This afternoon was the official kick off of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Our emcee was Mr. Harry Hertscheg, the Playhouse Wine Fest’s manager. He very eloquently introduced we in the media to this year’s event, with Chile as the host country, and Cabernet as our global grape focus.
At JOEY‘s downtown, we nibbled on a variety of latin-inspired appetizers and sipped a variety of wines from around the world, that will be poured during the Wine Festival. Two of the wines were from Chile; a Leyda Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and an Errazuriz Carmenere (That’s Chile’s signature red grape by the way!). I really liked the Sauvignon Blanc. Leyda Valley is a very cool climate region south of the Casablanca Valley and close to the Chilean coastline. The Errazuriz Carmenere also is also a nice example of the wine produced by the Carmenere grape. Soft in the mouth, fruity with capsicum on the nose.
So from now till Sunday there are dinners, seminars, and of course the big International Festival Tasting room. There are still some tickets available to various events. Here is the link to tickets for you.
Where can you find me during the wine festival?
- You’ll Tell Two Friends…: Social Media Symposium
- Northern Gem, Southern Icon (Concha y Toro winery at Blue Water Cafe)
- Food & Wine in Balance (Be a food & wine pairing expert)
- Speaking Frankly about Franc (Learn about Cabernet Franc)
Keep checking into my blog as I will be posting as I attend these events, and sending tweets from my twitter account @mywinepal.
Interested in Going to Chile to try Wine?
I have arranged a 10 day wine and food tour of Chile and Argentina. The tour will start May 23 and finish on June 1, 2012. Starting in Santiago we will visit several wineries around Santiago and further south in the premium Colchagua Valley, then cross the Andes and visit several wineries in Mendoza, Argentina, and end up in Buenos Aries, experiencing the city, taking in a tango show, and more. Here are the details of the wine tour for you. I am keeping this tour small so that we all get personal attention from the restaurants and wineries we will visit. Register soon before all the seats have been reserved.