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28/11/2014

Canadians get a taste for Australian wine

Canadian media were invited to sample a selection of Australian wines at the Savour Australia Preview Tasting event, held in Vancouver last Thursday.

Hosted by Wine Australia, the event gave industry members a preview of what to expect in next year’s Australian themed Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF).

Guests included wine, food and lifestyle media, as well as Harry Hertscheg, VIWF’s executive director and Randy Kaardal, chairman.

Also in attendance was Kevin Lamb, Australia’s honorary consul for British Columbia and a representative from event partner Tourism Australia. As part of its Restaurant Australia global campaign, canapés using Australian produce were matched to the wines on tasting.

Guests were introduced to Australia’s VIWF theme ‘history, evolution and revolution’ with 55 wines showcasing Australia’s winemaking history, evolution and innovative techniques.

Angela Slade, Wine Australia regional director for North America, said the preview tasting was just the beginning of a huge build-up in British Columbia to Savour Australia when it rolls into town at VIWF.

“Wine Australia and our event partners will bring an unprecedented number of Australian wine brands to Vancouver in February in a packed calendar of epicurean events and experiences,” she said.

“The ‘history, evolution, revolution’ theme seen at last week’s event and continued at VIWF will come to life through a tasting room, seminars, master-classes, themed lunches, winemaker dinners and even a late-night lounge party.”

Hertscheg said excitement is building for Savour Australia at VIWF with advanced ticket sales up 28 per cent, already well ahead of last year.

“Australia is proving to be a very popular theme country and we’re thrilled to be working with the Wine Australia team on next year’s festival,” he said.

“VIWF is the biggest event on Canada’s wine calendar and there’s going to be plenty more to ‘savour’ come February.”

Vancouver International Wine Festival will be held from 20 February—1 March 2015.

Visit the Savour Australia at VIWF website for further information—www.wineaustralia.com/savour.


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