Wine lovers will be salivating Monday as a premier Italian tasting event touches down in Vancouver for the first time.
Gambero Rosso, an influential Italian food and wine magazine, has been touring the world introducing top-notch Italian wines to audiences in China, Japan, Russia and the U.S.
On Monday, they will be at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver introducing local sommeliers, winery proprietors and other industry professionals to Italian wines.
The magazine produces an annual guide called Italian Wine in which editors rate more than 20,000 wines, with only 400 making the grade.
At the Vancouver wine tasting, a variety of the guide's most highly rated wines (those that received the Tre Bicchieri designation) will be presented.
Giovanni Silvestri, Gambe-ro Rosso delegate for Canada, says the wine tasting is akin to travelling through all the different wine regions of Italy.
"This is the only event where the best of the best are presented, (as) selected by the guide book," says Silvestri.
He adds that Canada is an important wine market as Canadians become increasingly interested in wine.
According to the Canadian Vintners Association, 376.8 million litres of wine valued at $1.97 billion was imported into the country in 2012. The top two exporters to Canada were France, followed by Italy.