Best of BC from the VIWF

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is wrapping up today, and after hundreds of wine tastings over the weekend, I have developed my Best of BC list and wine recommendations.

Best of BC from the VIWF (in no particular order):

1. Black Hills Estate Winery: Nota Bene 2010

2. Tinhorn Creek: Oldfield Series Cabernet Franc 2009

3. Meyer Family Vineyards: Gewurztraminer- Mclean Creek Vineyard 2011

4.Nk’Mip Cellars: Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir 2010

5. Mission Hill Family Estate: Compendium 2009

6. Road 13 Vineyards: Seventy-Four K 2011 *Note: name change. This wine used to be called Rockpile.

I am so proud of all the wineries representing BC at the festival. I really felt we were able to stand up on the world stage and showcase some great wines. Be sure to mark your calendars for next years wine festival, running February 24 to March 2, 2014 celebrating theme country France with a global focus on bubbly. With so many BC wineries producing delicious bubbles, I am sure they will be pouring some extra special bottles next year.

Did you go to the Vancouver International Wine Festival tasting room? I would love to hear your BC wine picks. Tweet me @uncorkBC.

Vancouver, the wine world is finally here!

The 35th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival officially kicked off yesterday at Joey Restaurants Wine Room in Vancouver. With sparkling wine handed to you at the door, and a wine menu specially picked out to pair with delicious dishes, it was set to be a perfect way to celebrate the festival.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) is one of my favourite events in Vancouver. I look forward to it each year, as it’s a magical place where the wine world comes together under one roof at the beautiful Vancouver Convention Centre, to celebrate and share their passion for wine. Where else do you have an opportunity to taste over 1, 850 wines from 175 wineries in the city?

Each year the festival highlights a Theme Region and Global Focus to celebrate during the festival. This year, Vancouver welcomes California, with a focus on Chardonnay. Even though this isn’t my favourite varietal (*wine made primarily from a particular grape variety), I am sure after my two visits to the International Festival Tasting Room, I will find something I enjoy.

If you will be attending VIWF, be sure to tweet me @uncorkBC and tell me your favourite wineries. See you in the Tasting Room!