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.
For every Yellow Tail or Hardy’s, there are a multitude of stories to be told about premium Australian labels that have upheld traditional winemaking ideals with the goal of delivering boutique, terroir-driven wines.
Miguel A. Torres, born in 1941, is one of the most celebrated wine icons in the world. He has won numerous accolades including the prestigious Decanter Man of the Year award in 2002. Yet, despite all his fame and the success of the Torres corporation, he is remarkably down-to-earth, humble, and lovingly self-deprecating.
We did our best to make our way through the Tasting Room at the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and came out feeling like we’d barely scratched the surface. With over 700 wines to taste, from 176 wineries, 15 countries, and only 3 hours on Thursday night, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. We arrived with a plan of attack composed of a list of wineries we had to try. Unfortunately, some tables were constantly 3 people deep so our best laid plans were only partially realized. So many wines, so little time.