Bienvenuti Barbara Tamburini!

  Recently I attended a special evening of wine tasting at Hellam Vineyard, a popular wine store and wine bar in La Conner, Washington.   It was a very special wine tasting with Italian winemaker Barbara Tamburini arriving fresh on the heels of ten days at the Kapalua Wine Festival which was preceded by three days of…

BC Wine Institute’s BC Wine Industry Recognition Award

  Cedar Creek Estate Winery founder, Senator Ross Fitzpatrick, was honoured in Kelowna Tuesday with the BC Wine Institute’s BC Wine Industry Recognition Award.     “The Senator exemplifies the intent of the award, which was created to recognize those who have helped to develop the wine industry in our province,” says BC Wine Institute Chair, Josie Tyabji…

Hey, Hey, Gamay

  If you are fan of Pinot Noir (and if you’re not, you should be) you should try Gamay Noir wines.  It is safe to say that Gamay has not gotten the recognition it deserves.  Wines labeled PTG (Passe-Tout-Grains) are a blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay.  Gamay Noir is the smooth, fruity, juicy grape…

La Dolce Vita – Once upon a time

  “It’s always about the story,” Sal D’Angelo agreed. We were talking about a book project I have going, my pal Sal and I, when I stopped in to pick up a case of Sal’s excellent wine at his Naramata tasting room.   “Did I ever tell you the story about how I discovered ML?”…

Introducing Earl’s Test Kitchen

  What will you find at 905 Hornby Street in Vancouver?  Earls Test Kitchen, which just opened in June.  It is the culinary inspiration centre for all of Earl’s sixty-five restaurants throughout North America.   Here, they bring together a collection of world-class chefs to develop new menu items.  If you look at the menus…

La Pentola della Quercia New Summer Menus

  La Pentola della Quercia Introduces New Summer Menus and Cocktail List The season’s freshest ingredients showcased at Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel   As the summer sun heats up it brings sunshine to the city and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables to La Pentola della Quercia’s kitchen door with daily deliveries of fresh juicy…

New This Summer: Tours & Seminars!

Are you heading to wine country? Or still deciding where to go this summer? Our series of delicious (and educational)new seminars will give you something to crow about on your next visit to the Naramata Bench! Here’s a sneak peek at what we have for you at the winery (reservations are recommended as limited spots are available): The…

Zintimate

  The Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) invited me to an Zintimate trade tasting at Hawksworth Restaurant’s York Room in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver.   They limited the event to 75 guests per hour for two sessions, one at 1:30 and the other at 2:30; a wine version of speed dating.  There were…

Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge Award Winners 

  The Vancouver Foodster Flatbread Challenge was successful featuring 6 flatbread creations in this challenge from restaurants around Vancouver. Each restaurant featured their flatbread on their menu from June 4-26, 2014. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process…

Black Hills Estate Winery newest vintages

  Black Hills Estate Winery is pleased to release the newest vintages for our “Cellar Hand” tier of wines. In fact, the 2012 Cellarhand White just won the Gold Medal at the All Canadian Wine Championships.As you may know, the grapes for these wines come from the same hand-tended vineyards carefully managed by their Vineyard team on Black Sage…

Serendipity Returns to the Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth

Naramata Winery Produces Two Special Stampede Bottles For the second year in a row, Naramata’s Serendipity Winery will be the only featured Canadian wine at the Calgary Stampede, part of its “10 Great Days, 10 Great Wines, 10 Great Stories” showcase. The “Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth” runs July 4-11 and two specially-labelled wines from Serendipity will be featured within…

LE VIEUX PIN SIP & SAVOUR Friday, July 4

AN EXCLUSIVE WINE CLUB EVENT     A complimentary afternoon of delectable Okanagan bites and wine held on our sun-drenched garden by the Bocci course with views of Black Sage bench vineyards and extensive lavender plantations surrounding us. This is a Club member’s exclusive event, one of four (or more) events we hold for our…

Summertime and the Sipping is Easy

  Yes, summer is upon us and the good weather means more time spent relaxing with family and friends.  Whether you’re on the patio, deck or on a picnic, summer wines call for something a little different.  Cool, refreshing fruity wines that are pleasant to sip on their own, without the need for food.  Lighter,…

La Dolce Vita – From the ground up

  Of the many reasons I enjoy wine tourism, foremost is because it allows me to get close to where my wine comes from. A good 90 per cent of our wine purchases are made right at the winery. And most of those wineries are on the small side, producing fewer than 5,000 cases annually…

Haywire Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir awarded with Lieutenant Governor Award

 Haywire wine, made at Okanagan Crush Pad winery in Summerland BC has been awarded a Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines for the Canyonview Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011 ($35). The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in BC Wines was established in 2003 to recognize and honour excellence in the province’s growing wine industry and…