David and I have spent more time in the Kelowna area during this trip to the Okanagan, thanks to his friends (and coaches) Stacey and Luke.
While prepping his bike for the triathlon on Sunday, and talking race strategy, we also got some good tips for wineries in the Kelowna area. We also learned Kelowna is known for its white wines, while Oliver is known for its reds (due to temperature and just what grows best in each region).
David and I usually like reds, but decided to try more whites and take a bit of a tour of some wineries near Stacey and Luke’s place (which sits right on an apple orchard… nice)!
We hit three wineries based on Stacey’s suggestions – The View, Spierhead and Tantalus.
The View is a fun little place that is geared towards women, with a red shoe in its logo and a fantastic sparkling wine in can called “Bling” … we bought a six pack and another bottle of white.
We next stopped at Spierhead and really enjoyed their wine and the beauty of the area as well. We also realized at this point we were basically following a Swiss couple also wine tasting in the area and had a fun chat with them. They asked us what wine our province was known for… we laughed and David said “we are known for wheat, beer and wind!”
Finally, we made our way to Tantulus. Our friend back home Jen highly recommended it and asked us to pick up a few bottles of her favourite Syrah ice wine (really different and spectacular as it turns out, we bought a bottle for ourselves). We also enjoyed the old vines riesling and chose a couple bottles of that. To top off a great visit, the grounds and the building at Tantalus are stunning, and each bottle label features a First Nations artist’s rendition of a different mask. So beautiful!