Louis Pasteur once said “a bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.” That’s because wine, while a seemingly simple beverage, becomes more complex the more you study it. Old world versus new world, tannins or no tannins, oaked or unoaked – it can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate wine, and for that reason, wine is wonderful.
We had the pleasure of attending this year’s Winefest. The annual event offers an impressive and inclusive sampling experience with access to hundreds of wines from around the world.
Here are five personal highlights from Winefest 2018:
- 19 Crimes, Australia – If I could give out an award for “best in show”, 19 Crimes would win. Every detail of 19 Crimes is memorable down to the vintage mugshots on the label, which, through the magic of augmented reality, come to life to tell the criminal’s story. The wines are bold and smooth, and a good price point. I’ve yet to try a bottle from them that I did not like.
- Bottega S.P.A, Italy – In the sparkling wine category, Bottega was my favorite. In fact, the “White Gold” and “Gold Brut Prosecco” where the only two bottles I purchased from the event. The wines were crisp and clean with a mouth-watering acidity. And it doesn’t hurt that the bottles look like Jay-Z’s Ace of Spades. Who doesn’t wanna feel like a rapper when they’re poppin’ bottles at home?
- Two Sisters Vineyards “Cabernet Franc”, Canada – I loved this wine. Medium-bodied, lush and simply delicious. It is an ideal food pairing wine and a memorable example of how well cab franc can be done in the Niagara region. I will note that it is not a cheap bottle of wine, but well worth the splurge at $50.
- Monte Creek Ranch Winery “Foch”, Canada – If you are a fan of Foch, this one is a winner. It is equally smoky and spicy with some underlying fruity notes. I picture myself drinking this with a steak dinner or spaghetti Bolognese. The “Hands Up Red” also warrants a special mention. It is a medium-bodied red, with fragrant aromas and vibrant flavors. Great for a dinner party or to sip on its own.
- Gigglewater Prosecco DOC, Italy – Gigglewater is a relatively new product on the market. It is light, refreshing and could easily be the star of any girls’ night.
To keep up to date on Winefest events, check their website: www.celebratewinefest.com
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