At the 10-day Okanagan Wine Festival (begins Oct. 4), dive into the pairing events that match local cheeses like Alpindon and cracked pepper verdelait with the region’s best Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux-style blends. While the festival showcases plenty of British Columbia wines, be sure to visit the area’s standard-bearer, Mission Hill Family Estate, where you can stroll the stunning lakeside vine rows, learn about Okanagan terroir and taste its award-winning vintages. Scenic Quail’s Gate is another must-visit winery, known for its lake views, small bites and its crisp Chardonnay. The order: Cornish Hen Ballantine with a 2008 Chardonnay.
For B.C.’s best upscale comfort food, tuck in at RauDZ Regional Table in downtown Kelowna. The dish: The Grilled Sockeye BLT with fresh caught Okanagan Nation Alliance salmon, anise toast, pancetta, bacon and black fig chutney. Match it with a bottle of local Inniskillin Pinot Blanc. At Waterfront Wines, be sure to sample the foie gras with Cedarcreek Gewürztraminer jelly, created by Chef and Sommelier Mark Filatow. At The Rotten Grape pair local reds poured from an Enomatic machine with the amazing thin-crust pizzas and the house-made gnocchi with wild boar ragu.