Grab Your Bidding Tablets – The Bacchanalia Gala is Back!

Grab Your Bidding Tablets – The Bacchanalia Gala is Back!

The Vancouver International Wine Festival has announced the date and details of the highly anticipated annual Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction as taking place on February 24th. In the next breath, VIWF has also announces that all 450 seats are sold out – wonderful for them but devastating for those without a coveted $450 ticket!

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The Bacchanalia Gala at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver  features hundreds of different wines from around the world including the celebrated 1983 Domaine de la Romanée Conti “La Tâche”, valued at $8,000, an eleven-bottle collection of Gruaud Larose and Osoyoos Larose verticals, and a rare vertical from cult winery Harlan Estate. The live and silent auctions include famed French wines from Bordeaux Premier Cru properties and Burgundy Grand Crus, as well as an incredible assembly of wines from Spain and Portugal, the festival’s 2018 theme countries.

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The Bacchanalia Gala wine auction is the province’s premier opportunity for wine collectors to obtain rare and older vintage wines. The auction is a charitable fundraising event; since 2013, the Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction has helped raise nearly $1 million for the Bard on the Beach Theatre Society.

In addition to this wine lover’s dream auction, Bacchanalia Gala Dinner + Auction offers the most spectacular wine and food pairing experience in Vancouver, with 10 outstanding wines from around the world matched with a five-course dinner imaginatively created by Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s executive chef, Cameron Ballendine. Bacchanalia is emceed by Global BC anchor Chris Gailus.

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If that is not enough to keep your excitement level up – the Bacchanalia Gala also offers a raffle with a one-in-200 chance to win two business class tickets anywhere Delta Air Lines flies, a value of $36,440 USD (~$44,600 CAD). Tickets are only $100 and available by phone at 604.739.0559 during Bard on the Beach office hours, or, if any remain, onsite at gala. You do not need to attend gala to win. All proceeds go to Bard on the Beach.

The Bacchanalia is a fundraiser for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, so it’s not surprising that there are several amazing packages featuring Bard tickets and events. One lucky bidder will earn a walk-on role during the first scene of a performance of As You Like It during the 2018 season. Artistic Director Christopher Gaze will walk the temporary cast member through every step – from costume fitting to entrance. And to celebrate this stage debut, the package also includes ten play tickets and picnics from Emelle’s Catering to guarantee a friendly audience.

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Ready to grab your bidding tablets? Here a few highlights from this year’s auction!

1983 DOMAINE DE LA ROMANÉE CONTI “LA TÂCHE”– Estimated Value: $8,000
The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is the most celebrated and legendary wine producer in the world. At the top of the hierarchy of the great wines produced here sits the monopole, Romanée-Conti itself. Second in line — and often only a shade behind in quality — Is La Tâche, a small grand cru vineyard in the village of Vosne-Romanée, at the heart of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits. The single wine made from the La Tâche vines is full-bodied and structured, and is one of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the world.

HARLAN ESTATE VERTICAL (five bottles) – Estimated Value: $9,000
A five-year vertical of Harlan Estate Napa Valley Cabernet including vintages from 1996 through 2000 inclusive. 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.”

1964 MUSIGNY ESTATE DE VOGUE – Estimated Value: $4,000
Le Musigny is a revered Grand Cru vineyard site right at the heart of Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits wine district in the parish of Chambolle-Musigny. The vineyard has long played an important part in local life – so much so that, in 1882, its name was appended to that of the village, which was originally just Chambolle. The vineyard was officially classified as a Grand Cru in 1936. Musigny’s hallmark is its amazing balance between power and finesse.

For more information, go to VanWineFest.ca!

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Images from the 2016/7 Bacchanalia Gala’s courtesy VIWF.