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February 2020

Discover Canadian Pinot Noir

February 26, 2020 @ 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Join wine educator, Rhys Pender, MW, for a deep dive into Canadian Pinot Noir with a focus on four regions. Experience the depth and breadth of Pinot styles from British Columbia and Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Moderator: Rhys Pender MW Panelists: Charlie Baessler, Janet Dorozynski, Eugene Mlynczyk MW, Julian Scholefield, Dwight Sick, Chris Turyk, Taylor Whelan Sponsored by Wines of Canada, Wines of British Columbia, Wines of Nova Scotia and participating wineries. Featured wines: Quebec: Vignoble du Domaine St-Jacques…

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BC: No Place Like It

February 26, 2020 @ 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Tour BC’s diverse wine regions from coast to desert and find out why our styles vary from light and delicate to ripe and powerful. Celebrating 30 years of BC VQA, join MW Barbara Philip and a panel of BC winemakers as they provide a glimpse into the modern wine industry and why there’s no place like BC. Moderator: Barbara Philip MW Panelists: Stefan Arnason, Ross Baker, Michael Clark, JAK Meyer, Heleen Pannekoek, Caroline Shaller, John Skinner, Chris Turyk Sponsored by…

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Vin Tour de France

February 27, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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A vinous journey around France featuring “Cru”-level wines. Iconic producers will guide trade attendees through the country’s storied regions, each with their own unique characteristics and history. Moderators: Andrew Jefford, Jon Bonné Panelists: Marcel Combes, Laurent Drouhin, Bernard Duseigneur, Michel Gassier, Jean Frédéric Hugel, Adrien Laurent, Clovis Taittinger Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Hugel & Fils Estate Riesling 2016 Boisset Effervescence Louis Bouillot Grands Terroirs Les 3 Saints Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 2010 Maison…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Thursday

February 27, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
VCC West, Ballroom C, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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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Blind Tasting Journey: France

February 28, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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WSET Masterclass Though France is not geographically large, its breadth of wine styles rivals any in the winemaking world because of its wealth of varying climates. We’ll blind taste cool, moderate and warm climate wines from across France and discuss how climactic differences shape the country’s distinct and diverse wines. Panelists: Julie Albin, Keith Nicholson, Lara Victoria Sponsored by WSET Participating Wineries: Vignobles Alain Brumont M. Chapoutier Fortant de France François Martenot Les Vins Georges Duboeuf Maison Joseph Drouhin Louis…

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Natural Wine, WTF?

February 28, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, meeting room 110, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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The 2020 “Truth in Terroir” forum will focus on the world of minimal-intervention, or "natural," wines. What does this mean in the vineyard, and in the winery? How does natural differ from organic or biodynamic? Is this a bold new market, or just another fad?  Winemakers on both sides of the natural scales will join us to discuss. Moderator: Jon Bonné, Pier-Alexis Soulière Panelists: Michael Bartier, Antonella Bronca, Julien Dugas, Matt Dumayne, Bernard Duseigneur, Daniel Grace,  Brent Rowland, Andrew Windsor…

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Emilia-Romagna’s Native Grapes

February 28, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 11:15 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 118, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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One of Italy’s greatest assets is its wealth of unique indigenous varieties, and Emilia-Romagna is no exception. Discover Emilia’s Lambrusco family of grapes, Romagna’s Sangiovese and Albana, as well as Malvasia di Candia and Uva Longanesi, while enjoying a samples of Emilia-Romagna’s rich culinary specialties. Moderator: Jenna Briscoe Panelists: Daniela Facciani, Ermes Scardova Sponsored by Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna and Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada West Featured wines: Chiara Condello Le Lucciole 2015 Medici Ermete Quercioli Lambrusco Sorbara NV…

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Celebrating Excellence: 17th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring France, presented by ContainerWorld

February 28, 2020 @ 11:15 am - 1:15 pm
VCC East, meeting room 1, 999 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Discover exciting French wines worthy of the best wine lists in the city. This awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Wine Program Excellence Awards, Sommelier of the Year and Spirited Industry Professional (SIP) Award. Emcee: Sophie Lui, Global BC Anchor Menu: Artisan French breads Pissaladière with onions and anchovies Green asparagus Mimosa • gf ve Salad verte with a Champagne vinaigrette • ve gf Mini quiche Lorraine Albacore tuna Nicoise • gf df Brome Lake Duck rillettes with crostinis…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Friday

February 28, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
VCC West, Ballroom C, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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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May 2022

Pivoting the Pandemic & Beyond

May 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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What’s possible for the future of the wine business in all of its expressions? This industry plenary will explore some of the many pivots and evolutions from the past two years, jumpstarting a conversation about the future of our industry. Where can we find new, innovative collaborations? What can different parts of the trade do to benefit the wine community as a whole? How can we turn our many-pillared industry into a future-proofed whole? Moderators: Chris Rielly, Jason Yamasaki Panelists:…

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Welcome Back Lunch, presented by Hillebrand

May 19 @ 11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Join us as we celebrate the return of Trade Days with the Welcome Back Lunch, presented by 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 Maurizio Persichino. Wineries will be grouped alphabetically…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Thursday

May 19 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
VCC West, Ballroom C, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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. Looking for the full Trade Days experience? Purchase the Trade Days Pass, which includes two Trade Tastings, two seminars and two lunches. Trade Buyers Entry (1:30-2:30 p.m) The first hour in the room…

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BC: Explore Our Sense of Place

May 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
VCC West, Meeting Room 109, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Tour BC’s diverse wine regions with a deeper dive into BC’s sub-GIs and different microclimates and growing conditions throughout BC. Join Rhys Pender MW and a panel of BC winemakers as they take you through this journey and discover the diversity of our local BC wines and why the world is paying attention to these exciting wine regions. Moderator: Rhys Pender MW Panelists: Galen Barnhardt, Nikki Callaway, Matt Dumayne, Brian Ensor, Karin Grosstessner-Hain, Alex Nell, Amber Pratt, Barclay Robinson, Evan…

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Celebrating Together: 18th Annual Awards Lunch, presented by ContainerWorld

May 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:15 pm
VCC West, Level 3, Summit Ballroom, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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Discover exciting wines worthy of the best wine lists in the city, while celebrating the strength and resilience of the hospitality community. This awards ceremony includes the presentation of the Sommelier of the Year, the Spirited Industry Professional (SIP) Award, and the newly inaugurated Terry Threlfall Scholarship. Presented by ContainerWorld Sponsored by the participating wineries Featured wines: Hester Creek Estate Winery Old Vine Sparkling NV seven stars by Township 7 seven stars Sirius 2015 Casa Gancia Cuvée Gancia 36 Mesi…

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Trade Tasting, presented by ContainerWorld – Friday

May 20 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
VCC West, Ballroom C, 1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC Canada
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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. Looking for the full Trade Days experience? Purchase the Trade Days Pass, which includes two Trade Tastings, two seminars and two lunches. Trade Buyers Entry (1:30-2:30 p.m) The first hour in the room…

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