This weekend the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival kicks off, with great events happening in Kelowna and the surrounding areas until October 11. We are particularly excited for The Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree where guests get to blind taste a variety of cheeses from the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
This is also a great time to explore local wineries as the harvest is well underway in the Okanagan Valley, meaning wine makers are picking and crushing grapes.
To get in the spirit, we chatted with Laura Kowalchuk, general manager at the BC VQA Wine Info Centre in Penticton, to get her take on the valley’s best wines under $20.
Arrowleaf Cellars– Pinot Noir 2012, $18.95
(Awarded the silver medal at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada)
Gray Monk Estate Winery– Sparkling Odyssey Rosé Brut, $19.99
C.C. Jentsch Cellars– The Chase 2012, $19.99
(Awarded the bronze medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards)
Maverick Estate Winery– 2013 Pinot Gris, $18.87
St. Hubertus Vineyards– Dry Riesling 2012, $16.95
(Awarded the platinum medal at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada)
Meet Tyler Harlton, the Okanagan Valley’s Renegade Winemaker
From prairie farm boy to pro athlete to Wall Street lawyer to renegade winemaker—Tyler Harlton’s life path has been anything but conventional. Now, at TH Wines in Summerland, B.C., Harlton employs old-world practices to create "handmade" wines.
British Columbia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
The Okanagan Valley is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting wine regions, thanks to its range of climates and terroirs. Meanwhile, the Thompson Valley’s Kamloops area is on the rise. Sip aromatic whites at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival (Sept. 28 to Oct. 8) or Pinot Noir at Privato Vineyard & Winery in Kamloops.