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According to a press release I received from the Vancouver International Wine Festival, at the 39th Vancouver International Wine Festival which featured Canadian wines, this year’s dishwashers will have dealt with 82,000 wine glasses plus countless plates, cups and cutlery. Also, 25,000 wine lovers will have sniffed, swirled and sipped from a selection of 1,700 wines by 180 wineries from 16 countries at 54 events. In total, festival goers will have sampled from or stocked their cellars with some 43,000 bottles of wine.

And sadly, my numbers don’t compare as I guessimate that I have sniffed, sipped and not necessarily spit out, 100 wines by 50+ wineries (most of which were Canadian) and my measly 9 wines that I bought won’t boost any third world country’s economy.

However, my wine recommendations will do much to lower your budget as most of the wines featured will be below $25. But beware that there’s a reason I call myself the wine sweetie as my wine palate gravitates towards the fruit forward wines that are more on the sweet side than dry.  I also hate the taste of oak, tobacco and leather in my food let alone in my wine, so there’ll be no fancy dancy complex wines listed below. Plus as I’m not a fan of Canadian reds, the following recommendations are mainly for white Canadian wines.

However, I did find many fruit forward off-dry wines and fell in love with the Nova Scotia varietal, Tidal Bay, that is somewhat similar to Pinot Gris but less sweeter.

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BC 50th Parallel Estate Pinot Gris 2015 ($19) Aromas of honey dew with white peach, quince and ripe dried fig on the palate, very creamy and hint of spices.
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BC 50th Parallel Estate Pinot Noir Rose 2015 ($16.15) Fresh, dry and crisp with aromas of red berries and strawberries and raspberries on the palate, but very fruit forward and just a little sweet but not overbearing so and not so acidic like other roses.
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BC 8th Generation Vineyard Confidence 2015 ($20) 90% Pinot Noir 10% Pinot Gris, Strawberries, Cherries on the nose in this creamy frizzante wine. Also hint of pink grapefruit and watermelon on the palate making it a very refreshing wine to drink on a summer day.
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BC 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling Classic 2016 ($19.50) Very fruit forward off dry wine with aromas of lemon and and honey dew, yellow grapefruit and apples on the palate with well-balanced minerality.
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BC 8th Generation Vineyard Riesling 2016 A dry fruit forward wine with aromas of passion fruit, mango and pineapple with apricot and peach on the palate and well balanced acidity.
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BC Averill Creek Vineyard Charme De L’ile ($18) Prosecco-style sparkling wine produced in the classic Charmat Method. Palate has apple and citrus fruits, with almonds on the palate and lively bubbles and is not too sweet.
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BC Black Hills Estate Winery 2015 Alias ($24.90) Blend of 43% Riesling, 43% Pinot Gris and 14% Gewurztraminer. Aromas of apple and pineapple with tone fruits, pear and apple on the palate.
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BC Blasted Church Vineyards “OMG” Sparkling 2012 ($24.50)
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Aromas of apple and pear with more apple and pear.
BC Blasted Church Vineyards Big Bang Theory ($19) Red blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Lemberger, and Syrah.  Rather easy to drink as its chock full of cranberries, red currants and red cherries on nose and juicy red plums on palate.
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BC C.C. Jentsch Cellars The Chase ($19.90) A red blend of Cabernet Franc 32.5%, Cabernet Sauvignon 32.5%, Merlot 30%, Petite Verdot 3%, Malbec 2%.  It’s Bordeaux style with vanilla and mocha aromas and blackcurrant, raspberry, and leather on the palate. It has silky tannins and a long finish which makes this a well-rounded wine.
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BC C.C. Jentsch Cellars Viognier ($22.90) Very juicy fruit forward wine with nose of honey dew and and lemon and peach on palate.  Has bright acidity and crispy finish.
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BC CedarCreek Estate Winery 2015 Platinum Block 3 Riesling ($24.99)
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Very aromatic with peaches on the nose and elderflower on the palate.
BC Chaberton Estate Winery 2015 Reserve Bacchus ($15.25)
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Off-dry Bacchus varietal with aromas of delicate white flowers and lemon curd and cinnamon and spice on the finish.
BC Chaberton Estate Winery 2015 Reserve Siegerrebe ($16.25)
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Off dry wine with tropical fruits on the nose and passion fruit on the palate.
BC Church & State Wines Trebella 2014 ($22) Roussanne (62%), Marsanne (28%), Viognier (10%).  Bright yellow with nectarine, peaches, quince and lemon on the nose and honey and oak on the palate with vibrant acidity.
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BC Evolve Cellars Gewurtztraminer 2015 ($16.99)
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Aromas of lychee, pink grapefruit and rose pedals with honeydew melon on the palate, slightly dry and crisp acidity.
BC Fort Berens Estate Winery
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Riesling 2016 ($16.49) Aromas of peach, apricot and payaya with stone fruit on the palate.
BC Gold Hill Gold Hill Charisma White Blend 2014 ($14.99)
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This 35/25/21/19 blend of pinot gris – viognier – sauvignon blanc – gewürztraminer is dry  with apple, spiced pear and lime
BC Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2014 Pioneer Block Dry Riesling ($17.49)
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Off dry wine with peaches and lime on the nose and pear and apple on the palate.
BC Harper’s Trail Estate Winery 2014 Silver Mane Block Riesling  ($17.49)
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Aromas of pineapple, lemon and lime with apricots and apples on the palate with minerality.

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BC Haywire Baby Bub 2015 ($15.90) This blend of 51% Pinot Noir, 49% Chardon­nay. is a sparkling wine I very often purchase in the summertime as it has tart green apples in the aroma and palate tempered with luscious peaches with medium bubbles making it so easy to drink.
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BC Hester Creek Estate Winery Trebbiano 2015 ($22.95) Light bodied wine with aromas of honey dew and peaches and green apples on the palate.
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BC Hester Creek Estate Winery  Character Red VQA 2015 ($20.95)  A blend of Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot.  Aromas of black plums and black currants with blackberry and black cherries on the palate with a hint of licorice and earthy; it’s a wine with character and elegant tannins.
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BC Hester Creek Estate Winery Character White 2015 ($17.95)
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Blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Semillon, Trebbiano, Gewürztraminer.
BC Hillside Winery 2015 Muscat Ottonel ($22) Light wine overflowing with honey and peaches on the nose and palate.
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BC Howling Bluff Estate Winery ‎ 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ($20.99) Aromas of apple and white flowers with honey dew melon, grapefruit and honey on the palate.
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BC Intersection Estate Winery
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2015 Riesling ($19) Green apples and lime on nose and palate with soft structure.
BC Lake Breeze Vineyard and Winery
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Pinot Blanc 2015 ($18.90) Aromas of green apples and pineapples and more green apples on the palate with complexity and crisp acidity
BC Moraine Estate Winery
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Riesling 2015 ($24) Find hints of dried apricots and orchids. The natural acidity of this wine is balanced well by the natural residual sugars.


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BC Noble Ridge Reserve Pinot Noir ($28.90) This fruit forward Pinot Noir has aromas of fresh blueberies with subtle earthiness.  The palate is bursting with purple plums and dark ripe cherries and caramel notes with soft, well-integrated oak.  It’s a full bodied wine with silky tannins that should be on everyone’s list.
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BC Pentâge Winery Pinot Gris 2015 ($20) A complex and well balanced wine with aromas of  pear and Meyer lemon and pear and lime on the palate with bright acidity and a well balanced finish.
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BC Quails’ Gate Winery Dry Riesling ($15.99) Pleasant off dry wine with aromas of lime and stone fruit with intense citrus and long refreshing finish.  Great for a hot summer day.  Has all the intense flavours of a Rieslling without being overbearingly sweet.
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BC Tantalus Vineyards 2015 Riesling ($19.91) @tantaluswine Aromas of green apple and floral with quince and pineapple on the palate.


BC Unsworth Vineyards Charme de L’ile 2015 ($23) Iit’s another one of those wonderful prosecco style wines with gorgeous juicy pears and lychee notes that makes you want to grab a bottle or two and drink in the closet just so you won’t have to share.
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BC Unsworth Vineyards Rosé 2015 ($20) Salmon-pink wine made from Pinior Noir with aromas of strawberries and bright ripe red berries on the palate with crisp minerality.
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BC Unsworth Vineyards Unsworth Allegro ($20) Blend of Petit Milo and Sauvignette which is fresh and crisp and light in body with apple on the nose and honeydew and lime on the palate.and at only $20 a bottle.
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BC Wild Goose Vineyards Autumn Gold VQA 2015 ($19) Luscious and overflowing with peach, apple, citrus and spice flavours, it is another BC classic.   I call this fruit in a wine glass.
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BC Wild Goose Vineyards Gewürztraminer 2015 ($17.99) A  bouquet of exotic fruits on the nose followed by pear and peaches on the palate, making it a very refreshing sweet wine, perfect for sipping on a hot summer’s day.
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BC Wild Goose Vineyards Riesling Stony Slope VQA 2012 ($20)
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Aroma of crisp floral notes and on the palate – ripe green apple and minerals.

 

Nova Scotia Blomidon Estate Winery Tidal Bay ($20) White blend of L’Acadie Blanc, Seyval Blanc and New York Muscat which is off dry and has crispy acidity and elegant body.  The nose has tropical fruit, lychee, and grapfruit with violets.
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Nova Scotia Jost Vineyards Jost Tidal Bay ($19.99) Grapefruit and lemon On the nose and green apple on the palate with bright acidity. Light not complex wine, easy sipping.
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Nova Scotia Luckett Vineyards 2015 Phone Box Fizz ($24) Blend of Osceloa Muscat, L’Acadie, and Ortega with pink grapefruit on the palate and honeysuckle aromas.  More teeth those others and has light bubbles.
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Nova Scotia Luckett Vineyards Ortega ($22) A unique grape with a German heritage, off dry with aroma of muscat, peach, rose and honey notes and citrus palate.  Very light bodied wine that you can drink in 10 easy gulps.
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Nova Scotia Luckett Vineyards Tidal Bay  ($20) Light bodied wine with honey and lemon zest on the palate.
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Nova Scotia Domaine de Grand Pré Tidal Bay  ($20) Like all Nova Scotia Tidal Bay white wines, this doesn’t have much teeth, but is so easy to drink. Honeysuckle on aromas and apricot and lychee on palate.
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Ontario Hidden Bench Estate Winery 2014 Estate Riesling ($23.75) Aromas of peach, citrus and lime with orange rind on the palate and crisp acidity.  Very light.
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Ontario Pelee Island Winery Secco (Sparkling) – VQA 2013 ($14.95) Pelee Secco is made in the style of Italian Prosecco which is slightly sweeter than traditional Champagne and made with Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois grapes. Pale lemon colour with small bubbles with aromas of honey and green apple and pear on the palate and bright acidity and crisp citrus finish.
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Ontario Pillitteri Estates Winery Gewürztraminer Riesling Fusion 2014 ($12.95) Light bodied wine with light acidity, honeysuckle aromas and apricots and nectarines on the plate, a summer quencher.
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Ontario Trius Riesling 2015 ($12.95) Pale straw colour; floral, mineral aromas with melon and citrus overtones; Dry, crisp with lemon and melon flavours; light-bodied with a crisp acidity and zesty finish. Light body honeysuckle aromas.
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