Vancouver International Wine Festival event tickets going fast…get them while they last!


The Vancouver International Wine Festival is almost totally Sold Out but here are a few remaining events that you can still get tickets for. Act now to avoid disappointment.

Starting with my personal favourite and if you have attended the Blind Tasting Challenge in the past you know what a bargain price this is for an excellent event. Look only $30.



Wednesday, February 26
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
1505 West 2nd Avenue
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Buy tickets 604-873-3311
Buy TicketsGot a great palate? Prove it! Blind taste seven wines and identify them using the Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s Systematic Approach to Tasting. A celebratory reception follows the grand reveal of the wines. Winners will be acknowledged at Celebrating Excellence: The 11th Annual Awards Lunch. Challenge is open to wine trade, culinarians, and anyone seeking to nurture their inner wine geek.

Remember fewer tickets are made available for Thursday night and Saturday afternoon* tastings making this the best time for serious tasters. The on site liquor store does sellout of specialty wines quickly. Thursday is your best opportunity to buy exceptional wines that may not be available to purchase once the Wine Festival is concluded.



Thursday, February 27  Friday, February 28  Saturday, March 1 *
VCC West
1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC
7:00 – 10:00 pm         * 3:00 – 5:00
$89                            * $68
Buy tickets 604-873-3311
BUY TICKETSThe Vancouver International Wine Festival is widely regarded as the best consumer wine show on the continent, and the Acura International Festival Tasting room is the heart of it. The Wine World is Here.The tasting room offers a unique opportunity to taste rare bottles and discover new treasures as you visit with renowned winery principals from around the globe. At each booth you will find a winery principal, identified by his or her royal blue lanyard. This person is a senior member of the winery, intimately involved in the wine-producing process as a winemaker, proprietor or senior executive. Nowhere else in the world will you find a gathering of these talented men and women pouring wine and answering questions under one roof. Take the opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experts about your favourite wine.Each Acura Tasting Room session has its own style. Thursday night’s capacity is guaranteed to be 30 percent lower than the other two evenings, attracting wine collectors and trade professionals who appreciate more room to interact with the winery principals. Friday is great for groups and the after-work crowd looking to kick off the weekend in style.  Saturday afternoon is the perfect introduction to the tasting room – or a great way to taste those wines you missed on Thursday or Friday – set against the stunning backdrop of Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore. Groups of eight or more can save $10 each on Friday sessions.Please remember that this is a wine tasting. We strongly recommend that you enjoy a meal before setting out; however, you will find small food samples throughout the room. Be sure to visit the Dairy Farmers of Canada cheese tasting station – “All You Need Is Cheese” – to sample many fine Canadian cheeses.


I have heard that this is one auction you want to get in on, fabulous finds and some very fine wine await your bid.

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction
Saturday, February 22, 2014
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
5:45-11:00 pmSingle tickets: $395
Table of eight: $3160Gala ticket information available at or 604.637.3098The centrepiece of the Vancouver International Wine Festival and one of the most spectacular events in the city.  A must for any serious wine collector: The evening provides an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your wine cellar through auctions of rare, valuable and unusual wines, donated by some of the world’s top winemakers and private collectors. These unique wines may never again be available.Experience the ultimate in wine and food pairing: A Champagne reception and nine wines paired with five courses. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s executive chef will create a series of gastronomic delights that will leave your senses reeling. And if that’s not enough, auctions will include unique culinary experiences, excursions and extravaganzas, featuring chefs and sommeliers from the West Coast’s top restaurants. 

Featured 2014 dinner wineries and wines:

Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve NV
Charles de Cazanove Champagne Brut Rosé NV
Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé NV
Maison Louis Jadot Savigny-lès-Beaune Clos des Guettes Premier Cru Blanc 2011
Domaine Zinck Vins d’Alsace Grand Cru Pfersigberg Riesling 2010
Miguel Torres Mas La Plana Penedès Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Peter Lehmann Mentor Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Gérard Bertrand Domaine de Cigalus IGP Aude Hauterive Rouge 2011
Monte del Frá Lena di Mezzo Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2007
José Maria da Fonseca DSF Private Collection Moscatel de Setúbal 1999

Proceeds from the Bacchanalia Gala go to support Bard’s artistic and educational endeavours. Since its inception in 1979, the Wine Festival has raised over $8.1 million for the arts. A tax receipt is issued for a portion of each Gala ticket purchased.


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