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Garagiste North Wine Festival

Garagiste North Wine Festival Announces 2017 Tour Dates: Vancouver/ Parksville/ Penticton

If you’ve ever felt that you don’t get to try the smaller wine producers from around BC, this is the chance for you to sample these hard to find wines. Founders of the Garagiste North Wine Festival, Jennifer Schell and Terry Meyer-Stone, started this unique gathering to celebrate the artisan winemakers that are often too small to join the big festivals. The inaugural festival in 2014 held in Okanagan Falls captured the hearts of the wine-loving crowd who were delighted to taste these exclusive wines and have the opportunity to talk directly to the winemaker. The Garagiste Guild Members together make for one heck of a wine party!

GARAGISTE – (gar-ah-jeest) noun, Fr. : The garagiste originally refers to a group of winemakers in the Bordeaux region of France, producing “vins de garage” or “garage wine”. They were renegade small-lot winemakers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow industry laws and protocol. synonyms: Rebels, pioneers, renegades, individualists, mavericks, driven by passion.

Garagiste North

DATES for this year

VANCOUVER: Saturday April 22nd 4-6:30 pm
Art Works Gallery – 225 Smithe Street
Wine tasting+ live music + Tacofino taco truck + Marquis Wine Cellars pop up shop selling Garagiste wines on site = coolest wine festival ever!
$49 –CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
TRADE invited from 2-3:30pm pm click to RSVP HERE
(*2 guests per organization please)

PARKSVILLE: Saturday, July 29th 4-6:30 pm
Parksville Museum – 1245 East Island Hwy+ pop up wine shop selling Garagiste wines on site= coolest wine festival ever!
Wine tasting+live music+yummy food
$49 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Trade/Media please contact for complimentary pass

PENTICTON: Sunday, August 27th 3-5:30 pm
Canadian Tire Garden Centre – 960 Railway Street
Wine tasting+live music+yummy food+Fairview Liquor Store pop up shop selling Garagiste wines on site = coolest wine festival ever!
$49 – CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS
Trade/Media please contact for complimentary pass

Partial proceeds from the Festivals will benefit our Garagiste North Wine Study Scholarship at Okanagan College, helping people in our community get involved in this industry! 

For more information please contact co-founder/co-organizer: Jennifer Schell 250-469-4549 or email garagistenorth@gmail.com

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.

Playhouse Wine Festival Tickets on sale

Tickets to the wildly popular Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival go on sale January 10th, 2012. Marking its 34th year with the Theme Region Wines of Chile and a Global Focus on Cabernet(s), the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival runs from February 27th to March 4th, 2012.

A fundraiser for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and arguably one of the most important wine events in North America, this year’s event will bring 180 participating wineries from 15 countries. Expected to entertain some 25,000 oeno-enthusiasts at 64 events, the Festival will offer seven days of tastings, seminars, and wine focused minglers hosted at the Vancouver Convention Centre West and top Vancouver restaurants, hotels and venues.

Beginning at 9:30AM on January 10th, 2012, tickets to the Playhouse Wine Festival can be purchased online at PlayhouseWinefest.com or by phoning the Playhouse Box Office at 604-873-3311 or toll free at 1-877-321-3121.

The full Festival brochure can be viewed online at http://playhousewinefest.com/page376.htm.

Follow Playhouse Wine Fest on Twitter for up to the minute information on remaining tickets and sold out events: http://twitter.com/PlayhouseWine.

THEME REGION: WINES OF CHILE

Wines of Chile take centre stage as the Theme Region at the 2012 Playhouse Wine Festival.  Surrounded by sea and mountains, Chile offers an incredible diversity of terroir and a broad range of grape varieties. From crisp Sauvignon Blanc to lush Chardonnay, zippy Riesling or fragrant Viognier, juicy Merlot or classic Cabernet, festival goers will have the opportunity to sample these and many more from the 14 valleys that are home to Chile’s incredibly diverse wineries.

A TASTE OF THIS YEAR’S CHILEAN WINE EVENTS

Taste Chile – Tuesday, February 28th

Kick off the festival with a casual, fun wine and food grazing at the iconic Waldorf Hotel. Let the venue take you back to 1947 while the wines bring you up to speed on what this exciting region has to offer. Chilean styled canapés created by Executive Chef Cesar de la Parra will pair wonderfully with the exceptional Chilean wines, while the beats of resident DJ El Garzita help set the mood.

West Coast Montes – Wednesday, February 29th

Chile’s iconic Montes Winery and Vancouver’s acclaimed West Restaurant unite to present this exclusive evening offering the best that each region has to offer. Esteemed Chairman and Winemaker Aurelio Montes will offer insight and commentary about their premium Chilean wines paired with the impeccable cuisine of West Executive Chef Quang Dang.

The Next Star Grape: Syrah – Friday, March 2nd

What will be the next big thing in wine? With its diversity of climates, Chile is able to produce some fantastic examples of Syrah from big, lusty, juicy delights from warmer climates to cooler climates where the wines turn sublimely spicy and complex. Rhys Pender MW and DJ Kearney will lead participants on a journey through some stunning examples of Chilean Syrah – will it be Chile’s next star?

K.I.S.S. – Sunday, March 4th

Three courses. Three wineries. Nine wines. For one price you get two tickets to this wine and food pairing cooking class hosted by Caliterra, Emiliana and San Pedro. Chef Instructor David Robertson of the Dirty Apron Cooking School, along with Chambar’s resident wine expert Robert Stelmachuk, will guide you through the basics of creating a simple meal while giving the low down on wine and food pairing.

GLOBAL FOCUS: CABERNET(S)

Cabernet Sauvignon is often called the King of Wine. When someone refers to “Cabernet,” they are almost certainly talking about the big daddy of this year’s Global Focus. Cabernet’s distinct character and class is unique in the wine world. At the highest level of quality, Cabernet Sauvignon is the primary varietal in the world’s most sought-after wines, demanding some of the world’s highest prices. Cabernet Franc, or Cab-Franc, is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux-style wines, but can also be vinified alone. As a single varietal, it usually benefits from small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and can be as intense and full-bodied as either of those wines.

Think of it as Cabernet’s hip cousin.

A TASTE OF THIS YEAR’S CABERNET(S) EVENTS

Caymus Vertical Tasting –Wednesday, February 29th

This is a unique opportunity to experience a rare vertical tasting of wines from the Napa Valley’s Caymus Vineyards. Chuck Wagner, Owner and Winemaker, will conduct this tasting, which will cover seven vintages of the winery’s iconic Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. Special Selection is the only wine to have twice been named Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year.”

Kings of Cabernet Sauvignon – Thursday, March 1st

While Cabernet Sauvignon’s identifiable characteristics are found in all its wines, each region adds its own signature to the intrinsic black currant aromas and rich tannins of the variety. Join Master of Wine Barbara Philip and a panel of leading experts for a comparative tasting of top notch Cabernets from around the world.

Speaking Frankly About Franc – Saturday, March 3rd

Rarely seen on its own, Cabernet Franc tends to be more at ease partnered with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Join house wine co-owners Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris as they reveal the true character of our unsung hero. You’ll meet Cab Franc in its unadulterated expression from the Loire Valley, Washington, Argentina, California and BC, and discover why it is so important in blends in Bordeaux, Chile, Italy and beyond.

ABOUT THE PLAYHOUSE WINE FESTIVAL

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, will run from February 27th to March 4th, 2012. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2012, the Theme Region will be Chile and the Global Focus, Cabernet(s). The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Playhouse Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver Playhouse 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 Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7.5 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 229 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

VINESTARS OF WINE CELEBRATE 33 YEARS AT PLAYHOUSE WINE FESTIVAL

Meet the industry’s top international trendsetters and principal vintners

To mark its 33rd year the 2011 Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will welcome some of the most progressive winemakers and winery leaders in the world. From pouring at the International Festival Tasting to hosting events, these vin-pioneers are set to satisfy curious neophytes and seasoned oenophiles with personal, one-on-one meet and greets. Appearances from the following wine world celebrities are just a few reasons to partake in the weeklong festivities.

DIVA(S) AT THE MET

What’s it like to be a woman in the grape trade? Vancouver-based sommelier and Playhouse Wine Festival host Daenna Van Mulligen (alias WineDiva), who has a decade-long list of wine tasting critiques in her purse, will be introducing an international group of female winemakers, proprietors and industry headmistresses at Diva(s) at the Met. Speakers include Ann Sperling, of British Columbia’s 86-year-old Sperling Vineyards; Mary Ann Yewen, Director of Freixenet, one of the top selling sparkling wines on the planet; and Mariola Varona, the North American Export Director of the multi-award-winning Bodegas Martín Códax, specializing in the Albariño grape. Among other dignitaries, these wine queens will dish on the coveted wines they represent, as well as the stories behind their successes as principal businesswomen in a traditionally male dominated industry.

With direction from the biggest wine diva of them all, attendees will also enjoy a selection of small bites prepared by Diva at the Met’s Executive Chef Quang Dang. Join this inspirational group of women on Tuesday, March 29th at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, 645 Howe Street, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.

THE LEGACY OF A SPANISH VISIONARY: MIGUEL TORRES

When it comes to describing Spanish wine icon Miguel A. Torres, “legendary” is an understatement. Arguably one of the most important families in the history of Spanish wine, Legacy of a Visionary is the pièce de résistance of Festival week. Miguel is the fourth generation of Torres to preside over the acclaimed and centuries-old Miguel Torres Winery, a published author several times over, Decanter magazine’s 2002 Man of the Year and Wine International magazine’s 2005 Personality of the Year.

Moderator Anthony Gismondi will be discussing Miguel’s influence and the Penedès region winery, while guests are guided through a rare and diverse selection of wines from the Torres wineries in Spain, Chile and California.

One of the most anticipated events of the Festival, Legacy of a Visionary will held on Thursday, March 31st at VCC East, meeting room 8, 999 Canada Place Way, from 5:00 – 6:45 pm.

GOOD GRACIOUS GRENACHE!

Join house wine’s Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris as they explore the grandeur and the many guises of Grenache. This lesser known, but surprisingly common grape, was baptized as “Garnacha” by the Spaniards and has ties to cheerful rosés, fuller-bodied reds (think: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Priorato and Rioja), and lusciously sweet elixirs. Prepare to taste some of its finest expressions hailing from Spain, France, California and Australia. Good Gracious Grenache! will be held on Saturday, April 2nd, at VCC East, meeting room 1, 999 Canada Place Way, from 3:00 – 4:45 pm.

MEET YOUR MATCH

Finding the perfect wine is like finding the perfect partner, it takes the right introduction at the right time. Oeno-enthusiasts are promised that proverbial “spark” at this year’s much anticipated, Meet Your Match event. Chaperoned by master wine matchmaker and acclaimed wine writer, Anthony Gismondi, sippers will be invited to get up close and personal with the vinestars of the wine biz. These fascinating international winery principals are set to lead tasters first-hand through the intimate secrets of some of the world’s most outstanding wines and wineries. Presented in a format that allows small groups direct and personal interaction with Festival celebrities, each group will have about 6 minutes to taste the producer’s wine, hear their story and ask questions.

Included in the VIP list is proprietor Telmo Rodriguez, one of Spain’s most celebrated and animated winemakers. Telmo sought out forgotten vineyards for the purpose of recovery and cultivation of abandoned indigenous vines to rave reviews, consistently scoring 90+ points. Alvaro Palacios, widely considered to be propelling Spanish wine into the modern era, acquired his first vineyard, Finca Dofí, in 1990, and will be pouring cellared wines for Meet Your Match guests.

Known for his outstanding Syrahs and Cabernets, South African winemaker Marc Kent of Boekenhoutskloof will be returning to the Festival with his much lauded The Journeyman Franschhoek 2005. David Guimaraens, a sixth generation to Portugal’s Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca, is considered something of a winemaking genius at the international table. In December 2010, David released one of the world’s oldest ports, SCION, to a limited group of collectors and connoisseurs, which at 155 years old, may be one of the only wines to have survived the pre-Phylloxera era.

If these wine experts haven’t already satiated your taste buds, the event will also see Stefano Leone, International Export Director of Antinori; Louis Moreau, owner and winemaker of France’s Domaine Louis Moreau; British Colombia’s own Anthony von Mandl of Mission Hill Family Estate; Cristiano Van Zeller of Portugal’s Quinta do Vale Dona Maria; Californian winemaker Rick Sayre of Rodney Strong; Rupert Symington, Joint Managing Director of Symington Graham’s Port; and David Paterson of BC’s Tantalus Vineyards. Meet Your Match is scheduled on Saturday, April 2nd at VCC East, meeting room 8, 999 Canada Place Way, from 5:00 – 6:45 pm.

ABOUT THE PLAYHOUSE WINE FESTIVAL

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, runs from March 28th to April 3rd, 2011. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2011, the theme region will be Spain and the global focus, Fortified Wine. The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Playhouse Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver Playhouse 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 Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7.2 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 223 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

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

Playhouse Wine Festival Advance Tickets

ADVANCE TICKETS FOR NORTH AMERICA’S LEADING WINE FESTIVAL ON SALE NOVEMBER 30TH

Take advantage of reduced prices for IFT, Gold Pass and the Celebrate Spain Pack

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will release 1000 advance tickets to the 2011 Festival. The tickets will offer wine-savvy consumers an opportunity to purchase discounted Festival packages and International Festival Tasting tickets in advance of the official ticket release date, scheduled for January 25th, 2011.

Wines from Spain will take centre stage as the Theme Region at the 2011 Festival.  As the country with the world’s largest area of vine cultivation, Spain has emerged internationally as a producer of an extraordinary range of wines with quality and character. Coming off a FIFA World Cup win there’s no doubt that this is one country that is at the top of its game right now both in the vineyard, and on the field. 

Of the 1000 advance tickets that will be released, 30 will be Gold Passes and 30 Celebrate Spain Packs, with the balance to the International Festival Tasting Room. This year’s Festival is expected to entertain and educate 25,000 thirsty wine enthusiasts.

AVAILABLE ADVANCE TICKETS:
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TASTING

Housed in the Vancouver Convention Centre East, this year’s International Festival Tasting will feature 702 wines from 176 producers spanning 14 countries. Centre stage will be the remarkable winemakers from the 2011 theme region of Spain and this year’s global focus, Fortified Wine. This year’s International Festival Tasting will be organized by country, allowing oenophiles easy access to wines of the world.

Advance ticket price $85

Regular ticket price    $95
HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE 2011 IFT include a Sherry Caseta where visitors will enjoy the sound of Spanish guitar as they explore the unique characteristics and diversity of extraordinary wines from the Sherry Triangle in Southern Spain. The Fortified Wine Tasting Station will engage with connoisseurs and the curious thanks to samplings of various Sherries, Ports, Madeiras and other Fortifieds from around the world, poured by experts from the International Sommelier Guild who will demonstrate why people should not be mortified about fortified. And the Regional Tasting Stations will take visitors through a series of expert-assisted wine flights highlighting the unique regional terroirs of Alsace, Austria, Argentina, British Columbia and New Zealand.

GOLD PASS

Enjoy VIP treatment with the Festival Gold Pass, which offers incredible access to the Festival. This pass includes three evenings in the International Festival Tasting Room (with priority access), two afternoons at the Trade Tasting sessions where you’ll rub elbows with Vancouver’s top sommeliers and restaurant owners, admission to the exclusive Curtain Raiser VIP reception and weekend entry to the exclusive Gold Pass Tasting Lounge.

Advance ticket price $395

Regular ticket price    $425

CELEBRATE SPAIN PACK
Spain: Everything Under the Sun

Experience the spectrum of wines that have poised Spain as a global leader within the wine world. Housed in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s enclosed rooftop pavilion overlooking Vancouver’s bustling downtown core, this event will play host to a myriad of Spanish winemakers with a diverse selection of wines alongside Mediterranean-inspired tapas.

España: Savour the Flavours

Explore the unique culture of Spain with an afternoon of live music, Spanish bites and wines from more than thirty Spanish wineries. Overlooking beautiful Coal Harbour, this event will have guests rubbing elbows with Spanish winemakers while enjoying the warm hospitality the country is known for.

International Festival Tasting

Also included in the price of the Celebrate Spain Pack is an evening session in either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday International Festival Tasting.

Advance ticket price $225

Regular ticket price    $255

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will open on Monday, March 28th, 2011 and will feature 176 wineries participating in 63 events to a projected 25,000 attendees. Advance tickets to the Festival will be on sale November 30. For more information visit www.playhousewinefest.com.

About the Playhouse Wine Festival

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, runs from March 28th to April 3rd, 2011. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2011, the theme region will be Spain and the global focus Fortified Wine. The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and 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 public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and Festival partners; and raise funds for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company. Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7.2 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 223 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

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

Spain Theme Region for The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 2011

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is pleased to formally announce the theme region and global focus for 2011. “We’re very excited to welcome Spain as next year’s theme region,” says Festival Executive Director Harry Hertscheg. “Not only does Spain offer a wealth of exciting varietals from storied wine regions, the country also produces the world’s only Cava and Sherry, all of which will be featured in 2011.”  In addition to the theme region announcement, Hertscheg has also confirmed that next year’s global focus will be Fortified Wine, which promises to make the 2011 Festival an exciting opportunity for wine lovers to better appreciate the role of Sherry, Montilla, Port, Madeira and Marsala at the table.  The 2011 edition of the Playhouse International Wine Festival will take place from March 28th to April 3rd at the Vancouver Convention Centre East and at top restaurants throughout the city.

The theme region announcement comes on the heels of a very successful Festival. Ninety-seven percent of all tickets were sold, generating a record total of $1,057,929 in box office revenue. The Bacchanalia Gala, which is the centrepiece of Festival week, raised an impressive $323,691 for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company through its live and silent auctions, sponsorships, and exciting raffle trips to Argentina and New Zealand. On the International Festival Tasting room floor, guests were given the chance to mix and mingle with winery principals from the world over including actor and winery owner Sam Neill, who poured wine for visitors and happily took photographs with fans. Surprisingly, the Thursday night International Festival Tasting did not sell out (57 tickets remaining), something for guests to keep in mind for next year (along with the fact that Thursday’s IFT capacity is guaranteed to be less, meaning fewer line-ups and more chances to interact with winery principals). Meanwhile at various restaurant and special event venues throughout the city, oenophiles and neophytes had a chance to sip, learn and mingle at 63 separate events, 50 of which were completely sold out.

“We are delighted that Spain has been selected to host the 33rd edition of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival and we are proud to support the foundation of what is recognized internationally as one of the premier wine events of its kind in the world” said Pilar Randolph Riera, Director of Wines from Spain in Canada. “Since Spain was last a thematic region 10 years ago at this Wine Festival, there have been fundamental changes in all areas of our wine culture. With seemingly no end to the accolades from writers, professionals and consumers around the world, who have been giving high praise to the quality, value and versatility of Wines from Spain,” she added, “we are excited that Canadians will be given the opportunity to discover for themselves what all the buzz is about.”

For 2011, guests can look forward to tasting the full range of Wines from Spain, from elegant and vibrant still wines to sparkling Cavas to the unique Fortified Wines from Andalucia including Fino, Manzanilla, Amontillado, Palo Cortado and Oloroso. Many of Spain’s wine producing regions and 70 ‘Denominaciones de Origen’ will be represented by wines made from indigenous varietals such as Albariño, Cariñena, Garnacha, Godello, Macabeo, Mencía, Monastrell, Palomino, Pedro Ximénez , Tempranillo, Verdejo and Viura and also some international grapes such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. All of this will be complemented by events that will highlight not only the Wines from Spain but also its delicious food, diverse culture and rich history.

About the Playhouse Wine Festival

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, will run from 28th March to 3 April 2011. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. The theme region for 2011 will be Spain with the global focus of fortified wine. 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 $7.8 million to enable Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 223 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

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

Playhouse Wine Festival Events

Not sold out!!!

Date Event Name Type of Event Region
(Country)
Tue, Apr 20
6:30 – 9:30 pm
South Africa Treasure, North Shore Gem Wine and Food Pairing South Africa
Wed, Apr 21
5:45 – 11:00pm
Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction Fundraiser International
Thu, Apr 22
5:00 – 6:45pm
Global Winemaking with Paul Hobbs Wine Seminar International
Thu, Apr 22
5:00 – 6:45 pm
Rosé-Rama! Wine Seminar International
Thu, Apr 22
7:00 – 10:00 pm
International Festival Tasting Wine Tasting International
Fri, Apr 23
5:00 – 6:45 pm
Cool, Single and Sustainable Wine Seminar Australia
Fri, Apr 23
5:00 – 6:45 pm
Going for Gold Wine Seminar Argentina
Fri, Apr 23
5:00 – 6:45 pm
The Roots of Zinfandel Wine Seminar International
Sat, Apr 24
3:00 – 4:45 pm
The Wolf and the Dragon Wine and Food Pairing Seminar Australia
Sat, Apr 24
5:00 – 6:45 pm
Meet Your Match Wine Seminar International
Sat, Apr 24
5:30 – 9:00pm
Gold Pass Tasting Lounge Wine Tasting International

2010 Playhouse Internation Wine Festival

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival will mark its 32nd year with a celebration of the wines of Argentina and New Zealand and a global focus on rosé wine. The festival, which runs from April 19 to 25, 2010, will bring a record 197 participating wineries to the new Vancouver Convention Centre. Top Vancouver restaurants and hotels will participate in hosting seven days of tastings, seminars, and wine-focused events in the city. More than 1,700 wines will be poured to a projected 25,000 attendees. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. A full list of participating wineries is now available on the Playhouse Wine Festival website.
www.playhousewinefest.com