Vancouver California Wine Fair 2010

Holyfornia! A real show of what the wines of California can do. Vancouver’s Convention Center was the venue for the 10th Annual edition of the event and it was teeming with people. The Golden State wineries showed they can make red, white and bubbly with equal elan. Their wines see no limitations in style; some taste French, some taste Italian, some even taste Californian!

We all know that California has been making quality wines for a long time. But now they are making it cheaper. Some of the entry level wines impressed for both quality and affordability. It must be the pool of inexpensive Mexican labor. Watch out Chile, watch out Argentina. Watch out Mexico! Im sorry, Im too funny today. It must be the wind storm that rattled my old house’s windows all night long.

I really tasted this time and spent little time socializing. So I got to check out a lot of whites and reds. Now I wonder, where were the roses? It will take me a while to go through my notes -and the fog of wine war- before I can share with you all the great Sauvignon Blancs, all the tasty Chardonnays, all the intoxicatingly scrumptious Pinot Noirs and big rich Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlots and Zinfandels. So, for now, I will only scribble a few lines on the ones that stand out, for flavor, for novelty or impressive value.

Birichino Malvasia Bianca $24.99. Who makes wine out of this not well known white grape? The Italians, of course. And their descendants in Monterrey. Que profumo! really perfumed, intensely so. Smells sweet but drinks dry and as you do (drink it) you cannot stop thinking of pasta al pesto, kalamari, Thai or Vietnamese food. I had a morsel of sushied smoked eel and I was Californicating. Good stuff, good stuff.

Grgich Hills Estate Fume Blanc 2008. $47.99. Once a customer told me “If I have to spend 40 dollars on a bottle I’d buy red, not white.” I wish he was around to have him taste this Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is a tidal wave of aromatics which include lemongrass, rue and tropicality. Unleashed acidity and a spark of minerality turn this wine into a winner. Wow.

Candor Zinfandel Lot 2. $29.99. Being a California tasting I had to try a bunch of Zinfandels until I found this fantastic one. Bright, ripe red fruit, spcie and a Zinfandel zing. Back in Vancouver after a hiatus, May 1st. Make sure you get your hands on a bottle.

Peter Franus Merlot, Napa Valley. $44.99. The Franus winery booth had more than a few good wines so it was hard to pick this Merlot.  A sweet nose of fruit and a big silky palate. The way Merlot should be.

The 2007 Sixth Sense Syrah gets its ripe fruit, tobacco and  earthy aromas and flavors from a blend of 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah. Full, rich and with a bit of pepper.

The last one for this post is a humble, $9.99 dollar Pinot Noir. For value wine lovers this will be a bliss. Cheap Chilean Pinots rule in this category but here comes a serious challenger. The Stonewood Cellars Pinot has firm fruit and a decent longish finish. I think this is going to sell by the case in Vancouver.

Gotta go. Its too sunny out there (and windy) to stay indoors.


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