It's that time of the year to again compile a holiday wine selection for you to enjoy over the next few weeks. In addition, Daniela, a wine club member, asked if I could mention a few wine tips to assist in planning some parties this year.
REVIEWING my tasting travels through Chile, it's not hard to be impressed by the wealth of noteworthy wines emerging, often from lesser-known producers (several of whom I'm hopeful will show up soon on local shelves).
As a wine region, Chile already enjoys a built-in culture of sustainability, thanks in great part to its natural geographic isolation. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Andes to the east, the Atacama desert to the North, and the Antarctic to the south, the world's longest and narrowest country enjoys a unique topographical buffer that has protected it from some of the worst ravages - including the late 19th century outbreak of Phylloxera that destroyed the French wine industry.
ONE thing's for sure about the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival: executive director Harry Hertscheg knows how to put on a good show.
WHILE it may not quite be just around the corner, next year's wine festival is looming faster than you think.