Last 4th of July we had the opportunity to go to Vancouver. At that point I knew very little about the city, except that it was in Canada and that it hosted the Olympic games. I also knew that British Columbia wines can be outstanding and that was my motto. Once there it became instant clear that the city has an amazing culinary scene with excellent restaurants and culinary schools.
Granville Island Public Market is a mecca of exotic fruits and vegetables, off the coast shellfish, exquisite cheeses and cured meats, local wine, artisanal breads, you name it. Everything you want, and things you never heard of, can be found there, and at the best quality possible. So basically you shop at the market, head to Stanley Park or to Third Beach, set up your picnic, open a bottle of wine and chill. Vancouver offers more ways to chill than one can imagine- and that was an awesome surprise.
There are five main DVAs (Designated Viticultural Areas) in British Columbia — the Okanagan Valley, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Fraser Valley and the Similkameen Valley. With over 60 different grape varieties, the top 5 white varieties are Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Blanc. The top 5 red varieties are Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Production is 49% white and 51% red. Being the summer, most wines we had were white and mainly from the Okanagan Valley, which all expressed great fruit profile in balance with a natural, vibrant acidity.