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Bacchanalia Gala Pops the Cork for start of the VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL


February 13, 2017 ( Newswire), a global news source covering leading sectors including investing in wine and wine stocks releases images from the recently held lavish Bacchanalia Gala.

The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction opened the wine festival on Saturday, February 11th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Guests including and other media thoroughly enjoyed the reception wine, a Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Traditional Cuvée 1996, Okanagan Valley, Canada. at Bacchanalia Gala reception

The Gala also featured and auction that they said was the most impressive collections of vintage wines ever to be auctioned in British Columbia.


1989 CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS (one bottle) - Estimated Value: $7,435

The 1989 Château Pétrus is superb and Robert Parker awarded it a perfect score of 100 points. He wrote: "This is another stunningly opulent, rich, full-bodied, amazingly concentrated, exotic, flamboyant Pétrus that remains remarkably youthful…the 1989 looks to be another 30-year wine, with extraordinary equilibrium between all of its component parts. An amazing effort!" Château Pétrus is one of the most famous - and usually the most expensive - wines of Bordeaux and represents the pinnacle of Pomerol. British wine writer Michael Broadbent finds this wine to be "perfect."

1990 CHÂTEAU MOUTON ROTHSCHILD (12 bottles) - Estimated Value: $9,250

An iconic collectible wine from one of Bordeaux's most famous first-growth producers. The wine has a clear, glittering colour with a slightly brackish tint while the open and expressive nose offers well-developed aromas of blond tobacco and game together with some very pleasant mineral notes. The fruit, relatively discreet on the nose, comes into its own on the palate in flavours of macerated fruit and prunes in alcohol. An attractive, acidulated and airy finish.

HARLAN ESTATE VERTICAL (six bottles) - Estimated Value: $13,400

This vertical includes the 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Harlan Estate vintages. Founded in 1984, Harlan Estate is a winegrowing estate in the western hills of Oakville, California - in the heart of Napa Valley and has been described as the "ultimate cult winery." The flagship Harlan Estate is one of the most sought-after Californian wines on the market. Robert Parker states that "these wines possess all the elements of greatness - individuality, power combined with elegance, extraordinary complexity, remarkable aging potential and compelling richness without ponderousness."

1988 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX (12 bottles) - Estimated Value: $12,150

The very deep colour, the rich, intense nose and the magnificent structure on the palates are very reminiscent of the 1986. They have the same powerful, ripe tannins, with perhaps a little less concentration, but also less austerity. An iconic collectible wine from one of Bordeaux's most famous first-growth producers

Download the auction catalogue to see the full list of wines:

Proceeds from the Bacchanalia Gala go to support Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Since 1979 the festival has raised over $8.7 million for the arts. A tax receipt is issued for a portion of each Gala ticket purchased.

Auction wines on display at Bacchanalia Gala

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction 2017

Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction 2017 live auction featuring Elk Cove see the full catalogue at

Bacchanalia Gala dining room


Canada's premier wine show marks its 39th edition of pairing wine, food and the performing arts from February 11 to 19, 2017. The festival features The Wine World Celebrates Canada as the theme. The festival will showcase 180 wineries from 16 countries (including 76 wineries from Canada) pouring a projected 1,700 wines at 54 events to a projected 25,000 admissions. The Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction opens the festival on Saturday, February 11 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The Trade Days Conference, presented by Sysco, takes place Wednesday, February 15 to Friday, February 17. The festival has been named the #1 Food, Wine & Hospitality Industry Event in Canada by New York's BizBash for four years running.

The festival is produced by the Vancouver 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 Bard on the Beach Theatre Society. Since inception in 1979, the festival has raised $8.7 million for the performing arts. Major sponsors are Delta Air Lines and the Vancouver Sun; major industry partners are the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, Canadian Vintners Association and the Import Vintners & Spirits Association. The festival is made possible through the gracious support of our participating countries' consulates and embassies.


Wines of Canada is a collaborative initiative of the Canadian Vintners Association and regional wine associations - British Columbia Wine Institute, Wine Marketing Association of Ontario, Vignerons indépendants du Québec and the Winery Association of Nova Scotia - to bring the country's best wines to the world. Partial funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the AgriMarketing program through Growing Forward 2.


Celebrating its 27th season in 2016, Bard on the Beach is one of Canada's largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare festivals. It is presented on the waterfront in Kitsilano's Vanier Park, adjacent to Vancouver's downtown core. Bard on the Beach offers Shakespeare plays, related dramas and popular special events in two performance tents every June through September. In 2016, attendance exceeded 100,000 and more than 1.4 million patrons have experienced Bard since its inception. This year's festival dates are June 1 to September 23, 2017 and the lineup includes Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, plus a special limited-run presentation of Shylock. Bard also offers a range of education programs, including Young Shakespeareans Workshops for 8 to 18-year-olds at its Vanier Park site during the summer, and Riotous Youth for 19 to 24-year-olds. During the school term, Bard also offers workshops for educators and youth in schools and community centres throughout BC's Lower Mainland, as well as at its new administrative home, the BMO Theatre Centre (162 West 1st Avenue). Full details and education program information are at

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