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

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

Mother of All Wine Festivals Coming: March 28-April 3

Wine tastings have a reputation, not entirely undeserved, for being fairly formal, reserved affairs.   You make your way around the room, swishing, sniffing and – if you’re a real pro – even spitting.   Perhaps there will be light music in the background.  Perhaps some light appetizers will be served.  And so goes the evening – daintily sipping and musing over Cabernets and Pinots, trading tasting notes with wine buffs and, just maybe, getting the slightest of buzzes.

Now, throw all of those expectations out the window.  The International Festival Tasting – the highlight of the March 28-April 3 Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival – is nothing like that.  This year 177 wineries from 15 different countries will be gathering inside a single grand ballroom at the Vancouver Convention Centre for the International Tasting.  More than 1,500 different wines will be on offer.  And packed inside – by the thousands – will be the liveliest bunch of winos you’ll probably ever see.

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Mother of All Wine Festivals Coming: March 28-April 3