Tag Archive for Tuscany

Celebrating the Year of the Rooster for Chinese New Year with Wine

Chinese New Year Rooster 2017

Chinese New Year Day of the Rooster is on January 28, 2017. It is also known as the Female Fire Chicken year. Red is connected to the fire in Chinese tradition.  According to chinesefortunecalendar.com, “…Chicken is a Female Metal. Female Metal is…

Italy’s Wine Meridian Tour Comes to Vancouver

Wine Meridian

Did you know that Italy has more than 500 DOCs, more than 2000 Italian grape varieties, and covers nearly 700,000 hectares of vineyards?  That dwarfs BC and all of Canada’s production and grape variety.  Recently Wine Meridian, a wine magazine…

VanWineFest – It’s a Wrap – Everything I Wrote and Recorded

VanWineFest Italia

Another successful Vancouver International Wine Festival has passed, and I was able to try many bottles of fantastic wines.  But do you know the reason for the Vancouver International Wine Festival? Tasting and learning about wine; yes of course, but…

VanWineFest – My Top Tuscany Wine Picks

Barone Ricasoli Campo Ceni 2014

Tuscany is best known for its most famous, and probably Italy’s most famous, red wine called Chianti.  This wine is made primarily from the indigenous Sangiovese grape, and then blended with other red grapes, either Italian, like Colorino, or international, like Merlot. The…

Presenting Rocca delle Macìe at the Vancouver International Wine Fest 2016

Rocca delle Macie logo

Rocca delle Macie is a young winery when you compare it to the most famous wineries in the Chianti area. The company was founded in 1973 by Italo Zingarelli, whom, after various positive experiences in the movie production and distribution,…

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Comes to Vancouver

Chianti Classico logo

Chianti Classico is a region in Tuscany between Florence and Siena in Italy, which produces wonderful red wines from the Sangiovese grapes, sometimes combined with other indigenous or international varieties.  To be “Chianti Classico” the blend must be at least…