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2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival

February 21, 2019

That time again…the Vancouver International Wine Festival!

So much to do, so many wines to taste…160 wineries from 16 countries pouring 1450 wines…and California is the feature wine region.

With so many options, here are some suggestions on wineries – and wines – to check out.

California

Being the “feature” region usually means having the most wineries/wines, and this year is no different! While there are some new names to check out, I would go with some of the long term stars of the region. Wagner Family of Wine, for example…don’t know for sure, but will Caymus be there? If so, their Cabernet Sauvignons are legendary! And how about Ridge Vineyards? Zinfandel put them on the map…look for both the Lytton Springs and Geyserville blends, two of my favourite wines. Last but not least, Beringer…another Cabernet Sauvignon legend, although don’t ignore their Merlots and Reserve Chardonnay!

Canada

Wines from across Canada are once again at the festival, but stick with BC for the best! Burrowing Owl’s Syrah is consistently among the best in the province, for example. Church and State makes another great Syrah, as well as solid Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux blends. Finally, Nk Mip Vineyards, a First Nations winery from Oliver, makes outstanding Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay in the Qwam Qwmt series.

Australia

Not a big selection this year to choose from, but check out Vasse Felix/Yalumba. The Yalumba Signature is a super-ripe Bordeaux-blend that can last for decades.

France

Even fewer French wines this year, unfortunately, but nice to see Chateau Pesquie from the Cotes du Ventoux. They make outstanding reds, including the Quintessence.

Italy

Last but not least, Italy…and more than a few choices this year! Want Chianti? Check out the wines of Antinori, one of my favourite producers. Brunello di Montalcino? How about Altesino, a great producer. And if you love Barolo, it is hard to beat the wines of Marchesi di Barolo.

So there you go…if you just taste the wines from the wineries above, that will give you at least 20 – 25…which is a great start!

SB

http://www.sbwinesite.com

 

 

So much to do, so many wines to taste…160 wineries from 16 countries pouring 1450 wines…and California is the feature wine region.

 

With so many options, here are some suggestions on wineries – and wines – to check out.

 

California

 

Being the “feature” region usually means having the most wineries/wines, and this year is no different! While there are some new names to check out, I would go with some of the long term stars of the region. Wagner Family of Wine, for example…don’t know for sure, but will Caymus be there? If so, their Cabernet Sauvignons are legendary! And how about Ridge Vineyards? Zinfandel put them on the map…and look for both the Lytton Springs and Geyserville blends, two of my favourite wines. Last but not least, Beringer…another Cabernet Sauvignon legend, although don’t ignore their Merlots and Reserve Chardonnay!

 

Canada

 

Wines from across Canada are once again at the festival, but stick with BC for the best! Burrowing Owl’s Syrah is consistently among the best in the province, for example. Church and State makes another great Syrah, as well as solid Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux blends. Finally, Nk Mip Vineyards, a First Nations winery from Oliver, makes outstanding Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay in the Qwam Qwmt series.

 

Australia

 

Not a big selection this year to choose from, but echek out Vasse Felix/Yalumba. The Yalumba Signature is a super-ripe Bordeaux-blend that can last for decades.

 

France

 

Even fewer French wines this year, unfortunately, but nice to see Chateau Pesquie from the Cotes du Ventoux. They make outstanding reds, including the Quintessence.

 

Italy

 

Last but not least, Italy…and more than a few choices this year! Want Tuscany? Check out the wines of Antinori, one of my favourite producers. Brunello di Montalcino? How about Altesino? And if you love Barolo, it is hard to beat the wines of Marchesi di Barolo.

 

So there you go…if you just taste the wines from the wineries above, that will give you at least 20 – 25…which is a great start!

 

SB

 

www.sbwinesite.com

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