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The Rotten Grape
The Rotten Grape
The Rotten Grape
The Rotten grape


The Rotten Grape Restaurant
Casually sophisticated describes this long, narrow space downtown dominated by an elegant bar and surrounded by cool music and bar-height tables and seating. An award-winning wine list with featured wine flights and by-the-glass choices is matched by a menu with a tempting array of small plates such as mango-curry prawns or thin-crust pizzas and light mains (winter only) that are bargain-priced. But hey, you're here for the wine list, which is huge, includes a number of biodynamic bottles, is knowledgeably served and reaches into all corners of the solar system, especially the boutiques of California. CONTEMPORARY WEST COAST. 231 Bernard Ave., 250-717-8466. $$

- Vancouver Magazine (Best Places to dine in the Okanagan)

"Kelowna's New Hot Spot"- Jennifer Schnell-Piggot, Eat Magazine

"One of Best Places to Dine in the Okanagan" -John Gilchrist ,Calgary Herald

"Voted Best Restaurant"-Readers Choice, Off Centre Magazine

Our friends at Kelowna’s The Rotten Grape Wine & Tapas Bar have premiered BC’s first self-serve Enomatic wine system.  Guests are invited to taste 8 varietals of wine sold by the ounce, all at the touch of a button.

The Enomatic machine is a fully automated, state of the art, wine preservation system direct from Italy that dispenses temperature controlled wines via a wine debit card.  The Rotten Grape wine bar guests may select any combination of 8 red wines. Tastes range from $2 to $7 per ounce.

The wines will change frequently, offering the opportunity to showcase the best of the Okanagan as well as to introduce guests to new regions & flavors, guarantying a new and exciting wine discovery on every visit.

**If you make it there this week, your line up includes the iconic; Black Hills Nota Bene, La Frenz Shiraz, Herder Josephine, Lake Breeze Pinotage, Felton Rd. Pinot Noir (NZ), St.Francis 1998 Nuns Canyon Merlot (CA), Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon (CA), L’Ecole 41 Syrah (WA). 

“It is a fun, interactive way to taste wine with friends. We invite everyone to come and learn how to use the machine and explore the Okanagan and beyond through wines & local cuisine.  It’s like the best toy ever for wine enthusiasts”, say owners Rita Myers and Chef Tasha Warren.

We can’t wait to make it in for a taste – or 8!-Edible B.C.

We benefit from buying local

NewS.113.20090225001231.25ritaEatlocal_20090225.jpgEat Local. Dine LocalDrink Local.

This mantra really shouldn’t be difficult for we Okanagians to follow. Here we grow beautiful food, make award-winning wines and have wonderful, independently owned restaurants to feed us when we need to get out for an evening. The key words to note in the previous sentence are “independently owned”—you may think that you are helping the economy by eating out, but whose are you really aiding? It is probably something that you don’t even take into consideration when planning a venue to dine at—both at home and when you are visiting another city—where is my money going? Original Fare ( shares this information: $100 spent in a locally owned business generates about $48 worth of local economic activity. Of $100 spent in a global retailer, about $13 stays local!

This is a very powerful statistic and one that we should certainly take notice of. When you choose to purchase local and spend your hard earned dollars at an independently owned establishment, those dollars are staying to supporting your own community.

Rita Myers, owner of The Rotten Grape Wine and Tapas Bar in downtown Kelowna, is the person who recently educated me on what is being done about this problem. She is promoting a movement that focuses on marketing these points to the public.

Rita and her business partner Tasha are members of Original Fare, an organization that originated in Edmonton. Original Fare describes themselves as: “A select group of independent restaurants committed to Promoting, Preserving and Protecting Culinary Diversity.

Original Fare restaurants are independently owned and operated and offer original, diverse, authentic dining experiences you just can’t get anywhere else.

Members of Original Fare are passionate about:

• Striving for culinary excellence and authenticity

• Encouraging social responsibility

• Working together

• Supporting regional cuisines and products

• Creating awareness.

Our restaurants are located here because this is our home, not simply a target market. This philosophy should be number one on all consumers’ lists. It is all about what community is and means—to support one another, especially now during these tight times.

More facts: When you buy direct from a farmer, 90 per cent of the revenue goes directly to the farmer. When you buy from a retailer selling the same product, only 20 per cent goes to the farmer. The average meal travels 1,500 miles to reach your table.As you have probably noticed, many of our wonderful local chefs and restaurant owners have already adopted this philosophy and lifestyle—one that revolves around sustainability and utilizing our local bounty. The Rotten Grape is a local member of Original Fare as are Summerhill Pyramid Winery, BiBO Winebar in Osoyoos and Passatempo in Osoyoos. Hopefully many others will be joining this organization that will help not only educate locals in making choices, but will direct visitors to our Valley to the independent eateries instead of to the chains. Look for their sticker on participant’s doors and spread the word to help them help us all grow together in community spirit.

Jennifer Schell is a locally grown foodie.

"The third stellar wine dinner took place in October 2007 and was in the Okanogan wine region of British Columbia, a beautiful up and coming wine growing region. I hosted a JUSTIN wine dinner in the city of Kelowna BC, part of the Okanogan Valley, in a restaurant called “The Rotten Grape”. Do not let the name fool you; the Rotten Grape has a huge following by the wine savvy in the community. The owners (Rita and Tasha) are passionate about food and wine. That evening most of the local winemakers showed up at the dinner to check out our JUSTIN wines from Paso Robles. I have hosted many wine dinners over the year but this particular evening was one of the most fun and memorable I have had the privilege to partcipate in."                                                                                                                                              

Cheers to our neighbors to the north!
Rich Richardson, Vice president, Justin Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles (Excerpt from JUSTIN Times 2008)

The Rotten Grape has become the destination venue for wine and food lovers in the Okanagan. Its quirky, irreverent wine list somehow communicates so much more than the mere names of the wines available: these wines were chosen for fun, for laughter, for pleasure, for food, for friends. And, of course, that is what the Rotten Grape is all about.
- Wally James, Wine Writer, Experience Magazine


Okanagan Life Magazine-Readers Choice Awards - Best Place to dine alone* Best value for money* Best Late night Bite*Best Dessert *Best Vegetarian*Best Wine List*Best Service*Best Appy's *Best Undiscovered* Best of the Best       

The Rotten Grape, 231 Bernard Ave., Kelowna, B.C. Canada. To make reservations phone: 250-717-8466