See the stars of the show in the 2019 live auction below. For a full list of auction items, download the catalogue pdf.

The 2020 Live Auction list will be available in February.

Live Auction

Value: $3,000
Nine 750 ml bottles.

25th Anniversary Tasting of the Great 1994 Vintage

This is a truly rare opportunity! You and up to 11 of your guests will be led through a tutored tasting of nine (9) top Vintage Ports from the great 1994 vintage by none other than Roy Hersh. Roy is one of North America’s foremost experts on Port wines and is the principal of “For the Love of Port.” He also publishes a subscription newsletter currently distributed in 77 countries, in addition to his website and discussion forum. And he runs a travel business devoted to hedonistic “insiders” wine and gastronomic tours of Portugal and Madeira.

During the tasting session, Roy will guide your group in developing a far greater appreciation for these fabulous Ports from multiple Port shippers 25 years after the legendary 1994 vintage. Mr. Hersh has participated in the Vancouver International Wine Festival since 1997. The scheduling of this tasting event would be coordinated between the successful bidder and Mr. Hersh, who lives in Washington state.

Drew Malcolm of 13C Wine Storage has generously offered the use of his company’s relaxed and comfortable tasting room in Vancouver for this event, or if you’d prefer to hold this event in your home in Vancouver, Roy will be happy to oblige accordingly.

The following 9 bottles of top 1994 Vintage Port have been donated from the cellars of several notable Vancouver collectors, and from Mr. Hersh’s own cellar:

  • Taylor Fladgate (100 points and Wine Spectator co-winner of Wine of the Year)
  • Fonseca (100 points and Wine Spectator co-winner of Wine of the Year)
  • Broadbent (Roy Hersh will bring this bottle with him to the tasting event)
  • Smith Woodhouse
  • Niepoort
  • Dow’s
  • Quinta do Vesuvio
  • Graham’s
  • Warre’s

Donated by: Kurt Aydin, Lawrence & Maggie Burr, Blair Curtis, Roy Hersh, Drew Malcolm and James & Milena Robertson

Value: $4,000

Enjoying tonight’s wine and food pairings? Impress and delight your friends with a repeat of your evening!

Executive Chef Colin Burslem 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 seven 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

Value: $3,000
One 1.5 L bottle

Château Mouton Rothschild is one of the three First Growths (the others are Latour and Lafite) in the Commune of Pauillac, Bordeaux. This property was almost single-handedly created and promoted by Baron Phillippe de Rothschild and in 1973 was elevated from Second Growth to First. Well known for it’s artist labels since 1945, the label for the 2004 was painted by HRH Prince Charles to commemorate the Centenary of the Entente Cordial, concluded by Britain and France on 8 April, 1904.

Donated by: Garth Thurber

Value: $5,000

Have a weekend to remember in BC wine country with this unbelievable wine tasting package!

Hosted by Master Winemaker Howard Soon and Bard’s Artistic Director Christopher Gaze, your group of eight friends will enjoy a one-of-a-kind guided tour of Vanessa Vineyard located in the beautiful Similkameen Valley. Taste all of Vanessa Vineyard’s wines and let Howard show you why he committed his 37 years of experience to develop this exciting new winery. Top this off with a vineyard lunch with Howard and Christopher.

Included in this package is a two-night stay at the Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos for eight guests. You will know when you’ve arrived at Spirit Ridge – there’s no mistaking the gently sloping vineyards, glittering Osoyoos Lake and dramatic Okanagan Range that surround this luxury resort.

This package must be used before September 30, 2020, and requires a minimum 72-hour notice in the case of cancelation. Please book early for best date availability.

Donated by: Howard Soon, Vanessa Vineyard, Spirit Ridge Resort and Christopher Gaze

Value: $3,075
One 750 ml bottle.

The name of Hermitage La Chapelle is linked to the little chapel of Saint-Christophe overlooking the terraced vineyards along the Rhône. Maison Paul Jaboulet Âiné has been the sole owner since 1919. The vineyards are primarily Shiraz from several terroirs with each providing its own aromatic characteristics, as well as an elegant tannin structure, giving the wine great aging potential. Gerard Jaboulet, a frequent visitor to Vancouver and Managing Director when this wine was made, always said that the 1978 La Chapelle was one of Jaboulet’s greatest.

Robert Parker – 100 points. ”As heavenly and profound as it gets.” ”It’s a perfect wine any way you look at it.” Drink to 2040.

Donated by: Glenn Andersen


Join Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze and Vancouver music legend Jim Byrnes for an unforgettable evening of stories and songs, all taking place on the BMO Mainstage at Bard on the Beach. Enjoy this amazing dinner onstage for ten provided by Emelle’s Catering with wine pairing from Vanessa Vineyards and selected by Howard Soon, Master Winemaker. Enjoy the company of two of Vancouver’s most beloved entertainers, as you take in the beauty of Vanier Park and the city lights. An unforgettable – and priceless – evening!

Due to Bard’s performance schedule, the dinner must take place on either Monday, August 12, Monday, August 19 or Monday, September 9, 2019. No extensions available.

Donated by: Jim Byrnes, Emelle’s Catering, Vanessa Vineyards and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Value: $7,000
One 1.5 L bottle and twenty-two 750 ml bottles.

A collection of the prized and scarce Saxum wines from California, collected over a number of years. Includes:

  • 2009 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard (1 bottle)
  • 2009 Saxum Broken Stones (4 bottles)
  • 2008 Saxum Broken Stones (4 bottles)
  • 2004 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard (1 magnum)
  • 2010 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (2 bottles)
  • 2009 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (4 bottles)
  • 2008 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (1 bottle)
  • 2010 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (2 bottles)
  • 2009 Saxum Paderewski Vineyard (1 bottle)
  • 2009 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard (1 bottle)
  • 2010 Saxum Terry Hoage Vineyard (2 bottles)

Saxum is one of the “hottest” wineries in Southern California, located in the coolest part of Paso Robles where cool marine air streams in from the Pacific. Saxum’s founder Justin Smith is a second-generation Paso Robles farmer whose vineyards are mainly planted to Rhône varietals (Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre). He is passionately committed to wine growing and not wine making and he is a leader of the Rhône Ranger movement. These are quintessentially Californian wines combining great concentration and purity of fruit with the added dimension of minerality that reveals the awesome potential of Paso Robles.

Donated by: Drew Malcolm

Value: $10,500

A Wine-Lovers Dream Trip: Sonoma Valley Style
Dates: May 16 – 19, 2019

Looking for a bespoke trip to Sonoma wine country? Well, look no further than Signature Sonoma Valley. This one-of-a-kind trip allows you to experience first-hand the unforgettable wines of Sonoma and meet the passionate vintners and growers who craft them. Signature events take place with impressive panels of winemakers in the heart of the actual vineyards – many of which are not open to the public. It’s a deep dive into the lifestyle of wine!

This unique wine and lifestyle experience will include:

  • Return airfare for two from Vancouver or Victoria to San Francisco
  • 3 nights double occupancy in a Vineyard Suite at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, breakfast included
  • $500 US Ground Transportation allowance
  • 2 Tickets to the Large Format Bottle Party at Buena Vista Winery on Thursday, May 16
  • 2 Tickets to ICON: A Grand Terroir Tasting at Ram’s Gate Winery on Friday, May 17
  • 2 Tickets to an Immersion: Vineyard Exploration + Tasting on Friday, May 17
  • 2 Tickets to a Wine + Design Lunch on Saturday, May 18
  • 2 Tickets to Legends: Collector’s Dinner at Durell Vineyard on Saturday, May 18
  • 2 Tickets to Bubbles + Brunch at The General’s Daughter on Sunday May 19
  • Collector’s Instant Cellar – 12 bottles from Signature Sonoma Valley’s Founders Circle Members including: Amapola Creek Vineyards & Winery by Richard Arrowood, Beltane Ranch, B. Wise Vineyards, GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery, Kamen Estate Wines, Landmark Vineyards, Mountain Terraces Vineyard/Ledson Winery, Muscardini Cellars, Ram’s Gate Winery, Ravenswood Winery, Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards & Winery, Three Sticks Wines

Truly an experience of a lifetime – if you love wine, don’t miss Signature Sonoma Valley! For more information on the events, please visit

All expenses not set out above, including but not limited to transportation to and from the departing airport, any meals not specified, all alcoholic beverages, gratuities, health insurance, items of a personal nature and service charges are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Buyer and his/her guest must be free of any restrictions on their ability to travel as required by this package. It is the sole responsibility of the buyer and guest to obtain travel insurance, health insurance and all required travel documents (including a valid passport or visa) if applicable. Sponsor will not be responsible in the event that the buyer and/or guest are denied entry into the destination country, or re-entry to Canada. In such an event, the winner and/or guest will be solely responsible for any and all costs incurred and the prize may be forfeited. Estimated total retail value of the prize is $8,000 USD ($10,500 CAD at the time of printing).

Package must be accepted on an “as is” basis. No substitution may be awarded and package is not transferable or otherwise redeemable for cash. Donor reserves the right to substitute a package of equal or greater value without notice. If the buyer cannot use or chooses not to use any portion of the package, that portion will be deemed to be forfeited and no substitution or other compensation will be awarded.

Donated by: The California Wine Institute and Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance

VALUE: $6,035
Two 750 ml bottles – 1975 Château Lafite-Rothschild and 1975 Château Pétrus.

One of Bordeaux’s most famous property and wine, Lafite-Rothschild with its elegant, undersized, and understated label has become a name synonymous with wealth, prestige, history, respect, and wines of remarkable longevity. The most celebrated wine of Pomerol, Pétrus has, over the last four or five decades, become one of Bordeaux’s most renowned expensive red wines. These are two of the top wines of 1975, both fully mature and may be consumed now or over the next decade or two.

Donated by: Robert Rothwell

Value: $12,000

Sip wines at Châteaux in Bordeaux, experience award winning cuisine and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow wine enthusiasts aboard a seven-night Taste of Bordeaux – Vancouver International Wine Festival Cruise – Bordeaux 2020.
Set sail aboard AMAWaterway’s AMA Dolce, April 9, 2020, return from Bordeaux, in a balcony stateroom for two! Voted 2018 Best River Cruise Line and 2018 Best Onboard dining are just 2 of the many awards and accolades AMA Waterways has received – for several years in a row!

Your cruise experience includes:

• 7 nights deluxe accommodation in a Balcony Stateroom (Category B) for two guests
• Unlimited complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
• Fine dining at The Chef’s Table and Main Restaurant
• Sip & Sail Cocktail Hour
• Captain’s Gala Dinner and Cocktail Reception
• Exclusive Wine Cruise features such as tastings, tours and discussions, hosted by renowned wine educator and author Paul Wagner (VanWineFest 2018 keynote speaker & returning seminar moderator for 2019 & 2020)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi access on board
• A variety of guided shore excursions in each port (see itinerary below for options)
• Complimentary bicycles and helmets

Detailed itinerary at time of printing (subject to change):

Certificate is valid for this sailing only and has no cash value. Costs not covered include port charges of $182 USD per person, gratuities, transfers, pre-or-post-land programs and items of a personal nature and anything else not described above. Reservations must be made with CruiseShipCenters North Bay at 877-651-7447

Donated by: Brian and James Murphy, Expedia Wine Club Cruises, and Expedia CruiseShipCenters North Bay

VALUE: $4,395
One 750 ml bottle.

Domaine Armand Rousseau is one of the great Burgundy houses and which owns 1.4 hectares of the very famous Clos de Beze vineyard in Chambertin. Clive Coates gives Dom. Armand Rousseau a three-star rating and says of his Clos de Beze, “There is Rousseau and then there are the rest.”

Drinking fabulously now and over the next ten years. Robert Parker 94-95.

Donated by: Glenn Andersen

Value: $5,000

Join Bard Artistic Director Christopher Gaze and members of Bard’s Artistic Company for a private dinner for ten at The Vancouver Club. Established in 1889, The Vancouver Club is one of Vancouver’s oldest private clubs, located in their beautifully restored heritage building in the heart of the city. Enjoy an exclusive dining experience created by new Executive Director of Culinary Ned Bell, featuring superb wines selected by the Vancouver Club’s award-winning sommelier. Entertainment and merriment will be provided by Christopher Gaze and Bard’s Artistic Company. A magical evening!

The package expires and must be used by February 23, 2020.

Donated by: The Vancouver Club and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Value: $3,620
One 750 ml bottle.

The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most celebrated and legendary Burgundy producer in the world. The Échézeaux Grand Cru vineyard site is located on the slopes above Clos Vougeot in Burgundy’s renown Côte de Nuits region and of which DRC owns 12 acres.

One of the world’s greatest wineries and the benchmark in Burgundy. Excellent condition, best from 2020-2040.

Donated by: Glenn Andersen