No study for the WSET diploma fortified unit would be complete without a visit to Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Sherry. We discovered our love for Sherry whilst living in Vancouver and were excited to explore its origins. We visited three very different bodegas during our weekend getaway – Lustau, Bodegas Tradicion and Gonzalez Byass, all located in Jerez de la Frontera.
We’ve relocated to London, UK, for a few years of work, but more importantly, access to wine regions. Although it was difficult to leave our friends & family in Vancouver, the promise of being a quick train ride away from France, or a budget airline flight to Italy, Spain, Portugal, etc., was too good to pass up.
On Day 2 of the 2012 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, we focused our sights on the Regional Theme of this year’s event: Chile. This is region that we don’t spend a lot of money on normally due to the tendency for most wines to bear that “Chilean funk” on the nose: a mix of green pepper, plaster, and rubber. However, what we found was that there were some definite categories of wine that we’d long overlooked.
Here were our favorite wines from California Cruisin’. Look for them on the Tasting Room floor during the remainder of the Wine Festival sessions.
He says: We’re actually looking forward to the rest of the new portfolio from this winery.
She says: Lovely, rich fruit and strong grassy notes, all rounded beautifully by a hint of oak.
He says: Well done, Foxtrot Vineyards. Massively impressed.
She says: The best BC Chardonnay I have tasted to date.
He says: This is a wine to be savoured slowly, but it tastes so good that you’ll have a hard time keeping your glass full.
She says: It had layer upon layer of flavour, a depth rarely seen by us mere mortals.