4/16/2010--Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada..Mike Lee (left), a sommelier at the Mission Hill winery, gives a private tour. The Mission Hill winery is unquestionably the Versailles of the Okanagan valley, both stunning at face value, and the sheer grandiosity of its scale. Built by Anthony von Mandl, founder of Mike's Hard Lemonade, the winery is a broad-stroke bid for respectability, with von Mandl's Pelican coat-of-arms lodged in the keystone of the winery's broad entrance arch at the winery's entrance; a belltower houses bells symbolizing four of his immediate family members. Seattle architect Tom Kundig designed the hilltop collection of concrete-slab buildings and they are a thrillingly purified version of the Mission style...The Okanagan Valley in Canada's British Columbia province has become a popular retirement spot and produces some of Canada's best wines, thanks to the mineral-rich glacial till, the temperature-modifying effects of a 1000-ft deep lake, and a surfeit of sunshine, by Canadian standards...©2010 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.