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#VPIWF: The 2010 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival in Tweets

21 Apr

How much has the (Vancouver) wine world really embraced twitter? This post is a bit of an experiment in the matter, and depends wholly on Twitter users for the quality of its content.

I’ve added a new feed (right sidebar) so you can follow along in real-time with all the action of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (#VPIWF), courtesy Vancouver’s most hardcore wine-geek tweeps.


Please note, this post is a WIP: I will compile interesting tweets from various VPIWF events in this post as the festivities continue.


» Diva(s) at the Met

What happens when a group of women get together? They talk wine, of course! Host Daenna Van Mulligen (aka Wine Diva) will introduce you to an international group of winemakers, proprietors and industry principals, who will share not only the wines they represent, but also the stories of their journey as a woman in the grape trade. After, schmooze and enjoy a selection of small bites prepared to match each wine by Diva at the Met Chef Dino Renaerts. Diva(s) at the Met

TheWineDiva Trying to get to my Divas at the Met event #vpiwf but the 4/20 pot protest has shut down traffic- great- come early. You’ll be stuck too

rtay Heading to the Metropolitan Hotel for Diva(s) at the Met, my first official @PlayhouseWine fest event of what will be a very boozy week.

lfroese Food porn: canapes from Divas at the Met MMMMMMMMM #vpiwf #wine @thewinediva http://tweetphoto.com/19277394

TheWineDiva Divas at the Met 2010 has wrapped. Inspiring women, stories and wine. I am awed-thanks to all you wine divas out there!! #vpiwf

» Canadian Wine Summit as interpreted by @yaffler

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is pleased to announce a very special dialogue about Canadian wine issues as part of the Trade Days Conference.  What is Wine Brand Canada?   Is it Icewine internationally?  How does Cellared in Canada fit in?  How relevant are issues regarding sustainability?

Master Sommelier John Szabo moderates the morning, in-camera Strategy Session (9:30 – 11:30 am) featuring presentations by Mike Weir Wine, Tinhorn Creek, LCBO, Vincor, Brock University, Flat Rock Cellars, Andrew Peller and Mark Anthony Brands. The Canadian Wine Summit

Yaffler Interesting perspectives in this morning’s Canadian Wine Summit. Although As in all things, the big producers dominated proceedings #VPIWF

Yaffler Purpose of this morning’s Canadian Wine Summit: define winebrand Canada. Initial ideas: focus on diversity & sustainability. #VPIWF

Yaffler But before understanding & defining winebrand Canada, should everyone agree on just what it means to be Canadian in a general sense #VPIWF

Yaffler Key Canadian #wine asset is wine tourism. Vital to building the brand & creating emotional ties #VPIWF

Yaffler The big 3 want cooperation in building winebrand Canada. But only on their terms… #VPIWF Continue reading


Wine and Food Pairing: Sushi

9 Jun

from: http://www.everythingwine.ca/blog

Three words best describe summer dining: light, fresh, and delicious. For me, nothing satisfies these criteria better than a casual lunch on the patio of my favourite local sushi joint. After a quick glance at the menu, I’ve decided on an assortment of nigiri sushi and cucumber rolls. But the question remains: what to wash it down with?

read more of my first blog post for EW!

congrats on the retirement, dave. enjoy!

4 Jun

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Big congratulations to Dave on his recent retirement.  I was more than happy to help put together a package for him.  Now I’m terribly envious of his personal wine library! This is a killer group of wines that can be enjoyed for the next decade and beyond.  Keep reading for details on Dave’s 12 new friends.

Cheers, Dave!

Continue reading

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc (2007)

15 May

Amisfield's Central Otago vineyards

Amisfield's Central Otago vineyards

New Zealand = Sauvignon Blanc, right? Check out the Kiwi section of your local wine shop and you’ll see countless Sauvignon wines, with the odd Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling peppered in for good measure. But the vast majority of NZ SBs are from the Marlborough region – that Northeast corner of the South Island where 62% of the island nation’s vineyards are and where Sauvignon Blanc is undisputed King. Head south to Central Otago, home of New Zealands best Pinot Noirs. At 45º South, Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world. But as far as Canadians know, New Zealand = Sauvignon Blanc, so we still see Sauvignon Blanc wines from Central Otago in our shops, when they arguably create much better Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. The other thing that New Zealand’s wines are known for is quality. Excellent quality, in fact, in everything they produce and export. The cheapest Kiwi wine in BC is $15.99 and it’s very good. NZ just doesn’t produce the mass <$10 bulk wines that Australia and other regions do. And that’s a good thing.A SB nv

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Amisfield Wine Company

Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Central Otago, New Zealand
$32.99 Everything Wine

Amisfield Wine Company is a small estate winery with a vineyard near Lake Dunstan in Central Otago. They specialize in Pinot Noir, Champagne-method bubblies, and aromatic whites such as the lip-smacking 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. The latter wine is delightfully bright, with intense aromas of gooseberry and boxwood, with subtle floral and mineral notes. The palate is clean and lively, with lime, passionfruit, flint and cut grass. Amisfield claims 10% barrel fermentation in French oak, but it’s hardly noticeable here. There is a touch of roundness in the end palate before a firm streak of acidity sparks your thirst back up. 92 points

New Zealand’s Wine Glut

12 Feb


A bumper crop in 2008 has resulted in an oversupply of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other Kiwi wine.  As prices fall, local producers look to renew a national focus on quality to help reduce tonnage in 2009 and beyond.  Exports are also on the rise, especially to Australia, in an attempt to spread the glut around.  Here’s hoping BC wine lovers benefit from expanded selection and lower prices in the New Zealand section of our local wine shops.  For more on this topic, check out the stories below.

from TVNZ:

It’s a good time for wine drinkers to stock up their cellars as an oversupply of Sauvignon Blanc forces producers to slash prices…

from The National Business Review:

As the countdown to the 2009 harvest gets underway, some vineyards are still feeling the hangover from last year’s vintage as a global glut and lower prices begin to bite…

from Bloomberg.com:

New Zealand’s annual wine exports rose 19 percent to a record, boosted by a bigger grape harvest and rising demand, according to the industry’s national organization…

Huia Sauvignon Blanc (2006)

27 Jan


Huia Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Marlborough, New Zealand
$17.99 BC Liquor Stores (delisted)

Reduced from $24.99 (but now sold out), the Huia Sauvignon Blanc was a steal if you happened upon a bottle in early January. Intense gooseberry aromas in the glass with bright papaya and citrus notes. Concentrated pineapple and lime on the palate with the requisite herbaceous, grassy hint and a refreshing, almost effervescent acidity reminiscent of SweeTARTS candies. Definitely a Best Buy at $17.99, but if it retuns at its old price of $25 I’d recommend others first. 88 points

Also try:
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ $19.99 89 points
Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, NZ $19.99 89 points

V I N O | V A L O R E {issue 2}

23 Jan

misterio2Your holiday-party hangover has dissipated, but your holiday-spending hangover likely has not, so in this issue I reveal more great-value wines that will satisfy your tastebuds and your budget. Bigger and better, with more wines and more great buys – welcome to issue 2 of vino valore!
download issue 2.pdf

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in this issue:
Fontana Misterio Roble, Ucles, Spain
Viña Alarba Viñas Viejas Garnacha, Calatayud, Spain
Don Domenico Baires Cabernet Malbec, San Juan, Argentina
Casa Santos Lima Amoras Tinto, Estremadura, Portugal
and more!

download issue 2.pdf

more reviews and exclusive articles here

email joe: vinovalore@gmail.com

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc ’06

11 Jan

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Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Marlborough, New Zealand

$19.99 Everything Wine, BC Liquor Stores

Brilliant straw yellow with an intense nose of classic Kiwi Sauvignon aromas. Fresh green asparagus dominates with lemon-lime, gooseberry, guava and cut grass fleshing out the nose. Mouthfeel is richer than most of its competitors with green apple, grapefruit, cream and more grass. Mouthwatering acidity persists through the lengthy finish. The slightly round creaminess provides balance to the crisp grassy-citrus not often encountered in <$20 NZ Sauvignon. Drink now. 89 points – Best Buy