Top Picks for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

La Mozza Perazi 2007 (Booth 76)

New Yorker Joe Bastianich has an amazing palette for Italian wine, his wife Lidia is one of the foremost authorities on Italian food, and their third partner in La Mozza, Mario Batali, ain’t bad either.

Golan Heights Yarden Mount Hermon 2007 (Booth 106)

Calling something the best Kosher wine used to be damnation by faint praise. But this wine, a fruit forward number, heralds Israel’s growing seriousness about making great wine.

Pertaringa Verdelho 2008 (Booth 146)

Because when Verdelho knocks off Viognier as the next big white you can say, “Yeah, I tasted that back in 2010.”