15th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival at Victoria’s Coast Hotel

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Events

The last week just flew by, but I never did finish talking about our fantastic ‘New Victoria for New Media’ trip. With a little time now, I’m going to try to wrap that up!

After our trip to Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse, our bus took us to check in at
Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina. The hotel is located about 5 minutes walk from the main city center in Victoria, which was a nice place to be. Aside from the easy walking distance, they also have a hotel shuttle that can take you, or pick you up, from wherever you want to go in the city. As you can see, we had an amazing view from our room!

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As if the cider weren’t enough for one day, just 30 minutes after checking into our hotel, we headed out for the 15th Annual BC Wine & Oyster Festival, which was being held at the hotel. Apparently, the website for that festival is already down (permalinks, people!), but it was a great event and very well attended.

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Obviously, being pregnant, I wasn’t able to drink any of the wine or to eat any of the oysters. Well, I’m not an oyster fan anyway. But I did come along to enjoy the view, chow on some cheese (yay, they had pasteurized brie!!) and partake of the chocolate fountain. Ianiv hasn’t been drinking much either in the past several months, so he didn’t go crazy with the free alcohol. I think he had a couple of beers (yes, they had beer there too!) and maybe one glass of wine. If you go to the festival in another year, definitely take the time to read up about the beer and wine beforehand so you know what you want to try – so many choices!

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Farmstead Wines Tasting

Posted in Around Vancouver, wine

This morning I noticed on Twitter that Anthony from Farmstead Wines was doing a wine tasting not too far from where we live. I’ve been wanting to meet Anthony for a while and I’ve heard only good things about the wine so we went to try them for ourselves.

The tasting was done at Everything Wine, a very large wine store in North Vancouver. It’s a nice large space and the number of wines they have in stock is a bit overwhelming. They have daily wine tastings from 2pm to 6pm and they described Farmstead’s as:

This portfolio of wines is one of the best we’ve tasted since the store opened!  Well worth the trip to taste wines from producers devoted to organic and sustainable agriculture!

Farmstead Wine Tasting

Anthony was offering 4 different wines and answering questions from the clientele. We tasted all four of them and asked him to give a short description of each one.

The first wine we tried was a Gruner Veltliner from Martin Arndorfer.

Then we tried a 2001 Barbera from Agricola Marrone.

The next wine was a 2007 Dolcetto from Renato Fenocchio who inspired Anthony to start importing wine.

And lastly, a Minervois from Domaine de Courbissac.

I also caught Anthony explaining the meaning behind Farmstead Wines.

We enjoyed all four wines and they were all very different. The Barbera, in particular, caught my attention, I don’t think I’ve tried anything quite like it before. In the end we brought a couple of bottles of the Minervois home.

The bottom line is that if you want to try wines that are hand-made by the farmers, who really care about what they do and do it in a sustainable and natural way, you must give Farmstead Wines a try.

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