My favourite wines from the Vancouver International Wine Festival

March 18, 2015

By Karthik Shan, Tramonto Server and Wine Lover

I had the opportunity to attend the Vancouver International Wine Festival that was held during the last week of February 2015. There were 170 wineries from 14 countries with 1750 plus wines. I tasted about 30 wines and below is a summary of the wines I enjoyed the most….

1965 Taylor Flatgate Port

Oldest wine I have ever tasted. Clear, ruby red core to pale orange rim, bright for the wine’s age. Smells of cinnamon, honey, dried nuts and figs. Aged for 50 years, the port has a smoky spicy flavour with overtones of honey, caramel and crisp acidity on the palate with a smooth long finish.

Pirramimma Petit Verdot

Pirramimma, a family owned winery since 1892, consistently produces excellent petit verdot for many years. Though petit verdot is used in small amounts to give structure to classic Bordeaux blend, new world wineries are very successful in using the grape to make a single varietal wine.

Ruby red core to brick red rim, with smells of dark black fruit, pomegranate and vanilla. On the palate, well balanced with hints of plum, kirsch, vanilla bean with a medium plus finish. This wine is my all-time favourite.

Turkey flat Rose

Blend of four grape varieties (93% grenache, 4% shiraz, 2% cabernet sauvignon, 1% dolcetto). Pale pink rim to watery core, this youthful wine is full of red berries, spice, lychee and rose petals. Well balanced and palate is similar to the nose. A perfect patio wine.

Zenato’s Amarone, ripassa and recioto are my favourites too… with recioto being intensely flavoured sweet red wine.


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