tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-85513075913713872852021-12-09T09:03:08.072-08:00Wine BarbarianBill Tieleman is the Wine Barbarian, a wine drinker and collector who scorns wine snobs, is willing to drink 3rd growth Bordeaux with pizza and helps his friends find good, quaffable wine at reasonable prices. Based in Vancouver, Bill is also a communications consultant and political columnist and commentator. Bill is an avid food lover and amateur cook who reviews restaurants here too.Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.comBlogger97125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-43552602623783394382020-02-27T11:34:00.002-08:002020-02-27T11:36:39.219-08:00Wine tasting - "Kiss - Don't Spit!" when at the 2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival this week! <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BgOprEbCzvk/XlgYKzhvPxI/AAAAAAAAETA/_uOp-avSMw0b4bvTtfxou-j4S9cd3oLigCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/IMG_1174.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1047" data-original-width="659" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BgOprEbCzvk/XlgYKzhvPxI/AAAAAAAAETA/_uOp-avSMw0b4bvTtfxou-j4S9cd3oLigCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/IMG_1174.jpg" width="402" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Hipsters beware of spitting! &nbsp;But there is no fine!&nbsp;</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">"Kiss Don't Spit!"</span></b></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">It’s not hip to spit in my book!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">And even more so with the Coronavirus epidemic going around.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So that's my very contrarian advice to those attending the <b>2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival </b>this Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening - and Saturday afternoon - for the International Festival Tastings or wine seminars.</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Almost wine experts will advise you to "spit" the wine after nosing the bouquet in the glass and sipping it into your mouth and swirling it around - but I strongly disagree.</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">After all, there's a reason I'm called <b>The Wine Barbarian!</b>&nbsp;</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The experts' reasoning makes some sense - you can taste far more wines without getting intoxicated by the alcohol content if it doesn't go down your throat and into your stomach. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span font-size:="" large=""><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">But you - the wine consumer - are not an expert nor are you tasting hundreds of glasses.</span></span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">First - you simply cannot fully experience a wine without swallowing it, feeling the wonderful elixirfloat down your throat, discovering the length of the finish - you can literally count the seconds when you can still taste it, and know the satisfaction of having tasted one of the best wines in the world!</span></span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Spitting? &nbsp;Sorry but you just don't get that sensation.</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And you are at North America's largest consumer wine festival, with literally dozens of wines priced at $100 or more per bottle - why the hell would you spit that out?!!!</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Plus, &nbsp;you can simply "kiss" a lot of wines without swallowing or spitting!</span></span></span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" />By kissing I mean you nose the wine in the glass, bring it to your lips and then - unless it's awesomely tasty and probably quite expensive, you simply pour the wine into the conveniently located spit bucket on the table.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Polite, discreet, saving your sobriety for none but the best and when you do sip and swallow it will be worth it! &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Lastly, proper spitting is hard - don't try to learn it in front of 1,600 people including sommeliers, winemakers, family and friends! &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So enjoy the Vancouver international wine festival and taste lots of the fantastic California and other wines from around the world and kisses lots of them!</span></span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><span style="background-color: #cccccc; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;">.</span></span></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-29507336657164841482020-01-02T12:23:00.000-08:002020-01-02T12:29:30.646-08:00Vancouver International Wine Festival 2020 public event tickets on sale January 8, 2020! Don't miss out - spotlight is on France! <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8qTMqhPf7t8/Xg5Kvmj8zWI/AAAAAAAAESs/g9W7EVIGH3kKEwPM43CnWX8DKElf4V59gCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a925.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1388" data-original-width="1600" height="346" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8qTMqhPf7t8/Xg5Kvmj8zWI/AAAAAAAAESs/g9W7EVIGH3kKEwPM43CnWX8DKElf4V59gCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/fullsizeoutput_a925.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman with Gina Gallo of Gallo wines fame at 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival!&nbsp;</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">Vancouver International Wine Festival tickets for public events go on sale Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.!</span></b><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And those tickets will most definitely sell out! &nbsp;With the wonderful wines of France as the regional theme plus dozens of other countries sending their best bottles, this is the wine highlight of the year!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">There will be 163 wineries from 16 countries, including 42 wineries from France, and an astonishing total of 1,450 wines poured from over 42,000 bottles into over 82,000 glasses! The VIWF runs from February 22 to March 1, 2020.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So don't miss out - there are great wine dinners at some of Vancouver's finest restaurants, featuring winemakers or winery principals pouring wine you may never see anywhere else; there are seminars where winemakers, owners and experts from all over the world lead you through amazing tastings; and there are the big International Festival Tastings - with over 100 wineries pouring hundreds of wines!</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">You can buy your tickets for public events starting Wednesday January 8 2020 - go <b><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/tickets-events/tickets-passes/how-to-buy-tickets/" target="_blank">here</a></b> to get them on that date - and don't delay or you will miss out. &nbsp;And out of towners - don't miss the great Sip and Stay deal - get a free International Festival Tasting ticket if you stay in one of many Vancouver hotels - go <b><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/tickets-events/hotel-packages/hotel-package/" target="_blank">here</a></b> for details!</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Important to note: &nbsp;the International Festival Tastings tickets are already on sale - get them <b><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/tickets-events/tickets-passes/how-to-buy-tickets/" target="_blank">here</a></b> - and Saturday night February 29 from 7 to 10 p.m. will be the first to sell out, guaranteed. &nbsp;You can also attend Thursday night February 27, Friday night February 28 and Saturday afternoon February 29 at 2:30 p.m. &nbsp;Tickets for all these tastings will be long gone by the start of the Festival so do not delay!</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">[Trade Festival event tickets go on sale January 22.]</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Here is the straight truth from the VIWF itself:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The 42nd&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-y/" style="border: 0px; color: #d9839b; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Vancouver International Wine Festival</a>&nbsp;returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food&nbsp;<span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">February 22 to March 1</span>&nbsp;at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2020 festival features&nbsp;<span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/2020-participating-wineries/" rel="noopener noreferrer" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;" target="_blank">163 wineries</a>&nbsp;participating in 57 events</span>. This year, the spotlight shines on wines from France, with 42 wineries from 10 regions in attendance.</span></div><ul style="border: 0px; caret-color: rgb(119, 119, 119); color: #777777; list-style-image: initial; list-style-position: initial; margin: 0px 0px 1em 1.5em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><li style="border: 0px; color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 0px 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Tickets for all public events go on sale&nbsp;<span style="border: 0px; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Wednesday, January 8 at 9:30 a.m</span>.</span></li><li style="border: 0px; color: #333333; margin: 0px 0px 0px 0.85em; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Tickets for Trade Days Conference go on sale&nbsp;<span style="border: 0px; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Wednesday, January 22 at 9:30 a.m</span>.</span></li></ul><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Tickets are currently on sale for the four&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-j/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">International Festival Tastings</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-t/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge</a>, as well as the&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-i/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Gold Pass</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-d/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Trade Days Pass</a>.</span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">From educational wine seminars, tastings and parties to lively lunches, winery dinners and the spectacular&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-h/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction</a>, VanWineFest offers something to please every palate. Browse&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-k/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">public events online</a>, click through the interactive&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-u/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Festival at a Glance PDF</a>, or download the&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-o/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">promotional brochure</a>&nbsp;for full festival details. For those in the wine trade, see&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-b/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">Trade Days events here</a>.</span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">BOOK A HOTEL, GET A FREE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTING TICKET!</span></span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Save, sip, and stay safe! Book a stay at one of&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-n/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">StayVancouverHotels.com</a>’s 39 downtown hotels and receive a free<span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;International Festival Tasting</span>&nbsp;ticket (an $95 to $115 value) to the session of your choice. Quantities are limited and the offer is only available until&nbsp;<span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">February 13</span>, so book early to taste for free. The StayVancouverHotels.com initiative is an important cornerstone of the festival’s&nbsp;<span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Don’t Wine and Drive</span>&nbsp;program.</span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Online</span>:&nbsp;<a href="https://milkcreativecommunications.cmail20.com/t/j-l-cdlhjik-tdaklddkd-p/" style="border: 0px; color: #b30838; margin: 0px; outline: 0px; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; transition: all 0.3s ease; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;">VanWineFest.ca</a>&nbsp;24/7 (all events will be off-sale on January 7)</span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Phone</span>: 604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)<br /><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">In person</span>: 202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver (Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.)</span></div><div style="border: 0px; color: #777777; line-height: 1.66em; margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="border: 0px; color: #333333; font-weight: 700; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">All ticket prices include wine, food (if a food event), gratuities, taxes and service charge.</span></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-47291585707244722982019-10-13T16:47:00.002-07:002019-12-31T17:24:33.096-08:00Wine matches recommended for all kinds of celebratory holiday meals!<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8e3dBhjydYM/XaOdYHe-7bI/AAAAAAAAEPE/uw8m1tYTn14W8jMKdTzuaQSxuNEAfgKVgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/Christmas%2Bdinner%2Bby%2Bpete4ducks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="375" data-original-width="500" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8e3dBhjydYM/XaOdYHe-7bI/AAAAAAAAEPE/uw8m1tYTn14W8jMKdTzuaQSxuNEAfgKVgCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/Christmas%2Bdinner%2Bby%2Bpete4ducks.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>Holiday dinners means family, good friends and great wines!&nbsp;</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Holiday wines for all kinds of celebratory meals!</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Over the holidays people will be getting together with family and friends to celebrate and give thanks to what we have with a big meal. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And despite what some wine experts say, New Year's Eve or Day, holiday, Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners are not really isn't that hard to pair wines with - especially if you a Wine Barbarian like me!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dsirewnXVCE/XaOauEcUIuI/AAAAAAAAEO4/MTPlKb1MM6AeEWBi46YfT_apcTzDwtD1wCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/download.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="183" data-original-width="275" height="265" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dsirewnXVCE/XaOauEcUIuI/AAAAAAAAEO4/MTPlKb1MM6AeEWBi46YfT_apcTzDwtD1wCLcBGAsYHQ/s400/download.jpg" width="400" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">What's more&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">- as Captain Barbossa put it in Pirates of the Caribbeans, they're more like guidelines than rules!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">So from the traditional turkey to turducken to tofurky fake bird to chicken to roast beef or prime rib to my favourite - rabbit in Dijon mustard cream sauce - the wine matches are really not too hard - and I'm hear to help.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>Sparkling wines to start with appetizers</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">First - guests rule. &nbsp;If someone wants a beer, a gin and tonic or another cocktail, make it so. &nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DVTsyG0Cs7I/XaOUBKZDR2I/AAAAAAAAEOc/Hgaqrg57bgc2W0QCVLWt7nENSW-VqI4AACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/88591.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="212" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DVTsyG0Cs7I/XaOUBKZDR2I/AAAAAAAAEOc/Hgaqrg57bgc2W0QCVLWt7nENSW-VqI4AACLcBGAsYHQ/s200/88591.jpg" width="52" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Freixenet</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But if it's wine, I&nbsp;suggest a sparkling wine to start, especially for special occasions!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Fortunately sparking&nbsp;accommodates&nbsp;every price range - from budget bubbly to chic Champagne, we can do this. &nbsp;Click on links to find where you can&nbsp;buy this wine at <b>BC Liquor Stores - all prices before tax</b>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Budget Bubbly</b> - <b><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/88591" target="_blank">Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut</a></b> is just </span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">$15.99 and is a nice, crisp clean Cava from Spain that is widely available.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GKgj3a5o714/XaOUBJ5w4iI/AAAAAAAAEOY/AuUygzXllbUw2qg8nBGLbaORL06VAXqxQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/314419.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="211" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-GKgj3a5o714/XaOUBJ5w4iI/AAAAAAAAEOY/AuUygzXllbUw2qg8nBGLbaORL06VAXqxQCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/314419.jpg" width="52" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Cipes</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Got a big party? &nbsp;Get one or more of the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/180588" style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;" target="_blank">1.5&nbsp;liter&nbsp;Magnum</a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> for $27.99. &nbsp;Drinking alone or 2? &nbsp;You can also buy a </span><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/241513" style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;" target="_blank">3-pack</a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> of baby-bottles for just $12.99&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #404142; font-family: &quot;gillsans&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; white-space: pre-line;"><span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Slightly Upscale Sparkling</b> - BC has some of my favourites sparkling wines at reasonable prices. &nbsp;Try the Summerhill Cipes Brut at $27.99 or the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/264879" target="_blank">Stellar's Jay Brut</a> at $22.99. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And California makes some great sparklers - <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/265678" target="_blank">Mumm Napa Cuvee </a>is one of them at $27.99. &nbsp;All widely available in BC.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Chic Champagne </b>- Let's face it: nothing says celebration like real Champagne. &nbsp;If only it weren't so damn expensive! &nbsp;But if your Thanksgiving is one to show your family or friends&nbsp;you are truly grateful for their presence - or you just want to show off - make it Champagne. &nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uIoPrhzc_ys/XaOW916UqDI/AAAAAAAAEOs/zjFwKgjasBcphjSfVnZhbB9U1340HsaAgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/453084.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="219" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uIoPrhzc_ys/XaOW916UqDI/AAAAAAAAEOs/zjFwKgjasBcphjSfVnZhbB9U1340HsaAgCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/453084.jpg" width="54" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Moet</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">For me, the standard is <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/453084" target="_blank">Moet &amp; Chandon Brut Imperial</a> - at $69.99. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">A classic Champagne from Epernay, scored 91 points by the&nbsp;Wine Spectator, this has good acidity, toasty poached pear and black currant notes and oh, those&nbsp;beautiful tiny bubbles! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">If you are even richer than you think, vintage Champagne is another cut above the basic bottles. &nbsp;Try the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/508614" target="_blank">Veuve Cliquot Vintage Brut 2008 </a>for another $30 at $99.99. &nbsp;You will not be disappointed! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">AND - if you really,&nbsp;really like bubbly, keep serving it with your holiday meal,&nbsp;because it goes with just about everything!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Alternatively, many people like a white wine with appetizers rather than bubbly - and nothing wrong with that because it also goes with your.....</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Main Courses</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Some wine writers say holiday meals are thankless for sommeliers - the&nbsp;French word for those who match the wines to food -&nbsp;because they have so many "complex and contradictory" flavours. &nbsp;And it's true that from appetizers to the range of foods at the main course - proteins from fowl to meat to meatless, starches from mashed potatoes to yams to parsnips, vegetables from asparagus to carrots to squash, gravy or mustard or cranberry sauce - it's a cacophony of tastes.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">If you are serving a 9-course meal, that's no problem - you serve 9 different perfectly paired wines -&nbsp;because you are rich!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But for most of us, a choice of 2 or more wines at dinner makes it a special occasion. &nbsp;And many people don't drink either white or red wine [or both, poor souls] &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">So that's what we're going to do here - one white and one red - but you pick the bottles for your budget. &nbsp;And you can serve a white&nbsp;before dinner with appetizers if you don't want sparkling. &nbsp;Or red for that matter - be a Barbarian!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">If you are serving fowl - be it turkey, turducken, chicken, cornish game hen, duck, goose or even quail - you really do have a choice of white or red. &nbsp;It's simply a&nbsp;question of what you like best and how it matches the dish and how it is prepared.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>White wines to pair with main courses</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Personally, I love Chardonnay. &nbsp;And for a special meal, it is your best choices because it can be lean or creamy, big and bold or a background beauty. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Since Chardonnay is the world's favourite white wine, there are a massive number of choices for every budget.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But a nice Sauvignon Blanc will also do the&nbsp;trick and if you like Riesling, it's also a good choice.</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y4hyTObnIVI/XaOfFiMFIuI/AAAAAAAAEPQ/bFFifU6tx5o_cywvbQqGgwH8jf9AT314QCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/18812.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="227" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Y4hyTObnIVI/XaOfFiMFIuI/AAAAAAAAEPQ/bFFifU6tx5o_cywvbQqGgwH8jf9AT314QCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/18812.jpg" width="56" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Mission Hill</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">Somewhat Cheap and Definitely Cheerful Chardonnay</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">You are in good&nbsp;hands with BC wineries. &nbsp;A never-wrong choice is </span><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/18812" style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;" target="_blank">Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay 2017</a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">. </span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">&nbsp;At $21.99 [and on sale for $19.99 til Oct 26], this wine gives you classic creamy, citrus, apple and tropical fruit at an affordable price.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Another great pick is <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/377770" target="_blank">Quail's Gate Chardonnay 2017</a> at $22.99, as is <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/237974" target="_blank">Cedar Creek Chardonnay</a> at just $18.99.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Want to go global? &nbsp;Then a personal favourite is <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/258699" target="_blank">J Lohr Riverstone Arroyo Seco Chardonnay 2017 </a>from Monterey, California at $23.99 &nbsp;Classic Cali Chard - lush, tropical, white peach and melon notes.&nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hVb_Fb4Ntko/XaOgihtZytI/AAAAAAAAEPY/cqmqEU_HAZsB9E8cP0Eynt4KjQoN0vgOgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/258699.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="235" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hVb_Fb4Ntko/XaOgihtZytI/AAAAAAAAEPY/cqmqEU_HAZsB9E8cP0Eynt4KjQoN0vgOgCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/258699.jpg" width="58" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">J Lohr</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Or try <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/122697" target="_blank">Wolf Blass Adelaide Hills Gold Label Chardonnay 2015</a> from Australia - a great wine from down under at $24.99 [on sale at $19.99 till Oct 26!]&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Still too much money? &nbsp;Then you will be happy with <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/467969" target="_blank">Alamos Mendoza Chardonnay</a>&nbsp;from Argentina at $14.99 - good varietal character on a budget.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Charming Mid-Range Chardonnay</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">It's a special meal, with great company - so spend a little more and enjoy at lot more!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Back in BC there are some impressive Chardonnays from our Okanagan wineries. &nbsp;Try the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/206868" target="_blank">Mission Hill Perpetua Chardonnay 2017</a> at $49.99. &nbsp;This is a big boy fighting it out with our California Chardonnay cousins - and holding it's own. &nbsp;Bold and luscious with pear, lemon curd and oak and a long finish!&nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d0JWM2AjW9c/XaOjI0oKI7I/AAAAAAAAEPk/DYeV9sNWfTE1QUU4F0Ek2kdXjfQgWd60wCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/227722.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="237" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d0JWM2AjW9c/XaOjI0oKI7I/AAAAAAAAEPk/DYeV9sNWfTE1QUU4F0Ek2kdXjfQgWd60wCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/227722.jpg" width="58" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Perpetua</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Other BC Chardonnays are equally impressive - but harder to find. &nbsp;The Quails Gate Stewart Family Reserve at $39.99 is also great but a bit rare right now other than at the winery or some private stores.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But it's hard to beat the French. &nbsp;A personal go-to is the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/21907" target="_blank">Domaine du Chalet Pouilly - Pouilly Fuisse 2017</a> at $37.99. &nbsp;This is simply a delicious Chardonnay from Burgundy with crisp acidity, pear and kiwi fruit. &nbsp;Mmmmm!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Chardonnay for Kings and Queens</b>&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Okay, we are entering the price range of Champagnes - but if you love Chardonnay then you know why it's worth trying the good stuff!</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IheByaUehMI/XaOotnkxm8I/AAAAAAAAEPw/1-3bMRtR3SkE6x193DTweMsrLvs8qJX7ACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/277236.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="221" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IheByaUehMI/XaOotnkxm8I/AAAAAAAAEPw/1-3bMRtR3SkE6x193DTweMsrLvs8qJX7ACLcBGAsYHQ/s200/277236.jpg" width="55" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Rombauer</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">The <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/277236" target="_blank">Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay 2017</a> is everything you can&nbsp;ask for from a California wine, at $63.99. Spiced apples, almond croissant, honeyed peaches and baked pear are just some of the flavour notes critics have found. &nbsp;You'll find it delightfully delicious!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">For those like me who think Chardonnay is&nbsp;synonymous with Chablis, there are loads of choices in BC. &nbsp;I recommend the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/116863" target="_blank">Domaine Christian Moreau Chablis 1er Vaillon 2016 </a>if you can find it - currently in five stores - at $57.99. &nbsp;If not, any Christian Moreau Chablis available is worth buying. &nbsp;Like all good Chablis, this has the mineral taste of the region, with flint, citrus and white flowers. Perfect with turkey, chicken or other fowl!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And if price is of little concern, it has to be a Meursault - the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/129531" target="_blank">Pierre Brisset Meursault Charmes 2015</a> at $175.99 will be superb! &nbsp;Says&nbsp;British wine guru&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Jancis Robinson: “Richly scented... This is utterly delicious! Gun flint and tarragon and spearmint and green-crystal fruit. Like tasting liquid green glass. So fresh! So focused. So direct. Stunning.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">If you have it, please invite me!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-large;"><b>Red wines to pair with main courses</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">For many of us, white wines are great - but they are simply not what we want for any main course except fish. &nbsp;While this approach is simply wrong-headed, the only thing worse is not drinking whatever the hell you want! &nbsp;Red it is!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Reasonable Reds&nbsp;</b></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X3fK1R-YQjM/XaOveS5njxI/AAAAAAAAEP8/NqZdXC9l1ZAYsR3jTNlGQDYYSxNVXyIEQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/290684.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="200" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X3fK1R-YQjM/XaOveS5njxI/AAAAAAAAEP8/NqZdXC9l1ZAYsR3jTNlGQDYYSxNVXyIEQCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/290684.jpg" width="50" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Road 13</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Back to BC first - because we have lots of good picks. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/290684" target="_blank">Road 13 Honest John's Red 2018</a> is a blend of up to 6 grape varietals but dominated by Merlot - and always a great value wine. &nbsp;Easy drinking and easy on the wallet at $19.99.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Another standby is<a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/626416" target="_blank"> Nk'Mip Cellars Merlot 2017</a> - at $21.99 you will be impressed by it's cherry fruit flavour and tamed tannins. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">On the lower budget end, <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/77644" target="_blank">Cono Sur Organic Pinot Noir</a> from Chile at just $15.99 will do the job just fine. In fact, any Cono Sur wine is always my first recommendation if you are either low on cash or buying in bulk for a big party. &nbsp;And this one goes well with fowl in particular.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span> <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NM7yn9QFAbc/XazmAjX0B2I/AAAAAAAAEQo/x9vHmVH-JT0dp2FK9aXEbBtzPxwEz6GzwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/442392.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="196" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NM7yn9QFAbc/XazmAjX0B2I/AAAAAAAAEQo/x9vHmVH-JT0dp2FK9aXEbBtzPxwEz6GzwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/442392.jpg" width="48" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Pey La Tour</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And of course, what would dinner be without Bordeaux? &nbsp;Not as good, that's what! &nbsp;So for a budget Bordeaux, try the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/442392" target="_blank">Chateau Pey la Tour Reserve du Chateau 2016 </a>at $26.99.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">No, it's not Mouton Rothschild - that would be $1,800 a bottle - but it is a lovely Bordeaux Superieur that's a great introductory Bordeaux with all the attributes I love in that region. And ranked 88-90 points by Robert Parker!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Robust Reds</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Robust in both flavour and getting up there in price, these are the reds you serve when you want to impress the relatives!</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_8VQqSIZmqQ/XaOyXazXnhI/AAAAAAAAEQI/_QWGI0GYr6keZY4DHyAObCKphOfl00ssQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/129999.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="212" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_8VQqSIZmqQ/XaOyXazXnhI/AAAAAAAAEQI/_QWGI0GYr6keZY4DHyAObCKphOfl00ssQCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/129999.jpg" width="52" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Osoyoos Larose</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/129999" target="_blank">Osoyoos Larose Le Grand Vin 2015</a>&nbsp;at $47.99 comes from BC but tastes French - because it is part owned by the Gruaud Larose winery in Bordeaux! &nbsp;Like Bordeaux, this is a red blend with mostly Merlot but Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. &nbsp;Always fabulous at a special occasion.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t1JOTcSmIlw/XaOzZrwqOKI/AAAAAAAAEQQ/bryAUZeHZ_w0-ranh8mcYk2vcW1TPYeXwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/427492.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="215" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t1JOTcSmIlw/XaOzZrwqOKI/AAAAAAAAEQQ/bryAUZeHZ_w0-ranh8mcYk2vcW1TPYeXwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/427492.jpg" width="53" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Domaine Drouhin</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">From our friends in Oregon comes <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/427492" target="_blank">Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2015</a>&nbsp;at $49.99 - a fruit forward wine with lots of cherry and strawberry notes that will pair with whatever main course you serve from fowl to beef. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And you can't go wrong with Italy - <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/392514" target="_blank">Sette Ponti Crognolo 2016</a> is a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot that always satisfies at $39.99. Cherries and blueberries with a long finish to a fine meal!</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5TaOCeCJJaY/XaznwXgwnfI/AAAAAAAAEQ0/xn6Z_jth9jcQzdOVQpB4E1LuD37QJ9JfgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/496737.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="202" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5TaOCeCJJaY/XaznwXgwnfI/AAAAAAAAEQ0/xn6Z_jth9jcQzdOVQpB4E1LuD37QJ9JfgCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/496737.jpg" width="50" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Herve Laroque</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And for a Bordeaux choice, try a personal top pick, the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/496737" target="_blank">Chateau Herve Laroque 2010</a> at $49.99 - amazing taste and value for a 2010 Bordeaux from Fronsac. &nbsp;It is full bodied, the BC Liquor Stores and the Chateau have aged it already for you and it will be amazing with whatever you serve!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Reds For The Really Well Off</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Let's be honest -&nbsp;if you can afford it, an expensive red wine with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is astonishing.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And once in a while, it's worth blowing the&nbsp;budget for. &nbsp;With that in mind.....</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CI87wzPXjO8/XaO1wtem7HI/AAAAAAAAEQc/BpL1ZyX7Zi0JPy--psTeKXCJGDCD_C10ACLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/277988.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="256" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CI87wzPXjO8/XaO1wtem7HI/AAAAAAAAEQc/BpL1ZyX7Zi0JPy--psTeKXCJGDCD_C10ACLcBGAsYHQ/s200/277988.jpg" width="63" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Beaucastel</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">You can never go wrong with <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/277988" target="_blank">Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016</a> - at $89.99 or any other vintage! &nbsp;This is a big beautiful wine&nbsp;from the Southern Rhone Valley of France - and a personal icon.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">For a Bordeaux pick it is a bit more challenging as the selection is less consistently available. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But I'd be happy to find the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/199425" target="_blank">Chateau Berliquet 2016</a> from St. Emilion at $85 </span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">on my dining room table anytime! Rated 93 points by Robert Parker, it's 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, with kirsch, black plums and black cherry compote scents. &nbsp;Yum!&nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8iPQqfn8r8Y/XazpzwjBYFI/AAAAAAAAERA/RV_yzWuCjikSOI8EvXXFFZ_htYruIobHwCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/199425.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="197" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8iPQqfn8r8Y/XazpzwjBYFI/AAAAAAAAERA/RV_yzWuCjikSOI8EvXXFFZ_htYruIobHwCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/199425.jpg" width="48" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Berliquet</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Alternatively, many wine experts demand a Pinot Noir with turkey dinner - and I can't argue against that find choice either. &nbsp;Pinot is generally a lighter weight than other varietals but so long as your turkey or other main is prepared without massive spicing or deep fried, it will do very nicely.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Burgundy is the French Pinot Noir choice and always a bit of a gamble in my experience. &nbsp;You may wish to stick to the lower priced Oregon Pinot above.&nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fH5ZexCB-Uc/XazteXm19pI/AAAAAAAAERM/CAQTJ72phLEehr4W-aSR0uu-iNfm_ezpgCLcBGAsYHQ/s1600/117537.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="800" data-original-width="217" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fH5ZexCB-Uc/XazteXm19pI/AAAAAAAAERM/CAQTJ72phLEehr4W-aSR0uu-iNfm_ezpgCLcBGAsYHQ/s200/117537.jpg" width="53" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Domaine Taupenot</span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But if not, I would go with whatever Gevrey-Chambertin you can find locally - and ask your liquor store consultant for advice. &nbsp;It's the one Burgundy that has been consistently good for me. &nbsp;One choice is the <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/117537" target="_blank">Domaine Taupenot Merme&nbsp;</a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/117537" target="_blank">Gevrey-Chambertin&nbsp;</a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/117537" target="_blank">2016</a> - not widely available but&nbsp;more than others, at $95.99, and rated 88-90 by Robert Parker.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But whatever you do, big&nbsp;budget or small, have a great meal!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-43167368662160141842019-04-17T13:40:00.000-07:002019-04-17T13:40:50.483-07:00World Malbec Day is today - Wednesday April 17, 2019! Pop open a Malbec wine tonight! <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zAhxhbR7IK4/XLeHH7k3JUI/AAAAAAAAEKQ/ol8gihoBELASyRb3iDo0t1_Qd7vYvEANACLcBGAs/s1600/Malbec-World-Day.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="543" data-original-width="661" height="523" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zAhxhbR7IK4/XLeHH7k3JUI/AAAAAAAAEKQ/ol8gihoBELASyRb3iDo0t1_Qd7vYvEANACLcBGAs/s640/Malbec-World-Day.jpg" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Yes, it's <b>World Malbec Day</b> again - <b>April 17</b> - that day of the year where we celebrate the delicious grape that has made its mark in Argentina and is a staple in France! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YYR6f_xKVwg/XLeHHIcHbQI/AAAAAAAAEKI/4ObGcA7wc_YPN5n77uRWIzuDwK0NGN3kACLcBGAs/s1600/ZZn7BfMSSqyRgpjjsa3OCg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-YYR6f_xKVwg/XLeHHIcHbQI/AAAAAAAAEKI/4ObGcA7wc_YPN5n77uRWIzuDwK0NGN3kACLcBGAs/s320/ZZn7BfMSSqyRgpjjsa3OCg.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">So your patriotic international duty as a wine lover is to open a bottle of Malbec tonight with your dinner - whether it be a fabulous steak or a veggie hot dog - Malbec is very adaptable to food. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large;">The best thing about Malbec is that it it nearly impossible to go wrong buying a bottle at any price. &nbsp;I often recommend a modest Malbec costing less than $13 if one is on a tight budget; &nbsp;I also have no problem suggesting a $100 plus bottle of Malbec for a special occasion or cellar choice.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LgZxm7ZRuHA/XLeHHNdNmkI/AAAAAAAAEKE/Xr31noTdENsMYZuyCmvm0dW8mNgDWhOhgCLcBGAs/s1600/AoICd5y5TLOhtQ%2525PnJTMAw.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LgZxm7ZRuHA/XLeHHNdNmkI/AAAAAAAAEKE/Xr31noTdENsMYZuyCmvm0dW8mNgDWhOhgCLcBGAs/s320/AoICd5y5TLOhtQ%2525PnJTMAw.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Luigi Bosca and Catena Malbecs</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large;">So don't be worried about getting the perfect bottle - just pick one and enjoy!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large;">But....the <b>Wine Barbarian</b> does play favourites! &nbsp;Here are a few choices I can heartily recommend. &nbsp;And even better - a few are actually on sale at the BC Liquor Stores this week!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">I'm a big fan of the <b>Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec 2016 </b>from Argentina's Mendoza region in Lujan de Cayo. &nbsp;Lots of dark fruit going on - cherry, blackberry and plum - plus some&nbsp;espresso and dark chocolate! Mmmmm. &nbsp;On sale for $2 off right now till April 27 at $21.99 and widely available - check <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/1669" target="_blank"><b>here</b></a> for a link to BC Liquor Store locations.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">More favourites from Argentina - the <b>Luigi Bosca Malbec 2016&nbsp;</b>and the <b>Catena High Mountain Malbec 2016</b>. &nbsp;Both highly dependable choices vintage after vintage and both on sale - the Bosca for $4 off at $19.99 and the Catena for $2 off at $21.99 and both&nbsp;available all over BC- so no&nbsp;excuse for no Malbec tonight!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Check <b><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/418038" target="_blank">here</a></b> for <b>Bosca</b> and<b> <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/478727" target="_blank">here </a></b>for <b>Catena</b> at BC&nbsp;Liquor Store locations.</span><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sz7Mi3RXCtU/XLeHHb51sWI/AAAAAAAAEKM/_6Axtj6Lo_AC1QDlUGj2Rb_e0ZhfSyzIACLcBGAs/s1600/yH0daqYzReypl3G4SN98Rg.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Sz7Mi3RXCtU/XLeHHb51sWI/AAAAAAAAEKM/_6Axtj6Lo_AC1QDlUGj2Rb_e0ZhfSyzIACLcBGAs/s320/yH0daqYzReypl3G4SN98Rg.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Domaine Bousquet Malbec</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Another can't-miss modest Malbec is the <b>Domaine Bousquet Malbec 2018</b> - on sale for just $14.99 right now! &nbsp;Again, widely available - check <b><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/807263" target="_blank">here</a></b>. &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">But if the sky is the limit as well if you want to spend big bucks - I recommend the <b>Catena Zapata Argentino Malbec 2015</b> - but only if you have $129 to spend on it! Beautiful wine tasted at the Vancouver International&nbsp;Wine Festival - and yes, it's available but in limited <b><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/163814" target="_blank">locations</a></b>.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">I have omitted my French connection - <b>Cahors</b> is the home of Malbec in France - and there are a few nice selections there too.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">I must confess I haven't tried this one but it's a Malbec so it has to be good: <b>Chateau Eugenie Tradition Malbec 2015</b> - available in some BC locations <b><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/948174" target="_blank">here</a></b>.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">But however you go, go Malbec tonight! There are many more good choices if you can't find these ones. &nbsp;And enjoy!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="color: #f3f3f3; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br />Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-89445627781019071442019-03-02T13:44:00.002-08:002019-04-20T15:24:53.921-07:00Wines you must try at the Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019 - picks from the Wine Barbarian!<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><i><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SGJDdVEkEhg/XHrzqq65TZI/AAAAAAAAEIM/aRv9cn6beVY7P8htb70sFDeq-ayZQx0TACLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a92c.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1313" data-original-width="1600" height="327" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SGJDdVEkEhg/XHrzqq65TZI/AAAAAAAAEIM/aRv9cn6beVY7P8htb70sFDeq-ayZQx0TACLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_a92c.jpeg" width="400" /></a></i></span></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>Beaulieu Vineyard winemaker Trevor Durling and Bill Tieleman - Wine Barbarian</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">There are way, way too many wines at the fabulous 2019 Vancouver International Wine Festival to try them all - an astonishing 1,450 different wines from 16 countries in total!&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">So you need a plan for the International Festival Tastings - here's my <b>Wine Barbarian</b> advice based on exhaustive research at this year!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">California is the regional wine theme this year - so there are lots of great Napa, Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Lodi, Santa Cruz, Paso Robles and other wineries here. But the rest of the world is here too, so tour around.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Here are a few of the many great choices - and remember that I have not visited every table by far!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /><b><u>California</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Beaulieu Vineyard</b> - one of Napa Valley's best and oldest wineries - must try their Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 at $65 - excellent value - and their Napa Valley Cab Sauv at $44!&nbsp; Winemaker <b>Trevor Durling </b>is pouring and very knowledgable to talk to.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Silver Oak Cellars</b> - simply one of California's best red producers!&nbsp; Don't miss their Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - also one of the most expensive bottles at the VIWF at $129!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Justin Vineyards</b> - love their reds out of Paso Robles!&nbsp; Isosceles red blend is superb at $117 but Justification is also great at $75.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HdQQOG8Edvc/XHr1hKfpXwI/AAAAAAAAEIY/H7vTuYnFvX0d8c34sWCKB75OUMBYIDinQCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a925.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1388" data-original-width="1600" height="346" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HdQQOG8Edvc/XHr1hKfpXwI/AAAAAAAAEIY/H7vTuYnFvX0d8c34sWCKB75OUMBYIDinQCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_a925.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Bill Tieleman - Wine Barbarian - and Gina Gallo - Gallo Signature Series</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">Gallo Signature Series</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"> - wonderful wines from all over California made by <b>Gina Gallo</b>, winemaker and yes, from the famous Gallo family!&nbsp; Gina is great to talk to about her wines.&nbsp; Love their Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir at $52, their Dry Creek Zinfandel at $40 and Napa Cab at $40.&nbsp; Excellent values.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Duckhorn Wine Company</b> - Known for their outstanding Merlots, Duckhorn is also making fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.&nbsp; Try their 2015 Napa Cab at $89 and Calera Central Coast Pinot at $43 - and a lovely Chard at $48!&nbsp; Talk to <b>Brian Bostwick</b>, export director about their wines.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Ridge Vineyards</b> - Outstanding Zinfandels and red blends from Sonoma plus a killer Chardonnay out of Santa Cruz - what more can I say except try them all, especially Geyserville 2016!&nbsp;</span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1XL62J6HQ08/XHsR0uxe5SI/AAAAAAAAEJI/j1pEbcdXTTw-qMtTd2JEAuzIcP9NqxiGACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0225.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1XL62J6HQ08/XHsR0uxe5SI/AAAAAAAAEJI/j1pEbcdXTTw-qMtTd2JEAuzIcP9NqxiGACLcBGAs/s400/IMG_0225.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Bill Tieleman and Joel Peterson of Ravenswood</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">Ravenswood Winery</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"> - Pioneers of Zinfandel, this Sonoma County winery founded by </span><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: x-large;">Joel Peterson</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"> - who is pouring - makes outstanding bottles. Try their Teldeschi Vineyard Zin at $43 and Bellonis Vineyard Zin at $44.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Okay - out of California but just across the state border to Oregon, where they make powerhouse Pinot Noirs!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>Oregon</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Elk Cove Vineyards </b>- I just love this table!&nbsp; Three fabulous Pinot Noirs that blow me away and a Pinot Gris from the Williamette Valley in Oregon.&nbsp; Don't miss any but must try the Mount Richmond Pinot Noir.&nbsp; Talk to <b>Shirley Brooks</b> - VP sales - who knows lots about Oregon wines.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>Washington State</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Aquilini Red Mountain </b>- yes, the Vancouver Canucks owners have winery too - and a damn fine one!&nbsp; Their Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is superb.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>British Columbia</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Just across the border in British Columbia is a wide selection of great wineries but here are a couple you must visit.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iTP50avGl5A/XHr480Tx0OI/AAAAAAAAEIk/Y6LoKsv4pMQsQrgi4nMxD6LcNnza7SfbgCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a92a.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1381" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iTP50avGl5A/XHr480Tx0OI/AAAAAAAAEIk/Y6LoKsv4pMQsQrgi4nMxD6LcNnza7SfbgCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_a92a.jpeg" width="345" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>One Faith Vineyard owner Bill Lui and Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>One Faith Vineyards </b>- <b>Bill Lui </b>had a mission - make the very best possible wine to international high standards - and with One Faith he has succeeded!&nbsp; Simply one of BC and Canada's best wines in both 2013 and 2014 vintages that are being poured - and at $132 a bottle they are not fooling around with their Bordeaux blend!&nbsp; Beautiful wine but for a more affordable bottle, taste the Certitude 2016 at $42.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-axN571ffTXo/XHsJ4QTm2pI/AAAAAAAAEIw/JRyXdthEx50UnaBJn4G9JuaHV3GAvml1gCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a924.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-axN571ffTXo/XHsJ4QTm2pI/AAAAAAAAEIw/JRyXdthEx50UnaBJn4G9JuaHV3GAvml1gCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_a924.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>Bill Tieleman&nbsp; and Ben Bryant of Mission Hill&nbsp;</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Mission Hill Family Estate</b> - This winery just keeps getting better and better and bigger!&nbsp; New winemaker <b>Ben Bryant </b>has stepped in as former winemaker Darryl Brooker steps up to be president - and what a great opportunity that is.&nbsp; The Legacy Collection Compendium 2014 is a beautiful Bordeaux blend of 45% Cab Sauv/37% Merlot/16% Cab Franc and 2% Petit Verdot - and it will age nicely for a very long time.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Bench 1775</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> - Winemaker </span><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Valerie Tait</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: medium;"> </span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">is producing some great bottles out of the Naramata Bench and Osoyoos.&nbsp; Try their Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah 2015 at $27.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Quails' Gate Winery </b>- The Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir 2016 at $52 and Chardonnay 2016 at $40 are both awesome wines not to be missed.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u><br /></u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>Argentina</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Achaval-Ferrer </b>- They produce fantastic Malbecs and blends from Mendoza - try the two single-vineyard Malbecs - Finca Mirador 2014 at $125 and Finca Bella Vista 2014 at $108 - wow!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>Australia&nbsp;</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Majella Wines</b> - Owner <b>Brian Lynn</b> is a charming and regular visitor here in Vancouver - and so is his fabulous Sparkling Shiraz 2016!&nbsp; Unique, refreshing and delicious - you may never have tried it and you owe it to yourself to do so!&nbsp; Other lovely reds too.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EjRQm3zXXYk/XHsTaOtppGI/AAAAAAAAEJU/m-lGdtOKPjY94Rur9wys6LjcE5F6QRrBACLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_8a7d.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1136" data-original-width="1600" height="283" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EjRQm3zXXYk/XHsTaOtppGI/AAAAAAAAEJU/m-lGdtOKPjY94Rur9wys6LjcE5F6QRrBACLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_8a7d.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Brian Lynn of Majella Wines and Bill Tieleman - Wine Barbarian</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>New Zealand</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-M4c3GU3K-nc/XHsMJbcftpI/AAAAAAAAEI8/qsq8SrPLAvQ42hOLm4gqz5xyAcyqCOGlQCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a926.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1480" data-original-width="1600" height="370" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-M4c3GU3K-nc/XHsMJbcftpI/AAAAAAAAEI8/qsq8SrPLAvQ42hOLm4gqz5xyAcyqCOGlQCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_a926.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Jim Robertson of Stoneleigh and Bill Tieleman - Wine Barbarian</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Stoneleigh </b>- Always great wines at each price point, I particularly like the Latitude Pinot Noir 2017 - beautiful bouquet and lots of fruit for just $22!&nbsp; Talk to my buddy <b>Jim Robertson </b>- another regular Vancouver visitor and so knowledgable about New Zealand wines.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>France</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Borie-Manoux </b>- If you love Bordeaux like I do, you can't miss these fine wines.&nbsp; Four excellent bottles but I really enjoyed tasting the 2003 Chateau Herve Laroque alongside it's 2010 vintage brother - so nice to see what seven years of additional aging brings to the table! Both fantastic wines from Fronsac - and reasonably priced at $44 and $50 respectively.&nbsp; Also try the 2009 Chateau Beau-Site at $56 - a stunning St. Estephe.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Ballande &amp; Meneret </b>- More Bordeaux? Bring it on!&nbsp; Four more lovely bottles - my favourite was the 2009 Chateau Larrivaux from Haut-Medoc at just $44 - a bargain for 10-year-old wine!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Ulysse Cazabonne</b> - Yes, still more Bordeaux!&nbsp; Four more fine bottles all from 2015 but with different blends of Merlot and Cabernet - try the Chateau de Croix Saint Vincent 2015 at $58 -70% Merlot/30% Cab.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>Italy</u></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Marchesi di Barolo </b>- Nebbiolo grapes are great!&nbsp; Three Barolos and a Barbaresco - all superb.&nbsp; Try the Cannubi and Sarmassa 2014 Barolos for a cool comparison - both priced at $95 and both delicious!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Tenuta Argentiera</b> - Not Bordeaux but Tuscany making Bordeaux blends - and stunning ones!&nbsp; Great value on the lower priced red and rose but the Bolgheri Superiore 2016 is amazing - at $83.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>Croatia</u></b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Stina</b> - Amazingly, one of four Croatian wineries at this year's festival - and they are all eye-openers for many wine drinkers who don't know that country is producing excellent wines.&nbsp; Try the flagship 2016 Posip red at $47 - beautiful!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Okay - I know I missed <u>dozens of wonderful wineries</u> as well as the entire countries of Germany, Japan and Uruguay - all making great wines too and pouring here - but time is running out - have a great Festival and let me know what you think if you see me there or post here or on Twitter - <b>@BillTieleman </b>or Facebook!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Cheers!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="color: #cccccc; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;">.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-65039553369496966912019-02-28T14:29:00.001-08:002019-02-28T14:29:23.728-08:00Tasting at the Vancouver International Wine Festival? “Kiss Don’t Spit!” - is my strong advice<br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="color: black; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, trebuchet, verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; padding: 4px; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yu2MrJ5UFbw/Wpse_JeWTqI/AAAAAAAAEA0/LdrwbFvDVyUd4zogSt3shqMbc7jSqHGHgCLcBGAs/s1600/5570406444_a06cfaed5c_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="color: #de7008; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="688" data-original-width="1024" height="268" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yu2MrJ5UFbw/Wpse_JeWTqI/AAAAAAAAEA0/LdrwbFvDVyUd4zogSt3shqMbc7jSqHGHgCLcBGAs/s400/5570406444_a06cfaed5c_b.jpg" style="border-width: 0px;" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="font-size: 10.399999618530273px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><i>NOT cool! Kiss - Don't Spit!&nbsp;</i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">“Kiss Don’t Spit!</span></b><span style="font-size: large;">” &nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">&nbsp;It’s actually not hip to spit in my book!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So that's my contrarian advice to those attending the Vancouver International Wine Festival Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening - and Saturday afternoon - for the International Festival Tastings.</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Most wine experts will tell novices to "spit" the wine after nosing the bouquet in the glass and sipping it into your mouth and swirling it around - but I strongly disagree.</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">After all, there's a reason I'm called The Wine Barbarian!&nbsp;</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The experts' reasoning makes some sense - you can taste far more wines without getting intoxicated by the alcohol content if it doesn't go down your throat and into your stomach. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: medium;">And those in the wine trade often have to taste dozen and dozens if not hundreds of wines in&nbsp;</span>a day - it's not possible to do that and not have your liver end up like foie gras within weeks!</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">But you - the wine consumer - are not an expert nor are you tasting hundreds of glasses.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">First - you simply cannot fully experience a wine without swallowing it, feeling the wonderful elixirfloat down your throat, discovering the length of the finish - you can literally count the seconds when you can still taste it, and know the satisfaction of having tasted one of the best wines in the world!</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Spitting? &nbsp;Sorry but you just don't get that sensation.</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And you are at North America's largest consumer wine festival, with literally dozens of wines priced at $100 or more per bottle - why the hell would you spit that out?!!!</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Plus, &nbsp;you can simply "kiss" a lot of wines without swallowing or spitting!</span><br style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, Trebuchet, Verdana, sans-serif;" /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">By kissing I mean you nose the wine in the glass, bring it to your lips and then - unless it's awesomely tasty and probably quite expensive, you simply pour the wine into the conveniently located spit bucket on the table.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Polite, discreet, saving your sobriety for none but the best and when you do sip and swallow it will be worth it! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #f6f6f6; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , &quot;trebuchet&quot; , &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: 13px;"></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Lastly, proper spitting is hard - don't try to learn it in front of 1,600 people including sommeliers, winemakers, family and friends! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So enjoy the Vancouver international wine festival and taste lots of the fantastic California and other wines from around the world and kisses lots of them!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;">.</span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-80163187538196225902019-02-23T18:20:00.000-08:002019-02-23T18:20:10.297-08:00It's the annual Open That Bottle Night - Saturday February 23, 2019 - reach into your cellar and pop an old cork! <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-owDMl3dFeMA/XHH-qcaHRiI/AAAAAAAAEHE/qlU40L-ekkQgoPXxdMM5Bc3wVwA3pZZmwCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_a91f.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1233" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-owDMl3dFeMA/XHH-qcaHRiI/AAAAAAAAEHE/qlU40L-ekkQgoPXxdMM5Bc3wVwA3pZZmwCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_a91f.jpeg" width="307" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: small;"><i>Which wine should the Wine Barbarian - Bill Tieleman - open tonight!&nbsp; The Caymus Special Selection 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon or the Woodward Canyon 2006 Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon?&nbsp; Tough, tough choice!&nbsp;</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Wine drinking friends - it's the annual <a href="http://guides.wsj.com/wine/entertaining-and-celebrating-with-wine/open-that-bottle-night/" target="_blank">Open That Bottle Night</a> - Saturday February 23, 2019&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">That means it's time to reach deep into your cellar and pop an old cork from a bottle that has been waiting far too patiently for the right occasion!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">This is a brilliant concept - invented by <b>Wall Street Journal</b> wine columnists Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher back in 2000 - to each year open one bottle of wine that has been suffering in silence in your cellar that has been neglected while you wait for the perfect occasion to uncork it. The link above has some good tips for choosing and how to open that bottle.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Tonight I have two choices: A fantastic <b>Caymus Vineyards 2007 Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon</b> from Napa Valley California - rated 96 points by the Wine Spectator but also advised to open from 2011 to 2019.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Or an awesome <b>Woodward Canyon 2006 Artist Series #15 Cabernet Sauvignon </b>from Washington State - rated 91 points by the Wine Spectator but best from 2009 to 2016.&nbsp; My bad!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">True confession: I have far too many bottles in my cellar that I have likely kept for too long, so Open That Bottle Night is so welcome - and I may extend it over many weeks or even months!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">And whether you have just one or a handful of bottles in your own cellar or thousands, the unfortunate reality is that we often think that opening that special old bottle needs an incredible meal or the right combinations of friends or a particular anniversary, birthday, celebration etc. before we can open it.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">And then it goes bad.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Been there, done that, poured it down the drain while I cried bitter tears - but not as bitter as the spoiled, corked or overdue wine!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">So I hope you will join me tonight in liberating a libation from purgatory in your wine cellar!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">No matter whether you are ordering in pizza or preparing a simple repast or actually making a gourmet meal - whatever it is, your excellent old bottle of wine will match it perfectly!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">In fact, that's how I got my Wine Barbarian nickname.&nbsp; A friend was stunned that I was drinking a lovely bottle of Chateau Montrose 3rd growth Bordeaux with pizza - "you, you are a barbarian!" he exclaimed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">"Yes," I replied, "but I am a wine barbarian!"&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">So open that bottle now and enjoy!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">And if you are in Vancouver, I hope to see you and hear about what you opened up at the <b><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/" target="_blank">Vancouver International Wine Festival</a></b>, coming up from February 23 to March 3.&nbsp; See my <b><a href="http://winebarbarian.blogspot.com/2019/02/vancouver-international-wine-festival.html" target="_blank">recent post </a></b>on the very few tickets remaining and act fast to get one!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="color: #eeeeee; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;">.</span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-53782394438625075312019-02-22T17:30:00.000-08:002019-02-22T17:30:46.984-08:00Vancouver International Wine Festival tickets almost sold out for all events - move fast! <table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pbQgeDYDNAQ/XHChmRRwHQI/AAAAAAAAEG4/7kuGTwmOy6kcOk78e_PQBs6guyA_JDMDwCLcBGAs/s1600/Bill%2BTieleman%2BWINE%2BFEST%2BIMG_5013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="960" data-original-width="1280" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pbQgeDYDNAQ/XHChmRRwHQI/AAAAAAAAEG4/7kuGTwmOy6kcOk78e_PQBs6guyA_JDMDwCLcBGAs/s400/Bill%2BTieleman%2BWINE%2BFEST%2BIMG_5013.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: small;">Join me, Bill Tieleman - the Wine Barbarian - at the Vancouver International Wine Festival!</span>&nbsp;</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Vancouver International Wine Festival tickets are now almost sold out for all events - so if you want to go, move fast!&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">It happens every year - lots of wine drinkers are thinking about attending the fabulous&nbsp;<a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/" target="_blank"><b>Vancouver International Wine Festival</b> </a>don't buy tickets until it is literally too late - because none are left!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">And that's why I'm posting an early warning - if you want to go to the main International Festival Tastings or any of the other events you have to go online and get tickets now.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Saturday's night's flagship International Festival Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday March 2nd is already sold out.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The Thursday February 28 and Friday March 1&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">International Festival Tastings are getting very close to sold out, as is the afternoon event from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Saturday March 2nd.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">All wine dinners are sold out or closed off for ticket sales.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">There remain a few tickets for only a handful of other wine events, so again - get going!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">Here is the <a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VIWF2019_FestivalAtAGlance.pdf" target="_blank"><b>full VIWF schedule</b></a>&nbsp;at a glance, with SOLD OUT events and GOING FAST events highlighted.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">And you don't want to miss the Wine Fest, with a special regional focus on California wines featuring 53 wineries in attendance, as well as a total of 160 wineries from 16 different countries pouring an astonishing 1,450 different wines!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">That means, the <a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Media-Quick-Facts-2019-VIWF.pdf" target="_blank"><b>Wine Fest folks say</b></a>, there will be about 42,000 bottles of wine poured during the event, which runs from February 23 to March 3.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">See you there!&nbsp; And watch for my top picks and must-visit wineries in a Wine Barbarian post soon!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #eeeeee; font-size: xx-small;">.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-63532192800989945672019-01-12T13:31:00.000-08:002019-01-15T10:23:39.616-08:00UPDATED January 15! Vancouver International Wine Festival 2019 tickets selling fast - many events already sold out! Wine fest on from February 23 to March 3<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Zzpc1EiYNzY/XDpXF666xaI/AAAAAAAAEF8/AcVp5DD9APMwu8u5WvJ9-LdyVkAN8P7egCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_8880.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1075" data-original-width="1600" height="268" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Zzpc1EiYNzY/XDpXF666xaI/AAAAAAAAEF8/AcVp5DD9APMwu8u5WvJ9-LdyVkAN8P7egCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_8880.jpeg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman, left, with Jim Robertson of Stoneleigh and Babich Wines and fans!</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">UPDATE! &nbsp;Yet more events sold out! Hurry!&nbsp;</span></b><br /><b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><span style="font-family: trebuchet ms, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Just since this item was posted January 12, several more <b>Vancouver International Wine Festival</b> events tickets have sold out!</span><br /><span style="font-family: trebuchet ms, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: trebuchet ms, sans-serif; font-size: large;">I have updated the sold out events below and there are links to what's still available at VIWF in my post:</span><br /><b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Tickets are on sale for the fabulous <a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/" target="_blank">Vancouver International Wine Festival</a> 2019 - and not only selling fast but some events are already sold out!&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So do not delay - head to the</span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/VIWF2019_FestivalAtAGlance.pdf" target="_blank"> Festival At A Glance</a></b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> page to see what's still available and the the </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/tickets-events/tickets-passes/how-to-buy-tickets/" target="_blank">Tickets</a></b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> page to make your purchase today - don't miss out on the premier wine event of the year in Vancouver! &nbsp;Or go to the <a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/events/category/available-events/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2019-02&amp;tribe-bar-search=" target="_blank"><b>Available Events </b></a>page for more info on the event.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">This year's focus wine region is <b>California</b> - and it will be&nbsp;great to taste hundreds of wines from 53 wineries in that state, meet winemakers and other winery principals at either pouring tables or seminars and buy some exclusive wines brought in only for the Festival, which runs from February 23&nbsp;through March 3. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And of course, there are dozens of wineries from other countries, including France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Canada, the U.S., New Zealand, Germany, Argentina, Portugal, Chile and Japan and even lesser known wine countries like Croatia, Uruguay and Romania! &nbsp;In total, 160 wineries will participate in 54 different events.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Whether you want to go to one of the four <b>International Festival Tastings</b> -&nbsp;Thursday night 7 to 10 p.m.; Friday night 7 to 10 p.m.; Saturday afternoon 2;30 p.m. to 5 p.m. or the flagship Saturday night tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. or the dozens of winemaker dinners, special seminars on grapes or regions or the minglers, now is the time to quickly make your plan and buy tickets.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">If you check my posts from last year you will see that eventually every single&nbsp;Vancouver Wine Festival event sold out - all of them. &nbsp;So don't make the mistake of thinking you can always pick up a last minute ticket - it just won't happen and you will be losing out.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Already I can report that several dinners, brunches, lunches and a few seminars are sold out - even though tickets only went on sale January 9!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">The Hy's Caymus Wine Dinner; the Icons of Italy Cioppino's Dinner; the Discover Robert&nbsp;Mondavi Winery Dinner at Ancora; A Taste of Croatia Dinner at L'Abbatoir; the California In Blue Water Ocean Dinner at Blue Water Cafe; Sordo's Century of Barola Dinner at Boulevard Kitchen; Artisan Evening of Food and Wine Dinner at Elisa; and the Zivjeli and Namaste Dinner at Vij's Rangoli&nbsp;are all sold out as of today! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Also sold out are seminars: Pinot Noir's Siren Call of Seduction and the Icons of Napa Valley.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="color: red;">UPDATE: </span>The Next World Chardonnay; Rhone Around The World &nbsp;seminars are now sold out as of January 15.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But other excellent events are still available, including what sounds like a fantastic seminar with the godfather of Zinfandel - Joel Peterson of Ravenswood fame!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xgaCZVfdJ8c/XDpbwPqSRyI/AAAAAAAAEGI/DUzl1iJMmA4o-Vo61pVrlm9tRorF3RmoACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0225.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xgaCZVfdJ8c/XDpbwPqSRyI/AAAAAAAAEGI/DUzl1iJMmA4o-Vo61pVrlm9tRorF3RmoACLcBGAs/s400/IMG_0225.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;verdana&quot; , sans-serif;">Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman, left, with Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Zinfandel fame!</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">And most lunch/brunches are sold out, including: &nbsp;The Vintners' Brunch; Dine Italia and Gusto LatinoAmericano.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Whew!! &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">But there are still many great dinners and events with tickets left, so rush on over to the website and make your picks - you won't be sorry!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">And see you there! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-21698327697148633382018-10-23T19:04:00.000-07:002018-10-23T19:48:29.475-07:00Fantastic food in Seville, Spain! Abantal - Michelin 1 Star restaurant - delivers the goods!<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wlv1_JKpOBk/W8vYaCO9ZSI/AAAAAAAAEDw/lb1hlbzHlWEocJ_B_Vu3y7stReqoqUp2ACLcBGAs/s1600/42167268_10160737933045063_8708919703088660480_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="808" data-original-width="1600" height="201" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wlv1_JKpOBk/W8vYaCO9ZSI/AAAAAAAAEDw/lb1hlbzHlWEocJ_B_Vu3y7stReqoqUp2ACLcBGAs/s400/42167268_10160737933045063_8708919703088660480_o.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: medium; text-align: start; white-space: pre-wrap;"><i>Abantal - Course 5: </i></b><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small; white-space: pre-wrap;"><i>Tuna tartar with aubergine [eggplant] black olive crumble and cucumber mayonnaise - a favourite!</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="" data-block="true" data-editor="bft85" data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0"><div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative;"><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Fantastic food in<b> Seville Spain</b>! That's what we enjoyed at <a href="http://www.abantalrestaurante.es/about-us/trajectory" target="_blank"><b>Abantal</b></a>, a 1-star Michelin restaurant we visited in September. </span></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">My wife Shirley Ross and I went all-in for the <b>Grand Chef's Daily Tasting Menu</b> - 13 courses for 90 Euros each.</span></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0Iku54skt-A/W8vY8woCfTI/AAAAAAAAED4/_7UAcvqKZPMqOLePOMscyOvB_R3vu-AAgCLcBGAs/s1600/1512467500-1538.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1588" height="241" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0Iku54skt-A/W8vY8woCfTI/AAAAAAAAED4/_7UAcvqKZPMqOLePOMscyOvB_R3vu-AAgCLcBGAs/s320/1512467500-1538.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-size: large; white-space: normal;"><b><span class="Apple-converted-space">Abantal&nbsp;</span>Chef</b> and co-owner <b>Julio Fernández Quintero</b> takes great pride in being recognized as Best Andulusian Chef in 2005 and winning a Michelin Star in 2008, continuing to hold that honour ever since.&nbsp; Abantal is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city - and we were fortunate to get a reservation on fairly short notice.</span></span></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-size: large; white-space: normal;">Abantal is in an unassuming building and nondescript part of Seville just outside the main tourist section of the old town. But what's inside is anything but ordinary!&nbsp;</span></span></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Dinner started with <b>4 amuse bouches</b>: dry onion with black garlic sauce; cookies with leeks and potato jelly; mushroom meringues and sea anemone! All delicious.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oJuj8XF75es/W8vZLoAhCYI/AAAAAAAAED8/vuux6rsTwyMA5aNc4Jn7PNDEX75nMG-AACLcBGAs/s1600/42168942_10160737932705063_8436663023275343872_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1023" data-original-width="1600" height="255" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oJuj8XF75es/W8vZLoAhCYI/AAAAAAAAED8/vuux6rsTwyMA5aNc4Jn7PNDEX75nMG-AACLcBGAs/s400/42168942_10160737932705063_8436663023275343872_o.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Course 1:</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> Clam with cauliflower emulsion and microseaweed; </span></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: large; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-waVXmq0J2eA/W8vZZnVcI1I/AAAAAAAAEEE/Kb9GgLvjRokvFR5q7Mq5gG4lXmzw_7JkwCLcBGAs/s1600/42045221_10160737932695063_1034501503840157696_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="824" data-original-width="960" height="342" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-waVXmq0J2eA/W8vZZnVcI1I/AAAAAAAAEEE/Kb9GgLvjRokvFR5q7Mq5gG4lXmzw_7JkwCLcBGAs/s400/42045221_10160737932695063_1034501503840157696_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></span></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: large;"></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Course 2:</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> Tomato sponge, codfish drop, black garlic aioli, pepper and potato crisp; </span></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5T3o9WKtGRs/W8vZk2j3SQI/AAAAAAAAEEM/NxRW4ECqHYc2sVTaFfz2wc3kyvn7_D4WgCLcBGAs/s1600/42157365_10160737932945063_639112346488274944_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5T3o9WKtGRs/W8vZk2j3SQI/AAAAAAAAEEM/NxRW4ECqHYc2sVTaFfz2wc3kyvn7_D4WgCLcBGAs/s400/42157365_10160737932945063_639112346488274944_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">Course 3: </b><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; white-space: pre-wrap;">Oyster with citrus foam sweet potato puree, fried rice grains and a spiced infusion; </span></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VSQjyISjlRs/W8vZ8d3WQgI/AAAAAAAAEEY/Sc8A1AYjljAd396DOT28o_7VlCKPvd4IgCLcBGAs/s1600/42190374_10160737932865063_5781507983120793600_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="552" data-original-width="960" height="230" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VSQjyISjlRs/W8vZ8d3WQgI/AAAAAAAAEEY/Sc8A1AYjljAd396DOT28o_7VlCKPvd4IgCLcBGAs/s400/42190374_10160737932865063_5781507983120793600_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Course 4:</b> Spinach puree with anise, broccoli and white asparagus &amp; artichoke heart, dried peas; </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a6swCWbq1IA/W8vaJK0LtzI/AAAAAAAAEEc/_d5L6rRvjuwLhutwOmPAxIuEaSeeELPcgCLcBGAs/s1600/42206886_10160737932900063_6142706129894899712_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1018" data-original-width="1600" height="253" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-a6swCWbq1IA/W8vaJK0LtzI/AAAAAAAAEEc/_d5L6rRvjuwLhutwOmPAxIuEaSeeELPcgCLcBGAs/s400/42206886_10160737932900063_6142706129894899712_o.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Course 5: </b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Tuna tartar with aubergine [eggplant] black olive crumble and cucumber mayonnaise - a favourite - see above&nbsp;</span></span></div><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>C</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>ourse 6:</b> Red Prawn - very large - steamed with wild rice [from Spain] foam and prawn oil aioli [yes!]; </span></span></div><span data-offset-key="42lhn-0-0" style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u07D6iIwcvY/W8vay1CX5dI/AAAAAAAAEEs/vvmwqFbKwnctRCgUTjFnxWI8CSshuMD4gCLcBGAs/s1600/42219097_10160737933235063_4902659882248830976_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-u07D6iIwcvY/W8vay1CX5dI/AAAAAAAAEEs/vvmwqFbKwnctRCgUTjFnxWI8CSshuMD4gCLcBGAs/s400/42219097_10160737933235063_4902659882248830976_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Course 8: </b>Lamb sweetbreads with chickpea puree and beet puree; [sorry - no photo]</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Course 9: </b>Suckling pig, roasted endive slice, black garlic aioli and tomato puree; </span></div><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-size: large; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OiAu2wuIRR8/W8vmjJpq08I/AAAAAAAAEE4/pZTO1g7-Vrw3qceE2Vzul4GVqQDwzEvhgCLcBGAs/s1600/42186839_10160737933280063_821208072096579584_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OiAu2wuIRR8/W8vmjJpq08I/AAAAAAAAEE4/pZTO1g7-Vrw3qceE2Vzul4GVqQDwzEvhgCLcBGAs/s400/42186839_10160737933280063_821208072096579584_n.jpg" width="400" /></a></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Course 10:</b> Foie Gras cream, coffee gelee, sweet and sour quince - another favourite - super light and sweet!; </span></div><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--EtcDFWPrHc/W8vmvhvjCfI/AAAAAAAAEE8/jpD8oqxD88g4jAD96K18nYQyq4rJGnhegCLcBGAs/s1600/42199239_10160737933300063_9015491629703757824_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="734" data-original-width="960" height="305" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--EtcDFWPrHc/W8vmvhvjCfI/AAAAAAAAEE8/jpD8oqxD88g4jAD96K18nYQyq4rJGnhegCLcBGAs/s400/42199239_10160737933300063_9015491629703757824_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"><b>Course 11: </b>Fennel frappe, apple sorbet and coriander sponge cake with lemon; </span></div><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aVBRJ34s39Y/W8vm9Z_YxTI/AAAAAAAAEFE/KVAdVqjSvJ0A-ehio1bJs466N284_k6UQCLcBGAs/s1600/41978648_10160737933390063_6131000888019386368_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aVBRJ34s39Y/W8vm9Z_YxTI/AAAAAAAAEFE/KVAdVqjSvJ0A-ehio1bJs466N284_k6UQCLcBGAs/s400/41978648_10160737933390063_6131000888019386368_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Course 12: </b>Passion fruit cream, frappe mint and chocolate; </span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; color: #1c1e21; text-align: center; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IxcvuVtS4BQ/W8vnJN0vDHI/AAAAAAAAEFM/JGn6sUKo0ysQlevcQ4w9g1YkrP1qsmRHwCLcBGAs/s1600/41884464_10160737933470063_8287105239757094912_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IxcvuVtS4BQ/W8vnJN0vDHI/AAAAAAAAEFM/JGn6sUKo0ysQlevcQ4w9g1YkrP1qsmRHwCLcBGAs/s400/41884464_10160737933470063_8287105239757094912_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><div style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Course 13:</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> Orange wine zabaglione, anise cookie and cinnamon with orange blossom jelly and orange! </span></span></div></div></div><div class="" data-block="true" data-editor="bft85" data-offset-key="3s3tc-0-0" style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="3s3tc-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MvKuBzqBtBw/W8vnVvP_SSI/AAAAAAAAEFU/As16uM0lq6oCcnbhr7ekkIOLKIe5Y7orgCLcBGAs/s1600/42147821_10160737933490063_7369845236312309760_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="720" data-original-width="960" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MvKuBzqBtBw/W8vnVvP_SSI/AAAAAAAAEFU/As16uM0lq6oCcnbhr7ekkIOLKIe5Y7orgCLcBGAs/s400/42147821_10160737933490063_7369845236312309760_n.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">We enjoyed all this with a beautiful Spanish red wine from Ribera del Duero - </span><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Pagos de Matanegra Vendimia Seleccionada 2012</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">, rated </span><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">93 points</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> by Robert Parker, for 53 Euros. It was dense and rich, with concentrated red cherry flavours - and as lovely as you would expect from over 80 year-old-wines! </span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"> </span></span><br /><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: normal;">I also enjoyed a Malaga sweet dessert wine - Molino Real from Telmo Rodriguez.</span><span class="Apple-converted-space" style="color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: normal;">&nbsp;</span><br /><div style="color: #1d2129; margin-bottom: 6px; margin-top: 6px; text-size-adjust: auto; white-space: normal;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">I should add that every serving plate was different - shapes, textures, colours - all fascinating.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #1c1e21; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: large; white-space: pre-wrap;">And service was impeccable, as one would expect.</span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large;">This was an astonishingly good meal at any price but for 90 Euros - $135 Cdn - it was truly remarkable! I highly recommend a visit - and an earlier reservation than we made - if you are visiting Seville.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span data-offset-key="fu3lp-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">This was the first time either of us had been to a Michelin-starred restaurant - most are in Europe - and we hope to be so lucky as to do so again. One of our most memorable meals ever - t</span><span data-offset-key="fu3lp-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">hank you to Chef </span><span style="color: #222222; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; white-space: normal;">Fernández!</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif; white-space: normal;"><b>Abantal</b> website at:<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span><a data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;-U&quot;}" data-lynx-mode="origin" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.abantalrestaurante.es%2Fabout-us%2Ftrajectory%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR2tjg5P4KwDdD9Oyej_ZNcBB7Bi75TXDdsqH6J0iABgsCxCrhrewZ789R0&amp;h=AT0E7Fr1O9ha84Z3Kvglq7LjB8xPnWYUwOo5HF-PT5FkDoRKoDdNlqFFrragvAXlrOsV_RM6JMEulhpq6oGELzIEndtgnNXzKrIpEOJdyrHVIVNn9AaG6oUOuK_Jk5dJ2mj2e0c22kmQpx7u1YLDJ824" href="http://www.abantalrestaurante.es/about-us/trajectory?fbclid=IwAR2tjg5P4KwDdD9Oyej_ZNcBB7Bi75TXDdsqH6J0iABgsCxCrhrewZ789R0" rel="nofollow" style="color: #365899; cursor: pointer; font-family: &quot;helvetica neue&quot;, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; white-space: normal;" target="_blank">http://www.abantalrestaurante.es/about-us/trajectory</a></span></div></div><div class="" data-block="true" data-editor="bft85" data-offset-key="fu3lp-0-0" style="color: #1c1e21; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="_1mf _1mj" data-offset-key="fu3lp-0-0" style="direction: ltr; position: relative;"><span data-offset-key="fu3lp-0-0" style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div></div>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-57579081556725391682018-04-17T12:53:00.001-07:002018-04-17T12:55:16.577-07:00Happy International Malbec Day! April 17 we celebrate Malbec wine!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mzpmqPFTMV0/WtZMHhPd6NI/AAAAAAAAECc/OXPJkA6BuYYB_6koWbN6T1stVbF2T7b1QCLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_9d9f.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="593" data-original-width="676" height="350" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-mzpmqPFTMV0/WtZMHhPd6NI/AAAAAAAAECc/OXPJkA6BuYYB_6koWbN6T1stVbF2T7b1QCLcBGAs/s400/fullsizeoutput_9d9f.jpeg" width="400" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Happy International Malbec Day! &nbsp;</b></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>On April 17 we celebrate Malbec wine around the world!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Efd0z3SpkNc/WtZPjmGVCeI/AAAAAAAAECo/Jtbmzxo2FOYfeblKAuCOxqJiE3drsCUjgCLcBGAs/s1600/1669.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="113" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Efd0z3SpkNc/WtZPjmGVCeI/AAAAAAAAECo/Jtbmzxo2FOYfeblKAuCOxqJiE3drsCUjgCLcBGAs/s320/1669.jpg" width="90" /></span></a><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">April is a great month to drink Malbec - rainy, windy or even sunny but cool - that's the perfect weather for a beautiful,&nbsp;heart-warming glass of Malbec.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">It can come from Argentina - where it most famous - or France - where it originated, primarily in the Cahors region as well as in Bordeaux blends - or British Columbia and other parts of the globe.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Malbec is great with steaks and grilled meat - I did mention Argentina - but it is an adaptable wine and pairs perfectly with vegetarian meals too.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Today in BC there are about 80 Malbec or Malbec blended wines in the BC government liquor stores,&nbsp;plus more in private outlets.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The Wine Barbarian recommends these Malbecs but this is a rare grape&nbsp;where you will hardly ever go wrong on a bottle. &nbsp;And Malbec's range from very cheap to very expensive, so there is something for every budget.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Trivento - Malbec Lujan de Cuyo Golden Reserve 2015 - Argentina</b></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-15qZhqwCyLU/WtZPjggKTtI/AAAAAAAAECs/cbzBhifD6V4LlwIRW6nVgvrdlHWU9uPdACLcBGAs/s1600/fullsizeoutput_9da0.jpeg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="400" data-original-width="107" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-15qZhqwCyLU/WtZPjggKTtI/AAAAAAAAECs/cbzBhifD6V4LlwIRW6nVgvrdlHWU9uPdACLcBGAs/s320/fullsizeoutput_9da0.jpeg" width="85" /></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">A beautiful, deep wine that gives you chewy cherry and spices - smooth and superb.</span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The Wine Spectator rates it 89 points and says:&nbsp;</span><span 0.1850000023841858px="" font-family:="" letter-spacing:="" ms="" quot="" rebuchet="" sans-serif="">"This shows good cut to the dried cherry and green olive flavors, matched to lively acidity. Slate and spice details emerge on the crisp finish."&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span 0.1850000023841858px="" font-family:="" letter-spacing:="" ms="" quot="" rebuchet="" sans-serif=""><br /></span><span 0.1850000023841858px="" font-family:="" letter-spacing:="" ms="" quot="" rebuchet="" sans-serif="">A great buy at $21.99 and widely available across BC at <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/1669" target="_blank">government liquor stores </a>- $2 off till April 28.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Vina Cobos - Felino Malbec 2016 - Argentina&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Vina Cobos is always a good bet for Malbec - or Chardonnay - as it is part of the Paul Hobbs empire and Hobbs is known for quality at all price ranges. &nbsp;The Wine Spectator scores this at 87 points and previous vintages higher, and offers this description:</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span 0.1850000023841858px="" letter-spacing:=""><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">"Offers lots of tealike notes to the red plum, dried berry and ripe currant flavors, supported by crisp tannins. Bittersweet chocolate details show on the finish."&nbsp;</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span 0.1850000023841858px="" 14.800000190734863px="" font-size:="" letter-spacing:=""><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span></span><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W5PUaSiw4x4/WtZP_4Q4unI/AAAAAAAAECw/pjjfOuiBorQ0DBSPeTCcG8jKQ5v39VFiwCLcBGAs/s1600/download.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="259" data-original-width="194" height="200" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-W5PUaSiw4x4/WtZP_4Q4unI/AAAAAAAAECw/pjjfOuiBorQ0DBSPeTCcG8jKQ5v39VFiwCLcBGAs/s200/download.jpg" width="149" /></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: large; letter-spacing: 0.1850000023841858px;">There are about <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/334789#" target="_blank">1,000 bottles available </a>around the province at government liquor stores and even&nbsp;better - it's on sale for $21.99 - a $2 discount till April 28.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #252525;"><span style="letter-spacing: 0.1850000023841858px;"><br /></span></span></span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Bench 1775 - Cabernet Franc-Malbec 2015 - Naramata BC</b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.bench1775.com/" target="_blank">Bench 1775</a> produces some very nice wines and this Malbec blend is definitely one of them! &nbsp;Not widely&nbsp;available but in 20 stores around BC at $22.99.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Lots of cherry and blackberry flavours here.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">But whatever your taste - be sure to crack open a Malbec today and join the wine world in celebrating this great grape!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Cheers!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-36657478125339148912018-03-03T15:50:00.000-08:002018-03-03T15:50:06.934-08:00Kiss - Don't Spit! Wine tasting advice and must visit wineries at the Vancouver International Wine Festival!!!<b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Kiss - Don't Spit - or you won't know what you're missing!&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yu2MrJ5UFbw/Wpse_JeWTqI/AAAAAAAAEA0/LdrwbFvDVyUd4zogSt3shqMbc7jSqHGHgCLcBGAs/s1600/5570406444_a06cfaed5c_b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="688" data-original-width="1024" height="268" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yu2MrJ5UFbw/Wpse_JeWTqI/AAAAAAAAEA0/LdrwbFvDVyUd4zogSt3shqMbc7jSqHGHgCLcBGAs/s400/5570406444_a06cfaed5c_b.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><i>NO! Kiss - don't spit!&nbsp;</i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">That's my contrarian advice to those attending the Vancouver International Wine Festival Saturday afternoon and evening for the International Festival Tastings.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And below are some of my "Must Visit" winery tables based on extensive research the past few days!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">But first - most wine experts will tell novices to "spit" the wine after nosing the bouquet in the glass and sipping it into your mouth and swirling it around - I strongly disagree.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">After all, there's a reason I'm called The Wine Barbarian!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The experts's reasoning is sound in a way - you can taste far more wines without getting intoxicated by the alcohol content if it doesn't go down your throat and into your stomach. &nbsp;And those in the wine trade often have to taste dozen and dozens if not hundreds of wines in a day - it's not possible to do that and not have your liver end up like foie gras within weeks!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">But you - the wine consumer - are not an expert nor are you tasting hundreds of glasses.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">First - you simply cannot fully experience a wine without swallowing it, feeling the wonderful elixir float down your throat, discovering the length of the finish - you can literally count the seconds when you can still taste it, and know the satisfaction of having tasted one of the best wines in the world!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Spitting? &nbsp;Sorry but you just don't get that sensation.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And you are at North America's largest consumer wine festival, with literally dozens of wines priced at $100 or more per bottle - why the hell would you spit that out?!!!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Plus, &nbsp;you can simply "kiss" a lot of wines without swallowing or spitting!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">By kissing I mean you nose the wine in the glass, bring it to your lips and then - unless it's awesomely tasty and probably quite expensive, you simply pour the wine into the conveniently located spit bucket on the table.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Polite, discreet, saving your sobriety for none but the best and when you do sip and swallow it will be worth it! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Lastly, proper spitting is hard - don't try to learn it in front of 1,600 people including sommeliers, winemakers, family and friends! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Okay - sermon over - what to drink at the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Vancouver International Wine Festival:</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">With about 750 wines to potentially taste at the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">International Festival Tastings, you need a strategy and discipline!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">So here's my suggestion - go to&nbsp;these excellent tables first and try all their wines. &nbsp;You can't possibly go wrong and then everything else you taste will be gravy - err groovy.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Portugal</b></span><br /><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1106" data-original-width="1600" height="276" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CjinCQ0MPXA/Wpsghly3mRI/AAAAAAAAEBA/2lQR6QUxC4w15gQxrSFrAJSoxwKOOjUlwCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_4314.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="400" />&nbsp;&nbsp;</td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Bill Tieleman with Cristiano van Zeller of Quinta Vale D. Maria</span></b></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">This years Wine Festival has a regional focus on Portugal and Spain - and I&nbsp;couldn't be happier with that! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Portugal makes not only great Port of course but fantastic fresh, citrusy white wines that have blown me away and fabulous reds that are not only some of the best in the world but incredibly priced by comparison to say, Bordeaux.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I was honoured to have lunch and also attend a 2015 Vintage Port tasting&nbsp;with this famous gentleman - <b>Cristiano van Zeller </b>of <b>Quinta Vale D. Maria</b> - one of Portugal's great wineries! &nbsp;Cristiano is hilarious, outspoken and one hell of a winemaker!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Don't miss his wines, especially the <b>VVV Valleys Douro Branco</b> - a beautiful white retailing for $39 - and the <b>Douro Tinto 2014 </b>- a big, bold red that&nbsp;retains for $56. &nbsp;At the Trade Tasting I was able to sample his CV - Curriculum Vitae 2015 that is a&nbsp;marvellous wine I've enjoyed in previous vintages - superb wine. &nbsp;It retails for about $120 if you can find it - perhaps at a&nbsp;private store sometime.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1394" data-original-width="1600" height="278" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BhiNzRb4r7g/WpsgieDwo-I/AAAAAAAAEBI/v7oG3m_HyEIW4djUJtvpg8PzyKfbjR1_wCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4318.jpg" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="320" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b><i>Jorge Ramos and Bill Tieleman</i></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Be sure to also check out the&nbsp;<b>Fonse</b>ca and <b>Ramos Pinto </b>tables, where you will find <b>Jorge Ramos</b>, Export Director and part of the fabled Ramos family. &nbsp;Be sure to try the <b>Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port 2015</b> - which I had a chance to taste - it's super-early to drink a Port now but you can just instantly tell that this will be fantastic for years to come. &nbsp;It retails for $74. &nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">And you&nbsp;don't want to miss Ramos Pinto 20 Year Old Tawny Port - a real beauty retailing for $64.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">But&nbsp;everything from Portugal is well worth a try and just use these as starting points to discover the country's great wines.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Spain</span></b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Spanish wine was my first true love when I discovered that fermented grapes beat the hell out of hops - no offence to beer lovers - and Torres was the winery that led me to become a collector as well as a drinker.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1172" data-original-width="1600" height="234" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-v4Wi4ovtSf0/WpsgiHEcIwI/AAAAAAAAEBE/enuPig9MxSceh6yyvcbRak6nHgjSnWBjgCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4286.jpg" style="cursor: move; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" width="320" /></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i><b>Bill Tieleman and Miguel Torres Maczassak</b></i></span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">So it was a real pleasure to meet <b>Miguel Torres Maczasse</b>k - a 5th generation member of this famous winemaking family! &nbsp;I've also been fortunate enough to visit Torres winery in Penedes in Spain in the past.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Miguel led an&nbsp;excellent Wine Festival seminar walking us through Torres' wine from across Spain,&nbsp;including their flagship red - <b>Mas La Plana</b> - a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown near Penedes that stunned the French and the world in 1979 by being blind tasted and&nbsp;winning top honours against the best of Bordeaux. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LqDM-TYjzIo/WpshWlBxYXI/AAAAAAAAEBY/xJPx1xAk3HEMRdL4HuNRhfKoroKXrFReACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4282.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1315" data-original-width="1600" height="262" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LqDM-TYjzIo/WpshWlBxYXI/AAAAAAAAEBY/xJPx1xAk3HEMRdL4HuNRhfKoroKXrFReACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4282.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Mas La Plana 2012 in the middle of two other great Torres wines</span></i></b></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">It's always a beautiful wine - and the 2012 is a powerful, tannic and layered with dark fruit - and you can taste it and meet Miguel at the Torres table.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I also love the <b>Celeste 2013 </b>from Ribera del Duero that is a fabulous value at just $26.</span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">With Spain being a focus region I could go on for days about the other great wines from there at the festival but let me just pick a few favourites: &nbsp;<b>Grupo Faustino</b> - with a&nbsp;stunning <b>Gran Reserva 1994</b> - that's no typo - 1994 - that is just&nbsp;marvellous at an amazingly&nbsp;reasonable $64; their <b>Gran Reserva 2005</b> at $42 is also great; </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Muriel Wines</b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"> from Rioja - and its great </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Gran Reserva 2005 </b><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">at $38</span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">; &nbsp;<b>Rioja Vega</b> has a wonderful<b> Gran Reserva 2011 </b>at just $40 - another stunning wine; <b>Bodegas Valdemar</b> is one of my mainstays - and they have a <b>Conde Valdemar Gran Reserva 2004</b>&nbsp;at $90 for a magnum and a&nbsp;<b>Rioja Reserva 2009</b>&nbsp;at $27 that you will love. &nbsp;But try other Spanish wineries - they all have great bottles!</span></div><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Australia</span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">When it comes to the Vancouver Wine Festival there is always one table I tell everyone to visit - <b>Inland Trading</b>!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Greg Corra</b>, Managing Director, brings serious stuff to the table - literally! &nbsp;While some wineries bring, err, simple, cheap Monday night wines, Inland Trading brings some of Australia's best.</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cNYQ8sf2OIs/Wpssmd9oZnI/AAAAAAAAEBo/Ihk7PSbP5C8yzjxS56neRTKpbfuYq7vSACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8201.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="240" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cNYQ8sf2OIs/Wpssmd9oZnI/AAAAAAAAEBo/Ihk7PSbP5C8yzjxS56neRTKpbfuYq7vSACLcBGAs/s320/IMG_8201.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Bill Tieleman, Greg Corra and agent extraordinaire Megan Thompson&nbsp;</span></b></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Try the fabulous <b>Greenock Creek Alicie's Block Shiraz 2010</b> at $55 - you will be&nbsp;blown away! &nbsp;And then move up yet another big notch to the <b>Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz &nbsp;2013</b> - stunning fruit, tannin and intensity! It retails at $87.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And don't miss&nbsp;<b>Majella&nbsp;Wines</b> nearby, with owner <b>Brian Lynn</b> and his wife <b>Ros</b> - their <b>Sparking Shiraz 2012</b> is a total surprise and eyeopener if you haven't had it - a truly&nbsp;unique and great wine! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And Grant Burge Wines are also next&nbsp;door with one of the tastiest - and most expensive - wines&nbsp;in the room - the <b>Meshach Shiraz 2011</b> at $155 a bottle! Huge, beautiful wine. &nbsp;Also try&nbsp;their <b>Filsell Shiraz 2015</b> at $39 and <b>Holy Trinity GSM 2013</b> at $40 if you are counting pennies!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">USA</span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Cherry Pie</b> - if you love Pinot Noir like I do, you simply can't miss this one: four Pinots, all great but the two big boys: Huckleberry Snodgrass Pinot Noir 2015 and Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir 2015 are killers at $92 each. &nbsp;And the Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 at $73 is also awesome.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Duckhorn&nbsp;Wine Company</b> - four great wines, all $48 or more! <b>&nbsp;Brian&nbsp;Bostwick</b> of&nbsp;Duckhorn brings the good stuff - including&nbsp;their <b>Napa Valley Merlot 2014 </b>at $67 a pop and a very tasty <b>Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015</b> at $48 that are both outstanding! &nbsp;And their <b>Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2014</b> - sadly only at the Trade Show - is one of my all time favourite Pinot Noirs - and you can find it at some private stores for about $73.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">New Zealand</span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Stoneleigh</b> - my buddy <b>Jim Robertson</b> will pour you some excellent<b> Stoneleigh&nbsp;Rapaura Pinot Noir 2016</b> - a really great Pinot at $32 - and the <b>Stoneleigh&nbsp;Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc 2016</b> -&nbsp;another favourite at $25. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Their Latitude wines are also excellent value.</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s_wj8H0OgVw/Wpss6R0irZI/AAAAAAAAEBs/ICOcRjIRenYKo0dU_ZSac5M8FgjQXxbcgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8205.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1075" data-original-width="1600" height="215" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s_wj8H0OgVw/Wpss6R0irZI/AAAAAAAAEBs/ICOcRjIRenYKo0dU_ZSac5M8FgjQXxbcgCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_8205.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><b><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Bill Tieleman, Jim Robertson and wine fiends!&nbsp;</span></i></b></td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">France</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Where to begin? &nbsp;Well, there's only one Champagne house -<b> Laurent-Perrier </b>- and there's no such thing as mediocre Champagne! &nbsp;But their <b>Grand&nbsp;Siecle </b>at $180 a bottle is an absolute revelation! &nbsp;No wonder the rich love Champagne - see why!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Like Bordeaux? &nbsp;If not, get that checked out - it's a serious illness! &nbsp;I love it and you can get some wonderful wines at <b>Sovex GrandsChateaux</b> - including a <b>Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux 2009</b> at $78 that is really awesome and - hate me if&nbsp;you will for this - an&nbsp;excellent value. &nbsp;Their <b>Confidences De&nbsp;Prieure Lichine 2008 </b>is also beautiful at $56 and they have two more Bordeaux!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Canada&nbsp;</span></b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">We can't forget our own great&nbsp;British Columbia wines - and there are also sparklers from Nova Scotia's <b>L'Acadie Vineyards</b>!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I somehow have&nbsp;missed Cassini Cellars but&nbsp;won't make that mistake again after trying&nbsp;their <b>Godfather Red 2012 </b>- a massive wine that will make you an offer - you know the rest -at $75! &nbsp;Also loved their <b>Maximus 2012</b> at $40</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Painted Rock</b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"> - always a favourite and owner John Skinner is in the house. &nbsp;Try the </span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Estate Grown Red Icon 2015</b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"> - their flagship - at $54 - beautiful wine and a&nbsp;true value at that price.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And please don't neglect the rest of our awesome BC wineries - don't drink like an Albertan! ;-0 &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Italy&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Running out of time again - but don't miss <b>Tenute Silvia Nard</b>i for two great&nbsp;Brunellos - the<b>&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b>Tenute Silvia Nardi&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b>Brunello di Montalcino 2012</b> at $59 and the stunning&nbsp;</span><b><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Tenute Silvia Nardi </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Brunello di Montalcino</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;Manachiara 2012</b> at $115. &nbsp;Simply beautiful wines with a long life ahead of them - unless you are easily tempted.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Tenute Sette Ponti </b>- All great wines but the standout is the&nbsp;famous&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">T<b>enute Sette Ponti</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;Oreno 2015 </b>- awesomely big and bold - it will last a long time and at $90 you shouldn't open early. &nbsp;Their&nbsp;</span><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Tenute Sette Ponti&nbsp;</b><b style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Crognolo</b><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"> at $39 is a Vancouver favourite and what you drink while waiting for the Oreno to mature!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Argentina</span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><b>Bodega Catena Zapata -</b> truly one of the most reliable&nbsp;wineries in the world - everything they do from entry level to flagship wines are fabulous! &nbsp;You&nbsp;likely know their <b>Malbec 2015 </b>at $24 - because&nbsp;Vancouver drinks tons of it and for good reason. &nbsp;But&nbsp;their&nbsp;<b>Nicosia&nbsp;Vineyard Malbec 2013 </b>at $100 shows just how far you can go with that varietal - into the stratosphere of excellence! &nbsp;I also love their&nbsp;<b>Alta Chardonnay 2015</b> at $39.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Chile</span></b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Another country that produces fabulous wines - go to <b>Vina Montes</b> and try the <b>Purple Angel 2015 </b>- it is outstanding Carmenere! &nbsp;At $75 it is not cheap and the price has gone up &nbsp;a fair bit in the last few years - but that's&nbsp;because it's well worth it. &nbsp;Carmenere disappeared from Europe but this "Jurassic Park" grape as Montes calls it is superb and this is one of Chile's best expressions of its excellence.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Okay - I've now&nbsp;definitely run out of time and haven't scratched the surface of all the great wines and wineries at the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;">Vancouver International Wine Festival! &nbsp;If you're going today - I hope this helps and if you aren't - it was sold out ages ago - you may still find some of these fine wines at your liquor/wine store. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #eeeeee; font-family: &quot;Trebuchet MS&quot;, sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><br /><br />Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-73133593358272478732018-02-24T14:00:00.001-08:002018-02-25T13:53:38.274-08:00Open That Bottle Night!!! UPDATED! Saturday February 24 - 2018 is the night to open a special bottle languishing in your wine cellar! <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-stsc-wWhmpo/WpHckdYNv2I/AAAAAAAAD_Y/eZURZ34qSCkxsD6jDTXouUu6L_24TnbRQCLcBGAs/s1600/OTBN_website.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="340" data-original-width="521" height="260" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-stsc-wWhmpo/WpHckdYNv2I/AAAAAAAAD_Y/eZURZ34qSCkxsD6jDTXouUu6L_24TnbRQCLcBGAs/s400/OTBN_website.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>UPDATED February 25 with new information!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Did you know that Saturday February 24, 2018 is <b><a href="http://guides.wsj.com/wine/entertaining-and-celebrating-with-wine/open-that-bottle-night/" target="_blank">Open That Bottle Night</a>?</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">It's a brilliant idea started in 2000 by&nbsp;Wall Street Journal&nbsp;wine writers Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who realized that way too many great bottles&nbsp;of wine were languishing in wine cellars - being kept for that "perfect" occasion that never came! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I totally relate. &nbsp;So often I've looked in my cellar and thought about opening a great Bordeaux or California cabernet sauvignon or BC pinot noir and then felt that the meal or the event was not grand enough or the guests attending might not appreciate the&nbsp;exceptional wine or some other reason that caused me to leave it in the cellar.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And - very sadly - I have had&nbsp;more than a few bottles&nbsp;go over the hill or actually off in my cellar because I'd left them too long. &nbsp;There is nothing worse than opening an old and expensive bottle only to find that it has long ago passed its prime drinking age - or more awful still - is completely undrinkable!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So tonight I encourage you to do what I'll be doing - open a really great bottle of wine from the cellar and not worrying about the meal or anything else - because it's Open That Bottle Night - and you don't need any other reason!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Let me know what you open - and I'll do the same right here!&nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qdyMzGoCnms/WpMuHrkS6vI/AAAAAAAAEAI/amAXP04V_JAVfIA5nQClOl8wj_D8gWubACEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_E4153.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1251" data-original-width="1600" height="250" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qdyMzGoCnms/WpMuHrkS6vI/AAAAAAAAEAI/amAXP04V_JAVfIA5nQClOl8wj_D8gWubACEwYBhgL/s320/IMG_E4153.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">2004 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><span style="color: red; font-size: large;">UPDATE:&nbsp;</span></b> Here's what I opened and enjoyed yesterday for Open That Bottle Night - a 2004 Terralsole Brunello di Montalcino Riserva - a 96 point wine that the <b><a href="http://www.winespectator.com/" target="_blank">Wine Spectator </a></b>ranked at 31 on their Top 100 Wines of 2010!&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Very glad I opened it too - because it was beautiful but also showing slight signs of deterioration - so it needed to be opened and enjoyed!&nbsp; Here's that Wine Specatator said:&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;sf optimized&quot; , , , &quot;blinkmacsystemfont&quot; , &quot;.sfnstext-regular&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">“This changes<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;sf optimized&quot; , , , &quot;blinkmacsystemfont&quot; , &quot;.sfnstext-regular&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">all the time as you taste it, with aromas of dark fruit and porcini mushroom turning to cigar box and dried flowers. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. Really powerful and long.”&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; font-family: &quot;sf optimized&quot; , , , &quot;blinkmacsystemfont&quot; , &quot;.sfnstext-regular&quot; , sans-serif; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And why did I open it last night? “Best after 2011.” Whoops!<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: right; margin-left: 1em; text-align: right;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hd-sHLMBEuw/WpMuIIm97VI/AAAAAAAAEAU/0LY0IB2XX6AnlSEyLsLnnvcoTatnviecgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_4155.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hd-sHLMBEuw/WpMuIIm97VI/AAAAAAAAEAU/0LY0IB2XX6AnlSEyLsLnnvcoTatnviecgCEwYBhgL/s320/IMG_4155.JPG" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Chateau Guiraud 2006 Sauternes</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">I also felt like I should follow up with a second Open That Bottle Night selection, so I pulled out a 2006 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes rated 93 points by the Wine Spectator as well!</span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">They said: "</span></span></span><span 0.185px="" 14.8px="" elvetica="" font-family:="" font-size:="" letter-spacing:="" neue="" quot="" roboto="" sans-serif="">Subtle, but with complex aromas of honey, spices, apple pie and lemon candy. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with intense botrytis and lemon peel character and bright acidity. Powerful and long. Best after 2012."</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">And once again - I'm up to 6 years late! But on the Guiraud I don't notice any deterioration -and I've drank a 1989 Guiraud about 25 years after the grapes were picked - and it blew us all away - totally fresh!&nbsp; So I wasn't as worried but still wanted to see how it developed.</span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space"><br /></span></span></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #1d2129; letter-spacing: -0.12px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span class="Apple-converted-space">This one will last in my fridge for a few very pleasant after dinner glasses.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><br /><br /><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HgkVo71M0V4/WpHiETHWiAI/AAAAAAAAD_o/JTZru1uQjPkjiw-vcsUuCG3pJGwvTLeQQCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_4044.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1600" data-original-width="1200" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HgkVo71M0V4/WpHiETHWiAI/AAAAAAAAD_o/JTZru1uQjPkjiw-vcsUuCG3pJGwvTLeQQCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_4044.JPG" width="240" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And here's a recent bottle I should have opened sooner but fortunately was still beautiful - the 2009 Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf-du-Pape white - a 93 point Wine Spectator rated wine. &nbsp;Their review:&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">"</span><span 0.1850000023841858px="" 14.800000190734863px="" elvetica="" font-family:="" font-size:="" letter-spacing:="" neue="" quot="" roboto="" sans-serif="">A lush, slightly languid style, with a brioche profile leading the way, followed by creamed melon and pear flavors moving gently behind. The rounded, open, flattering finish has nice weight and mouthfeel. Drink now through 2013. 150 cases made."</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I could not disagree - but note the "drink through 2013" and I had it 5 years later! &nbsp;I think it would have been still better if I'd done that - damn my delay!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And of course - don't forget to attend the&nbsp;<b><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/events/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2017-02" target="_blank">Vancouver International Wine Festival</a></b> from February 24 to March 4, 2018 to taste some&nbsp;excellent wines to replenish your cellar - but hurry - almost every&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">single&nbsp;event is sold out!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span font-family:="" ms="" sans-serif="" trebuchet=""><br /></span><span font-size:="" ms="" sans-serif="" style="color: #eeeeee; font-size: xx-small;" trebuchet="" xx-small="">.</span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-77051664858931466822018-01-14T15:33:00.000-08:002018-01-14T16:11:18.989-08:00Full schedule of all 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival events - with regional focus on Spain and Portugal <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nj-SsnRtq1s/WlrTm4xgaKI/AAAAAAAAD70/q_lnLG66cjku3Qd1DxKoyWdtlE2e1MxmwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_3705.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1200" data-original-width="1600" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nj-SsnRtq1s/WlrTm4xgaKI/AAAAAAAAD70/q_lnLG66cjku3Qd1DxKoyWdtlE2e1MxmwCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_3705.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Barone Francesco Ricasoli and the Wine Barbarian - Bill Tieleman - at 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival</i></span>&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Tickets for all events at the fabulous </span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/events/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2017-02" target="_blank">Vancouver International Wine Festival</a></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"> are selling fast - do not delay, especially if you want to attend one of the fascinating seminars or a winemaker's dinner at some of the city's top restaurants!&nbsp;</span></span></b><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>The Wine Barbarian </b>will be there - and will have tips for the always popular and sold out International Festival Tastings - so stay tuned here for more information as the big event approaches.&nbsp; It runs from February 24 through March 4, 2018.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>In fact, the Vintners' Brunch is already sold out, as our most of the wine dinners!&nbsp;</b></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">And you don't want to miss the opportunity to meet and greet with true wine royalty - like Barone Francesco Ricasoli - above - who hosted a fabulous tasting of his great Chianti wines in 2016.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CuCRT6r_f5E/WlvhAmGLd5I/AAAAAAAAD8M/bSxskuPRVC4sjq5cGOeDXIBnVbia3hH_QCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0185.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1058" data-original-width="1600" height="211" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CuCRT6r_f5E/WlvhAmGLd5I/AAAAAAAAD8M/bSxskuPRVC4sjq5cGOeDXIBnVbia3hH_QCLcBGAs/s320/IMG_0185.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: x-small;">Charles Smith of K Vintners with a fan at 2015 Wine Festival</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br />Or talk with Charles Smith - far left - of K Vintners in Walla Walla, Washington - one of the best wineries in the United States!&nbsp; Charles and his wines will be in attendance again this year.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">There are so many great, once-in-a-lifetime events at the Wine Festival - so move fast to check them out and get your tickets.</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">For example, here's just one of the many sem</span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">inars that looks awesome, with some of Spain's best wines and winemakers/owners in attendance to talk about everything from vineyard to techniques to what's in the bottle - and tickets at $85 are going fast!&nbsp; Full details and </span><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/event/spains-blockbusters/" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;" target="_blank">ticket link here</a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">.</span></span></span><br /><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">SPAIN’S&nbsp;BLOCKBUSTERS<o:p></o:p></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><b>Saturday March 3 - 5:15 to 6:45 pm&nbsp;Vancouver Convention Centre West</b><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">"Blockbuster wines are being produced across Spain. Join Rhys&nbsp;Pender MW for a journey from the established classics of Rioja and Ribera del&nbsp;Duero,&nbsp;through intense wines from ancient vines, to the brilliant modern&nbsp;re-discoveries of Priorat, Jumilla and Yecla and the exciting new individual&nbsp;intrigue of&nbsp;the Pago DO’s.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Moderator: Rhys Pender MW<br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" /><!--[endif]--><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Panelists: Toni Batet, Daniel Castaño, Joan Cusine, Javier Delgato-Aurteneche, Loren Gil, Miguel Gil, Jose Luis Muguiro Jr., Javier Murua, Carmen Oros, Howard Price, Diego Ribbert<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Featured wines:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><a href="http://arinzano.com/en/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: blue;">Arínzano Vinos de Pago</span></span></a>&nbsp;Arínzano Gran Vino White Pago 2014<br /><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://bodegastriton.es/en/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none;">Bodegas Tridente</span></a>&nbsp;</span>Rejon Trempranillo 2014<br /><a href="http://bodegasjuangil.com/en/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none;"><span style="color: blue;">Bodegas Juan Gil</span></span></a>&nbsp;Bodegas El Nido 2015<br /><span style="color: blue;"><a href="http://www.cvne.com/en/" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: none;">CVNE – Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España</span></a>&nbsp;I</span>mperial Gran Reserva 2010<br /><a href="http://www.bodegascastano.com/en/" target="_blank"><span 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class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">Lastly - check out the <a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/2018-participating-wineries/" target="_blank">amazing list of wineries</a> that will be in attendance this year!&nbsp; Once you do, I'm sure I will see you at the Wine Festival!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #eeeeee; font-size: xx-small;">.</span></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-21567763773755933472018-01-09T21:31:00.000-08:002018-01-09T21:37:21.552-08:00Get Ready to Buy Your 2018 VanWineFest Tickets! On sale as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday January 10! <br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MGuHuEwvahc/WlWb_ZAxPzI/AAAAAAAAD7U/ljcimf_mMaoGK1LNco15vv4M3R0G4rvrgCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_8205.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1075" data-original-width="1600" height="268" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MGuHuEwvahc/WlWb_ZAxPzI/AAAAAAAAD7U/ljcimf_mMaoGK1LNco15vv4M3R0G4rvrgCLcBGAs/s400/IMG_8205.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman with New Zealand's Jim Robertson from Stoneleigh [and other fine wines] at the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival - and a couple of our exuberant fans!&nbsp;</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 19.0px Arial; color: #800d00; -webkit-text-stroke: #800d00} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; min-height: 15.0px} p.p3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p4 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #800d00; -webkit-text-stroke: #800d00} p.p5 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #800d00; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} p.p6 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #0433ff; -webkit-text-stroke: #0433ff} p.p7 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; color: #800d00; -webkit-text-stroke: #800d00; min-height: 15.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #e6e1e1} span.s2 {font-kerning: none} span.s3 {font: 13.0px Arial; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0433ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0433ff} span.s4 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #e6e1e1; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #800d00} span.s5 {text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; background-color: #e6e1e1} span.s6 {font-kerning: none; color: #800d00; background-color: #e6e1e1; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #800d00} td.td1 {width: 637.0px; margin: 0.5px 0.5px 0.5px 0.5px; padding: 8.0px 20.0px 9.0px 20.0px} td.td2 {width: 205.0px; padding: 3.0px 3.0px 3.0px 3.0px} td.td3 {width: 207.0px; padding: 3.0px 3.0px 3.0px 3.0px} td.td4 {border-style: solid; border-width: 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px 1.0px; border-color: #cbcbcb #cbcbcb #cbcbcb #cbcbcb; padding: 0.0px 5.0px 0.0px 5.0px} </style> <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="td1" valign="top"><div class="p4"><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="p6"><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="p6"><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="p6"><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><span class="s2"><span style="color: black;"><br /></span></span><br /><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><u>2018 VanWineFest&nbsp;</u>Tickets On Sale! Don't miss out!&nbsp;</span></span></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Important news from the <a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/" target="_blank"><span style="color: blue;">Vancouver International Wine Festival </span></a>- I hope to see you there!</span></b><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Tickets to all public events at Canada's premier wine show,&nbsp;<b>February 24 - March 4</b>, go on sale&nbsp;<b><u>Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m .</u></b><span style="color: black;">The Vancouver International Wine Festival is an eight-day celebration of wine and food that features 51 events, including dinners, the&nbsp;<a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/event/bacchanalia-gala-dinner-auction/"><span style="color: blue;">Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction</span></a>, lunches, minglers and wine &amp; food parties, educational seminars and the Tasting Room, where the&nbsp;<a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/2018-participating-wineries/"><span style="color: blue;">173 participating wineries</span></a>&nbsp;gather to serve ~750 wines.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Check out some of the&nbsp;<a href="https://1ndv2p3e1jqe1ooxz447k4zh-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/VIWF2018_VanSun_Jan6.pdf"><span style="color: blue;">vine stars</span></a>&nbsp;coming to Vancouver this year!<br /><br />This year,&nbsp;the spotlight is on Iberian Peninsula neighbours&nbsp;<b>Spain and Portuga</b>l,&nbsp;highlighting&nbsp;their wines&nbsp;through special events and the theme section of the Tasting Room.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><i><span style="color: #444444; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Please note: ticket limits apply to some events. Vintners Brunch is only available in person or by phone.</span></i><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">View all 2018 events through the links below or read on for details on different event types:</span></b><span style="color: maroon; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="MsoNormalTable" style="mso-cellspacing: 0in; mso-padding-alt: 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt; mso-yfti-tbllook: 1184; width: 478px;"> <tbody><tr style="height: 18.75pt; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="height: 18.75pt; padding: 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt; width: 153.0pt;" valign="top" width="153"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/events/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2018-02"><span style="color: blue;">Event Listing</span></a><span style="color: maroon;">&nbsp;</span><br /> snapshot of festival events&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div></td> <td style="height: 18.75pt; padding: 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt; width: 153.75pt;" valign="top" width="154"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><a href="https://1ndv2p3e1jqe1ooxz447k4zh-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/VIWF2018_FestivalAtAGlance.pdf"><span style="color: blue;">Festival at a Glance (pdf)&nbsp;</span></a><span style="color: maroon;">&nbsp;</span><br /> clickable calendar<o:p></o:p></span></div></td> <td style="height: 18.75pt; padding: 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt 3.0pt; width: 153.0pt;" valign="top" width="153"><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><a href="https://vanwinefest.ca/2018-brochure/"><span style="color: blue;">2018 Brochure</span></a><span style="color: maroon;">&nbsp;</span><br /> read at your leisure<span style="color: maroon;">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></div></td> </tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">Trade Days Conference</span></b><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;">&nbsp;events, which are restricted to those in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, go on sale Wednesday, January 17. 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text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-__zs2L6SMhY/WlEvyqcpmTI/AAAAAAAAD54/p6a9_TeMuIwV8uINdC2XP33yIb7IlRfJQCLcBGAs/s1600/WineSpectatorTop1002017.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="300" data-original-width="300" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-__zs2L6SMhY/WlEvyqcpmTI/AAAAAAAAD54/p6a9_TeMuIwV8uINdC2XP33yIb7IlRfJQCLcBGAs/s320/WineSpectatorTop1002017.png" width="320" /></a></div><span style="color: red; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><u>UPDATED</u> - SEE END OF POST FOR A NEW WINE!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>Move quickly if you want to taste some of the best wines in the world - available in BC Liquor Stores and some private wine stores!</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">The <b>Wine Spectator</b> magazine has recently published its annual <b>Top 100 Wines of 2017</b> - and at least five of them are on <b>BC Liquor Store </b>shelves - the <b>Wine Barbarian</b>&nbsp;is here to tell you what they are - and&nbsp;where to buy them!&nbsp;</span><br /><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;">Private stores may be selling these and other Top 100 wines - check your favourites.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />The full<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://top100.winespectator.com/lists/"><b>Wine Spectator list</b></a>&nbsp;for 2017 is available<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><u>without</u><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>a subscription. &nbsp;And I recommend&nbsp;looking at the<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><b>2016 list</b><span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>as well through that link - there are a&nbsp;number of Top 100s from that year in BC Liquor Stores!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />But hurry - the 2017 Top 100 Wines are already disappearing fast - and will go even more quickly once this post is up!<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />The Wine Spectator Top 100 list is an interesting compendium - it's NOT the absolutely highest scoring wines in the world - that would be both prohibitively expensive as well as&nbsp;extremely&nbsp;inaccessible. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />Top Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Rhone Valley, cult California, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Tuscany and other wines run in the hundreds to thousands of dollars a bottle - and are in very short supply with many produced in the mere hundreds of cases. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />So the Wine Spectator criteria are more sensible: the choices are based on "quality, value, availability and excitement," they note.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />Having tasted most of these&nbsp;already - I heartily agree! &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />Without further ado, here are the wines that are available right now in BC Liquor Stores - and I have linked to the&nbsp;product page that shows availability at stores throughout BC along with the BC price.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: large;"><br />But be warned - they are disappearing faster than the Angels' Share in a winery! &nbsp;The notes in quotes are from the Wine Spectator, with my comments if any following:&nbsp;</span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; font-variant-caps: normal; margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in; orphans: auto; text-align: start; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b>#11 - 96 points Altesino Brunello di Montalcino 2012 - Our 40th Harvest - Tuscany, Italy</b></span></span><br /><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CcatM0CVrE0/WlExf-vkmTI/AAAAAAAAD6Q/g-17SF0mGFEOTUm58a7vlq0vKu4udenhQCLcBGAs/s1600/AltesinoBrunello2012.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1000" data-original-width="1000" height="200" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CcatM0CVrE0/WlExf-vkmTI/AAAAAAAAD6Q/g-17SF0mGFEOTUm58a7vlq0vKu4udenhQCLcBGAs/s200/AltesinoBrunello2012.jpg" width="200" /></span></a></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span lang="EN-US"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">"</span></span><span -apple-system="" 16px="" an="" egoe="" elvetica="" font-family:="" font-size:="" francisco="" grande="" lato="" neue="" quot="" roboto="" sans-serif="" ucida="" ui="">Cherry, leather and iron notes mark this suave, elegant red. A bit reticent now, but the fruit is fresh and long on the finish. The dense tannins leave a mouth coating impression, but this opens up beautifully over a few hours.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span -apple-system="" 16px="" an="" egoe="" elvetica="" font-family:="" font-size:="" francisco="" grande="" lato="" neue="" quot="" roboto="" sans-serif="" ucida="" ui=""><br /></span></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span -apple-system="" 16px="" an="" egoe="" elvetica="" font-family:="" font-size:="" francisco="" grande="" lato="" neue="" quot="" roboto="" sans-serif="" ucida="" ui="">Best from 2021 through 2035. 10,000 cases made."</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span -apple-system="" 16px="" an="" egoe="" elvetica="" font-family:="" font-size:="" francisco="" grande="" lato="" neue="" quot="" roboto="" sans-serif="" ucida="" ui=""><br /></span></span></span><br /><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">Tasted this beauty in November and bought several bottles immediately - before it was chosen for the Top 100. &nbsp;Brunello provides much more value than Bordeaux these days and this one is simply a beautiful wine. &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">Despite the advice of opening it starting in 2021 I'd try one decanted for 30-60 minutes now - you may snap up even more!<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: 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&quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"></span></a><br /><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">"A voluptuous and expressive sparkler, with floral red apple, brioche and cinnamon spice aromas and rich, vibrant flavors that finish on a luxurious note.&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">Drink now through 2018. 80,000 cases made."<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; margin: 0in;"><span style="color: black; font-family: &quot;arial&quot;;"><span style="font-size: large;">I have not yet tried this one but it is always very good - $47 plus tax at<span 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Drink now. 589,000 cases made." This NZ SB is a stunner from a region that regularly produces fantastic, tropical fruit bomb wines!&nbsp;</span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">And at a mere $16.99 plus tax at </span><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/309575" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"><b>BC Liquor Stores</b></a><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"> you&nbsp;should buy a case! &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;">There are several thousand bottles at 182 stores as of today.</span></span><br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0.0001pt;"><span style="font-family: 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Energetic, resonating on the long, citrus- and mineral-infused aftertaste. 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class="tabel-note" style="box-sizing: inherit;"><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="color: #333333; font-size: large;">"A knockout Syrah, precise and impeccably built but explosive with personality.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Smoky roasted meat and floral blackberry aromas combine with bold, supple flavors of dark plum, pepper and liquorice.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">The tannins are big but polished. Drink now through 2024. 1,319 cases made."</span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="tabel-note" style="box-sizing: inherit;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Make me an offer and we just might share it! ;-0&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;">Cheers and&nbsp;enjoy whatever Top 100 Wines you can find!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: &quot;arial&quot; , &quot;helvetica&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div></div></div></div>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-11424604737863391522017-04-17T18:59:00.001-07:002017-04-17T18:59:28.410-07:00Celebrate World Malbec Day - Monday April 17 <b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span></b><b><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: large;">Time to break out the Malbec - and celebrate World Malbec Day today - April 17&nbsp;</span></b><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9dDGvjwm3NY/WPVvk0dmeMI/AAAAAAAAD1w/WN_113uij20Pvn06bPZA8I27r2by7aXnQCLcB/s1600/631291_0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9dDGvjwm3NY/WPVvk0dmeMI/AAAAAAAAD1w/WN_113uij20Pvn06bPZA8I27r2by7aXnQCLcB/s320/631291_0.jpg" width="96" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i>Dona Paula Malbec</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Malbec is one of the world's great red grapes - and while relatively popular, it's nowhere near a big seller as Shiraz/Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon - the two big reds.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">So the smart folks in Argentina - Malbec country, along with parts of France - had a brilliant idea awhile back - create a <b><a href="http://www.malbecworldday.com/">World Malbec Day</a></b> - to&nbsp;help promote their&nbsp;favourite grape.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I love it - Malbec and World Malbec Day - and I'm&nbsp;drinking a great&nbsp;bottle as I write to help out.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Malbecs come in every price range - so here's a few to try, whether it's today or&nbsp;any day!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Malbec is&nbsp;particularly great with grilled steak and other grilled meat but it's vegetarian friendly and yes, if you insist, you could pair it with fish. &nbsp;I'd go for a lighter, fruitier style over a big, bold Malbec and match it with a strong flavoured fish or fish sauce but it will work.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">On the lower price end - try <b>Dona Paula Malbec Estate 2015</b> - with a bouquet of blueberries and violets as well as red&nbsp;berry fruit. &nbsp;</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tSGsyUKpkqs/WPVvkxVagxI/AAAAAAAAD1s/KFqv-MBjAb8Je3UOmzXDFkkOnQP2U0dLACLcB/s1600/79483_0.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tSGsyUKpkqs/WPVvkxVagxI/AAAAAAAAD1s/KFqv-MBjAb8Je3UOmzXDFkkOnQP2U0dLACLcB/s320/79483_0.jpg" width="88" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i>BenMarco Expressivo</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">It sells for $18.99 at <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/631291#">BC&nbsp;government liquor stores</a> and others plus tax and will give you an authentic taste of Argentinian Malbec.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">I'm loving the <b>BenMarco Expressivo 2014</b>&nbsp;that I'm drinking today - it's a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Cabernet Franc - a big wine with dusty, chocolatey, smoky notes along with cherries and violets.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Robert Parker's website rates it 92 points - a very impressive score that I concur with.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">And it's&nbsp;available in <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/79483#">BC&nbsp;government liquor stores</a> across the province - at a price of $46.99 plus tax - a special occasion wine to be sure but well worth it if you can buy one.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Last but not least, we can't celebrate World Malbec Day&nbsp;without a bottle from the south of France -&nbsp;renowned for the grape,&nbsp;especially in Cahors.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The <b>Paul Mas Pays d'Oc Estate&nbsp;</b></span><b><span style="color: #231f20; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Single Vineyard Collection Malbec Gardemiel Vineyard&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Malbec 2015</span></b><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><b>&nbsp;</b>- that's a mouthful but so is the wine - is a very reasonable $13.99 a bottle plus tax at <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/644336">BC government liquor stores</a> and elsewhere - and it delivers real value. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></span><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2_h2CJyBs0U/WPVyeiOeS3I/AAAAAAAAD2A/1uANvkig2Pg5UnCUCIbJ5toPQVKCuVjlQCLcB/s1600/644336.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2_h2CJyBs0U/WPVyeiOeS3I/AAAAAAAAD2A/1uANvkig2Pg5UnCUCIbJ5toPQVKCuVjlQCLcB/s320/644336.jpg" width="102" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Paul Mas Malbec</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Look for currants, red fruit,&nbsp;licorice, floral and pepper notes in this one. &nbsp;<a href="http://www.gismondionwine.com/tasting-notes/201612/paul-mas-estate-single-vineyard-collection-malbec-gardemiel-vineyard-2015/?note=25078"><b>Anthony Gismondi</b> </a>rates it 89 points while the <b>Wine Spectator</b> gives it an 86 - either way, you are getting lots of wine for&nbsp;your dollar.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">So enjoy a Malbec today or any other time - and watch this space for more wine recommendations in the near future!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #eeeeee; font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;">.</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-4913006242077306402017-02-16T19:47:00.003-08:002018-03-04T23:04:17.535-08:00The Wine Barbarian's Tables to Taste At and Quick Quaffs for the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival!<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: large;"><b><span style="color: red; font-size: large;">UPDATED AGAIN - FRIDAY MIDNIGHT!</span></b><span style="font-size: x-large;"> &nbsp;</span></span></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R17vOEG9IR0/WKasGz_Eq_I/AAAAAAAAD0Y/tggpk5kNi2gMd4R09E1ob8bSyxp3a5LJgCLcB/s1600/IMG_8195.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="416" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R17vOEG9IR0/WKasGz_Eq_I/AAAAAAAAD0Y/tggpk5kNi2gMd4R09E1ob8bSyxp3a5LJgCLcB/s640/IMG_8195.jpg" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Mission Hill winemaker Darryl Brooker and Bill Tieleman - The Wine Barbarian</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><span style="color: red;"><u>UPDATED:</u></span></b> So many wines, so little time - and such limited ability to taste them without unfortunate inebriation consequences!&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">That's always the problem with the fabulous&nbsp;<b><a href="http://vanwinefest.ca/">Vancouver International Wine Festival</a></b> - and each year it actually gets worse - because the selection and number of wines gets better.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">This year there will be 1,700 wines from 180 wineries located in 16 countries! &nbsp;And the 25,000 wine drinkers will have sampled or purchased about 43,000 bottles of wine!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Fortunately you can count on the <b>Wine Barbaria</b>n for some timely and helpful advice to guide you through that massive amount of wine - and so here are the first of my <b>Tables to Taste At and Quick Quaffs </b>for the 2017 Festival. &nbsp; Rest assured, all the wines at VIWF are worthy and have their champions - and omission is no insult here - I just give you some wines I've tasted already; some more where I know the winery is awesome and others that I'll add as the Festival goes on.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And check my Twitter feed and Facebook for additional wines!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Oh Canada - our host and native wine land</b></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Where to start? &nbsp;</span><br /><b style="font-family: '&quot;trebuchet ms&quot;', sans-serif;"><br /></b><b style="font-family: '&quot;trebuchet ms&quot;', sans-serif;">Mission Hill Family Estate</b><span style="font-family: &quot;\22 trebuchet ms\22 &quot; , sans-serif;">&nbsp;- Increasingly complex reds as winemaker <b>Darryl Brooker </b>makes great wines even better - and I was able to taste his work in the Oculus vertical tasting earlier this week, along with previous John Simes vintages - outstanding wines. &nbsp;Tonight I was tried the 2012 Compendium at $82 and the Terroir Collection Organic Merlot No. 39 Whispering Hill 2013 &nbsp;at $60 - long name, longer finish! &nbsp;Both very fine wines. &nbsp;Their Perpetual Chardonnay is also fabulous.</span><br /><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eFSm9PTbRJM/WKZsOiiXNUI/AAAAAAAADz4/4N29Fg_c7Hg3Wr3kzXcJiOPfZFLs9KfewCLcB/s1600/IMG_8177.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eFSm9PTbRJM/WKZsOiiXNUI/AAAAAAAADz4/4N29Fg_c7Hg3Wr3kzXcJiOPfZFLs9KfewCLcB/s320/IMG_8177.JPG" width="240" /></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Don't miss </span><b style="font-family: 'trebuchet ms', sans-serif;">Foxtrot</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> - love their Pinot Noirs - and tasted two great ones Thursday night - The Walls and The Waltz - both beautiful. Winemaker Gustav Allender is at the table.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Laughing Stock</b> - a Naramata favourite, with great red blends Portfolio and Blind Trust. &nbsp;Owner <b>David Enns is&nbsp;</b>in the house.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Bench 1775</b> - Enjoyed my visit this past summer and their wines - lots of good value and particularly like their reds - try the Cabernet Franc/Malbec. Winemaker <b>Val Tait </b>is in attendance.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Averill Creek Vineyard</b> - Some BCers still don't know the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island makes great wines! &nbsp;I'm a big fan of their Pinot Noir and tonight winemaker <b>Andrew Johnson</b> poured me their Somenos Series 2014 - a reserve Pinot Noir that is elegant, along with their regular 2013 Pinot Noir that is always a great drink.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Osoyoos Larose</b> - France meets Okanagan, makes finesse wines! &nbsp;Thursday night I tasted three vintages of their Le Grand Vin - 2011 - 2012 and 2013 - all awesome but loved the 2011 most! &nbsp;Their Petales d'Osoyoos is also a great buy and immediately accessible for current drinking, while the Grand Vins should be aged. And yes, this winery is part of the Gruaud Larose Bordeaux family.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>One Faith</b> - the most expensive wine in the house and certainly one of the best - pouring three red Bordeaux-style blends from 2012-14 and star winemaker <b>Pascal Madevon</b> and owner <b>Bill Lui </b>at the table. &nbsp;At $200 a bottle this is not to be missed. &nbsp;Their Certitude is the second label as at $42. &nbsp;Pascal previously made Osoyoos Larose!</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n52Mw3Mtg4Q/WKZpxAScakI/AAAAAAAADzw/x1OkGwi8y9IDQ94ulAkidLhZGwYe-X3WQCLcB/s1600/IMG_8171.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-n52Mw3Mtg4Q/WKZpxAScakI/AAAAAAAADzw/x1OkGwi8y9IDQ94ulAkidLhZGwYe-X3WQCLcB/s320/IMG_8171.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Chateau d'Armailhac is $147 a bottle</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Cedar Creek</b> - makes lovely Pinot Noir among others - I tried their Platinum Block 2 and Platinum Block 4 from the 2014 vintage - extremely fine wines at $54 each. &nbsp;Will be back for their Chardonnay and Riesling. And for $19 they produce a very good value 2014 Merlot with lots of character.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Pentage</b> - Another of my love-to-drink Okanagan wineries - try their Pentage red blend and the Rosanne, Marsanne, Viognier white blend. &nbsp;With co-proprietor <b>Julie Rennie </b>at the festival. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">From <b>Ontario</b> - I love, love, love <b>Closson Chas</b>e from Prince Edward County! &nbsp;Big, beautiful, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Domaine Queylus </b>- I know nothing but that they have three different Pinot Noirs froml the Niagara Peninsula and I am tasting them all soon!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Nova Scotia</b> - Yes, they make wine and it's excellent! &nbsp;Particularly sparkling - try <b>Benjamin Bridge</b> - with two Brut Methode Classique wines - a</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">nd </span><b style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;, sans-serif;">Blomidon Estate Winery</b><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> - their $41 Late Pick Chardonnay sparkling is super dry and delicious! &nbsp;Also from Nova Scotia is <b>L'Acadie Vineyards </b>- try their excellent 2010 Prestige Brut Estate - a different, toastier style.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>France</b> - Of course - always one of the must-visit countries and tables like that of <b>Baronne de Philip Rothschild </b>don't get any better. &nbsp;With Chateau d'Armailhac 2010 running at $148 a bottle and Chateau Coutet Sauternes-Barsac dessert wine at $87 there will be no shortage of drinkers lined up. And for good reason - they are outstanding!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Sadly no Champagne houses this year - don't understand why - but lots of other superb wineries. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And from the Rhone Valley - <b>Louis Bernard </b>is a winery with enormous values in all the produce. Try their Vacqueyras 2014 and Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2014 - both excellent and under $40 amazingly. &nbsp;Meet <b>Guillaume Blisson</b> - Canadian Sales Director but also a former winemaker I shared a delicious dinner with at Provence Marinaside!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Be sure to visit the <b>Borie-Manoux</b> table - four excellent Bordeaux selections including Chateau Beau-Site at $50 in both the 2005 and 2010 vintage - great opportunity to compare two different vintages! Plus Chateau Herve Baroque - at $38 a Bordeaux bargain.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Italy</b> - Another wine region you can't miss - go to <b>Rocca delle Macie</b> for their excellent Tuscan bottles - and meet charming General Manager <b>Marco Toti</b> - who I shared dinner with at Cibo earlier this week - it was amazing. &nbsp;Their Super Tuscan Roccato 2011 is superb and a longtime favourite at $47 - a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon in equal parts - and their Chianti Classico Riserva is always great and great value at $26.</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hmXZz0O4ikc/WKgCIH9r87I/AAAAAAAAD1U/Q5KvaveddUUFIi2Kc9Qu067rZMCNQOdewCLcB/s1600/IMG_8201.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hmXZz0O4ikc/WKgCIH9r87I/AAAAAAAAD1U/Q5KvaveddUUFIi2Kc9Qu067rZMCNQOdewCLcB/s400/IMG_8201.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Bill Tieleman, Greg Corra and wine agent Megan Thompson.</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Allegrini</b> - This winery from Veneto produces wonderful wines at many price points. &nbsp;Try their Palazzo della Torre at $29 and La Grola at $33, then don't miss the $100 Amarone della Valpolicella Classico. &nbsp;Magnifico!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Australia - Inland Trading</b> - This is absolutely always a must-stop-at table - because <b>Greg Corra</b> brings the most amazing Australian wines and every one of them is a winner! &nbsp;This year is no exception - try the Masseno Mataro 2010 - stunning wine. &nbsp;Mataro is also known in France and elsewhere as Mouvedre. &nbsp;And the Kelleske Pirathon Shiraz 2013 is also astonishingly good - super smooth and a real finesse wine.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Majella </b>- Another great Australian table - you do not want to miss their 2009 Sparkling Shiraz - it will turn your head about bubbly upside down! &nbsp;A full blown red full of intensity - and it sparkles!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>United States - Justin Vineyards</b> makes great wines out of Paso Robles, California and I've visited them in the past - don't miss their Justification at $75 and Isosceles at $118 - both powerhouse reds of enormous concentration and longevity.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Etude</b> - It means study in French and their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay definitely went to school in Burgundy! &nbsp;Four exquisite Pinots but my favourite is the Santa Rita Hills Fiddlestix 2013 at $77 - really an exceptional wine from Santa Barbara, not that their two Carneros versions are anything but tasty. &nbsp;And a $29 Lyric from Santa Barbara is a true bargain!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span> <br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ALo-s7UVWno/WKfv0rjoG8I/AAAAAAAAD00/j01ZCLWRqwovolONGXkWszEB97K4tni-gCLcB/s1600/IMG_8215.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ALo-s7UVWno/WKfv0rjoG8I/AAAAAAAAD00/j01ZCLWRqwovolONGXkWszEB97K4tni-gCLcB/s400/IMG_8215.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Bill Tieleman and Shirley Brooks of Elk Cove.</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Elk Cove Vineyards - Oregon </b>- Another real treat with Pinot Noir - loved extremely much their Clay Court Pinot 2014 - super soft and yet powerful. And the Mount Richmond is also awesome. &nbsp; Had a nice chat with VP S<b>hirley Brooks</b> - she is their Vine Star at the Festival.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Chile - Vina Montes</b> - I was lucky enough to taste their fabulous Purple Angel Carmenere 2013 at the trade tasting Thursday and sorry it isn't going to be there for the other tastings but I'm also a huge fan of their Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon - the 2014 vintage is on tap along with their 2014 Syrah.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jUF6eOOUj_Y/WKfuXhQZekI/AAAAAAAAD0o/JndsmWuPs84VaApXlPelssaVpPdStmA7QCLcB/s1600/IMG_8205.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-jUF6eOOUj_Y/WKfuXhQZekI/AAAAAAAAD0o/JndsmWuPs84VaApXlPelssaVpPdStmA7QCLcB/s400/IMG_8205.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Bill Tieleman and Jim Robertson with photobombing friends!</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>New Zealand - Stonleigh </b>- Simply outstanding value every time with all their wines. &nbsp;I particularly like their Rapaura Pinot Noir at $32 and Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc at $25 - loads of delicious fruit! &nbsp;And their Latitude versions of the same grapes at $22 and $21 are also lovely. &nbsp;Say hi to my buddy <b>Jim Robertson</b> - Global Brand Ambassador who is here.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Greece - Alpha Estate</b> - I'm a big fan of their wines - and if you haven't tried Greek wines recently, please do! &nbsp;Their Florina Turtles Vineyard Syrah and Red Blend SMX will convince you that there's more to this wine country than Retsina!</span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sImyOHYyCQM/WKZpqkJhHOI/AAAAAAAADzs/shCzVk8K6-AEapZPlztBKAkHCs2EL1s5ACLcB/s1600/IMG_8161.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sImyOHYyCQM/WKZpqkJhHOI/AAAAAAAADzs/shCzVk8K6-AEapZPlztBKAkHCs2EL1s5ACLcB/s320/IMG_8161.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Thursday afternoon at the Trade Tasting - VIWF</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Croatia - Stina</b> - Another revelation when they first came to VIWF a while back - great wines and from grapes we don't know. Their exceptional Plavac Mali Maestro is $63 a bottle and the Posip $47 - these are world class wines. &nbsp;Stina means "white stone" in the Dalmatian dialect. This year <b>Coronica</b> winery from Croatia also visits - I look forward to trying their wines as well.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span> <span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Okay - DESPITE MORE ADDITIONS THURSDAY NIGHT I'm STILL running out of time! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">BUT This blog post will be updated AGAIN when I have had a few MORE drinks!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><br /><style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 14.0px Helvetica; color: #353638; -webkit-text-stroke: #353638} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} </style><style type="text/css">p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Arial; color: #800d00; -webkit-text-stroke: #800d00} li.li2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000} li.li3 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 13.0px Arial; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000; background-color: #cbcbcb} span.s1 {font-kerning: none; background-color: #cbcbcb} span.s2 {background-color: #cbcbcb; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #800d00} span.s3 {font-kerning: none; color: #800d00; background-color: #cbcbcb; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #800d00} span.s4 {background-color: #cbcbcb} span.s5 {font: 13.0px Arial; text-decoration: underline ; font-kerning: none; color: #0433ff; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #0433ff} span.s6 {font-kerning: none} span.s7 {font-kerning: none; color: #800d00; -webkit-text-stroke: 0px #800d00} td.td1 {width: 637.0px; margin: 0.5px 0.5px 0.5px 0.5px; padding: 8.0px 20.0px 9.0px 20.0px} ol.ol1 {list-style-type: decimal} </style>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-36198994255982788622017-02-16T15:22:00.000-08:002017-02-16T15:25:21.434-08:00Vancouver International Wine Festival - Thursday and Saturday night tasting SOLD OUT! Friday and Saturday afternoon still available.<table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vox4FaV0Lvw/WKYthZVCPEI/AAAAAAAADzM/fM203H8yutkI7CiXHYVuyz7E-3PvAbXmACLcB/s1600/IMG_8125.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="275" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Vox4FaV0Lvw/WKYthZVCPEI/AAAAAAAADzM/fM203H8yutkI7CiXHYVuyz7E-3PvAbXmACLcB/s400/IMG_8125.jpg" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Cibo Trattoria manager Mark Taylor, Rocca delle Macie General Manager Marco Toti and Bill Tieleman, Wine Barbarian at winery dinner Wednesday night.</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">f</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"> you love wine and want to attend any of the big International Festival Tasting events - <b><u>MOVE QUICKLY</u></b> - because not only is the ever-popular Saturday February 18 night event sold out but so is the Thursday night tasting!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Fortunately the Friday night tasting and the Saturday afternoon matinee tasting still have tickets available but you have to act now if you want to go.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Head online directly to the <a href="http://vanwinefest.ca/events/category/available-events/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2017-02&amp;tribe-bar-search="><b>Vancouver International Wine Festival ticket sales site</b></a> - linked here - and purchase your tickets now.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">There are also a few tickets left for Thursday afternoon's <b><a href="http://vanwinefest.ca/event/discover-ontarios-cool/">"Ontario Cool" tasting</a> </b>with wines from that province and Saturday's noon <a href="http://vanwinefest.ca/event/celebrating-canadas-150th/"><b>Celebrating Canada's 150th lunch</b></a> - both sound great!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">This is an incredible tasting - North America's largest consumer wine festival!</span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X4wDAlBU1r8/WKYv5uobhRI/AAAAAAAADzU/2hNrsEVy2i4Oo_Tk5JZE7w1hI1aK8m3pQCLcB/s1600/IMG_8109.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X4wDAlBU1r8/WKYv5uobhRI/AAAAAAAADzU/2hNrsEVy2i4Oo_Tk5JZE7w1hI1aK8m3pQCLcB/s320/IMG_8109.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Rocce delle Macie wines at Cibo dinner</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And with Canada featured as the regional country focus for our 150th anniversary celebrations - its a unique opportunity to try many fine wines from not just British Columbia and Ontario but also Nova Scotia - where there are some really interesting wineries producing award-winning sparkling and still wines. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And of course, there are lots of wineries from France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Chile and the United States - as you would expect.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Then there's the unexpected countries - Turkey for the first time I believe; Croatia on a return visit after surprising and impressing previously; Uruguay - another first if memory is correct - home of some&nbsp;great Tannats; Greece&nbsp;and Japan.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">So don't miss out - this is your once a year chance! &nbsp;See you there - and check this <b>blog</b>, my <b>@<a href="https://twitter.com/BillTieleman">BillTieleman </a></b>Twitter feed and <b><a href="https://www.facebook.com/bill.tieleman">Facebook</a></b> page for updates and recommendations for top wines you shouldn't miss!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-65155853896032601352017-01-10T00:00:00.002-08:002017-01-10T16:56:09.561-08:00The fantastic Vancouver International Wine Festival is only weeks away - and tickets go on sale Tuesday January 10 at 9:30 a.m.! <div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kDAgKCP0gzg/WHWAW6VnFfI/AAAAAAAADy0/Zy1cTnoHPYsF1OTx02GbTXl1OqH0V2_fQCLcB/s1600/IMG_3710.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kDAgKCP0gzg/WHWAW6VnFfI/AAAAAAAADy0/Zy1cTnoHPYsF1OTx02GbTXl1OqH0V2_fQCLcB/s400/IMG_3710.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Barone Ricasoli of the famous Italian winery with Bill Tieleman - Wine Barbarian, at 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>The fantastic Vancouver International Wine Festival is only weeks away</b> - and tickets go on sale Tuesday January 10 at 9:30 a.m.! &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Make sure you move quickly as most event sell out very fast - and you don't want to miss a special focus on Canada's great wines as our country marks its 150th anniversary of confederation!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Here's the information and links you need from the Festival:&nbsp;</span><br /><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK3" style="width: 100%;"><tbody><tr><td align="left" class="Content MainText" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="padding: 8px 20px 9px;" valign="top"><div style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Get Ready to Get Your VanWineFest Tickets</span></strong></div><div style="color: maroon;"><span style="color: black; font-size: 10pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Tickets to all public events at Canada's premier wine show go on sale&nbsp;<strong>Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m</strong>. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is an eight-day celebration of wine and food that features 54 events, including dinners, the&nbsp;<a alt="http://vanwinefest.ca/gala/event-information/overview/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001aIhdHGpxzIvlpvSx2UeApMUU7MPH06eePEPkOXw5E8dFC6dxHRSuJlcVwUpMVqKwjqsmvKaw3x3vA9sb1fPbvMAeCHC7ZBS_xlYTFTjDepSmEuXKRcT-nUnQgg350AugVVYovXSthbUZKbDAHfr5z2Vq9tzDouswCXzDMD93d6_AY6sHi8L8Ms7iXtPrnspaqIb20iiFPaa_66WW5nkVlFbsqXl8qRqu&amp;c=k5RhhdndiDmtPaWDdJALuNSX_mB0I0ZRz9X5btMql3qywvnBfRon0Q==&amp;ch=IaPHs2keu0FiF_J3hV2VBLBFVNEzfcOjlaraHaG1MMWJIocimAmPXw==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction</a>, lunches, minglers, educational seminars and the Tasting Room, where the&nbsp;<a alt="http://vanwinefest.ca/wineries/wineries/2017-participating-wineries/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001aIhdHGpxzIvlpvSx2UeApMUU7MPH06eePEPkOXw5E8dFC6dxHRSuJjUDgQ0G-feddLbAxLWQxDGS9HguVDUwAzSMOhqjoXjkeXaGBrknEuA9gl746G_Tb-QgikpuOa2p49NnP1hCKqZgaYI2PkqvkqkBOU0nqayNTBW73U5sbnmWeNVU-uDKy7RBN4nkzAtD7BaV6KqBIvLpTWNIH7hcIKU4hYyKTrqkmpiUO4xteozpjY7Nd3e3JA==&amp;c=k5RhhdndiDmtPaWDdJALuNSX_mB0I0ZRz9X5btMql3qywvnBfRon0Q==&amp;ch=IaPHs2keu0FiF_J3hV2VBLBFVNEzfcOjlaraHaG1MMWJIocimAmPXw==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">180 participating wineries</a>&nbsp;gather to serve 780+ wines. This year, the spotlight shines on Canada, as we celebrate our country's 150th birthday!<br /><br />Trade Days events, restricted to those in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, go on sale&nbsp;<strong>Tuesday, January 17</strong>.<br /><br />Our apologies to anyone who had trouble getting on the site over the past few days. We've switched to a new server and expect smooth sailing now.&nbsp;</span></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><table bgcolor="#E6E1E1" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="content_LETTER.BLOCK31" style="background-color: #e6e1e1; width: 100%px;"><tbody><tr><td align="left" class="ArticlePadding MainText" colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="font-family: arial; padding: 8px 20px 9px;" valign="top"><table align="right" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="OneColumnMobile" data-padding-converted="true" style="font-size: 10pt; margin-left: 5px; width: 357px;"><tbody><tr><td align="center" class="SpacerImageContainer mobile-hidden" colspan="1" height="1" rowspan="1" style="height: 1px; line-height: 1px;" valign="top" width="5"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><img border="0" class="SpacerImage" height="1" hspace="0" src="https://imgssl.constantcontact.com/letters/images/sys/S.gif" vspace="0" width="5" /></span></td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="padding: 0px;" width="100%"><div align="center"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; font-size: 10pt; text-align: center;"><a href="http://files.constantcontact.com/1538842b001/bd53a381-5116-48d4-9a4a-2e0c1520978b.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></a></div><div style="color: maroon; font-size: 14pt;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><strong>The Tasting Room</strong></span></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br />The Tasting Room is home to all 180 participating wineries, as well as Regional Tasting Stations from Australia, British Columbia, New Zealand, Nova Scotia and Spain. Choose from four sessions: Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening or Saturday matinee.<br /><br />Want to kick it up a notch?&nbsp;Enhance your Friday or Saturday evening&nbsp;tasting&nbsp;with&nbsp;the VIP experience in&nbsp;the&nbsp;<span style="color: maroon;"><strong>Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge</strong></span>.&nbsp;Enjoy some great bites, select wines and comfortable seating, then head next door to the Tasting Room.<br /><br />Or go all in on a&nbsp;<span style="color: maroon;"><strong>Gold Pas</strong></span><span style="color: maroon;"><strong>s</strong></span>&nbsp;that gives you access to all&nbsp;six sessions in the Tasting Room (four&nbsp;International Festival Tastings&nbsp;and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld),&nbsp;the invitation-only Festival Taste on Thursday, plus&nbsp;the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge on Friday and Saturday.</span><br /><table align="none" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border-style: none; border-width: 0px; font-size: 10pt; width: 637px;"><tbody><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="height: 25px; vertical-align: top; width: 204px;"><a alt="http://vanwinefest.ca/events/category/international-festival-tastings/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2017-02" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001aIhdHGpxzIvlpvSx2UeApMUU7MPH06eePEPkOXw5E8dFC6dxHRSuJlcVwUpMVqKwl_Qnh70O8n8lkEEy87k_Hid7xVUAMhgfMs2XCskfRv5FsVBjCibeLbroo3zdFDCs--FbbONSsm03FPZBT9jLSMVwyMDhBCuVp2EpXDA13HdOCRU8P3mFkkvD8Bn6KlJoNDqKck1VGoR6Sv4hZ9yWy7x0S9YnZ8erbk5QxFP2Rd3qfh5bOTXG6_BdRbTWdEgfvpFbOTi9q70KZ-XUXm5MhiMcwVeQrVfb&amp;c=k5RhhdndiDmtPaWDdJALuNSX_mB0I0ZRz9X5btMql3qywvnBfRon0Q==&amp;ch=IaPHs2keu0FiF_J3hV2VBLBFVNEzfcOjlaraHaG1MMWJIocimAmPXw==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">International Festival Tastings</span></a></td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="height: 25px; vertical-align: top; width: 205px;"><a alt="http://vanwinefest.ca/events/category/tasting-lounge/photo/?tribe-bar-date=2017-02" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001aIhdHGpxzIvlpvSx2UeApMUU7MPH06eePEPkOXw5E8dFC6dxHRSuJlcVwUpMVqKwvs0GIqoey-V_0b2zYAZa7CDHo6r2UZTDvC6W2mjwUVhKniIeQZlYL9eAxQ15b5yaeD3NM2hZYVVC-e4KdzbYPtfDVZOsIIgjVWANkNwBdWDJaZq4cTwirUcSGYu4eAQ2n31txgUXhdjVl1oWs8yNR9MwvsPvYoiBV23cxovjwbl4caiJCTJCoHvx9OMDecq_E5X05duXw5s=&amp;c=k5RhhdndiDmtPaWDdJALuNSX_mB0I0ZRz9X5btMql3qywvnBfRon0Q==&amp;ch=IaPHs2keu0FiF_J3hV2VBLBFVNEzfcOjlaraHaG1MMWJIocimAmPXw==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge</span></a></td><td colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="height: 25px; vertical-align: top; width: 204px;"><a alt="http://vanwinefest.ca/tickets-events/tickets-passes/gold-pass/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001aIhdHGpxzIvlpvSx2UeApMUU7MPH06eePEPkOXw5E8dFC6dxHRSuJlcVwUpMVqKwEIO7P5S4HgZ6TSX2Y1XV-sf32_VghX8NTnvb6TpMk_zZyK1cJdGV6fT_gfgOlrFNNwNA_HMZZIEG-PIDCqCz5_iCJZMJNOxsTwAHs03DLToldxtNoObhv2Du_DLYybkHvd-76xhFCPk6k17TDa_HICSFVXy9w5VSTSrfaWuj29Y=&amp;c=k5RhhdndiDmtPaWDdJALuNSX_mB0I0ZRz9X5btMql3qywvnBfRon0Q==&amp;ch=IaPHs2keu0FiF_J3hV2VBLBFVNEzfcOjlaraHaG1MMWJIocimAmPXw==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: small;">Gold Pass</span></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-3604645858434262272016-10-31T12:01:00.001-07:002016-11-02T09:37:04.428-07:00Advance Ticket Sales start November 1 for 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival featuring Canadian winesThis news release from the Vancouver International Wine Festival outlines the 2017 event featuring wines from across Canada and ticket sales information - hope to see you there!<br /><br /><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; color: maroon; font-family: Arial; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>CANADA TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT 2017 VANWINEFEST</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Discounted tickets &amp; Gold Pass on sale&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://0" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="0" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">November 1 to December 15</a></strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Free ticket with&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="http://bevancouver.com/" x-apple-data-detectors-result="1" x-apple-data-detectors-type="link" x-apple-data-detectors="true">beVancouver.com</a>&nbsp;hotel booking</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong><br /></strong><table cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" style="border-collapse: collapse; border: 1px solid rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 555px;"><tbody><tr><td colspan="1" rowspan="1" style="font-size: 13.3333px; height: 25px; vertical-align: top; width: 552px;"><strong>IN BRIEF</strong>... Discounted tickets to select 2017&nbsp;<strong>Vancouver International Wine Festival</strong>&nbsp;events go on sale&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://2" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="2" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Tuesday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m.</a></strong>&nbsp;Save&nbsp;<strong>$5 to $15</strong>&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://5" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="5" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">until December 15</a>, or while quantities last, on International Festival Tasting tickets, the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the Gold Pass. Or get a free ticket by booking a hotel via&nbsp;<a alt="https://www.bevancouver.com/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTgwwvFPqbCvufqJzgdYmkr0ZSmXya1UhVOUJNLDd7Erh5Gt7TBJuDEuc4tvf4gbHg63BQU8tmW-3iaVXJyvbzshKjXht9Sap5oVv9F4-wzMQzNepJMkZZy8mfwp92CPoNQ==&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">beVancouver.com</a>. In 2017, The Wine World Celebrates Canada&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://7" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="7" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">from&nbsp;</a><strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://7" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="7" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">February 11</a>&nbsp;to 19</strong>, showcasing 181 wineries from 16 countries. Buy at&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page131.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTvTpegKMIbdkrLYuL6lSXd9X1D_GOhGX0lhYxNiUFbFZ4JJKuqLe4E_b5g7itX8RMwikIFfsv8-m69ag7kwMBNnVmGBsoKQzqXQ8erJ-YYMpFmPcjZ7-9BuLn0emjdSqunB3ND2cMD-1&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">VanWineFest.ca</a>&nbsp;or call&nbsp;&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="tel:604-873-3311" x-apple-data-detectors-result="9" x-apple-data-detectors-type="telephone" x-apple-data-detectors="true">604-873-3311</a>, toll free&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="tel:1-877-321-3121" x-apple-data-detectors-result="10" x-apple-data-detectors-type="telephone" x-apple-data-detectors="true">1-877-321-3121</a>&nbsp;(weekdays&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://11" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="11" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.</a>).</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><br /><strong>VANCOUVER, BC</strong>&nbsp;(October 29, 2016) - A limited number of discounted advance tickets to the&nbsp;<strong>39th Vancouver International Wine Festival</strong>&nbsp;go on sale&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://13" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="13" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">November 1 at 9:30 a.m.</a></strong>&nbsp;The festival runs&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://14" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="14" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">February 11 to 19, 2017</a></strong>, welcoming 181 wineries from 16 countries. All wineries and their principals gather in the Tasting Room to showcase their wines at the four&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page532.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTpPw8gvRnX6gzPvmlYAYGa-o5b9K6-DjxahDH-kR0_z6XRtvM9pi5btsr5lFskkjn34NzFXa_dGPV-1FCbKfTzii9nmAjLQdVEMQk-b_T_i7_82_ReAT6Dzh9WCy_LvF5W7liwvm_a6L&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">International Festival Tastings</a>&nbsp;(<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://15" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="15" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">February 16 to 18</a>), available in advance for $5-$9 off the regular price&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://16" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="16" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">until December 15</a>, or while quantities last.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">In celebration of Canada's 150th Birthday, the 2017 festival features&nbsp;<strong>Canada as the theme country with 76 wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia</strong>, nearly one third of which are participating for the first time. This marks the&nbsp;largest gathering of Canadian wineries ever at an international festival.&nbsp;"VanWineFest 2017 offers an unprecedented showcase of Canadian wineries, principals and wines alongside their international counterparts in the Tasting Room," says VIWF executive director Harry Hertscheg. "Attendees will discover untold connections&nbsp;amongst Canada and the wine world throughout the festival, amidst the backdrop of Vancouver's vibrant wine and food scene. Let's celebrate!"</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Overall, nearly one quarter of the wineries are new to the 2017 festival, including wineries from Turkey and Nova Scotia for the first time. This year also features the return of Uruguay to the festival, which has a winery participating for the first time since 2007.&nbsp;Last year's theme country Italy is back with a strong contingent of 20 wineries.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; color: maroon; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>BUY NOW AND SAVE! Advance tickets on sale&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://17" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(128, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: maroon;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="17" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">November 1</a></strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Discounted passes and tickets to select events go on sale at&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOToBmg9dLEPRJcnbtJcPPujtMPlhmL6UkLZXFKVfsHr5SNvU1e3XJXRgfEBeujZeLWdFRBldkPDHXO7kQsyg60AA4Vb6mdAPnOlplZd5LD2-wyyCkchYTnAg=&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">VanWineFest.ca</a><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://19" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="19" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">from November 1 until December 15</a>, or while quantities last. Tickets make a great holiday gift for the wine lover on your list and you won't have to battle any Black Friday crowds to get these bargains. The advance sale offers savings on International Festival Tasting tickets and associated events. To get a ticket for zero dollars, simply book a stay at a downtown hotel via&nbsp;<a alt="https://www.bevancouver.com/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTgwwvFPqbCvufqJzgdYmkr0ZSmXya1UhVOUJNLDd7Erh5Gt7TBJuDEuc4tvf4gbHg63BQU8tmW-3iaVXJyvbzshKjXht9Sap5oVv9F4-wzMQzNepJMkZZy8mfwp92CPoNQ==&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">beVancouver.com</a>. See details below.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; color: maroon; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>ADVANCE SALE OFFERS</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>International Festival Tastings</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Festivalgoers can save $5-$9 off the regular price of&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page532.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTpPw8gvRnX6gzPvmlYAYGa-o5b9K6-DjxahDH-kR0_z6XRtvM9pi5btsr5lFskkjn34NzFXa_dGPV-1FCbKfTzii9nmAjLQdVEMQk-b_T_i7_82_ReAT6Dzh9WCy_LvF5W7liwvm_a6L&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">International Festival Tasting</a>&nbsp;tickets (<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://22" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="22" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Thursday, February 16</a>,&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://23" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="23" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Friday, February 17</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://24" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="24" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Saturday, February 18</a>). Advance tickets for evening tastings,&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://25" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="25" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">7 to 10 p.m.</a>, are&nbsp;<strong>$80</strong>&nbsp;for Thursday and&nbsp;<strong>$90</strong>&nbsp;for Friday and Saturday. The Saturday matinee tasting&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://32" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="32" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">from 2:30 to 5 p.m.</a>, set against the stunning backdrop of Coal Harbour, is available for the low advance price of&nbsp;<strong>$70</strong>. Only a limited number of tickets are available at the advance rate for each of the four sessions. Once they sell out, tickets may be purchased at regular prices.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Enjoy an enhanced International Festival Tasting experience with tickets to the exclusive Friday and&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://35" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="35" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Saturday evening</a>&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page627.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTindwSfY5dKTLqGXWi9McrpVtRLrJp6IJ8FL1U8y1KFCVRGuPDLESZZPsxPHIrLdZNUDziB9XJ1dsTkdD6uX0FxftxrdHslsU_Vh0LQUWEPBsZj2Tj7UkUE7Fm-D2k0x2yd8mjZ2Dhv1&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge</a>&nbsp;and still save&nbsp;<strong>$5</strong>&nbsp;(advance rate&nbsp;<strong>$185</strong>). Located in the Ocean Foyer in VCC West, right next to the Tasting Room, the lounge is open&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://38" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="38" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">5:45 to 9 p.m.</a>&nbsp;and offers easy access to the corresponding International Festival Tasting. Enjoy a respite from the Tasting Room with comfortable seating and spectacular views. Select wines, light bites and cheeses are served.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Gold Pass</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">For those wanting the full tasting experience,&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page387.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTgY6_1xDJ_0mZVXmNm9YkYI3ZQ_dQB-ZOnypf2VjQwYlpIA4y_TJZE5urWTJw7iiAqTDj5yPTrTilzaoByUdVpEUy3RKP5740N606xTH_GVmjk6g5qz7QjndVhEMIAhBtnfdoeCfxLpD&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">Gold Passes</a>&nbsp;go on sale for only&nbsp;<strong>$480</strong>, a&nbsp;<strong>$15 savings</strong>. Gold Passes include access to six tastings (four public IFTs and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld), the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge and the exclusive Festival Toast VIP reception. Purchased individually, the Gold Pass events are valued at $706.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div><span style="color: maroon;"><strong>FREE TICKET WITH HOTEL BOOKING</strong></span></div>For a third consecutive year,&nbsp;<strong>Vancouver Hotel Destination Association</strong>offers a free&nbsp;<strong>International Festival Tasting</strong>&nbsp;ticket(a $79 to $95 value at regular rates) to festivalgoers who book a stay via&nbsp;<a alt="https://www.bevancouver.com/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTgwwvFPqbCvufqJzgdYmkr0ZSmXya1UhVOUJNLDd7Erh5Gt7TBJuDEuc4tvf4gbHg63BQU8tmW-3iaVXJyvbzshKjXht9Sap5oVv9F4-wzMQzNepJMkZZy8mfwp92CPoNQ==&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">beVancouver.com</a>&nbsp;at any of its&nbsp;<a href="https://www.blogger.com/null" shape="rect">~35 participating downtown hotels</a>. Quantities are limited and&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://45" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="45" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Saturday evening</a>&nbsp;sold out well in advance in 2016, so book early. The&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="http://bevancouver.com/" x-apple-data-detectors-result="46" x-apple-data-detectors-type="link" x-apple-data-detectors="true">beVancouver.com</a>&nbsp;initiative is an important cornerstone of the festival's&nbsp;<strong>Don't Wine and Drive</strong>&nbsp;program.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div><span style="color: maroon;"><strong>INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS HIGHLIGHTS</strong></span></div><a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page824.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTmSp3Mo9xYq5dPiTGSPb_kNNTM4DS0payamUXrtbRSiOXsLUVlYoTuBtTTEErrnX8cI_v7bClYq4zpwo5z0-U9fpMUNLD5O7KzgN1m36rJormMYd8zwQnSmLL9MjeNefXnM_BPKyC08f&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">See the full list of participating wineries</a></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">The Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre is where all 181 participating wineries gather to pour 700+ select wines. Discover exciting new wines, or return to your favourites, sipping from premium wine glasses. The room will also feature regional tasting stations from Australia, British Columbia, New Zealand, Nova Scotia and Spain. You can also find wine-friendly food and beverage exhibitors, many of whom offer tasting samples.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Theme Country: Canada</strong><br />The Wine World Celebrates Canada at VanWineFest 2017 with 76 wineries from across the country featured at the festival. Explore the selection, diversity and quality of Canada's terroir-driven wines, highlighting the best of Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia in a special section of the room.&nbsp;</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Vine Stars</strong><br />What makes VanWineFest unique is the presence of global "vine stars" - winemakers, proprietors, senior executives - who come to Vancouver every year to pour and discuss their wines with festivalgoers.&nbsp;Each winery will be represented in the room by a principal, someone closely involved in the wine-production process. Seek out the royal blue lanyards at tastings and special events to meet our vine stars face-to-face.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div><strong>More Room, Smaller Crowds&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></div>Both the&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://47" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="47" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Thursday evening</a></strong>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://48" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="48" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Saturday afternoon</a></strong>&nbsp;sessions are guaranteed to have a lower capacity than Friday and&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://50" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="50" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Saturday evening</a>, offering more room and more time to interact with winery principals.&nbsp;</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop</strong><br />Included in the price of each ticket is the opportunity to shop at the on-site BC Liquor Store where wines from all participating wineries will be available for purchase. Purchased wines can be shipped at no cost to your nearest BC Liquor Store for pick-up after the festival. The BC Liquor Distribution Branch will also help everybody Get Home Safe by providing a complimentary transit ticket to patrons as they leave the tastings.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Buy the Case - Shop the World</strong><br />Festival partners BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners &amp; Spirits Association (IVSA) have teamed up to allow festivalgoers to order case lots of select wines. Wines available by the case will be identified with a neck tag. Place orders for those must-have wines directly at the participating winery tables and they'll be delivered to your closest BC Liquor Store within two weeks of the conclusion of the festival.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div style="color: maroon;"><strong>HOW TO PURCHASE ADVANCE TICKETS (<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://51" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(128, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: maroon;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="51" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Nov. 1-Dec. 15</a>, while quantities last)</strong></div><strong>Online</strong>:&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca/page131.htm" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTvTpegKMIbdkrLYuL6lSXd9X1D_GOhGX0lhYxNiUFbFZ4JJKuqLe4E_b5g7itX8RMwikIFfsv8-m69ag7kwMBNnVmGBsoKQzqXQ8erJ-YYMpFmPcjZ7-9BuLn0emjdSqunB3ND2cMD-1&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">VanWineFest.ca</a><br /><strong>Phone</strong>:&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="tel:604-873-3311" x-apple-data-detectors-result="53" x-apple-data-detectors-type="telephone" x-apple-data-detectors="true">604-873-3311</a>, toll free&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="tel:1-877-321-3121" x-apple-data-detectors-result="54" x-apple-data-detectors-type="telephone" x-apple-data-detectors="true">1-877-321-3121</a>&nbsp;(<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://55" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="55" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Monday to Friday, 9:30</a>a.m.-5 p.m.)<br /><strong>In person</strong>:&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://56" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="56" x-apple-data-detectors-type="address" x-apple-data-detectors="true">202-162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver</a>&nbsp;(<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://57" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="57" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Monday to Friday, 9:30</a>a.m.-5 p.m.)</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><span style="color: maroon;"><strong>*Note the new address</strong></span>: the festival moved offices to the BMO Theatre Centre in Olympic Village.<br /><span style="font-size: 10pt;"><em>Prices inclusive of taxes, service charges and gratuities.</em></span></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div style="color: maroon;"><strong>SAVE THE DATES</strong></div>All&nbsp;<strong>public events</strong>&nbsp;go on sale&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://58" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="58" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Tuesday, January 10 at 9:30 a.m</a></strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://58" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="58" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">.</a><br />All&nbsp;<strong>Trade Days Conference events, presented by Sysco</strong>, go on sale&nbsp;<strong><a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://59" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="59" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">Tuesday, January 17 at 9:30 a.m.</a></strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>Stay in Touch:</strong><br />For more information, go to&nbsp;<a alt="http://www.vanwinefest.ca" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOToBmg9dLEPRJcnbtJcPPujtMPlhmL6UkLZXFKVfsHr5SNvU1e3XJXRgfEBeujZeLWdFRBldkPDHXO7kQsyg60AA4Vb6mdAPnOlplZd5LD2-wyyCkchYTnAg=&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">VanWineFest.ca</a></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Facebook &amp; Instagram: /VanWineFest<br />Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div style="color: maroon;"><strong>ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL</strong></div>Canada's premier wine show will mark its 39th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://61" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="61" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">from February 11</a>&nbsp;to 19, 2017. The festival features The Wine World Celebrates Canada&nbsp;as the theme. The festival will showcase 181 wineries from 16 countries (including 76 wineries from Canada) pouring a projected 1,550+ wines at 55 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://62" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="62" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">on Saturday, February 11</a>&nbsp;at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $8.7 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Canadian Vintners Association and the Import Vintners &amp; Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries' consulates and embassies.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; color: maroon; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><strong>ABOUT WINES OF CANADA</strong></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Wines of Canada is a collaborative initiative of the Canadian Vintners Association and regional wine associations - British Columbia Wine Institute, Wine Marketing Association of Ontario, Vignerons indépendants du Québec and the Winery Association of Nova Scotia - to bring the country's best wines to the world. Partial funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the AgriMarketing program through Growing Forward 2.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"><div><span style="color: maroon;"><strong>ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL</strong></span></div>Celebrating its 28th season in 2017, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano's Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver's downtown core. Bard on the Beach offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and popular special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2016, attendance exceeded 100,000 and more than 1.4 million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception.&nbsp;Next year's festival dates are&nbsp;<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://66" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="66" x-apple-data-detectors-type="calendar-event" x-apple-data-detectors="true">June 1 to September 23, 2017</a>&nbsp;and the lineup includes&nbsp;<em>Much Ado About Nothing</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Winter's Tale</em>,&nbsp;<em>The Merchant of Venice</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Two Gentlemen of Verona,</em>plus a special limited-run presentation of&nbsp;<em>Shylock</em>.</div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;"></div><div style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px;">Bard also offers a range of education programs, including&nbsp;Young Shakespeareans Workshops&nbsp;for 8-18 year-olds at its Vanier Park site during the summer, and Riotous Youth&nbsp;for 19 to 24-year-olds. During the school term, Bard also offers workshops for educators and youth in schools and community centres throughout BC's Lower Mainland, as well as at its new administrative home, the BMO Theatre Centre (<a dir="ltr" href="x-apple-data-detectors://67" style="-webkit-text-decoration-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.258824); color: black;" x-apple-data-detectors-result="67" x-apple-data-detectors-type="address" x-apple-data-detectors="true">162 West 1st Avenue</a>). Full details and education program information are at&nbsp;<a alt="http://bardonthebeach.org/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001ilMojJwtQanRw0TYU2zT29mazUrp0GTrSJM5b7ZbzNljdCB4CcBOTqET2UKEdQT7OrzA0pV8-o_40YczBdPAty7bSMxKX-4v0bANFK-O4tb5lBYva6rSm47kVTW3ENkBzUXpeScAvUC1BJMFZfUj0luLkbHF_dqhd2Gny6SW4UFx-bE2TMIBvQ==&amp;c=fEgv_D8V1H6L_HXlOy7hLLfp0uBSxmPhIpWnXopgz8U--ju7sxaWkQ==&amp;ch=hG8-bOlqElyHJGdHEUzNGSxLxa0AGhtP3RVHnUDMMM-ISmnCXE0aRA==" linktype="1" shape="rect" style="color: blue;" target="_blank" track="on">bardonthebeach.org</a>.</div><span style="font-family: &quot;arial&quot;; font-size: 16px;"><br /></span><br /><div align="center" style="text-align: center;">-30-</div>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-54631387729560219452016-04-17T12:28:00.002-07:002016-04-17T13:08:03.989-07:00Celebrate World Malbec Day Today - Sunday April 17-2016 - with a great Malbec!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.datamyne.com/multisite/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2015/04/Malbec-World-Day.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://www.datamyne.com/multisite/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2015/04/Malbec-World-Day.jpg" height="262" width="320" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Today is World Malbec Day - and a worthy event worth celebrating with a bottle of great wine - from the Malbec grape!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Malbec can be found most notably in Argentina and France, where it is used as a 100% varietal and also blended with other grapes.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Malbec is often&nbsp;referred to as a perfect "steak wine" - but even vegetarians can fully enjoy it's juicy, chocolatey, full dark red fruit flavours with all sorts of meals.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">One of the great things about Malbec is that it is very tasty at just about every price point - a lower cost Malbec is usually the best bet over other grapes and in the mid range it is magnificent.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Here's a few Malbec suggestions for today at various prices from two of my favourite wineries - and believe me, if you splurge, you will thank me for the excellent idea!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">These Malbecs are available in British Columbia, with links to info - and beyond but seriously, you can't go wrong with Malbec!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9lOhZbrnXc4/VTG2oNyrlHI/AAAAAAAADYs/gGztrTianSYEsWu4-ph0TcRJ5XbUMvSGQCKgB/s1600/IMG_0848.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9lOhZbrnXc4/VTG2oNyrlHI/AAAAAAAADYs/gGztrTianSYEsWu4-ph0TcRJ5XbUMvSGQCKgB/s320/IMG_0848.jpg" width="240" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Bramare from a previous vintage.</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">The <b>Catena Mendoza High Mountain Vines </b>is one of the staples of Malbec in BC and all over the world - always a great value and vintage after vintage - the current 2013 is widely available in<a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/478727"> BC Liquor Stores</a>&nbsp;on sale for $20.49 right now and also found in many private stores.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Even less is the <b><a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/478727">Vina Cobos Felino 2014</a></b> - on sale for only $17.49 and a real bargain at that price</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">If&nbsp;you want a special Sunday dinner treat - try one of these two:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Vina Cobos Bramare Lujan de Cuyo 2012&nbsp;</b>- $39.00 plus tax at BC Government <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/files/imagecache/product_larger/products/771592_0.jpg">Liquor Stores</a>. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">This is a killer wine developed by Paul Hobbs - everything Vina Cobos does is awesome in my book. &nbsp;Silky, smoky layers of black cherry and chocolate - mmmmm! Robert Parker rates it a 91 point wine.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Another awesome alternate is the <b>Catena Zapata Catena Alta 2011</b> - on sale at <a href="http://www.bcliquorstores.com/product/521849#">Liquor Stores </a>for $45.99 plus tax till April 30 - also delicious.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Always open to more suggestions - post your favourite Malbec here!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: #cccccc; font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif; font-size: xx-small;">.</span><br /><br /><br />Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-7288822636463637172016-02-26T17:10:00.002-08:002016-02-28T10:25:49.595-08:00Wine Barbarian UPDATED Quick Picks for the Vancouver International Wine Festival - great Italian wines and more!<span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xCqcQRSYBNI/VtDpzDz6ujI/AAAAAAAADm4/6FBw8BMjxnU/s1600/IMG_3706.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xCqcQRSYBNI/VtDpzDz6ujI/AAAAAAAADm4/6FBw8BMjxnU/s400/IMG_3706.JPG" width="400" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Barone Francesco Ricasoli and Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman!</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">If you are going to the&nbsp;Vancouver International&nbsp;Wine Festival tonight - Friday - or Saturday at 7 p.m. or Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. you are a lucky person indeed - because not only is Italy rocking the place with fantastic wines but so are the other countries in the tasting room!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">If you don't have tickets the bad news is both nights are sold out - the good news is that a&nbsp;limited number of tickets are made available in person only at 6 p.m. each night for the evening's tasting - worth a try.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And if&nbsp;you get in, I'm going to&nbsp;help out - by giving you my <b>Quick Picks</b> of some the many great wines being poured in the International Tasting&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iI-Fbueuzr4/VtDr77wi7WI/AAAAAAAADnE/fuZMGTV4or8/s1600/IMG_3698.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><img border="0" height="320" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iI-Fbueuzr4/VtDr77wi7WI/AAAAAAAADnE/fuZMGTV4or8/s320/IMG_3698.JPG" width="240" /></span></a><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I have been attending several events - including 1,000 Years of Tuscany with the charming <b>Barone Francesco Ricasoli</b>&nbsp;showing his&nbsp;marvellous wines going back to some 1997s - and was at Thursday's tasting working hard to do research for you!</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Let's start with the regional focus - Italy. &nbsp;And as with all tables - it's polite to try all 4 wines&nbsp;available but these are the ones I particularly liked:</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.baronericasoli.com/labels/wines/colledila/2011">Ricasoli</a></b> - The Barone is pouring - himself - some of their fine <b><a href="http://www.ricasoli.it/">Ricasoli</a></b> wines - try in particular the marvellous <b>Colledila 2011</b>- a Gran Selezione Chianti Classico full of black cherry goodness. &nbsp;I tried the 2010 and the 2011 - which is in the&nbsp;tasting room - both excellent.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O8QtSa6rJDQ/VtDu3VwVlFI/AAAAAAAADnQ/_a2NMEHdfzQ/s1600/IMG_3656.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O8QtSa6rJDQ/VtDu3VwVlFI/AAAAAAAADnQ/_a2NMEHdfzQ/s320/IMG_3656.JPG" width="320" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><i>Castello di Gabbiano winemaker Frederico Cerelli &amp; Bill Tieleman</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.castellogabbiano.it/cg/en/wines/the-labels/alleanza-i-g-t-en">Castello di Gabbiano</a></b> - Winemaker <b>Frederico Cerelli</b> is here and I enjoyed a fantastic dinner sitting next to him at Mark Taylor's Siena with some fabulous Tuscan wines.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I would recommend highly their <b>Alleanza IGT 2010</b> - a SuperTuscan blend of 60% Sangiovese and 40% Merlot -&nbsp;outstanding!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.roccadellemacie.com/en/vini-rossi.php?ids=30">Rocca delle Macie</a></b> - I also had the pleasure of attending a dinner as well as a vertical tasting of Roccato wines with owner <b>Sergio Zingarelli </b>- and he too is very charming! &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I have been drinking <b>Roccato</b> - a blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon - since their 2003 vintage - and it is simply delicious year after year! &nbsp;The Roccato 2010 is being poured at the Festival and the 2009 - which I love - is still available in BC Liquor Stores - both are beauties!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.integritywines.net/san-polino/">San Polino</a></b> - These are astonishing wines - not simply because they are all Brunello di Montalcino wines, not only because they are stunning but also because they are very expensive to be pouring - from $105 to $135 a bottle! &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">All great but I particularly enjoyed the <b>Helishrysum Brunello</b>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">2009&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">- really amazing.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></span><br /><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sfBe57iKB-4/VtD3Y8oywRI/AAAAAAAADng/6m_4B0qbIBk/s1600/IMG_3619.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><img border="0" height="240" src="https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sfBe57iKB-4/VtD3Y8oywRI/AAAAAAAADng/6m_4B0qbIBk/s320/IMG_3619.JPG" width="320" /></span></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Sergio Zingarelli of Rocca delle Macie with Iain Philip</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.agricolasanfelice.it/en/">San Felice</a></b> - Another Tuscan winery with top notch wines at the table! &nbsp;I especially liked the Il Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2011 - wow! &nbsp;And for $44.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.tenutasetteponti.it/eng/vini.asp?p=oreno">Tenute Sette Ponti/Feudo Maccari </a></b>- Yes, I didn't get out of Tuscany for the most part but it is such a great wine region. &nbsp;Their Crognolo has been a staple wine for me for many vintages - buy some - but their Tenute Sette Ponti Oreno IGT 2013 was a revelation! &nbsp;Yes, it costs $86 - over double the Crognolo - but what a wonderful wine. &nbsp;Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot - all Bordeaux grapes - grown in Tuscany. &nbsp;Smooth, big and velvety goodness!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I am running out of time and space - but in the Italian section don't miss <b>Damiliano</b> for their Barolos - <b>Argentiera</b> for their SuperTuscan Bolhgheri Superiore 2012 - Argiano for their <b>Solango IGT Toscana 2012</b> and <b>Brunello DOCG 2011</b>- and <b>Biondi Santi</b> for their <b>Braccale IGT Rosso Toscana 2011</b> - a $37 bargain!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Also <b>Allegrini</b> and <b>Vieti</b> and <b>Cesari</b> - but there's so much more I haven't yet tasted!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Leaving Italy, reluctantly, there are lots of other great wines from other countries represented.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Australia</b> - Always so very impressive is <b><a href="http://www.inlandtrading.com.au/">Inland Trading Co.</a></b>, with managing director and Festival regular Greg Corra - a lot of fun to talk with every year! &nbsp;Their lineup is magnificent throughout but don't miss the Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz 2012 - absolutely stunning wine!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>New&nbsp;Zealand</b> - Another great guy to talk about his great wines is Jim Robertson at <b><a href="http://www.stoneleigh.co.nz/">Stoneleigh</a></b> - a regular visitor to Vancouver - pouring two Sauvignon Blancs and two Pinot Noirs from one of my favourite wine regions. &nbsp;I really loved the <b>Rapaura Pinot Noir 2014</b> - and for $32 it's a bargain.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Canada</b> - There are just loads of great BC wineries in attendance - how to choose? &nbsp;But I&nbsp;will based on my limited time tasting - <b><a href="http://www.paintedrock.ca/">Painted Rock</a> </b>is marvellous -&nbsp;visited them in&nbsp;Penticton this summer too - try the <b>Red Icon 2013</b> flagship. &nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b><a href="http://www.osoyooslarose.com/">Osoyoos Larose</a></b> - three vintages of <b>Le Grand Vin</b> to choose from - all fabulous!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Mission Hill </b>- See my friend Ingo Grady there and taste their new <a href="http://www.missionhillwinery.com/estatewines/wineportfolio/terroircollection.aspx"><b>Terroir Collection</b> </a>- an exciting new line of wonderful wines!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>France - Famille Perrin </b>-&nbsp;always great wines from top to bottom but I adore <b><a href="http://www.beaucastel.com/en/">Beaucastel&nbsp;Chateauneuf-Du-Pape </a></b>- a 2012 is being poured by Thomas Perrin - a charming fellow.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Laurent-Perrier</b> - the only Champagne in the room and one of the best! &nbsp;All beauties and pricey but none more than the <b><a href="http://www.laurent-perrier.com/en/the-wines/grand-siecle/introduction/">Grand&nbsp;Siecle NV</a> </b>at $173 a bottle - mmmm!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Croatia</b> - yes, from the Dalmatia&nbsp;region <a href="http://www.stina-vino.hr/en/about-us">Stina </a>returns to Vancouver with some amazing wines you've never heard of or tasted - till today! &nbsp;I&nbsp;enjoyed their offerings last year and it's a great chance to try their reds and whites - all priced in the $40-$60 range. &nbsp;Stina means "white stone" in Croatian and their labels are stunning.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">That's all for now but watch for Tweets - @BillTieleman - and updates as best I can between glasses!</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">.</span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8551307591371387285.post-56915873611822822712016-02-05T00:29:00.000-08:002016-02-07T13:35:38.750-08:00Vancouver International Wine Festival 2016 events selling out fast - don't delay - get tickets today!<table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="MsoNormalTable" style="border-collapse: collapse; border: none; margin-left: -5.4pt; mso-padding-alt: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-table-layout-alt: fixed;"> <tbody><tr style="mso-yfti-firstrow: yes; mso-yfti-irow: 0;"> <td style="border: none; padding: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; width: 413.0pt;" width="413"><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-align: center; text-autospace: none;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-UFI_W1lN5Ho/VrRaqEeL8eI/AAAAAAAADlU/QhaZtKPaZp8/s1600/ift-3.jpg"><span style="color: #0000e9; 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font-size: 16.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></div></td> </tr><tr style="mso-yfti-irow: 1; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes;"> <td style="border: none; padding: 0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; width: 413.0pt;" width="413"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AsjcjWWVVt0/VrRcyIwaW9I/AAAAAAAADlg/Y3pilhN8W8s/s1600/IMG_1050_2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="300" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AsjcjWWVVt0/VrRcyIwaW9I/AAAAAAAADlg/Y3pilhN8W8s/s400/IMG_1050_2.JPG" width="400" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">You don't have to be a wine snob to enjoy the VIWF!</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-align: center; text-autospace: none;"><b><i><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot;; font-size: 13.0pt;">Book tickets now or you won't be there to enjoy great wines!</span></i><span style="font-family: &quot;times&quot;; font-size: 13.0pt;"><o:p></o:p></span></b></div></td> </tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I</span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">t may be the news you don't want to hear - but tickets for <b>2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival</b> events are&nbsp;</span><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><u>selling out quickly!</u></b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Already <b><u>not</u></b> available are:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">Saturday February 28's evening <b>International Festival Tasting - sold out</b><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Dine Italia </b>at La&nbsp;Terrazza&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span><b style="font-family: '&quot;trebuchet ms&quot;', sans-serif;">&nbsp;- sold out</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>50 Years of Campofiorin</b>at Glowbal&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span><b style="font-family: '&quot;trebuchet ms&quot;', sans-serif;">&nbsp;- sold out</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>Under The Tuscan Sun</b>at Siena&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span><b style="font-family: '&quot;trebuchet ms&quot;', sans-serif;">&nbsp;- sold out</b><br /><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><b>California Cruisin'</b> </span><b style="font-family: '&quot;trebuchet ms&quot;', sans-serif;">- sold out</b></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">And many more events are down to just a few tickets - so get your credit card out, go to your computer and book now - don't be disappointed, because this will be a great Festival and these special tastings are truly unique!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; , sans-serif;">I hope to see you there!</span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="mso-layout-grid-align: none; mso-pagination: none; text-autospace: none;"><span style="font-family: &quot;trebuchet ms&quot; 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margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.cantinetta-antinori.com/sites/cantinetta/files/styles/fullscreen_image/public/up_tignanello_packshot_3_big_2.jpg?itok=sOo5iWRz" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" src="http://www.cantinetta-antinori.com/sites/cantinetta/files/styles/fullscreen_image/public/up_tignanello_packshot_3_big_2.jpg?itok=sOo5iWRz" height="213" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><i>Tignanello - one of Antinori's killer SuperTuscan wines</i></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Also sure to be fully subscribed is <b>1,000 Years of Tuscany</b> with Barone Francesco Ricasoli of the famous wine family in attendance, featuring Chianti Classico wines and&nbsp;</span><b style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Amaronely: Only&nbsp;Amarone</b><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">&nbsp;on Thursday Feb. 26 for $85 featuring fabulous&nbsp;Amarone wines from Valpolicelli.</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Please be assured that Italy is not the only country with wines at the Festival - in fact, there are&nbsp;over 1450 wines from 14 countries and 155 wineries participating over the eight-day event - France, Spain, Australia, Canada, the U.S., Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Greece, Japan and even Croatia are represented in addition to Italy!</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">There are so many other events to choose from and you simply can't go wrong with any of them - unless you procrastinate on buying your tickets - so&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">remember that they go on sale&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Tuesday January 12 at 9:30 a.m. and many will sell out that very day!</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V6gvsyTa6z4/Vo3QBWhzFcI/AAAAAAAADlE/msPLGWLCp9Q/s1600/IMG_0185.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-V6gvsyTa6z4/Vo3QBWhzFcI/AAAAAAAADlE/msPLGWLCp9Q/s320/IMG_0185.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">Rock star wine maker Charles Smith of Walla Walla poses at 2015 VIWF</span></i></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">The VIWF is also a unique&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: \Trebuchet MS\, sans-serif;">opportunity</span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;">&nbsp;to meet winemakers, owners or principal staff of every winery at the event - it's a requirement - and that means you can meet legendary figures in&nbsp;the wine world, as I did with "Godfather of Zinfandel" <b><a href="http://www.ravenswoodwinery.com/Joel#joel/joel_peterson">Joel Peterson</a> </b>of Ravenswood Winery last Festival or <b><a href="http://www.charlessmithwines.com/about-charles-smith.php">Charles Smith</a> of</b> Walla Walla's great K Vintners and Charles Smith Wines - one of the wine world's rock stars.</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"></span> <span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Be sure to follow #VIWF on Twitter for updates from the Festival and wine writers and collectors - lots of good tips there. &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">And watch this space closer to the Festival and during it for my recommended wines to taste!</span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Cheers and see you at the VIWF!&nbsp;</span><br /><div><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="background-color: white; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><span style="color: #f3f3f3; font-size: xx-small;">.</span></span><br /><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: Trebuchet MS, sans-serif;"><br /></span>Bill Tielemanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03304971610140279157noreply@blogger.com0