FoxNews: The Okanagan Valley should be on a wine lover’s must-visit list
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July 18, 2016 - 8:00 PM
KELOWNA – Fox News calls the Okanagan Valley "the best wine region you’ve never heard of" in a recently published online article.
Writer Blane Bachelor calls the valley a "beloved summer vacation spot for Canadians" but also one of the most climates for growing world class wine grapes.
“But many Americans have never heard of the region, which runs from the town of Kelowna in the north to Osoyoos in the south,” he writes.
Although his knowledge of the region may be somewhat lacking, he goes on to say it is well worth the effort to get here.
“Especially if you’re a wine enthusiast craving something a little different from stateside sipping.”
According to Bachelor, the revitalization of the region started 20 years ago when local winemakers began replanting their vineyards with high-end European varietals. Since then, he writes, 170 wineries have sprung up.
But that’s not all there is to love about the Okanagan.
“There’s also an exploding culinary scene, as the farm-to-fork movement has evolved from roadside fruit stands to award-winning restaurants featuring a bumper crop of enthusiastic chefs,” he says. “And then there’s the thrill of drinking wine that, thanks to regulations on both sides of the border, is nearly impossible to find anywhere else in the world, as well as grapes that you may have never have heard of.
“Add the camaraderie of welcoming locals and a head-spinning array of activities, from biking to stargazing, that round out any wine-centric itinerary, and you’ve got the recipe for an unforgettable getaway... the Okanagan Valley should be on a wine-lover’s must-visit list.”
The article also covers some of the unique tasting rooms, resorts and non-wine options open to the Okanagan visitor.
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