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A Local's Guide to the Okanagan Wine Region

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The Northern tip of the Great Basin Desert cradles the Okanagan wine region of British Columbia, Canada. Because it is located in a desert the climate is unique with very hot summers and mild winters. The terroir, perched along Okanagan Lake, can produce the finicky pinot noir and, during the winters, yield icewine. It's where Canadians go to get away. The Okanagan is British Columbia's wine region and is host to the Wine Bloggers' Conference 2013.
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4870 Chute Lake Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4M3, Canada
At the local Pyramid Winery the pyramid itself is as much of a character as its owners. If you saw the Cypes family you would think them to be tree planters but really they are passionate vintners producing bio-dynamic wine and winning awards for...
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1560 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J7, Canada
One of my favourite restaurants in Kelowna is RauDZ (pronounced "rods") and provides locally sourced ingredients for both the dinner plate and the martini glass. The dinning room is always packed and with a first come first serve policy...
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891 Naramata Rd, Penticton, BC V2A 8T5, Canada
Naramata is a community full of quirky artists and dream-realizing vintners. Together they create wineries rich and varied in architecture, unique wine labels and gallery/tasting room combinations. Here at Red Rooster Winery, for example, you can...
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1180 Sunset Dr #104, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9W6, Canada
Les Dames d’Escoffier of British Columbia, a society of accomplished women helping other women in food related fields, arranged a province wide dinner celebrating the 100th birthday of much loved Julia Child on Wednesday. I was lucky enough to...
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1527 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A7, Canada
The cold Arctic air has finally arrived in British Columbia when the Arctic’s icy fingers turn the bulbous, sued flesh of left over grapes upon the vine into cold sugar pearls. However, the cold arrived later than expected for those wineries...
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5315 Big White Rd, Kelowna, BC V1P 1P3, Canada
At the Big White Ski Resort there is more to do than ski and snowboard which is especially useful to know when you're not a skiing Canadian like myself. Instead of hitting the slopes there are snowshoe excursions, ice wall climbing, sledding with...
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5636 Jasper Way, Kelowna, BC V1W 5L7, Canada
In 2003 Kelowna suffered a devastating fire that burned 250 homes and evacuated 30,000 residents. This image was part of that burned area and overlooks the city of Kelowna as well as Lake Okanagan. Hiking within this provincial park there are many...
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170 Timberline Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4J6, Canada
Not far from Kelowna driving along Lakeshore Drive and passing aging vines of lush with grapes for harvesting, sits the goats of the Camelis Alpine Goat Cheese Artisan. Exiting the vehicle you hear the playful singing of goats in the distance...
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3303 Boucherie Rd, West Kelowna, BC V1Z 2H3, Canada
Alas! This year's Sugar Plum Fair, at the local Quail's Gate Winery, was devoid of the pirouetting snowflakes I had hoped for. Fortunately, there were ballerinas, wine, cheese and dessert. And even though I didn't get my way this year, the view...
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940 Lower Debeck Rd, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
Therapy Vineyards overlooks green vineyards of rolling hills that drop off with a thrust of caramel clay that disappears into the blue Okanagan Lake. The view itself could be therapy for any soul in need of inspiration and calm. But wine always...
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3625 1 St, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
Just a short hour drive away from Kelowna, and only a 5-10 minute drive from Penticton, Naramata sits hidden with acres of green vineyards cascading off of clay cliffs into Lake Okanagan. In the heart Naramara is the historic Naramata Heritage Inn...
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1730 Mission Hill Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4, Canada
You may not know but British Columbia has a wine region that is a worthy rival of Napa and Tuscany. Mission Hill Winery is one of the stellar estates that not only has some of the best wine in Canada but also serves the best food with matching...
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1992 Dilworth Dr, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9N4, Canada
Every Saturday in the summer, especially when it is spinning into autumn, the Farmers' Market is packed with those looking to stock their fridges, pantries and countertops with local ingredients and produce. In recent years cultural diversity has...
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4719 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4H6, Canada
Whether you want to pick the red juicy rubies or if you'd rather buy a box of sweet golden rainiers the Okanagan is the undisputed fruit producing champion of Canada. While Ontario may try to rival us there's just no getting around the fact that...
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The Okanagan Valley have become famed for its wine region however not many know that it also provides ideal conditions for growing fields of lavender. There are two predominant farms to visit within the Okanagan - the first is in the south...
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3975 June Springs Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 4E4, Canada
I begin the Spring Okanagan Wine Fest at an unorthodox winery that uses mead to create wine. But what is unorthodox today is actually an ancient tradition being carried on by meaderies throughout the world. Meadow Vista Winery is one of two...