Friday, February 17, 2012

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

The Chileans Are Coming!

Are you ready for the biggest wine event of the year? The annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, one of the biggest in North America, starts in just ten days, on Monday, February 27th and runs to Sunday, March 4th!  This year the Chilean's are coming along with 35 visiting Chilean wineries, 500 Chilean wines, and over 10 festival events. Wines of Chile is ready to present their best to the wine world at the Festival, which sees more than 25,000 people attend every year.

Today, Chile is well respected as a producer of fine and affordable wines. At the festival you can choose from hundreds of delicious Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Syrahs, Merlots, Cabernet Sauvignons, and the delicious, Carmeneres. Like Vancouver, Chile is on the Pacific Ocean, and its residents  regularly enjoy the amazing local seafood. Wines from Chile, with their balanced acidity and juicy fruit, are a natural partner to a West Coast menu.

Participating Chilean Wineries Coming to Town:Anakena Wines
Baron Philippe de Rothschild
Viña Caliterra
Viña Chocalan
Concha y Toro
Cono Sur Vineyards & Winery
Cremaschi Furlotti
De Martino
Emiliana Vineyards
Viña Errázuriz
Haras de Pirque
Junta Winery
Viña Leyda / Viña Tabalí
Viña Luis Felipe Edwards
Viña Maipo
Miguel Torres
Misiones De Rengo
Viña Montes
Viña Morandé
Viña Quintay
Viña San Pedro
Viña Santa Carolina
Viña Santa Rita Seña / Viña Arboleda
Viña Tarapacá
Viña Ventisquero

The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world starting in 1979 with only California represented. Since then, it has grown exponentially. This year, in additon to the theme country, Cabernets are the focus grapes. So if you love Cabernet Sauvignon and/or Cabernet Franc, you'll be tickled pink....or red. The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels.

To find out more about the best wine event on our doorstep and how to order your tickets,  go to but don't wait much longer!

Tickets have been on sale since early January so some events are now sold out. But many
are still available to purchase, including the very popular International Festival Tasting held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The big room is home to all 181 participating wineries, who will be pouring 791 different wines so if you believe choice is good, you will be in Wine Heaven! Don't forget to have a battle plan on which wines you want to sample because you can't taste all the wines, even if you spit them out. My hot tip, go on Thursday night before the big crowds come on the weekend. And don't forget the obvious plan to get home safely.

See you there. I'll be the one with the wine glass in my hand and a smile on my face. Cheers.


 or CALL FOR TICKETS: 604-873-3311

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