Counting down the TOP 5 in BC Wine Country!

“What is your favourite winery?”


That is the #1 question I get almost daily doing what I do, touring around our BC’s wineries. Now, the question is loaded and I never usually answer it directly. Because, it simply depends on so many other factors. Who am I with? How many people are in my group? What experience am I looking for? Do I want to eat at the winery? Am I feeling like bubbles? What time of year is it? What time of day is it? Do I want to sit down? Do I want to learn about wine? Do I want to have fun? Do I want a unique experience? All of these questions help shape each winery I visit and which wineries I recommend to others.


I have been to over 120 BC Wineries in the last few years tasting and touring and have a pretty good sense of which ones to recommend to others. This summer, I am going to count down my top 5 wineries in the Okanagan, region by region. Osoyoos, Oliver, OK Falls, Penticton, Naramata, Summerland, Kelowna and Lake Country. I hope this will help you as you plan your vacation to BC’s Wine Country and that you get to experience the best we have to offer!

In the meantime, if you have any questions or would like other recommendations, please reach out to me!





The Salted Vine at Fort Berens for special Winemaker’s Dinner

Tickets to One-night-only Event Include Four-Course Dinner and Select Wine Pairings from Lillooet’s Fort Berens Estate Winery

The Salted Vine Kitchen + Bar‘s co-owners Chef Jeff Park and Director/Sommelier Pat Allan, will share the stage with award-winning Fort Berens Estate Winery when the downtown Squamish hotspot hosts a winemaker’s dinner on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets to the one-night-only event, which is limited to 44 guests and pairs a welcome reception and four-course feast with an array of notable vintages hailing from the Lillooet winery, are available for $100 per person inclusive of taxes and gratuity.

Established in 2009 as the Fraser Canyon’s first commercial vineyard, Fort Berens Estate Winery has since staked its claim as one of Canada’s leading producers of fine wine thanks to its dedication to producing high-quality, terroir-driven wines. In 2014, the winery’s 2012 Cabernet Franc set the gold standard at the National Wine Awards of Canada, the All Canadian Wine Championships and the BC Wine Awards, while its 2012 Riesling was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence.



Prawn Ceviche
smoked salmon, trout caviar, heirloom tomatoes

Fort Berens Dry Riesling 2016

Little Cedar Falls Steelhead Duo
beet and vodka cured, smoked and grilled, fennel, citrus

Fort Berens Pinot Gris 2016 & Fort Berens Pinot Noir 2014

Pemberton Beef Cheeks
red wine braised, sunchokes, beets, cippolini

Fort Berens Cabernet Franc 2014

Poached Pear
saffron scented, vanilla cheese cake, almond crumbles

Fort Berens Late Harvest Riesling 2014

“We’re looking forward to hosting our friends at Fort Berens for this evening. This is a unique opportunity for guests to not only sample Chef Park’s signature brand of Pacific Northwest cuisine, but a number of Fort Berens Estate Winery’s recent vintages,” says Director/Sommelier Pat Allan.

For tickets to the Fort Berens Winemaker’s Dinner at The Salted Vine call the restaurant at 604-390-1910. As The Salted Vine prides itself on placing a premium on the availability and seasonality of all ingredients, the event menu may be subject to slight changes.