Here is a nice write up on how wines from the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia are measuring up to other wines around the world. The weather in this part of Canada is similar and for that matter hotter than some spots in California.
I lived not far from Penticton for a while back in 1990 and it was hot. In fact the mountains nearby were full of rattlesnacks and just south was the only banana plantation in Canada. The climate was arid and the land desert like.
I usually go with a white wine from Niagara and a red from this region. Some really nice Cab comes from the Okanagan Valley.
Enjoy the write-up by clicking on the title.