The grape vines have begun to bud, the wildflowers blossoming in California wine country. Here, it's snowing outside and even with your eyes squeezed shut it’s hard to evade the cold. There’s no way to bring spring out our windows any faster; however, you can experience the sensation of warmth and delight through the aromas and tastes of wine at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival. On March 8, enjoy wine paired with world-class food from 11 of Cincinnati’s select restaurants. On March 9 and March 10, taste more than 600 wines at the Duke Energy Convention Center and sample wines in The Special Tasting Room. On March 10, there is a charity auction and luncheon at the Netherland Plaza. For times, prices of events and other information visit www.winefestival.com.