VanWineFest Festival



VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview

As someone who adores Spanish Wine and seafood, it gave me tremendous pleasure to be invited to the VanWineFest Festival Wine Tasting Preview at Blue Water Cafe. So the following are the wines I absolutely adored at the Preview.

Wine Disclaimer – there’s a reason why I’m the President of SA – Sweetaholic Anonymous – as I love all things sweet from candy, desserts and wine. But lately, I have found some off-dry wine that I liked as they were also very fruit forward.  During a wine tour I took in 2016 in Barcelona, I learnt that Spain was gravitating towards producing fruit forward wines so I’ll be happily skipping along and doing cartwheels in the Tasting Room (at least that’s what happens when I drink wine) during the VanWineFest Festival. So fans of oak soaked wines depart as my wine blog is bound to make you bored and uninspired. But for those looking for easy sipping wines – read on.

Note that the Wine Sweetie will be headed to the 2018 VanWineFest Festival to taste easy sipping Spanish and Portuguese wines from February 24, 2018 to March 4, 2018.  So if you see an Asian girl swooning in the Tasting Room, please step around me.

VanWineFest Festival

Juve & Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature Cava 2014 (Spain). Macabeo, Xarel-lo and Parellado, a sheer delight to drink as the tiny bubbles exude green apples aroma and lime zest and honey on the palate. A light body cava with tiny bubbles that tickle your fancy rather than punching you in the nose. Perfect for celebrating any occasion from birthday parties to I just broke my fingernail.

Agricola Sanguinhal Sottal Lisboa 2016 (Portugal). Moscatel, is a light bodied white wine with aromas of lychees and honey and honeydew on the palate, making it one of those wines that pairs perfectly with a hot summer day.

Quinta do Cransto Vintage Port 2015 (Portugal). Old wines of several varieties. If you want a port that’s not as sweet or concentrated, try this port as it that has raisins on the nose and ripe juicy blackberries on the palate. Flavours aren’t as concentrated as other ports so it’s less sweet with elegant tannins.

Tommasi Ripasso Valpolicella Classico Superiore (Italy).  Corvina/Rondinella/Molinara.  This wine is not as full-bodied as most red wines I’ve had and it has overtones of cherry, boysenberry, pekoe tea leaf and dried thyme. If you don’t like big tannins, this wine might suit you.

Haywire Bub (BC). 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.

Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2015 (US).  It’s a typical Riesling (100%), but with peach and green apples on the palate, this wine is light but not so gushingly sweet as most Rieslings with a well-balanced acidity.



Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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