June 16th, 2009
Rosé Road Trip
We explored the Okanagan Valley vintners by vehicle and found beaches, nibbles and bottles of blush.
Nix the motor inns: Osoyoos is now home to the lap of luxury at Walnut Beach Resort. In between your winery crawls, soak in the lakeside hot tubs, or curl up under a Palapa umbrella on the private beach for instant exoticness. In addition to the fully-equipped suites, poolside BBQs allow you to grill Golden Mile goodies while taking in the desert sunset. Walnut Beach Resort, 4200 Lakeshore Dr., Osoyoos, www.walnutbeachosoyoos.com
Before tackling the Naramata Bench, fuel up at Summerland’s Victoria Road Deli & Bistro with scrumptious updates on the ol’ panini press. Its signature sandwich features house cured duck, ham and portobello mushrooms, while its mixed frites boast potato, yam and parsnip with smoked tomato and cherry ketchup. On your way out pick up Poplar Grove’s Double Cream Camembert from the adjoining deli for a perfect picnic pairing. Victoria Road Deli & Bistro, 108-13615 Victoria Rd. N, Summerland, www.victoriard.com
Leave Ogopogo souvenirs to the kiddies—on trend this season is the Okanagan rosé. Unlike most syrupy pink Zinfandels, these subtle sippers invoke herbs and stewed strawberries. Our top choices to pick up on your travels are Le Vieux Pin’s 2008 VaΪla Pinot Noir Rosé, See Ya Later Ranch’s 2008 Nelly and Therapy’s 2008 Pink Freud. The only buyer’s remorse you may have depends on whether your trunk is big enough to fit them all. www.sylranch.com