Arts Club Theatre’s California Wine Fair returns to Vancouver for 2015

California Wine Fair | Photo credit: Mark Halliday

California Wine Fair | Photo credit: Mark Halliday

The Arts Club Theatre Company’s popular California Wine Fair is back this month, with the largest tasting of its kind in Vancouver.

The April 21 to 27 wine fair is an annual fundraiser for the local theatre company, which stages productions like Fairwell, My Lovely. Proceeds support emerging artists and help with the creation of new works.

The fair is an opportunity to sample some of the best wines from the Golden State at two different events: a pair of winemakers dinners and a blowout ballroom tasting.

The first California Wine Dinner, which takes place on April 21, sold out in a flash–but a second dinner has been added. It takes place on April 22 at Siena Restaurant, which is a hop-skip from the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood.

Siena Restaurant photo

Siena Restaurant photo

Siena executive chef Jessica Howery designed the menu for the April 22 dinner, which starts at 6:30 p.m.. The four courses include langoustine thermidor, veal Wellington, cherry-smoked brisket, and a kahlua and dark chocolate semifreddo.

Three California wineries will be pairing their bottles with the meal: Edna Valley Vineyard, Ghost Pines, and Louis M. Martini Winery.

Tickets for the dinner cost$160 per person and include a partial tax receipt; reserve them through gwong@artsclub.com or by calling 604-687-5315, ext. 248.

California Wine Fair | Photo credit: Mark Halliday

California Wine Fair | Photo credit: Mark Halliday

On April 27 at 7 p.m., the ballroom tasting will take place downtown at the Vancouver Convention Centre East. This is the big one, with over 500 people sipping at tables from over 100 California wineries, which will be pouring over 350 wines.

Participants include big names like the Robert Mondavi Winery and Francis Ford Coppola Winery. There are also plenty of lesser-known wineries to discover, including Long Meadow Ranch from the Napa Valley, and Geyserville’s Dreaming Tree Wines, which is a collaborative effort between winemaker Steve Reeder and musician Dave Matthews.

Tickets for the ballroom tasting cost $89 per person; buy them through the Arts Club Theatre website or by calling 604-687-1644.

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