For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

Photo credit: alexbrn | Flickr

It’s Vancouver’s dirty little secret: Wine in restaurants can be just a wee bit on the pricy side.

But oenophiles in Vancouver have their own secret weapon: BYOB.  For the last two years, wine drinkers have been able to bring their own bottles to select area restaurants and pay a special “corkage” fee for the right to drink it on premises.

Before you head to your next dinner reservation with your favourite vintage, however, keep in mind that these corkage fees also tend to be rather high, generally in the $20-$30 range.  In other words, in many cases it costs as much to bring your own bottle as to buy one off the restaurant’s wine list.

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For Budget Wine Drinkers: Top 5 Cheap Corkage Deals in Vancouver

2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival wraps up this weekend!

2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival Acura Tasting Room. Photo: Shawn Conner.

2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival Acura Tasting Room. Photo: Shawn Conner.

If you’ve had a chance to enjoy one of the many special events or the International Tasting Room in the last week, then you’re among the lucky thousands who bought tickets in time. Just about all the tastings and dinners that are left this weekend, the last two days of the festival, are sold out; however, there are tickets left for one event – the Acura Tasting Room session this afternoon (March 1).

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2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival wraps up this weekend!

Drink Up! Giant Wine Fest Coming to Vancouver, Feb 24-March 2

Photo credit: Al404 | Flickr

Photo credit: Al404 | Flickr

For wine drinkers, it’s the event of the season.

The Vancouver International Wine Festival rolls into town Feb. 24-March 2, bringing 178 wineries from 14 countries.  Over the course of the weeklong festival, 54 separate events are held at venues around the city.  And, in case you’re curious, a total of 1,750 different wines will be poured.

The theme country for this year’s festival is France, which means that an enormous variety of French wines will be flowing. In total, 52 French wineries are represented, from regions as diverse as Alsace, Bordeaux, Rhone and Champagne.

On the subject of Champagne, the “global focus” for the festival this time around is bubbly.  Sparkling wine fans will find plenty of Champagne, as well as Cavas, Proseccos and other sparklers from around the world.

So how do you get in on the fun? Bad news first: The overwhelming majority of the wine fest’s 54 events are already sold out.  But there are tickets remaining for a handful of events, including some of the festival’s highlights.  At the time of writing, here’s what’s still available: Continue reading:
Drink Up! Giant Wine Fest Coming to Vancouver, Feb 24-March 2

Dine Out Vancouver Festival Presents The Grape Debate, Jan. 31 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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All bets are off in this head to head debate on a key issue facing the British Columbia wine industry. All is resolved with the wine tasting that follows!

The Motion: Is wine made in the vineyard or in the winery?

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Dine Out Vancouver Festival Presents The Grape Debate, Jan. 31 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Dine Out – With Friends!

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

Delectable morsels of delight featured at Hawskworth, one of the over 200 participating Dine Out Vancouver 2014 restaurants. Photo: Shawn Conner.

It’s Dine Out Vancouver time again. Now in its 12th year, the festival has become one of the city’s premiere culinary events, and for 2014 features over 260 participating restaurants. Besides prix fixe menus at many of the city’s top eateries, Dine Out is also featuring dozens of special food-related events.

To help build excitement for the festival (Jan. 17-Feb. 2), Tourism Vancouver corraled a number of journalists, photographers and bloggers into sampling food and drink from some of this year’s 200+ participants. (Restaurants began taking reservations yesterday, Jan. 7, so if you have been thinking of going, hurry!)

On the evening in question, the assorted media types, including yours truly, gathered together at Tourism Vancouver HQ before dividing up into eight differently themed groups to be whisked away to various destinations. My group’s theme was Dine Out With Friends, and our destinations were… well, read on.

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Dine Out – With Friends!

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