Sip your way around the world at wine fest

Times Colonist - - Life - — Eric Akis

The Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Wine Fes­ti­val takes place from Sept. 20 to 22 at the Park­side Ho­tel and Spa, 810 Humboldt St. Dur­ing the three days of events, hun­dreds of wines from around the world will be show­cased.

At wine tast­ings next Fri­day evening, and Satur­day af­ter­noon and evening, at­ten­dees can leisurely en­joy sam­ple-size glasses of a va­ri­ety of wines. Small bites — not meal-sized amounts — of food that com­ple­ment the wines will also be served.

Tick­ets for those tast­ings are $75 per per­son plus fees and taxes. If you en­joy some of the wines you’ve tried, you’ll also be able to buy them at the fes­ti­val’s on­site wine shop.

On Fri­day and Satur­day, you can at­tend wine sem­i­nars on top­ics in­clud­ing rosés, Ar­gen­tinean wine and the his­tory of some of the world’s top wines. Sem­i­nars are $40 per per­son plus fees and taxes.

The Vic­to­ria In­ter­na­tional Wine Fes­ti­val is open to those 19 or older. Or­ga­niz­ers sug­gest wear­ing busi­ness ca­sual at­tire and not us­ing any per­fumes or colognes that will in­ter­fere with the aro­mas of the wine.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to buy tick­ets, go to the fes­ti­val web­site at

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