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February 2018

Cava: Spain’s Sparkling Gem

February 28, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 10:45 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

For many, Cava is a sparkling wine from Spain that offers great value. And rightfully so. But how well do you know Cava beyond that? Join wine educator and writer Michelle Bouffard to explore the terroirs and grapes that contribute in producing the nuances between different Cava. This Spanish sparkler is much more than a wine to make a toast. It offers diversity to suit every occasion, especially at the table. Moderator: Michelle Bouffard Panelists: Christopher Canale-Parola, Antoni Cantos, Gloria Collell,…

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Unravelling Portugal

February 28, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Portugal has an incredible diversity of more than 200 indigenous grape varieties – and just about as many synonyms as you move from region to region! This seminar will help you differentiate your Alvarinhos from your Arintos, and examine the Tintas and Tourigas that make the wines of Portugal so unique. Moderator: David Munro DipWSET Sponsored by Wine & Spirit Education Trust Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve…

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Rioja Renaissance

February 28, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

The region of Rioja produces Spain’s most famous wines, and its winemaking traditions have been essential to this rise to fame. Today we’ll take a journey through the complexity of the region, to re-discover the classics but also to explore Rioja’s age of modernity. Moderator: Keith Nicholson, DipWSET Sponsored by Wine & Spirit Education Trust Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve or market wine in their business. Registration…

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Shades of Sherry

February 28, 2018 @ 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

From pale and dry to dark and syrupy, there's a Sherry for every occasion. With wine lovers, restaurants and bartenders rediscovering this amazingly diverse product, we’ll explore the unique conditions of Andalucía, its soil, its grapes, and its legendary soleras that create this wonderful range of wines. Moderator: Lara Victoria DipWSET Sponsored by Wine & Spirit Education Trust Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve or market wine in…

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March 2018

Storied Iberia in 9 Wines

March 1, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Wine educator, author and historian Paul Wagner leads a guided tour through the fascinating regions, cultures and wines of the famed Iberian Peninsula. From the early Phoenician settlements to Moorish influence to traditional and modern winemaking trends, attendees will learn the stories behind Spanish and Portuguese wines that enchant, encourage and entice customers. Moderator: Paul Wagner Panelists: Christopher Canale-Parola, Fernando Gimenez Alvear, Luís Mira, Álvaro Palacios, Miguel Gil, Pedro Teixeira, Rupert Symington, David Guimaraens, Miguel Torres Maczassek Sponsored by the participating…

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Principals Welcome Lunch, presented by JF Hillebrand

March 1, 2018 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
VCC East, Exhibit Hall A, 109-550 East 6th Avenue
Vancouver, BC Canada

Join all 173 winery principals at the Principals Welcome Lunch, presented by JF Hillebrand, the kick-off to the first tasting room session. Network with colleagues from around the globe while getting a head-start on select wines from room, leaving you with more time for your after-lunch tasting room strategy. Then take a seat at the long tables to enjoy a delectable buffet-style menu created by VCC’s Executive Chef Mark Massicotte. Wineries will be grouped alphabetically by wine agency. Trade events…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Thursday

March 1, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
VCC West, Ballroom C, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

The Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld, is the best opportunity to explore the Tasting Room with your industry peers. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet wine producers from around the world, to taste rare wines, and perhaps to discover the next big thing in the industry. 159 trade-exclusive wines (plus 745+ festival wines) available The Trade Tastings are not only an excellent opportunity to network and taste away from the evening crowds, but also a chance to sample 159…

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Truth in Terroir

March 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 118, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

A panel of winery principals will discuss the cause-and-effect of what happens in the vineyard and in the winery to what’s made in the bottle and is enjoyed in the glass. Does manipulation in the winery obfuscate the imprint of vineyard? How much of what we perceive as sense of place is due to the human hand? What truth is there in our notion of “Terroir”? Moderator: Mark Shipway Panelists: Matias Barros, Joan Cusine, Matt Dumayne, Thomas Grootveldt, Antonio Morescalchi Sponsored…

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2015 Vintage Port: Magic

March 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Vintage is a prestigious category of Port representing only 1% of the very best wine produced each year. During this tasting at the VIWF, attendees will have the opportunity to taste the newest, highly acclaimed release of these unique wines produced exclusively in the Douro region: 2015. Panelists: David Guimaraens, Rafael Molezun, Maria Pica, Jorge Ramos, Miguel Roquette, Mariana Tavares, Jose Teles da Silva, Cristiano Van Zeller Sponsored by Port and Douro Wines Institute Trade events are available only to…

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Dynamic Spain

March 2, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

From classic to cutting edge, Spanish wines are some of the most exciting in the world. Join Master of Wine, Barbara Philip to explore a tremendous range of wines and meet the imaginative producers behind them. Moderator: Barbara Philip MW Panelists: Fernando Gimenez Alvear, Andres Bastida, Javier Delgato-Aurteneche, Yves Laurijssens, Miguel Torres Maczassek, Javier Murua, Ines Oro, Joao Machete Pereira, Howard Price Sponsored by Wines from Spain Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality…

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Celebrating Excellence: 15th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring Wines from Spain & Portugal

March 2, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
VCC East, meeting room 1, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Guests are invited to attend a buffet style lunch that features perfectly paired Spanish and Portuguese wines and cuisine. With 40 wines available, this is the perfect setting for the unveiling of the Vancouver International Wine Festival award winners: Wine Program Excellence Awards, Sommelier of the Year and Spirited Industry Professional (SIP) Award. Trade events are available only to those in the wine, restaurant and hospitality industries who buy, sell, serve or market wine in their business. Registration is required.…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Friday

March 2, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
VCC West, Ballroom C, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

The Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld, is the best opportunity to explore the Tasting Room with your industry peers. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet wine producers from around the world, to taste rare wines, and perhaps to discover the next big thing in the industry. 159 trade-exclusive wines (plus 745+ festival wines) available The Trade Tastings are not only an excellent opportunity to network and taste away from the evening crowds, but also a chance to sample 159…

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