Eleven can’t-miss choices at this year’s fest

At this year’s Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Wine Fes­ti­val, or­ga­niz­ers are show­cas­ing ex­cep­tional vin­tages from Spain and Por­tu­gal The Bot­tle

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Even though we’re still a few weeks out from the Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Wine Fes­ti­val’s in­ter­na­tional tast­ing ses­sions (run­ning March 1 to 3), I’m opt­ing this week to share my top win­ery ta­bles for a cou­ple of rea­sons.

With 173 winer­ies in the room, it’s good to have a plan when you’re go­ing in so you can cover as much ground as you’d like and taste the widest va­ri­ety of wines pos­si­ble. It is wise to plan early, and to pur­chase tick­ets well in ad­vance. The Thurs­day-night edi­tion al­ways sells out fast, as or­ga­niz­ers only sell the room to 70-per­cent ca­pac­ity in or­der to al­low ex­tra el­bow room and face time with vis­it­ing prin­ci­pals. It’s best to head to Van­wine­fest.ca soon to en­sure all op­tions are still avail­able.

Por­tu­gal and Spain are this year’s theme coun­tries, so they weigh heav­ily on my 11 picks of can’t-miss winer­ies. I’ve also added a rec­om­mended wine from each that you can pur­chase around the city and en­joy in ad­vance— all in the name of re­search, of course.

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