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Festival Highlights The Wine World is Here 33rd Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival 1,650 wines • 177 wineries • 15 countries • 62 events • 7 days • 25,000 attendees

Canada’s Premier Wine Show... Informative, Educational, Entertaining The Playhouse Winefest is back once again, matching wine drinkers with the world’s greatest winemakers in a weeklong celebration of wine and food. From wine tastings, multi-course lunches and winery dinners, to educational seminars, select vintage tastings, wine minglers, and grazing events, there’s something for everyone who appreciates great wine. Read on for some of the highlights to help you navigate the exciting schedule of events for 2011. International Festival Tasting The heart of the Festival, the Tasting Room is where the world of wine gathers. Principals from all 176 participating wineries will be at each session, pouring a selection of wines from their cellars. This is your chance to come face to face with wine celebrities, as many of the wine world’s superstars will be on hand to share their wines with you. You can identify each winery principal (winemaker, proprietor, senior executive) by the royal blue lanyard holding their name tag. Go to pages 12 & 13 for all the details. Great Wines, Great Value – Wines From Spain Wines from Spain take centre stage at the 2011 Playhouse Wine Festival. As the country with the world’s largest area of vine cultivation, you’ll be sure to discover many new and exciting wines of quality and character. This is your opportunity to explore the numerous regions and varietals and discover for yourself the great values and great Wines from Spain. Global Focus: Fortified Wine From Sherry and Port to Madeira and Vin Doux Naturel, there will be a ridiculous array of fortified wines to explore at this year’s Festival. Work through a comparative tasting at the Fortified Wine Tasting Station, see why Fortified Wine is perfect for the table at two wine and food pairing seminars, or sample verticals of Port at the Taylor Fladgate and Graham’s vintage tastings. Learn more about Fortified Wine on page 5.

Welcome from the Presenting Sponsor The Shore Club is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. Wine represents a key element in the hospitality we extend to our guests at The Shore Club, so it gives us particular pleasure to support this prestigious North American wine festival. Each year, the wine industry from around the world looks forward to this iconic Vancouver event, and all of us from Vancouver are delighted to welcome everyone to our city to join in the celebration. The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company has a reputation and tradition as one of Vancouver’s cultural highlights. The Playhouse Wine Festival gives us all a chance to celebrate and support the Playhouse as it enters an exciting time in its history, with an energy and creativity that we all enjoy. Cheers to the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, and enjoy the Wine Festival! David Aisenstat
 Proprietor, The Shore Club



Once again this spring…the wine world is here. The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival welcomes 177 wineries—and their principals— from 15 countries to British Columbia for a global tasting journey in a glass. The 2011 edition promises, as always, to be informative, educational and entertaining, with a weeklong program of events that will pique your curiosity and indulge your taste buds. We are excited to bring a slice of Spain to Vancouver this year, with 33 wineries participating from the diverse wine regions of Spain. A range of Spanish-themed events will tempt your palate and perhaps capture that sense of duende – Spanish for when one “feels soul.” Join me in raising a glass to all the participants in this year’s Festival: the winery principals, who travel to Vancouver to pour their wines for you; the local restaurants and caterers, who prove year after year that Vancouver is a destination for world-class cuisine; and the sponsors, agents, suppliers, staff and volunteers who make sure everything runs smoothly so that you can truly experience the world of wine. Salud! Harry Hertscheg Executive Director, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

How to Order All events are available through the Playhouse Box Office Phone 604.873.3311 Toll Free 1.877.321.3121 Monday to Friday 9:30 am-8:00 pm Saturday 12:00-4:00 pm

In person at Playhouse Production Centre 127 East 2nd Avenue Vancouver, BC Monday to Friday 9:30 am-5:00 pm

or Vancouver Playhouse Box Office 601 Hamilton Street Vancouver, BC Monday to Friday 9:30 am-5:00 pm

Online at (excluding brunches, ticket packages and group rates) Public Events Tickets to all public events go on sale Jan. 25, 2011 at 9:30 am. Trade Days Conference Tickets to all Trade Days Conference events go on sale Feb. 1, 2011 at 9:30 am. • • • • • • •


All ticket sales are final. No refunds, exchanges or replacement tickets. All ticket prices include wine, food (if it is a food event), and gratuities. All attendees must be 19+. NO MINORS. Please taste responsibly. Make a plan to get home safely. Festival events begin promptly. Seating for latecomers at formal sit-down tastings is not guaranteed and money will not be refunded. The VPIWF and the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company do not accept liability for tickets lost in the mail or misplaced after they are printed and issued. Refunds, exchanges, and replacement tickets will be not be granted. Group rates are only available by phone or in person and are only available until February 28, 2011.

Printed Festival information is subject to change without notice. Please visit for current program details and further ticketing information.

Global Focus: Fortified Wine Fortified Wine Fortified Wine F The fortified wines highlighted by this year’s Global Focus are unique and diverse, shaped by long traditions and distinguished by modern developments. Virtually every warm region from Australia to California produces some form of Fortified Wine, although they are generally based on styles originated in Spain and Portugal. The three styles of fortified wines that are most likely to pass your lips at the Festival are Sherry, Port and Madeira. They all have been given a touch of spirit, customarily a neutral brandy. Sherry Spain’s most famous Fortified Wine is experiencing a revitalization of interest and quality. Sherry is predominantly made from Palomino grapes grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera. Jerez has a long and storied tradition of winemaking, stretching back three millennia. English wine merchants played an important role in developing and exporting wine from the region, and Sherry, their Anglicisation of Jerez, ultimately stuck as the name for the wine. There are two main types of Sherry: Finos and Olorosos. Finos are delicate and dry, with pungent minerality and apple and almond flavours. They are aged in open vessels under a layer of flor yeast that creates a natural barrier against oxidation and keeps the wine fresh and light. Through the solera system, the flor is kept alive for years by persistently topping up the cask with young wine, and replenishing the yeast nutrients. A Fino becomes the amber, richly flavoured Amontillado when the wine is fortified above 16% alcohol and the flor dies. Brandy is added after fermentation to enhance and preserve the wine. Olorosos are more concentrated with a distinctly darker flavour and a higher percentage of alcohol. These wines mature without flor and are deliberately oxidized to shape their flavour. They can be either dry or sweet and serve as the basis for Cream Sherries. With the exception of the finest Sherries made from concentrated Pedro Ximénez grapes, most sweet Sherries are sweetened after the fermentation process. Port Port was originally produced as a dry red table wine, but legend has it that in the 17th century, English wine merchants in search of alternatives to embargoed French wine discovered an abbot at a monastery in Lamego who added brandy to wine during the fermentation process instead of after. The addition of the spirit while the sugars were being converted into alcohol halted the fermentation process, resulting in a sweet wine, high in alcohol and perfectly fortified for the long journey back to England and beyond. The Port industry has continued to thrive. New technology and research have allowed growers to identify the best grapes from the plethora that are authorized for production, and recent plantings have been more orderly. Brandy is added to Port during the fermentation process, halting the conversion of sugar to alcohol. There will be many variations of Port to please every palate in the Tasting Room, including golden and delicious aged tawnies, refined and collectable vintage ports, and late-bottled vintage ports, colheitas and single-quinta vintages. Madeira Madeira takes its name from the Portuguese island of the same name. The addition of alcohol helped the wines survive long ocean voyages overseas. Fortunately, it was discovered that the long, hot trips across the equator actually improved the wines by caramelising the sugars. This process of heating Madeira is called maderisation. Two centuries ago, Madeira was considered a luxury the world over, but unfortunately popularity was no protection against the scourge of phylloxera in the 19th century, and the disease almost eradicated the island’s industry. While the Madeira business has continued to be cursed by setbacks, the wines continue to impress with their tangy aromas, zingy acidity, remarkable length and gold to amber colour. Other Fortifieds Of course, the world of Fortified Wine is much larger than Sherry, Port and Madeira. If a region produces wine, it is also likely to fortify it. Some others to look out for are Banyuls and Vin Doux Naturel from France, which are especially strong and sweet and made from Grenache and Muscat. New world producers also use the traditional methods to produce fortified wines and both Australia and California have long histories of producing high-quality fortified wines.


Wine Regions of Spain


Great Wines, Great Value – Wines from Spain Looking for great value wines? Stop right there, you’ve found them. Anything you could want, from sophisticated sparklers and easy-drinking whites to patio pinks and deluxe, complex red wines, to dry and sweet fortified and more – it’s all here in Spain. Spain is a significant and diverse winemaking country with a long history. The variety of wines from this progressive winemaking collective is exploding in popularity around the world, so now is the perfect time for you to start discovering Wines from Spain.


Salud! A Glance at Wines from Spain For wine lovers on the prowl for good deals across the board, Spain simply translates into plenty of very good buys and money left over in the bank. Developing internationally from a country that was once known principally for Sherry and Rioja, over the past three decades Spain has entered the public eye as a producer of a seemingly endless selection of wines of quality and character that over-deliver on value. This can be credited to the leadership, talent and skill of a new breed of winemaker and the introduction of modern, cutting-edge winemaking equipment. In a world where many consumers are familiar with only a handful of international varietals – Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, of which Spain has many excellent representatives – it is worth noting that the great majority of Spanish wines are made from native Spanish varietals. Most notably these include Spain’s top red wine variety, Tempranillo and all of its clones; Albariño, its highest-quality white wine variety; and many other mainstream quality varietals such as Verdejo and Godello for still whites; Mencía, Garnacha and Monastrell for reds. The main fortified wine grapes Palomino and Pedro Ximénez; and the three Cava grapes Macabeo, Perellada and Xarel-lo bear an important mention as well as they represent a large sector of wines throughout this diverse winemaking country. Spain holds the world record for most area under vine of any country on Earth at nearly 1.16 million hectares. It does not, however, produce the most wine of any country, which is the result of Spain’s commitment to lower yields in their vineyards, which effectively gives better quality and more concentrated aromas and flavours to their wines. Vineyards are to be found in every corner of this spectacular country, limited only by altitude or desert. What’s really remarkable about this viticultural mosaic is not simply the size of its vineyard area but rather the sheer diversity of it. Spain has vines everywhere; in plains, on mountain sides, in river valleys, on the coast and in from the coast. As such, the variety of styles produced by its different vineyards is utterly extraordinary. Spanish wine regions are differentiated by their DOs and DOCas (Denominación de Origen and Denominación de Origen Calificada in Spanish). Basically what this means is that regulatory boards govern the production of wines in each of these areas to ensure that we, the consumers, are getting a guaranteed quality wine. Canadian consumers are beginning to discover these wines in ever-increasing numbers and while Spain, as the saying goes, is still on the ground floor in Canada, it is definitely in the elevator going up as trends toward awareness, interest and demand continue to increase dramatically. A few years ago, Robert Parker, the world’s most influential wine critic, proclaimed, “Spain will be the star.” How right he was. The praise and accolades from press and consumers alike just keep on coming and many of Spain’s treasured regions have captured attention worldwide, winning multiple awards in the process. Spanish wines are well known for the many great values they offer. When comparing Spanish regions, you may never find the same style twice. That said, you would certainly have a fun and interesting time exploring each one which is, after all, what it’s all about! Don’t you think?


Global Focus & Theme Region Events Events Highlighting Fortified Wine


Thursday A Whammy of Umami: Pairing Artisanal Spanish Cheeses with Spain’s Famed Fortifieds Elegance, Power and Complexity: Graham’s Port Friday The Fladgate Partnership Saturday Wine’s F-Word: Fortified Wine and Food Pairing Seminar Thursday, Friday and Saturday Fortified Wine Tasting Station Compare Fortified Wine from around the world at this tasting station in the International Festival Tasting Room, presented by the International Sommelier Guild

Spanish Wine Events Monday Sabor de España! Tuesday SPAIN – Everything Under the Sun Wednesday Unveiling Their Secrets (Trade Only) Vega Sicilia Vertical Tasting Iberian Icons The Joy of Modern Spain Legends Spanish Legend

SP Thursday Old Vines, New Wines: Theme Region Plenary (Trade Only) The Legacy of a Spanish Visionary: Miguel Torres A Whammy of Umami: Pairing Artisanal Spanish Cheeses with Spain’s Famed Fortifieds Friday Tour of Terruño – It’s Elemental (Trade Only) Celebrating Excellence: The 8th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring Wines from Spain (Trade Only) Caballeros del Vino Saturday España: Savour the Flavours

Event Legend Wine and Food Pairing a menu designed to complement a flight of featured wines

Wine Tasting an informal, stand-up tasting at winery tables

Wine and Food Grazing a stand-up event with wine and food

Wine Seminar an educational sit-down tasting



Spain Theme Region Event featuring the wines of Spain Fortified Wine Global Focus Event


Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction

Bacchanalia: An ancient Roman festival in honour of Bacchus, God of wine; a boisterous celebration and festivity.

Tuesday, March 29 Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Presented by

900 West Georgia Street 5:45-11:00 pm $475 per person; $3800 table of eight The centrepiece of the Playhouse 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 sparking Cava reception, and nine wines paired with five courses. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s Executive Chef Robert LeCrom creates 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 dinner wineries and wines: • Segura Viudas Heredad Reserva Brut Cava NV • Sacred Hill Sauvage Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2007 • Robert Mondavi To Kalon Vineyard Reserve Napa Valley Fumé Blanc 2008 • Joseph Drouhin Premier Cru Chablis 2009 • Truchard Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008 • Miguel Torres Salmos Priorat 2008 • Domecq Bodegas Ysios Edición Limitada Reserva Rioja 2005 • Painted Rock Estate Okanagan Valley Syrah 2007 • Majella Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 • Bodegas Alvear Montilla-Moriles Pedro Ximénez Solera 1927 Barry Scott, of Maynard’s Industries Ltd., leads the bidding charge. Auction lots will be announced a week prior to the event on Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, Western Canada’s leading theatre company receives all the proceeds from Gala. Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7 million for the Playhouse, helping it mount 223 theatrical productions and to create extensive educational and community outreach programs. A tax receipt is issued for a portion of each ticket purchased.


Photos: Daneiela Ciuffa

Also Sponsored by: Acqua Panna/San Pellegrino, Fully Managed, Silver Wheaton, and Vancouver Wine Vault

Gala ticket information available at or 604.629.2098

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International Festival Tasting

Take a trip around the wine world in the International Festival Tasting Room, three nights of unparalleled tasting opportunities. Tickets are available online at

Thursday, Friday & Saturday March 31, April 1 & 2 7:00-10:00 pm

760 wines • 176 wineries • 15 countries

International Festival Tasting

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival is widely regarded as the best consumer wine show on the continent, and the International Festival Tasting Room is the heart of it.

Vancouver Convention Centre, East 999 Canada Place $95 $85 each for groups of 8+ (Fri & Sat only) until February 28

Tasting Room Food Sponsors

The Wine World is Here. There’s no place like home, and this year the Festival is heading back under the sails at Vancouver Convention Centre’s newly renovated East Building. All 176 participating wineries are organized alphabetically within countries, providing a series of regional journeys. Use the free Festival Program handed out at the door to help you keep track of the wines you like. 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 table you will find a winery principal, identified by their royal blue lanyard. This person is a senior member of the winery, intimately involved in the wine-production process as a winemaker, proprietor or senior executive. Nowhere else in the world will you find such talented women and men pouring wine and answering questions. Take this opportunity to quiz and learn from the experts about your favourite wine.

Caffè Umbria Freybe Gourmet Foods Krinos Foods La Fromagerie Alexis de Portneuf Terra Breads Terra International Foods

The Tasting Room plays out over three consecutive nights, and each night is unique. Thursday night’s capacity is guaranteed to be 25 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 night is perfect for couples and friends wanting to enjoy a night on the town. Groups of eight or more can save $10 each on Friday and Saturday nights. Please remember that this is a wine tasting, not a dinner event. We strongly recommend that you enjoy a meal before setting out, as the room is infinitely easier to navigate on a full stomach. However, you will find plenty of plain bread for cleansing the palate and small food samples will be served throughout the room. See page 38 for details about the BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop and Get Home Safe program.


IFT Highlights Wines from Spain take centre stage as the Theme Region at the 2011 Playhouse Wine Festival. As the country with the world’s largest area of vine cultivation, Spain has emerged internationally as a producer of an extraordinary range of wines of quality and character. This is your opportunity to explore the regions and varietals and discover for yourself the great values and great wines from Spain.

Wines from Spain – Great Wines, Great Value


Sponsored by Wines from Spain

Fortified Wine Tasting Station

Visitors can taste authentic Spanish Iberico ham and explore the extraordinary range of these unique, food friendly sherry-style wines from the Spanish regions of Jerez and Montilla-Moriles. Relax in our ample seating area as you sample a wide assortment of Sherries and the Spanish snacks that enhance them.

Sherry Caseta

There will be five Regional Tasting Stations in the International Festival Tasting Room, providing guided flights from their unique terroirs. Grab your glass and prepare to embark on a wine tour of Argentina, New Zealand, British Columbia, the Alsace or Austria, sampling the specialities of each region at their own tables!

Regional Tasting Stations

Treat yourself by spending a night or weekend in one of the premium hotels offering special Festival packages. These hotels are a short walk or cab ride from the convention centre and other venues. Relax, kick your heels up and leave the driving for another day. Packages are listed on page 39.

Hotel Packages

The only way to understand the difference glassware makes is to actually compare the tastes! At the Puddifoot Tasting Station, you can try the same wine in a Festival glass, a generic restaurant glass, and in a varietally specific glass and judge what difference they have on the taste of the wine. Glassware from a variety of manufacturers will be available for testing including glassware from Riedel. We encourage you to try it out and decide for yourself.

Puddifoot Tasting Station

Photo: David Niddrie

With this year’s Global Focus on Fortified Wine, you can expect to find a variety of delicious Sherries, Ports and Madeiras to sample. Guests will find 42 different fortified wines in the Tasting Room, produced in a wide variety of styles. For a comprehensive comparative tasting of Fortified Wine from around the world, head directly to the Fortified Wine Tasting Station, where experts from the International Sommelier Guild will be your guides.





Gold Pass Gold Pass $425 (Passes available only in person or by phone) Experience everything the Festival has to offer with the red carpet treatment when you become a Gold Pass holder. A terrific value, this pass offers incomparable access to the Festival.

Three Evenings (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) in the International Festival Tasting Room (a $285 value). Two Afternoons (Thursday and Friday) at the exclusive Trade Tasting in the International Festival Tasting Room (a $70 value). Admission to the Curtain Raiser VIP reception on Thursday from 6:00 -7:00 pm (not available for public sale). Admission to the Gold Pass Tasting Lounge on Friday and Saturday from 5:30-9:00 pm, featuring: • A selection of premium wines from the Tasting Room and special events • A selection of canapés and cheeses ($110 value) • Priority access to the Tasting Room – no line-ups!

Friday, April 1 & Saturday, April 2 VCC East, meeting room 19 999 Canada Place Way 5:30-9:00 pm $150 per evening (includes access to International Festival Tasting, 7–10 pm) (Tickets available only in person or by phone)


The Gold Pass Tasting Lounge is the perfect place to amplify your Wine Festival experience with VIP treatment. Sample an assortment of the Festival’s premium bottles and enjoy a selection of canapés and cheeses before heading to the International Festival Tasting Room, which opens at 7:00 pm. Sommeliers will be on hand to guide you through flights of unique and exclusive wines. Whenever you need a break from the Tasting Room crowds, simply return to the lounge for a more intimate experience. Sponsored by Vancouver Wine Vault Event Partner Inform Interiors

Photo: David Niddrie

Gold Pass Tasting Lounge

A sumptuous and informative food and wine exploration where the vision of the chef is shaped and influenced by a selection of premium and exclusive wines from around the world.

Winery Dinners Monday, March 28 The Innovative Italian

It takes a big, bold wine to stand up to hearty fare like red meat, and Argentina specializes in creating unique, robust reds that pair beautifully with its famous steaks. Jose Alberto Zuccardi of Familia Zuccardi Winery partners with Gotham Steakhouse’s Chef Jean Claude Douguet to bring you an authentic Argentine culinary experience that will leave you hungry and thirsty for more.

Pleasures of the Table

Prepare yourself for an authentic and intimate Spanish wine and tapas experience! Let Salt and Bodegas Alvear transport you to the heart of Montilla, featuring a rarely explored range of Alvear sherry-style wines paired with exceptional charcuterie, cheese and authentic Spanish cuisine. The evening will be led in flamboyant and celebratory fashion by family members Fernando and Maria Alvear.

Sabor de España!

Photo: David Niddrie

Innovation, Experience, and the Pursuit of Quality: the Tenuta Sant’Antonio’s Castegnedi family is driven to create unique, premium wines from Amarone, Valopolicella and Soave. At the same time, Lupo Restaurant’s Chef Julio Gonzalez Perini and Sommelier Michael Mameli are reinventing modern Italian cuisine with a sense of adventure. Together, they will provide an exceptional, Italian food and wine experience – The Innovative Italian.

Tenuta Sant’Antonio and Lupo Restaurant Lupo Restaurant 869 Hamilton Street 6:30-9:30pm $165

Zuccardi Vinos with Gotham Meat Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar 615 Seymour Street 6:30-9:30pm $150 Bodegas Alvear and Tapas Salt Tasting Room 45 Blood Alley 7:00-10:00 pm $125



Winery Dinners Wednesday, March 30 Discover the Pacific Northwest

Raincity Grill invites you on a sensory journey of the food and wines of the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy a regional, sustainable, farm-to-table menu expressly prepared by Chef Jennifer Peters to complement the line-up of award-winning wines from Washington’s Columbia Crest and Oregon’s King Estate winery. Join winery principals Steve Thomsen, Executive Vice President, King Estate Winery, and Columbia Crest Winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca for a spectacular evening of culinary pleasures.

European Influence, Canadian Flair

Both Mission Hill Winery and Chef David Hawksworth share a passion for the unique terroir and enchanting flavours that flourish in British Columbia. The classically inspired New World wines of Mission Hill Family Estate elegantly unite with the European-influenced cuisine of Chef Hawksworth at his eagerly anticipated new restaurant in the renovated Hotel Georgia.

Get Fraîche with Miner Wines

Dino Renaerts, Chef & Owner of Fraîche, is thrilled to pair with one of the Napa Valley’s premiere wineries, Miner Family Vineyards, for an enticing culinary journey of food and wine against the stunning backdrop of the Vancouver skyline. National Sales Director Jack Edwards guides guests through his elegant wines made with fruit from the renowned Oakville appellation and other specially selected California vineyards.

Mission Hill Family Estate and Hawksworth at the Hotel Georgia Hawksworth Restaurant Rosewood Hotel Georgia 801 West Georgia Street 6:30-9:30 pm $135

Fraîche 2240 Chippendale Road West Vancouver 6:30-9:30 pm $150

Iberian Icons (regional tasting lounge) 1130 Mainland Street 6:30-9:30 pm $120



Enjoy a unique family-style dinner event that showcases two true icons of the wine world: Javier Hidalgo and Cristiano Van Zeller, whose combined family histories and regional influence span almost 500 years. The beautiful Sherries of Hidalgo and the lush wines of Lemos & Van Zeller will be paired with Spanish and Portuguese dishes that will be specifically matched by, masters of regional cuisine. The multi-course family-style format of the dinner will provide an opportunity to interact directly with these great wine personalities.

Photo: David Niddrie

Raincity Grill 1193 Denman Street 6:30-10:00pm $135

Winery Dinners Wednesday, March 30 (Cont’d) The Joy of Modern Spain


Enjoy a spectacular evening highlighting Bodegas Ramón Bilbao and Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar. Chef Chris Bisaro will prepare a menu featuring modern Canadian cuisine made from local ingredients. Named Spain’s Winery of the Year 2009 (Gourmet Awards Guide), Bodegas Ramón Bilbao makes wines from the top Spanish wine regions in both international and traditional styles.



Since 1864, the Alvarez family’s Vega-Sicilia estate has evolved into Spain’s undisputed first-growth winery. Now, it unites with West Restaurant, “the jewel in Vancouver’s culinary crown,” for a passionate harmonization of food and wine. This is an extraordinary combination of both modern and classic that only these two legends could provide.

Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar 1138 Homer Street 6:30-9:30 pm $125 Vega Sicilia at West West Restaurant 2881 Granville Street 6:30-10:00 pm $220

Iconic California Cabernet Sauvignon

Discover three generations of passion for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Third-generation family winemaker Michael Martini will debut award-winning wines never before poured in Canada at this sumptuous dinner focused on Cabernet Sauvignon. The culinary team of Vancouver’s iconic Joe Fortes has crafted an epic menu to pair expertly with each wine. The Louis M Martini Winery has been dedicated to producing distinctive wines including Cabernet Sauvignon from the best vineyards in Napa and Sonoma County for over 75 years and consistently rated in the 90 point range by Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. This is a Cab lovers dinner not to be missed.

Portuguese Prestige

A stone pillar stands on the Crasto estate marking the boundary of the world’s first demarcated wine region, the Douro Valley. The first references to Crasto date back four centuries. Today, the Crasto name has defined excellence within Portugal and internationally. This dinner celebrates that history of excellence as Quinta do Crasto pairs up with another great man of Portugal – Manuel Ferreira – at Le Gavroche, a landmark in Vancouver for over 30 years, to present an unforgettable dinner.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House 777 Thurlow Street 7:00-10:00 pm $145

Le Gavroche 1616 Alberni Street 7:00-10:00 pm $175

Spanish Legend

An Evening with Miguel Torres Boneta 1 West Cordova Street 7:00-10:00 pm $175



Miguel Torres is one of the most important names in Spanish winemaking. Both the man and the wine are synonymous with quality, innovation and lasting legacy. Chef Jeremie Bastien will prepare an exquisite dinner at the acclaimed Boneta Restaurant, paired with a remarkable selection of Torres wines. The true delight of the evening will be your host, the venerable icon himself, Mr. Miguel A. Torres.

Winery Dinners Sunday, April 3 The Devil is in the Details

Discover Napa Valley’s beloved Robert Mondavi Winery, exploring the wines that elevated it to iconic status in a spectacular dinner at Blue Water Cafe, Vancouver’s “Restaurant of the Year.” Executive Chef Frank Pabst will craft an exclusive multi-course menu served alongside a compelling selection of vintage picks from the Robert Mondavi Winery portfolio. This not-to-be-missed dinner will be hosted by the winery’s own Master of Wine, Mark de Vere.

A Legendary Evening

This five-course dinner, prepared by Chef Alana Peckham, pairs the range of quality Chablis from Domaine Louis Moreau with the exacting quality of CRU Restaurant. Domaine Louis Moreau has challenged custom in Burgundy by owning their own vineyards in order to maintain their exacting standards of quality. This dinner offers an intimate setting to interact with Monsieur Louis Moreau himself.

Cru at Cru

Loren Trefethen will guide you through the four-decade history of the Trefethen Family’s influence on the history of the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. The culinary team at MARKET, led by Chef de Cuisine Karen Gin, will work their magic in pairing these wines to the internationally acclaimed, “vibrant cuisine” approach of three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for a unique culinary experience.

Vibrant Influence

Photo: Daneiela Ciuffa

For one evening, Gastown hotspot L’Abattoir will host an exploration of one of Australia’s leading producers in premium cool-climate wines, Josef Chromy of Tasmania. Chef Lee Cooper will present a multi-course menu featuring French-influenced West Coast fare alongside skillfully selected wine flights showcasing the best from Australia’s unique island state. Enjoy this adventurous evening of distinctly different food and wine pairings.

Josef Chromy, Tasmania @ L’Abattoir 217 Carrall Street 6:30-9:30pm $150

with Robert Mondavi Winery @ Blue Water Cafe 1095 Hamilton Street 6:30-10:00 pm $190

CRU Restaurant 1459 West Broadway 7:00-10:00 pm $155

Trefethen Family Vineyards @ MARKET by Jean-Georges 1115 Alberni Street 7:00-10:00 pm $150



These multi-winery, multi-restaurant food and wine extravaganzas are the perfect way to celebrate the close of the Playhouse Winefest on Sunday.

Sunday, April 3 Vintners Brunch

VCC West, Ballroom C 1055 Canada Place 11:30 am-2:00 pm $135/$1250 (table of 10) (Tickets available only in person or by phone)

A wine-and-food-pairing extravaganza, Vintners Brunch takes you on a tour of some of the city’s top restaurants paired especially with fantastic wineries. Each tasting station features one dish matched specifically to one wine. Make forays to each tasting station to collect the delectable petit plat and its matching wine, chat up the celebrated chefs and wine personalities along the way and then evaluate their skills at your own table. Once your appetite is satiated, you can hit the dance floor to burn off some calories. Professionals from the food and wine industry will be on hand to choose the winner of the annual Judges’ Choice Award, sponsored by The Vancouver Sun. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Au Petit Chavignol Capers Whole Foods Market – Kitsilano Cibo Trattoria Culinary Capers Catering Goldfish Pacific Kitchen Hy’s Steakhouse Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House Lift Bar Grill View Monk McQueens Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts The Salmon House The Shore Club Terrace Restaurant, Mission Hill Estate Winery Vancouver Convention Centre


Photo: Daneiela Ciuffa

Cheese station featuring Arla Foods Bread featuring Terra Breads Chocolates by XOXOLAT Sponsored by San Pellegrino/Aqua Panna and The Vancouver Sun

Brunches Brunches

This abundant brunch is an opportune world tour of terroir, paired with a fabulous menu prepared by some of our region’s top destination dining rooms. The province is ably represented from the coast to the interior by a range of British Columbia’s finest kitchens, using local produce as the inspiration for their dishes. The wines maintain the theme of collective quality, with great selections from around the world. What better way is there to spend an afternoon than indulging in sumptuous fare and world class wines in the sophisticated ambience of the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel ballroom? • • • • • • • • • • • •

Sunday, April 3 Flavours of the Festival Fairmont Waterfront Hotel 900 Canada Place Way Noon-2:30 pm $109/$1000 (table of 10) (Tickets available only in person or by phone)

Chop Steakhouse Bar Fraîche Restaurant Herons Restaurant, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel La Terrazza Manhattan, Delta Vancouver Suites MARKET by Jean-Georges, Shangri-La Hotel Mosaic, The Hyatt Regency Hotel Old Vines Restaurant, Quail’s Gate Estate Winery The Pointe Restaurant, The Wickaninnish Inn Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro YEW Restaurant + Bar, Four Seasons Hotel Whistler Cooks

Photo: Daneiela Ciuffa

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Sit-Down Lunches

Sit-down or grazing, these multi-winery food and wine extravaganzas are the perfect way to explore a particular wine region on Saturday.

Saturday, April 2 Cape Coastal

Hart House Restaurant 6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby 11:30 am-2:00 pm $80

Burnaby’s renowned Hart House will host its sixth annual “Cape Coastal” lunch, featuring top bottles from South Africa. Winery principals from participating South African wineries will be on hand to introduce their wines, which will be paired with Pacific Northwest cuisine. The elegant surroundings of Hart House’s dining room will enhance guests’ enjoyment of the fine food and wine. Sponsored by Wines of South Africa

Dine Italia La Terrazza 1088 Cambie Street 11:30am-2:30 pm $105

Experience the renowned wines of Italy with a superb multi-course lunch prepared by La Terrazza’s renowned chef Gennaro Iorio. Enjoy a beautifully prepared lunch in one of Vancouver’s most enchanting dining rooms with fresh local ingredients, timeless Italian fare, and the wines of top Italian producers.


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Festival at a Glance Monday, March 28

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Tuesday March 29

Wednesday, March 30 Breaking Down the Barriers: The Canadian Wine Summit 9:15-11:15 am Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Thursday, March 31

Canadian Wine Summit Lunch 11:30 am-1:15 pm Wosk Centre for Dialogue Lunch (Trade)


Summit (Trade)

Invitation Only

Old Vines, New Wines Theme Region Plenary: Spain 9:30-11:15 am VCC East Opening Plenary (Trade)

Trade Days Lunch 11:30 am-1:15 pm VCC West Lunch (Trade)



Wine Marketing Trends: Unveiling Their Secrets How Will You Sell 1:30-4:00 pm Wine in the Future? VCC East 1:30-5:00 pm Sherry Master Class (Trade) Wosk Centre for Dialogue $45 Symposium (Trade)


Vega Sicilia Vertical Tasting 3:30-5:00 pm Vancouver Art Gallery

The Innovative Italian 6:30-9:30 pm Lupo Restaurant Winery Dinner

$165 Page 15

Pleasures of the Table 6:30-9:30 pm Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar Winery Dinner

Goldcorp presents Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction 5:45-11:00 pm The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Winery Dinner, Auction

$475 Page 10

$150 Page 15

Sabor de España! 7:00-10:00 pm Salt Tasting Room Winery Dinner

$125 Page 15

Diva(s) at the Met 6:00-8:00 pm Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver Wine Seminar

$75 Page 32

SPAIN – Everything Under the Sun 8:00-10:00 pm Vancouver Art Gallery Wine & Food Grazing


$65/$55 groups of 8+ Page 27

Fetzer presents Great Beginnings – Flavours of the City 5:30-7:30 pm The Fairmont Waterfront Wine & Food Grazing

Vintage Tasting

$325 / Page 31

$69/$60 groups of 8+ Page 27

Discover the Pacific Northwest 6:30-10:00 pm Raincity Grill

European Influence, Canadian Flair 6:30-9:30 pm Hawksworth Restaurant

$135 / Page 16

$135 / Page 16

Get Fraîche with Miner Wines 6:30-9:30 pm Fraîche

Iberian Icons 6:30-9:30 pm (regional tasting lounge)

$150 / Page 16

$120 / Page 16

Winery Dinner

Winery Dinner

The Joy of Modern Spain 6:30-9:30 pm Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar Winery Dinner

$125 Page 18

Winery Dinner

Winery Dinner

Legends 6:30-10:00 pm West Restaurant Winery Dinner

$220 Page 18

Iconic California Cabernet Sauvignon 7:00-10:00 pm Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House Winery Dinner

$145 Page18

Portuguese Prestige 7:00-10:00 pm Le Gavroche Winery Dinner

$175 Page 18

Spanish Legend 7:00-10:00 pm Boneta Winery Dinner

$175 Page 18

California Cruisin’ 8:30-11:00 pm Canvas Lounge Wine Mingler

$59/$50 groups of 8+ Page 28

Trade Tasting 2:30-5:00 pm VCC East

Wine Tasting (Trade) / $35 Buyers Only Hour 1:30-2:30 pm

Elegance, Power and Complexity: Graham’s Port 5:15-6:45 pm VCC East

The Legacy of a Spanish Visionary: Miguel Torres 5:00-6:45 pm VCC East

$150 / Page 31

$75 Page 32

Vintage Tasting

Wine Seminar

A Whammy of Umami 5:00-6:45 pm VCC East

Curtain Raiser 6:00-7:00 pm VCC East

Wine & Food Pairing Seminar

$50 Page 32

Wine & Food Grazing

Invitation & passes only Page 14

International Festival Tasting 7:00-10:00 pm VCC East Wine Tasting

$95 Page 12

Wine Tasting

Wine & Food Grazing

Wine Mingler

Lunch & Brunch

Wine Seminar

Winery Dinner

Vintage Tasting

Trade Only Events

Friday, April 1 Dare to Compare Blind Tasting 9:30-11:15 am VCC East Wine Seminar (Trade)

Mar 28 -Apr 3, 2011

Saturday, April 2

It’s All About Trust: The Retail Exchange 9:30-11:15 am VCC East

Sunday, April 3

Cape Coastal 11:30 am-2:00 pm Hart House Restaurant

Dine Italia 11:30 am-2:30 pm La Terrazza

Vintners Brunch 11:30 am-2:00 pm VCC West

$80 / Page 22

$105 / Page 22

$135/$1250 table of 10 Page 20

Aussie Barbie 12:00-2:00 pm Vancouver Rowing Club

BC Food & Wine: Our Land, Revealed 12:00-2:00 pm O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar

Flavours of the Festival 12:00-2:30 pm The Fairmont Waterfront

Sit-down Lunch

Sit-down Lunch

Wine Seminar (Trade)



Tour of Terruño – It’s Elemental 9:30-11:15 am VCC East Wine Seminar (Trade) / $40 Celebrating Excellence The 8th Annual Awards Lunch Featuring Wines from Spain

Spirited Industry Professional Award, Sommelier of the Year, Wine List Awards, Fetzer Great Beginnings Wine & Appetizer Challenge, Quady Dessert Competition, The Art Institute of Vancouver Wine Professional Challenge 11:30 am-1:15 pm VCC East, Parkview Terrace Lunch (Trade) / $75

Grazing Lunch

Grazing Lunch

$69 / Page 26

$69 / Page 26

Perfect Pairings 12:00-2:00 pm The Boathouse at Kits Beach

Raise a Glass to Argentina 12:00-2:00 pm V Yaletown

$69 / Page 26

$69 / Page 26

España: Savour the Flavours 12:30-2:30 pm VCC West

Salud Chile! 1:00-3:00 pm Monk McQueens Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar

$95 Page 26

$69 / Page 27

Wine’s F-Word 1:00-2:45 pm VCC East

Good Gracious Grenache! 3:00-4:45 pm VCC East

$50 / Page 34

$50 / Page 34

Grazing Lunch

Wine Tasting (Trade) / $35 Buyers Only Hour 1:30-2:30 pm

Caballeros del Vino 5:00-6:45 pm VCC East

Grazing Lunch

Wine & Food Pairing Seminar

Wine Seminar

Wine Seminar

$60 / Page 32 The Fladgate Partnership 5:00-6:45 pm VCC East

Vintage Tasting

$150 Page 31

Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz 5:15-6:45 pm Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar

Sparkling Splash 3:00-4:45 pm Miele Showroom Wine Mingler

$50 Page 28

25 Under $25 4:30-6:30 pm District 319 Wine Mingler

$40 Page 28

Cinq-à-Sept The French Apéritif 5:00-7:00 pm VCC West Wine Mingler

$59 Page 28

Wine & Food Grazing

$150 includes Friday IFT Page 14

International Festival Tasting 7:00-10:00 pm VCC East Wine Tasting

$95/$85 groups of 8+ Page 12

The Devil is in the Details 6:30-9:30 pm L’Abattoir Winery Dinner

$150 / Page 19 A Legendary Evening 6:30-10:00 pm Blue Water Cafe Winery Dinner

$190 / Page 19

Vintage Tasting

$125 / Page 31

Gold Pass Tasting Lounge 5:30-9:00 pm VCC East


$109/$1000 table of 10 Page 21

Grazing Lunch

Grazing Lunch

Trade Tasting 2:30-5:00 pm VCC East


Meet Your Match 5:00-6:45 pm VCC East Wine Seminar

$75 Page 34

Gold Pass Tasting Lounge 5:30-9:00 pm VCC East Wine & Food Grazing

$150 includes Saturday IFT Page 14

International Festival Tasting 7:00-10:00 pm VCC East Wine Tasting

$95/$85 groups of 8+ Page 12

Cru at Cru 7:00-10:00 pm CRU Restaurant Winery Dinner

$155 / Page 19 Vibrant Influence 7:00-10:00 pm MARKET by Jean-Georges Winery Dinner

$150 / Page 19


Sit-down or grazing, these multi-winery food and wine extravaganzas are the perfect way to explore a particular wine region on Saturday.

Grazing Lunches Saturday, April 2

Spend an afternoon sipping fabulous Australian wines on the wrap-around patio at the Vancouver Rowing Club. That’s right, we’re back in our old digs and the only thing that can beat the stunning views of Coal Harbour and downtown is the amazing selection of wineries this year. Thirteen out of the 17 wineries that are pouring at Aussie Barbie 2011 weren’t in the festival last year. So come Down Under, ready to enjoy an afternoon of wine from all corners of Australia, some great company, and a genuine Aussie Barbie. We can’t wait to see you!

Aussie Barbie

Vancouver Rowing Club 450 Stanley Park Drive 12:00-2:00 pm $69

Sponsored by Wine Australia

BC Food and Wine: Our Land, Revealed O’Doul’s Restaurant and Bar 1300 Robson Street 12:00 – 2:00pm $69

Join us as we celebrate British Columbia as an exceptional place for food and wine. BC’s unique combination of mountains, lakes, fresh air and intense sunlight help create wines that reveal our province – wines that are fresh, clean, crisp and lively! Discover food-friendly BC VQA wines paired with a sustainable and local menu of fresh BC culinary delights created by O’Doul’s Restaurant Executive Chef Chris Whittaker and his team at this reception-style gourmet lunch. Enjoy the music and meet the winemakers and proprietors who craft BC’s special wines. Sponsored by the Wines of British Columbia

Perfect Pairings The Boathouse at Kits Beach 1305 Arbutus St 12:00-2:00 pm $69

The perfect combination for an incredible afternoon of indulgence, experience “food friendly” New Zealand wines paired with fabulous Pacific Rim cuisine. The Boathouse at Kits Beach (formerly Watermark) offers delectable, local fresh seafood dishes prepared by Chef Frank Macoretta. This year’s adventure is a grazing event that will offer delicious food stations of shellfish, grilled fish, fowl and red meats prepared just for you. Sponsored by participating wineries Event Partner New Zealand Winegrowers

Take the Canada Line to the sleek private room upstairs at V Yaletown and enjoy a lively stand-up, grazing-style lunch showcasing the wines of Argentina. Principals from fifteen Argentine wineries will each pour two of their best wines, accompanied by complementary contemporary cuisine in a festive atmosphere.

Raise a Glass to Argentina V Yaletown Upper Level, 1095 Mainland Street (enter through Earls Restaurant) 12:00-2:00 pm $69

España: Savour the Flavours VCC West, meeting room 301 1055 Canada Place Way 12:30-2:30 pm $95

Sponsored by Wines of Argentina


Thirty-two Spanish wineries, live music, delectable foods and evocative personalities in a truly majestic setting – talk about an abundance of riches! Find out why Spanish wine is exploding in popularity around the globe as you mix and mingle with winemakers from across this innovative country in a glorious space overlooking Coal Harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains. Spanish music and Mediterranean cuisine add to the celebration of wines as you embark on a vinicultural tour through the many exciting wine regions of Spain. Sparkling Cavas, crisp refreshing whites, mouth-watering reds and tantalizing fortified wines of all styles are just the tip of the iceberg, on the tip of your tongue. Discover the New Spain, all in one room. Sponsored by Wines from Spain


Grazing Lunches Saturday, April 2 Join Wines of Chile and 11 participating Chilean wineries at Salud Chile 2011, taking place at Monk McQueens Fresh Seafood and Oyster Bar. This award-winning restaurant provides a spectacular view across the water to Yaletown and the coastal mountains beyond. Executive Chef Rick Bowman will create an exciting menu to pair with the 22 wines on offer at this reception-style grazing event. Meet the visiting principals and sample a white and red wine from each winery. Sample, learn, and enjoy at Salud Chile 2011!

Salud Chile!

Monk McQueens Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar 601 Stamps Landing 1:00-3:00 pm $69

Sponsored by Wines of Chile

An informal wine and food event, where patrons browse from tasting station to tasting station while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres.

Wine and Food Grazing Tuesday, March 29

Spain exemplifies an abundance of culture from its art to its people to its wines. Spain’s commitment to enriching the enjoyment of all aspects of life is demonstrated in many ways. Wines from Spain are in the spotlight at this lively event at the Vancouver Art Gallery’s fully enclosed elegant Rooftop Pavilion. Overlook the bustle of downtown Vancouver as you sip on a varied selection of the wines that make Spain a global leader. Feel the sun envelope you from inside as you nibble on Mediterranean-inspired tapas and meet the winemakers behind the bottles. Kick off the Wine Festival while tracking down your new favourite wine… Wines from Spain.

SPAIN – Everything Under the Sun Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street 8:00-10:00 pm $65/$55 each for groups of 8+ until February 28


Sponsored by Wines from Spain

Wednesday, March 30 Flavours, fun, and Fetzer Wines. The annual competition to dazzle your tastebuds and delight your palate is upon us. Join Vancouver’s top chefs as they vie for gold for the best food and wine pairings. Come munch, sip and savour your way through fantastic appetizers and the fabulous wines from Fetzer Vineyards. Who will win? You be the judge. A sell-out event every year; purchase your tickets early! Sponsored by Fetzer

Fetzer presents Great Beginnings – Flavours of the City

The Fairmont Waterfront Waterfront Ballroom 900 Canada Place Way 5:30-7:30 pm $69/$60 each for groups 8+ until February 28


Wine Minglers

An upbeat wine tasting where patrons browse from station to station in an informal and entertaining setting. Some food will be served, but eating ahead of time is recommended.

Wednesday, March 30 California Cruisin’

Canvas Lounge 99 Powell Street 8:30-11:00 pm $59/$50 each for groups of 8+ until February 28

Escape to California in a night designed to deliver an unparalleled taste of the Golden State in an environment that celebrates the relaxed yet sophisticated California vibe, the trendy Canvas Lounge and Gallery in Gastown. This will be a stylish night out filled with fine wines from 17 California wineries, cool music, interesting people and gourmet appetizers. Sponsored by California Wines

Saturday, April 2 Sparkling Splash Miele Showroom 69 Smithe Street 3:00-4:45 pm $50

A celebration of all things sparkling, this marketplace-style wine and food experience will highlight the flexibility of bubbles, especially when paired with gourmet bites. Wine and food writer Tim Pawsey ( and Chef Dana Reinhardt will be on hand to introduce guests to the joys of sparkling wine and food pairing. From Champagne to Sekt, Prosecco to Cava, old world to new, virtually every premium producing region of the world will be represented. Browse the different stations, experience the distinct tastes and celebrate with a glorious glass of bubbles. Sponsored by Pedersen’s Rentals

25 Under $25 District 319 319 Main Street 4:30-6:30 pm $40

Year in, year out, 25 Under $25 is one of the most popular events of the Festival, highlighting a coveted selection of the best value wines on the market. Value doesn’t necessarily mean cheap – in most cases, these are wines punching well above their weight, offering exceptional style for their price. James Nevison, The Province’s “Wine Guy” and co-author of the best-selling annual Had a Glass series of wine guides, will handle the hosting duties at the urban and hip District 319 on Main Street. Sponsored by Acqua Panna, San Pellegrino, and The Province

Cinq-à-Sept: The French Apéritif VCC West, meeting room 306 1055 Canada Place Way 5:00-7:00 pm $59

The perfect “aperitif” to the Wine Festival, this trendy French lifestyle event features a live DJ, innovative cuisine, a stunning setting, and wines from across the world’s most famous wine producing country. Try sparkling, still and fortified wines from Champagne, Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Côtes du Rhône, Languedoc and the Roussillon, all the while nibbling on some of France’s most inspired bites in a cool lounge overlooking Coal Harbour and the mountains of the North Shore. Come and get to know producers from all over France and the wines that they want to share with you. Live the French lifestyle first-hand! Sponsored by French Ministry of Alimentation, Agriculture and Fishery



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A vertical tasting led by a winery principal, in which different years of the same wine are compared and contrasted.

Vintage Tastings Wednesday, March 30

One of the wine world’s rarest events is here: an opportunity to experience a vertical tasting of wines from Vega Sicilia, Spain’s legendary and world famous winery. Vega Sicilia proprietor Pablo Álvarez will conduct this stellar tasting, which will cover the past five decades and highlight the winery’s iconic Único label. Note: There is a limit of one ticket per order.

Vega Sicilia Vertical Tasting

Vancouver Art Gallery Heritage Courtroom 301 750 Hornby Street 3:30-5:00 pm $325


Sponsored by Wines from Spain and Vega Sicilia

Thursday, March 31 Founded in 1820, Graham’s has unmatched experience as a producer of outstanding Vintage Ports and a reputation which is second to none. Join Graham’s Executive Director Rupert Symington for this rare opportunity and embark on a remarkable journey through his thoughts and passions on eight legendary vintages of Graham’s Port: 1970, 1977, 1980, 1985, 1994, 2000, 2003 and 2007.

Elegance, Power and Complexity: Graham’s Port VCC East, meeting room 12 999 Canada Place Way 5:15-6:45 pm $150


Sponsored by Graham’s Port

Friday, April 1 The Fladgate Partnership invites you to taste an unparalleled vertical selection of Taylor, Fonseca and Croft vintage ports spanning four decades of the partnership’s history, including the benchmark 1994 vintage. Join chief winemaker David Guimaraens, CEO Adrian Bridge and Anthony Gismondi as they extol the virtuous history of the Douro Valley and the partnership’s wines during this rare and extraordinary seminar.

The Fladgate Partnership VCC East, meeting room 8 999 Canada Place Way 5:00-6:45 pm $150


Sponsored by Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft

Join James Lindner and moderator David Scholefield as they present Langmeil’s rare The Freedom 1843 Shiraz from James’ family-owned winery. The Freedom is made from vines first planted in 1843, believed to be some of the oldest known surviving Shiraz vineyards in the world. These are wines of people, place and time. Sponsored by Langmeil

Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz

Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar 615 Seymour Street 5:15-6:45 pm $125


An in-depth exploration of an issue, trend or topic in the wine industry led by experts in the field.

Wine Seminars Tuesday, March 29

What happens when a group of women get together? They talk wine, of course! Host Daenna Van Mulligen (aka WineDiva) will introduce you to an international group of winemakers, proprietors and industry principals, who will share not only the wines they represent, but also the stories of their journey as a woman in the grape trade. During the seminar there will be a selection of small bites prepared by Diva at the Met’s Executive Chef Quang Dang. Who knows, these inspiring women may well inspire a career change in your future...

Diva(s) at the Met Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver 645 Howe Street 6:00-8:00 pm $75

Thursday, March 31 The Legacy of a Spanish Visionary


(A Conversation with Miguel Torres) VCC East, meeting room 8 999 Canada Place Way 5:00-6:45 pm $75

A Whammy of Umami

Pairing Artisanal Spanish Cheeses with Spain’s Famed Fortifieds VCC East , meeting room 11 999 Canada Place Way 5:00-6:45 pm $50

Miguel Torres is, as Decanter Magazine says, “undoubtedly the driving force behind the modernization of Spanish wine.” Join moderator Anthony Gismondi as he discusses the legacy of arguably the most important person in the history of Spanish winemaking. Guests will be guided through a rare and diverse selection of wines from the Torres wineries in Spain, Chile and California. Event Partners Miguel Torres Spain, Miguel Torres Chile, Marimar Estate (California)



Sherry and Montilla are the wines in the spotlight as participants embark on a guided journey to learn the art of pairing these established fortified wines with artisanal cheeses of Spain. From the delicate to the intense, taste Spain’s iconic fortifieds and judge for yourself how a perfect synergy of wine and food can enhance the natural, inherent umami of these unique wines and fine cheeses to a whole new mouth-watering level. Presented by Cesar Saldaña, Director General of The Regulating Council of Jerez, and Allison Spurrell, owner of Les Amis du Fromage. Sponsored by Wines from Spain and the Consejo Regulador de Jerez

Friday, April 1 Caballeros del Vino

VCC East, meeting room 11 999 Canada Place Way 5:00-6:45 pm $60


Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the proprietors, CEOs and Winemakers of 10 of Spain’s iconic wineries. Taste their magnificent wines while getting a fascinating glimpse into the driving forces behind the new Spanish wine industry. Prepare to be inspired. Participants: Bodegas Alvear’s Fernando Alvear, Bodegas Hidalgo’s Javier Hidalgo, Iberwine’s Javier Delgado-Aurteneche, Bodegas Piqueras’ Juan Pablo Bonete, Cavas Parés Baltà’s Joan Cusine, Gonzáles Byass’ Felipe González-Gordon, Alvaro Palacios’ Alvaro Palacios, Telmo Rodriguez’ Telmo Rodriguez, Grupo Freixenet’s Pedro Ferrer, and Juan Gil’s Loren Gil. Moderated by Wines from Spain Ambassador Roger Randolph. Sponsored by Wines from Spain


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Wine Seminars Saturday, April 2 Wine’s F-Word

Fortified Wine & Food Pairing Seminar VCC East, meeting room 11 999 Canada Place Way 1:00-2:45 pm $50

Good Gracious Grenache! VCC East, meeting room 1 999 Canada Place Way 3:00-4:45 pm $50


F is for the fabulous and flexible flavours of fortified wines. This is an extremely versatile and exclusive global family, including Ports, Sherries, and Madeiras, as well as the captivating sweet wines from the south of France. From the finesse of Manzanilla to robust vintage port, from flamboyant Banyuls to smooth tawny, each Fortified Wine will be put to work with magnificent food matches that show off their culinary adaptability. DJ Kearney, Chef, Wine Consultant and Journalist, leads this romp through wine’s F-words, joined by the now-legendary panel of chefs: Julian Bond, Executive Chef, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts; Tony Lawrence, Philadelphia’s A Chef For You; Blair Rasmussen, Executive Chef, Vancouver Convention Centre; and Dino Renaerts, Executive Chef and Owner, Fraîche. You may find yourself using the F-word in a whole new way! The Spaniards baptized it Garnacha, but most countries just call it Grenache. This lesser-known grape variety shows up in many more wines than you would think. From cheerful rosés, full-bodied reds such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Priorato and Rioja, to lusciously sweet elixirs, Grenache has numerous guises. Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris from house wine will introduce you to some of its finest expressions hailing from Spain, France, California and Australia. Discover just how versatile Grenache can be. Sponsored by Wine Access

Meet Your Match

VCC East, meeting room 8 999 Canada Place Way 5:00-6:45 pm $75

Calling all enthusiastic vinophiles! In a follow up to last year’s inaugural event, we invite you to join us and find your perfect wine, get up, close and personal with fascinating international winery principals, and discover first-hand the intimate secrets of some of the world’s outstanding wines and wineries. Based on the speed dating model, the event will deliver a fresh twist on the standard wine seminar. Chaperoned by master wine matchmaker Anthony Gismondi, you’re destined to find your perfect wine match! Meet Your Match will be presented in a format that allows small groups direct and personal interaction with the wine’s winery producer. The group will have about 6 minutes with each producer to taste their wine, hear their story and ask any questions they like.


Photo: David Niddrie

Sponsored by Wine Access



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Blue Water Cafe Salt Tasting Room West Restaurant



The Landing West Coast Grill (Nanoose Bay) Nautical Nellies Restaurant (Victoria) The Restaurant at Painted Boat (Madeira Park) SoBo (Tofino) Veneto (Victoria)

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Au Petit Chavignol Le Crocodile CRU Restaurant Lift Bar Grill View The Observatory Provence Marinaside Rangoli The Salmon House Seymour Golf and Country Club Vij’s Wine Room at Joey Bentall One Zest Restaurant


Aqua Riva Diva at the Met gudrun Hart House Restaurant Pearl on the Rock Shuraku YEW restaurant & bar

Honourable Mention

Bistrot Bistro Bravo Restaurant & Lounge (Chilliwack) Bridges Goldfish Pacific Kitchen Gramercy Grill La Terrazza Ric’s Grill (Chilliwack)


SOMMELIER OF THE YEAR Kurtis Kolt Salt Tasting Room

The Pacific Restaurant (Victoria)


Honourable Mention

eat@galianoinn (Galiano) Hastings House (Salt Spring) The Marina Restaurant (Victoria) Stage Wine Bar (Victoria)



Vintners Brunch

Jonathan Chovancek Culinary Capers Catering Fetzer presents

Great Beginnings

Tom Lee Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

Quady Dessert Competition Tomiko Mayede


Cobblestone Restaurant at the Naramata Heritage Inn (Naramata)


All Seasons Café (Nelson) La Bussola (Kelowna)

The Wine Professional Challenge Sandy Hamilton The Cannery

Honourable Mention

Emerald Lake Lodge (Field) Sal’s Prime Steakhouse (Kelowna) Whitetooth Mountain Bistro (Golden)


Divino Wine & Cheese Bistro (Calgary) Taste (Calgary)


River Café (Calgary) Vin Room (Calgary)



Araxi Restaurant

The Ranche (Calgary)

Honourable Mention

Honourable Mention

Ric’s Grill The Wine Room (Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

Official Safety Partner:

Buffalo Mountain Lodge (Banff) Cilantro (Calgary) Deer Lodge (Lake Louise) Ric’s Grill (Calgary) Velvet (Calgary)

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Featured Speakers and Chefs Speaker


Pablo Álvarez, Proprietor, Vega Sicilia Michelle Bouffard, house wine Adrian Bridge, CEO and Managing Director, Fladgate Partnership Anthony Gismondi, Editor-in-Chief, Wine Access magazine; Columnist, The Vancouver Sun David Guimaraens, Technical Director and Winemaker, Fladgate Partnership DJ Kearney, wine educator James Lindner, Sales, Marketing & Distribution, Langmeil Winery Michaela Morris, house wine James Nevison, wine writer, halfaglass Tim Pawsey, wine and food writer ( Rhys Pender, MW, Wine Plus Consulting Roger Randolph, Wines from Spain Ambassador Cesar Saldaña, Director General, The Regulatory Council of Jerez David Scholefield, wine personality Barry Scott, Maynard’s Allison Spurrell, Owner, Les Amis du Fromage Rupert Symington, Executive Director, Symington Family Estates Miguel Torres, Proprietor, Miguel Torres Daenna Van Mulligen, Wine Diva

Vega Sicilia Vertical Tasting Good Gracious Grenache! The Fladgate Partnership The Fladgate Partnership; The Legacy of a Spanish Visionary; Meet Your Match The Fladgate Partnership Wine’s F-Word Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz Good Gracious Grenache! 25 Under $25 Great Beginnings; Sparkling Splash Vega Sicilia Vertical Tasting Caballeros del Vino A Whammy of Umami Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Shiraz Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction A Whammy of Umami Elegance, Power and Complexity: Graham’s Port The Legacy of a Spanish Visionary Diva(s) at the Met

Chef Jeremie Bastien, Executive Chef, Boneta Matthew Batey, Winery Chef, Terrace Restaurant, Mission Hill Estate Winery Oliver Beckert, Executive Chef, YEW Restaurant + bar Chris Bisaro, Executive Chef, Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar Julian Bond, Executive Chef & Program Director, Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts Rick Bowman, Executive Chef, Monk McQueen’s Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar Clement Chan, Chef de Cuisine, Mosaic, The Hyatt Regency Hotel Jonathan Chovancek, Chef de Cuisine, Culinary Capers Catering Lee Cooper, Executive Chef, L’Abattoir Grant Cousar, Chef/Owner, Whistler Cooks Daryl Crumb, Executive Chef, Quang Dang, Executive Chef, Diva at the Met, Metropolitan Hotel Patrick Dore, Chef, The Fairmont Waterfront Jean Claude Douguet, Executive Chef, Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar Manuel Ferreira, Executive Chef, Le Gavroche Karen Gin, Chef de Cuisine, MARKET by Jean-Georges


Spanish Legend Vintners Brunch Flavours of the Festival The Joy of Modern Spain Vintners Brunch; Wine’s F-Word Salud Chile!; Vintners Brunch Flavours of the Festival Vintners Brunch The Devil is in the Details Flavours of the Festival Iberian Icons Diva(s) at the Met Flavours of the Festival Pleasures of the Table Portuguese Prestige Flavours of the Festival; Vibrant Influence

Featured Speakers and Chefs Chef


David Gunawan, Executive Chef, West Restaurant David Hawksworth, Executive Chef, Hawksworth at the Hotel Georgia Gennario Iorio, Executive Chef, La Terrazza Sutha Jeyarasa, Executive Chef, Hy’s Encore Steakhouse Dave Jorgensen, Executive Chef, The Salmon House Kris Kabush, Executive Chef, Hart House Restaurant Martin Keyer, Kitchen Leader, V Yaletown Scott Kidd, Executive Chef, Lift Bar Grill View Dobrosav Kovacevic, Executive Chef, Canvas Lounge Tony Lawrence, Chef/Owner, A Chef for You Robert LeCrom, Executive Chef, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver Frank Macoretta, Executive Chef, The Boathouse at Kits Beach Tim Muehlbauer, Pastry Chef Educator, Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver Mike Nezny, Senior Chef, Chop Steakhouse Bar Nicholas Nutting, Restaurant Chef, The Wickaninnish Inn, The Pointe Restaurant Masahiro Omori, Chef, Shuraku Sake Bar & Bistro Frank Pabst, Executive Chef, Blue Water Cafe Alana Peckham, Executive Chef, CRU Restaurant Julio Gonzalez Perini, Executive Chef, Lupo Restaurant Jay Perera, Executive Chef, The Shore Club Jennifer Peters, Executive Chef, Raincity Grill Scott Pratico, Executive Chef/Partner, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House Blair Rasmussen, Executive Chef, Vancouver Convention Centre Dana Reinhardt, Chef/Owner, SOL Kitchen Consulting Dino Renaerts, Executive Chef & Owner, Fraîche Roger Sleiman, Chef, Old Vines Restaurant, Quail’s Gate Estate Winery Neil Taylor, Executive Chef, Cibo Trattoria Hiroyuki Uenishi, Capers Whole Foods Market Kitsilano Geoff Van Hassel, Chef, Au Petit Chavignol Michael Viloria, Executive Chef, Manhattan, Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel Curtis Webb, Executive Chef, Goldfish Pacific Kitchen Chris Whittaker, Executive Chef, O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar, The Listel Hotel

Legends European Influence, Canadian Flair Dine Italia; Flavours of the Festival Vintners Brunch Vintners Brunch Cape Coastal Raise a Glass to Argentina Vintners Brunch California Cruisin’ Wine’s F-Word Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction Perfect Pairings – New Zealand Wines, BC Cuisine Vintners Brunch Flavours of the Festival Flavours of the Festival Flavours of the Festival A Legendary Evening Cru at Cru The Innovative Italian Vintners Brunch Discover the Pacific Northwest Iconic California Cabernet Sauvignon; Vintners Brunch España: Savour the Flavours; Vintners Brunch; Wine’s F Word Sparkling Splash Flavours of the Festival; Get Fraîche; Wine’s F-Word Flavours of the Festival Vintners Brunch Vintners Brunch Vintners Brunch Flavours of the Festival Vintners Brunch BC Food & Wine: Our Land Revealed



Watch for blue dot products available only at the festival wine shop!




BUY NOW CARRY LATER For your convenience, the BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop offers a free bottle check service. Buy your selection early in the evening (while supplies last) then have it set aside for you to pick up when you leave. For added convenience, purchases can be shipped free of charge to your local BC Liquor Store. Just ask any Festival Wine Shop Sales Associate for more information. GET HOME SAFE FREE TRANSIT TICKET After the tasting, visit the BC Liquor Stores Get Home Safe booth, located outside the Festival Wine Shop, and pick up a complimentary single zone transit ticket. The ride’s on us!

BC LIQUOR STORES FESTIVAL WINE SHOP HOURS MARCH 31 – APRIL 1 | 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 PM | 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. APRIL 2 | 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

Hotel Packages & Accommodation

Package prices are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single supplements available. Hotel taxes not included. Credit card charged at time of booking.

Hotel Packages and Accommodation

Spend your evening tasting some of the best wines the Festival has to offer then retire to your own personal suite.

Executive Hotel Vintage Park

Package includes: • One night at the Executive Hotel Vintage Park, Downtown Vancouver • International Festival Tasting Room session of your choice (Thursday, Friday or Saturday) • Complimentary parking and internet • Complimentary shuttle to and from the Vancouver Convention Centre • Daily complimentary wine tasting in La Vallee Restaurant located in the hotel • Upgraded deluxe Jacuzzi guestrooms

Tasting Room Package $129 per person based on double occupancy, plus taxes and fees

1379 Howe Street

To make a reservation call 1.800.570.3932 or for general information visit Savour this incredible experience – wine tasting and a restful night at one of Vancouver’s top hotels directly across the street from festival headquarters. Whether you’re a novice wine lover or an experienced connoisseur, you’re in for an exciting event! Package includes: • One night at the Fairmont Waterfront • International Festival Tasting Room Session for Two (Thursday, Friday or Saturday)

The Fairmont Waterfront 900 Canada Place

Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Package Rates from $169* per person based on double occupancy, plus taxes and fees

Call 1.800.441.1414 and ask for in-house reservations or use promo code PRFES1 bookable at *Package prices are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to availability. Single supplements may be available. Hotel taxes not included. Credit card charged at time of booking.

The following hotels are offering special room rates for Wine Festival patrons. Call and ask for the “Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival rate”: Executive Hotel Vintage Park $119 The Fairmont Waterfront $190 Pan Pacific Hotel $199

Special Hotel Rates

Make a weekend – or week – of 1.800.570.3932 the Playhouse Winefest 1.604.691.1991 or 1.800.441.1414 604.662.3223 or toll free in Canada at 1.800.663.1515 in USA at 1.800.937.1515

For free travel information and accommodation reservations, call Hello BC at 1.800.HELLO BC 1.800.435.5622 (North America). Or visit Tourist Information




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L’Abattoir 217 Carrall Street Blue Water Cafe 1095 Hamilton Street The Boathouse at Kits Beach 1305 Arbutus St Boneta 1 West Cordova Street Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar 1138 Homer Street Canvas Lounge 99 Powell Street CRU Restaurant 1459 West Broadway District 319 319 Main Street The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 900 West Georgia Street The Fairmont Waterfront 900 Canada Place Way Fraîche 2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver Le Gavroche 1616 Alberni Street Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar 615 Seymour Street Hart House Restaurant 6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby Hawksworth Restaurant 801 West Georgia Street Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House 777 Thurlow Street Lupo Restaurant + Vinoteca 869 Hamilton Street MARKET by Jean-Georges 1115 Alberni Street

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Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver 645 Howe Street Miele Showroom 69 Smithe Street Monk McQueens Fresh Seafood & Oyster Bar 601 Stamps Landing Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue 580 West Hastings Street O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar 1300 Robson Street (regional tasting lounge) 1130 Mainland Street Raincity Grill 1193 Denman Street Salt Tasting Room 45 Blood Alley La Terrazza 1088 Cambie Street V Yaletown 1095 Mainland Street Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street Vancouver Convention Centre West 1055 Canada Place Way Vancouver Convention Centre East 999 Canada Place Way Vancouver Rowing Club 450 Stanley Park Drive West Restaurant 2881 Granville Street


Participating Wineries





Bodegas Abanico Alvaro Palacios Bodegas Alvear Bodegas Arúspide Axial Vinos Bodegas Chivite Codorníu Domecq Bodegas Bodegas Ercavìo Bodegas Faustino Grupo Faustino Freixenet González Byass Grandes Vinos y Viñedos Bodegas Hidalgo – La Gitana S.A. Iberwine Bodegas Juan Gil Marqués de Riscal Bodegas Martín Códax Viña Mayor / Bodegas Palacio Miguel Torres Bodegas Olivares Orowines Osborne Cavas Parés Baltà Bodegas Piqueras Ramón Bilbao Vinos y Viñedos Bodegas San Valero Segura Viudas Sierra Cantabria Solar Viejo Telmo Rodríguez Bodegas Valdemar

Bodega Alta Vista Belasco de Baquedano Viña Cobos Bodega Colomé / Glen Carlou Decero Viña Doña Paula Graffigna Humberto Canale Domaine Jean Bousquet Luigi Bosca O. Fournier Bodegas Pascual Toso Bodega Vistalba Familia Zuccardi

BRITISH COLUMBIA Artisan Sakemaker at Granville Island Averill Creek Vineyard Cassini Cellars Herder Winery & Vineyards Hester Creek Estate Winery Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Meyer Family Vineyards Mission Hill Family Estate Nk’Mip Cellars Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery Osoyoos Larose Painted Rock Estate Winery Poplar Grove Winery Quails’ Gate Winery Red Rooster Winery Sandhill Sperling Vineyards Summerhill Pyramid Winery Tantalus Vineyards

Viña Caliterra Concha y Toro Cono Sur Viña Errázuriz Lapostolle Viña Leyda / Viña Tabalí Viña Maipo Miguel Torres Montes Viña Santa Rita Viu Manent


AUSTRALIA Buller Wines Casella Wines Chapel Hill Greg Norman Estates Henry’s Drive Vignerons Inland Trading Co. Jim Barry / Heggies Josef Chromy Wines Langmeil Majella Wines Peter Lehmann Wines Robert Oatley Vineyards Shingleback Wines St Hallett Wyndham Estate Xanadu Yabby Lake Vineyard

ONTARIO Henry of Pelham Pillitteri Estates Winery Wayne Gretzky Estate Winery

FRANCE Boutinot Cave de Tain M. Chapoutier Delas Frères / Champagne Deutz Vins & Vignobles Dourthe Domaines de Les Grands Chais de France Joseph Drouhin Champagne Lallier Domaine Louis Moreau Ogier Caves des Papes Paul Mas Perrin & Fils Pfaffenheim Pierre Sparr

Participating Wineries





Balthasar Ress Bürgerspital Estate Deinhard Henkell Schloss Reinhartshausen Schloss Schonborn St. Urbans-Hof

Antinori Azienda Vitivinicola Accordini Igino Badia a Coltibuono Bastianich / La Mozza Beni di Batasiolo Fontanafredda Mionetto Pasqua Rocca Delle Macìe Tenuta Sant’Antonio Santa Margherita / Ca’ del Bosco Tedeschi

Aveleda Blandy’s Madeira Fonseca Guimaraens Quinta do Crasto Quinta do Vale Dona Maria Sogrape Vinhos Symington – Dow’s Port Symington – Graham’s Port Taylor Fladgate / Croft

CALIFORNIA Bonterra Vineyards Caymus Winery Clos Du Val Delicato Family Vineyards Francis Ford Coppola Presents LLC J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Louis M Martini Miner Family Vineyards Quady Winery Ravenswood Winery Ridge Vineyards Robert Mondavi Winery Rodney Strong Vineyards Signorello Estate / Edge Winery / Fuse Wines Stags’ Leap Trefethen Family Vineyards Truchard Vineyards Wente Vineyards

GREECE Boutari

ISRAEL Galil Mountain Winery / Yarden

NEW ZEALAND Astrolabe Giesen Wine Estate Kim Crawford Wines Man O’War Vineyards Mud House Wines Oyster Bay Wines Sacred Hill Wines Stoneleigh

SOUTH AFRICA Boekenhoutskloof Durbanville Hills Graham Beck Wines KWV Wines Nederburg

OREGON King Estate WASHINGTON Columbia Crest Hedges Family Estates / Snoqualmie Vineyards



SALESMAN SALESMAN Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by John Cooper | Starring Tom McBeath

FEB. 12-MAR. 5

The Trespassers Written by Morris Panych

Directed by Ron Jenkins A co-production with The Belfry Theatre, Victoria

Sponsored by

MAR. 26-APR.16

Sponsored by

TV’s The Simpsons do Macbeth!

MAY 14 & 15

Created & Performed by Rick Miller A WYRD Production

604 873 3311 VANCOUVERPLAYHOUSE.COM All performances at Hamilton & Dunsmuir in Downtown Vancouver

Media Sponsors

Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company Vancouver’s Original Regional Theatre Company The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company is British Columbia’s premier theatre company, formed in 1962 in response to the Canada Council’s funding initiative for regional theatre companies. It became the principal tenant of the 655-seat Vancouver Playhouse, a civic building in the downtown core. Under new residency terms with the City, the Playhouse will have first scheduling priority at the theatre, allowing the company to significantly increase programming opportunities for itself and other arts organizations. A reputation for the highest standards has enabled the Playhouse to present some of the best theatre artists from across Canada, creating consistently high-calibre theatre experiences for 48 seasons. It has produced premieres of many original Canadian plays (The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, The Overcoat), disseminated partnered work across Canada (Where the Blood Mixes, The Drowsy Chaperone), played a historic role in providing training and graduate opportunities for Western Canadian theatre artists to develop their craft, and helped develop the regional community’s interest in classics and contemporary work by authors such as Tennessee Williams and George Ryga. The Playhouse presents a five-play Mainstage season that runs October through May, additional smaller-scale productions and play readings at alternate venues, and special presentations of artistically compelling plays and Theatre-for-Young-Audience works. The Education and Outreach Department makes available study guides and tours of the production facilities to high schools and community groups during the season, and tailors specific outreach programmes to select plays, bringing theatre education directly to the classroom and community. The Young Playwrights Unit gives budding high school writers their first taste of a professional production, while helping develop the future of Canadian theatre. Other outreach programmes include a Salon Series featuring guest speakers, Talkbacks with the cast, costume and prop rentals, discounted ticket prices and special matinee performances for senior citizens, students and disadvantaged groups. Each production includes a Pay-WhatYou-Can Matinee to ensure that all members of the community have the opportunity to attend the Playhouse, regardless of their financial situation. In addition to its own production work, the Playhouse shares its rehearsal halls, production workshops, and prop and costume inventory with the community as a whole, providing badly needed resources to other arts organizations and community groups that otherwise wouldn’t have access to a venue, shop space or heavily subsidized prop and costume rentals. Over the past 33 years, the Vancouver International Wine Festival has raised more than $7 million for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company, making it by far the largest single fundraiser for the organization. Every ticket you purchase to the Playhouse Wine Festival helps ensure that the Playhouse continues to provide world-class theatre to British Columbia audiences.


The Wine Festival is Generously Supported by:

Consulate General of Argentina Australian Consulate Consulate General of Austria Consulate General of Chile Consulate General of France Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Consulate General of Greece

Consulate General of Israel Consulate General of Italy New Zealand Consulate General Consulate General of Portugal South African High Commission Consulate General of Spain Consulate General of the United States of America

Participating Agents

AnaRona Wines Andrew Peller Appellation Wine Marketing Authentic Wine & Spirits Merchants The Bacchus Group Blue Note Wine & Spirits Brown Forman Canada Charton-Hobbs Christopher Stewart Wine & Spirits Corby Distilleries David Herman & Son The Delf Group Diageo Canada Dream Wines E & J Gallo Winery Canada Enoteca Bacco Importers of Fine Wines & Spirits Free House Wine + Spirits Grady Wine Marketing Icon Fine Wine & Spirits International Cellars Landmark Selections Mark Anthony Brands Marram Fine Wines Oyster Bay Wines (Canada) Pacific Wine & Spirits Patagonia Imports

Peacock & Martin Philippe Dandurand Wines PMA Canada Renaissance Wine Merchants RES Marketing Services Saverio Schiralli Agencies/Vanrick Corporation Select Wine Merchants Simmer Fine Wine & Spirits Stile Wines Treasury Wine Estates Trialto Wine Group Vincor Canada, a Constellation Company Vino Allegro Wine Imports Vintage West Wine Marketing VonAlbrecht & Associates Waldorf Wine Group Whitehall Agencies WineRunners The Wine Syndicate

Special Thanks To:

Import Vintners & Spirits Association of BC: The Import Vintners & Spirits Association of British Columbia is a non-profit association formed in 1975 by a small group of liquor agents who felt a united voice should be heard when communicating with the B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch. The agent members account for approximately 85% of all imported beverage alcohol in British Columbia.

Industry Partners

British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch ContainerWorld JF Hillebrand Vancouver Convention Centre Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino – Exclusive Water Sponsor Pedersen’s Rentals – Exclusive Rentals Sponsor Puddifoot St. John Ambulance – Official Safety Partner


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