Month: March 2016

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 – Top Italian Wine Picks – Anything But Tuscany and Veneto

Close up of Nebbiolo cluster in Italy

Maybe you are not a fan of Italian Chianti Classico, Amarone or Prosecco?  There are other regions of Italy such as Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna, and Piedmont that offer wonderful wines. Piedmont in particular is well known for the Nebbiolo grape, which…

Upper Bench Estate Winery – A Solid Wine Offering

Upper Bench Winery and Creamery

I’ve been tasting Upper Bench Estate Winery‘s wines for the past few years and see the quality in the bottle.  The winery, located just outside of Penticton, is owned by wine maker, Gavin Miller, who has been around for several…

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…