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Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

A mid-afternoon wine tasting: Now there’s an idea whose time has come.

Advance tickets for the Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 24-March 2, are now on sale, and the 36th annual instalment is offering up some intriguing new twists.

Each year, the festival draws more than 20,000 wine lovers to Vancouver for a solid week of gala wine tastings, wine-paired dinners, seminars, lunches and even boozy brunches. This year’s fest will feature no fewer than 178 wineries from 14 countries, pouring 1,750 different wines at 54 events.

Of course, the highlight as always is the International Festival Tasting Room, Feb. 27-March 1.  All 178 wineries pile into the Vancouver Convention Centre for the mother of all wine tastings.   Continue reading:
Afternoon Wine Tasting with 780 Wines Coming to Vancouver: Wine Fest Preview

Week-long Wine Festival Coming to Vancouver, Feb 25-March 3

Photo credit: Dave Niddrie, courtesy of Vancouver International Wine Festival

Photo credit: Dave Niddrie, courtesy of Vancouver International Wine Festival

One of the biggest wine festivals in North America is coming to Vancouver.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival is set to bring 176 wineries from 15 countries to the city from Feb. 25-March 3. Some 25,000 wine lovers are expected to turn out for a full week of wine tastings, dinners, seminars and casual minglers at the Vancouver Convention Centre, as well as restaurants and hotels around the city.

The undisputed highlight of the wine fest, of course, is the one and only International Festival Testing.

For serious oenophiles and casual sippers alike, the massive tasting in the Vancouver Convention Centre – featuring 767 different wines from all over the world – is a must-attend gala. Continue reading:
Week-long Wine Festival Coming to Vancouver, Feb 25-March 3

Top 5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2013 Vancouver Wine Fest

Photo by Dave Niddrie, courtesy of Vancouver International Wine Festival

Tickets have just gone on sale for the 35th Vancouver International Wine Fest.  For a full week (Feb. 25-March 3), the city will be awash in wine tastings and wine-paired dinners, lunches and brunches.  The focus this year is on those delicious California wines from south of the border, with a special highlight on everyone’s favourite white wine, Chardonnay.

The Wine Fest is jam-packed with 55 different events that draw some 25,000 attendees.  The most popular events tend to sell out fast, scooped up by Vancouver’s resident oenophiles.  While tickets are still available, here’s a quick look at 5 can’t-miss events this year.

International Festival TastingsThe uncontested highlights of the festival, these gala tastings featuring 176 wineries from 15 different countries are held in the waterfront Vancouver Convention Centre.  Thousands of guests pack the enormous ballrooms to sip and savour some 767 different wines, in an atmosphere that feels more like one big party than an ordinary wine tasting.  Vancouver Convention Centre.  Feb. 21, March 1, March 2; 7 p.m-10 p.m. $95 Continue reading:
Top 5 Can’t-Miss Events at the 2013 Vancouver Wine Fest

Thirsty? Vancouver International Wine Fest 2013 Preview

Photo courtesy of Vancouver International Wine Festival. Photos by Dave Niddrie – www.davidniddrie.com.

Chardonnay lovers, raise your glasses.

The lineup for the 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival, Feb. 25-March 3, has been announced, and this year’s focus is everyone’s favourite crisp, refreshing white wine, Chardonnay.  The 35th instalment of the annual wine fest (one of the world’s biggest) will feature 180 wineries from 15 countries, with a special focus on California, the theme region.  All told, an astounding 1,701 different wines will be poured over the course of seven days.

The festival features more than 60 events, from lavish wine-paired dinners, lunches and brunches at top Vancouver restaurants to wine seminars where you can brush up on your oenology (that’s the study and science of wine) and a gala auction in the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver featuring some of the world’s rarest and most coveted vintage bottles.

But the unquestioned highlight is the International Festival Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre (Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2).   Continue reading:
Thirsty? Vancouver International Wine Fest 2013 Preview