You can find British Columbia wines on many liquor store shelves and wine lists in Western Canada, with a growing number now selling globally. With over 275 wineries that make grape wine in British Columbia, Canada, how do you choose which ones to drink? Below are a few local summer sippers from BC that are worth pulling the cork (or cracking the cap) on when the weather is cooperating. Local wine writer, Tom Firth, gives you his wine recommendations to enjoy. So kick back on a warm day and enjoy these six top summer wines from the Okanagan Valley, BC.


Tom Firth’s List of
The Best Summer Sippers from
The Okanagan Valley


Tinhorn Creek 2013 Chardonnay

(Golden Mile Bench, Okanagan Valley)

Bartier Brothers 2013 Gewürztraminer

(Oliver, Okanagan Valley)

JoieFarm 2014 A Noble Blend

(Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley)

Gray Monk 2013 Unwooded Chardonnay

(Lake Country, Okanagan Valley)

Quails’ Gate 2012 Chenin Blanc

(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)

Mission Hill Family Estates 2012 Perpetua Chardonnay

(West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley)


About Tom Firth

Tom Firth is a freelance wine writer, wine consultant, and wine judge whose work in the wine and beverage industry stretches back to the mid ‘90s. Tom is the Contributing Drinks Editor for Culinaire Magazine and is the Competition Director for the Alberta Beverage Awards. He has no qualms about tasting first thing in the morning, and his poor desk is completely covered in paper and bottles.

About Culinaire Magazine

Culinaire serves up features on dining in, dining out, wine, beer, spirits and cocktails. Culinaire is a food and beverage magazine tempting tastebuds, engaging appetites, and celebrating Alberta. We’re highlighting local people and learning from their experience and success. Sharing their secrets are chefs, sommeliers, brewers, mixologists, restaurateurs, and local food and beverage experts.


Looking for more great summer sippers to enjoy on those beautiful warm days? We’ve got the recommendations you need right here: