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The King of Madiran

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Join winemaker Fabrice Dubosc of Vignobles Alain Brumont and chefs Levi Johnston and Thomas Shorthouse of Tableau Bar Bistro for an unforgettable evening of icon wines from the Southwest region of France paired with an updated take on traditional Parisian bistro. Menu: Reception wine: Château Bouscassé Les Jardins Philosophique 2015 1st Course: Petite Quail and Chestnut Pate en Croute Chardonnay 2013 2nd Course: Yarrow Valley Duck Confit atop Cassoulet Château Montus XL 1999 3rd Course: Duo Beef-braised wagyu beef cheek…

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Viva Lombardy

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Enjoy a spectacular four-course Italian meal created by Chef Alessandro Vianello of Pourhouse Restaurant, paired with wines from Avanzi, a family-run winery located by Lake Garda in Lombardy. Menu: Amuse Scallop crudo Basil, avocado, capers, lemon, lavache bread Franciacorta Satèn Romantica 2016 First Course Side stripe prawn raviolis Cioppino broth, burnt fennel, colitura di alici Dorobianco Garda 2017 Second Course Smoked local squash Gorgonzola fonduta, almond, crispy polenta, bitter chocolate vinaigrette Lugana Di Sirmione 2017 Superiore Riviera del Garda Classico…

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Black Hills in the Park

Monday, February 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Join Black Hills winemaker Ross Wise and Teahouse in Stanley Park Head Chef Adam Meade for a classic Vancouver dining experience. Enjoy a five-course menu from one of Vancouver’s most beloved restaurants, imaginatively paired with a selection of Black Hills wines, including BC’s original cult wine – Nota Bene from the Black Sage Bench in Oliver. Menu Canapé Dungeness Crab Taco lime, crispy parmesan, red pepper, chili, cilantro, dill Rosé 2018 First Course Scallop Crudo raspberry, buttermilk, kaffir lime, arugula, pink…

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Combinado!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Portugal meets the Pacific North West.  Explore the wine of Herdade das Servas alongside the innovative nose to tail culinary program of Wildebeest. Employing classic butchery traditions and simple, contemporary techniques, Chef Ian McHale has crafted a menu to highlight the exciting wines of the Alentejo. Featured wines: Monte Das Servas Rosé 2017 Sem Barrica 2015 Reserva Red 2013 Touriga Nacional 2015 Colheita Seleccionada White 2017 Licoroso Bouschet NV Wines subject to change. Due to the nature of these events,…

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A Taste of Croatia

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Explore Croatian wines from the Istrian peninsula to the Dalmatian coast and Adriatic islands from four renowned winemakers. Enjoy rosés unique to Croatia and exceptional wines made from grapes indigenous to Croatia, paired to perfection by Atlas Steak + Fish’s James Thomson. Menu: Canapés Scallop Ceviche Goat Cheese Mousse Tartlette, Cured Tomato Franc Arman Winery Istria Rosé 2018 Krolo Winery Sjora Rosé 2018 First Course Dungenesse Crab and Mascarpone ‘Panna Cotta’ Savory Tuille, Fennel, Cucumber, Preserved Lemon Korta Katarina Posip…

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A Worthwhile Investment

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

A special evening with Laughing Stock Vineyards wines and Master of Wine, Elsa Macdonald. Elsa will showcase the exemplary portfolio of super premium, small production wines in partnership with Chef Chris Bisaro’s modern cuisine. This dinner is no laughing matter; enjoy a sophisticated multi-course dinner showcasing the finest of Canadian wine & food. Reception wine Pinot Gris 2018 1st Course ALBACORE TUNA Vadouvan spiced with warmed potato, Castelvetrano olive salad with garlic yoghurt Viognier 2018 Amphora VRM 2018 2nd Course…

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Ça, c’est cool

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

France is in the spotlight at this casual wine party for the cool crowd. We’re kicking off the theme country celebration with an evening of light bites, music, and wines that are best served chilled. In addition to bubbles, bright whites and rosés, you’ll discover red wines that will delight your palate when the temperature drops.  Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Arthur Metz Sushi 2018 Crémant Rosé Pinot Noir NV Marcel Cabelier Marcel Côtes du Jura Chardonnay 2015…

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Abruzzo Comes Alive

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Tristen Katcher, Chef de Cuisine, and his team at Homer St. Cafe and Bar has created a five-course family-style Italian dinner to pair with the wines of Jasci & Marchaseni. A highlight of the evening will be two vintage wines from the winemaker’s cellar. Menu: First course/welcome canapés Chicken liver mousse Marinated beets Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Organic 2017 Second course/appetizer Scallop crudo Radish salad Trebbiano d'Abruzzo Organic 2018 Pecorino Organic 2017 Third course/entrée Braised rabbit Mushroom gnocchi Chardonnay – Rudhir Histonium…

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Alsace, Synonymous with Hugel

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Join Jean Frédéric Hugel, the 13th generation of Famille Hugel, and Chef & Owner Lee Cooper of L'Abattoir for an evening not to miss. L'Abattoir's French-influenced West Coast fare will pair perfectly with Hugel’s distinctly Alsatian wines with a history dating back to 1639. Menu Canapés Raw Pacific scallop Meyer lemon, peas, horseradish Pinot Blanc 2018 1st Course Spicy lamb tartare on grilled flatbread pickled lemon, green olive, manchego Estate Gewürztraminer 2015 2nd Course Poached ling cod sauerkraut, cured pork,…

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Jean-Luc Colombo in Provence

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

The flavours of the South of France and Canada’s West Coast meet the historical winemaking of Domaine Jean-Luc Colombo, a pioneer in the revitalization of the Cornas region in Northern Rhône. Join us at Provence Marinaside, where Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia’s menu will honour these extraordinary benchmark wines of France’s Rhône Valley. Featured wines: Cape Blue Provence Rosé 2019 Condrieu Amour de Dieu 2017 Les Abeilles Rouge 2017 Les Bartavelles Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2017 Terres Brulées Cornas 2017 La Louvée Cornas 2017 Wines…

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Ventoux Tour de Feast

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

French and Belgian influences come together to create an evening of fantastic wine and food here in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy wines from Château Pesquié, a family estate located at the foot of the Ventoux Mountain in Rhône, matched with a menu from Chambar's Chef Nico Schuermans. Featured wines: Quintessence AOC Ventoux Blanc 2018 Terrasses AOC Ventoux Rosé 2018 Terrasses AOC Ventoux Rouge 2017 Artemia AOC Ventoux Rouge 2015 Ascensio AOC Ventoux Rouge 2015 Muscat De Beaumes De Venise 2017…

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The Best of BC – Farm to Glass

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PST

Join us for an unforgettable evening as Chef Neil Taylor (Homeblock at CedarCreek) and Chef Jason Harper (Honey Salt) take us on a journey through the Okanagan Valley, pairing CedarCreek Estate Winery with some of the freshest locally sourced ingredients BC has to offer. Menu: First Course Crab, brioche, mojama & horseradish Block 1 Pinot Noir Rosé 2018 Second Course Carne crudo-anchovy, truffle, mushrooms & gouda Veal, foie gras, rutabaga, sage & anchovy Block 2 Pinot Noir 2012 Block 2…

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California Crush

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm PST

Not your typical wine event! Roving acrobats, a cool DJ, delicious tapas and incredible California wines make this event a standout at VIWF 2019.  Come enjoy the bounty of the Golden State at this cool, stylish evening party that shines the spotlight on the unbeatable California lifestyle.  Sponsored by California Wines Featured wines: Benziger Family Winery Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 7 Deadly Zins 2016 Hope Family Wines Treana Chardonnay 2018 Treana Cabernet 2017 Imagery Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017…

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Gold Pass

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 10:00 pm PST

Experience everything the festival has to offer with VIP treatment when you become a Gold Pass holder. A terrific value, this pass offers incomparable access to VanWineFest. A $768 value for only $519! Gold Pass holders receive: Three evenings of International Festival Tastings Thursday, Feb. 27, Friday, Feb. 28, Saturday, Feb. 29, 7-10 p.m. Three afternoon sessions in the Tasting Room Thursday, Feb. 27 and Friday, Feb. 28, 2:30-5 p.m. Trade Tastings The expanded Saturday matinee public tasting, Saturday, February…

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Blending California-style

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PST

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 Menoure, Thomas Price MS, Ray Signorello Sponsored by California Wines Featured…

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Wine 101: Explore Your Senses

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PST

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,…

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International Festival Tasting – Thursday

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

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…

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Grapes Unknown

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PST

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…

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Delta Air Lines Tastings Lounge – Friday

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Amplify your tasting experience in the exclusive Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge. Admission includes that evening’s International Festival Tasting from 7-10 p.m. (a $105 value), so feel free to travel between both events. The lounge has its own convenient entrance to the Tasting Room. Sample an assortment of festival bottles and enjoy a fantastic selection of hors d'oeuvres and light bites. Learn more about festival wines and get tasting advice for the room. Need a break from the crowds? Simply…

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International Festival Tasting – Friday

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

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…

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PICA Kitchen Party

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm PST

“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…

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West Coast Rosé Brunch

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm PST

Celebrate spring early at Prospect Point Stanley Park with an all pink lunch, featuring rosé wines from BC, Washington, and California. Whether they’re sparkling, light and dry, or full-bodied and fruity, rosés make for perfect pairings with a wide variety of dishes. Put a little pink in your afternoon!  Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Black Hills Estate Winery Rosé 2018 Meyer Family Vineyards Mayhem Rosé 2018 Poplar Grove Rosé 2018 Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Innovation Rosé 2018 Unsworth Vineyards…

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Bon Appétit

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST

Enjoy an unforgettable feast at this walk-around lunch featuring all 42 participating wineries from France. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains, your wine and food journey will take you through 10 French regions, paired with a grazing menu inspired by French cuisine. Bon appétit! Sponsored by the participating wineries and Gismondionwine.com Menu French bread with Delice de Bourgogne Salad verte with a Champagne vinaigrette • ve gf Albacore tuna Nicoise • gf df…

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International Festival Tasting – Saturday Matinee

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm PST

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…

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The Global Cru

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PST

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…

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Rah, Rah Rosé!

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PST

Our popular Saturday mingler is a rosé reboot in 2020! Enjoy a selection of perfect pinks from around the world in a walkabout tasting that will show off the many styles of rosé. Enjoy spectacular sips, small bites and DJ tunes against the stunning backdrop of Coal Harbour and the North Shore mountains.  Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Angove Family Winemakers Organic Rosé 2019 Bartier Bros. Rosé 2018 Bordertown Vineyards and Estate Winery Cabernet Franc Rosé 2018 Franc…

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The Shape of Wine

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PST

Join Riedel’s Regional Manager, Alysha Harker, as she guides you on a journey through your senses. Discover how glass shape changes your wine as you sample Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the Performance Series, Riedel’s new ultimate loudspeaker for fine wine. The set of glasses is yours to take home! Moderators: Alysha Harker Panelists: Ross Baker, Brian Lynn, Sara Triggs, Ross Wise Sponsored by Riedel and the Terminal City Club Featured wines: Culmina Family Estate Winery N°…

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International Festival Tasting – Saturday Evening

Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PST

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…

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Vintners Brunch

Sunday, March 1, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm PST

Vintners Brunch takes you on a tour of top restaurants and caterers, each one pairing a dish to a specific wine from around the world. Chefs and wine personalities share the secrets of their wine and food pairing. Professionals from the food and wine industry will be on hand to choose the winner of the annual Judges’ Choice Award – and you can vote on your favourite pairing for the Peoples’ Choice Award. Once your appetite is sated, hit the…

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