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#Win New Zealand Wine Festival Ticket #Giveaway #NZWINE!

RT or comment on this post to win 2 tickets for Vancouver – Monday May 2, 2011

7:00-9:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts &

Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews.

Discover the fabulous array of New Zealand wines and enjoy your wine with a sampling of fine food and cheeses.

In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Sample over 100 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a glass!

Admission Price $60.00

Link to purchase Tickets http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3375435&pl=nzwine

New Zealand Wine Fair Vancouver

Monday May 2, 2011

7:00-9:30 pm
Roundhouse Community Arts &

Recreation Centre

181 Roundhouse Mews.

Discover the fabulous array of New Zealand wines and enjoy your wine with a sampling of fine food and cheeses.

In every glass of New Zealand wine is a world of pure discovery. Sample over 100 proven performers and stars-in-the-making at this once a year exclusive tasting. Make this your opportunity to discover New Zealand in a glass!

Admission Price $60.00

Link to purchase Tickets http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3375435&pl=nzwine

South World Wine Society Presents – Wine Out Organically

#nzwine Saturday, February 5th 3-5pm

Join us in the tasting room at the Legacy Liquor Store, Olympic Village and experience the latest in New Zealand Organic wines, paired with a selection of delectable cheeses.

All wines tasted will be available for purchase at a 5% discount .

Visit our website at www.southworldwine.com for more details and registration.

$20 members/ $25 non-members

Tickets now on sale for the 7th annual “Passions” eveTickets now on sale for the 7th annual “Passions” event at the Dr. Peter Centrent at the Dr. Peter Centre

On September 19th, 21 of Vancouver’s top restaurants will come together for an unforgettable evening of food and wine to benefit the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

Since its inception in 2004, Passions – a Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has earned a reputation as Vancouver’s “Best Small Gala” and as one of Vancouver’s top events for food and wine lovers … and this year will be better than ever!

21 of Vancouver’s top restaurants will be taking part in this year’s event, including: Beachside FornoBin 941/942C RestaurantChambarCiboCin CinCoastCraveDiva at the MetEl BarrioFraîche, Italian Kitchen, La TerrazzaLe GavrocheMarketMIX the BakeryO’Doul’sOruProvenceThe Observatory, and Tojo’s.

The event will also feature a selection of wines courtesy of New Zealand Wine, beer from R&B Brewing Co., coffee from Mogiana Coffee, and a martini bar provided by 1181. There will be both a live and silent auction, as well as live entertainment throughout the evening by Sangre Morena.

Gloria Macarenko (CBC TV) will be joined by Sophie Lui (Global TV) as emcees for the evening and Vancouver’s consummate man about town, Fred Lee (CBC Radio, Vancouver Courier) will serve as auctioneer.

This year’s event holds special significance, as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Dr. Peter Diaries on CBC Television. Beginning on September 10th and carrying through until World AIDS Day on December 1st, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation will celebrate Dr. Peter’s legacy and introduce their vision for the next 20 years with a series special events and engagements. Passions will serve as the central celebration during this important period.

Passions – A Benefit for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Date: Sunday, September 19th, 2010
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Dr. Peter Centre
Address: 1110 Comox Street, Vancouver BC
Tickets: $200, available August 9th at www.drpeter.org or by calling 1.800.656.0713 (only 200 tickets available).

About the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Since 1992, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation has continued the legacy of Dr. Peter Jepson-Young. The Dr. Peter Centre opened its doors in 1997 and cares for people living with HIV/AIDS. Operating a day health program and a 24-hour residence with palliative care and respite care services, it is the only program of its kind in Canada and is recognized as a leader in HIV/AIDS care. For more information on the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, the Dr. Peter Centre, and Passions, please visit www.drpeter.org.

About Passions

The history of Passions traces back to 2003, to a small charity cooking class at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks. A year later in 2004, the event was moved to the Dr. Peter Centre and christened “Passions.” Organized by Nathan Fong, this inaugural event featured nine chefs, 100 attendees and raised $7000. Under Nathan’s continued stewardship, Passions has since over tripled in size and has become one of Vancouver’s most popular food and wine events. 2009’s event featured 20 chefs, 300 attendees and raised over $100,000. In total, Passions has raised over $500,000 since 2004.

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2006 Paritua Vineyards Pinot Noir – NZ Otago

Wine Advocate Issue #184 Sep 2009 91 points

A Pinot Noir Dry Red Table wine from Otago, New Zealand
The 2006 Pinot Noir has a beautifully defined, rather “cool”, reserved, Burgundian nose, capturing the lightness of Pinot Noir, its clarity and pellucid nature. Scents of wild strawberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of limestone. The palate is well balanced with judicious use of oak, a Pinot that knows that it does not have to try hard to make a good impression. Builds nicely from a taut, linear entry to surprising weight and sappiness on the finish. Excellent! Drink over 3-6 years.

I stumbled across Paritua at a public tasting in London and was mightily impressed by their wines (since re-tasted single blind from samples.) Established in 2001 by two Americans, Brianne and Gary Fisher who fell in love with Hawkes Bay, they farm 150 acres in the Ngatawara Triangle and though produced in small quantities, are well worth seeking out.

Neal Martin for Wine Advocate
91 points

Villa Maria at The Playhouse Wine Festival

New Zealand Winery Takes Centre Stage
Sir George Fistonich of Villa Maria Estate to Attend Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival

Sir George Fistonich, esteemed founder of New Zealand winery Villa Maria Estate, will attend the 32nd Annual Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival from April 19-25. New Zealand, along with Argentina, is a theme region at this year’s event.

Sir George Fistonich founded Villa Maria Estate in Auckland in 1961. With vision, passion and determination, has steered the company to become New Zealand’s leading wine award winner, both locally and overseas. Today, Villa Maria Estate operates the Auckland Winery and Cellar Door, along with the Marlborough Winery and Cellar Door, located in the South Island’s highly regarded Marlborough wine-growing region. Along with Auckland and Marlborough, Villa Maria Estate Winery’s premium grapes are grown in the North Island’s Gisborne and Hawkes Bay regions.

In 2009, Fistonich was knighted for his significant contribution to the New Zealand wine industry, becoming the first person to be acknowledged for services to New Zealand’s wine industry. In 2004, Fistonich was shortlisted as one of the 50 most prominent figures in the wine industry by UK Wine International magazine. In 2005, he was named New Zealand’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Fistonich has long focused on the importance of regional differences in relation to grape quality and wine styles. He pioneered the use of contract growers and led Villa Maria to become the first New Zealand wine company to initiate payment for grapes based on quality rather than a flat contract price.

Villa Maria Estate wines will be featured at the following 32nd Annual Vancouver International Playhouse Wine Festival events: Get Uncorked! (April 19); Big Sky Party & Grill (April 20); International Festival Tasting (April 22-24); A Celebration of Passion (April 24); and Vintners Brunch (April 25). Tickets can be purchased online at www.playhousewinefest.com.

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HSG Presents Wines of Argentina/New Zealand

Hamilton Street Grill is pleased to host a Yaletown Wine Festival

A “Vancouver wine festival” themed evening for those of you who can’t make it to the big festival, are looking for a more casual setting to try this year’s featured wines, or are just looking for great value!

Monday, April 26th or Tuesday, April 27th

5:30 to 7 pm – 3 wines, 3 appetizers $25 per person

In keeping with our popular monthly format, try a sampling of three new wines and have three savoury, wine-inspired food tasters while learning from a wine expert as they take you through a sit down yet casual style tasting.

This month International Cellar’s Tina Hoogeveen takes you through some of the wines featured at this year’s Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Monday, April 26 at 5:30pm or Tuesday, April 27 at 5:30pm

$25 per person plus taxes and gratuity

Reserve by credit card at: 604-331-1511

or hamiltonstreetgrill@telus.net

Hamilton Street Grill

Brunch served 10 am – 3 pm

Dinner served 7 nights a week from 5 pm

Lunch Tuesday – Friday – 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Reservations available, large party’s welcome

Hamilton Street Grill
1009 Hamilton Street, Yaletown, Vancouver
604-331-1511 or hamiltonstreetgrill@telus.net

www.hamiltonstreetgrill.com / twitter@hamiltonstgrill / Facebook – Hamilton Street Grill

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Sacred Hill Tasting North Vancouver Everything Wine

April 21
Sacred Hill 4-6 pm
Sacred Hill is recognized as one of New Zealand‘s leading, multi-award winning wineries.  Focusing on the production of premium handcrafted varietal wines the company’s estate vineyards are located in New Zealand’s leading grape growing regions of Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago. Join Sacred Hill Export Director, Simon Swa at the tasting bar and learn all about what makes these wines so special!

WEBSITE: Everything Wine

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Discover NZ at Everything Wine

April 10 Discover New Zealand  2-6 pm
New Zealand is a country of contrasts with dense, native forest, snow capped mountains and spectacular coastline.  With wine growing regions covering the length of 1600 km, grapes are grown in a vast range of climates and soil types, producing a diverse array of styles.  Join us at the Tasting Bar for a wine trek through this amazing country and a preview of some of the fantastic winieries that will be at the 2010 Playhouse Wine Festival.

WEBSITE: Everything Wine

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Tickets to the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Fest On Sale Feb. 2


Tickets to the wildly popular Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival go on sale Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010. Tickets to trade events will be on sale February 9, 2010. The 2010 Festival will be one of the largest to date in its thirty-two year history. With 197 wineries and not one, but two theme regions of New Zealand and Argentina, attendees to the 2010 Festival will have the opportunity to sample a diverse array of wines, while the global focus of Rosé will bring a selection of these highly quaffable summer wines to many a tasting booth. Tickets to the Playhouse Wine Festival can be purchased online at PlayhouseWinefest.com or by phoning the Playhouse Box office at 604-873-3311.


“2010 is all about altitude, latitude and attitude,” says Festival executive director Harry Hertscheg. The combination of these two very distinct cultures and countries will provide both strength and sex appeal to this year’s Festival, while the newfound confidence of Rosé wine in the global market will add a counterpoint to the Pinot Noirs, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blancs and Malbecs that will be poured.

On the Argentine side, the dizzying altitudes and snow capped Andean mountains produce grapes that are ripened to perfection year after year. From rich Malbecs to the distinctive Torrontés, the 36 participating Argentine wineries in the 2010 festival will include some of the country’s top wineries.

With 41 New Zealand wineries from varying degrees of latitude participating in the 2010 festival, visitors can expect to find a wealth of diversity thanks to world class Sauvignon Blancs and terroir-driven Pinot Noirs, refreshing aromatic and fruit driven Chardonnays, and complex fuller-bodied reds.


Any wine that inspires headlines of renaissance and revolution deserves a close examination. Rosé has been adopted as an underdog by its fans but the truth is that Rosé wines offer the refreshing characteristics of white wine and the complexity and colour of reds. Valued for their ability to match with a variety of cuisine, the days of the deceptively named White Zinfandel are over. The world’s wine drinkers are developing a taste for the drier, more refreshing variations; proving that pink doesn’t always have to be sweet.

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, runs from April 19 to 25, 2010. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2010, the global focus will be rosé. The festival features a week of special events including a gala auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Playhouse Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for consumers and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Playhouse Theatre Company. Since its inception in 1979, the festival has raised over $6.8 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 209 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

The Shore Club generously presents the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival.