Welcome to Vancouver, mate! – Feb. 21, 2015

By Anthony Gismondi

Australian wineries take centre stage at Vancouver International Wine Festival

Year 37 of the Vancouver International Wine Festival is underway.

The gala dinner, the prime fundraiser for Bard on the Beach (the festival benefactor of choice) opened the show last night at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver to a packed crowd.

In all, 60 plus wine and food events will take place across the city over the next seven days, and most of them are sold out.

This yeara��s host country is Australia, and if ita��s true that timing is everything, the folks from Oz are primed to impress you.

Ita��s no secret Australia has struggled in this market for a few years. The reasons are varied a�� the rise of huge brands, a flood of critter labels with zero provenance, flavour/acid issues and, frankly, a lousy product mix in government stores. But ita��s a new day Down Under and it will likely be revealed this week inside the tasting room.

Many of the aforementioned issues have been addressed over the last decade, but it takes time to turn a wine ship as big as Australian wine. Pick up a bottle of Chardonnay from almost anywhere in the country and you can taste that change.

Younger, faster, stronger and working in areas once thought to be too marginal for grape growing, Australiaa��s new wave of winemakers are doing what they do best: adapt and create. The results are some exciting new wines.

You will be happy to know shiraz/Syrah remains at the centre of Australiaa��s red wine identity (and the globally grown grape is an underlying theme at this yeara��s festival) but those with persistent back-end acidity and dried leather notes are out.

Add to that a widespread movement among growers to embrace smaller vineyards from smaller regions, to make wines with more specificity or provenance and a willingness to blend shiraz with other grapes using new techniques, especially in traditional areas. All of these initiatives are making important headway as Australia retools its image as a premium wine producing country.

Therea��s still plenty of history and you will hear and see and feel it this week a�� dona��t miss chatting to vintners about the fabulous Old Vines project in Barossa where the heritage of Australia wine growing is now under protection.

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