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April 2023

2023 Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, presented by National Bank Private Banking 1859

Saturday, April 22, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm PDT
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Honorary Chair: Anthony von Mandl, O.C., O.B.C.,  One of the most spectacular wine and food events in the city - an evening of incredible wine, inventive food pairings, and unparalleled opportunities to enhance your wine cellar. The evening will kick off with a Champagne reception at 6 p.m. and will feature nine additional outstanding wines paired with an exquisite five-course menu prepared by the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s culinary team, led by Executive Chef David Baarschers. The evening will be topped…

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A Night in Tuscany

Monday, April 24, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Carlino, 1115 Alberni St.
Vancouver, BC V6E 1A5 Canada
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Enjoy an exceptional evening at Carlino, with a Tuscan-inspired dinner created by Chef Omar Hadi and paired beautifully with iconic wines from the Tuscany region that are sure to satisfy and delight. This unique experience is presented by Carpineto's Winemaker and Executive Vice President Antonio Zaccheo, Jr. Featured Wines: Carpineto: Farnito Chardonnay Brut NV Farnito Chardonnay 2017 Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2010 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva 2007 Vino Nobile di Mont 1995 Molin Vecchio 2012…

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Zuccardi Winery Dinner

Monday, April 24, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Hawksworth Restaurant, 801 West Georgia Street
Vancouver,
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Join Zuccardi, proudly named 2022 Best New World Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast, for an intimate evening of six wines and four courses from Chef David Hawksworth. A pioneer of Argentine wines, second-generation winemaker Jose Alberto Zuccardi offers beautifully complex wines and fresh examples of high-altitude terroir. Featured wines: Zuccardi Valle de Uco Blanc de Blanc NV Poligonos Semillon 2022 Poligonos del Valle de Uco Cabernet Franc San Pablo 2021 Aluvional Gualtallary 2016 Finca Piedra Infinita Los Membrillos…

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Icons of South America

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Five Sails, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1 Canada
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Enjoy a five-course dinner celebrating some of South America’s most iconic wines. This spectacular evening features wines from Viñedo Chadwick, Seña and Arboleda, thoughtfully paired with exceptional cuisine from Five Sails. Powerhouse wines from Chile, exquisitely prepared West Coast fare, and a breathtaking view for an unforgettable evening. Featured wines: Arboleda Sauvignon Blanc 2021 Arboleda Chardonnay 2020 Arboleda Carménère 2020 Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 Seña 2019 Vinedo Chadwick 2019 Event details subject to change Must be 19 or older (No…

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Making a Chilean Icon – Montes

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Alouette Bistro, 567 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The story of Montes started with a dream and became a reality as that dream took flight. Today, Montes is one of Chile's most celebrated and iconic producers. Enjoy a selection of elevated wines matched with equally lofty dishes from Alouette Bistro. This is a rare opportunity to taste Montes’ peak wines, with an exclusive chance to taste something brand new to Canada. Featured wines: Sparkling Angel NV Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 Wings Carmenere 2019 Alpha M 2019 Folly 2019…

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Fiesta del Vino

Tuesday, April 25, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
The Loft at Earls Yaletown, 1095 Mainland
Vancouver, BC Canada
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This year, the festival features two themes: wines from South America and sparkling wines from around the world. Both take centre stage at this wine party celebrating the start of festival week. Enjoy a selection of festive wines from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, plus bubbles from North America and Europe, accompanied by Latin American themed music and light bites. Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Bodega Argento Artesano de Argento Organic White Malbec 2021 Bodega Piedra Negra Rosé…

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250th Celebration: MASI

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
The Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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In 2022, MASI celebrated an amazing milestone with the 250th harvest of the Boscaini family in the prized vineyards of Vaio dei Masi, a little valley in the heart of Valpolicella Classica. Join Masi’s Luc Desroches at The Vancouver Club for an unforgettable celebration of food and wine featuring fresh, new styles, modern interpretations, and majestic cru wines showcasing the finest terroirs. Featured wines: Fresco Di Masi Bianco 2021 Fresco Di Masi Rosso 2021 Osar 2018 Mazzano Amarone della Valpolicella…

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Best of Uruguay: Bodega Garzón

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean Cafe Bar, 825 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2B3 Canada
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Following the incredible success of last year’s winery dinner, Bodega Garzón and Hydra Estiatoro have partnered again to bring you another spectacular evening. Explore Bodega Garzón's award-winning wines with Enologist Mele Sosa. Discover the Southern hemisphere's best kept secret as you savour some of the most distinctive wines of Uruguay. Each pairing has been thoughtfully curated by Hydra to wow guests. Featured wines: Reserva Tannat 2020 Reserva Albariño 2021 Estate Cabernet de Corte 2019 Estate Pinot Rosé de Corte 2020…

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La Rioja Alta Dinner

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Elisa, 1109 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Discover why Drinks Business 2022 named La Rioja Alta the #4 Most Admired Wine Brand in the World. Join Export Director Jose Luis Navarro for a spectacular tasting of wines from the historic flagship Rioja Alta house and other estates, paired with Elisa Executive Chef Andrew Richardson’s menu, featuring signature cuts cooked on the Grillworks Infierno wood-fired grill, for a unique steakhouse experience. Featured wines: Lagar de Cervara Albarino 2021 Finca San Martin Rioja Crianza 2018 Vina Alberdi Rioja Reserva…

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A Night with Marqués de Riscal

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Homer St. Cafe and Bar, 898 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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One of the world’s best vineyards, Marqués de Riscal lives by wine and lives for wine. Join Brand Ambassador Jose Luis Maguro Jr. at this perfectly paired dinner dedicated to the shared love of wine. The evening begins with canapés on arrival, followed by a four-course dinner exquisitely prepared by the team at Homer St. Cafe and Bar. Featured wines: Sauvignon Blanc 2020 Baron de Chirel White 2021 Vinas Viejas Rosado 2021 Finca Torrea 2017 XR Reserva 2017 Baron de…

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A Taste of Tuscany with Mazzei

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
CinCin Ristorante, 1154 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Celebrate Chianti with iconic 26th-generation, family-owned Marchesi Mazzei at CinCin Ristorante + Bar. After a refreshing glass of Prosecco, explore terroir with Giovanni Mazzei through a comparison tasting of their three Gran Selezione, paired with exceptional Italian cuisine. The dinner finishes with a tasting of Concerto di Fonterutoli, one of the original Super-Tuscans that helped redefine Italian wine. Featured wines: Villa Marcello Prosecco Brut 2021 Belguardo Rose Toscana IGT 2021 Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2018 Castello Fonterutoli Chianti…

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A Taste of Victory: CedarCreek

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
Blue Water Cafe, 1095 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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CedarCreek Estate Winery was named WineAlign’s Winery of the Year in 2022. Discover why at this marvelous evening of wine and food, featuring CedarCreek’s top six awarded wines. Each wine has won a gold or platinum medal with a score of at least 92 points, and will be perfectly paired with a spectacular menu from Blue Water Cafe’s culinary team. Featured wines: Platinum Jagged Rock Syrah 2020 Aspect Collection Block 5 Chardonnay 2019 Jagged Rock Chardonnay 2020 Aspect Collection Block…

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California Wine & Taco Fest

Wednesday, April 26, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm PDT
The Pipe Shop, 115 Victory Ship Way
North Vancouver, BC Canada
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Taco and California Wine lovers unite! Creative incarnations of the taco inspired by the Golden State will be paired with California wines at this mid-week party, creating a vibrant atmosphere where tacos and wines meet and become a match made in heaven. Guests can vote for their favourite combo for the Best of Festival pairing, spicing up the evening with some healthy competition. Sponsored by California Wines Featured Wines: Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019 Regional Estates Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon…

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Super Pass

Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 10:00 pm PDT

Want the full tasting experience? A terrific value, this pass offers incomparable access to VanWineFest. A $689 value for only $490! Save even more at the advance rate of $460 - limited quantities available. Super Pass holders receive: Three evenings of International Festival Tastings Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29, 7-10 p.m. Three afternoon sessions in the Tasting Room Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, 2:30-5 p.m. Trade Tastings The Saturday matinee public tasting, Saturday, April…

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The Shape of Wine

Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PDT
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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How does the glass amplify the wine? Join Riedel’s Regional Manager Alysha Harker as she guides you on a journey through your senses. Discover how glass shape changes your wine experience as you sample Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon in Riedel Veloce glassware. The set of glasses are yours to take home (a $178 value)!  Sponsored by Moderator: Alysha Harker Panelists: Jeff Harder, Christa-Lee McWatters, Nicholas Paris MW, Raymond Signorello Featured Wines: Ex Nihilo Vineyards Okanagan Valley…

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Festival Toast

Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
VCC East, Meeting Room 19, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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An exclusive, by-invitation-only VIP reception intended as a unique opportunity for the festival’s sponsors and partners to connect with Canada’s premier wine show. Festival Toast guests include Vancouver’s most distinguished business, community and political leaders, as well as avid wine collectors, including Super Pass attendees. Featured wines: Bodega Luis Segundo Correas Valle Las Acequias Malbec 2017 Zuccardi Valle de Uco Poligonos del Valle de Uco Tupungato Semillon 2022 Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Pinot Grigio 2022 Viña Undurraga T.H.…

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International Festival Tasting – Thursday Evening

Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

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 152 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 wine and food-related exhibitors, and Regional Tasting Stations featuring wines from California, New…

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The Global Cru

Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PDT
VCC East, Meeting Room 8, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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. Moderators: Filippo Bartolotta and James Nevison Panelists: Laura Catena, Frédéric Chaudière, Ivo Cibilic, Mark de Vere MW, Daniele Dellanoce, Matias Jahn, Giovanni Mazzei,…

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California Wines: Eureka in the Glass!

Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 6:45 pm PDT
VCC East, Meeting Room 11, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Discover for yourself how California’s diverse terrain comes alive in your glass.  Learn how California’s landscape and climate shape the Golden State and its wines. Each wine will explore a different aspect of California from the coastline to the mountains, with a local wine expert leading you through the tasting.  Explore signature varietals and top drops from winery legends in this journey through California. Moderator: DJ Kearney Panelists: Genevieve Boisvert, Joyce Chen, Mark De Vere MW, JJ Dowell, Juan Furne, Gabriela…

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International Festival Tasting – Friday Evening

Friday, April 28, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

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 152 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 wine and food-related exhibitors, and Regional Tasting Stations featuring wines from California, New…

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Dine Italia

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm PDT
La Terrazza, 1088 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Experience the celebrated wines of Italy with a superb multi-course lunch prepared by La Terrazza’s renowned chef Gennaro Iorio. This annual culinary treat of timeless Italian fare is prepared with fresh local ingredients, served in one of Vancouver’s most enchanting dining rooms, and paired with the wines of top Italian producers. Limit of four tickets per order. Sponsored by the participating wineries Reception / Canapes Villa Sandi Valdobbiabene Prosecco D.O.C.G. La Rivetta 120 NV Bottega Vino dei Poeti Prosecco Rose…

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PICA Kitchen Party

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm PDT
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, 101 - 1505 West 2nd Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada
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“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. 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…

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International Festival Tasting – Saturday Matinee

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

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 152 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 wine and food-related exhibitors, and Regional Tasting Stations featuring wines from California, New…

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La Crema de la Crema

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm PDT
VCC East, Meeting Room 11, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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South America boasts some of the world’s most important wine countries making amazing wines at a rainbow of prices. Discover South America’s wow factor through the prism of some of the continent’s most exceptional wines. From Argentina to Chile, Brazil to Uruguay, enjoy la crema de la crema. Explore these southern gems with Anthony Gismondi, Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, and the participating vine stars. Moderators: Anthony Gismondi, Evan Goldstein MS Panelists: David Bonomi, Rafael Boscaini, Marina Castillo, Matias Jahn, Ezequiel…

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International Festival Tasting – Saturday Evening

Saturday, April 29, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm PDT

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 152 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 wine and food-related exhibitors, and Regional Tasting Stations featuring wines from California, New…

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Spring Fling

Sunday, April 30, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
VCC East, Meeting Room 1, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Celebrate spring with brunch-worthy wines from around the world. This finale of the 2023 festival features a grazing buffet, live music, and a spectacular selection of reds, whites, and rosés from Canada, Chile, Greece, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Sponsored by the Vancouver Sun and the participating wineries Featured wines: Poplar Grove Rosé 2022 Pinot Gris 2022 Unsworth Vineyards Charme de l'île Rosé NV Rosé 2022 Clos de Luz AGREST Pais 2020 AZUDA Syrah 2019 Cono Sur Vineyards &…

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Sabor Sudamericano

Sunday, April 30, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
VCC West, Level 3, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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All participating South American wineries will gather for a grazing lunch that celebrates their wine and food culture, set against the stunning North Shore backdrop. Enjoy wines from 44 different wineries, a continental culinary and wine journey. Sponsored by and the participating wineries Featured Wines: Bodega Amalaya Rosé 2021 Bodega Argento Single Block Altamira Malbec 2019 Domaine Bousquet Organic Reserve Malbec 2021 Catena Zapata High Mountain Chardonnay 2020 Doña Paula Estate Malbec 2021 Escorihuela Gascón 1884 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon…

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