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
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.