Wine and spirits were traditionally used as remedies against life’s assortment of ailments and, even now, nothing is more relaxing than unwinding with a glass of your favourite libation. B.C.’s sun-drenched wine region and rich crops cultivate award-winning reds, whites, rosés and dessert wines, and urban wineries allow city-dwellers to enjoy homegrown vino, too. Meanwhile, craft cocktails are undergoing an explosive renaissance with regional bartenders regularly winning internationally recognized competitions. Cocktails have the awe-inducing ability to melt away your worries, foster new friendships, and transport you to another time and place. Best of all, local vintners and bartenders are some of the friendliest, skilled and most fascinating locals you’ll meet.