Tuesday, August 01, 2006
our trip through the okanagan
Recently we returned from a quick trip to the Okanagan. We were fortunate this year to spend several days visiting some local wineries. Before Hannah and Luke were born we often spend our afternoon days sampling the wines and stocking up for the winter months. We started the custom when we tried a locally produced Marechal Foch from St. Hubertus at a dinner to celebrate our engagement. We came back in the summer and bought a few bottles for the following winter. Each summer we would try a few different wineries. As our lives got busier and we had less disposable income we let this little luxury go for the time being. We enjoyed getting back to our favourite haunts and discovering new places to explore.
I used to work for Divino Estate Winery during the summer months while I was a student at UVIC. I am committed to supporting the local wine industry and it is encouraging to see small estate wineries continue to appear and produce quality beverages.
Our two favourite areas are the Naramata Bench where you will find Hillside Estate Winery,Lake Breeze Winery, Lang Vineyards, and Nichol Vineyard. Nichol
Vineyard was "sold out" but we managed to bring home samples from the other three.
Our second favourite area is the "Golden Mile Wineries". These are all within the Township of Oliver and a cycle ride from my folks. Our new favourites are Burrowing Owl and Hester Creek. Hester Creek used to be Divino Estate Winery. It was lovely to see what new wines they are producing now. We brought home some solid reds and I look forward to drinking them this winter.
Even though we aimed to buy mostly reds we ended up with a good collection of Pinot Gris for the late summer - early autumn drinking. This is my new summer favourite.
Now let's get through the fast quickly shall we?