Staff Profile: Eliana Bray

Where is your favourite spot in the Okanagan? 

Although I am not a fan of heights, I do love the top of Mt. Boucherie after a hike. It is such a part of the Central Okanagan history and it was also the place that I grew up in. Coming back to the Okanagan to experience it after life changes and wine training feels like coming home. I love to find new trails to explore and will not let a little altitude interfere. We have so many local hiking trails to explore that you can always find a new adventure.

What is one thing on your bucket list? 

I have yet to complete my WSET Diploma, so that is a priority and then to seek entry to the Master of Wine program. I will endeavour to traverse the globe to taste my way through and put my mind and tastebuds to the test.

Who is your favourite comic book superhero and why?

Since I was a young future wine ninja from the age of 3 (there is photographic proof), my hero has and always will be Wonder Woman.

Especially now and being a clearly visible minority, I choose to believe in who and what we can be. We all have the power within to believe ourselves and achieve our potential.

Why can't we all be Wonder Women?




Top 5 Gifts for Every Type of Wine Lover
Need help finding that perfect gift for the wine lover in your life, but want to give a little more than a bottle of wine, we've got the gifts for everyone on your list and the wine pairing to go with them!

All gift ideas can be found in our Wineshop, open daily from 11-5pm or call in to order a special gift basket or wine pack for your loved one.


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Staff Profile: Platinum Club Manager, Leigh Varga

If you weren’t a Wine Club Manager, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a Wine Club Manager, I would most likely be working the travel industry. I’m an avid traveler and try and sneak away as much as possible. I actually enjoy the planning and researching part just as much as the actual traveling and love helping friends and family plan their vacations.

What is your favourite hiking spot in the Okanagan?

I definitely can’t pick only one favourite hiking spot so here’s my top three.

  1. Big White in the Summer – This hike and the view at the top is stunning! The trails are well marked, there is a great spot to stop and enjoy a picnic, you can go for a refreshing dip in Rhonda lake if you need to cool down, you can take the chair lift down and the best part, the well deserved cold beer in the village after.
  2. McIntyre Bluff in Oliver – This is an absolute must if you live in the Okanagan- I highly recommend it in the Spring when all of the wildflowers are in bloom! The trailhead starts just behind Covert Farms Winery and is a lovely 10km hike with a very rewarding view of the surrounding vineyards, orchards and lakes.
  3. Pincushion Mountain in Peachland – This has been my go-to hike for many years. It’s challenging but the view at the top is breathtaking and so worth the climb up. My reward when I’m done, is sitting by the water at Bliss Bakery in Peachland and enjoying a breakfast croissant (or two…)!

What is your favourite wine & cheese pairing?

This is a tough one because I love all cheese and all wine! But many years ago when I was traveling through Spain, I admitted to my server at a restaurant that I had never tried Manchego cheese. A few minutes later he brought me a whole plate of it along with a huge glass of Tempranillo and said it was his favourite cheese and wine pairing and he was spot on, it was heavenly!



In-Depth Wine Knowledge: Tannins and CedarCreek Red Wines

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Winemaking History in the Okanagan: Join us as we take a look back at winemaking history in our own backyard, from Kelowna's first winery to the first Okanagan Fall Wine Fest and more!

CedarCreek Estate Winery Chef Jeremy Tucker talks Farm-To-Table flavours in the Okanagan. Video by Discover Route 97.