“Red, Red Wine” but without Neil Diamond and not enough to go to our head! But the Vancouver Chapter of the IWFS did enjoy an evening of red wines from around the world. Following virtual events featuring pinot noir and sparkling wines, the theme for the first virtual tasting of 2021 was “red wines from around the world” – but NOT cabernet sauvignon, merlot or pinot noir. And what an event it turned out to be! The evening featured selections by our members of wines from 9 different countries and 13 different wine regions.

Our Zoom tasting was introduced by host Larry Burr with further information during the evening from the encyclopedic mind of Sid Cross as each member introduced their selected wine, starting with two South American wines, Ruth Grierson’s 2017 Garzon Tannat Reserve and Heb and Shirley Hebenton’s 2018 Dona Paula Malbec from Argentina. We moved across the Atlantic to the Old World with an unusual but very tasty 2017 Frappato from up-and-coming Sicilian producer Ariane Occipinti from Jim and Milena Robertson followed by Michael and Beth Noble’s 2017 Azelia Dolcetto. Judy Maxwell enjoyed a 2010 and also a 2016 Barolo while her Hawaiian guest came back with a 2011 Croix Canon. Alvin Nirenberg and Kim Mead travelled to Slovenia for a 2011 Jamsek Barbera, an interesting wine but not well-loved and Drs. Dorothy Janzen and Bob Rothwell delighted in a 1967 Jaboulet Chateauneuf du Pape, still showing well with some nicely aged fruit. Two more CNPs showed up, a tasty 2006 Le Vieux Donjon from Jim and Karen Esplen and from Vince and Zellie Tan a 2000 Chateau Beaucastel, which showed perfectly. From the Iberian peninsula, Roy and Christine Gould presented a 2008 Sabor Real Tempranillo and Bob Sinclair and Wendy Taylor enjoyed a Spanish 2012 Cartioxa Scala Dei; moving west, Sid and Joan Cross produced a bottle of 2008 Periquita Superiore Castelao from Portugal. Coming back to north America, Larry and Maggie Burr were enjoying a 2010 Girard Petite Syrah and to finish up, back in good old British Columbia, Ted and Dorothy Chiasson finished up their 2012 Hester Creek Cabernet franc and Nick and Lesley Wright rounded out the evening with a 2017 Syrah from Painted Rock.

The evening was a revelation to some, with several unusual but delicious wines being presented and our special thanks go to Larry Burr for organizing and hosting our Zoom meeting, to Sid Cross for his informative comments and to Milena Robertson for ensuring a proper record of the evening.

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