No less an authority than the New York Times has declared British Columbia’s wine country a “Napa North.” In the rugged Okanagan Valley, 250 miles outside of Vancouver, hundreds of family wineries are producing some of North America’s most acclaimed reds and whites.
Now, a new experience in Vancouver takes visitors on a guided tasting of the best local wines, without ever having to leave the city. RunawayGrape treats wine lovers to a multi-course wine-and-food pairing led by a certified specialist of wine, inside an elegant tasting room overlooking the city’s 1,000-acre Stanley Park.
At the unique tasting lunch ($89.99), start with a glass of bubbly from one of the region’s premiere makers of sparkling wine. Then settle in for a four-course meal of locally sourced bites paired with irresistible wines. While sipping and savoring, guests learn the basics of wine tasting while also getting a primer on British Columbia’s award-winning grapes.
Other tasting events from RunawayGrape match local wines with artisan cheeses and pair dessert wines with gourmet local chocolates. Details and booking information is available on the RunawayGrape website.