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Anthony Gismondi: A reimagined Okanagan Fall Wine Festival

The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival is reimagining itself, moving to a post-crush time-slot and offering elevated experiences throughout the Okanagan Valley from Oct. 27 through Nov. 5.

Winemakers and growers will be preparing to barrel-down the fruit of the 2023 harvest and be more prepared to share in the festivities.

  • Friday, Oct. 27, Valley First presents Après Crush — South Okanagan at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre with harvest-inspired culinary bites curated with B.C. wines from Summerland to Osoyoos.
  • Manteo at Eldorado will host the Valley First presents Après Crush; North; on Friday, Nov. 3, featuring wines from Lake Country, Kelowna and West Kelowna. Look for several special events and hotel packages throughout the Okanagan. Check the festival website for a complete listing of upcoming events.
  • On Saturday, Oct. 14, Dylan and Penelope Roche will open the cellar doors of Roche Wines on the Naramata Bench to celebrate the harvest season joyously, and everyone is invited to join in.

The family says, “Bring your appetite and a thirst for discovery. Dynamic Chef Liam will be on-site with his très délicieux Law of Attraction food truck. Liam shares our love of fusion cuisine, and you never know what fun, fresh, multiculturally influenced dishes he’ll be serving up.”

The family will also launch a wine Dylan calls “our best Pinot Noir ever.” Len’s Cuvée 2020 is a special Pinot honouring Len and Marion Kozier, who planted the vineyard that has become the foundation of many Roche wines.

The menu for the open house features several fabulous Roche wines from Kozier vineyard, but if you can’t make the celebrations, you can order all the labels from the website.


This article was posted in the Vancouver Sun on October 11th 2023. For the full article, please visit:
https://vancouversun.com/life/food/anthony-gismondi-okanagan-wine-festival-wine-picks

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