| SALUD SOUTH AMERICA |
If you thought it couldn't get any better than this, Harry Hertscheg, Executive Director of the VIWF offers another splendid suggestion: “Make it a ‘wine-cation’!” If you book a stay at one of the 42 downtown hotels through StayVancouverHotels.com, you receive a free International Festival Tasting ticket, which alone is a $115 to $135 value. So, book a hotel, get a free ticket, enjoy your tasting, shop for your favourite wines at the onsite BCLIQUOR store and have them shipped for free. Then dine at one of the many restaurants hosting themed events, where you can hobnob with global “vine stars.” With South America as a theme, there is bound to be a vibrant Latin vibe in town. Best of all, you won’t need to find a ride back home! Now that certainly sums up to a memorable Vancouver getaway! Don’t miss out on this year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival. Visit them at vanwinefest.ca. By participating, you are also supporting Bard on the Beach, Vancouver’s marquee Shakespearean experience for residents and visitors alike. In the words of Shakespeare himself, “Good company, good wine, good welcome, can make good people.” So, what are you waiting for? ¡Vamos! This is one event you won’t want to miss! ¡Salud!
MICHEL TORINO CUMA TORRONTÉS Argentina $16.99 213389 A cheerful mélange of orchard fruit and melons on the nose and palate makes this a perfect partner for spicy cuisines or even popcorn on movie nights.
CONO SUR RESERVA ESPECIAL SAUVIGNON BLANC Chile $15.99 615369 Taste the elegance of Casablanca wines in this complex bouquet of citrus, guava and herbal abundance, perfectly balanced with bright acidity on a long finish.
UNDURRAGA SIBARIS GRAN RESERVA CARMENERE Chile $19.99 114314 Redcurrants, raspberries and hints of sun-dried tomato on the palate complement the fruit and earthy aromas in this food- friendly wine. It's a delicious pairing with vegetarian fare.
GARZÓN TANNAT RESERVA Uruguay $27.99 199810
Ripe blackberries, licorice, cocoa nibs and toasty vanilla with firm tannins define this bold, balanced and complex wine. Enjoy now or hold for two to three years.
LUIS SEGUNDO LAS ACEQUIAS MALBEC Argentina $24.99 466722 Sun-kissed blueberries and blackberries, dark chocolate and vanilla are nicely integrated with fine-grained tannins over a velvety mouthfeel. Try it with barbecued pork or anise- spiced hoisin ribs.
MASCOTA UNÁNIME GRAN VINO TINTO Argentina $29.99 814822 The power and acidity of Cabernet Sauvignon, the aromatics and freshness of Cabernet Franc and the generous fruit concentration of Malbec blend harmoniously to deliver perfection in a bottle.
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