Okanagan wine to shine

Some of Okanagan's best wines will be featured in Vancouver this week.

The 39th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival brings together wine professionals and enthusiasts from across B.C. and around the world.

“In honour of our nation’s 150th birthday, Canada will be the festival’s theme country, featuring wines from the Okanagan Valley of B.C., to the Niagara Peninsula and Essex County regions of Ontario, to the growing regions of Nova Scotia," said Coralee Oakes, minister responsible for the Liquor Distribution Branch.

"Seventy-six of Canada’s finest wineries will present bottles that show how our unique climates and abundance of varietals have earned Canadian wines their place at the international table."

In total, 180 wineries from 16 countries will be featured at 54 events over eight days. 

The festival runs from Saturday to Feb. 19 at multiple venues across the city.

Harry Hertscheg, festival executive director, said: “It’s not surprising to receive many winery applications from the Okanagan each year, as it’s a premier opportunity for them to showcase their wines for both trade and public alongside their international counterparts. The wine world is here, and so is the Okanagan.”

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