Despite clouds, some rain and an unmistakable forest fire, the South Okanagan came off as the jewel it is during Wednesday’s telecast of The Amazing Race Canada.
Five remaining teams took part in the 10th leg of the race at the end of May, flying from Dehli, India, to Penticton.
It was 60 minutes of publicity money couldn’t buy.
In July, historic Covert Farms will hold a dinner to mark proprietor Gene Covert’s 10th anniversary as a wine grower.
Covert Farms was established in 1959 on the plateau just south of McIntyre Bluff by George Covert, a Californian who came to the Okanagan to grow tomatoes, onions, tree fruits and, ultimately, grapes. The vineyard was large enough in the early 1980s that a mechanical harvester was tested (with indifferent results, for the early harvesters mangled the vines). Except for six hectares (15 acres) of table grapes, vines were pulled out in 1988 to make way for new apple varieties.
Ventures in Wine Country follows three Okanagan wine makers as they release their 2014 white wines, wrapping this grape-to-glass story. Covert Farms was one of the featured wine makers.
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