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Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

March 24 - 30, 2003

By Catherine Barr


The Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival celebrated it's 25th anniversary this year by inviting some of the biggest names in wine from all over the world. Rothschild, Tyrrell, Blass and more were seen raising glasses with guests and dignitaries all week long in a fabulous series of events and tastings that took place throughout the city. There were some spectacular moments, and some even more spectacular memories, just see for yourself.

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CTV news anchor, CKNW talk host, and North Van resident Bill Good (centre) was seen at the Gala Dinner with former Vancouver city mayor Philip Owen (left) and now mayor Larry Campbell, who looked very chic in his tartan kilt.
West Van resident and Four Season's Chef des Cuisines Fabrice Rossman (centre) welcomed Philippe Serys de Rothschild (left) and host Werner Schonberger at the Almaviva wine and opera dinner.
Marine Drive restaurant's Ken Brooks toasted the night with North Van Players' members Sally Day (left) and Maggie Kolodziej at Liberty's Five on the Drive event.
Winemaker Wolf Blass and I dined together at the Gala, and sitting next to him was a thrill. We joked about him buying two rare 1981 wines at auction, which he did. And yes, the stories are true, he paid $1,400, opened them, and we drank them. Just call me if you want to see the empty bottles.
West Van's beautiful Pamela Martin looked tres elegant and was happy to help host the Gala dinner.
West Van's Marine Drive has a new driving force in the kitchen, namely chefs Jeff Batt (left) and Tony Austin. They made Five on the Drive a big success.
North Van's Darryl Weinbren, of Maxxium Canada, and his partner sipped champagned and more at the Gala.
Dundarave Wine's consultant Chilam (left) and store assistant Fanny Queenville got things off to a early start with a Chilean in store tasting.
West Van's Ray Signorello (left), seen here with Bruce McLeod, was pouring his family's award-winning product during the Festival Tasting Room nights.


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