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Ontario’s Star Whites

February 15 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Ontario’s glacial soils and moderating Great Lakes provide the perfect cool-climate home for both Riesling and Chardonnay. Join Christopher Waters of Vines Magazine for a masterclass on Ontario’s two most important white grape varieties and learn why these varietals continue to earn top accolades at home and abroad. Experience Ontario’s fine wine revolution. Moderator: Christopher Waters Panelists: Thomas Bachelder, Janet Dorozynski, Jamie Goode, John Szabo MW, Harald Thiel Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and…

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The Wine Economy in Canada

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Crafting a Canadian Wine Culture 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (registration opens at 9:30 a.m.) Includes buffet luncheon: 12:30-2 p.m. Plus wine reception: 5-6 p.m. Featuring speakers, presentations & panels on the following topics: What are the benchmark moments in the history of wine in Canada? What are the contributions of wine importation, key developments in the domestic sector, and the prospects for export? From confederation to prohibition to the state of affairs today, what tectonic shifts could be under way for…

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There’s No Place Like BC

February 15 @ 11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Take a tour of BC wine across the province and discover why everything from light and delicate to ripe, rich and powerful wines can be produced. Join Rhys Pender MW and a panel of BC Winemakers as they provide a glimpse into BC's diverse grape varieties, regions and styles and explore why there’s no place like BC. Moderator: Rhys Pender MW Panelists: Michael Bartier, Nikki Callaway, Chris Carson, David Paterson, Chris Turyk Trade events are available only to those in the wine,…

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Poised for Pinot

February 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Discover how Ontario’s terroir expresses the heartbreak grape, Pinot Noir. Master Sommelier John Szabo presents a detailed seminar on Ontario’s Pinot Noir featuring key examples from specific sub-appellations and vineyard sites in Niagara and Prince Edward County. Plan to dig deep and discover the energy, purity and elegance of Ontario’s Pinot Noir. Moderator: John Szabo MS Panelists: Craig McDonald, Eugene Mlynczyk, Harald Thiel, Keith Tyers, Christopher Waters Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality…

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BC: Diversity & Purity

February 15 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

We are cool climate and desert. We produce Icewine as well as big, powerful, sun-ripened reds and crisp, mineral sparkling wines. We are small, young, diverse and complex. We do a lot of things very well. What is BC’s message to the world? Diversity, Quality, Purity. Moderator: Treve Ring Panelists: Jamie Goode, Pedro Parra, Rhys Pender MW Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve or market wine in their…

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Canada Coast to Coast

February 16 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Canada’s modern wine history is now multi-generational and has captured the world’s attention. What’s the inside story? Join insiders Rhys Pender, MW, and John Szabo, MS, for a state of the nation address on wine country Canada. Discover the key varietals that shine, and learn how nuances in climate conditions make a difference inside BC, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Moderators: John Szabo MS and Rhys Pender MW Panelists: Anthony Gismondi, Craig Pinhey, Moira Peters, Christopher Waters Trade events are available only to those in…

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Principals Welcome Lunch

February 16 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Join the 180 participating winery principals at this kick-off to the first tasting room session. Get a first taste of select wines from the room while catching up with colleagues from around the world. Then take a seat at the long tables to enjoy a delectable buffet-style menu created by VCC’s Executive Chef Blair Rasmussen. Wineries will be grouped alphabetically by wine agency. Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell,…

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Trade Tasting – Thursday

February 16 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld, is the best opportunity to explore the Tasting Room with your industry peers. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet wine producers from around the world, to taste rare wines, and perhaps to discover the next big thing in the industry. 170 trade-exclusive wines (plus 780+ festival wines) available The Trade Tastings are not only an excellent opportunity to network and taste away from the evening crowds, but also a chance to sample ~170…

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From Ground Up

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am

In March 2015, the Golden Mile Bench was officially announced as a sub-Designated Viticultural Area (DVA) of the Okanagan Valley.  This DVA recognizes the Golden Mile Bench’s singular terroir due to its unique alluvial soil and micro-climate. This seminar explores the history of The Golden Mile, its unique terroir, and the research process for the sub-appellation. Moderators: Anthony Gismondi and Rhys Pender MW Sponsored by Golden Mile Bench Association Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries…

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Okanagan Estate Collection

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am

A unique opportunity to taste some of Canada’s finest wines from Mission Hill, CedarCreek, CheckMate, and Martin's Lane wineries, guided by the Estates' four pioneering winemakers, and featuring new and pre-release vintages. This seminar conveys the passion and dedication required to craft fine wines from some of the most exceptional Okanagan vineyard sites; wines that are placing the Okanagan Valley on the global wine stage. Moderators: Ian Morden & Ingo Grady Panelists: Darryl Brooker- Mission Hill Family Estate; Phil McGahan…

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Sparkling Wines of Canada

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am

Canadian sparkling wine is one of Canada’s most exciting wine trends. Join Janet Dorozynski  on a journey through the sparkling wines of Canada. Taste and learn about the varieties, styles and unique characteristics that Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia sparkling wines have to offer. Moderator: Janet Dorozynski Panelists: Jamie Goode, Craig McDonald, Treve Ring, Sean Wood Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve or market wine in their…

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Heartbreak & Backache

February 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am

Winemakers Forum on Pinot Noir & Riesling A panel of distinguished winemakers and hands-on owners share their stories and insights on Riesling and Pinot Noir, two notorious cool-climate grapes famed for breaking backs in the vineyard and hearts in the winery. Learn about their challenges in the Okanagan Valley, Niagara Peninsula, Mosel Valley and other wine regions in the world, and how it relates to what’s in your glass. Moderator: Mark Shipway Panelists: Nik Weis, Ann Sperling, David Paterson, Harald…

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Celebrating Excellence: 14th Annual Awards Lunch

February 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm

Featuring Wines of Canada At the 14th Annual Awards lunch, guests are invited to attend a buffet style lunch that features delightfully paired Canadian wines and cuisine. With up to 40 wines available, this is the perfect setting for the unveiling of the Vancouver International Wine Festival award winners: Wine Program Excellence Awards, Sommelier of the Year and Spirited Industry Professional (SIP) Award. Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell,…

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Trade Tasting – Friday

February 17 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm

The Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld, is the best opportunity to explore the Tasting Room with your industry peers. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet wine producers from around the world, to taste rare wines, and perhaps to discover the next big thing in the industry. 170 trade-exclusive wines (plus 780+ festival wines) available The Trade Tastings are not only an excellent opportunity to network and taste away from the evening crowds, but also a chance to sample ~170…

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