The Vancouver International Wine Festival is considered one of the largest wine festivals in the world, and it wraps up this weekend. If you’re even remotely interested in wine, it’s well worth attending one of its many events. According to Inside Vancouver, there are still tickets available.
I attended last night’s International Festival Tasting at the Vancouver Convention Centre, where from 7-10pm I sampled a variety of wines from around the world. Highlights include discovering tropical aromatic white wines from Nova Scotia’s Tidal Bay, pairing duck confit and pasta with reds from Napa Valley’s Ca’ Momi Winery, and savouring the apricot lushness in Tightrope Wine‘s Viognier, a wine from BC’s Naramata Bench.
I also tasted the wines of South Australia, Argentina, and Washington state, but ultimately ended back exploring more of BC. A happy accidental discovery was the smoky terroir in the reds of my old BC white wine standby, Gehringer Brothers. Who knew?
And it was absolutely a pleasure to finally put a face to the name of Naramata’s Bench 1775 winemaker, Valeria Tait. I interviewed her two years ago for Destination BC’s “People of the Wild” blog series. Not only is she as lovely in person as she is on the phone, her Cabernet Franc Malbec is an absolute must.