BRITISH COLUMBIA’S EMERGING OKANAGAN VALLEY HAS THE MAKINGS OF A SERIOUS WINE REGION – WINE SPECTATOR, NOVEMBER 2010 WINE COUNTRY TRAVEL SPECIAL
By Lynn Alley [Excerpted from Wine Spectator]
In late September, the terrace restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is filled with suntanned tourists wearing shorts and sunglasses, sipping local wine, eating, enjoying the stunning view.
But this view isn’t over the lush vineyards of Napa Valley. The happy visitors are in Canada, looking south over the Okanagan Lake in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.
Although Canada’s wine industry was prominent first in Ontario, its British Columbian arm has blossomed in recent years. The most successful wines from this western region come from the Okanagan Valley, a four-hour drive inland over the mountains from Vancouver, or a short flight from Seattle, Vancouver and other nearby Canadian cities to the tiny international airport in Kelowna, “gateway to the Okanagan.” Read More On Wine Spectator….
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