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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The Consistent, Superb Quality of Ricasoli 1141 Wines

Ricasoli 1141 WinesFor the last month, we have participated in a weekly tasting of some excellent Ricasoli 1141 wines. The brand name underlines that the Ricasoli family has been linked to wine since 1141. This is the oldest winery in Italy and the fourth-oldest family business in the world. The result of all this experience is consistent, superb quality Chianti Classico at several price points. These wines flaunt their pedigree in the first sip. They will make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts for that special someone. Certainly, they will pair well with any celebration!

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Tulalip Resort – A Taste Sensation

The wining-and-dining experience at Tulalip Resort Casino is an explosion of aromas and tastes. There is something for everybody, whether you visit the sumptuous, award-winning Tulalip Bay, the mouth-watering Journeys East, or the more casual Canoes Carvery and The Draft Sports Bar. There are even more options: Blackfish, Cedars CafeEagles Buffet and Blazing Paddles.

On our recent 24-hour visit to Tulalip Resort, we had the fortune of experiencing four restaurants and Oktoberfest. On all stops, the staff couldn’t do enough to make our time there memorable. Customer service is an art form at Tulalip Resort.
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Wonderful Warm-Weather Whites

With the warm spring days easing into summer heat, an array of white wines have caught our fancy lately. These are all super summer sippers to pair with your patio or deck — or perhaps when serving fish, crab, scallops, oysters, shrimp, prawns, sushi or a tasty summer salad.

Our palates prefer Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris/Grigio, but there are many other choices are out there to try. We recently tasted the refreshing citrusy Albariño and the dry floral Viura, and were wowed!

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