5:15pm - 6:45pm$85
California creates brilliant and bold Bordeaux and Rhône-style blends as a result of the warm, dry climate conditions of the Golden State. Join DJ Kearney and a panel of vintners as they explore nine California blends, plus a surprise benchmark wine that will make you stand up and take notice. Moderator: DJ Kearney Panelists: Chris Benziger, Jamie Benziger, Mark de Vere MW, Jason Diefenderfer, Yoav Gilet, Joseph Lange, Benjamin Menouret, Thomas Price MS, Ray Signorello Sponsored by California Wines Featured wines: Benziger Family Winery Tribute 2015 Hope Family Wines Treana Blanc 2015 Imagery Estate Winery White Burgundy 2017 Jackson Family Wines Bootleg 2015 & Freemark Abbey Merlot 2015 LangeTwins Collection of Family Wines Midnight Reserve 2015 Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro 2015 Share a Splash Wine Co. High Dive 2015 Signorello Estate Padrone 2016 Famille JM Cazes Saint-Estephe AOC Rouge (Selection du Château Ormes de Pez) 2016 Wines subject to change Blending California-style is graciously co-hosted by the embassies, high commissions or consulates of the participating countries: Consulate General of France U.S. Consulate General Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID (one with photo and birthdate) are required. Infants and children are not permitted.
5:15pm - 6:45pm$70
Wine narrator Paul Wagner is back to lead a sensory-focused journey around the wine world, with visits in France, Italy, South America and the Okanagan. Come with an open mind and leave with an enhanced appreciation of how to enjoy wine. From sparkling launch to rich red finale, expect wine stories galore and a rosé stop in between. Moderator: Paul Wagner Panelists: Guillaume Blisson, Alessandra Boscaini, Antonella Bronca, Jean-Luc Colombo, Daniel Grace, Maya Jenkins, Jaime Merino, Cristiana Tiberio, Sara Triggs, Matteo Zonin Sponsored by participating wineries Featured wines: Zonin1821 Prosecco Brut 1821 DOC NV Sorelle Bronca Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Particella 68 2018 Culmina Family Estate Winery Saignée Rosé 2018 Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2018 Viña Santa Ema Amplus ONE Carmenere 2017 Pascual Toso Alta Malbec 2016 Jean-Luc Colombo La Louvée Cornas Syrah 2016 Louis Bernard Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2013 MASI Agricola Costasera Riserva Amarone 2013 Wines subject to change Wine 101 is graciously co-hosted by the consulates and embassies of the participating wineries: Consulate General of Argentina Consulate General of Chile Consulate General of France Consulate General of Italy Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID (one with photo and birthdate) are required. Infants and children are not permitted.
7:00pm - 10:00pm$95
The Wine World is Here If you attend only one of the festival’s events, make it an International Festival Tasting. The Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre is the heart of the festival, where all 163 participating wineries and their principals gather to pour their select wines. Discover exciting new wines, or return to your favourites, sipping from premium wine glasses. The room will also feature Regional Tasting Stations from France, Emilia-Romagna, Germany, New Zealand, and South Africa, as many wine and food-related exhibitors. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TASTING ROOM Vive la France! This year, take a wine tour of France in the Tasting Room, exploring 42 wineries from 10 regions. Discover how the diverse terroirs of Alsace, Champagne, Beaujolais, Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Languedoc, Loire, Provence, Rhône, and the South West create distinct, iconic wines. Vine Stars The stars of the global wine scene – winemakers, proprietors, senior execs – come to Vancouver every year to pour and discuss their wines with festivalgoers. That’s what makes this festival unique. Each winery will be represented in the room by a principal, someone closely involved in the wine-production process, there to share their wines and knowledge. You’re quite likely to find that the person serving your wine has their name on the bottle. Identify the vine star by his or her royal blue lanyard. Chat them up! BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop Free bottle check and wine delivery All wines served at the winery tables are available for purchase at the BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop in the Tasting Room, but some are in VERY limited supply. When you discover a wine that you want to enjoy at home, don’t wait until the end of the session to buy it as it might be sold out – put it in the handy bottle check, and then continue your tasting session. Repeat as necessary. When you’re ready to leave, check out your wines. And if you live in British Columbia, whether you’ve bought one bottle or several cases, your wine can be shipped free of charge to your nearest BC Liquor Store. Very convenient! Please note: the entrance to the Festival Wine Shop is in the Tasting Room and is only accessible to International Festival Tasting ticketholders during their tasting session. Words to the wise This is a wine tasting, not a food event. Be sure to have a meal before you arrive. That said, food samples are available to enhance your tasting experience. Pace yourself. Have a game plan – you can’t taste every wine in the room. And don’t swallow everything that’s poured into your glass. Have a taste and then make use of the spit buckets at every table, by spitting or pouring out the rest. And if you do want to taste a lot of wines, we offer four tasting sessions over three days, so repeat as necessary! Please don’t wear fragrance! All the noses and palates in the room will thank you. Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID (one containing photo & birthdate) are required. Infants and children are not permitted. Don’t Wine and Drive! Don’t even think about bringing your car or bike. Take transit. BC Liquor Stores offers a free transit ticket at their Get Home Safe booth in the onsite Festival Wine Shop. Assign a designated driver Take a cab or limo Walk The International Festival Tasting is graciously co-hosted by the embassies, high commissions or consulates of the participating countries: Consulate General of Argentina Australian Consulate Consulate General of Chile Embassy of the Republic of Croatia Consulate General of France Consulate General of Federal Republic of Germany Consulate General of Italy Consulate General of Japan New Zealand Consulate General Consulate General of Portugal Consulate General of Romania South African High Commission Consulate General of Spain U.S. Consulate General Consulate General of Uruguay
5:15pm - 6:45pm$70
Discover grapes off the beaten path in this seminar designed to expand your palate beyond the classic international varieties. James Nevison, The Province’s Wine Guy will lead a panel of vine stars through an exploration of grapes hard to spell, but easy to enjoy. Moderators: James Nevison Panelists: Moreno Coronica, Bernard Duseigneur, Daniela Facciani, Nicolas Haeffelin, Maria Lopez, Paride Nardotto, Miron Radic, Laurent Sauvage, Ermes Scardova, Rob Summers, Cristiana Tiberio, Philibert de Vregille Sponsored by participating wineries Featured wines: Hester Creek Estate Winery Old Vines Trebbiano VQA 2019 Coronica Wines Gran Teran 2013 Marcel Cabelier Château Chalon 2009 Domaine Duseigneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Catarina 2018 Fortant de France Picpoul de Pinet Grand Terroirs 2018 Louis Jadot Bouzeron 2016 Medici Ermete Lambrusco Grasparossa Quercioli NV Poderi dal Nespoli Pagadebit di Romagna 2018 Tiberio Pecorino IGT 2018 Tommasi Family Estates Paternoster Rotondo Aglianico del Vulture 2013 Liliac – The Wine of Transylvania Transylvania Feteasca Regala 2018 Bodega Sarmentero Verdejo 2018 Wines subject to change Grapes Unknown is graciously co-hosted by the embassies, high commissions or consulates of the participating countries: Embassy of the Republic of Croatia Consulate General of France Consulate General of Italy Consulate General of Romania Consulate General of Spain Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID (one with photo and birthdate) are required. Infants and children are not permitted.
11:30am - 1:30pm$99
“All great parties end in the kitchen.” Take a wine and food journey through the kitchens of PICA, featuring international wines matched with a small bite prepared by top Vancouver chefs, members of Chefs’ Table Society of BC. Each kitchen highlights a wine-and-food pairing, with the chef and winery principal sharing insights on what makes this pairing perfect. Parking is available first-come, first-served at 1515 West 2nd Island Cove with nine spots on your left as your drive into the covered parking and a further 30 more parking spots located down one level in the underground. We strongly encourage you to take transit or a taxi, however. Sponsored by Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and the participating wineries Featured wines: Marqués de Riscal Rosato 2018 / PICA Students Segura Viudas Gran Cuvée Reserva DO Cava NV / Say Mercy: Sean Reeve Marisco Vineyards The King’s Thorn Pinot Gris 2018 / Pan Pacific Hotel: Sean Murray Bodegas Juan Gil Kentia Albariño 2018 / Personal Chef: Jefferson Alvarez Jackson Family Wines: Oregon Penner-Ash Willamette Pinot Noir 2017 / Wildebeest: Ian McHale Angove Family Winemakers Warboys Single Vineyard McLaren Vale Grenache 2017 / Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts: Brian Luptak Michael David Winery Petite Petit 2017 / Shangri-la Hotel: Ken Nakano Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Cosmic Egg Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 / Autostrada: Lucais Syme Wines subject to change PICA Kitchen Party is graciously co-hosted by the embassies and consulates of the participating countries: Australia Consulate New Zealand Consulate General Consulate General of Spain U.S. Consulate General Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID (one with photo and birthdate) are required. Infants and children are not permitted.
5:15pm - 6:45pm$100
While the term “Cru” is most often used for the French classification system, the “Cru” concept can apply to any vineyard or group of vineyards recognized for their superior quality. This seminar will take participants on a global journey to some of the wine world’s greatest vineyards to discover what makes their terroir and wines so special. Moderator: Evan Goldstein, Sara D’Amato Panelists: Grant Bellve, Donal Black, Alessandra Boscaini, Laura Catena, Michael Clark, Jean-Luc Colombo, Moreno Coronica, Mark de Vere MW, Emily Falcouner, Jose Luis Muguiro, Jorge Ramos, Antonio Zaccheo, Jr. Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Bodega Catena Zapata Adrianna Vineyard River Stones Malbec 2016 Tyrrell’s Wines Winemakers Selection Vat 1 Hunter Semillon 2014 Clos du Soleil Winery Estate Reserve Red 2013 Viña Carmen DO Quijada Semillon 2017 Coronica Wines Gran Teran 2015 Jean-Luc Colombo Terres Brulées Cornas 2016 Carpineto Poggio Sant’Enrico 2010 MASI Agricola Brolo di Campofiorin Oro 2014 Fonseca Vintage Port 2017 Marqués de Riscal Finca Torrea 2016 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon, ToKalon Vineyard, Napa Valley 2016 Wines of Substance Substance Vineyard Collection – Jacks Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Wines subject to change The Global Cru is graciously co-hosted by the embassies and consulates of the participating countries: Consulate General of Argentina Australian Consulate Consulate General of Chile Embassy of the Republic of Croatia Consulate General of France Consulate General of Italy Consulate General of Portugal Consulate General of Spain U.S. Consulate General Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID (one with photo and birthdate) are required. Infants and children are not permitted.
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Gala Raises ~$256,000 for BardFebruary 25th, 2020
The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, presented by Tesoro by Concert, kicked off the 42nd Vancouver International Wine Festival on February 22 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver with a spectacular evening of wine and food, topped by a thrilling live auction. Live and silent auctions raised $233,215, while the sold-out raffle for tRead More
VanWineFest Welcomes Vine StarsJanuary 8th, 2020
The Vancouver International Wine Festival is pleased to welcome acclaimed wine writer Andrew Jefford as the keynote speaker for the 2020 festival. Jefford will moderate and speak at a number of public and trade-only events over festival week, which takes place February 22-March 1, at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venRead More
VanWineFest Tickets on Sale January 8December 19th, 2019
Trade Events On Sale January 22, 2020 The 42nd Vancouver International Wine Festival returns for an eight-day celebration of wine and food February 22 to March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around Metro Vancouver. The 2020 festival features 163 wineries participating in 57 events. This year, the spotliRead More