Tales From My Once/Year Job- The Vancouver Wineshow

I just can’t help but loving passionate people, and there are a number of beauties I meet once a year at the Vancouver Wine Show like Derek Shelton. Derek could drop you into trance anytime. I’m serious, he is a family man, wine expert, and hypnotist.

Hypnotists know how to make you feel good.

Derek was love at third sight. I was at the chocolate booth, he was just another dude stopping by for the third time and I couldn’t tell you what we said to each other but it was funny. I couldn’t tell you how long it took to learn his name but that doesn’t matter anymore. We started out strangers and became friends.

This year we took our wine show friendship one step further and hit an after party in the Heineken room. Turned out the Heineken room was the place to meet some very successful people. When asking why they served beer at the afterparty and not wine, a winemaker said, “It takes a lot of beer to make good wine.”

I couldn’t tell you who the wine maker was but Derek could because Derek knows people.

Was this the exact room? I can’t remember…

Derek knows wine. 

Every year I learn something new. This year I learned about “Reisling Off Dry Wine,” and “Rioja.”

The Reisling Off Dry offers a fresh, spirited nose revealing a deep-squeezed drizzle of lime over slices of passion fruit and guava folding onto a broad mid-palate of orchard stone fruit with recurring citrus acidity and seductive floral notes. Those aren’t my words. I’d say the wine might best compliment a Thai, or Indian food dinner.

Rioja is a wine region in Spain, with Denominación de Origen Calificada. Rioja wine is made from grapes grown in the autonomous communities of La Rioja and Navarre, and the Basque province of Álava. The Rioja grape dates back to 873.

That’s a long history of wine!! Discover more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rioja_(wine)

Wine knows people.

This is the first year I’ve taken a real effort to learn names. I always tell people I can remember up to 10 new names at a party. Sometimes I remember first & Last names, just last names, or first names, or nicknames. Why not talk about how awesome they are too???

You go girl!

Nicole- could bench press me! I’ve seen Nicole around the last few years and we can’t help but smile when we see each other. This year I had to stare just below her bust for a good minute to read her exhibitor badge. I memorized it and then Googled her because that is what I do. She was easy to find, and an inspiration for fitness buffs to follow on IG @nixloz.



Kara Henderson
Now hold up… Jody Lea will claw your face off!

Kara- being seen making her laugh in public raises your status 100 points. We were on a slow and steady three year wine show relationship when a drunken biddy saw our connection and said, “Just blabble, blabble!!!”

We both said,Pardon?”

And that drunken biddy tried to help us out with “hooking up.” Which would have been fine had my girl Jody Lea been there to say yes, this one is a keeper… but Jodes wasn’t there and getting rid of that old biddy was like getting rid of a stomach ulcer. Then Kara was gone. See you next year!

I wonder if she’ll remember me???

Darcy- the news girl. Darcy, her friends, and myself closed out the wine show with a bottle of the finest Bordeaux. Thats right, while the crews were tearing down the show, we poured full glasses and laughed our faces off! Then we became facebook friends… yeaaaaa!



Danny- the STUD, next year we’ll snap a pic. Danny wears the most bad ass suits at the show, and he looks like he could shoot you in the face… but he is the friendliest mother f*#@’er out there.

I can’t tell you the rest of my list because then they’ll know I didn’t know his or her name 😐

The Only Pic I Snapped At This Years Show #startingtoloveIG @devinbisanz

Derek has a bromance.


Every tenth beauty at the wine show has had some kind of relationship with Corey. Corey’s other buddy Bob told me that Corey met a girl a 7:30, and by 7:31 he was “fixing her breasts.” According to Bob, at 8:00pm Corey disappeared for an hour.

The wine show is a big event.

Stephanie Armenta
Stephanie & Hubby @colpitts_real_estate

Over 25,000 tickets are sold every year. I often reconnect with people like Stephanie, who I haven’t seen for years but recognized right away! We hugged it out and I gave her the last Honey, Salt, & Almonds Ritter Sport Chocolate Bar!!! That means something.

There are so many wine vendors that this year I didn’t get to see my good friend Leah, and I see her every year. Leah is such a babe with such a wonderful attitude that makes me sad that we didn’t get to cross paths. I’m still putting happy thoughts out into the universe!!!

Here is the deal.

I love wine so much that every year I document it in some way. Last year I made this video:


Last year I wrote a blog with a little more information about wine: Chocolate Wine and GoPro At The Vancouver Wine Show.

The bottom line is.

There is an old saying that goes:

“Best friends don’t care if your house is clean. They care if you have wine.”

Well, there is plenty of wine to be had at the Vancouver wine show, and you can find me most years at the Ritter Sport Chocolate Bar with a smile turned ON.


Have a great and wonderful day,

Devin Bisanz

Something you probably don't know about me. I was wheeling my street bike down the highway when I flipped over backwards. My street bike slid under an oncoming semi-truck, and I narrowly escaped death.

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