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International Festival Tastings

Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place

2017 Dates:
Thursday, February 16, 7-10 p.m.
Friday, February 17, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, 2:30-5 p.m.
Saturday, February 18, 7-10 p.m.

The Wine World is Here
If you attend only one of the festivalís events, make it an International Festival Tasting. The Acura Tasting Room at the Vancouver Convention Centre is the heart of the festival, where all participating wineries and their principals gather to pour their select wines. Discover exciting new wines, or return to your favourites, sipping from premium wine glasses. The room also features Regional Tasting Stations,as well as many wine and food-related exhibitors. Choose from four sessions.


Theme country Italy took centre stage at the International Festival Tastings in 2016, with all 60 wineries showcased in the sophisticated ITALIA! section. ITALIA! featured wines from nine distinct regions, including Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmont, as well as Regional Tasting Stations presenting wines from the key viticultural regions of Valpolicella and Chianti Classico.

Vine Stars
The stars of the global wine scene Ė winemakers, proprietors, senior execs Ė come to Vancouver every year to pour and discuss their wines with festivalgoers. Thatís what makes this festival unique. Each winery will be represented in the room by a principal, someone closely involved in the wine-production process, there to share their wines and knowledge. Youíre quite likely to find that the person serving your wine has their name on the bottle. Identify the vine star by his or her royal blue lanyard. Chat them up!

More Room
If youíre serious about your wine tasting experience and want more room and time to interact with the winery principals, both the Thursday evening and Saturday matinee sessions are guaranteed to have lower capacity than Friday and Saturday evening. The Saturday matinee - this year with an extra half hour of tasting time - also offers a stunning view across Coal Harbour.

BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop
Free bottle check and wine delivery

All wines served in the room are available for purchase there but some are in VERY limited supply. When you discover a wine that you want to enjoy at home, donít wait until the end of the session to buy it as it might be sold out Ė put it in the handy bottle check, and then continue your tasting session. Repeat as necessary. When youíre ready to leave, check out your wines. And if you live in British Columbia, whether youíve bought one bottle or several cases, your wine can be shipped free of charge to your nearest BC Liquor Store. Very convenient! Note that you must show your tasting room ticket for admission to the shop.

Buy the Case
Festival partners BC Liquor Distribution Branch and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association (IVSA) have teamed up to allow festivalgoers to "shop the world" and order case lots of select wines in the Acura Tasting Room. Wines available by the case will be identified with a BUY THE CASE neck tag. Place orders for those must-have wines directly at the participating winery tables and theyíll be delivered to your closest BC Liquor Store within two weeks of the conclusion of the festival.

Words to the wise
This is a wine tasting, not a food event. Be sure to have a meal before you arrive. That said, food samples are available to enhance your tasting experience.

Pace yourself. Have a game plan Ė you canít taste every wine in the room. And donít swallow everything thatís poured into your glass. Have a taste and then make use of the spit buckets at every table, by spitting or pouring out the rest. And if you do want to taste a lot of wines, we offer four tasting sessions over three days, so repeat as necessary!

Please donít wear fragrance! (Nothing shouts wine newbie as loudly as perfume or noxious after-shave.) All the noses and palates in the room will thank you.

Don't Wine and Drive!
Donít even think about bringing your car or bike.

  • Take transit. BC Liquor Stores offers a free transit ticket at their Get Home Safe booth as you exit
  • Assign a designated driver
  • Take a cab or limo
  • Walk

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