Recently returned from a tour of British Columbia's Naramata Bench wine region, a real gem of an area along the shores of Lake Okanagan where 41 (yes, forty one) wineries are concentrated along a few miles of shoreline. The area consistently wins awards but their products are never found in the liquor stores. Output is so low that everything is consumed locally or sold directly from the vineyard.
Drinking and driving is of course a no-no so we boarded the Grape Escape coach and were both entertained and educated by our host Dino Vino . Below Mrs Tick Talk gives her impressions of a local speciality, the Pinot Gris. You may be more familiar with Pinot Grigio, which is the Italian style generally lighter and crisper than the rich and spicy French Pinot Gris. Here we are at the Moraine Winery, one of the smallest with production of only 5,000 cases a year. Even so, they managed to win top Gewurztraminer at the 2016 All Canadian Wine Championship.
But wine isn't everything. We also enjoyed the products of Three Ranges micro-brewery on the drive up, in the ski resort town of Valemount, British Columbia.
Later in the week, we stopped for coffee and a bucket of fresh cherries from the orchards of Summerland, British Columbia, on the opposite shores of Lake Okanagan.
Our steed, lurking amongst the cedars of Beautiful British Columbia.