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Episode 26 | Okanagan Valley: Canada’s World Class Wine Destination

The number one wine destination awaits

The Huffington Post recently named the Okanagan Valley, B.C. the number one wine destination in the world, followed by Bordeaux, France. The Okanagan offers more than 60 grape varietals, covering just under 9000 acres, and it’s natural beauty attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists year to their 185 wineries. Listen to Dave and Sandi’s travel north through the valley and what aspects make this region number one.

Plus, Sandi shares a couple of tips on how you can keep your wine from frying in a hot car during a wine tasting trip.

B.C. Wine Trip Planner

Thank you to Leanne Froese, owner of Town Hall Brands, a wine industry marketing agency in Vancouver, B.C. for helping us plan our trip. And a thank you to PR genius, Erin Osborne, for inviting us to the B.C. Wine and Food Experience with a masterclass and winemaker dinner at Tom Douglas’s Palace Ballroom in Seattle (with Tom Douglas!).

The easy way to buy Okanagan

It’s not easy, yet, to buy direct, however, we found a few. (Wineries, contact us if you ship directly to the U.S.)

Summer Hill Winery  |  Ricco Bambino  | Checkmate Winery

French oak vs. American oak

Listen to the differences between French and American oak barrels in winemaking and how that impacts many of the wines you’ll find in the Okanagan.

Okanagan adventure 2019 *must-see wineries

Oliver & Pentiction

*Check Mate Winery  (By appointment only)  |  *Painted Rock Estate Winery  |   Rust Wine Co.  |   Road 13 Vineyards


*Sage Hills Vineyard  |  *Dirty Laundry Vineyard  |  Okanagan Crush Pad


*Mission Hill Winery (Lunch or Dinner reservations)  |  *Summerhill Winery (Lunch or Dinner reservations)  |*Tantalus Vineyards  |  *The Hatch  | *Quail’s Gate (Lunch or Dinner reservations)  |  Rico Bambino  |  The Naked Cafe (Vegan breakfast & lunch—not a winery!)

Lake Country

*Arrowleaf Cellars  |  *50th Parallel Estate Winery (Lunch or Dinner reservations)  |  Ex Nihilo  |  Gray Monk

Naramata Bench

*Laughing Stock Vineyards (by appointment only)  *Bench 1775  |  Red Rooster Winery


Similkameen Valley

*Clos du Soleil

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