Our Vancouver Branch members were treated to another very special Okanagan Valley Wine Tour organized by member Dr. Larry Burr – this time the trip focussed on wineries in East and West Kelowna and Lake Country Our visits started on a sunny Friday morning with visits to Frind Estate Winery at their beautiful lakeside property and Off the Grid Organic winery followed by a tasting and lunch at Crown and Thieves winery with an afternoon at Quail’s Gate Winery and Beaumont Family Estate Winery and dinner at RauDZ Regional Table. Saturday morning saw us with visits to Intrigue Winery, Peake Cellars and also to the major undertaking at O’Rourke Family Estate, a winery designed to outshine any other in the Okanagan when finished at a probable cost approaching $150 million. Lunch was at Norman’s Diner and our afternoon included visits to the historic Sperling Vineyards and also Spearhead Winery before dinner at Bouchons Bistro. Sunday morning included a visit to Tantalus Winery and ended with a visit, tour and tasting at Martin’s Lane before lunch at Maestro’s before driving home.
Our thanks go to Dr. Larry Burr for again organizing a most enjoyable and informative tour, to Treasurer Diane Blaney for looking after all of the financial arrangements, to photographers Milena Robertson, Felix Ho, and Susan Man, to the wineries for sharing their passion and vision with us and to Top Cat Tours for safely navigating us between each winery.
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Photos by Milena & Jim Robertson, Felix Ho and Susan Man