Is it just me, or does this feel like the most indulgent time of year? Chocolatefest just ended, and it’s time for the Wine Festival to start up!
There’s a whole list of side events to go to that are underway already, like tastings at local restaurants. But the big events that most people remember are the public tastings.
The biggest space in the Convention Centre filled with rows and rows of wine to be sampled…I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this festival comes close to my idea of heaven. There are hundreds of wines from all over the world, but this year the theme is wines of BC and Ontario. I’m extra-excited about this, because if there’s one kind of wine I love best of all, it’s ice wine – and Canada is fantastic at making that! If you’ve never tried it or don’t get to drink it often, make sure you make time for it this year. It’s more concentrated than other wines, and very sweet – the perfect dessert drink.
Fun fact – did you know that there’s such a thing as sparkling ice wine, and it was created accidentally in 1988 by a Canadian wine writer? It’s true, and I’m hoping some is on the tables this year!
I’ve checked out the wineries that are coming and there are one from Uruguay and two from Washington State – both totally new wine regions to me, so they’re going straight to the top of my must-taste list beside ice wine!
A final tip – if you find something you really, REALLY love, ask the staff at the booth if it’s usually carried in Manitoba. There are some really awesome wines that you can only purchase at the wine show, so if you think “I’ll buy it some other time” you might end up missing out!
Public tastings happen this Friday and Saturday. You can buy tickets at MLCC locations (there’s one in cityplace) or online at Ticketmaster