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I suck at wine: 2014 VIWF Blind Tasting Challenge

My 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival activities begun on Wednesday! Insert majestic trumpet sounds here. I was really scared for the Blind Tasting Challenge (at the Pacific Culinary Institute of Arts) on said morning . This mostly meant barely being able to keep my breakfast in my stomach, listening to Glee's rendition of "Don't Rain on My Parade" on repeat for high energy (do you hate me yet?), and then thinking that coffee was a bad idea. A classmate saw me looking at the water as I was listening to music and taking refreshing winter breaths of Granville Island air - she was just as nervous as I, but another classmate told us we were more jittery and nervous than we...

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Joiefarm Wines – 2012

I had the opportunity to try six of Joiefarm's wines today, all being part of the new 2012 vintage. Hilariously pronounced by many customers ("Joey") - some with confidence, some hesitant, and most with charm - these wines are popular with the locals, but personally, I've never been drawn to their wines. They take advantage of BC's relatively cooler climate and vinify mostly white grapes, although their PTG has been praised by Jancis Robinson (all hail the queen). All good checkboxes for reasons to buy, but perhaps it's the 20-30 dollar price point (which honestly, makes sense for some good BC wine anyways) or perhaps it's the weird combination that the labels bring: simple but somehow ugly. That's just me, though....

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wine 101 @ UBC

[caption id="attachment_785" align="aligncenter" width="695"] The fantastic crowd![/caption] So yeah! I led the first tasting of this school year at the UBC Wine Tasting Club. It was awesome and complete with me spilling wine while demonstrating swirling, me speaking horrendously quietly and fast while avoiding the tens and tens of eyes on me, and me silently freaking out and wondering if people were getting bored as I barked on and on about the noble grape varieties. Which is great, because that's me being normal. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating. [caption id="attachment_784" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Because his name is Brett. Like, Brettanomyces. I'm the worst.[/caption] What was also fantastic was that Holly brought her Le Nez du Vin set which was amazingly fun. People were trying to quiz...

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