June 27, 2003 Features & Images » Feature Story

A tour of Canada’s wine region 

After a decade of hard work, Okanagan wineries are going for it

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We also tried some of their Kerner Late Harvest wine from 2001, pairing it with chocolate.

My personal favourite was the Chardonnay, although the more knowledgeable people in our group, including Foran, liked the Pinot Gris. Pinot Gris is a rare wine and tricky for B.C. because of the level of care that goes into growing and processing the grapes, and Tinhorn Creek’s offering has won critical acclaim.

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Back at the International Airport in Kelowna, we hoped the weather would be better so we could fly a little higher on the way back to Whistler.

We were not disappointed, and O’Brien took us over mountain ridges and glaciers before making another perfect landing at the Pemberton Airport – after sampling more than 20 wines in just over a day, and not having the presence of mind to spit out every sample, it was the exact landing I wanted.

We were tired, but a whirlwind tour of the Okanagan was enough to give a sense of what the B.C. wine industry and David Foran are trying to accomplish, and how close we are to a breakthrough.

Although the business side of things is important, there’s a lot of pride and character as well. Most interesting was the praise that B.C. wineries heaped on one another.

Collectively, Okanagan wineries know they are going to either make it or break as a region – once Okanagan table wines become synonymous with quality, flavour, and quaint estates sprawled along the shores of a breathtaking lake, the valley will really be on the map.

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