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The 41st Vancouver International Wine Festival glorious week-long event came to a close on Sunday, March 3. This premier food and wine event featured 160 wineries, 16 countries, 54 events, shared 1,450 wines with 25,000 participants and attendees. This year, the theme was “Dream Big: California Style” with 53 wineries from the Golden State. We enjoyed a sumptuous winery lunch at Lift Bar & Grill at Coal Harbour featuring food-friendly wines from Chile and Argentina and enjoyed pours at International Festival Tasting Room inside the Vancouver Convention Centre.
One of the featured wine tasting booths was the Napa Valley Cultivating Excellence. It featured vertical tastings of different vintages of the same wine type from the same winery are tasted. This emphasizes the differences between various vintages. For example, we enjoyed the sharp contrasting difference of the young 2016 Sirah vs 2012 older, smoother Robert Biale Vineyards.
Since there were so, so, so many wines to taste and choose from, this year I focused on California Chardonnays and Organic Wineries. It was exciting tasting the differences between oaked and unoaked vs neutral oaked. Unoaked wine is more likely to be lighter-bodied than its oaked wines, with more fresh fruit flavours and less of any cedary, toasty, vanilla character.
BERINGER VINEYARDS I NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016 – Aromas of concentrated apple, mango and ripe pear flavors that are intensely spiced. Tastes plush and creamy, aromas and flavours of tart citrus lead with hints of white pear, delicious apple and a bit of lemon meringue and toasted almonds. A buttery finish is mouth-filling and rich tasting.
BONTERRA ORGANIC VINEYARDS I MENDOCINO COUNTY, USA – CALIFORNIA: Organic Chardonnay 2017 – Aromas of green apples, pears, and citrus. 70& of the juice is fermented in a combination of French and American oak, which is allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation to create a rich, creamy wine with just a touch of new oak spice. The remaining 30% is fermented in stainless steel to preserve the crisp fresh fruit flavours. Tastes of neutral oak for these fresh fruit characteristics. Tastes of minerality that is both bright and clean and vibrant tartness and lemon zest.
GALLO SIGNATURE SERIES I NAPA VALLEY / SONOMA COUNTY / MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016 – Aromas of reshly baked bread and honey (this is a true expression of our Russian River Valley terroir). Tastes full-bodied palate has delightfully bright flavors of crisp apple, ripe peach, lemon meringue and honey, while the long finish has hints of caramel and ginger.
GIRARD WINERY I NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: Russian River Chardonnay 2016 – Aromas of stone fruit, orange zest and oak spice turn into vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes of quince, pear and juicy white peach flavours with supple palate weight, and integrated acidity and minerality to round out the refreshing but substantial finish.
HAHN FAMILY WINES I MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Monterey County Chardonnay 2017 – Aromas of subtle notes of pear, peach, lemongrass and green apple with hints of butterscotch and vanilla. Fermented in French oak barrels with a mix of 25% new, balance neutral oak that is less smoky. Energizing tastes of tropical fruits, pear, and peach with hints of toffee and oak wrapped in balanced acidity with a creamy, long finish.
HALL / WALT I NAPA VALLEY / SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Walt Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 – Aromas of ripe grapefruit, lemon tart and preserved kumquats with touches of honeysuckle, beeswax and allspice. Tastes Medium-bodied, with great intensity of citrus flavours with a racy line carrying the fruit to a long, zesty finish. Barrel ageing 40% New French Oak.
JOEL GOTT WINES I CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA: Chardonnay 2017 – Aromas of white peach, papaya and honeysuckle with hints of lemon and jasmine. Tastes of bright fruit flavours, leading to a round mouthfeel on the mid-palate and crisp minerality on the finish.
KENDALL-JACKSON I SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay 2017 – Aromas of tropical flavours such as pineapple, mango and papaya, with citrus notes. aromas of vanilla and honey. Tastes fruit-forward, complex with a hint of toasted oak and butter.
LA CREMA I SONOMA COUNTY / MONTEREY COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2017 – Aromas of Apricot, lemon, gala apple, subtle oak and spice. Tastes of lemon drop, white stonefruit, yellow plum and honeydew melon. It is richly textured and concentrated with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish. This is a heady Chardonnay with aromatics that develop over time in the glass.
LAKE SONOMA WINERY I SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA: Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016 – This Quails’ Gate Estate Winery 100% Canadian owned vineyard down in California offers aromas of heady white stone fruits, Asian pear and a hint of Meyer lemon blossom and buttery shortbread, with underlying crushed stone minerality. Tastes of generous white peach, zesty citrus and a kiss of warm baking spices and marzipan, with well balanced, juicy acidity. Barrel ageing for 18 months for a soft, creamy oak structure and concentration.
Also Loving – Wines from around the world:
STAGS’ LEAP WINERY I NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: Napa Valley Viognier 2017 – Aromas of classic stone fruit and citrus blossom characteristics, with hints of lemon meringue and white pepper. Tastes of racing acidity and a steely minerality which adds to the wine’s crispness and complexity. Layers of white peach, hints of lemongrass and raw almond, are plentiful on the palate, leading to a very long elegant, delicately floral spiced finish for a silky mouthfeel and roundness on the palate.
BODEGA ARGENTO I MENDOZA, ARGENTINA: Reserva Chardonnay 2017 – Aromas of fresh citrus fruits. Tastes full-bodied wine in the mouth with clean fresh flavours of grapefruit and pineapple complemented by mineral notes. The finish is persistent and refreshing, with a rich texture and crisp acidity.
DOMAINE BOUSQUET | MENDOZA, ARGENTINA – Aromatic intensity of tropical fruits, pear, coconut and vanilla. Tastes of notes of green apple and pear with light tones of mild spices and jasmine. The soft and creamy palate provides a good volume and a refreshing acidity. Well rounded oak and candy flavours remain to the end. The wine is 100% Chardonnay, aged in French oak during 10 months and then 10 months in the bottle. Made from organic grapes from Estate vineyards located in Gualtallary, Tupungato at an altitude of 1200 meters (4000 feet) above sea level, one of the highest points in Mendoza.
TAHBILK WINERY I VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA: Viognier 2018 – Aromas of subtle rose petal and citrus blossom. Tastes well structured with stone fruits, cinnamon and ginger spices, with a delicious textural oiliness that is enlivened with a vivacious acidity. This wine is fresh and youthfully exuberant!
DEINHARD / SCHLOSS JOHANNISBERG I VARIOUS, GERMANY: Schloss Johannisberg Riesling Grünlack Spätlese 2017 – Aromas of remarkably fresh citrus fruit of lemon, apricot, pear and minerals. Tastes of long finsihed mineral with crispy acidity balance.
SEVEN TERRANCES I MARLBOROUG, NEW ZEALAND: Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Aromas of vibrant fruit aromas of ripe gooseberries, citrus fruits, red pepper and passion fruits. Creamy tastes of grapes and stone fruits.
MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE I OKANAGAN VALLEY, CANADA – BC: Legacy Collection Perpetua Chardonnay 2016 – Aromas of bright fruit. Incredibly fresh acidity tastes highlight the notes of pear, lime and hint of oak. The wines were fermented and aged on fine lees for 15 months in a combination of concrete eggs, stainless steel and French oak barrels. 26 barrels produced.
QUAILS’ GATE WINERY I OKANAGAN | VALLEY, CANADA – BC Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2016 – Aromas of tangerine zest, orange blossom, dried sage and buttery shortbread. Tastes very well balanced with alluring fruit aromas, refreshing acidity and lingering stony minerality.
NK’MIP CELLARS I OKANAGAN VALLEY, CANADA – BC: Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine 2016 – Aromas of harmonious layers of honey, baked apple, sweet citrus and apricot. Tastes of liquid silk texture that leaves a soft finish on the palate.
The Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020, the host country/region will be “Vive la France!” – wine focus on all things French!
Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019 by the numbers:
- 25,000 admissions in 2018 (97% of all available tickets were sold)
- 16 countries, 160 wineries, 26 venues
- 54 events (including tastings, seminars, winery dinners, minglers, lunches, and brunches)
- 50 participating restaurants, hotels, and caterers
- 1,450 wines
- 725 at International Festival Tastings
- 146 additional wines at Trade Tastings
- 575 at special events (dinners, seminars, etc.)
- 42,000 bottles sampled and/or purchased
- 82,000 wine glasses used
- 450 volunteers
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The 41th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival event is returning between February 23 to March 03, 2019. This year’s themed wine region is California! The wine festival will feature 175 Wineries and 15 Countries – with 53 participating wineries from California. Tickets sales for the public events starts Wednesday, January 9th, 2019. Get them before it sells out! Aside from the Tasting Room itself, there are lots of wine events including Winery Dinners (this and this), Wine Seminars, Wine Minglers, popular Vintners Brunch, etc. The wine festival’s tasting room is a great place to familiarize yourself with different species, discover new wines and return to your favourite premium wines.
Vancouver International Wine Festival is described as “the largest wine festival in the Western Hemisphere” with 25,000+ admissions. It is Canada’s premier wine show and widely considered to be one of the best wine events in the world.
I remember the first time I went to a Wine Festival many years ago and I did not pace myself for the event. Meaning… I was drunk before I even made it past the second row. It’s all laughs and giggles now, but gosh I had to sit down. If you’ve never been to a wine festival, you should! It is also useful to familiarize yourself with a few etiquettes to help you feel more comfortable. Here you 10 useful tips to maximizing your wine-festival enjoyment!
TEN THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE BEST WINE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE
Eat: A wine festival is not a food event. Make sure you have a meal before you arrive and snack throughout your time at the festival. Food samples (ex. crackers, cheeses, olive oil and bread) are available to enhance your wine tasting experience.
Footwear: Expect a lot of walking and standing. For example, the Vancouver International Wine Festival is held at the Vancouver Convention Centre and has carpeted floors. Wearing heels will tire you out quickly. If you are at an outdoor wine festival, you may take a guided tour that leads you into a vineyard (gravel, green lawn). Better to trade in your heels for a pair of feel good footwear like these or these.
More Room: If you want more room and time to try the wines and to talk with the winery principals, option to attend Thursday evening and Saturday matinee sessions. Fridays and weekend evenings are most busy.
Sip and Spit: If you swallow every wine you taste you will be drunk pretty quick! Each booth will have spittoon/container for you to spit and pour your wine away. Don’t think of spitting as uncouth. Only drink the wines you absolutely adore!
No Perfume: Please don’t wear perfume, cologne or overly scented personal products. Your scent can impact others tasting experience and you will upset a lot of people.
Designated Driver: Bring along a designated driver. Or take transit. BC Liquor Stores offers a free transit ticket at their Get Home Safe booth as you exit. Another great option is to book a hotel room for the evening.
Keep Score: Keep track of your wine tastings of what you like. Keep track of the wine and what you liked about the flavor. This will help you remember which wines you liked the day after if you wanted to purchase them at your local liquor store.
Free bottle check/Wine Delivery: The Vancouver International Wine Festival offers free wine bottle checks. All wine served are available for purchase. Make sure to ask the winery principal if the one you like is available for purchase at your local liquor store. Some are sold in very limited supply at the festival itself like this creamy marmalade Oyster Bay Riesling Botrytised 2011.
Wear White with Caution: I would suggest not to wear white unless it’s the color in your wardrobe. Be caution of spilling or other people bumping into you. If you must, bring an instant stain remover with you ok?
Have Fun: Seriously. Have fun!
The Vancouver International Wine Festival
Vancouver Convention Centre West, Ballroom D
1055 Canada Place Way, Vancouver
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Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) and Wine Director David Stansfield are pleased to announce the launch of their new premium, in-house Reliance Series, the first wines of their kind made entirely in Vancouver.
Crushed and aged at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Railtown facility, the Reliance Red and Reliance White are each sourced from single vineyards in the Okanagan. The series’ name pays homage to Railtown’s industrial legacy: Reliance Metal Works was the original tenant of the 1920s-era warehouse—now known as The Settlement Building—where Vancouver Urban Winery is located.
Reliance Red and Reliance White are being released alongside new 2016 vintages of VUW’s proprietary core trinity: Pinot Gris, Rosé and Merlot, all made at Okanagan Crush Pad’s Summerland facility.
VUW Reliance Red ($28.90) | Production: 225 cases
Sustainably-farmed grapes grown in the clay sub-soils of Serendipity Winery’s 10-acre vineyard on the north end of the Naramata Bench allow this Merlot to strike a balance between structure and freshness with a complex nose of ripe plum, black cherry, sweet spice, and sage.
VUW Reliance White 2016 ($24.90) | Production: 350 cases
Grown on Stoneboat Estate Vineyard’s heritage vines located on the lower Black Sage Bench of Oliver, this Northern Italian-style, alpine blend of Pinot Blanc (80%) and Müller-Thurgau (20%) grapes boasts a rich but refreshing palate with notes of fresh pear, apricot, lemon curd, and tarragon.
VUW Merlot ($19) | Production: 445 cases
A celebration of BC’s most popular variety and no-fuss every day drinking. This wine is all about fruit. It saw minimal time in oak to preserve freshness and crushability. A consummate cool climate red.
VUW Pinot Gris ($17) | Production: 355 cases
Pinot Gris is a natural fit for super natural British Columbia. The VUW Pinot Gris is no exception. All steel. No oak. Just pure, refreshing, BC fruit.
VUW Rosé ($17) | Production: 395 cases
Pink wine is life. A BC Rosé made in the elegant Provencal style. Perfectly crisp and dry but with unabashed Okanagan fruit character.
Vancouver Urban Winery
Mon 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tue 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Sat 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
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55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3
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The Tuscan escape for La Vita Ruffino left no details untouched. Heth PR, Countdown Events, and Celsia Floral curated the romantic long table transformation. If you had followed us on Snapchat ( My snapchat is instanomss👻), you would’ve seen that even the oranges were real! Sophia and Sarah can attest to that!
Open pour of Ruffino Prosecco, Lumina Pinot Grigio, Riserva Ducale paired with amuse bouche and charcuteries by Railtown Catering. Ruffino winemaker, Gabriele Tacconi came and joined us for a few cheers.
La Glace Ice Cream took care of us in terms of dessert. This premium French ice cream is everything. I hope you got to enjoy all three flavors: Lemon Meringue, Chocolate, and Pinot Grigio. Stay connected – Mark tells us they will be opening shop soon at a heritage building in somewhere in Vancouver.
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