Posted on April 18, 2019 Topic(s): Wine and Beverage
As one of the most fruitful wine regions in Canada, the Okanagan is ripe for exploring. Just outside our doors are scenic mom-and-pop as well as well-established wineries, where you can learn about different varietals. Now is the time to shop for your favourites to store in your wine fridge, perfect for when summer visitors stop by.
Not only is the Okanagan Wine Festival Society presenting its Spring Wine Festival events, but there are also wineries close to Vernon, some of which feature restaurants, where you can gaze at the spectacular scenery while imbibing on a glass of locally-grown vino.
Love to travel? Love wine? Then you will love the Spring WestJet Wine Tastings, where more than 80 BC wineries, organized by their different regions, will pour out the fruits of their labours under one roof. Visitors can taste wines from the Okanagan and beyond on May 3 and 4 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. Learn from the experts what temperature is best to store your liquid harvest in your wine and beverage fridge, and make sure to line your stomach with the delicious appetizers. There's also live music, a photo booth and more. Tickets are $83 general admission for Friday or Saturday.
Enjoy a selection of food and wine pairings at the View Winery and Vineyard in East Kelowna, May 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Different stations will offer up delicacies prepared by Adam Relvas of Relvas Catering, along with The View's Pinotage Rosé 2018, off-dry Riesling 2018, and the winery's first ever Pinot Noir Reserve 2017. Tickets are only $10/person, along with product discounts on wine and cider, so that you can load up your beverage fridge. No reservation is necessary.
A great place to take visitors on a short drive just south of Vernon, Lake Country is becoming one of the Okanagan's most noted northern wine regions. Here you'll find 8 wineries that make up the Scenic Sip. All of them include tasting rooms, where you sample and shop for locally-grown wines, with some also offering world-class dining.
While you may think your basement is the best place to store wine, it's hard to control the temperature and especially the humidity, which is essential if you plan to store your wine for a long time. Temperature controlled kitchen appliances, such as your fridge, are sometimes not ideal for keeping wine at its perfect temperature, as they tend to be up to 20 degrees colder than what's best for the different types of wine: 45°F for white, 55°F for red, and 50-54° for sparkling.
A temperature-controlled wine storage system such as the one made by Miele Appliances allows for wines to be kept in up to three temperature zones. That way you can store your reds, whites, and sparkling varieties all at the same time.
For more information, read the Best Wine Fridges to Store Okanagan Wine Festival Selections.
Get ready for the spring wine festival season by visiting Genier's Appliances in Vernon, BC. We have a wide selection of international and Canadian appliances perfect for your kitchen or outdoor patio.