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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Feb
28

Vancouver International Wine Festival: Tasting Room Highlights

I just completed an evening tasting through the vast array of wines poured at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. While this year’s theme region was California, most of the wines

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Mar
11

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 2012: High Altitude Catena Wines at Hy’s

With the recent sad announcement of the demise of the Vancouver Playhouse (B.C.’s second biggest theatre company), the Wine Festival made a coincident announcement that it would go on regardless.