Sunday, January 14, 2018

Full schedule of all 2018 Vancouver International Wine Festival events - with regional focus on Spain and Portugal

Barone Francesco Ricasoli and the Wine Barbarian - Bill Tieleman - at 2016 Vancouver International Wine Festival 

Tickets for all events at the fabulous Vancouver International Wine Festival are selling fast - do not delay, especially if you want to attend one of the fascinating seminars or a winemaker's dinner at some of the city's top restaurants! 

The Wine Barbarian will be there - and will have tips for the always popular and sold out International Festival Tastings - so stay tuned here for more information as the big event approaches.  It runs from February 24 through March 4, 2018.

In fact, the Vintners' Brunch is already sold out, as our most of the wine dinners! 

And you don't want to miss the opportunity to meet and greet with true wine royalty - like Barone Francesco Ricasoli - above - who hosted a fabulous tasting of his great Chianti wines in 2016.  

Charles Smith of K Vintners with a fan at 2015 Wine Festival

Or talk with Charles Smith - far left - of K Vintners in Walla Walla, Washington - one of the best wineries in the United States!  Charles and his wines will be in attendance again this year.

There are so many great, once-in-a-lifetime events at the Wine Festival - so move fast to check them out and get your tickets.

For example, here's just one of the many seminars that looks awesome, with some of Spain's best wines and winemakers/owners in attendance to talk about everything from vineyard to techniques to what's in the bottle - and tickets at $85 are going fast!  Full details and ticket link here.


Saturday March 3 - 5:15 to 6:45 pm Vancouver Convention Centre West

"Blockbuster wines are being produced across Spain. Join Rhys Pender MW for a journey from the established classics of Rioja and Ribera del Duero, through intense wines from ancient vines, to the brilliant modern re-discoveries of Priorat, Jumilla and Yecla and the exciting new individual intrigue of the Pago DO’s.

Moderator: Rhys Pender MW

Panelists: Toni Batet, Daniel Castaño, Joan Cusine, Javier Delgato-Aurteneche, Loren Gil, Miguel Gil, Jose Luis Muguiro Jr., Javier Murua, Carmen Oros, Howard Price, Diego Ribbert

Featured wines:
Arínzano Vinos de Pago Arínzano Gran Vino White Pago 2014
Bodegas Tridente Rejon Trempranillo 2014
Bodegas Juan Gil Bodegas El Nido 2015
CVNE – Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España Imperial Gran Reserva 2010
Familia Castaño Casa Cisca 2014
Grupo Faustino Gran Reserva 2005
Guy Anderson Wines Anciano Old Vines Garnacha 2015
IberWine San Pedro Regalado Llano del Elena 2009
Marqués de Riscal Barón de Chirel 2013
Marqués de Riscal Barón de Chirel Verdejo 2015
Muriel Wines Conde de los Andes Red 2015
Gratavinum GV5, DOQ Priorat 2010

Wines subject to change"


Lastly - check out the amazing list of wineries that will be in attendance this year!  Once you do, I'm sure I will see you at the Wine Festival! 


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Get Ready to Buy Your 2018 VanWineFest Tickets! On sale as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday January 10!

Wine Barbarian Bill Tieleman with New Zealand's Jim Robertson from Stoneleigh [and other fine wines] at the 2017 Vancouver International Wine Festival - and a couple of our exuberant fans! 

2018 VanWineFest Tickets On Sale! Don't miss out! 

Important news from the Vancouver International Wine Festival - I hope to see you there!

Tickets to all public events at Canada's premier wine show, February 24 - March 4, go on sale Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m .The Vancouver International Wine Festival is an eight-day celebration of wine and food that features 51 events, including dinners, the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, lunches, minglers and wine & food parties, educational seminars and the Tasting Room, where the 173 participating wineries gather to serve ~750 wines. 

Check out some of the vine stars coming to Vancouver this year!

This year, the spotlight is on Iberian Peninsula neighbours Spain and Portugal, highlighting their wines through special events and the theme section of the Tasting Room. 
Please note: ticket limits apply to some events. Vintners Brunch is only available in person or by phone.

View all 2018 events through the links below or read on for details on different event types: 

Event Listing 
snapshot of festival events 
Festival at a Glance (pdf)  
clickable calendar
2018 Brochure 
read at your leisure 

Trade Days Conference events, which are restricted to those in the hospitality and food and beverage industries, go on sale Wednesday, January 17. The three-day, 12-event trade program is February 28-March 2.

Bill Tieleman with Greg Corra of the fabulous Inland Trading wines of Australia
 and an agent whose name I unfortunately forgot - apologies! 


The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room is home to all 173 participating wineries, as well as Regional Tasting Stations from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain. Choose from four International Festival Tastings sessions: Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening or Saturday matinee. Want to kick it up a notch? 

Enhance your Friday or Saturday evening tasting with the VIP experience in the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge. Enjoy some great bites, select festival wines, and comfortable seating with an amazing view, then head next door to the Tasting Room though an adjoining door.

Or go all in on a Gold Pass that gives you access to all six sessions in the Tasting Room (four International Festival Tastings and two Trade Tastings, presented by ContainerWorld), the invitation-only Festival Taste on Thursday, plus the Delta Air Lines Tasting Lounge on Friday and Saturday.

Stay, Save and Sip

If you book a hotel room through, you will receive a free ticket, a $75-$99 value, to the International Festival Tasting of your choice! 

Choose from 36 downtown hotels and four tasting sessions. Book by February 15, while supplies last.

For more information and full details, go to the Vancouver International Wine Festival website.  See you there!