Top Ten Tasting Room Tips

DJ Kearney offers 10 tips to help you make the most of your tasting room experience.

Relive VanWineFest 2017

A look back at the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 11-19 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues around town.

Sommelier of the Year

A recap of the competition to select the 2017 Sommelier of the Year, Shane Taylor.

Spirited Industry Professional

Harry McWatters, the 2017 Spirited Industry Professional.

Wines of Canada Party

A quick peek at the Wines of Canada Party, a wine mingler at The Permanent, featuring wines from BC, Nova Scotia and Ontario.


2016 Sommelier of the Year: Alistair Veen

The Best BC Sommelier competition, presented by the BC Chapter of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers, crowned the 2016 VanWineFest Sommelier of the Year, Alistair Veen of Tap Restaurant.

2016 Spirited Industry Professional: Norman Gladstone

The annual Spirited Industry Professional Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia.

2016 VanWineFest in Review

A look back at the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival, which ran February 20-28.

Vintners Brunch 2016

The 28th annual Vintners Brunch took place Sunday, February 28, 2016 and featured 15 chefs creating their best pairing for a specific wine.

Spumante & Co.

Spumante & Co kicked off the 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival with a stylish lounge party at Inform Interiors, featuring Italian sparkling, still and rose wines, with finger food from Dirty Apron Catering.


Sixty Italian wineries + a mouth-watering buffet + glorious views across Coal Harbour = an amazing afternoon of Italian wine and food on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Dr. Norbert Reinisch at VanWineFest 2016

Dr. Norbert Reinisch, an expert on Barbera wines, shares some secrets about the wines of Braida.

Ted Seghesio at VanWineFest 2016

Ted Seghesio, Winemaker at Seghesio Family Vineyards in Sonoma County, on wines made from some of the oldest vines in California.

Marilisa Allegrini at VanWineFest 2016

Meet Marilisa Allegrini, CEO/Owner of Allegrini.

Howard Soon at VanWineFest 2016

Howard Soon, master winemaker at Sandhill, on being part of the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Sergio Zingarelli at VanWineFest 2016

Sergio Zingarelli of Rocca della Macie on his wines, his winery, and the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Francesco Zonin at VanWineFest 2016

Francesco Zonin talks about his family winery Zonin 1821 and wants to share the story behind his wines with you.

Ian D’Agata on BC Wine

Dr. Ian D’Agata, Scientific Director of VinItaly International, on Canada and BC’s wine industry.

Ian D’Agata on the Magic of Wine

Dr. Ian D’Agata, Scientific Director of VinItaly International, on making friends around the world through the magic of wine.

Brian Lynn at VanWineFest 2016

Meet Brian Lynn, aka Prof, Owner/Director of Australia’s Majella Wines.

Vikram Vij at VanWineFest 2016

Vikram Vij on pairing wine with Indian cuisine and broadening your horizons at the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

Barone Francesco Ricasoli at VanWineFest 2016

Meet Barone Francesco Ricasoli, 32nd Baron of Brolio and President of Barone Ricasoli.

Italian DOCs

VIWF Executive Director explains the DOC classification of Italian wines.

VanWineFest by the Numbers

Harry Hertscheg, executive director of the Vancouver International Wine Festival, explains the five key numbers at the 2016 festival.

Tasting Tips with Harry Hertscheg

VIWF Executive Director Harry Hertscheg offers some tasting tips to help you navigate the Acura Tasting Room.

Italy’s Wine Regions

VIWF Executive Director Harry Hertscheg describes a few of Italy’s diverse wine regions.


Vancouver wine festival takes you to the wine world

As one of North America’s largest wine expos, the nine-day festival has brought 170 wineries from 14 countries with more than 1,750 wines together. Wine experts and lovers could not wait to discover some new taste.

Spirited Industry Professional 2015 – Howard Soon

Howard Soon, Master Winemaker at Sandhill, was honoured as the Spirited Industry Professional at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festiva.


2014 Sommelier of the Year

Mike Bernardo, wine director at the Vij’s Group, was selected as the 2014 Sommelier of the Year.

2014 Spirited Industry Professional

Wine educator Mark Davidson was voted the 2014 Spirited Industry Professional


Guest: Sandra Oldfield, CEO Winemaker Tinhorn Creek Vineyards (British Columbia)

Lake Effect

Guest: Luc Deroches Sales Managing Director Masi (Italy)


Guest: Alexandra LaFontaine International Trade Relations Manager Chateau Ste. Michelle (Washington)


Guest: Federico Lleonart Global Brand Ambassador Graffigna (Argentina)

Length of Season

Guest: Matias Rios Winemaker Cono Sur Vineyards (Chile)

Combining different terroirs

Guest: Federico Lleonart Global Brand Ambassador Campo Viejo (Spain)


Guest: Daniel Castaño Proprietor Bodegas Castaño (Spain)


How to plan your night of tasting

Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi and winemaker Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards give us tips on how to plan your night or nights at the fest.

What not to wear, what to bring

Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi and experienced festival-goer Richard Carras of Layer Cake Wines talk about how to keep it simple and take notes for a better experience at the fest.

Questions to ask winemakers

Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi and Signorello Estate Wines owner Ray Signorello outline the best questions to ask winemakers at the tasting booths.

Tasting Etiquette

Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi and experienced festival-goer Jim Robertson from Stoneleigh discuss Tasting Room etiquette.

How to discover new wines

Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi and winemaker Tom DiBello from Perseus Winery look at getting out of your comfort zone to discover new wines.

Basic tips for tasting wine

Vancouver Sun wine writer Anthony Gismondi and Federico Lleonart from Jacob’s Creek Winery provide pointers for tasting wine.


Harry Hertscheg on Global TV w/Lynn Colliar – Dec 11 2012


2011 Spirited Industry Professional

Jurgen Gothe (1944-2015) saw his food and wine columns run in over 100 publications over the past few decades, and was well-loved for his long tenure as host of CBC’s Disk Drive.


2009 Symposium on Green Wine: Eco-Friendly: Over-Hyped, Over-priced?

Reducing carbon footprints, being eco-friendly, having organic certification and the marketing of these ideas in the wine industry… how important are they and do consumers really care?

2009 Symposium Reception