WHO DOESN’T LOVE TO TRAVEL? I feel I can speak on behalf of the masses here and say that most of us do! And, for some of us, a portion of our well-earned vacation time is also spent visiting family and, this summer, I did just that. Off to Vancouver I went where my brother and his family live. Admittedly, I have made this trek several times (no complaints here) but this time, we thought we would shake things up a bit.
ROAD TRIP! No sooner did I arrive in Vancouver, we all piled into the car and made our way to Kelowna. Okanagan valley wine country, here we come!
FUN FACT! Did you know there are over 150 wineries in this region? I did not, nor had I ever been to a winery (much less 12 in two days – please don’t judge) but I would highly recommend adding it to your bucket list! The scenery alone took my breath away with majestic mountains and crystal blue lakes making the perfect backdrop to these sprawling vineyards full of plump, delicious grapes that were ripe for the picking!
I like to compare the wineries as the adult version of a candy store! Ice Wine, Riesling, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, and Gewürztraminer; every wine imaginable and, from our tastings, BC wine is stellar!
MY FAVORITES! As I mentioned before, we toured 12 wineries in two days and they all had a charm of their own. There were, however, a couple that really stood out and that I would highly recommend.
Gray Monk Estate Winery is “one of the original five estate wineries that started the wine industry in the Okanagan Valley”. It is the Okanagan Valley’s only original winery that is still operated by its founders, the Heiss family. It was here where I drank my most memorable and absolute favorite Pinot Gris (not readily available in Ontario #sadface)! This wine was full of citrusy goodness with a smooth finish and I would go back just for this wine alone!
Then there was Mission Hill Winery. The natural beauty and architecture of this vineyard was unforgettable. Top that with an exceptional meal at their Terrace Restaurant with delectable dishes and the perfect pairing of wines was, simply amazing!
A few of us would agree there’s nothing more enjoyable than good friends, good food and good wine. This was a wonderful summer vacation, and one that I barely remember!
So, my wine loving friends, have you toured any wineries and what were your favorites? Also, please feel free to share your favorite wines with us here, I’m always up to trying new “candy”!
Photo creds to me 🙂