The Vancouver International Wine Festival takes place from February 11 to 19 and we’ve got the top spots to sip over the nine-day event


1. California Cruisin' - Wednesday, February 15

Kendall-JacksonKendall-JacksonCalifornia Cruisin' is the perfect way to spend a weekday evening if Vancouver's rain has you dreaming of sunnier places. Picture the Golden State while tasting wines from some of California's most iconic wineries. The wine principals will be in attendance, and it's a great excuse to celebrate Wine Wednesday.
8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; 2nd floor, 1661 Granville Street (Waterview); tickets $69


2. International Festival Tasting - Thursday, February 16

VanWineFestChristine McAvoy780 wines, one room. A ticket to the International Festival Tasting provides the opportunity to sample hundreds of different wines from the portfolios of the participating wineries. With a focus on the theme region of Canada, there will also be many international wines, including those from Australia, New Zealand and Spain.
The International Festival Tastings happen from Thursday to Saturday, however Thursday's is guaranteed to be less busy than the other tastings. If you love what you taste in the International Festival Tasting, every wine being poured is available for purchase at the onsite BC Liquor Store, including wines that are not normally available for purchase locally.
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Vancouver Convention Centre West, Ballroom D, 1055 Canada Place; tickets $89
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3. Discover Ontario's Cool - Thursday, February 16

Jackson-TriggsJackson-Triggs EstateOntario is considered one of the most exciting new-world wine regions and Christopher Waters, co-founder and editor of Vines magazine, offers a tasting tour. Notable Canadian wineries are participating, including Canada's first estate winery, Inniskillin; Canada's most awarded winery, Jackson-Triggs; and Pillitteri Estates Winery, which is pouring an Icewine.
5:15 to 6:45 p.m.; Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place; tickets $50


4. BC Pioneers & New Kids - Friday, February 17

Sandhill Winemaker Howard SoonSandhillThis wine seminar takes a look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years to see how industry pioneers and new kids on the block are putting their stamp on wine-making in B.C. Six vine stars who are shaping B.C. wine culture will be in attendance, and local wine experts Kurtis Kolt and DJ Kearney are moderators.
5:15 to 6:45 p.m.; Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place; tickets $50


5. Celebrating Canada's 150th - Saturday, February 18

Benjamin Bridge vineyardBenjamin Bridge VineyardAll 76 Canadian wineries participating in this year's festival are pouring wines from their portfolio at this grazing lunch, featuring a coast-to-coast menu pairing. Dish highlights include Nova Scotia-style pan-fried oysters with lemon cilantro aioli; maple-seared sockeye salmon with potato gaufrette and wasabi lime foam; as well as Nanaimo bar bites and maple sugar tarts.
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Vancouver Convention Centre West, Level 3, 1055 Canada Place; tickets $109