Download the auction catalogue to see the full list of wines and epicurean delights available for your bidding pleasure, but below are some of the stars of the show in the live auction.

Live Auction

L1   WINES OF CANADA DINNER
Value: $4,000

Dine out with nine of your friends at one of Vancouver’s finest culinary destinations! You will be treated to an elegant six-course wine-paired meal featuring Canada’s finest wines. Start the evening off with a glass of Nova Scotia’s award-winning bubble, and continue your wine journey across Canada with iconic wines from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Each course and pairing will be presented and guided by a sommelier.

Donated by: Wines of Canada

L2  QUILCEDA CREEK VERTICAL
Value: $3,500

Nine 750 ml bottles.

This vertical from Quilceda Creek includes nine straight vintages — from 1996 to 2004 inclusive. Quilceda Creek is dedicated exclusively to the production of world-class Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek has had an unbroken string of highly rated vintages that has led Robert Parker Jr. to name it Washington State’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon producer.

Donated by: Glenn Anderson

  L3  CELEBRITY DINING EXPERIENCE
Value: Priceless

 Be the host of a unique dining experience for eight, created by celebrity chef and television personality Vikram Vij and Sandhill master Winemaker Howard Soon. Enjoy a meal created especially for you and your guests at VIJ’S, Vikram’s newest restaurant at 3106 Cambie, in September 2017. Your meal will be perfectly paired with a selection of award-winning Sandhill Small Lots wines and rare vintages from Howard Soon’s personal collection. Enjoy the company of Vij, Soon and Vancouver’s favourite raconteur, Bard on the Beach’s Christopher Gaze; their storytelling will be the priceless highlight of your evening!

Donated by: Bard on the Beach, Sandhill Wines, Vikram Vij

L4  QUAILS’ GATE – IN THE NEST
Value: $6,000 +

 This package is truly unique. Start your trip with two rooms at the Fairmont YVR in a Fairmont Room. Fairmont Rooms are luxuriously appointed and feature floor to ceiling windows offering soundproof views. All rooms have flat screen televisions with HD signal, pillow top beds, in-room safes, 24 hour In Room Dining and Le Labo bath amenities.

Then four of you will fly to Kelowna with return airfare on Air North. Upon arrival in Kelowna, make your way to Quails’ Gate Estate Winery where you will luxuriate in a two-night stay at The Nest, including a VIP tour, private dinner in the Wine Library with the president or winemaker and a magnum of 2012 Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir signed by winemaker Nikki Callaway.

Donated by: Air North,  Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Quails’ Gate Estate Winery

L5  1994 CHÂTEAU PETRUS
Value: $6,155

Two 750 ml bottles.

Bordeaux’s most intensely concentrated, richly flavoured and unique red wine. An incredible power, depth and richness yet a remarkable balance with penetrating aromas of ripe mulberry, black currant and fruit and spicy vanilla oak, setting it apart from all Bordeaux’s finest wines.

Donated by: Friend of the Festival

L6  1990 CHÂTEAU ANGELUS
Value: $6,270

Six 750 ml bottles.

Robert Parker rated this vintage a 99 in August 2015 and stated: “A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, this is clearly the greatest Angelus until the 2000, 2003 and then the perfect 2005. Beautiful, sweet plum, blackberry and blueberry fruit soar from the glass of this opaque, purple wine that still hasn’t lost much in color. Deep, opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied and multidimensional, this is a stunner and just now approaching its plateau of full maturity, where it should stay for at least another 20 years.”

Donated by: Friend of the Festival

L7  EAT & DRINK LIKE A NORTHERN ITALIAN
Value: $12,000+

“Northern Italy – a paradise for those who enjoy the finer things in life!”

Northern Italy is a beautiful enigma; at times, quiet and serene; at times, loud and boisterous. Our tour of Northern Italy will let you sample the great diversity of this beautiful corner of the Earth. From the gothic charm of Venice to the fashionable chic of Milan; from the high alpine meadows of the Dolomites to the sun soaked beaches of the Cinque Terre — you will enjoy Northern Italy in comfort, in style, and in depth. As always with an Eat and Drink Like a European Tour, there are plenty of memorable food and drink experiences, with a special focus on regional wines. Expect fresh, local, and delicious! With the art, architecture, history, and natural beauty of Northern Italy as our backdrop, your tour directors taking care of the details, our private coach acting as full-time designated driver, and plenty of free time built in for your own explorations, we know you will love to Eat and Drink like a Northern Italian!

Join VIWF’s executive director Harry Hertscheg and Eat and Drink Like a European’s owner/chief tour director Craig Bresett on this trip of a lifetime! Trip dates are July 14-26, 2017.

For a full itinerary visit EatandDrinkLikeaEuropean.com.

As an added bonus, take $3,000 USD in Delta Airlines vouchers to help with your transportation to and from Italy!

Donated by: Craig Bresett, Vancouver International Wine Festival

L8  1990 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD
Value: $9,250

Twelve 750 ml bottles.

An iconic collectible wine from one of Bordeaux’s most famous first-growth producers. The wine has a clear, glittering colour with a slightly brackish tint while the open and expressive nose offers well-developed aromas of blond tobacco and game together with some very pleasant mineral notes. The fruit, relatively discreet on the nose, comes into its own on the palate in flavours of macerated fruit and prunes in alcohol. An attractive, acidulated and airy finish.

Donated by: Paul Devlin

L9  VILLA ESPERANZA: LUXURY BEACHFRONT VILLA IN COSTA RICA
Value: $9,500+

Seven-night stay for six people in 6,000 square feet of luxury on the beach in Playa Negra, Costa Rica. The villa has three master bedroom suites with king beds and ensuites, a gourmet kitchen, infinity pool, gorgeous views, all just steps from the beach. Also included are your transfers to and from the airport in Liberia. Private chef, daily housekeeping service, drivers and tours are not included but can be arranged with advance notice and at additional cost. Please see Villa Esperanza for photos. Expires November 15, 2017, no extensions available.

Donated by: Lenora Gates

L10  1988 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX
Value: $12,150
Twelve 750 ml bottles.

The very deep colour, the rich, intense nose and the magnificent structure on the palates are very reminiscent of the 1986. They have the same powerful, ripe tannins, with perhaps a little less concentration, but also less austerity. An iconic collectible wine from one of Bordeaux’s most famous first-growth producers.

Donated by: Friend of the Festival

L11  BACCHANLIA DÉJÀ VU
Value: $4,000

Enjoying tonight’s dining experience? Impress and delight your friends with a repeat of this amazing menu and wine pairings! Executive Chef Cameron Ballendine and his team will re-create tonight’s incredible menu and fantastic wine pairings for your own special occasion and serve it to you and your guests in your very own private dining room – complete with butler. This is your only opportunity to once again savour the creativity and perfect blend of food and wine from this evening. A first-class dinner to be experienced one more time!

Donated by: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

L12  HARLAN ESTATE VERTICAL *UPDATE*
Value: $13,400
Six 750 ml bottles.

This vertical includes the 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Harlan Estate vintages. Founded in 1984, Harlan Estate is a winegrowing estate in the western hills of Oakville, California – in the heart of Napa Valley and has been described as the “ultimate cult winery.” The flagship Harlan Estate is one of the most sought-after Californian wines on the market. Robert Parker states that “these wines possess all the elements of greatness – individuality, power combined with elegance, extraordinary complexity, remarkable aging potential and compelling richness without ponderousness.”

Donated by: Drew MacIntyre

L13  1989 CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS
Value: $7,435

One 750 ml bottle.

The 1989 Château Pétrus is superb and Robert Parker awarded it a perfect score of 100 points. He wrote: “This is another stunningly opulent, rich, full-bodied, amazingly concentrated, exotic, flamboyant Petrus that remains remarkably youthful…the 1989 looks to be another 30-year wine, with extraordinary equilibrium between all of its component parts. An amazing effort!”

Château Pétrus is one of the most famous – and usually the most expensive – wines of Bordeaux and represents the pinnacle of Pomerol. British wine writer Michael Broadbent finds this wine to be “perfect.”

Donated by: Friend of the Festival