First Snowfall in Whistler, Rain in Vancouver

Whistler Cornucopia was the highlight of this week. Wineries from all over the world came to Whistler for 4 days, lots of tasting, dinners, seminars, wine shows, all good. I was lucky enough to stay up with my friends Shelley, Sean and Jade, and had the most wonderful time. Thursday was the opening wine show, where all the wineries had their wines out on the table for tasting, with the Top 25 of show announced. This was great, I met quite a lot of great winery people, hopefully some work will follow. Apart from the networking opportunities, it was fantastic to taste amazing wines from the Okanagan – great Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot. Also there were wines from France, Italy and of course Australia! Yes I was at home with Jacobs Creek and Wyndham Estate, plus Wolf Blass and the remarkably successful Yellowtail.

On Friday we woke up to the white blanket, with about 20cm of snowfall overnight, it was the first time we had to wipe all the snow off the car.

Of course Vancouver just keeps on raining, I have added to my Vancouver attire some rubber hiking boots that are waterproof so I am not drenched by the time I get to work.

I was fortunate enough to go to the Taste of BC wine seminar, where we had a really good Jackson Triggs Sauvignon Blanc, Sumac Ridge Merlot and Nk’Mip Pinot Blanc, plus learnt all about the climate and soils of the Okanagan. On Saturday Sean and I went to the varietal tastings session, which started with a glass of Lanson Champagne at 9.40am, and you knew it was going to be good! We went to 3 sessions of Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz and Riesling. There was a good showing of Aussie wines in each session, but two standouts were in the Shiraz session. We tasted the trophy winning Best Shiraz of show in the London International Wine Show, I would have sworn blind it was an Aussie Shiraz, but it was from the Okanagan, BC, Jackson Triggs Reserve Shiraz. It was also an absolute bargain at $25 in the wine store, Sean and I actually bought the last 4 bottles, really amazing Shiraz. The other standout was a Washington State Shiraz – Le Ecole 41. Really amazing, great aroma, mouth feel, it had it all. Unfortunately it was $52 per bottle, but well worth it. I had never heard of good wine coming from Washington, but this wine blew me away, the whole area is really in demand here, and I can’t wait to try more. Unfortunately Mark couldn’t come up to Whistler as he stayed home and minded the cats, he was also looking at apartments to rent but luckily didn’t have to…

The other exciting news this week is that we are moving into our new apartment tomorrow!!! Yes we did finally sign the lease today, and it is the lovely 2 bedroom apartment at South Granville, across the bridge from the city, next to Granville Island. It is very exciting as we weren’t having much luck, there are very few places that let you move in with cats. The apartment was just renovated, and comes with a washer and dryer, parking space, storage locker downstairs, and best of all a large garden patio with huge views of the city. I will take some photos tomorrow and put them on the blog.

I am starting a new addition to the blog this week, a weekly trivia question. It’s open for all to answer, just click on ‘Add a Comment’ below to place your answer. Leave the ‘URL’ question blank, you don’t need to fill it in.

Trivia Question of the Week

What is estimated to be British Columbia’s largest Industry?

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