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“Making Grape Friends”

Grape Friends Lounge & Tours Inc.
Ranked #2 of 46 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!
Reviewed October 6, 2013

We took the combination wine tour and dinner cruise on the Casabella Princess during the 3rd week in September. Karen picked us up at our hotel in her lovely comfy vehicle, provided us with wine tasting note books and pens and gave us the opportunity to have input as to where we wanted to venture. We were taken to 7 local small wineries then dropped off at the boat for a 2 hour dinner and cruise. When we disembarked, Karen was there waiting for us and delivered us back to our hotel. What a great way to tour the wineries and not having the worry of driving! I think the best part of this tour is that it is intimate due to the fact it is not a huge tour bus which enabled us to get to know the other couples that were with us. The price of the tour is good value, however be prepared to purchase some great wines that you wouldn't normally see in the liquor store!

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Reviewed October 2, 2013

During our recent weekend in the Okanagan Valley, our small group enjoyed an enjoyable afternoon courtesy of Grape Friends. After asking us what we wanted, Karen customized our tour which included an informative drive in and around Penticton and visits to a number of boutique wineries where she was always well-known. She then transported us to our paddleboat cruise and provided us with a delicious home-made picnic lunch on board. She chauffeured us to and from our hotel so it was very easy for us. We would certainly recommend Grape Friends to other travelers. Mary Ann M.

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Reviewed September 30, 2013

My sister and I took a wine tour with Karen in the third week of September. We had a great time! Karen was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I had asked her to include a couple of wineries that friends had recommended so she took us there, but she also took us to a number of other wineries as well. Through the wine tour and tasting, I developed a new appreciation for white wines which I had previously insisted that I disliked. My sister and I were novice wine tasters and Karen provided a wealth of information as we were sampling each wine. I highly recommend Karen and Grape Friends to anyone who is thinking about a wine tour in the Okanagan. Thanks so much, Karen!

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We were visiting Penticton as part of our holiday, touring in an RV. Friends of my husband had enthused about this area and the fabulous wines it produced so we were keen to try them. There’s no way we would have enjoyed it or been able to visit so many wineries if we had to drive ourselves so, on seeing the ad for 'Grape Friends Tours', we went on-line and realised this was exactly what we were looking for. Having no phone signal, we arranged out tour via the internet and emails at the last minute and Karen got back to us straight away each time. She picked us up in her fab car and, after a brief chat about our likes and dislikes regarding wine, what we were looking for and where we wanted to go, she came up with a tour of some of the wineries at Naramata. Karen has certainly done her homework and is very knowledgeable about wines without making you feel inept, but never tried to pressurise us into visiting places and buying. She took us to 6 wineries in all, from the small, family owned, through to the boutique style, and on to the larger, more businesslike wineries, giving us a tour of the various companies and a taste of the delicious wines that they produce. Tasting quantities were generous in the main, though one or two were a bit stingy, we felt. Our favourite was ‘Therapy’, where their wine was not only fabulous, but wittily titled too, playing on the theme of Freud. (‘Fizziotherapy'...a crisp, fresh white, 'Pink Freud'..a tasty Rose`, and ‘Freudified'..a deep red port wine, were just some).
Throughout our tour, Karen made sure that we knew what was available for tasting and that we got the information sheets describing the qualities of each wine, introducing us to the people ‘in charge’ and explaining our preferences. We are red wine drinkers on the whole, but did try a certain white, at Karen’s recommendation, and enjoyed it so much, we bought a bottle. We had a lovely lunch at one of the wineries before continuing on our tour, taking over 3 hours. We did purchase a few ‘select' bottles, and really would have loved to buy more, but the logistics of getting them back to the UK was too much. (Though we did get 4 bottles home, in our suitcases, fully intact!)
All in all, we had a wonderful day being chauffeur-driven around the beautiful hillsides and plied with delicious wines, what more could you ask?
This is a fantastic business, based on a great idea, well done Karen!

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

What a blast! What could be better than having a fun, knowledgable person like Karen introduce you to some of the best wineries in OK Falls?!! You will not be disappointed at all booking with Grape Friends Lounge and Tours :)

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