Category: wine tasting

What Can You Expect From Okanagan Falls Wines 2016?

Where is the Okanagan Falls Region? The Okanagan Falls region reaches from the shores of Skaha Lake to the tip of Vaseux Lake, north to south. It is sandwiched between Penticton, Summerland and Oliver, the Okanagan Falls area is famed…

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…

A Cornucopia of Italian Wines and Food at Il Centro Dinner

Il Centro dinner with menu and wine

At the Vancouver International Wine Festival you can celebrate with food and wine together through various dinners.  I attended one dinner at Il Centro at the Italian Cultural Centre. Of course all the wines were Italian.  There were 3 participating…