Victoria’s 2018 Wine Fest is happening Sept. 20-21 at the Parkside Hotel and Spa. (File contributed)

The Victoria International Wine Festival is back!

People can attend Sept. 20-21 at the Parkside Hotel and Spa

Wine connoisseurs – or maybe just wine enthusiasts – delight! Victoria’s International Wine Festival is starting tonight at the Parkside Hotel and Spa at 810 Humboldt St. and running through until Friday night.

Participants will have accesses to tasting rooms featuring over 300 wines from 11 different countries, as well as light snacks. Seventy per cent of the wines are special-order products not usually available in local liquor stores, but the bottles don’t cost higher than 480.

“The whole idea was to make it accessible, and so we’ve focused on having most wines under $25,” said Dave Bain, founder of the Victoria International Wine Festival. “We want folks attending to be comfortable selecting the wine in the future.”

The dress code is business casual, and people are asked to not wear any perfumes or colognes that could confuse other guests’ palette.

Knowledgeable staff will be around to provide information on grapes, vineyards and wine production (or simply recommendations if you’re not too interested in the details). A separate staff will be available to educate people on this year’s regional spotlight: Germany.

Wine will also be for sale on site, and vendors will take cash or credit.

Seminars will also be hosted earlier in the evening, covering information on rosé wines, wine history, and the wine region of Argentina.

A few tickets are still available online for $75 plus tax for an evening of tastings, or $40 for a seminar. For $200 guests can have access to all tastings and two seminars as well.

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