Love Aussie Wines? Tickets on Sale for Vancouver International Wine Fest

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

If you’re a fan of wine from the “land down under,” this might be right up your alley, mate.

Tickets for the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 20-March 1, are officially on sale now. And the 37th instalment of the festival – one of the biggest on the continent – is putting Australia’s incredible wines in the spotlight.

The eight-day wine fest comprises more than 50 separate wine-themed events and features a total of 1,750 different wines from around the world. Oenophiles can sniff and swirl at gala tastings, learn more about wines at in-depth seminars or enjoy special wine-paired dinners (and even lunches and brunches) at top restaurants around the city. In total, 25,000 wine lovers are expected to attend.

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

And Australian wine enthusiasts are in for a special treat.  Australia is the “theme country” for this year’s festival. This means some 55 Australian wineries from 20 distinct regions will be pouring at various events.  In total, more than 220 different Australian wines will be on offer.

At the same time, the “global focus” for the festival is Syrah, a varietal that Australia just so happens to do exceptionally well.  The full-bodied red – known for its pronounced notes of spice and fruit – will be showcased throughout the festival, and Syrah-ophiles will have the chance to taste hundreds of different varieties.

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo from Vancouver International Wine Festival

Of course, if you’re looking to sip and savour a bit of everything, the best place to raise a glass is the International Festival Tasting Room in the Vancouver Convention Centre, Feb. 26-Feb. 28 ($68-$89).  This mega wine tasting in the cavernous ballroom features all 170 participating wineries pouring more than 750 different wines.  The two- to three-hour event is a lively affair, to say the least, with thousands of tipplers making the rounds in a festive atmosphere. While there are small nibbles on hand, it’s a very good idea to eat before attending … as guests in past years have no doubt discovered the hard way.

Full event descriptions and ticket information is available on the Vancouver Wine Festival website.

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