Oct
27

La Paulée Dinner 2019 – Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Vancouver International Wine Festival and Hawksworth Restaurant hosted the innaugural La Paulée dinner last week. The wine festival has, historically, been a place where new and newish consumers come to

Mar
1

Vancouver International Wine Festival Tasting Room Selections 2018

The annual Vancouver International Wine Festival is here. I had an opportunity for an advanced look at the wines being poured on the festival floor for the next three days.

Feb
16

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2017 – Seminar: Tales of Next World Wines

A seminar sampling the top wines from several of the most interesting producers attending the festival this year revealed some excellent wines. A particular standout for me was Bodega Garzon,

Mar
8

Rocca delle Macie at Cioppino’s: Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015

Dinner at Cioppino’s is inevitably a highlight event at every wine festival. This year’s Rocca della Macie dinner was perhaps the best dinner I’ve been to at the wine festival

Mar
1

Geological Gems (Australia): Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015 Seminar

Defining Australian wine gives the lie to the country’s incredible regional, soil and climatic diversity. Attempts to unify in a single brand or message also fail to understand the true

Feb
26

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2015: Tasting Room Highlights – Australia

The Thursday VIWF tasting is the opportunity to get an early look at the festival’s wines. Usually I find it difficult to find a large number of exciting wines at

Feb
27

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2014

  Another year another wine festival. This year’s theme was France, with a focus on sparkling wines. That means Champagne, though the producers at the show were pretty much all

Mar
22

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2013: Signorello at Blue Water

The final dinner of the Vancouver Wine Festival was a Sunday night feast at one of Vancouver’s top restaurants. Helmed by Frank Pabst, Blue Water is, of course, best known

Mar
10

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2013: Chateau St Jean Cinque Cepage Vertical

Sonoma is often characterized as the ‘good value’ little brother to Napa. Wine drinkers’ focus on Napa has led to a perception that silky, sweet wines are the sine qua

Mar
4

Vancouver International Wine Festival 2013: Bella Napa Dinner at Cioppino’s

Dining at one of Vancouver’s leading Italian restaurants for a cross section tasting of several high profile Napa Valley producers proved an unusual study of contrasting flavours. Italian food generally