Carmenere from Santa Ema.
Featured Lunch Menu:
- AMUSE: Argentinean Prawn with Chimichurri
- CHILLED SEAFOOD SALAD: Wine braised octopus, clams, mussels, squid, chorizo chips and warm garlic beard
- SLOW COOKED BEEF SHORTRIB: Infused Jasmine rice, winter vegetables, spicy corn salsa and red pepper coulis
- CHOCOLATE MOCHA CAKE WITH SALTED CARAMEL
Mon 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Menchion Mews, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H2