1) VIWF Salutes French and Sparkling wines
The 36th Vancouver International Wine Festival, running from February 24, 2014 to March 02, 2014 will have 54 events of food and wine spreading out into 7 days. The theme for this year is France and the focus - Sparkling wines!
Total of 178 wineries from 14 countries will be participating and pouring over 1,000 wines at the general tasting session. 9 wine regions from France will be showcasing their wines. Come mingle with the vine stars and some of the city’s exciting chefs:
|Theme Country Vine Stars: France|
Michel Chapoutier, Winemaker, M. Chapoutier
Meet Michel Chapoutier in: Rhône Perfection: M. Chapoutier; Wine Tour de France; Meet Your Match; Insatiable Rhône (at Hawksworth restaurant, with chef David Hawksworth)
Etienne Hugel, Proprietor, Hugel et Fils
Meet Etienne Hugel in: What’s Trending in France? Masterclass; Iconic French Wines; France: Find Your Style
Thomas Perrin, Owner, Famille Perrin
Meet Thomas Perrin in: The Birthplace of Terroir masterclass; Iconic French Wines; 11th Annual Awards Lunch; Meet Your Match; Salut Château Beaucastel (at Bistro Pastis with proprietor John Blakeley)
Sigfried Pic, International Export Director, Maison Louis Jadot
Meet Sigfried Pic in: Wine 305: Advanced Burgundy; The Birthplace of Terroir masterclass; Iconic French Wines; We Say Bourgogne; France: Find Your Style; Nothing But Burgundy (at Le Crocodile with chef Michel Jacob)
Christian Seely, Managing Director, AXA Millésimes; President, Compagnie Médocaine
Meet Christian Seely in: Renaissance of a Top Château
Clovis Taittinger, Export Manager/Family Member, Champagne Taittinger
Meet Clovis Taittinger in: Wine Tour de France; All about Bubbly!; Iconic French Wines; L’Instant Taittinger (at West with chef Quang Dang)
Philippe Zinck, Winemaker/Proprietor, Domaine Zinck Vins d’Alsace
Meet Philippe Zinck in: The Birthplace of Terroir masterclass; Wine Tour de France; France Bubbly Party
Rest of the World Vine Stars
Joe Giusti, Owner, Giusti Prosecco
Meet Joe Giusti in: All About Bubbly!
Matt Mavety, Winemaker, Blue Mountain
Meet Matt Mavety in: All About Bubbly!; 25 Under $25
Jak Meyer, Proprietor/Winemaker, Meyer Family Vineyards
Meet Jak Meyer in: Meet Your Match; Meyer Family Feast (at Brix with chef Chris Bisaro); BC Paired: Indulge Your Senses
Barone Francesco Ricasoli, President, Barone Ricasoli
Meet Barone Francesco Ricasoli in: The Essence of Chianti winery dinner (at Siena with owner Mark Taylor and chef Jessica Howery); Dine Italia lunch (at La Terrazza with chef Gennaro Iorio); Excitement in a Glass
Besides general tasting, seminars, wine pairing dinners and luncheons events, new to this year's wine festival are:
1. additional March 01 Saturday afternoon 3pm to 5pm general tasting session guarantee 30% less attendance so its easier to get to the booths.
2. 1 free ticket to the general tasting session if you book 1 night at one of 37 downtown hotels room through bevancouver.com or 2 tickets if book 2 nights.
Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment! For further information and tickets, please check out http://vanwinefest.ca
1) Dinners with Sonoma County Vintners in Vancouver
|Two exceptional Sonoma County winemaker dinners in Vancouver. Hurry up and get your tickets as space is limited!|
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Reception 6:30, Dinner 7:00
1/ Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar will feature the wines of Sonoma County's Siduri Wines and Novy Family Wines, hosted by Siduri Proprietor Adam Lee. Blue Water's Executive Chef, Frank Pabst, will prepare a special four-course dinner menu to match the wines.
1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets are $165 including taxes and gratuities: purchase yours by calling 604-688-8078.
2/ Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar will showcase Rodney Strong Vineyards, Wine Enthusiast's 2013 American Winery of the Year. The Sonoma County region winery's top wines will be presented by Winemaker Rick Sayre and paired with an unforgettable four-course dinner plus reception. The main course will feature three of Rodney Strong's award winning single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.
1138 Homer Street, Vancouver
Tickets are $110 plus taxes and gratuities: purchase yours by calling 604-915-9463.
|Sonoma in the City Wine Tasting Event|
February 5th, the Sonoma in the City event will give Vancouverites a taste of the region's quality and diversity, with more than 20 wineries and their principals pouring classic California varietals as well as some pleasant surprises.
List of participating wineries: