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21st Annual Feast of Fields by FarmFolk, CityFolk

I went to the 21st Annual Feast of Fields event on Sunday, September 13, and wow was that an amazing event—it blew me away!

The Feast of Fields event is the best of both worlds for foodies and wine lovers.  The event benefits FarmFolk, CityFolk, a non for profit society that supports sustainable agriculture. The event is being held at three different locations this year and I went to the Vancouver Metro event, held at the UBC Farm. The ambiance was very country and folksy, with live bands playing in the background, 14 tents set up and an array of picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic tables set up and people sprawled out among the lush fields of green grass. The sun was out and people were eating and laughing.

I even met a few friends because the attendees were really social and open to chatting! You know what they say, “Food and Wine bring people together.”

As I made my rounds to visit different tents, each featuring sampler-sized delicacies and wine pairings, I discovered a few of my favourite wines of the day, and food of course.

I have a preference for sweeter wines, so Chaberton Estate Winery’s 2014 Reserve Bacchus, a relative of the Riesling, was one that I carried around with me for a good hour. The Bacchus has aromas of citrus, chamomile and apricots. This off dry wine has flavours of peach, orange blossom and soft lemon notes. It isn’t as sweet as the Riesling, and complemented a lot of the sweeter finger foods found at many of the tents, usually various toppings and sauces served on top of crackers, crisps or cookies.


But, my absolute favourite is Meadow Vista Honey Wines’ Bliss, a sparkling cherry honey wine. You can taste notes of cherry, plum and Pinot Noir. They described it as very similar to an adult cooler. Instead of using sugar, all of their wines are made using honey creating high quality meads. There’s a very distinct taste as you sip on it and makes a great dessert wine.

I had Bella Gellateria’s Burnt Caramel gelato after this, and it worked so well together.

The next wine that stood out to me was Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery’s sparkling raspberry wine and blueberry dessert wine. This wine was quite sweet as expected from dessert wines, the bursts of raspberry and blueberry notes were a great end to a wonderful three hours spend on the farm.

From others who attended the event in the past, this year’s event has improved immensely. It was definitely a $95 well spent. I can’t wait for the next one.

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Inaugural Tasting and Launch of #FernWalk

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a launch organized by Mark Anthony Fine Wine Merchants to celebrate the inaugural tasting of the newest wine to celebrate nature, Fern Walk. I also had the pleasure of meeting Tracy Davies, Trade Marketing Manager, and Rucco D’Agostino, Director of Sales Western Canada from the team.

Tracy Davies of Mark AnthonyFine Wines with Lesley, uncorkBC Contributor

Seeing the enthusiasm and excitement exhibited by the Mark Anthony team is truly amazing. And it doesn’t hurt to sip on wine, while being accompanied by the brilliant scenery available at the Seasons in the Park restaurant at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, BC.

Now, on to the good stuff.

Relax. Breathe deeply.

That’s part of the slogan of the new wine and exactly what I needed to do as it is one of the first few events I am attending as a contributing blogger! Surprisingly, I got through it fine by sipping on the refreshing white whites offered under the Fern Walk brand: 2014 Pinot Gris and 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.

They say, tasting wine is very subjective, but I could not miss the taste of the Okanagan Valley and several other fruity notes.

2014 Pinot Gris

The 2014 Pinot Gris is unoaked to preserve the fresh varietal character. The colour is a gorgeous golden with pinkish hues. The wine has amazing minerality and spice that is complemented by flavours of apricot, papaya, passionfruit and aromatic honeyblossoms.

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a medium-bodied with a subtle grassy notes, tropical fruit including kiwi and passionfruit, and vibrant citrus flavours with a delightful balanced acidity. The finish is crisp with a touch of kick. Stainless steel fermentation for seven months ensures the fresh fruit character.

Fern Walk (Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc) is sold exclusively at BC Liquor Stores (BCLDB) for $16.99 CDN with around 3500 cases produced in total.

What do you taste? Share your thoughts with us and the Mark Anthony team by using #FernWalk and tagging @MarkAnthonyWine and @UncorkBC.