The family and I were lucky enough to return to the Okanagan over the long weekend, and somehow managed to double our wine tasting intake from last year. Now before anyone tries to take away our licenses (or the puppy), I would note that overall tasting consumption probably topped out at 2 glasses total..over 4 days. Not quite time to start attending meetings yet.
There’s not much to say about Okanagan wineries, beyond the delicious wine and incredible views. They’re all slightly different of course, all with their own unique charms and perspectives on the valley.
I’m not what you’d call very knowledgeable on the finer art of crushed grapes. I never really pick up on the hint of worn saddle or asian pear grown in slightly acidic soil. That said, all the sweeter white ones tend to be my favourites. Or really any type that doesn’t make me scrunch up my nose and begin to slightly gag (the sign of a true connoisseur, no doubt).
The first winery we visited was Church and State. It had a beautiful outdoor tasting bar with an incredible view. They also encouraged us to wander through the grape vines, and even let us take a few bunches of grapes with us. (Someone even mentioned we could probably take a whole garbage bag full and no one would notice. Duly noted….).
The next we stopped at was The Burrowing Owl. Another beautiful location and great wine. The tasting was inside (and a bit crowded), but there was an observation tower and great views from their restaurant on site. We stayed for lunch, and I had one of the most delicious meals I can remember (a daily special)…unfortunately the service was a bit disappointing.
The next day we stopped at the Young and Wyse winery. This was the smallest location we visited, which also meant we got the most personalized attention. While comparably the views weren’t quite as spectacular, it was undoubtably in a beautiful location.
The last winery we visited was Rustico, which was a completely different experience. While the views were similarly beautiful, the whole thing was set up in an old saloon style, complete with drinks poured out in tumbler glasses, like a line of shots (although apparently this is the more authentic way). While we probably enjoyed the wines the least here (but not by much) this was a fun change from the typical winery experience and definitely worth the trip. They also have a particularly cute puppy that might have stolen a lot of the attention..
Check out last years winery’s here- See Ya Later and Tinhorn Creek