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“Beer tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc.

Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc.
Ranked #1 of 42 Food & Drink in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: At Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc. it is our goal to create a fun, exciting, unforgettable experience while you explore the Okanagan and all the hidden gems within. Come share our excitement and enthusiasm. What better way to do that than to “Relax & Lounge while we drive you around!” Seats fill up fast so book your tour today!
1 review
“Beer tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

We went on a beer tour with both Katen and Ron. We learned so much about micro brewing and the breweries in the area. We were also able to finish the day off with a stop at a distillery. Fantastic day and a great experience. Karen is very knowledgable and holds a great rapport with the businesses she works with. We will definitely tour with Grape Friends again.

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Prince George, Canada
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“A grape day, indeed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

My Mum and Dad treated me and my partner John to a winery tour while we were all visiting the Okanagan. Karen very kindly stepped in at the last minute, when the person we had booked with originally had to cancel. A fantastic time was had by all. Karen selected wineries she thought the four of us would enjoy and was spot on with every choice. She has a great relationship with the staff at the wineries which made for a really friendly atmosphere at every place we visited. Knowing nothing about wine, myself, I enjoyed hearing more about how wines were made and all the stories about how the different wineries were established.
Karen was an absolutely fabulous guide: considerate, knowledgeable, great company, and possessor of a range of excellent hats. She kept us entertained all day and even managed to get John to smile for a photo! Thanks Karen :-)

Visited May 2012
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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“The Keepers of Wine's Secrets!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2011

I booked this tour as a surprise weekend getaway, and it was absolutely the best part of our Oliver weekend. Karen and Ron helped me to plan a private tour that was perfect. I opted for the "surprise me" option on their site's contact form, and they designed us a day that was full of laughs, fun, information, one of a kind experiences, and of course, fabulous wine. Karen picked us up at the front door of our Villa, and took us to several wineries in the Oliver area. All were perfect picks to help any novice to become an expert. We not only had the chance to learn the in's and out's of wine, but also had the chance to meet some of the makers themselves. Each stop on the tour was a completely different experience, and each place had knowledgeable hosts that all knew Karen well. It really added to the atmosphere of the tour to see how well she knew each wine maker and see a bit deeper than just the wine. All of the hosts were full of personality that really showcased their passion for the wine they made, and how much they wanted to be able to share that with us, as opposed to some of the cold and sterile bigger box wineries. We were well taken care of, touring around in the Navigator, with water and pretzels, and a beautiful lunch break between to ensure we didn't... enjoy too much of the wine, too quickly. We even managed to forget some personals in the car, and Karen was quick to email us to let us know it was already in the mail on its way back to us. The thoughtfulness of the tour, her knowledge, her personality and her attention to detail all made our weekend getaway perfect. Thanks Karen and Ron for being Grape Friends! I highly recommend this tour to all novice and expert wine fans, it will be an unforgettable tour.

Visited October 2011
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Personal personable knowledgable hostess”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

Booked Karen on their of the moment and got very lucky. The full day was a combination of our choices and Karens recommendations. She arrived on time, the vehicle, a Navigator was in immaculate shape. She had modified the back storage area of the vehicle for cases of wine. She had pretzels to sooth the tired palate. She had chilled water. She thought of everything. She knew every winery big and small and everyone knew her. She arranged special openings...wines to taste not on the menu that day, she arranged discounts. The trip was excellent value for the dollar.

Perfect for a demanding and knowledgable couple like us. She comes with our highest recmmendation.

Visited September 2011
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“Fantastic wine tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2011

My wife and I were travelling from Scotland and wanted to do a wine tour while we were over. We booked by chance with grape friends, and what a choice it was. Karen looked after us so well on the day. She was very knowledgable about the wines, winery's and the area, but most of all she made the day so much fun! I would recommend Grape Friends to anyone looking for a great wine tour!

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