The Vancouver International Wine Festival is back for it’s 39th year! This year in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, the VIWF will pay tribute to the best Canada has to offer. Along with all the great Canadian wines being offered and sampled this year, there will be many winemakers and proprietors from across the globe descending upon Vancouver to share their wine knowledge with attendees.

The festival runs from February 11-19, 2017 around Vancouver with most of the public tastings happening at Vancouver Convention Centre West.

I’ve always thought that I would never have a palate or taste refined enough to enjoy wine, but it’s a matter of coming to events like this and open your mind and tastes to new wines. This is a great way to learn about how the wines are made, what makes them taste the way they do and to figure out the differences between wines without having to go out and risk buying a bottle you may not enjoy.

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When I first started going to wine tastings, I wanted to find new wines that I was curious about but didn’t want to splurge on until I knew it was good. As I began to go to more wine tastings, I found myself more curious about the wine making process, what varietals go into each cask of wine and how each region affects the taste of the wine.

I have to say that I am a big fan of Canadian wines, particularly in the Okanagan region. But I’m starting to open up to more European wines (right now, I’m really enjoying some German wines). Because of my intolerance to red wine, I tend to stick to white wines (although when I’m tempted, I’ve had some great red wines!).

Here are some wines I tried during a recent media preview that were some of my favourites:

Nota Bene 2014 from Black Hills Estate Winery

Switchback Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015 from Haywire

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Grand Reserve Entourage Brut 2013 from Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate

Punto Final Malbec 2015 from Bodega Renacer

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 from Robert Mondavi Winery

You can purchase your tickets for The Vancouver International Wine Festival on their website here: http://vanwinefest.ca/