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Italian Wine and Cheese at Porto Cafe

Here in Vancouver, we’re blessed with fantastic wine. I say this from the point of view of a college student on a budget, so when I say fantastic, I mostly mean affordable, varied, and easy to appreciate. But last Tuesday I got the chance to sample some truly amazing wine, in every sense of the word.

The Italian embassy organized a wine tasting event at Porto Cafe. The place was packed. The mingling was buzzing. But most importantly, the wine (all 50 different kinds) kept coming.

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Each wine was a unique combination of kind of grape, type of wood, number of years, and region of Italy. The evening I tried a rosé, a red, and a couple of whites. There were some prosecco flutes around, but I couldn’t hunt down where those were coming from.

Onto the wines themselves! Each one I tasted was amazing. They were a bit fruitier than the usual Vancouver fare, but I very much enjoyed them all. None of them are available in Vancouver right now, but hopefully that changes soon.

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Of course, no wine tasting is complete without great cheese! With how full the event was, it was a bit tough scoring anything from the beautiful platter they laid out. Fortunately, there were a few of these cheese boards floating around to nab a bite from. You can never go wrong with brie and a nice swirly glass of red.

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