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)