Your first Winefest is never your last, that is why most attendees are seasoned veterans. Winefest is Calgary’s longest running wine festival, 2012 marks their 20th Anniversary. We have compiled some valuable tips and event info for both the newbies and the more experienced.
You can find all essential information on the Winefest site regarding dates, tickets and parking. However, @winejennifer helps the novice and experts alike by listing her top 11 tips for Winefest in “How To “Do” Wine Festivals”. #6 on the list, ‘Don’t wear white’ is crucial, and so is comfortable footwear! Also, #10 “Don’t rinse your glass with water”, this is the most repeated offense I witness at wine tastings. Make sure you are rinsing with a splash of wine instead. Whether you are industry or amateur, everyone likes finding their new favourite vino. Instead of trying to balance a pencil, notebook and glass to take notes, snap a photo of the with your phone and give it a quick rating.
The most important thing to remember is that Winefest is a social event, don’t be too focused on the details of each wine. Look for wines you have never tried, then research them after the event. You can find where your favourites are sold at Liquorconnect.com. This way you can relax and not be rushed to learn everything about every wine.
This year Winefest is featuring 230 different wines from 15 regions, as well as a delicious tapas menu. From what I have heard of the Edmonton Winefest last weekend, you won’t be disappointed by the selection! You can check out the list of producers and the menu on the Winefest site. If you are already a WineCollective member, you will recognize our favourites on the list. Here are some wines to look out for!
Spy Valley Pinot Noir
Sip this with the Miniature Apple and Brie Grilled Sandwich. This wine delivers big time Pinot Noir blueberries and strawberries up front. There are good levels of vibrant acidity which make it food friendly but is also great on its own. The tannins have a softness and approachability which are rounded out by its medium length finish
Road 13 Jackpot Syrah
This wine is ideal with 92% Syrah and 8% Viognier which gives the wine some fruit to go along with the savory Syrah core. Try this meaty Syrah with Bulgogi Pork on toasted Baguette.
If you haven’t already bought your tickets, there are only ones left for Saturday afternoon 2-5.