The Province - - LIVE IT! - JAMES NEVISON

We’re just a few weeks out from the 40th an­nual Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Wine Fes­ti­val, by far the city’s (and re­gion’s) largest wine-cen­tric event.

This year the fes­ti­val has grown to en­com­pass 51 events over eight days (Feb. 24 to March 4), fea­tur­ing more than 800 dif­fer­ent wines from 173 winer­ies, and rep­re­sent­ing 15 coun­tries.

Need­less to say, it’s a big deal. It can also be a lit­tle daunt­ing for the unini­ti­ated, but with a few tips in hand — along with a glass — the in­tim­i­da­tion fac­tor can be fil­tered away.

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