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The second event of the Vancouver International Wine Festival that we went to was the Mediterranean Mingle. Keeping up with the French theme, the focus was on wines from South of France.

Mediterranean MinglePouring wine

Pouring WineLive Music

It’s a grazing lunch. There were a number of Mediterranean-inspired dishes being put out, with suggested wine pairings. They suggested some classic pairings, but also “out of the box” pairings. Here are some of the dishes:

  • Fresh Asparagus Salad with Tarragon Mimosa Foam
  • Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Pepper, Chevre and Pine Nuts
  • Tourte a la Brandade
  • Mediterranean Mussel Brasucade au Noilly Prat

Asparagus with Tarragon Mimosa Foam, Grilled Vegetables, Tapenade Croque-MonsieurTourte a la Brandade and Mediterranean Mussel Brasucade

  • Aigo-Boulido “Sip” Poached Quail Egg
  • Roasted Cod on Fennel
  • Beef Boules de Picolat, Picholine Olives and Cepes
  • Saucisse de Toulouse White Bean Stew

Aigo-Boulido "Sip" Poached Quail Egg & Roasted Cod on FennelBeef Boules de Picolat and Saucisse de Toulouse

  • Walnut Orange Cake, Yogurt Wildflower Honey “Pot de Creme”

Walnut Orange Cake

Because there were so many food and wine pairing combinations to try, I had to strategically pick out a few that I thought would work best. (more…)

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The 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival has come to an end, and we were invited to cover two events. We’ll spend the next two posts to give you a recap. First of all, a glimpse of the International Tasting Room. There were various sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We went to Thursday evening one; apparently it also tends to be the most “tame” session of all.

Wine Tasting

As I always say, I’m no wine expert and I don’t have the trained palate for it. It’s something I would love to explore more, though. With that caveat, I will list out some wines that we enjoyed at the tasting room while feeling all overwhelmed in the presence of the 178 booths there.

Inside the International Tasting Room

This year’s theme country was France with a global focus of Bubbly. We spent a good amount of time in the French wine area.

VIWF featuring French Wines

There was a fun quiz in the event program that helps you identify the types of French wines you would most enjoy. Guess what, I’m all over the map. I suppose it’s because I enjoy different types of wine depending on the food I’m having, the occasion, the weather, my mood, and every other factor that you can blame on. There really isn’t a go-to wine for me, per se.

We probably stopped by a good 15-20 tables in the French area. Here are our highlights: (more…)

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On Monday, the 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival officially kicked off. I was at the launch party where the Executive Director, Harry Hertscheg, along with Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver, did the ceremonious countdown to the festival.

Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury (right, at the balcony), Consul General of France in Vancouver, counts down to kick off the Festival

A count from “dix” to “un” and we’re off for some French wine and French-inspired canapes.

Celebrating over food & wine

Kobe MeatballsLemon Meringue Tart

This year’s theme country is France with a global focus on Bubbly. (more…)

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