This is the last edition of the Georgia Straight before Vancouver International Wine Festival week, culminating in the International Festival Tastings sessions at the Vancouver Convention Centre from next Thursday to Saturday (February 16 to 18).

To celebrate our country’s 150th birthday, the festival casts a spotlight on Canada as its theme region, with 76 wineries pouring their best and brightest. In the spirit of national revelry, here’s a small sampling of participating Canadian wineries you should make a point of visiting with glass in hand.
British Columbia

8th Generation Vineyard

Yup, the Schales family have been making wine for eight generations, beginning in Germany’s Rheinhessen region in 1783 and now perched on Lake Okanagan in Summerland. As one might expect, Rieslings are a specialty, but a couple of sparkling wines and a Pinot Meunier Rosé also count as personal favourites.