Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Day Eight: August 9th-------Goodbye B.C.

please scroll down to the begining of this blog to get the best impression and interpretation of this trip! Go to the entry
titled "Exploring British Colombia's Wine Country"

On Our Way
We checked out of the Summerland Water Resort around 8:30 AM and proceeded to go north on HWY 97. Greg took shots as we drove. We made good time but heard that the Toronto area was experiencing some very rough weather.
The agent at the baggage counter mentioned that it was quite bad in Toronto as they were under a severe weather warning but our plane was on time and would leave on time. I wasn't sure if that was good or bad.
We did leave and we did arrive okay though there was some turbulence in the air. While in B.C we were in an area that was having serious drought problems. We were welcomed to Toronto to a deluge of rain and more rain. "Unfair," I thought to myself as the long and lean limousine made its way to Whitby and my home.
I will not soon forget the great B.C. areas of Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys with their lakes, rivers, wineries and wines, towns and most of all the people made this trip so enjoyable. My special thanks goes to:
Alison Scholefield of Coletta & Associates for her capable assistance and patience in dealing with this project.
Sally Sharpe, Manager of Hospitality, Vincor, a Constellation Company, what would we have done without her?! She was invaluable!!!
Kelly Reid, Penticton and Wine Country Tourism, a wealth of information from a truly classy person.
A very special thanks to Del Rollo, National Manager/Director of Hospitality for Vincor, Canada------a Constellation Company for his gracious assistance in getting this project going. Bold
Last but not least, a very special thanks to the many winemakers, guest services managers, boutique managers, chefs, hosts, hotel personnel and the wonderful caring people of the Okanagan area for all their assistance during our stay!