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Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival 2012

Thursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:04pm PDT
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The Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival, voted the Best Wine Festival in Vancouver and regarded as the best consumer wine show on the continent, returns February 27th to March 4th, 2012. Over 30,000 bottles of wine from 15 countries will be showcased (and enjoyed) at this annual affair.

International Tasting Room – Photo credit: David Niddrie.

Here are just a few highlights and event categories:

Opening Gala Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Gold Pass Tasting Lounge March 2nd & 3rd at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Winery Dinners February 28th through March 4th at partner restaurants Boneta, Ensemble, Fishworks, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, C Restaurant, and Edible Canada.

Saturday Lunches on March 3rd ranging from the Aussie Barbie at the Vancouver Rowing Club to Passionate Pairings from New Zealand at the Boathouse in Kitsilano, and more.

Wine Seminars February 29th through March 3rd with hosts like Chilean wine pioneer Eduardo Chadwick, the blind tasting challenge, Sherry renaissance, and more.

International Tasting Room March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. “The big room is home to all 181 participating wineries, who will be pouring 791 different wines. Wineries are organized by country in alphabetical order with Chile in their own section and all are listed in the free Festival Program handed out at the door to help you keep track of the wines you like.”

Many of the events are sold out and selling out very quickly. Tickets are still available for some but you’ll need to act fast. View the full festival brochure online.

I will be speaking at the Social Media Symposium on Wednesday, February 29th and to help promote the festival, I have been offered two tickets to give away to a lucky reader and their guest for the signature International Tasting Room event on Friday, March 2nd. The value of the ticket is $190 and the tasting room will be open from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite international wine (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to the @PlayhouseWine tasting room from @Miss604 #VPIWF

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Thursday, February 23, 2012. Must be 19 years of age or older to enter, win, and attend this event. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

Update The winner is Wendy!

Current contests on


  1. cheryl says:

    Resling…a good dry one

  2. Nicole says:

    Fox Creek Vixen Sparkling Shiraz

  3. cheryl says:

    Opps Riesling I meant

  4. Vera Sal says:

    Gaec Jeannot le Riaux Pouilly Fume

  5. Nic T says:

    Joie-a Noble Blend (OK, that’s local).
    Any Carmenere from Chile!

  6. It’s only fitting that I win these tickets since my name is a wine (sherry) and I love it!

    That and the international flair will be amazing to see and taste!

  7. Jenn H says:

    St Supery Elu…mmm mmm

  8. Chelle says:

    Any Albariño from Spain

  9. Shawn Ayers says:

    2007 Casa Vinicola Firriato Santagostino Baglio Soria Sicilia IGT, Sicily, Italy

    * It’s a big, robust red from the hills of Sicily that does not disappoint! Rich soil, big tannins and leather undertones but w a smooth finish. LOVE.

  10. GN says:

    Hungarian Tokaji

  11. Andrew says:

    Trabucchi Amarone Della Valpolicella

  12. stacey says:

    Flinca Finchmann- Melbac is my personal fav but any of their wines will do!!!

  13. Vania says:

    I love an Argentinian cabernet caleed las perdices

  14. Carolyn says:

    My fav international wine is stag’s leap artemis cabernet

  15. Se m says:

    Any Spanish cava! Hope that counts as an entry.

  16. Belinda says:

    Straight to the heart, it has to be Pfaffenheim Gewurtztraminer 08 France– Alsace.

  17. Lauren says:

    Favorite wine is any Shiraz

  18. Daniel says:

    Fan of Robert Mondavi.

  19. Val says:

    I like Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cab Sav.

  20. Mark says:

    I am a huge fan of Trapiche Winery in Mendoza, Argentina!

  21. danielle says:

    Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo – Toscana IGT

  22. Katie says:

    I love the Wolf Blass brand

  23. Scott G. says:

    Venica Ronco del Cero

  24. Rebecca says:

    Masi – Italian wine is yummy.

  25. MichelleW says:

    Many different New Zealand white wine ; in person when I visit this beautiful country

  26. Lois says:

    This is not necessarily one for fine dining, but I like Lambrusco (Italian sparkling wine).

  27. stephanie says:


  28. oana says:

    Favourite international wine (under $20): Big House Red from California.
    Would love these tickets!

  29. ashley says:

    JLohr 7 Oaks
    Cannonball Cab Sauv

  30. Sanaz says:

    I like Mission Hills Merlot

  31. J says:

    Wolf Blass!

  32. Tara says:

    not sure the spelling but it’s my favourite white from Germany
    Selbach Oster Reisling…

  33. Jennie says:

    Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

  34. maria says:

    I like a Riesling.

  35. Loreen Froese says:

    sounds like it would be an amazing time.:)

  36. Don McQueen says:

    McWilliams Chardonnay

  37. Vanessa says:

    Yellow Tail

  38. Jeff says:

    Argentinean malbecs!

  39. Nancy says:

    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

  40. Albert C says:


  41. Amanda says:

    J. Lohr – Cabernet Sauvignon

  42. Naomi Z says:

    Skulls Shiraz 🙂

  43. kyla says:

    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Yum!

  44. Wendy says:

    J lohr any red – would love to go to this event

  45. Mrs. Prime says:

    Good Evening,

    My Favourite International Wine would be this: Burmester Novidade Port 1922

  46. Annemarie says:

    Bin 555 Shiraz from Australia (Wyndham Estates). Yum!

  47. Neil says:

    Some Young Punks; Passion Has Red Lips (Cab-Shiraz). You have to appreciate the B-Movie labels!

  48. Michelle says:

    Mud House Pinot Noir from New Zealand

  49. Kelsey Jane says:

    Masi Valpolicella from Italy

  50. Darren says:

    Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2010… Thanks!

  51. Thoandjen says:

    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (ok, any Brunello!)

  52. Jamie V says:

    Italian Brunello

  53. Randy says:

    Nederburg Pinotage

  54. Melissa says:

    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France… Thanks 🙂

  55. Yutaka says:

    Mr.Brown from the USA

  56. J. Butt says:

    Kunde estates old vine Zin

  57. kody says:

    Spreitzer Riesling from the Rheingau region of Germany.

  58. Tracey Flattes says:

    Love Australian wines, particularly Jacobs Creek

  59. Don M says:

    Tommasi Amarone

  60. Natalie says:


  61. Ashley says:

    Anakena Ona Syrah

  62. Eric says:

    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

  63. Henry C says:

    WolfBlass Blanklabel – Velvet Full Body!

  64. Tiffany Kalanj says:

    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

  65. Phy says:

    Morton Estates Marlborough or any white from NZ

  66. Joyce says:

    Moillard Hughes Le Juste Viognier, France – lovely white. goes well with like everything!

  67. Rachael says:

    Spring Vale Pinot Gris from Tasmania.

  68. Jocelyn says:

    Robert Renzoni’s 2007 Cab. Amazing

  69. Melissa says:

    Anything from Argentina. Particularly cabernets….

  70. Laura says:

    Cono sur Pinot Noir – from Argentina

  71. Susan Dore says:

    2004 Castello d’Albola Acciaolo SuperTuscan from Italy…floating in a rented zodiac, sipping with stemware, gazing up at the Cinque Terre hillside. Sigh…what a great memory! And the best red I’ve ever tasted.

  72. Erin says:

    Having fun exploring Italian wine lately, attempting to honour my heritage, but I’ve still got to say – my go-to is Dr Loosen Riesling.

  73. Sharylin says:

    I enjoy an Italian Verdicchio

  74. Vaughan says:

    2008 Terra Noble Carmenere Gran Reserva

  75. jeanie says:

    fritz haag riesling-aulese from germany =D

  76. tania says:

    I love Montepulciano d’Abruzzo!

  77. rino says:

    Massi is smooth.

  78. Amy says:

    It varies all the time, but I recently had a great Cono Sur Merlot from Chile.

  79. Mariska says:

    Oyster Bay winery from New Zealand! Yum!

  80. Brenda says:

    Albert Mann Gewurtraminer

  81. Cliff says:

    Any Mosel Riesling

  82. Eve says:

    Love BC wines but if i have to outside my backyard, then really enjoy SevenDeadlyZins

  83. Karen says:

    Almost any Australian shiraz

  84. DB says:

    Te Mata estate wines – New Zealand

  85. Jack says:

    I have a bottle of Skulls, an Australian Shiraz currently breathing, waiting for me to finish my work for the day

  86. Teresa K says:


  87. Jessica says:

    I love Malbecs, especially Cono Sur (Chile).

  88. Rory says:

    When looking internationally, I stick with the Spain and Chile aisles in the liquor store.

  89. Judy says:

    Love Casa Marín Miramar Vineyard Riesling!

  90. Alysha Rohla says:

    Cat amongst the pigeons Shiraz!

  91. Jessica says:

    Masi Valpolicella from Italy. Yumm!

  92. Sherry says:

    I love Shiraz but one of my new fav’s is Rosemount Estate GSM

  93. Sharmin says:

    My favourite right now is a Two buck Chuck Chardonnay but I’m sure that attending the wine festival could change that!

  94. Suzanne says:

    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

  95. Karoline says:

    Trabucchi Amarone Della Valpolicella

  96. Bandol Rose,Provence Timeless Summer!

  97. Jo says:

    ‘Rolling’ Shiraz from Orange, a small cool climate region west of Sydney, aust. (sold at the govt shops here in BC. Label has a lady riding a bicycle with hills in background.)

  98. Sophia says:

    Hess Chardonnay from Mt Vedder in the Napa/Sonoma County

  99. Morna says:

    Louis Roederer!

  100. gigi says:

    2010 Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling

  101. Alex says:

    Bordeaux region in France has nice wines

  102. Mae says:

    My favourite is Australian Shiraz like Peter Lehmann.

  103. Mary says:

    “EOS Estate Winery’s Petite Syrah is one of my favorites!

  104. Angela says:

    Pillar Box red – Austarlia

  105. Nicole says:

    Wolf Blass brand is delish!

  106. Cynthia Barker says:

    My favourite wine is this Riesling from Germany – Josef Drathen Bernkasteler Kurfürstlay Riesling

  107. Megan says:

    Cono Sur Viognier!

  108. Andrew says:

    Ravenswood Zinfindel

  109. opus says:

    Opus one

  110. Jane says:

    orange muscat from napa valley

  111. Katia says:

    Pinot Noir Bald Hills Vineyard

  112. Darcy says:

    Raven’s wood-any red

  113. Von says:

    2010 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir

  114. My absolute favourite wine is Nivole (lightly sparkling Moscato) from Michele Chiarlo (Italy). It’s amazing and I *try* to keep a bottle of it in my fridge at all times!

  115. Kay says:

    Barefoot Moscato

  116. Stotes says:

    I enjoy Eagle’s Nest Merlot.

  117. Tara says:

    Shiraz! So much personality…like me! Thank you!

  118. Colleen says:

    J. Lohr Cab Sav ;D

  119. Jan says:

    Don David Malbec right now

  120. Stephanie S says:

    my fave international wine is Fresita from Chile!

  121. Grace says:

    Rothschild Cabernet Sauvignon

  122. Carol says:

    I’m loving Malbec these days – go Argentina!

  123. Lindsay says:

    Montes Limited Sauv Blanc or Catena Malbec

  124. Kayla B says:

    Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2010 from Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy.

  125. Natalie says:

    Anything from Hardy’s Stamp from Australia

  126. Jason O says:

    I enjoy a crisp bottle of Champange from France.

  127. Bernadette says:

    any Australian wines – Riesling is my fave, fave, fave!

  128. Lisa Cheng says:

    Favorite International Wine?

  129. Leslie says:

    Layer Cake!

  130. Laura B says:

    Lochar Estate Pinot Noir from New Zealand

  131. vicky says:

    Kim Crawford Pinot Gris! YUM!

  132. pip says:

    Please Miss 604, I really really want to go to the winefest! Thank you.

  133. Andrea says:

    grape grinder – 2010 pinotage from South Africa

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