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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 […]
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
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Vancouver International Wine Festival‘s Winery Dinners took place last night at Yew Seafood and Bar at the Four Seasons Vancouver Hotel. The Italian Dinner was featured Castello di Gabbiano‘s winemaker Frederico Cerelli for a night of exceptional Italian wines and west coast cuisine.
- Pinot Grigio 2015: Crisp, dry and refreshing with flavours of green apple, citrus, and tropical fruits.
- Dark Night IGT Toscana 2016: Intense notes of ripe red berry fruit and sweet spices, coffee and chocolate.
- Chianti Classico Riserva 2015: Full ruby color with excellent fruity notes on a sweet and spicy background. Vigorous body. Excellent tannins.
- Bellezza Gran Selezione 2012: Bright notes of cherry and blackberry with spice and vanilla.
- Alleanza IGT 2011: Intense red with black pepper, cloves and ripe fruit. Luscious tannins and toasty oak notes.
Featured Dinner Menu:
- Salmon Gravlax: Toasted rye crumbs, cucumber, fennel and lime sorbet
- Roaster Sweetbreads: Carrots, puffed quinoa, foie gras snow
- Spiced Lamb Ravioli: Harissa and Farro
- Honey Roasted Duck: Celeriac puree, golden beets, mushrooms, 5 spice jus
- Triple Cream Truffle Cheese: Poached pear, hazelnut crumble
I was invited by Vancouver International Wine Festival for a menu tasting.
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Blue Grouse Estate Winery and Vineyard is located in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Situated in the heart of Cowinchan Valley, Blue Grouse is one of the founding estate wineries on the island. The winery is family owned by Paul Brunner. Since 2012, the winery has undergone sizeable upgrades and renovations (structural, systems, buildings) since Brunner took over from the Kiltz family.
During our Vancouver Island road trip, we had no idea that the Cowichan Valley was home to so many BC wineries. Every few kilometers pointed us to a different vineyard. The southern slopes of the vineyard provide ideal growing conditions for German style wines. It is enveloped by evergreen trees to protect the vineyard from the wind. This area enjoys Canada’s warmest mean temperatures!
Cowichan: First Nation’s word meaning “the warm land”.
Blue Grouse Estate varietals includes Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muller Thurgau, Ortega, Black Muscat, Siegerrebe and Bacchus. Approximately 2500 cases are sold each year. Their 2015 Pinot Gris and Quill Rose are already sold out!
Paul took Dave and I around facility and to the cellar. I love seeing the wine making process! Everything is like a science. It is very Walter White.
Both the barrel room and the sparkling wine room are temperature and humidity controlled.
Down the road from the Tasting Room is the Guest House. It has a gorgeous patio with a panoramic view of the vineyard. Trellis full of table grapes soon to be installed to provide shade to the ground floor. Ground floor suites now ready for private party and rentals.
Seriously, I can’t wait to wake up to this view. Easy!
Dave and I tried a few different wines and our favorite was the Siegerrebe and Ortega.
The Siegerrebe is a clear and bright with aromas of ripe apple, grapefruite, spring blossom and pineapple. It is a light-medium bodied wine that is smooth with a refreshing mouthfeel with flavors of papaya, tangerine and floral aromas lingering on the finish.
The Ortega is a cross between Muller-Thurgau and Siegerrebe. The flavors are clear and bright with a bouquet of pear, green apple and elderberry. Again this light-medium bodied wine is balanced with refreshing acidity and flavors of dried apricots and grapefruit to round out the palate.
The Tasting Rooms gets busy usually between 1-4pm. For groups of six or more, reservation is highly encouraged. The cost for a group tasting is $5.00 per person and will not be refunded with purchase for parties of 10 or more.
This estate does not have a restaurant on site, so you will need to fuel up first!
Blue Grouse Estate Winery
Cuisine: Estate Winery
Sunday 11am – 5 pm
Monday 11am – 5 pm
Tuesday 11am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11am – 5 pm
Thursday 11am – 5 pm
Friday 11am – 5 pm
Saturday 11am – 5 pm
2182 Lakeside Road, Duncan, BC V9L 6M3
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The 38th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival eight day event between February 20 – 28, 2016 came and went just like that. This year’s theme country focuses on Italy with 155 Wineries and 14 Countries. Aside from the Tasting Room itself, there are lots of wine events including Winery Dinners, 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 favorite premium wines.
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I remember the first time I went to a Wine Festival many years ago. Thinking back I was such a noob. 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
Vancouver International Wine Festival is not one of those culinary events you can explore all in one day. This year between February 20 – 28, 2016 there are 155 Wineries and 14 Countries featuring Italia. Wine events includes International Festival Tastings, Wine Seminars, Wine Minglers, popular […]