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February 2019

Wine Industry Symposium

February 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:45 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 118, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Canada's Place in Key Wine Markets How are Canadian wines perceived outside of the country, what is the demand for them, and how do they get to market? Moderator Jon Bonné probes these issues with panelists Christine Coletta, Nik Darlington, Janet Dorozynski, Dr. Jamie Goode and Sebastien Le Goff. Moderator: Jon Bonné Panelists: Christine Coletta, Nik Darlington, Janet Dorozynski, Dr. Jamie Goode, Sebastien Le Goff.

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Unexpected California

February 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

California wine has gained a world class reputation with well-known varieties like Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The incredible diversity of the state is home to a variety of other exciting and unexpected grape styles.  Explore the rich heritage of the Golden State and savour its incredible possibilities. Moderator: DJ Kearney Panelists: Jamie Benziger, Brian Bostwick, Harvest Duhig, David Gates, Jr., Ralf Holdenried, Joseph Lange, Jon Ruel, Emma Swain, Karl Wente, Joanne Wing Sponsored by California Wine Featured wines: Black Stallion…

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Lessons from California

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
VCC West, Level 1, Ocean Foyer, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Featuring Keynote Speaker Jon Bonné Enjoy a buffet lunch paired with insights from keynote speaker, Jon Bonné. California wine has undergone massive changes in recent years, engaging a new generation of consumers. How and why did these changes happen, and how sustainable are they? What lessons do they offer for other wine regions seeking to grow? Note: Must be 19 or older (No Minors) to attend Vancouver International Wine Festival events. Two pieces of ID are required. Infants and babies…

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Napa Valley Cab 2005-2014

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Cabernet Sauvignon is king in Napa Valley. Explore the quality and ageability of the region’s signature grape variety while savouring a 10-year retrospective from Napa’s finest. Taste for yourself why these wines are considered to be among the most coveted wines in the world. Moderator: Anthony Gismondi Panelists: Gillian Balance MS, Jean-Charles Boisset, Michael Eddy, Vivien Gay, Kirk Grace, Dave Guffy, Ralf Holdenreid, Thomas Price, Ray Signorello, Emma Swain Sponsored by Napa Valley Vintners Featured Wines: Beringer Vineyards Private Reserve…

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Growing Forward in California

February 28 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

If you really want to know what’s happening now and in the future in California wine country, join some of California’s leading players as they reveal distinct trends emerging in both the vineyard and winery, resulting in new and refined wine styles. Moderator: Anthony Gismondi Panelists: Chris Benziger, Bob Blue, Jean-Charles Boisset, Gina Gallo, Austin Hope, Joel Peterson, Justin Seidenfeld, Randy Ullom, Russ Weis, Karl Wente Sponsored by California Wine Featured wines:  Benziger Family Winery Pinot Noir 2015 Bonterra Organic…

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Principals Welcome Lunch, presented by JF Hillebrand

February 28 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm
VCC East, Exhibit Hall A, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Join all 160 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 the 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…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Thursday

February 28 @ 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. Trade Buyers Entry (1:30-2:30 p.m) The first hour in the room (1:30-2:30 pm) is reserved for trade buyers and executive chefs only, providing the time and freedom to taste wines and connect with…

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March 2019

Zinfandel on the World Stage

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

WSET Masterclass Zinfandel was once considered an American grape, but we now know both it and Italy’s Primitivo are clones of the Croatian variety Crljenak Kaštelanski. WSET’s masterclass will trace Zinfandel from its European roots to its established position on the world stage. We’ll also tell you how to pronounce the Croatian name! Moderator: Dave Rudman DipWSET Panelists: Mark de Vere MW DipWSET, Keith Nicholson DipWSET Sponsored by WSET Featured wines: Korta Katarina Rosé - Zinfandel/Plavac Mali blend 2016 Korta…

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What’s Cool in Sonoma?

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

Meet Sonoma’s cool personalities and explore some of the finest varietals from Sonoma’s cool climate regions at this dynamic speed tasting featuring an array of superstar wines.  Groups will have six minutes with each producer to hear their story, taste their wine, and ask questions. Moderator: Anthony Gismondi Panelists: Brian Bostwick, Gina Gallo, David Gates, Jr., Vivien Gay, Yoav Gilat, Mike Gilboy, Tom Gore, Justin Seidenfeld, Eric Stine, Randy Ullom Sponsored by California Wines Featured Wines: B.R. Cohn Winery Olive…

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Truth in Terroir

March 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 118, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada

A Forum on Single Vineyard Wines A panel of winery principals will discuss the importance of vineyard location in defining a sense of place. What natural and human factors come into play to merit the release of unique single vineyard wines? Moderator: Mark Shipway Panelists: Chris Benzinger, Matt Dumayne, Lorenzo Gucci, Emil Mehdin, Thomas Price, Maria Sosa, Sara Triggs Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured Wines: Achaval-Ferrer Finca Mirador 2014 Culmina Family Estate Winery N° 002 Wild Ferment Grüner Veltliner…

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Celebrating Excellence: 16th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring California Wines, presented by ContainerWorld

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

California will “surprise and delight” at this year’s awards luncheon attended by representatives of many of British Columbia and Alberta’s top restaurants.  This awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Wine Program Excellence Awards, Sommelier of the Year and Spirited Industry Professional (SIP) Award. Presented by ContainerWorld Sponsored by California Wines Featured wines: B.R. Cohn Winery Silver Label Chardonnay 2016 Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Don Sebastiani & Sons B-Side Chardonnay 2017 B-Side Pinot Noir 2016 Gallo Signature Series Russian…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Friday

March 1 @ 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. Trade Buyers Entry (1:30-2:30 p.m) The first hour in the room (1:30-2:30 pm) is reserved for trade buyers and executive chefs only, providing the time and freedom to taste wines and connect with…

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