It’s nearly time to raise a glass at our ever popular California Wine Fair, happening on Monday, April 27. The fair is presented in partnership with California Wine, an organization not only committed to showcasing the fine wines of the prolific region, but also giving back to the communities hosting the events. The fair has grown to be Canada’s largest wine festival tour, this year travelling to eight Canadian cities coast to coast.
Limited tickets are still available for $89!
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Got your tickets already? Well, we realize that stepping into a ballroom packed with over 100 wineries, and stacked with 350 wines can be a little daunting to the uninitiated. So, here are a few helpful tips on how to approach the tasting:
1. Whites first, then reds—a good plan is to split the evening in two, and begin with sampling different white wines and then move on to taste reds.
2. Focus on a varietal—for example, decide to taste a single varietal that you’d like to get more familiar with such as pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon. Perhaps compare ones from several from different regions, or see how different vintners in the same region put their own mark on the varietal.
3. Ask questions—the winery staff on the floor can tell you lots about how the wines are produced, what makes their appellation or their vineyard unique, and how that impacts the wine.
4. Veer off the beaten path—California has made its reputation producing excellent cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and zinfandel wines, and there will be an abundance to try at the tasting. It’s also a great opportunity to take a risk and sample some new wineries or varietals such as Bordeaux-style blends, viognier, and sauvignon blanc.
5. Pace yourself and hydrate—when you need to take a break from tasting, grab some water, and head to the silent auction to bid on a few items. This year’s auction is packed with California wine, including magnums and double magnums; spa, golf, and wine and dine weekends; shopping gift certificates; sports memorabilia; and much more!
Must be 19 and older to attend. This is an Arts Club fundraiser, presented in partnership with BFL Canada, California Wines, US Consulate in Vancouver, Vancouver Courier, A&B Partytime Rental and Konet Systems.
All photos: Mark Halliday