Vancouver International Wine Festival director Harry Hertscheg; VP of cultural affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery, Margrit Mondavi; and Bard on the Beach founder and Order of British Columbia recipient, Christopher Gaze.

Vancouver International Wine Festival director Harry Hertscheg; VP of cultural affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery, Margrit Mondavi; and Bard on the Beach founder and Order of British Columbia recipient, Christopher Gaze.

Bill and Katherine McEachnie, donors of a live auction item—a luxury yacht dining cruise experience valued at $10,000.

Bill and Katherine McEachnie, donors of a live auction item—a luxury yacht dining cruise experience valued at $10,000.

International Cellars Wine Importers Michael Shuster and Tara Halligren.

International Cellars Wine Importers Michael Shuster and Tara Halligren.

Jennifer Gaze, associate artistic director of the Arts Club Theatre, Dean Paul Gibson and Yuko McCulloch.

Jennifer Gaze, associate artistic director of the Arts Club Theatre, Dean Paul Gibson and Yuko McCulloch.

Real estate agent Alexis Palkowski and Westvancouver.com media publisher and celebrity columnist Catherine Barr.

Real estate agent Alexis Palkowski and Westvancouver.com media publisher and celebrity columnist Catherine Barr.

Winemaker and co-owner of Jose Maria Fonseca Wines, Domimgos Franco, and Genevieve Carrier, brand manager of Philippe Dandurand Winery.

Winemaker and co-owner of Jose Maria Fonseca Wines, Domimgos Franco, and Genevieve Carrier, brand manager of Philippe Dandurand Winery.

AG Northwest Enterprise Inc.'s Iryna Getmani and Vancouver Coastal Health GF Strong Rehab Centre's Adrei Krass.

AG Northwest Enterprise Inc.'s Iryna Getmani and Vancouver Coastal Health GF Strong Rehab Centre's Adrei Krass.

Proprietor of Painted Rock Winery, John Skinner, and the Bacchanalia gala chair, Brenda McAllister.

Proprietor of Painted Rock Winery, John Skinner, and the Bacchanalia gala chair, Brenda McAllister.

Rock 101 radio's long-time DJ "Bro" Jake Edwards and his wife, Lori.

Rock 101 radio's long-time DJ "Bro" Jake Edwards and his wife, Lori.

House wine consulting company's Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris.

House wine consulting company's Michelle Bouffard and Michaela Morris.

Vancouver International Wine Festival Bacchanalia Gala Dinner and Auction
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
February 26, 2013


The 35th annual Bacchanalia Gala dinner and auction, presented by Goldcorp Inc., is a must-do event for any serious wine collector and is attended by more than 550 guests each year. The evening provided an unparalleled opportunity to enhance one's wine cellar through auctions of rare, valuable and unusual wines, donated by some of the world’s top winemakers and private collectors.

Guests enjoyed a sparkling wine reception, with nine wines paired with five courses created by the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s executive chef. Auction items included unique culinary experiences, excursions and extravaganzas featuring chefs and sommeliers from the West Coast’s top restaurants.

This year the wine festival will open 30,000 bottles, with over 1,850 wines from 15 countries and 175 wineries. The theme region is California and 25,000 participants are expected to attend.