This morning I noticed on Twitter that Anthony from Farmstead Wines was doing a wine tasting not too far from where we live. I’ve been wanting to meet Anthony for a while and I’ve heard only good things about the wine so we went to try them for ourselves.
The tasting was done at Everything Wine, a very large wine store in North Vancouver. It’s a nice large space and the number of wines they have in stock is a bit overwhelming. They have daily wine tastings from 2pm to 6pm and they described Farmstead’s as:
This portfolio of wines is one of the best we’ve tasted since the store opened! Well worth the trip to taste wines from producers devoted to organic and sustainable agriculture!
Anthony was offering 4 different wines and answering questions from the clientele. We tasted all four of them and asked him to give a short description of each one.
The first wine we tried was a Gruner Veltliner from Martin Arndorfer.
Then we tried a 2001 Barbera from Agricola Marrone.
The next wine was a 2007 Dolcetto from Renato Fenocchio who inspired Anthony to start importing wine.
And lastly, a Minervois from Domaine de Courbissac.
I also caught Anthony explaining the meaning behind Farmstead Wines.
We enjoyed all four wines and they were all very different. The Barbera, in particular, caught my attention, I don’t think I’ve tried anything quite like it before. In the end we brought a couple of bottles of the Minervois home.
The bottom line is that if you want to try wines that are hand-made by the farmers, who really care about what they do and do it in a sustainable and natural way, you must give Farmstead Wines a try.