We asked a dozen-plus of the city's top sommeliers to share their picks with us for some very specific scenarios, and oh boy, did they ever deliver.

We're literally surrounded by wine in Vancouver. There's the Okanagan (and the Fraser Valley) to the east, the Island(s) to the west, Washington to the south and even Lillooet due north. So we cornered a baker's dozen of top Vancouver sommeliers and peppered them with questions until they gave up the goods and the bottle you need for any given situation.

THE PANEL

THE SCENARIOS

What should I bring to drink at the beach?

What should I pack for a dinner party if I'm going for a ski day beforehand?

What should I order when I'm entertaining clients?

What should I bring to impress my wine-loving father-in-law?

What are the best local bottles to impress the owner of a Bordeaux chateau?

What should I bring to a dinner party when all I know is that you're eating curry?

What should I buy a five-year-old to drink on her 19th birthday?

What should my hipster friends should serve at their East Van hall wedding?

Which B.C. wines will wow my Albertan in-laws?

Which sub-$100 are best to buy for an investment?

What should I grab last minute for my office gift exchange?

What inexpensive bottle should I bring to wine club to shock the snobs?

What box wine should I bring along on my kayak trip?

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