Saturday, February 24, 2007

Wine Fest Calgary

Location: SAIT Campus, Calgary, AB, Canada
Local Time: February 16, 2007 - Evening

I'm not by nature much of an alcohol drinker, but this looked like something interesting to try, simply out of curiosity.

Winefest, Calgary Wine Fest seems to be a yearly event. Val and I were able to get tickets for Saturday evening.

Never having been to a wine tasting, I really wasn't sure what to expect. I suppose I had some vague idea of people sipping wine from little paper cups and the spitting it out (which seems to be something people do.) Nearly everything I know about wine comes from the Wine For Newbies podcast, so I am not at all what might be termed a wine connoisseur.

Well, we navigated our way through the coat check, and dropped off our backpacks. Strangely, we seemed to be the only people with backpacks. At the main entrance to the wine tasting room, our tickets were checked and we were given wine glasses that we got to keep. Well, I assume we were allowed to keep them. All I really know is no one chased us down later as we made our way out to the C-Train.

Once inside, I noticed right away, there was no spitting. Val and I had eaten dinner just before coming, not wanting to drink a lot of wine on empty stomachs. We really shouldn't have eaten so much as there was lots of cheese available to tasting, as well as wine. Now, I may be an indifferent wine drinker, but I am a cheese aficionado. However, I was stuffed from dinner, so really wasn't into eating at that time.

We made our way over to the Wolfblass table, because I knew the name, and had given away a few bottles of their chiraz over the years as gifts, but had never actually drank the stuff.

"Some of the cab?" the girl asked.

Do I already look like I need a ride home? Oh, right. Cab for Cabernet Sauvignon.

It should be obvious to everyone by now I'm really not qualified to comment on the wines I tasted, so I won't.

We tried:

  • Delicato Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

  • Elephant on A Tightrope Chardonnay and Sabernet Sauvignon

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages and Brouilly

  • Settesoli MandraRossa Chardonnay

  • Trivento Cabernet Malbec

  • Vignoble Barron Chateau Meric Red and Chateau Chante l'Oiseau

  • Yellow Tail Semillion Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz

We also tried Field Stone Fruit Wines Raspberry, Strawberry, Wild Black Cherry and Bumbleberry, which are fruit wines from a local producer located near Calgary. We didn't try Saskatoon Berry, but the others were my favorite of the evening. I may have flopped as a wine connoisseur.

All in all, a good evening.

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