The early bird gets the worm, or in this case to taste some premium wines from around the world. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is just around the corner, starting the last week of February. There are still some tickets left for some of the wine events, as well as for the Festival Tasting Room. Here is the announcement by the Festival about the tickets you should snap up asap!
February 7th, 2013, Vancouver, BC—Tickets are still available for lusted-after events at the 35th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival, presented by The Vancouver Sun. Wine love is in the air February 25 to March 3, with seminars, dinners, lunches and minglers benefiting charitable partner Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.
Winery dinner ticket sales close February 12 (although other events will remain on sale). To avoid heartbreak, interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets early. For more information or to buy tickets, call 604-873-3311 or visit www.vanwinefest.ca
Get swept off your feet by Tuscany via California during a Cal-Italian Escape winery dinner. Terra d’Oro Winemaker Jeff Meyers presents seven classic transcontinental beauties married to five authentic Italian courses by Don Francesco.vanwinefest.ca/page444.htm
Wine worshippers swoon over the legendary Robert Mondavi Winery in Celebrate a California Icon, an unforgettable dinner at The Boathouse restaurant overlooking Kitsilano Beach. Robert Mondavi’s widow, Margrit, shares the family passion through a tasting of wines, including rare library releases sure to catch your eye. vanwinefest.ca/page445.htm
Find love in your own backyard as Mission Hill Family Estate’s winemaker, John Simes, introduces admirers to wines from BC’s interior. Six stunners from Kelowna to Osoyoos compete for affections, with solid dinner pairings by Chris Bisaro of Brix, at Pure Delight! Mission Hill & Brix. vanwinefest.ca/page456.htm
Discover favourite bottles from far and wide; leave with a glowing heart. True patriots love the Canadian Wine Awards Dinner at Edible Canada, a showcase of the country’s best wines. Wines flow strongly and freely during a grazing dinner by Chef Greg Reid featuring our region’s best foods. vanwinefest.ca/page484.htm
Devote Thursday night to playing the field at the International Festival Tasting, guaranteed to have 25% less capacity than the weekend. Guests are introduced to wines from 175 wineries, with new bottles and rare vintages tempting the palate. Good chemistry abounds, as winery principals chat, pour and answer questions, opening the evening to endless possibilities. vanwinefest.ca/page155.htm
Meet a new crush at Natural Balance: Bonterra and Oru, a winery dinner at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Join Bonterra Vineyard Director David Koball to swirl and sip eight organic wines matched with an attractive multi-course menu by Oru Executive Chef Darren Brown. vanwinefest.ca/page424.htm
Passionate collectors can’t miss the festival’s most spectacular event, the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction presented by Goldcorp at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. A glamorous sparkling wine reception is followed by five courses paired with nine sumptuous wines. Sparks fly over rare and coveted auction items, including culinary trips and experiences with top chefs and sommeliers. vanwinefest.ca/page130.htm
ABOUT THE VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL
Presented by The Vancouver Sun
Canada’s premier wine show will mark its 35th anniversary of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 25 to March 3, 2013. It features 175 wineries from 15 countries pouring 1,850 wines at 55 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The International Festival Tasting Room is the heart of the festival, with 763 wines on offer to the public and 170 more wines for trade only. More than 900 additional wines are served at special events, which include the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction presented by Goldcorp, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. This year the festival shines the spotlight on California, and the global varietal focus is on Chardonnay. The Vancouver International Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and festival partners; and raise funds for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. The presenting sponsor is The Vancouver Sun.
ABOUT BARD ON THE BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Celebrating its 24th season in 2013, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano’s Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. The Festival offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and several special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2012, festival attendance was 86,000 and over a million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. The Festival’s 2013 dates are June 12th to September 14th and the 2013 lineup will feature Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure and Timothy Findley’s Shakespearean-era drama Elizabeth Rex.