Santé, Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020

Screen Shot 2014-01-05 at 3.01.23 PMWe recently attended a grand tasting at the annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, and had a fantastic time. This year’s focus was on France, with 42 wineries representing the country’s diverse wine regions. In total, 162 wineries from 16 countries poured at 57 events over the eight-day festival. Consequently, about 1,450 wines were shared with 25,000 participants.

Meanwhile, the International Festival Tasting Room formed the heart of the event, where some 780 wines were available for sampling at the grand tastings. Read on for some favorites.
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Garnacha for the Holidays

Three Grenache blendsGarnacha, also known as Grenache, is one of the oldest and most widely planted wine grapes in the world. But its origin goes back to Europe in the region of what is now eastern Spain and southern France.

We recently received samples of three Grenache blends, which we think might make a unique holiday party pour or a perhaps a hostess gift.

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Holiday Party – Wine and Food Extravaganza

Happy Holidays 2019Last night, our neighborhood wine club — the Birch Bay Wine and Food Society — held an amazing holiday dinner. More specifically, talented chefs and volunteers in the neighborhood prepared a wine and food extravaganza. Details of the menu are below. But first, we just have to share our new favorite rosé, which we tasted for the first time at the dinner.

It’s one of those times when you sip, and then shake your head, wondering why you have never tasted this wine before.

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Winter Whites and Rosé from France

Winter White WineWhen we contemplate the cold weather, our wine thoughts typically turn to rich reds in front of a cozy fire or paired with a hearty meal. But winter whites and rosé have a place too.

White wine and rosé pair with seafood, shellfish, smoked salmon, salads, pasta and Asian dishes. They also are very drinkable at a crowded holiday party, or a too-warm restaurant, when a refreshing chilled white or rosé is perfect.

Here are two excellent winter whites and a rosé from France that we recently tasted. And check out some of those price points!

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