Vancouver Playhouse Wine Festival 2012

Comments 138 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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!

138 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. cherylThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:09pm PST

    Resling…a good dry one

  2. NicoleThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:09pm PST

    Fox Creek Vixen Sparkling Shiraz

  3. cherylThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:10pm PST

    Opps Riesling I meant

  4. Vera SalThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:10pm PST

    Gaec Jeannot le Riaux Pouilly Fume

  5. Nic TThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:14pm PST

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

  6. sher boudreauThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:23pm PST

    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 HThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:24pm PST

    St Supery Elu…mmm mmm

  8. ChelleThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:24pm PST

    Any Albariño from Spain

  9. Shawn AyersThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:25pm PST

    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. GNThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:28pm PST

    Hungarian Tokaji

  11. AndrewThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:35pm PST

    Trabucchi Amarone Della Valpolicella

  12. staceyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:39pm PST

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

  13. VaniaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:39pm PST

    I love an Argentinian cabernet caleed las perdices

  14. CarolynThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:48pm PST

    My fav international wine is stag’s leap artemis cabernet

  15. Se mThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:56pm PST

    Any Spanish cava! Hope that counts as an entry.

  16. BelindaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 1:59pm PST

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

  17. LaurenThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:01pm PST

    Favorite wine is any Shiraz

  18. DanielThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:06pm PST

    Fan of Robert Mondavi.

  19. ValThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:24pm PST

    I like Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cab Sav.

  20. MarkThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:25pm PST

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

  21. danielleThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:29pm PST

    Tenuta Sette Ponti Crognolo – Toscana IGT

  22. KatieThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:36pm PST

    I love the Wolf Blass brand

  23. Scott G.Thursday, February 16th, 2012 — 2:39pm PST

    Venica Ronco del Cero

  24. RebeccaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:00pm PST

    Masi – Italian wine is yummy.

  25. MichelleWThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:18pm PST

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

  26. LoisThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:25pm PST

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

  27. stephanieThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:26pm PST


  28. oanaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:28pm PST

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

  29. ashleyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:32pm PST

    JLohr 7 Oaks
    Cannonball Cab Sauv

  30. SanazThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:38pm PST

    I like Mission Hills Merlot

  31. JThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 3:59pm PST

    Wolf Blass!

  32. TaraThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 4:08pm PST

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

  33. JennieThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 4:37pm PST

    Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

  34. mariaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 5:22pm PST

    I like a Riesling.

  35. Loreen FroeseThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 5:46pm PST

    sounds like it would be an amazing time.:)

  36. Don McQueenThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 6:11pm PST

    McWilliams Chardonnay

  37. VanessaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 6:51pm PST

    Yellow Tail

  38. JeffThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 8:22pm PST

    Argentinean malbecs!

  39. NancyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 8:26pm PST

    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

  40. Albert CThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 8:34pm PST


  41. AmandaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 8:43pm PST

    J. Lohr – Cabernet Sauvignon

  42. Naomi ZThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:15pm PST

    Skulls Shiraz 🙂

  43. kylaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:20pm PST

    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. Yum!

  44. WendyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:25pm PST

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

  45. Mrs. PrimeThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:25pm PST

    Good Evening,

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

  46. AnnemarieThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:28pm PST

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

  47. NeilThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:34pm PST

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

  48. MichelleThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:45pm PST

    Mud House Pinot Noir from New Zealand

  49. Kelsey JaneThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:55pm PST

    Masi Valpolicella from Italy

  50. DarrenThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:58pm PST

    Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2010… Thanks!

  51. ThoandjenThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:59pm PST

    Altesino Brunello di Montalcino (ok, any Brunello!)

  52. Jamie VThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 9:59pm PST

    Italian Brunello

  53. RandyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:12pm PST

    Nederburg Pinotage

  54. MelissaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:13pm PST

    Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France… Thanks 🙂

  55. YutakaThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:23pm PST

    Mr.Brown from the USA

  56. J. ButtThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:31pm PST

    Kunde estates old vine Zin

  57. kodyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:38pm PST

    Spreitzer Riesling from the Rheingau region of Germany.

  58. Tracey FlattesThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:50pm PST

    Love Australian wines, particularly Jacobs Creek

  59. Don MThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:53pm PST

    Tommasi Amarone

  60. NatalieThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 10:54pm PST


  61. AshleyThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 11:06pm PST

    Anakena Ona Syrah

  62. EricThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 11:24pm PST

    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

  63. Henry CThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 11:25pm PST

    WolfBlass Blanklabel – Velvet Full Body!

  64. Tiffany KalanjThursday, February 16th, 2012 — 11:43pm PST

    Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon

  65. PhyFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 12:30am PST

    Morton Estates Marlborough or any white from NZ

  66. JoyceFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 12:35am PST

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

  67. RachaelFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 6:49am PST

    Spring Vale Pinot Gris from Tasmania.

  68. JocelynFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 8:11am PST

    Robert Renzoni’s 2007 Cab. Amazing

  69. MelissaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 8:54am PST

    Anything from Argentina. Particularly cabernets….

  70. LauraFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 8:58am PST

    Cono sur Pinot Noir – from Argentina

  71. Susan DoreFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 9:32am PST

    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. VinceFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 10:33am PST


  73. ErinFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 10:55am PST

    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.

  74. SharylinFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 11:00am PST

    I enjoy an Italian Verdicchio

  75. VaughanFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 11:18am PST

    2008 Terra Noble Carmenere Gran Reserva

  76. jeanieFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 11:33am PST

    fritz haag riesling-aulese from germany =D

  77. taniaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 11:33am PST

    I love Montepulciano d’Abruzzo!

  78. rinoFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 11:34am PST

    Massi is smooth.

  79. AmyFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 12:36pm PST

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

  80. MariskaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 12:38pm PST

    Oyster Bay winery from New Zealand! Yum!

  81. BrendaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 1:06pm PST

    Albert Mann Gewurtraminer

  82. CliffFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 1:06pm PST

    Any Mosel Riesling

  83. EveFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 1:53pm PST

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

  84. KarenFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 3:40pm PST

    Almost any Australian shiraz

  85. DBFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 3:43pm PST

    Te Mata estate wines – New Zealand

  86. JackFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 3:48pm PST

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

  87. Teresa KFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 4:19pm PST


  88. JessicaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 4:29pm PST

    I love Malbecs, especially Cono Sur (Chile).

  89. RoryFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 4:43pm PST

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

  90. JudyFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 4:51pm PST

    Love Casa Marín Miramar Vineyard Riesling!

  91. Alysha RohlaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 5:08pm PST

    Cat amongst the pigeons Shiraz!

  92. JessicaFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 5:58pm PST

    Masi Valpolicella from Italy. Yumm!

  93. SherryFriday, February 17th, 2012 — 10:55pm PST

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

  94. SharminSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 8:11am PST

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

  95. SuzanneSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 11:09am PST

    Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

  96. KarolineSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 11:23am PST

    Trabucchi Amarone Della Valpolicella

  97. annemarie slaterSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 11:38am PST

    Bandol Rose,Provence Timeless Summer!

  98. JoSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 12:22pm PST

    ‘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.)

  99. SophiaSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 1:55pm PST

    Hess Chardonnay from Mt Vedder in the Napa/Sonoma County

  100. willSaturday, February 18th, 2012 — 8:41pm PST


  101. MornaSunday, February 19th, 2012 — 5:06pm PST

    Louis Roederer!

  102. gigiMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 8:41am PST

    2010 Loosen Bros. Dr. L Riesling

  103. AlexMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 10:45am PST

    Bordeaux region in France has nice wines

  104. MaeMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 11:40am PST

    My favourite is Australian Shiraz like Peter Lehmann.

  105. RyanMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 12:38pm PST


  106. MaryMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 12:51pm PST

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

  107. AngelaMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 1:18pm PST

    Pillar Box red – Austarlia

  108. NicoleMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 2:14pm PST

    Wolf Blass brand is delish!

  109. Cynthia BarkerMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 2:35pm PST

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

  110. MeganMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 3:46pm PST

    Cono Sur Viognier!

  111. AndrewMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 6:22pm PST

    Ravenswood Zinfindel

  112. opusMonday, February 20th, 2012 — 8:25pm PST

    Opus one

  113. JaneTuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 12:43am PST

    orange muscat from napa valley

  114. KatiaTuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 12:42pm PST

    Pinot Noir Bald Hills Vineyard

  115. DarcyTuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 1:47pm PST

    Raven’s wood-any red

  116. VonTuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 3:24pm PST

    2010 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir

  117. Kirstin @ The Olive SeedTuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 3:42pm PST

    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!

  118. KayTuesday, February 21st, 2012 — 5:52pm PST

    Barefoot Moscato

  119. StotesWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 8:31am PST

    I enjoy Eagle’s Nest Merlot.

  120. TaraWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 10:33am PST

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

  121. ColleenWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 11:06am PST

    J. Lohr Cab Sav ;D

  122. JanWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 12:50pm PST

    Don David Malbec right now

  123. Stephanie SWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 1:52pm PST

    my fave international wine is Fresita from Chile!

  124. GraceWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 2:40pm PST

    Rothschild Cabernet Sauvignon

  125. CarolWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 6:20pm PST

    I’m loving Malbec these days – go Argentina!

  126. LindsayWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 11:07pm PST

    Montes Limited Sauv Blanc or Catena Malbec

  127. Kayla BWednesday, February 22nd, 2012 — 11:12pm PST

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

  128. NatalieThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 7:32am PST

    Anything from Hardy’s Stamp from Australia

  129. Jason OThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 7:33am PST

    I enjoy a crisp bottle of Champange from France.

  130. BernadetteThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 8:27am PST

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

  131. Lisa ChengThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 9:32am PST

    Favorite International Wine?

  132. LeslieThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 9:39am PST

    Layer Cake!

  133. Laura BThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 10:06am PST

    Lochar Estate Pinot Noir from New Zealand

  134. vickyThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 11:01am PST

    Kim Crawford Pinot Gris! YUM!

  135. TrinaThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 11:12am PST

    St Supery Elu

  136. pipThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 12:00pm PST

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

  137. AndreaThursday, February 23rd, 2012 — 1:07pm PST

    grape grinder – 2010 pinotage from South Africa

  138. RobbinTuesday, February 28th, 2012 — 3:31pm PST

    Wolf Blass <3

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