Nals was in an anniversary trip in the Okanagan last month. And of course, we had to do a little dipsy doodle around a couple of wineries.
The Mr was my designated driver so I only went to a couple wineries in the area. Lake Country has a whole host of wineries including Gray Monk Estate Winery.
Tastings are $5-7 for 5. You can choose from a selection of say 10 wines. If you purchase bottles, then the fee is typically used towards the purchase.
Blind Tiger is a newer winery. It is a small family run certified organic winery that opened to the public in 2015.
My sommelier* was fantastic. He was a young energetic fellow who excitedly talked about the various wine-related outtings that he had recently been on. He was an absolute delight! He asked what wines I like, suggested some and off we went. He was the perfect sommelier: funny, warm and also left room for me to explore the tasting notes.
Where to buy: Only through their winery or virtual store.
Ex Nihilo has great range of wines and especially full-bodied reds.
Tasting wasn’t the nicest experience. It was a larger bustling winery. The sommelier’s lukewarm detached demeanor led me to one conclusion: That she was a rogue ex-operative from an Archer-esque outfit… and her arch nemesis Barry finally got her 20**.
Where to buy: since the ex-operative was not chatty, I have no idea if they have shops that carry their goods in the GVA.
I loved Blind Tiger because they were friendly & non-pretentious. Reminded me of the delightful Les Corcelettes in Oliver.
El Nihilo had delicious wines as well, but this was not a warm and fuzzy tasting experience. I also wanted to buy the Voignier… but both the tasting & purchase was reserved for “members”. I don’t know what this means but the sommelier didn’t invite or tell me how to become a member. I guess as long one leaves with delicious bottles of wine… What else matters?
Let’s Play Footsie-notes
*Not sure if sommelier is the correct term. I thought it was better than Taster Guy or Taster Attendant.
**The Ex Nihilio sommelier wasn’t rude per se. She answered my questions albeit in a detached fashion… with an underlying je ne sais quoi. Something else clearly had her attention. Eyes darted around, preoccupied energy, latency of responses… The only conclusion is that her rival finally sniffed out her shoddily-disguised witness protection deets.