Starting on April 29, Winnipeg will once again pay tribute to Dionysian delights at the 17th annual Winnipeg Wine Festival. This week-long event, which takes place at venues across the city, attracts sommeliers, restaurateurs, vineyard owners, and countless other wine lovers from around the world to share secrets of the trade and sample the finest vintages from Napa County to the Loire Valley and beyond. Special events include a celebration of Malbec World Day, which pairs exclusive Argentine offerings with authentic Tango entertainment; Cin Cin, which promises “a tour of Italy without having to leave Winnipeg”; California Crush, which will showcase the best from Canada’s neighbor to the south; and Celebrate Canada, where elite wineries from Ontario and British Columbia will fill your glass and tickle your tongue. The main event, Cena di Gala, will be held at the RBC Convention Centre on Thursday, May 3, and will focus especially on the wines of Italy. Cena di Gala will include a five-course meal with wine pairings, multiple auctions, many highly sought after vintages, and much more.