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Deb and Jim Harris of Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours were shocked and then delighted after they recently opened an email from Tripadvisor to find that their company had received the 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice award for travel experiences.

The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize companies that consistently deliver fantastic experiences to travelers and earn great reviews from their customers over the past 12 months.

Uncorked Okanagan Wine Tours, based in West Kelowna, has been ranked in the top 10 percent of all travel experiences in the world.

Deb admits it’s been a tough year keeping guests safe, maintaining cleanliness standards, social distancing, and most recently wildfires and smoke.

While most of their guests are tourists from other parts of Canada, Deb said now is the perfect time for local residents to take a visit to one of the best wine regions in the world.

“Instead of leading one or two of your guests and friends, we can safely take you to some of the Okanagan’s best and most unique wineries,” she said.

Uncorked takes care of the tasting room reservations, driving and all the little details of the tour so their guests get the full experience.

For more information, go online at

Cinema motivation

To encourage moviegoers to return to the cinema, Landmark Cinemas Canada, which operates the Xtreme and Encore theaters in the Westside, will be offering the Landmark Extras Movie Rewards Program.

Beginning in September, moviegoers can choose from three membership options that give them the ability to earn and redeem points for movie admission and concession purchases and access to additional perks.

Landmark Extras Movie Fan, Movie Insider, and Movie Club members redeem their points for free movie tickets and discounts.

The Movie Club membership, which costs $ 9.99 plus tax per month, includes one free entry per month as one of its perks, while Movie Insiders pays $ 20 per year and receives one free entry per year.

Membership as a movie fan is free, and members can earn points for every dollar spent on eligible movie purchases redeemable for movie tickets, concessions, and movie merchandise purchases.

To learn more about Landmark Extras, go online at

The return of the chopsticks

According to Accenture, consumers have radically changed their purchasing behavior since the start of the pandemic to make purchases that are more environmentally friendly.

Chopsticks, once considered waste, will be redefined as a resource as London Drugs announced a new partnership with ChopValue, a Vancouver-based sustainability brand that designs minimalist housewares and decorations made from recycled chopsticks.

London Drugs will have chopstick collection bins available at every London Drugs branch. Select stores will also feature ChopValue’s interactive closed-loop displays to allow consumers to drop off their used chopsticks and purchase a variety of durable products for the home and office.

London Drugs has already given a second life to more than 500,000 chopsticks and aims to recycle more than 10 million chopsticks by 2021.

Canadians can find ChopValue products online at, at 11 select London Drugs stores in the Lower Mainland, Victoria and Calgary, as well as their chopstick collection bins at all locations across Western Canada. here the end of the year.

In the Westside, London Drugs is located at 2151 Louie Dr.

Laird Lottery

The Lottery for Laird of Fintry Single Malt Whiskey from the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is open. The Laird of Fintry Small Lot, made from 100% BC malted barley, is released once a year through a lottery.

Winners will be eligible to purchase two 750ml or four 375ml bottles of Laird of Fintry.

The name Laird of Fintry is based on the James Cameron Din-Waters, the Laird of Fintry estates in Fintry. The Okanagan Spirits product uses a replica of the original label from the Dun-Waters personally labeled special batch of Single Malt Whiskey ordered in Scotland in the early 1900s.

In return, Okanagan Spirits supports the Friends of Fintry Society with an annual donation to help maintain the original Laird property.

Enter the lottery online at

Barb Aguiar’s business column appears every two weeks in the Westside Weekly. Dial 250-768-0129 or email [email protected]


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