I celebrated my favourite day of the year with some great people last night…Winefest! This delightful event happens in both Edmonton and Calgary, and in my humble opinion, is the best of all the wine festivals we get. Your all-inclusive ticket takes care of hundreds of sips of wine, as well as snacks and dessert pairings. If you didn’t make it this weekend, you can use this post to start dreaming of next year…
As always, I started off my festival-ing very dutifully, taking notes on each wine I tasted. It was a strong start to the afternoon with Rocca delle Macie’s Orvieto. It was a citrusy, crisp, easy drinking Italian white.
Next stop – OPEN from my favourite Canadian wine region, the Okanagan. (I know BC/AB are having a fluid feud, but I was SO happy to see some BC wine represented!) I tried all four of their wines, starting with their Sauvignon Blanc. It had a very New Zealand style taste and was very stone fruit forward. Next, their Smooth Red had a touch of sweetness and was advertised as perfect for “those just beginning to switch from white to red.” Their Cabernet Merlot was my personal favourite of the four, with a fruity taste that was absolutely delicious. Their Merlot had been the previous evening’s crowd favourite and had a very fruity aroma, with some unexpected complexity with that first sip. Can’t wait to pick up some more of this wine!!
Back to Italy for our next stop – Cavit Wines. We started with their Lunetta Prosecco and absolutely adored it! As Amanda said, this is wine you would bring to a baby shower! So yummy and perfect for celebrating weddings, babies, friendships, Tuesdays, you name it! Their Chardonnay was also delicious! It was unoaked with a hint of apple and tasted almost like a Pinot Grigio. Last but certainly not least, their Pinot Noir. It had a lot of berry flavour and I would call it a perfect “girls night” red.
(Sadly, no pictures of this one…the wine was starting to hit me and I was too excited!!)
Roscato was a super fun stop! We tried their sparkling red and their sparkling rosé. These were sweeter wines, but certainly not overwhelmingly so! The rosé would be perfect patio wine for a summery afternoon and the red would be a great dessert wine!
By this point, it was high time for some more red! Chile rarely lets me down and this next stop at Vina Ventisquero was no exception. We compared their Cabernet Sauvignons and both were super tasty! The first one, a 2013, was surprisingly easy drinking. The second one, a 2014, was initially described as “Heather style but Michelle accessible.” For most of you out there that don’t have any idea what I’m blathering on about, Heather loves wines with an earthy, complex palate. Or, as I like to say, a hint of barnyard. This was a bolder choice, with definitely earthiness, but still a wine I’d be happy to down multiple glasses of.
Play Wines, also from BC, were a nice change from the ordinary! Their Viognier was very fruity and floral, without being to sweet or overwhelming. However, their Merlot Cabernet really stole the show for me! It had hints of both smoke and cherry that made you want to sit and drink the bottle, but for those more responsible than me, it also would go great with grilled food!
(Whoops! No pictures of those ones either…)
The final section of my notes will end with Therapy, another BC winery (I can never get enough!). The wines here were awesome, and as an added bonus, the labels were hilarious! Their sparkling wine was called “Fizziotherapy” and several bottles featured Freud. I love a good pun, so I was super pumped about that. Their Pinot Noir had a hint of spice and was really great!
We actually were chatting with a vendor about the un-popularity of Pinot Noir, which I found so strange, considering I gush about this particular varietal in most of my posts. If you are unsure about this supposedly “bland” wine, I would encourage you to try any of the ones mentioned here! They all had a unique flavour from each other and have something to offer for everybody!
I did stop taking notes about halfway through, but I never stop taking pictures! Here are some other wines I LOVED:
If anyone needs me, I’ll be searching for bottles of all of these tasty treats! Sobey’s carries most-to-all of the wines featured this weekend and you can always use LiquorConnect.com.
Happy sipping, winos!