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Wine Sensory Symposium Salon – Showcasing Vancouver Island Wineries

Wine Sensory Symposium Salon – Showcasing Vancouver Island Wineries

The second installment of the Wine Sensory Symposium took place at VV Tapas Lounge, a brand new eatery and wine bar located at 957 East Hastings in Vancouver. Wine blogger and hospitality consultant Laura Milnes from Silk and Coupe facilitated 2 great debates about BC wine showcasing Vancouver Island and Salt Spring Island wineries. Two panels of passionate local sommeliers and winemakers took turns providing insights on a number of relevant and trendy discussion topics:

Panel #1

Terroir of Vancouver Island – challenges and opportunities.

How wine styles and demand have changed in the last 10 years in BC.

Can you have a well-rounded list with only local wines?

Panel #2

What are some of the unique wine tasting preferences of the BC region? What could be done in the winemaking process to make local wine more appealing to the Vancouver market?

Stigma of Canadian wine – what is it and how is it changing?

Can we really make natural wine in BC?

How important are GI’s – would these labels make an impact?

Sponsors: Sandhill, AmoVino, Emkao fair-trade chocolate, Massey, Nuance winery equipment and supplies, Sani Marc, Town Hall Brands, VV Tapas Lounge, Riedel.


Want to find out more? Click here to read Valerie van der Gracht’s (Author at My VanCity) review.

The symposium organizers would like to thank all the speakers, sponsors, and VV Tapas Lounge.



Chris Turyk – Unsworth Vineyards

Shawn Jones – Old Bird

Daniel Dagert – Kutatás Wines

Jessica Luongo – AmoVino Distributors

Sean Nelson – Hawksworth Restaurant

Matt Landry – Stablehouse Bistro

Laura Starr – VITA Magazine

Bailey Williamson- Blue Grouse Winery

Louise Fedyk – Massey Wine & Spirits

Brent Averill – Averill Creek Vineyard



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