After an extraordinary, old-fashioned HOT Okanagan summer, wine country is gliding into fall with beautiful crops on the farms and gorgeous bundles of grapes on the vines.  Life is delicious.

The autumn brings the most exciting time in our various B.C. wine regions – time to harvest, crush and bottle.  Do you sometimes feel like a braggadocio when describing our glorious Okanagan? Fret no more- we have proof!  Check out Scott Trudeau’s article on page 53 and read all about the Okanagan being voted 2nd Best Wine Region in The World to visit.  Our community of food, wine and farm people should all be congratulated for their immense contributions to our province’s food and wine supply and applauded for their dedication to excellence and for conserving our agricultural land.  Thank you all.

There are festivals, events and dinners galore this fall, so don’t put away your party hat and tasting glass just yet!  Oliver is again hosting a Garlic Festival and their annual Fest of Grape, the NEW Garagiste North Wine Festival celebrating the ‘small guy’ winemakers is coming up as well as a mouth-watering dinner at Hillside Winery & Bistro.  

Remember, we at Food & Wine Trails Magazine are shifting into winery mode this winter and will be back out next March with tons of exciting news and spring wine releases to announce.  Happy fall, happy winter – and remember to eat and drink local and support your farmers!!