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What’s Good This Week February 7

Vancouver Events and Happenings

I’ve been up at Kelowna Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships this past weekend and was so impressed with the chefs and all their hard work, and have to give a big shout out to all the Okanagan college culinary students and recent grads who assisted them. What an hard working group of talented people! Congrats to Jinhe Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary on the Gold. I’ll have a post up this week on the full competition.

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While in Kelowna I had some great family and friend visits, got my exercise, but didn’t really get out to check out any new spots in town, but sometimes (gasp) there are more important things in life…..I found my wedding dress here too.

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Coming up – Vancouver International Wine Festival

This is the week before the Vancouver International Wine Festival, so rest up and get your work done so you can explore and enjoy the festival events. Available events include the Thursday and Friday night tastings, and Saturday Day, and just a few more, details here.

Get to know BC Wine at the festival’s BC Wine Pioneers and New Kids, an evolutionary look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years.  See how industry pioneers and the new kids on the block are putting their stamp on making wine in BC. The tasting will highlight both BC’s core varieties and a selection of lesser-known varietals produced in BC. Friday at 5:15 pm.

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On February 9th, Vancouverites will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canada’s epicurean history at a pop-up Edible Museum. 

The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine will feature some of Canada’s most beloved foods and most awarded VQA wineries. Throughout the exhibition guests will have the chance to taste some of Canada’s finest culinary moments while learning interesting nuggets about our vast and diverse wine landscape. https://www.canadianfoodandwinemuseum.ca/

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Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre) runs February until Feb 14th

The Improv Centre on Granville Island hosted local VTSL teams and international teams (from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India) will be on from Feb 9-14. The last evening, February 14, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

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Dine Out Continues At Many Restaurants Around Town

Provence Marinaside –  You can enjoy a beautifully prepared 3-course set menu for just $40 with a superb BC wine pairing for $25 until February 9th. Click for details

Kala Malay Bistro – 3-course flavourful Malaysian-style cuisine for $30

WildTale – 3-course with delicious mains such as Salmon, Beef and Gnocchi for $30

Sequoia Group – Extended $30 Dine Out menu until
February 9th!

Bishops – Eat local and well at this West 4th favourite.

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“Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s” at the Uncommon Cafe – Feb 8th

Just enter code “save20” when booking here. In this class, you will learn how to prepare 3 luscious chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day! You get to eat all (or bring some home), with wine!!! For more info on this class and to book, click here.

What’s Good This Week – It’s February

What To Do This Week – Just In Case There’s Room in Your Calendar

I can’t believe we’ve gone through a whole month of 2017 already! How’s your year been? I’ve got lots of plans and hopes for the year ahead and I’m finding the biggest issue for me is trying to do too much and then feeling disappointed in myself up for not getting through the 300 things I feel I should do every day. I’m working on some ways to stop this cycle, but the struggle is still VERY REAL! Well then, on that note, we do have some suggestions for this week just in case your calendar isn’t quite full!van wine fest 034 original web

Book Now! – Vancouver International Wine Festival

So many wines, so many events, so much to learn. I’ll be at as many events I can manage as this is the year Canada is showcased at the Festival and it’s a great opportunity to get to know our local wines better, as well . A couple things:

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Lunch at Bauhaus

Head to Gastown for their daily lunch feature for $22, or on a Friday the famous #TGIF Friday special Schnitzel and authentic Früh Kölsch Beer for  $22.

Among the selections for the  lunch menu, handcrafted by chef Stefan Hartmann, are creative takes on German classic dishes, including Meatballs (with rice  / caper sauce / peas / carrots / celery), Wiener Schnitzel (with seared potatoes/cucumber salad), Geschnetzeltes (with veal  / spätzle / mushrooms) and John Dory (with artichoke / spring onions / parmesan / black salsify).

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Explore BC Wine Brunch at Boulevard – Feb. 4

The menu and wines are stellar at this mingler, where you can sample many of BC’s best wines  during the Explore BC Wine Brunch held as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In this stand up grazing event, savour a variety of seafood focused canapés, while sipping wines from seven of the province’s premier wineries. TICKETS

WINERIES

Arrowleaf Cellars
Haywire Winery
Church and State Wines
Howling Bluff Winery
St. Hubertus &  Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Tantalus Vineyards

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Unsung Heroes at Blue Water Cafe

Love seafood? Don’t miss the Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s menu during the Unsung Heroes Festival. This menu showcases unique and sustainable seafood throughout the month of February.

Stellar dishes such as stir-fried jellyfish, red sea urchin trifle, sturgeon liver pate, and poached periwinkles have graced Chef Frank’s impressive Unsung Heroes menu during the last 12 years. British Columbia’s giant red sea cucumber – which has just been listed as sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program – will take pride of place on Chef Frank’s 2017 menu.  Blue Water Cafe.

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Farmer’s Apprentice’s Fresh Look

Newly renovated Farmer’s Apprentice is open at 5:30 p.m. seven nights a week, offering both ‘Herbivore’ or ‘Omnivore’ menu options, both for $55 per person with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $38. A four-course menu with both herbivore and omnivore options is also available all night long for $40 per person, with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $25.

On weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer’s Apprentice is offering an ever-changing brunch menu where guests can choose from à-la-carte options or a prix-fixe experience, which offers a unique 5-course family-style brunch for $25 per person. Check out South Granville’s favourite neighbourhood spot.

Vancouver International Wine Festival Update Last Call For Tickets

The Vancouver International Wine Festival Update! Almost sold out!

Wine stars from around the world will travel to Vancouver for the 38th Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 20 to 28 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues in Metro Vancouver. Here’s the Vancouver International Wine Festival Update.

Each of the 155 wineries from the 14 participating countries will send a high-level representative (owner, winemaker, senior executive) to the festival to present their wines. They’ll participate in educational seminars, team up with Vancouver’s best restaurants for exclusive dinners and pour tastes of some of their top drops in the Acura Tasting Room. This year the theme country is Italy, which promises a week of spectacular wines and sophisticated vine stars. For details on the 54 festival events, check out the interactive Festival at a Glance at VanWineFest.ca, updated constantly with sales status.

THEME COUNTRY VINE STARS: ITALY
All 60 participating wineries from Italy will have a principal in attendance in the ITALIA! section of the Acura Tasting Room and at the sumptuous Saturday lunch, Taste ITALIA!

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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS
ACURA TASTING ROOM
Tickets
Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place
Thursday, February 25, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 27, 2:30-5 p.m. – extra half hour!

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SPUMANTE & CO. Tuesday, February 23
Inform Interiors, 97 Water Street, 8-10 p.m., $69
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Like brilliant bubbly, remarkable rosato and wonderful white wines? Chic surroundings? Terrific food from Dirty Apron Catering? All for a bargain price? Then Spumante & Co. is for you. Pop the cork on the 2016 festival in the stylish surroundings of Inform Interiors and sip and savour 22 wines – including a fine selection of the ever-popular Prosecco – from Italy. It’s la dolce vita!

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A ROCCATO RETROSPECTIVE
Tuesday, February 23
Glowbal 590 West Georgia Street 4-5:30 p.m. $90
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Tuscany’s tradition meets innovation. Roccato represents the encounter between the roots of Sangiovese, the modernity of Cabernet, and the barriques used for its aging. Sergio Zingarelli, President of Rocca delle Macìe, will lead an eight-vintage vertical tasting of Roccato, sharing his passion for the Tuscan land, and his family’s determination to produce exceptional quality wines.

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TUSCAN TRAILBLAZERS
Wednesday, February 24
VCC West, meeting room 121 1055 Canada Place 4-5:30 p.m.$125
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The legendary Antinori Family has been making premium wines for over six centuries. These wines are of the highest quality, expressing the true appellation and varietal distinctiveness that only Antinori can deliver. Join us in a conversation and journey, through a vertical tasting of Tignanello and Guado Al Tasso, two first class Super Tuscans.

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TASTE ITALIA!
Saturday, February 27
VCC West, Level 3 1055 Canada Place 12-2 p.m. $115
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Theme country Italy brings 60 wineries to the festival and every one of them is pouring two wines at this epicurean lunchtime trip through Italy. Sip and savour as you feast your way through a buffet that offers 19 dishes, including wild prawns, beef short rib Brasato lasagne, Zuppa di pesce “Cacciuncco”, fennel sausage/chicken, butternut squash agnolotti and wild mushroom risotto, to name a few. Click to see all the featured wines.

VANWINEFEST CELEBRATES THE HISTORY, EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION OF AUSTRALIAN WINES

The wine world has already began to arrive for the 37th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, February 20 to March 1. Headlined by a 55-winery contingent from theme country, Australia, the festival features 170 wineries from 14 countries participating in 53 events across the city.

Each year, the festival offers an incredible opportunity for wine lovers to immerse themselves in the world of wine, discover new wines, wineries and wine-producing regions, and learn more about what’s happening globally through educational tastings and seminars. The spotlight is on Australia, with the festival offering the most comprehensive exploration of Australian wine undertaken in North America since 2007.

Tickets are going fast, but there are still several events available that will take wine lovers on an epicurean journey across Australia.

The Savour Australia Lounge Party (Tuesday, February 24, 8:30-10:30 p.m. at 130 West, $65) is a great way to get a first taste of what today’s Australian wines are all about. Each of the 20 participating wineries will be pouring two wines – one sultry Shiraz and one sophisticated white. Add a mouth-watering selection of small bites prepared by Dirty Apron Catering (including Kangaroo Sliders and Mini Truffle Meat Pies), swinging lounge tunes, and some of the most personable wine producers in the world for a tantalizing Aussie evening.

Geological Gems (Friday, February 27, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at Vancouver Convention Centre West, $55) digs deep into how geology affects Australian wines. Mark Davidson leads a panel of top vine stars on an exploration of the effects of intense Terra Rossa soils, ancient sand deposits and prehistoric beds of slate and limestone.

Mod Oz (Saturday, February 28, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at VCC West, $45) is the perfect seminar for those wanting to expand their wine horizons and experience the adventurous spirit of Australian wines. Discover alternative and Mediterranean varietals (Gruner Veltliner, Sangiovese, Touriga); contemporary examples of traditional varieties (Tasmanian Pinot Noir); and unusual and innovative winemaking techniques emerging in Australia today.

Looking to learn more about one of Australia’s iconic wine regions? McLaren Vale Scarce Earth (Saturday, February 28, 5:15-6:45 p.m. at VCC West, $55) examines single vineyard Shiraz from different geologies, soils, elevations and sustainable viticultural practices. Rhys Pender MW leads an exploration of the diversity of McLaren Vale, one of the most geologically complex wine regions in the world.

The Savour Australia section of the Acura International Festival Tasting Room is a great place to discover wines from 14 Australian regions. In addition to the 55 Australian wineries (35% of which are new to the festival), there will be a central tasting station, where festivalgoers can take a Shiraz journey through South Australia; linger at tasting stations themed around cool-climate wines, modern Australia, and the Chardonnay revolution; and try their hand at identifying aromas and faults in wine with the Australian Wine Research Institute. The Saturday evening International Festival Tasting is sold out, but there are still tickets remaining for the sessions on Thursday, February 26, 7-10 p.m., Friday, February 27, 7-10 p.m., and Saturday, February 28, 3-5 p.m.

The festival coincides with #ShirazWeek, February 21-March 1, which is a perfect pairing with the global focus on Syrah+Shiraz. The Acura Tasting Room will be one of the best places in the world to try the full range of Australian Shiraz (as well as examples from other countries) on Global Shiraz Day, Friday, February 27. #iloveshiraz.

For full program details, visit VanWineFest.ca and click on the interactive Festival at a Glance to learn more about each event or download the brochure. Net proceeds support VanWineFest’s charitable partner, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

How to Purchase Tickets
Online: VanWineFest.ca
By phone: 604-837-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121
In person: Box office: 305–456 West Broadway, Vancouver
Box office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stay in Touch:
Facebook: /VanWineFest
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF / #SavourAustralia.

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canada’s premier wine show marks its 37th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 20 to March 1, 2015, featuring Australia as the theme country and Syrah+Shiraz as the global focus. The festival will showcase 170 wineries from 14 countries (including 55 wineries from Australia) pouring 1,750+ wines at 53 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Acura Tasting Room features all 170 participating wineries, pouring 770+ wines over six sessions, February 26-28. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Friday, February 20 at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This year’s Gala raffle prize is a spectacular two-week trip to Savour Australia. The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since 1979, the festival has raised $8.3 million for the performing arts. Major partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. For more information go to VanWineFest.ca.

ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 26th season in 2015, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and several special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2014, festival attendance exceeded 100,000 and more than a million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. The Festival’s 2015 dates are June 4 to September 26. The 2015 lineup features King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labour’s Lost and the world premiere of C.C. Humphreys’ Shakespeare’s Rebel.

 

VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE JANUARY 6

Vancouver Wine FestivalIt’s time to start thinking about which events you will attend for this year’s Wine Festival.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, January 6 at 9:30 a.m. for all public events at the 37th annual Vancouver international Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun. Forty-three events are available for wine lovers, including dinners with international vine stars at top Vancouver restaurants, wine seminars, minglers, lunches, the ever-popular Vintners Brunch, and four International Festival Tastings, where the wine world will gather.

Tickets may be purchased online at VanWineFest.ca, in person at 305-456 West Broadway, or by phoning the box office at 604-873-3311 or toll-free at 1-877-321-3121. Tickets for 10 events in the Trade Days Conference, the wine business portion of the festival, go on sale to those in the food and beverage and hospitality industries on January 27.

Canada’s premier wine festival runs from February 20 to March 1 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and other venues across the city. The spotlight is on Savour Australia as the 2015 theme country, with a global focus on Syrah (aka Shiraz). The festival will feature 170 wineries from 14 countries, attracting 25,000 participants to 53 events over eight days.

For full program details, visit VanWineFest.ca and click on the interactive Festival at a Glance to learn more about each event or download the brochure. Net proceeds support VanWineFest’s charitable partner, Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

SAVOUR AUSTRALIA
This year’s theme country offers a dynamic look at the history, evolution and revolution of Australia through 55 award-winning wineries in the Acura Tasting Room. Attendees will sip and savour their way through regional zones, Shiraz intensives and an interactive tasting station themed around cool-climate, modern Australia, the Chardonnay revolution and the Epicurean Way. Winery dinners, wine seminars with iconic flights, the Savour Australia “Lounge Party”, a gourmet Restaurant Australia grazing lunch, and trade events will take festival-goers on an epicurean journey across Australia.

DON’T MISS THESE THEME COUNTRY EVENTS:

Savour Australia
Engage your senses at the Savour Australia Lounge Party. Indulge in sultry Shiraz and sophisticated white wines; delight in artisanal late-night bites provided by Dirty Apron; chill to the DJ’s beats and bask in the moody lounge setting.

Geological Gems
Deep dive into Australia’s soil and rock beds. Savour their influence on the wines to discover Australian regionality through the lens of its geological landscape. Explore effects of intense Terra Rossa soils, ancient sand deposits and prehistoric beds of slate and limestone.

Restaurant Australia
You’re invited to Restaurant Australia, where you’ll experience how Australia is serving up the best food and wine experiences in remarkable locations every day. Meander through market stalls, relax and lounge, sip and savour your way through this unique culinary adventure.

Mod Oz
Embody the adventurous spirit of Australia through the wines of ‘Mod Oz’. You will come to ‘expect the unexpected’ after exploring Australia’s winemaking evolution and revolution. Discover alternative and Mediterranean varietals; contemporary examples of traditional varieties; and unusual and innovative winemaking techniques emerging in Australia today.

SYRAH+SHIRAZ

All About Syrah
Found throughout the wine world, from the Rhône Valley to the Barossa Valley to the Okanagan Valley, Syrah (aka Shiraz) is popular as a varietal, in a blend, or even co-fermented with some Viognier. Festival sommelier Terry Threlfall will take you through the many facets of Syrah and Shiraz, with representation from wine regions around the world.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTINGS
The Acura International Festival Tasting Room offers a unique opportunity to taste rare bottles and discover new treasures, as well as the chance to meet vine stars from around the globe. Every winery in the room will have a senior winery executive behind the table, identified by a royal blue lanyard, there to answer your questions about their wines. Nowhere else in the world will you find such an amazing gathering of talented women and men pouring wine and answering questions. Take this opportunity to learn about your favourite wine from the experts. Both the Saturday matinee and Thursday evening tastings will have a guaranteed 30% lower attendance, leaving more room to move and more opportunities to chat with international vine stars.

BACCHANALIA GALA DINNER + AUCTION
Kicking off the festival this year on the Friday night before festival week is the highly anticipated Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction on February 20 – 36 years to the day of the very first festival – at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. A sparkling wine reception is followed by an elegant dinner of five courses paired with nine wines. During the reception guests are invited to place their bids on tantalizing silent auction items: unforgettable culinary experiences, one-of-a-kind excursions and highly prized collector’s items. Single tickets to the Gala are $395 or a table for eight is $3160. Raffle tickets to win a trip for two to Australia valued at nearly $12,000 are also available. For further information about the Gala, call 604-637-3098 or email gala@vanwinefest.ca

Featured 2015 Gala dinner wineries and wines:
Jansz
Premium Cuvée NV – Tasmania, Australia
McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant Cellar Aged “Elizabeth” Semillon 2007 – Hunter Valley, Australia
Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Fumé Blanc Reserve 2012 – Napa Valley, California
Yering Station Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 – Yarra Valley, Australia
Davis Bynum Jane’s Vineyard Dijon Clone 667 Pinot Noir 2012 – Russian River Valley, California
Penfolds RWT Shiraz 2012 – Barossa Valley, Australia
Gérard Bertrand La Forge 2011 – Corbières Boutenac, France
Hess Collection Mount Veeder 19 Block Cuvée 2011 – Napa Valley, California
Serafino Sharktooth Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2013 – McLaren Vale, Australia
Fonseca Guimaraens Vintage Port 1995 – Oporto, Portugal

DON’T WINE + DRIVE!
Sip, save and stay safe! Festival partner beVancouver.com has a terrific deal for wine lovers. Book a room at one of 35 participating downtown hotels, and you’ll get ONE FREE TICKET to your choice of four International Festival Tastings. Quantities are limited and last year’s program was very popular, so book early. Bookings must be made by February 10 for a stay by March 5.

How to Purchase Tickets
Online: VanWineFest.ca
By phone: 604-837-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121
In person: Box office: 305–456 West Broadway, Vancouver
Box office hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stay in Touch:
Facebook: /VanWineFest
Twitter: follow @VanWineFest for news on tickets and sold-out events. Join the conversation at #VIWF.

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canada’s premier wine show marks its 37th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 20 to March 1, 2015, featuring Australia as the theme country and Syrah+Shiraz as the global focus. The festival will showcase 170 wineries from 14 countries (including 55 wineries from Australia) pouring 1,750+ wines at 53 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Acura Tasting Room features all 170 participating wineries, pouring 770+ wines over six sessions, February 26-28. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Friday, February 20 at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Festival partner beVancouver.com offers a free International Festival Tasting ticket to festivalgoers who book a downtown hotel (while supplies last). Don’t Wine and Drive! The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since 1979, the festival has raised $8.3 million for the performing arts. Major partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. For more information go to VanWineFest.ca.

MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE WINE AT VANWINEFEST

Vine stars from around the world will travel to Vancouver for the 37th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun, February 20 to March 1.

Each of the 170 wineries from the 14 participating countries will send a top-tier representative to the festival to present their wines. They’ll participate in educational seminars, team up with Vancouver’s best restaurants for exclusive dinners and pour tastes of some of their top drops in the Acura Tasting Room. This year the theme country is Australia, so expect lively personalities, entertaining stories, and spectacular wines during festival week. For details on the 53 festival events, check out the interactive Festival at a Glance, updated regularly with sales status.

A limited number of advance tickets are on sale now for select events while supplies last. Festivalgoers who book a downtown hotel via beVancouver.com can get a free ticket to their choice of four International Festival Tastings, a saving of up to $89. All public events go on sale Tuesday, January 6 at 9:30 a.m. All trade events go on sale Tuesday, January 27 at 9:30 a.m.

THEME COUNTRY VINE STARS: AUSTRALIA
Australia will have an outstanding contingent of wineries and vine stars in Vancouver in 2015, representing the history, evolution and revolution of Australian wine over the past two centuries. The Savour Australia section of the room will be home to owners, winemakers, and senior winery executives, many of whose names you’ll find on their bottles.

Jim Chatto, Chief Winemaker, Evans & Tate
Jim joined the McWilliam’s team as Chief Winemaker in 2013, becoming only the fourth custodian at Mount Pleasant since 1921. Jim is responsible for the winemaking and stylistic direction of all McWilliam’s wines across its Australian portfolio. He was named “Hunter Valley Winemaker of the Year” in 2009 and a “Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year” finalist in 2010. Jim is also a senior wine show judge with more than fifteen years’ experience across both regional and capital city shows. Meet Jim Chatto in Australia: East Meets West; Oceans, Altitudes & Attitudes; Restaurant Australia; Mod Oz.

Jane Ferrari, Ambassador/Winemaker, Yalumba
Jane Ferrari is not simply a Yalumba employee, she’s a company crusader. Born in Adelaide, brought up in Alice Springs and an inveterate traveller, she’s been around long enough to know that the blend of elements that make up Yalumba and the Barossa is rare indeed, and worth taking the time to introduce to wine drinkers. Jane’s a trained winemaker, a born story-teller, a canny judge of character (people or horses), an olive oil producer and custodian of a treasured gum-studded block of Barossa land. Meet Jane Ferrari at Shiraz: Aussie Superstar; Past, Present, Future: Two Centuries of Winemaking; All About Syrah; Restaurant Australia; 25 Under $25.

Matt Fowles, Proprietor, Fowles Wines
Matt Fowles, a former lawyer who swapped the vitriol for the vineyard, is an avid food and wine man. He’s the man behind the innovative Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wine – the world’s first wine blended to complement wild game meat. In 2007, Matt was selected as part of the “Future Leaders” program aimed at fostering the next generation of wine sector leaders. Meet Matt Fowles at Shiraz: Aussie Superstar; Past, Present, Future: Two Centuries of Winemaking; Excitement in a Glass; Geological Gems; Restaurant Australia.

William “Bill” Hardy, Brand Ambassador, Hardys
Bill Hardy is a fifth generation descendant of Thomas Hardy, who founded the wine business Thomas Hardy & Sons Pty Ltd, in 1853. He joined the family business as a trainee winemaker in 1972 and is currently Accolade Wines’ Corporate Oenologist and Hardys Brand Ambassador. Meet Bill Hardy at Oceans, Altitudes & Attitudes; 12th Annual Awards Lunch; Restaurant Australia; McLaren Vale Scarce Earth; Down Under with Bill Hardy.

Sue Hodder, Senior Winemaker, Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best-known winemakers and this year celebrates her 23rd vintage with Wynns. Sue began her career as a viticulturalist and believes her early viticultural training – assessing vines, analyzing mature fruit and tasting the finished wine – gave her invaluable insight into the importance of the vineyard in quality winemaking. Sue has experience with vintages in noted wine regions around the world and has judged extensively in regional, national and international wine shows. Meet Sue Hodder at Savour Australia; Decades Apart; Past, Present, Future: Two Centuries of Winemaking; Wynns: Benchmark Terroir; Excitement in a Glass; 12th Annual Awards Lunch; Restaurant Australia.

Neil McGuigan, Chief Winemaker/CEO, McGuigan Wines
Neil McGuigan is one of Australia’s foremost winemakers with more than 30 years’ experience. He led the McGuigan Wines team to the prestigious title of International Winemaker of the Year and Australian Producer of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012. Alongside this, Neil also picked up the International White Winemaker of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2013 at the International Wine Challenge, London. Neil is a respected wine judge at national and international levels. Meet Neil McGuigan at Decades Apart; Icons & Heroes; Past, Present, Future: Two Centuries of Winemaking; 12th Annual Awards Lunch; Restaurant Australia; Mod Oz.

Scott McWilliam, 6th Generation Winemaker, McWilliam’s Mount Pleasant
Scott McWilliam is a sixth generation winemaker, who began working in the family business at 14, helping out at Hanwood Estate in the Riverina. Since then he has established himself as one of Australia’s brightest and most promising young winemakers, being selected in the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Future Leaders program. Today, Scott is a Family Ambassador and a Senior Winemaker at the company. He is also an international wine judge with experience in all styles and origins of wine. Meet Scott McWilliam at Australia: East Meets West; Decades Apart; Shiraz: Aussie Superstar; Past, Present, Future: Two Centuries of Winemaking; Oceans, Altitudes & Attitudes; 12th Annual Awards Lunch; Restaurant Australia.

Bruce Tyrrell, Owner/Managing Director, Tyrrell’s
Bruce Tyrrell manages Tyrrell’s Wines as a family owned winery with the simple philosophy of striving to be one of Australia’s pre-eminent family owned wine companies, producing high-quality wines at all levels. Bruce is a Director of the Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association and the Hunter Valley Research Foundation. In 2006, Bruce was awarded an Order of Australia medal in recognition of his contribution to the Australian wine sector. In 2009, he was named a Hunter Valley Living Legend at the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards. Meet Bruce Tyrrell at The Age of Semillon; Geological Gems; Restaurant Australia.

REST OF THE WORLD VINE STARS
Thirteen other countries are represented at VanWineFest, and the stars are shining just as brightly over the rest of the wine world. The Acura Tasting Room is the place to meet all 170 vine stars, but you’ll also find these great personalities at special events during the week.

Cynthia & David Enns, Proprietor & Winemaker, Laughing Stock Vineyards
Before opening Laughing Stock Vineyards, David and Cynthia Enns were movers and shakers in the financial industry. In 2003, however, they followed their hearts and invested their lives in the wine industry. David supplemented his wine knowledge with courses and workshops at UC Davis and apprenticed under top winemakers in the Okanagan Valley, while Cynthia transferred her MBA background to growing grapes instead of investments. In October 2014, they celebrated the 10th vintage of their flagship wine, Portfolio. Meet Cynthia & David Enns at A Decade of Portfolio; All About Syrah.

Ivica Kovačević, Winery Director, Stina
Ivica Kovačević represents the first Croatian winery to participate in the Festival: Stina, from the beautiful island of Brač in Dalmatia. In addition to his duties as Winery Director at Stina, Ivica is Chairman of Wines of Dalmatia and President of Wines of Croatia – Mosaic Wines. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Agriculture from the University of Zagreb. Meet Ivica Kovačević at Croatia Uncorked; Excitement in a Glass.

Brennon Leighton, Charles Smith Wines
Raised by artists and hippies in Santa Cruz, California, Brennon was born to rebel, but struggled to find an appropriate venue for his artistic impulses. After spending time in a punk rock band, he found his muse in winemaking. He worked as an assistant winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle and made waves as the winemaker at Efesté, before being lured away by Charles Smith to oversee his new Chardonnay project. Meet Brennon Leighton at All About Syrah; 25 Under $25.

Aurelio Montes, Founder/Export Manager, Montes
One of Chile’s most talented winemakers, Aurelio Montes is one of the fathers of Chile’s modern wine revolution. He began his career as a winemaker at Undurraga and San Pedro, but in 1987 he co-founded Montes with the aim of producing premium Chilean wines. He was named “Chilean Winemaker of the Year” in 1995 and “Personality of the Year 2002” by the National Agricultural Association. Montes was a pioneer in Apalta Valley, planting vineyards on hillsides, and was the first to plant Syrah in Colchagua. He is an Emeritus Member of the Chilean Wine Guild. Meet Aurelio Montes at Montes: 25 Years + Beyond; All About Syrah.

Joel Peterson, Founding Winemaker, Ravenswood
Affectionately known as the “Godfather of Zin”, Joel Peterson started out as a medical researcher who dabbled in winemaking. In 1976, however, he founded Ravenswood and made his first Zinfandel, becoming a winemaker who worked in a research lab on the side – at least until 1992 when Ravenswood hit the world stage. Joel is a current member and former president of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, is on the Board of Directors for the Sonoma County Vintners, and is a founding member of Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. Meet Joel Peterson at California Cruisin’; 25 Under $25.

Sergio Zingarelli, President/Proprietor, Rocca delle Macìe
Sergio Zingarelli joined the family winery in 1984, concentrating first on the Italian market before developing Rocca delle Macìe’s international distribution network. He became Managing Director of Rocca delle Macìe in 1989 and was named President in 2000. Since 1995, Sergio has been a member of the Executive Board of the Chianti Classico Consortium and was named President in 2012. Meet Sergio Zingarelli at Passione e Territorio; Dine Italia.

How to Purchase Tickets
Online: VanWineFest.ca
By phone: 604-873-3311, toll free 1-877-321-3121
In person: Box office: 305–456 West Broadway, Vancouver
Box office hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday to Friday

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canada’s premier wine show marks its 37th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 20 to March 1, 2015, featuring Australia as the theme country and Syrah+Shiraz as the global focus. The festival will showcase 170 wineries from 14 countries (including 55 wineries from Australia) pouring 1,750+ wines at 53 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Acura Tasting Room features all 170 participating wineries, pouring 770+ wines over six sessions, February 26-28. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Friday, February 20 at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Festival partner beVancouver.com offers a free International Festival Tasting ticket to festivalgoers who book a downtown hotel (while supplies last). Don’t Wine and Drive! The festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since 1979, the festival has raised $8.3 million for the performing arts. Major partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. For more information go to VanWineFest.ca.

Vancouver Wine Festival 2014 Trade Competition Award Winner

VIWF AwardsThe Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun, announced this year’s trade competition winners on Friday, February 28 at Celebrating Excellence: The 11th Annual Awards Lunch, featuring Rhône Valley Wines. Sponsored by ContainerWorld, the Celebrating Excellence program honours those professionals who contribute to our region’s exceptional wine and food culture. Guests enjoyed a meal prepared by Vancouver Convention Centre executive chef Blair Rasmussen and toasted winners with wines from France’s Rhône Valley.

SPIRITED INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL (SIP) AWARD
The Spirited Industry Professional Award honours an individual who makes significant contributions to the sales, service or promotion of wine in British Columbia. The eighth annual SIP Award goes to industry veteran Mark Davidson. Mark is education director for Wine Australia USA, and was the BC representative for the creation of a Canadian National Standard for Wine Service. In 1993, he co-founded the Vancouver Wine Academy (VWA) and has worked with the BC Wine Institute to create a Train the Trainee module for educating restaurant and wine industry staff. Mark placed third in the finals at the 1990 Sopexa Best French Wine & Spirits Sommelier and was the winner of the 2001 BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association Sommelier of the Year. The SIP Award is sponsored by the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The 15th annual Sommelier of the Year Award recognizes outstanding wine knowledge and wine service. The Sommelier of the Year is awarded based on votes by key members of the. This year’s award goes to sommelier Mike Bernardo of Vij’s Group. As the wine director at Vij’s and a contributor to Vancouver magazine, Mike’s expertise lies in the often challenging pairing of spicy, layered dishes with the perfect wines. Focusing on fresh, crisp white wines and medium-bodied, low-tannin reds, Mike also enjoys the challenge of combining bigger, bolder wines with Indian cuisine. Sommelier of the Year is sponsored by the Vancouver International Wine Festival.

WINE LIST AWARDS
Celebrating the best food and wine pairings in the business, restaurants throughout British Columbia and Alberta have been recognized for creating wine lists that complement their establishment’s unique menu and concept. Candidates submitted their wine and menu lists, and were then visited by judges who reviewed their programs. The judges are Michelle Bouffard, Tom Doughty, DJ Kearney, Iain Philip and Terry Threlfall. The top restaurants were awarded Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze, or commended with an Honourable Mention. The Wine List Awards are sponsored by Vancouver Magazine.

METRO VANCOUVER
Platinum

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca
Hawksworth Restaurant

Gold
Chambar Restaurant
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
La Pentola della Quercia
Tableau Bar Bistro
West
The Wine Room at Joey Bentall One
Zest Japanese Cuisine

Silver
Burdock & Co. – Best New Entry, Vancouver
Campagnolo Roma
CinCin
Edible Canada at the Market
Homer St. Cafe and Bar
Nicli Antica Pizzeria
Provence Marinaside & The Wine Bar
Salt Tasting Room
YEW

Bronze
Forage
Lift Bar Grill View
The Observatory
PiDGiN

Honourable Mention
The Fish House in Stanley Park
Fraîche
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Tap Restaurant
Tap & Barrel Coal Harbour
Tramonto at River Rock Casino Resort
Via Tevere Pizzeria

WHISTLER
Gold
Alta Bistro
Araxi Restaurant + Bar

Silver
Rimrock Cafe

VICTORIA AND SUNSHINE COAST
Gold

The Restaurant at Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina (Madeira Park)

Silver
Little Jumbo – Best New Entry, Victoria
The Pacific Restaurant & Terrace at the Hotel Grand Pacific
Stage Wine Bar

Honourable Mention
Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio at the Inn at Laurel Point

BC INTERIOR
Gold

Emerald Lake Lodge (Field)

Silver
La Bussola Restaurant (Kelowna)

Honourable Mention
Watermark Wine Bar & Patio (Osoyoos)

EDMONTON
Silver
Wildflower Grill

CALGARY AND THE ROCKIES
Platinum

Cilantro
Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro

Gold
Deer Lodge
River Café
Vin Room Mission
Vin Room West

Silver
Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Honourable Mention
Bar C
CHARCUT

BLIND TASTING CHALLENGE
On Wednesday February 26, 2014, wine trade and service professionals, culinarians, and non-professional connoisseurs alike competed in the Blind Tasting Challenge. They blind tasted seven wines and identified them using the Wine and Spirit Education Trust’s Systematic Approach to Tasting. This year the Blind Tasting Challenge winners were Brian Glaum (consumer) David Winzer (culinarian) and Angela Wall (trade).

The Vancouver International Wine Festival’s Celebrating Excellence Program is sponsored by ContainerWorld, Puddifoot, Vancouver Magazine, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, Mark Anthony Brands, and The Vancouver Sun’s Salut. Trade Days Conference corporate sponsors include BC Business, ITS Consulting Inc. and JF Hillebrand. The festival’s industry supporters are BC Liquor Stores and Import Vintners & Spirits Association.

 

ABOUT VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL, PRESENTED BY THE VANCOUVER SUN
Canada’s premier wine show marks its 36th anniversary of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 24 to March 2, 2014. It features 178 wineries from 14 countries pouring 1,750+ wines at 54 events to a projected 23,000 attendees. The Acura International Festival Tasting Room is the heart of the festival, with 780+ wines on offer to the public and 168 more wines for trade only. More than 800 additional wines are served at special events, which included the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction on Saturday, February 22, plus wine seminars, minglers, dinners, lunches and wine & food pairings at fine restaurants and hotels. This year the festival shines the spotlight on France, and the global focus is on Bubbly. Festival partner beVancouver.com offered a free International Festival Tasting ticket to festivalgoers who booked one night in a downtown hotel, or two free tickets if two+ nights were booked (now sold out). Don’t Wine and Drive! The Vancouver International Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $8.1 million for the performing arts. The presenting sponsor is The Vancouver Sun.

For more information about the Vancouver International Wine Festival go to vanwinefest.ca

Life Of Pie Aussie Wine Tasting

life of pieSaturday, March 01
130 West 4th Avenue
12:00-2:00pm
$69 Buy Tickets

This traditional Aussie lunch has forsaken the barbie and embraced the oven. Take your taste buds on a trip Down Under with Australia’s favourite exports: wine and pie! Sample the delights of a national food staple, the hearty meat pie (and vegetarian too!) from none other than Vancouver’s legendary Aussie Pie Guy. Pair your pies with 24 of Australia’s top drops. Expect a healthy dose of Aussie humour from wine personalities while they keep your glass full.

    
Featured wines:

Chapel Hill
Parsons Nose Shiraz 2011
McLaren Vale Bush Vine Grenache 2010

Evans & Tate
Metricup Road Shiraz 2010
Metricup Road Chardonnay 2012

Hardys
William Hardy Regional Series Barossa Valley 2012
Stamp of Australia Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir

Inland Trading Co.
Rolf Binder Hales Shiraz 2010
Hedonist Shiraz 2010

Majella Wines
“Melody” 2012
Sparkling Shiraz 2007

McGuigan Wines 
Bin 2000 Shiraz 2012
Bin 7000 Chardonnay 2013

Peter Lehmann Wines
Clancy’s Legendary Red 2011
Clancy’s Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Teusner Wines 
The Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012
The Riebke Shiraz 2012

Wineinc Wines 
Wine Men of Gotham Shiraz 2012
Wine Ladies of Gotham Moscato 2012

Wolf Blass
Gold Label Shiraz 2010
Gold Label Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2008

Yalumba
Y Series Viognier 2013
Bush Vine Grenache 2012

Yellowglen
Perle 2008
Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2010

Vancouver International Wine Festival Tastings

vancouver international festival

We are counting down to the winefest and will be posting the few events that aren’t sell out, BUT WILL! Book now or miss out on the best sipping event of the year! The main tasting room is the place to be as long as you plan accordingly and don’t loose your cool you’ll get to meet some excellent wine celebrities and try fabulous wines that have never set foot in the city before.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Day tastings still open. Saturday night SOLD OUT! GLV

International Festival Tastings
Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
Thursday, February 27 & Friday, February 28
7-10 p.m.
$89

Saturday night is sold out, but there are still tickets available for the Thursday and Friday evening International Festival Tastings.This is where the wine world gathers. The Acura Tasting Room is the heart of VanWineFest, where you’ll find 780+ wines offered by the 177 participating wineries from 14 countries.

Attendance is guaranteed to be 30% lower on Thursday, so if you’re serious about your wine tasting experience and want more room and time to interact with vine stars from around the world, this is the tasting for you. Traditionally, Friday evening has attracted the after-work crowd; grab a bite to eat downtown and the head to the Acura Tasting Room to kick-off the weekend in style!

International Festival Tasting
Vancouver Convention Centre West
1055 Canada Place
Saturday, March 1
3-5 p.m.
$68

*New Afternoon Tasting*

Want a great view with your wine? The inaugural afternoon tasting features all 780+ wines from 177 wineries and 14 countries (including, of course, 200+ wines from 52 wineries in the France Bon Appétit section) that are poured during the regular evening session. Attendance is guaranteed to be 30% lower, and you get the added bonus of the stunning daytime backdrop of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. This two-hour tasting (the low price re­flects the shorter session) is the perfect introduction to the Acura Tasting Room – or a great way to taste those wines you miss on Thursday or Friday nights.

For a FREE ticket (or two), book a downtown hotel via beVancouver.com. Don’t Wine and Drive!

Read more about it all in the Vancouver Sun.

http://www.vanwinefest.ca/sites/playhousewinefest2/files/VIWF_VanSun_Feb15.pdf