September 28, 2016
Any wine enthusiast will agree that autumn is the best time of year for a wine festival. As the grape harvest and wine production begin, connoisseurs with an interest in the winemaking process cluster in the Okanagan vineyards for samplings and a little education. If you’re staying at a hotel in Kelowna during this year’s Fall Wine Festival, unleash your inner oenophile and head out to some of these fantastically festive events.
New to the festival, this event is sure to become an instant favourite. When you fly into the Kelowna International Airport during the evenings between September 27 and October 1, you’ll arrive to an array of wine samples. Each night, two local wineries will be pouring some of their best varietals to kick-start the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. Before you even get to your hotel in Kelowna, you’ll get a chance to take in just one of the many events taking place during this year’s festival.
After a brief hiatus, this event is back in the books. During each night of the festival, the Summerhill Pyramid Winery is playing host to a three-course gourmet meal featuring local ingredients served alongside perfectly selected wine pairings. Because this event is wildly popular, make sure to call ahead and book a reservation.
Experience the traditional ways of winemaking by pulling off your socks and shoes and stomping your way through history. This exciting event is fun for the whole family. Besides getting your feet wet with a pile of grapes, you’ll also be treated to complementary appetizers.
Challenge your love-of-wine knowledge and put your senses to the test. At this event, all wines are kept in brown bags while tasters are encouraged to guess the varietal, vintage, and blend. To finish it all off, you can reward your hardworking palate with a wide selection of cheeses proudly sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Intrigue Wines is hosting an educational winemaking experience that’s perfect for both beginners and oenophiles. Take part in a journey through a detailed explanation of the winemaking process. See the transformation from grapes on a vine to world-class Kelowna wine with your very own eyes.
If your perfect evening involves a glass of wine while watching the Food Network channel on TV, this is the perfect Fall Wine Festival event for you. Watch 12 eager chefs create fine dining appetizers that pair wonderfully with wines from 12 local wineries. Watch as each dish is judged to see which young chef will come out on top.
For a complete list of all events and for more information, please check out the Okanagan Wine Festival webpage.
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Are you looking for a hotel in Kelowna that’s located close to all the Fall Wine Festival action? Book your stay at the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites. We offer a complementary breakfast buffet, a heated mineral pool and hot tub, and Okanagan wine tours packages. Call us on: 1-888-860-1212.
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