Fun around UBCO: West Kelowna & Wine

Formerly known as Westbank, West Kelowna is home to a number of you-pick farms and orchards, and award-winning wineries. Any other must visit places in West Kelowna to recommend? Comment below!

Paynter’s Fruit Market
Besides purchasing a variety of fruits in the market, you can pick peaches, pears and other fruit in the orchard behind the market for a reasonable price.

There’s awesome Vietnamese Pho in West Kelowna 🙂

If you appreciate fine wine,  check out:
Mission Hill Family Estate
The architecture and vineyards are worth seeing.  Our group was served a free glass of wine. If you don’t drink, request your complimentary glass of wine to be replaced with their sparkling pear juice. It’s so sweet that it’s heavenly.

Quail’s Gate
The view from here is spectacular. US President Obama visited here.

Volcanic Hills
Mt. Boucherie

Those listed above were all along the same road but there are many more wineries located around. Although I don’t drink , I admire how wine-making is a science and wine enjoyment an art. The acidity, sugar levels and other fine details are closely monitored to produce the finest wine. Did you know that it’s common for grapes used to make ice wine to be picked in the middle of the night, e.g. 2 am? That is when the grapes’ sugar levels are highest. I was also impressed by the wine connoisseurs who  could tell you which types of wine are best paired with slightly spicy food and what type of food you should cook to pair with a particular wine. Their seriousness towards wine is admirable.

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