VanWineFest 2017 – 15 Wine Picks from Around the World

Beside the theme country every year in the Festival Tasting room of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, there are all the other wineries from countries around the world offering their wines for you to try.  Below are 15 wines that I thought were excellent.  Some may be in BC liquor stores and others may have only been available during the Festival.  Enjoy.

Sparkling Wine

Bortolomiol Jus Naturae Prosecco Superiore 2015, Veneto, Italy – Light stone fruit nose.  High acidity with biting bubble.  Stone fruit and apples.  An elegant sparkling wine. 4.5 Stars

Giusti Wine Asolo Prosecco Brut DOCG NV, Veneto, Italy – Medium body, dry with small, creamy bubble.  Apples and stone fruit flavours.  Very good. 4.5 Stars

Mondo del Vino Cuvage Nebbiolo Alba DOC Rose VSQ Metodo Classico NV, Piedmont, Italy – Pear skin colour with light stone fruit nose.  Dry, small bubble, and citrus and apples on the palate.  Elegant. 4.5 Stars

Santa Margherita Brut Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG NV, Italy – Toasty, stone fruit nose.U Medium creamy bubble, off-dry.with stone fruit and citrus flavours.  Good quality. 4.5 Stars

Sieur d’Arques Aguila – AOP Cremant de Limoux, France – Nice citrus and stone fruit aromas.  Dry, medium acidity with lifted stone fruit aromas.  Tasty.  I bought several bottles of this bubble. 4.5 Stars

Bortolomiol, Sieur d'Arques Aguila, Santa Margherita, and Mondo del Vino Cuvage sparkling wines

Bortolomiol, Sieur d’Arques Aguila, Santa Margherita, and Mondo del Vino Cuvage sparkling wines

White Wine

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016, New Zealand – Green fruit nose.  Medium body, soft and dry with integrated acidity and minerality.  Stone fruit and green fruit flavours. 4.5 Stars

Whitehaven Greg Sauvignon Blanc, Single Vineyard Awatere Valley 2015, New Zealand – Very asparagus nose and on the palate.  Dry with medium acidity and minerality. 4.5 Stars

Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc 2016, New Zealand – Lots of green fruit on the nose, together with some petrol.  Dry, medium body and light mouth feel.  Green fruit, jalapeno and honey on the palate.  Nice. 4.5 Stars

Bodega Garzon Albarino 2015, Uruguay – Nice floral and stone fruit nose. Medium minus body, dry with medium acid.  Stone fruit and light sweet spice on the palate.  4.5 Stars

Bodega Garzon Viognier 2016, Uruguay – Lush, ripe sweet stone fruit and a hint of honey on the nose.  Dry, medium body, round, with medium plus mouth feel.  Light stone fruit, oak and some flintiness.  Elegant. 4.5 Stars

Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc, Bodega Garzon Viognier and Albarino, and Whitehaven Greg Sauvignon Blanc wines

Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc, Bodega Garzon Viognier and Albarino, and Whitehaven Greg Sauvignon Blanc wines

Red Wine

Vina Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2013, Chile – Dark fruit, dark chocolate and a hint of capsicum on the nose.  Full body, round with medium acidity and fine tannins.  Ripe black fruit and cassis flavour. 4.5 Stars

Vina Ventisquero Vertice Carmenere/Syrah 2012, Chile – Deep ruby colour.  Ripe, juicy cassis nose along with  a hint of capsicum.  Dry, full body, soft and smooth with medium tannins.  Ripe cassis, black cherry and plum flavours.  4.5 Stars

Bodega Garzon Tannat 2014, Uruguay – Deep garnet.  Really floral, plus cassis on the nose.  Full body, soft with ripe cassis, nutmeg and ripe juicy fruit and sweet spice on the palate.  Mineral. 4.5 Stars

Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Pinot Noir 2014, California – Pale garnet in the glass. Nice light red cherry nose.  Light body, with red fruit, floral and cranberry flavours.  Soft tannins.  Very elegant. 4.5 Stars

Kenwood Vineyards Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California – Deep garnet colour.  Capsicum and dark fruit nose.  Medium plus body, round with firm tannins.  Juicy cassis, vanilla and capsicum flavours.  Drying tannins on the finish.  Good quality. 4.5 Stars

Bodega Garzon Tannat, Vina Ventisquero Vertice Carmenere Syrah, Don Maximiano Founder's Reserve 2013, Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Pinot Noir and Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon wines

Bodega Garzon Tannat, Vina Ventisquero Vertice Carmenere Syrah, Don Maximiano Founder’s Reserve 2013, Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Pinot Noir and Jack London Cabernet Sauvignon wines

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Some people prefer red wines. Some only like Cabernet Sauvignon. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I met many great wine makers. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.