Bard on the Beach founder and Order of British Columbia recipient Christopher Gaze and Vancouver International Wine Festival executive director Harry Hertscheg get the party started
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Bard on the Beach founder and Order of British Columbia recipient Christopher Gaze and Vancouver International Wine Festival executive director Harry Hertscheg get the party started

The Vancouver International Wine Festival launch party took place at the JOEY Bentall One wine room on February 25 as guests indulged in wine and small bites done California-style by executive chef Chris Mills. Media and industry types showed up to celebrate the launch of the 35th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival presented by The Vancouver Sun.

The festival, running Feb 25 - Mar 3, is Canada's premier wine show and one of the biggest and oldest wine events in the world, attracting over 25,000 participants and serving upwards of 30,000 bottles of wine. The festival features 1,850 wines from 15 countries represented by 175 selected wineries.

The regional theme this year in California and the global focus is Chardonnay. There are tasting rooms, a gala auction, wine seminars, trade events, and food and wine pairing affairs at top Vancouver restaurants and hotels. 50+ restaurants and hotels are participating, hosting 55 events in 30 venues over 7 days. Get more info on specific wine fest events and tickets.

Wine expert Stuart Tobe, WineDiva.ca's Daenna Van Mulligen and Bon Vivant writer Sid Cross
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Wine expert Stuart Tobe, WineDiva.ca's Daenna Van Mulligen and Bon Vivant writer Sid Cross

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

Hollywood and Vines TV show host Terry David Mulligan and wine expert Kurtis Kolt
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Hollywood and Vines TV show host Terry David Mulligan and wine expert Kurtis Kolt

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

Vitamin Daily founder Sarah Bancroft and food stylist husband Murray Bancroft
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Vitamin Daily founder Sarah Bancroft and food stylist husband Murray Bancroft

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

JOEY Bentall One executive chef Chris Mills and JOEY's wine buyer Jessica Bryans
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JOEY Bentall One executive chef Chris Mills and JOEY's wine buyer Jessica Bryans

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

The Snipe news editor/publisher and bcliving contributor Shawn Conner with Think! social media's Robyn Hanson and Wines of Canada's Robert Bell
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The Snipe news editor/publisher and bcliving contributor Shawn Conner with Think! social media's Robyn Hanson and Wines of Canada's Robert Bell

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

Spirits and wine writer Joanne Sasvari, the Hired Belly food writer Tim Pawsey, Taste magazine's Judith Lane and director of wine experience for Earls restaurants George Piper
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Spirits and wine writer Joanne Sasvari, the Hired Belly food writer Tim Pawsey, Taste magazine's Judith Lane and director of wine experience for Earls restaurants George Piper

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

Corporate dynamo Samantha Stanway and billionaire playboy Ken Hegan
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Corporate dynamo Samantha Stanway and billionaire playboy Ken Hegan

Christopher Gaze and Harry Hertscheg enjoying wine at the launch

Vancouver International Wine Festival Kicks Off