Vancouver Wine Festival – Day 2 Already

10.52pm, Thursday 1st March, Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Just got in from the first public tasting session of the Festival folks – my feet hurt, I’m losing my voice, and I have to be honest with you … I’ve developed an acute and sudden interest in the wines of Chile, the feature country at this year’s Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival! It’s not just the wines gals; these Chilean winemakers all look like rockstars. I kid you not!

On a more professional note, I have much to report. I need to put words and tasting notes with these pictures in the morning, as this is what I’ve been up to over the last 36 hours:

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Was on the panel discussing “Sustainability, organic and biodynamic with respect to winegrowing” with Wine Australia’s Mark Davidson, Rhys Pender MW, and Alvaro Espinoza from Emiliana Vineyards in Chile – above is the tasting sheet from the event. Much more on this and the wines tomorrow!

Then it was straight up the street to the Metropolitan Hotel for wine journalist Daenna van Mulligan’s fourth consecutive year of the “Divas at The Met” event – six women in various wine industry roles talk about their worlds, with wines and matching canapés.

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Then we have the opening trade and exhibitor lunch, and we share a table with great folks with whom we share a distributor here in British Columbia – Miguel Torres. Here’s their wines at lunch with the local BC seafood entree. Left to right is the ‘Vancouver Island Scallop, Papaya, Cilantro’ ; ‘Local tuna, yuzu, crispy fennel’ & ‘BC halibut, Roma tomato, white truffle oil’.

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After lunch we went straight across to the exhibition hall for the three-hour trade tasting session, and at 5pm it was onto the panel for the “Kings of Cabernet” seminar. I sat next to Prof Lynn from Majella. He showed his 2009 Coonawarra Cabernet, and I talked about our Yalumba 2007 Menzies Coonawarra Cabernet. They were two “good neighbor” vineyards – being only about a mile apart on the “terra rossa cigar” – that showed well like regional mates. The Majella Cabernet was mint pattie choc aromatics and ours was cassis mint eucalyptus. As Prof said: “That’s Coonawara Cab”. More tomorrow on the other 12 wines in the lineup.

This is the ‘runway’ out in the harbour next to the Convention Centre – the venue for the Festival – where the float planes operate to and from Victoria Island.

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And here’s the “Kings Of Cabernet” tasting, the complete brainchild of moderator and MW Barbara Philip

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Big day folks, and 3 more days to go! See ya when it’s Friday!

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