Summer has fast descended upon the Okanagan Valley. It’s been so hot that many plants (specifically, grapes) are two to three weeks ahead of schedule. What I’m trying to say is…now is a great time to get to Oliver and Osoyoos for some wine touring!
On a recent long weekend exploring some of the area’s newer wineries, I fell in love with Kismet, an Indian owned and run vineyard, whose punjabi name means “destiny”.
After emigrating to Oliver from India in 1990, the Dhaliwal family became grape growing specialists. For 20 years they sold their fruit to local wineries without actually making their own wine. And then, out of a desire to create wines for their own family to enjoy with homecooked Indian food, their wine-making operation and tasting room was born.
Their product is fantastic and quite affordable. The Safed, a white blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Orange Muscat grapes was tropical and fruity and sells for $16.99 a bottle. Another favourite was their sweet Infinite Rose which tastes like fresh ripe raspberries.