9th Montréal Wine and Spirits Show in full swing through to March 28th

280 vintners and distillers from 5 continents, 2500 products, including 1200 exclusive private imports

MONTREAL, March 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Today marks the launch of the 9th Montréal Wine and Spirits Show, the largest public event of its kind in Canada. Some 20 000 visitors are expected at Palais des Congrès de Montréal to take part in this grand wine and spirits fête scheduled to continue through to March 28th inclusive.

Spread out over 10 000 m2, the Show features a delegation of 280 producers from 5 continents who will be showcasing the largest ever selection of wines and spirits presented under one roof: 2500 products, including over 1200 private imports on exclusive offer at the Show. Attendees will also appreciate the extensive lineup of essential tasting and storage accessories, in addition to the appetizing assortment of gourmet fare.

Visitors to the Show are invited to discover the generous world of wine and spirits by taking the opportunity to meet with exhibiting professionals and by attending any of the hundred or so free conferences being organized by the producers on hand for the 2010 event. Aficionados will delight in the prospect of sampling and purchasing wines and spirits from across the globe, including a vast selection of specialty products and private imports.

Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 to share her passion

Élyse Lambert, Best Sommelier of the Americas 2009 and Canadian entrant in the Best Sommelier of the World Contest scheduled to be held in Chile in April 2010, gladly accepted to serve as official spokesperson of this year's event. "The Montréal Wine and Spirits Show stirs the same sense of enthusiasm and excitement in me from one edition to the next. It indeed provides us with an outstanding opportunity to strike out in search of adventure, to taste and discover an enticing range of exclusive imports, and to meet with producers."

Show specifics

Admission, restricted to persons 18 years of age and over, is $15 and includes a wine tasting glass and official Show guide. A passport entitling holders to unlimited access to the Show during the entire 4-day event is also available for $40. The cost of taste-testing varies in accordance with the products on offer. For further information and details, log on to the Show's website as www.salondesvins.com or call 514 722-4510.

The Montréal Wine and Spirits Show is presented every two years by Association québécoise des agences de vins, bières et spiritueux (AQAVBS) and principal partner Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ).

AQAVBS

Founded in 1969, Association québécoise des agences de vins, bières et spiritueux (AQAVBS) groups together a total of 81 members, including 63 agents representing suppliers from producing nations around the world. AQAVBS represents over 95% of all products on offer through SAQ.

SOURCE MONTREAL WINE AND SPIRITS SHOW

For further information: For further information: Luce Davidson, Public Relations, (514) 484-2082, (514) 789-3415 (Media Room/Opens Thursday, March 25th at noon), presse@salondesvins.com, luced@sympatico.ca; Source: Association québécoise des agences de vins, bières et spiritueux

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