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What To Try At Calgary’s WineFest 2012

Calgary’s WineFest goes this weekend at the BMO Centre and I’ll be in the booth with Delf Wines pouring up some samples for the masses.

Before I tell you about the wines in the flight we’ll be sampling, make sure you check out these tips on How To “Do” A Winefest. While some treat it as a wild open bar party, it really can be an educational experience (and party) if you approach it properly.

This year at WineFest, I’ll be pouring 13 wines from Italy, Spain ,and Argentina, here are a few of the highlights:

Finca Los Primos Syrah 2010Finca Los Primos Syrah 2010
Peppery, earthy, tea, black cherry, smoky nose. Soft, round, smooth, slightly sweet entry with good acidity. Spicy, black cherry, cedar, meaty, pepper flavours.

Famiglia Bianci Cabernet Sauvignon 2007Famiglia Bianci Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
90 points | Category Champion | Wine Access 2011 International Value Wine Awards
“The nose has intense aromas of cassis, plum and hints of the menthol and dried herbs that are typical of cabernet sauvignon. The palate is quite complex, offering a lot for this price point.”

Castano Lujuria 2009Castano Lujuria 2009
89 points | Killer Value & Best of Spain | Wine Access Magazine 2011 International Value Wine Awards
“Bright red fruit (strawberry, raspberry), blackberry and perfume notes on the nose are elegantly simple and alluring. It’s a silky, medium-bodied red that delivers raspberry and cherry notes with light acidity and soft tannin.”

Castaño Hecula 2008Castaño Hecula 2008
89 points | The Wine Advocate
“The 2008 Hecula is 100% Monastrell sourced from 35 to 60 year-old vines and aged 50% in tank and 50% in French oak. Ripe, sweetly-fruited, and forward, this crowd-pleaser can be enjoyed now and over the next 4 years.”
Robert Parker

Villa Teresa Organic Rose FrizzanteVilla Teresa Organic Rose Frizzante
Vancouver Magazine Wine Awards 2011 – Best Sparkling
“Put a little pink on the table! Delicate cherry, strawberry and oral aromas with lovely red fruit avours and gentle bubble keep it fresh and fun.”
BCLDB Taste Magazine – Fall 2010

Villa Teresa Organic Merlot 2010Villa Teresa Organic Merlot 2010
Medium-bodied with full flavours of cherries and plums — all the fruit but without the sweetness. Its Italian character comes through in earthy and herbal notes. Excellent with salami, pork and white roasted meats.

If you’re coming to WineFest this weekend, please introduce yourself to me in the Delf booth.

How To “Do” Wine Festivals

There are a variety of Wine Festivals in Calgary each year, one seems to happen every few months.

Liquor Depot sponsors the Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival in October, Co-Op sponsors The Grape Escape a couple of times a year, Calgary WineFest is in February, while Willow Park Wine and Spirits has events at their store year round.

Here are my tips and tricks as you head down to get your grape on.

1. Respect the person pouring. They’re not $10/hr hostesses, but actually knowledgeable sales reps, maybe the President of the company, or perhaps even the Winemaker

2. Respect your palate. Start with the light wines and finish heavy (ie save the Ports til last) If you’re going on 2 separate nights, do white one night, red the other.

3. Leave your big purse at home. It’s tough to balance all that and a glass, a wristlet with your id and keys should be enough. That said …

4. Bring a journal or notebook to take notes on what you’re trying. Trust me, 5 glasses in you’ll forget what you had first.

5. Try something different than what you always buy – here’s your chance to go on an adventure with minimal risk.

6. Don’t wear white. Even if you don’t spill, someone else might. Jen saw someone in a beautiful white suit one year, with a lovely streak of shiraz right down her back.

7. There are no dumb questions, you’re there to learn, and the pourers are there to help.

8. Have something to eat before you go. You’re going to be drinking a lot, and you don’t want to do it on an empty stomach. Which leads us to …

9. Spit spit spit spit! You’re going to be drinking a lot, so even if you’re looking to get your drunk on, spit.

10. Don’t rinse your glass with the water at the table, people think they’re spittoons (see #9). Instead, ask the pourer for a splash of the wine you’re about to sample to rinse out your glass.

11. The good stuff will be gone first. All the expensive bubbles etc are in limited quantities, so look for them Thursday and early in the night on Friday

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