Chile 2012 media preview

The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, Canada’s premier wine show, will run from February 27 to March 4. The Playhouse Wine Festival is one of the biggest and oldest wine festival events in the world. In 2012, the Theme Region will be Chile with the global focus on Cabernet.

Since its inception in 1979, the Festival has raised over $7.5 million to help Western Canada’s leading theatre company to mount 229 productions and develop extensive community outreach and educational programs.

The Festival features a week of special events including the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction, wine seminars, wine minglers, winery dinners, and lunches and brunches at fine restaurants and hotels. The Playhouse Wine Festival is produced by the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Society, which has three mandates: provide an informative, educational and entertaining wine experience for public and trade; be a premier marketing opportunity for the wine industry and Festival partners; and raise funds for the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company.

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The heart of the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, the International Festival Tasting Room (IFT) offers three nights of unparalleled tasting opportunities from March 1st to 3rd. Priced at $95 (including tax), the IFT is a unique chance to taste rare bottles and discover new treasures as you visit with renowned winery principals from around the globe.

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For the first time, the International Festival Tasting will face out onto the majestic North Shore Mountains, the perfect backdrop for North America’s largest consumer wine event. This year’s IFT will also be the largest to date: an imposing 54,782 square feet of space.
Thursday’s capacity is guaranteed to be 25% lower, offering an excellent opportunity for wine aficionados to interact with some of the world’s top winery principals. Friday evening’s session is perfect for groups and the after work crowd looking kick off the weekend in style, while Saturday night is ideal for couples and friends eager to enjoy a night on the town.

Chile 2012 media preview

Looking for a VIP experience? Amplify your evening in the Tasting Room with premium wines and light bites at the Gold Pass Tasting Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings. Make a full night of it by enjoying an evening with one of the Festival’s hotel partners. Tickets to Gold Pass Tasting Lounge and IFT are still available online.

Chile 2012 media preview
This year, Chile takes centre stage as the Theme Region at the 2012 Playhouse Wine Festival. A true viticultural Eden, Chile’s appellation system is made up of four major D.O. regions from north to south: Coquimbo, Aconcagua, Central Valley and the Southern Region.

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Each of these has several sub-regions, each with distinct climatic features and terroir. The IFT will see 35 participating Chilean wineries: taste them all (but be sure to spit into the buckets)!

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Find something you love? Look for it in the BC Liquor Stores Festival Wine Shop, located onsite in the International Festival Tasting. For three nights only, the shop will carry all tasting room wines, some of which are not regularly available in the market.

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The shop is accessible with a corresponding Tasting Room ticket stub. For your convenience, the Festival Wine Shop offers a free bottle check service. Buy early in the evening to avoid disappointment and have your purchases set aside for you to pick up when you leave. Purchases can also be shipped free of charge to your local BC Liquor Store.

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 courtesy of the VPIWF.

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