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naramata or summerland wine weekend

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naramata or summerland wine weekend

I am planning a 3 night Thanksgiving weekend getaway with husband and possibly another couple. We are considering Naramata or Summerland. Basically its a relax and enjoy the lovely weather and beautiful surroundings, touring some wineries and eating good meals outdoors on lovely decks. Your suggestions on which area and why would be appreciated. Thanks

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1. Re: naramata or summerland wine weekend

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too many wineries of top quality to count! close to Penticton.. similar access as Summerland to Oliver

I simply prefer that side of the lake and the feel of Naramata as opposed to Summerland.

Instead of Summerland my other choice would actually be Oliver The Elm Tree Farm b&b is great for 2 couples with it's outdoor cooking area, stream right beside it and proximity to many excellent wineries plus good dining at Hester Creek .

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2. Re: naramata or summerland wine weekend

summerland, penticton or naramata are all lovely spots. for a winery with accommodations, the burrowing owl get great reviews but it's pricey.

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HI

base yourself in Penticton. Naramata Bench is 10 minutes away; the village 20-30 min.Summerland is 15 min. on a four lane higway. Oliver is 30 min. There is not a lot of accommodation in Summerland and only 1 renovated turn of the century hotel in Naramata; unless you are interested in B&B. There are tour buses doing the wineries. the Penticton Lakeside Hotel should be at the top of your list if you want a hotel with all amenities including a Casino; it is on the lake where there is a walkway linking the art gallery/japanese garden on the east side; on the west side it goes all the way to the SS Sicamous/rose garden for a nice evening stroll. you can use streetview on this google map to have a look http://tinyurl.com/nfltlv4

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We (two adults, no kids) will have about 3 days for the Okanagan Valley, from Osoyoos to Kelowna. We like medium to big Reds. First trip to this area. What are the must-do wineries for really good, dry red wines. Nothing fruity or sweet. Wines for sipping and especially for pairing with food. Advice and suggestions?

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Hi X-NYr, welcome to teh forum,

The 3 above posters will likely get notification of new activity on this thread and come over to see what's up, so you will get a couple of answers to your question. If they are around and not away from the forums.

In general though, it is to your disadvantage to post a new question at the end of a thread underway for another poster. To get noticed by more eyes, it is generally better to ask a new question. On the Naramata Forum's main page with the list of topics, there is a button "Ask a question" just above the list. If you find a day goes by without a reply, I suggest you set up your own question..

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HI

First it would nice to find out which way you are coming into the Valley since it make a difference in the recommendations of what wineries to start with. There are now over 100 wineries from Osoyoos to Kelowna; this is the web site of the Okanagan Wine Festivals with a map showing most of them. http://www.thewinefestivals.com/map/#

So some general info for local wines: a designation of VQA (Vinters Quality Assurance) means the grapes are grown and processed in the Okanagan. Otherwise you get a blend of imported grapes EXCEPT that SOME of the smaller farmgates and estate wineries may not participate in the program and have as good a vintage. The wines are usually single varietal but we are seeing more blends like Cab-Merlot; there is also a Burgundy like blend usually called Meritage. For your best bang for seeing a lot of the wines, the wineries have a store inside the Tourist Visitor Bureau in Penticton beside the arena called South Okanagan Events Centre and the curling rink, on the main highway at the north end of town.

On your list you want to include Naramata which is on the east side of Penticton on Okanagan Lake - referred to as the Naramata Bench. and on the way up from Osoyoos there is the east side road in Okanagan Falls with lots of wineries.

Quite a few wineries now have dining rooms attached which pair their menu to their wines. Googling I found 1 site as an example https://tinyurl.com/nx8ce2d

hope this gets you started.

Edited: 11 August 2013, 16:51
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