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Put this Rhône Festival on Your Bucket List – For the Wine Trade

Découvertes en Vallée du Rhône

Rhone, there is so much to discover, from scintillating Syrah, to ripe summer fruits from Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne, to full-bodied, ripe red and black fruit blends from Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  I’ve travelled twice to France and both times I stopped in…

A Sumptuous Bordeaux Winery Dinner with Chateau de Lamarque

Who is Chateau de Lamarque? A winery with a long history in Bordeaux.  From the Chateau de Lamarque website, “…The feudal lord of Lamarque (the step) was so named because it was situated on the border of Guyenne. Along with…

VanWineFest Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction – Get Your Tickets

Chateau Petrus

One of the highlights of the Vancouver International Wine Festival is the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction.  Beyond the amazing food and wine that you will eat and drink, there is an auction of wines that will make your jaw…

Which Wine Stars Can You Meet at Vancouver International Wine Fest 2017?

One of the great things about the Vancouver International Wine Festival is that in the big Festival Tasting Room at the Conference Centre is that you can meet a winery principal and talk to him or her about their wines.…

A Few Wine Gems from the Mark Anthony Portfolio 2016

A wine agent’s portfolio tasting typically gives you the chance to try both listed as well as spec wines; wines that may only show up in specialty wine shops or restaurants, in limited quantities.  I have been to Mark Anthony…

A Canadian Invasion at the Vancouver International Wine Festival

Canadian flag

O Canada!  Our 150th birthday is next year, 2017, and we need to celebrate.  The Vancouver International Wine Festival felt the spirit and chose Canada as the theme country for the Festival in 2017.  It is not just wineries from…