Vancouver International Wine Festival presents: “California Crush”

Every year, fans of Californian wines are looking forward to “California Crush“, a tasting and mingling event of Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF). This year it was hosted at Waterview and was sold out quickly. California always has a special place in my heart as I lived there for 3 years and graduated from high school in Benicia, which is a merely 30-minute drive from Napa wine country. Also with the fact that I’m going to San Francisco at the end of March, which includes a deluxe trip to Sonoma/Napa wine country tour sponsored by Tourism San Francisco. I was simply overjoyed when I receive the media assignment to check out this VIWF event.

The setting here is casual but stylish, with California-inspired food bites, wines, and live entertainment.

 

 

Here are the wines that I tasted with some tasting notes and estimated prices. And my picks are highlighted in bold and italic!

Beringer Vineyards
The Waymaker 2015 ($33)
Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($46)

Beringer Vinyards

Beringer Vinyards

Cherry Pie Wines
Three Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 ($35)
Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir 2014 ($80) – best pinot noir I tasted that evening. Smooth and flavourful.

Cherry Pie Pinot Noir

Cherry Pie Pinot Noir

Delicato Family Vineyards
Black Stallion Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($50)
Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 ($20)

Delica4o Black Stallion 2017

Delica4o Black Stallion 2017

Geyser Peak Winery
Outlot Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($38)
Outlot Sonoma Chardonnay tramadol for pets online 2015 ($40)

Outlot Sonoma Chardonnay 2015

Outlot Sonoma Chardonnay 2015

J Vineyards & Winery
Pinot Gris 2016 ($20)
Pinot Noir 2015 ($35) – a great value for collecting

J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

J Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

Joseph Carr / Josh Cellars
Josh Cellars Reserve North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($25)
Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2016 ($18)

Josh Cellars

Josh Cellars

Kendall-Jackson
Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Gris 2016 ($25)
Vintner’s Reserve Rosé 2017 ($25) Great value for wines produced by the award-winning winery.

Kendall-Jackson

Kendall-Jackson

 

Kenwood Vineyards
Sonoma Series Chardonnay 2016 ($20) one of my favourite Chardonnay of the evening
Sonoma Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 ($20)

Kenwood Vineyards

Kenwood Vineyards

La Crema
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 ($32)
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 ($35)

La crama chardonnay

La crama chardonnay

Lake Sonoma Winery
Russian River Chardonnay 2014 ($22) another good chardonnay for drinking, buttery but light.
Dry Creek Zinfandel  2014 ($25)

Lake Sonoma Winery

Lake Sonoma Winery

LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards
Estate Moscato 2016
Midnight Reserve 2013

Michael David Winery ($20 – $30)
Freakshow Red 2015
Petite Petit 2015

Michel David Winery

Michel David Winery

Oak Ridge Winery
OZV Old Vine Zinfandel 2016 ($21)
Lodi Estates Chardonnay 2016 ($25)

Ozv Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Ozv Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Robert Mondavi Winery
Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($60)
Napa Valley Fume Blanc 2014 ($24)– dry by aromatic, very flavourful

Robert Mondavi Winery

Robert Mondavi Winery

Trim / Edge / Fuse
Trim California Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Edge Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

That concludes my “California Crush” tasting adventure.

Next, the International Festival Tasting

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