I've had some of Chamberton's white wines by the glass when dining around Vancouver--in fact, they may make only white wines. They're nice. There are three or four other wineries who pour wines in the area too--Township 7 and Glenugie are two names that come to mind. The former tend toward overt, ripe fruit, and they're well-made for that style. The latter I've never had. Re taking three or four days to go to Kelowna--as a traveller and a wine lover, there's nothing, NOTHING, like drinking the wines in the places they're made to give you a sense of them. The trip from Vancouver is about five.. You can leave bright and early, taste all afternoon, stay the night and drive home the next day. And you don't want to go to Kelowna, you want instead to go to Penticton (stay at the Best Western) and taste at La Frenz, Lang and Kettle Valley, or do the south loop that goes to Blue Mountain, Blasted Church, Wild Goose and a few others. You might even get to Gehringer and Tinhorn Creek. You'll miss Cedar Creek (which on the east side of the lake and a royal pain to get to), but the time saved will be put to excellent use--the best concentration of good wineries is in Penticton, not Kelowna. The next morning head for Oliver and taste at Burrowing Owl, then go a little further south to pick up the old road back to Vancouver. Take picnic food with you and have a great lunch in one of the many campgrounds along the way. In just two days you can have an Okanagan experience that will inform the way you think about BC wines when you're fortunate enough to get them.
Are you planning to make yourself available for an offline while you're here?
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My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov