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You can expect an excellent lineup of B.C. producers at the festival, but for the first time ever Niagara-based winemaker Paul Pender of Tawse Vineyards will be at the show. Pender is the force behind the barrels at Tawse the Wine Access Canadian Winery of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Tawse bottles are scarce in British Columbia so be sure to stop at the booth and taste the bio-dynamic Tawse Winery 2009 Robyn's Block Chardonnay ($44).
In all, 175 principals will be ready to meet you when the doors to the International Tasting Room open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, March 1, 2 and 3, at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. For more information log onto www.playhousewinefest.com.
Anthony Gismondi is a globetrotting wine writer who makes his home in West Vancouver, British Columbia. For more of his thoughts on wine log onto www.gismondionwine.com