Have you ever wondered how to pick the perfect bottle of wine?

Look no further!

Not only is the Victoria International Wine Festival returning for another year – happening September 19th-21st – they’ve offered up some fantastic tips on how you can select the finest vino.. and you don’t even have to be a wine expert!

Even better? They’re giving away an incredible prize package worth over $1400 which includes two Super Passes to the Festival, two Helijet flights, a one-night stay at the Parkside Hotel and a $50 gift card to Everything Wine!

Without further ado, here are four tips from the Victoria International Wine Festival on how you can choose the best wine possible from your local liquor store:

Finding the right place to buy

If you’re in the market for a great bottle of grapes, doing a quick search online for the which locations carry the best selection is always a good idea – many liquor stores specialize in different forms of liquor and it’s no different when it comes to the world of wine. If you can find a store that boasts about its wine selection and education, that’s always best!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions..

.. that’s what the staff is there for! Generally, liquor store staff is aware of how daunting buying wine can be, and they’re more than happy to help. Let them know your budget and what taste profiles you are looking for, and more importantly use words like fruity, full, dry, smooth, and light to help aid in the decision. Also, make sure to ask them why they are suggesting the wine they do choose!

Use the power of the internet

Once you’ve got a list narrowed down to a few favourites, don’t hesitate to look up the wine on Google – you won’t offend anyone if you whip out your phone and dive into some research! This will help you get a great sense what you are about to purchase and how other consumers describe the wine.

Attend a wine tasting event

Like the Victoria International Wine Festival! It’s a great example of an event in which you get to walk through a huge selection of wine – all in one place. This will allow you to interact directly with wine experts that want to walk you through their portfolio, and you can simply mark off the wines you love in the Festival brochure, and there you’ll have a list of must-haves!

The Victoria International Wine Festival will take place at the Parkside Hotel and Spa from September 19th through September 21st, and tickets are now available – but act fast as they are limited!

**CONTEST CLOSED – Congrats to Rebecca Aviva!**

For a chance to WIN a wine prize package including two Super Passes to the Victoria International Wine Festival, two Helijet flights, a one-night stay at the Parkside Hotel and a $50 gift card to Everything Wine, complete one or more of the following:

  1. LIKE Victoria International Wine Festival on Facebook and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
  2. FOLLOW Victoria International Wine Festival on Instagram and leave a comment below telling us once you have. (1 entry)
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Contest entries will be accepted from time and date of publishing until 11:59 p.m. PST on September 3rd, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they enter within 24 hours of the contest closing. Good luck!

Victoria International Wine Festival

  • When: September 19th – September 21st, various times.
  • Where: The Parkside Hotel and Spa, 810 Humboldt Street
  • Tickets: Available for purchase online, and range from $40 for single seminars to $200 for Super Passes

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