#FavouriteThings – Wine Festivals


Judy Kingston – Serendipity Winery
Robert Van Westen – Van Westen Vineyards

Got a wine lover on your gift list? How about tickets to a wine festival? I can assure you, they will be greatly appreciated. Check out these links and see which ones appeal to you.


Bill Knutson – Spierhead Winery
John Skinner – Painted Rock
Luke Smith – Howling Bluff
Brian Ensor – Chaberton Estate
Harry McWatters and winemaker Lawrence Buhler – TIME Winery
Chris Tolley – Moon Curser
Mireille Sauve (The Wine Umbrella) pouring at VIWF
Christa-Lee McWatters Bond and her team – Evolve Cellars
Curtis Krouzel, Grant Stanley and crew – 50th Parallel
Julian Scholfield, Amy Hollenbach and Mike West – Haywire
Vancouver International Wine Festival

The Vancouver International Wine Festival
This event, which runs for a whole week, is one of the biggest and best in the world. That’s why producers love coming to this one. There are many events to choose from and for all levels of wine appreciation.


Bradley Cooper – Black Cloud Wines
BC Uncorked

BC Uncorked
I’ve attended this function many times and always enjoy it. From the web site, “Now in its 9th year, BC Uncorked is a unique BC-focused food and wine festival. The event showcases wines from over 45 top-rated BC wineries, matched with intriguing foods provided by 8-10 of the best local restaurants and caterers.” In addition, BC Uncorked partners with local charities.


Alison Scholfield (OCP) helping friend Leigh Stratton owner of Bridge Brewing


Vancouver Island’s Blue Grouse Winery

Taste BC
Taste BC is an annual event designed to showcase the best of BC beer, wine and spirits as well as tasty bites from local suppliers and restaurants. There are also prizes and a silent auction with items such as luxury items, local experiences, destination packages and much more. Their next event is January 11, 2018.  Taste BC is a fundraiser to benefit one of the province’s most vital medical institutions, the BC Children’s Hospital.


Daniel Bontorin – Seven Directions
Mireille Sauve (R) – Les Dames Wines
Dylan and Pénélope Roche – Roche Wines

Garagiste North
This bash showcases the ‘small guys’ that many people have never heard of. The wine geeks never miss out on this one, as they know that they will taste some amazing small lot wines. Be a part of an exclusive ‘in’ group.

TriCity International Food & Wine Festival
I love this event. This year’s festival, which featured 15 Italian Wineries and 35 International Wineries showcased over 200 wines paired with intriguing foods provided by 10 Restaurants, Caterers and Food Companies, was held at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club. With three tasting rooms to spread everyone out it’s much less crowded than downtown events.

David Patterson – Tantalus Winery
The beautiful Linden Gardens – Kaleden

BC Pinot Noir Celebration
Full disclosure, I am a big fan of Pinot Noir and BC makes some of the best in the world. BC PNC takes place in the Okanagan and there is nothing, but Pinot Noir and more Pinot Noir. The ‘who’s who’ of the BC wine world are always in attendance at this amazing event that runs from 3 – 10 and includes shuttle service to your hotel, so feel free to indulge.


Jennifer Molgat – The View Winery
Debby Woodward – Privato Winery
Lauren Skinner – Painted Rock
Leslie D’Andrea – Noble Ridge
Marina Zarillo and Donita Dyer – Play Estate
Maggie Dhaliwal, Michelle Eng and Joanna Schlosser – Niche Wines

Chef Meets BC Grape
Walk around and sample wines and foods paired to match them. As the web site says, “Sip and savour your way around the Tasting Hall and sample over 350 BCVQA wines in a walk-around tasting presented by 90 BC wineries.”

Dine Out Vancouver Grand Tasting
“It’s showtime! We kick off Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s 16th season in style with a Grand Tasting Event in Vancouver’s historic Orpheum Theatre. This inaugural gala opening event, celebrated in partnership with The Wines of British Columbia, will bring an appetizing atmosphere to the 90-year-old ‘Grand Dame’ of Vancouver’s Civic Theatres. The two-level lobby will transform into a culinary wonderland, featuring a delicious array of restaurant tasting tables, craft breweries, and over 20 British Columbia wineries.”

Here’s another handy resource to see what’s happening in the wine world:

This is just a small sampling of the many wine events held every year. You can find events almost anywhere in the province – Chilliwack, Kamloops, Parksville, Victoria, the Gulf Islands, the Okanagan, etc. – and they are spread throughout the year so there is something for everyone at any time of the year.

The more you taste, the more you learn.

The more you learn, the more you enjoy.



(All photos – Sam Hauck)

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