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.

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

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

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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

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

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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