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Best of : Fall wine festivals

Celebrate the harvest with events in the Okanagan, Niagara, Rocky Mountains and Atlantic Canada

17 July 2013

When it’s time to harvest the grapes, it’s time to celebrate. One of the biggest festivals in the country takes place from Oct. 4-14 in the Okanagan, the heart of British Columbia’s wine country.

A new event this year at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival is the Blind Wine and Cheese Soiree. Labels are covered and you get to guess what you’re sipping and eating. Is that a meritage or a merlot?

If your palette could use some guidance, check out the Harvest Reds and BC Cheese event the following evening in Kelowna. Experts will help you differentiate between varietals and pair your favourite reds with renowned BC cheeses.

On another evening, Québec cheesemaker Alexis de Portneuf will challenge nine young chefs in the Okanagan to create an appetizer, main or dessert highlighting cheese. Guests get to sample the results and vote for their favourite.

If you’d prefer to be outdoors and taking in some spectacular scenery, join a wine cruise along the Naramata Bench with Casabella Princess Cruises or join a grape stomping party at the House of Rose.  No experience required and no one is too old or too young!

Or how about an event that pairs wine with stargazing? Rollingdale Winery in West Kelowna is partnering with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada to allow wine enthusiasts to gaze at the moon and stars while sipping organic wine.

With dozens of events to choose from over the 10-day festival, the hardest part will be narrowing down your ‘must do’s’.


More fall wine festivals

Niagara Wine Festival, Sept 14-29

For two weekends every September, wine lovers flock to St. Catharine’s, an hour from Toronto, in the heart of Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula. Enjoy wines from more than 30 award-winning wineries along with Niagara cuisine and great entertainment.

World Wine and Food Expo, Oct. 26 – Nov. 2

This year marks the 23rd year for Atlantic Canada’s largest wine show. Wine tastings, dinners and seminars are geared to everyone from new wine enthusiasts to seasoned connoisseurs.

Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival, Oct. 18-19 in Calgary & Oct. 25-26 in Edmonton

Alberta is not known for growing grapes, but celebrating grapes? Absolutely! The fall festival – split between Calgary and Edmonton – offers a chance to sample a wide variety of Canadian and international wine and other alcoholic beverages, along with gourmet food pairings. Discover new products and interact with experts.

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