Wine – Wine Fest come down

OK, so the 2006 Vancouver International Wine Fest has come and gone… I’ve gotta say – even though my liver is slightly larger and my breath smelled like Cabernet for days – that it was a blast.

The focus of this year’s fest was France. One end of the enormous tasting room was devoted to sections divided into France’s different wine regions… Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire, the Rhone, etc. So many fantastic wines I could have just spent 2 days tasting around there.

I didn’t though. I managed to make my way around pretty much the whole shebang. I tasted wines from Argentina to Uruguay… from Napa to Barossa and almost everything in between.

Some of my absolute faves were wines such as (with no tasting notes and in no particular order – there are too many):

  • AUSTRALIA:
    • E & E Black Pepper Sparkling Shiraz
    • 2002 E & E Black Pepper Shiraz
    • 2002 St. Hallett’s Old Block Shiraz
    • 2002 Hill-Smith Mesh Riesling
    • 2003 Peter Lehmann The Futures Shiraz
    • 2001 Peter Lehmann Eight Songs Shiraz
  • BORDEAUX:
    • 2002 Château D’Issan Margaux
    • 2001 Château Lagrange St. Julien
    • 2000 Château Bel-Orme Tronquoy Lalande
    • 2003 Château Preuillac
  • CHAMPAGNE:
    • the 1996 Deutz Cuvée William Brut
    • the 1996 Grand Cru Cramant from Nicolas Feuillatte
    • the 1996 Brut Millesime from Champagne de Venoge
    • CHILE:
      • 2003 Amayna Pinot Noir
      • 2003 Amayna Chardonnay
      • 2002 Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 2000 Errazuriz Don Maximiano Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 2004 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère (now in LDB stores!!)
      • Valdivieso Caballo Loco #7
    • ITALY:
      • 2001 Antinori Tignanello Toscana
      • 2001 Antinori Solaia Toscana
      • 2000 Fontanafredda Barolo
      • 2001 Fontanafredda Barbaresco Coste Rubin
      • 2001 Frescobaldi Lamaione Toscana
      • 1998 Masi Vaio Amarone
      • 2001 Fontanafredda Barbaresco Coste Rubin
    • NEW ZEALAND:
      • 2003 Nautilus Chardonnay
      • 2005 Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc
      • 2005 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
    • USA:
      • 2001 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages
      • 2001 Chimney Rock Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 2001 Chimney Rock Reserve Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon
      • 2003 Saintsbury Brown Ranch Pinot Noir
      • 2003 Seghesio Old Vines Zinfandel
      • 2003 Sokol Blosser Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

    … Now this list could go on and on, but unfortunatley my notes only are so legible and the memory got a little fuzzy. I’m also leaving out some great ones here such as South Africa’s 2002 Rust en Vrede Shiraz, Burgundy’s 2003 Michel Laroche Chablis Grand Cru, all the great German Rieslings and many others. This is the list for now. I may add to it in the next day or so.

    I am going to write a post very soon about my pouring fun with the folks from Quinta do Vale Dona Maria, Quinta do Vallado and Signorello Vineyards – all of whom have some GREAT wines… and the party afterwards. Damn all this work getting in the way of blogging. 🙂

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