The 2009 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival kicks off

02292008.gifIt’s that time of year, folks… The 2009 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival kicked off last night with an event at Earl’s. I wasn’t able to make it to the event, but it was the start of one of my favourite weeks of the year.

The Festival has a tonne of events and runs March 23 – 29. This year, I’m headed to the Beringer Private Reserve Vertical Tasting, Perfect Pairings – New Zealand Wines, BC Cuisine as well the trade and regular festival tastings at the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. It’ll be fun and informative.

In case you’re wondering, I have a few tips for going to wine tastings:

  1. No perfume/cologne: we all want to be smelling the wines, not you
  2. Bring some lip balm: this helps to avoid the red wine ringed lips of death that happen when tasting a schwack of red wines
  3. Wear black: there will be a tonne of folks there and inevitably someone gets bumped and spills
  4. Lastly, if you plan to taste a LOT of wine, try spitting. It’s great to be able to leave the fest at the end of the night and remember the trip home. 🙂

I hope to see you there.

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