Naramata on the River: April 24 at River Market

The Naramata area is on my to-do list of getaway weekends. I’ve not been there as an adult, but the reviews my fellow wine-loving friends bring back tell me I’m totally missing out.advertisement From Discover Naramata: “founded in 1907 as a prime agricultural area, Naramata was also known in its early years as a culturalRead More

The Naramata area is on my to-do list of getaway weekends. I’ve not been there as an adult, but the reviews my fellow wine-loving friends bring back tell me I’m totally missing out.

From Discover Naramata: “founded in 1907 as a prime agricultural area, Naramata was also known in its early years as a cultural centre. People from across the Okanagan would arrive by boat for concerts, plays, operas and regattas. Paddlewheelers regularly stopped at the local wharf carrying freight and passengers up and down Okanagan Lake. In 1914, Naramata received a new link with the rest of Canada when the Kettle Valley Railway was completed on the hillside above the village. Due to the intense volume of rock work it gained the reputation as one of the most difficult stretches of KVR construction.”

Fortunately for me, though, the hassle and expense of a roadtrip to the area has been postponed!

Coming up on April 24, from 6:30 – 9:00pm, Naramata on the River, a special evening in the River Market at  Westminster Quay in support of the BC Cultural Crawl, will feature Spring Release wines from the Naramata Bench, along with culinary offerings from some of Vancouver’s finest restaurants and River Market delights.

In addition to being the first to taste the new Naramata wines‚ attendees will meet winemakers from Naramata‚ and have the opportunity to bid on a silent auction of fine wines‚ Canadian artwork‚ and exclusive packages. Live entertainment throughout the evening will be provided by the Sarah Kennedy jazz trio and singer/songwriter Gillian Hobbs.

For Tix ($85 and includes tastings from 21 wineries) and Info: 1-800-663-1900 or on-line. For more information about BC Cultural Crawl – www.bcculturalcrawl.com/.

Contest: We’ve drawn the winner of two tickets to the event using a random number generator, and the winner is Jorden! 


Jen Arbo

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25 comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Naramata wines. I'm a "Champagne snob" and I'll drink Lake Breeze sparkling any day. Elephant Island fruit wines rock and Red Rooster stands up to almost anything I've had.

  2. The Black Widow Winery – Syrah and Merlot. Delicious, delightful, meant to brings friends together! Love it!

  3. We'll be going, but if I won two tickets, I could give them to my parents.

    La Frenz is one of my favorite 'Bench' wineries – consistently good wines and good value.

  4. Oh, how to choose? – the Naramata wineries are some of the best in the world, and so many to choose from! I'd have to say the Alexandria from La Frenz…

  5. My favorite wine is form Laughing Stock Vineyards in the Okanagan : Portfolio 2008

  6. Hillside Estates makes a delicious Pinotage – they've been growing this South African full bodied red for years.

  7. I love Summer Hill Merlot. Visited the winery a few years ago when I was in Kelowna and really enjoyed it 🙂

  8. Absolutely love Road 13's Jackpot Syrah – 2008. If you don't mind the aroma of sausages and a meaty flavoured wine I highly recommend it. I'm also a sucker for an oaked Chardonnay and See Ya Later Ranch has a great one. I believe it's a 2008 as well.

  9. Naramata has the best Pinot Gris – my favourite is from Kettle Valley. They leave the skins on the grapes a little longer than normal, so the wine has a slight pink tinge to it and a lot of really nice flavour!

  10. Have always loved a good cab sav, especially from BC, but have started to enjoy the Pinot noir offerings coming out of the province of late. So, I guess Pinot noirs are top of the list, for reds. A nice classic French style Sauvignon blanc is at lead for whites.

  11. Hey Jen thanks for the great article… I've lived in Kelowna/West Kelowna most of my life and still love a trip out to Naramata it is so beautiful, unique and unspoiled. It is one place I recommend to all the tourists who ask "what should I see while visiting" and yet at the same time I almost don't want to recommend it in hopes to keep it special and unspoiled.

    Mark P
    Kelowna Wine Tour Vacations

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