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We're busy finalizing the specifics of the 2015 WineDown events and can't wait to share

them with you.  We'll post all the details right here as soon as they become available.

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2015 is going to be our best year yet!

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

First Floor – RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

WINE RECEPTION – 6 PM

DINNER – 7 PM

Tickets to this exclusive event are

$225 per person OR table of 10 for $2,250.

Dress: Business / Formal

This unique and memorable evening is the ultimate food and wine experience. The evening begins with a wine reception followed by a five-course gourmet meal, featuring two fine wines paired with each course. Also included in the event will be live and silent auctions showcasing many distinctive wines and entertainment packages.

Presented by:

Gala Auctioneer:

VIP WINE RECEPTION: $ 79.95*, FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 2015, 5:30 - 10:00 pm RBC CONVENTION CENTRE

Beat the crowd and get an early start to the Friday Public Tastings with this exclusive VIP Wine Reception. Ticket price includes

90 minutes in the theme tasting room area, passed appetizers as well as admission to the evening Public Tastings.

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VIP DELUXE

FRIDAY, MAY 1st, 2015, 5:00 - 10:00 pmRBC CONVENTION CENTRE

Choose one of the three following hour-long Educational Seminars which includes an hour in the Theme Region

tasting area, passed appetizers and admission to the evening Public Tastings.

SEMINAR 1: $ 99.95*

Viva Chile!

Join Wines of Chile in a guided tutored tasting of exceptional Chilean wines followed by exclusive advanced entry into the Theme Region section. The sit down style seminar, led by passionate and entertaining wine educator DJ Kearney, will warm up palates for the biggest tasting event of the year! Take a journey through this magnificent country, its diverse winegrowing regions and unique grape varieties.

SEMINAR 2: $ 99.95*

Baron Philippe de Rothschild –

Bringing colour & vibrancy to

Chilean wine

Iconic wine producer, Baron Philippe de Rothschild, has been a producer in Chile for over 15 years. The family-owned company has recently created its third Chilean wine, Anderra, and these wines have just arrived in Manitoba. Join us to learn more about how Baron Philippe de Rothschild has skillfully combined their French style, with a Chilean flavour.

SESSION 3: $ 178.95* **

**Includes 3 take-home Riedel glasses valued at $149.95

A tasting of aged wine in

varietal specific Riedel stemware

presented by Genuwine Cellars

Enjoy a varietal specific Riedel stemware comparative tasting of fine aged wine that has been optimally stored in a Genuwine wine cellar. The right glass can make all the difference in the world to your enjoyment of wine and storing your wine in a proper wine cellar can mean the difference between vinegar and ecstasy.

Sample over 515 wines, many which are available in Manitoba for the

first time and are exclusive to the Festival. 135 wineries from 11

countries will be represented at the 2015 Winnipeg Wine Festival.

View the entire wine list HERE.

Tickets on sale NOW at all Winnipeg Liquor Marts.

$54.95* each

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 7-10 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 1-4 PM

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 7-10 PM

 

RBC CONVENTION CENTRE WINNIPEG

The Winnipeg Wine Festival would like to thank the generous support of our following sponsors.

2015 THEME COUNTRY

PRESENTING SPONSOR

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GOLD SPONSORS

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SILVER SPONSOR

BRONZE SPONSORS

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MEDIA SPONSORS

HOW TO TASTE WINE

There is nothing difficult about enjoying wine.

The next step though, is understanding and describing why we prefer some wines to others. We can learn how to discern differences in wine and recognize quality by concentrating on the tasting sequence (sight, smell and taste). Since we rely on our senses for information, the tasting sequence is properly called a sensory examination.

Appreciating wine requires that we sharpen our senses and learn to focus our attention on the many messages we receive from each glass of wine. This evaluation is easy to follow and with practice enables us to objectively assess wines and talk about wine to others.

SEE

Observe the details of the colour of the wine.

Tip the glass until the wine inside approaches the rim of the glass. All wines should be clear and bright with no cloudiness present. As wine is constantly changing, the colour is an indication of its age.

SMELL

No two wines will look or smell alike.

One of the most complex and distinctive aspects of a wine is its aroma. Bring the glass up to your nose and inhale. Try to evaluate the nature of the odour. Next, swirl the wine. This helps release the volatile, aromatic constituents. Smell the wine again and try to be as precise as possible in describing the odour.

The wine should smell like the grape variety from which it is derived and contain no off-odours. Any wine smelling of cabbage, vinegar, sulphur or other foreign smells should be regarded as suspect. A quality wine will have a rich, multi-faceted smell that is harmonious and pleasant to the senses.

TASTE

This is the final stage of our evaluation and complements the previous two.

Take enough wine into your mouth to coat all its surfaces and that of your tongue. Swirl or "chew" the wine and then spit it out. Concentrate on the taste characteristics that were detected.

Was it dry or sweet?

Was there sufficient acidity?

What was the "weight" or body of the wine?

Was there any tannin?

How much alcohol was present?

Was the tactile sense pleasant?

Were the flavours agreeable?

Are the component parts harmonious (in balance)?

Does the flavour linger in the mouth?

What potential does the wine have?

Only by careful examination and evaluation are we able, not only to enjoy wine, but also to understand why we enjoy it and to communicate this enjoyment to others.

 

SAGE ADVISE FROM THE PROFESSIONALS

Here are a few tips from the people "in the trade" whose business it is to attend wine shows.

Prepare ahead

This refers not only to making sure that you have alternate transportation available at the end of the evening, but also that you are not beginning your evening on an empty stomach. Though experts might say your senses are heightened when you are hungry, after a long day some food will help keep your energy level up and temper the effects of consuming alcohol. Remember – the Wine Festival will focus on the wines (pours are less than 1oz.) Food will not be available on the tasting floor, however, The Winnipeg Convention Centre will operate a "Bistro" should you wish to enjoy some repast during the Festival.

Plan your attack

As you enter the show pick up your tasting glass and catalogue and take a few minutes to survey the room and organise your route. Given there will be a huge number of wines to sample and limited time, it is extremely useful to decide where you want to go first. It may be Champagnes first and dessert wines at the end. Or perhaps specific grape varieties such as sauvignon blanc or shiraz might be the target before moving on to other things. Whatever the plan, bring a pen and note the wines you have tasted, particularly the ones you like in case you want to purchase them at the on-site Liquor Mart.

Spitting is OK

In fact spitting the wine after tasting is an essential part of the process for those who wish to maintain any objectivity during the course of the evening. Look for buckets or strategically placed receptacles into which, like the pros, you can spit the wine after swishing it around in your mouth.

LEARN FROM THE WINERY REPRESENTATIVE

Each winery at the show will have experts behind their table.

Feel free to ask questions or discuss your views about the wines that you taste.

BE COURTEOUS TO OTHER TASTERS

The tasting area is likely to be quite crowded, especially around the most popular wines.

Once your sample has been poured for you, and if you are not engaged in discussion with those pouring, let someone else in to try the wine. This will ease both potential congestion and irritability.

GO WITH YOUR PERSONAL PREFERENCES

After all is said and done you are the only expert when it comes to pleasing your palate.

The best way to learn more about your own likes and dislikes is to try different wines and trust your own judgement.

The best thing about a wine show is that it presents an ideal opportunity to try as many different wines as possible in a relatively short time.

 

 

APRIL 26 – MAY 2, 2015

2015 Theme Country

A FUNDRAISING EVENT IN SUPPORT OF

PRESENTED BY

© 2015 Winnipeg Wine Festival.

CHEERS!

From unique and fun-filled WineDown events to our Gala Dinner & Auction, there’s something

for every wine lover at the 2015 Winnipeg Wine Festival.

We're thrilled to welcome back Wines of Chile as this year’s theme country. Wines of Chile are bringing 116 wines from 29 wineries to the Theme Country Room at the Public Tastings, May 1st & 2nd at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

We're also excited to announce a few new Educational Seminars to our VIP Friday night Public Tastings lineup.

And make sure you check back often for updates as we continue to finalize the details on many of the events.

2015 Theme Country

A FUNDRAISING EVENT IN SUPPORT OF

PRESENTED BY

© 2015 Winnipeg Wine Festival.