We took a full day wine tasting tour with Dino this summer on Naramata. It was absolutely incredible compared to past tours with other companies, here are just a few of the reasons:
-He started our tour at the local VQA store so everyone was up to speed on how to taste wines properly and to share some general information about the wine growing region (brief but fantastic overview)
-He is friendly and very willing to work with clients to make it the perfect day.
-He knew more about wine, wine making, and wine growing than many of the winery staff we visited, but shared all his information in a very light-hearted and interesting way. So many anecdotal tales about the local industry and wine in general that I learned a ton about wine and winemaking without realizing it. The day was great fun and all the learning was a happy byproduct.
-He brought along the best snacks - good thinking and much needed after about the 4th winery...
-He is well connected and well liked in the wine community. He was able to score us a rare tasting at a winery that doesn't usually offer tastings.
-His passion for the community and wine industry comes through and you can't help but get excited by association.
I have recommended Grape Escapes to everyone I know looking to do a wine tour in the Okanagan. I will absolutely tour with him again.
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