Chef & Winemaker’s Dinner Lineup Announced

We are all co-producers, co-winemakers and co-chefs In the Thompson Okanagan on May 18, 2014!   Join us in a regional food and wine celebration for Slow Food Thompson-Okanagan’s Interactive Chefs-and-Winemaker’s Dinner at 7 pm at the Watermark Beach Resort in beautiful Osoyoos. Dinner tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are $75 per person. This…

Second Time Around at Hudson’s on First

Sometimes you discover a new restaurant and it’s really good, then you go back a second time and… this I can tell you about our second time at Hudson’s on First – it was just as good and definitely my “go to” spot for south/central Island dining.   A resounding YES and two thumbs up for our…

GAMBERO ROSSO TRE BICCHIERI 2014 WORLD TOUR ON SALE NOW!

Gambero Rosso, in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada – West  and the Vancouver International Wine Festival, is pleased to present Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri 2014 World Tour.     This prestigious event comes back to Vancouver – the only Canadian location this year – after the enormous success of the last year’s…

Winemaker for a Day at Township 7

Awaiting us on the crush pad of Township 7 Winery (Naramata location) was a draped long table with a tidy arrangement of glasses, spittoon, pens, and charts amid oak barrels and steel tanks. Most of all what awaited was an unique opportunity to gain some insight into the winemaking of Bradley Cooper. We had received…

Quails’ Gate Winery awards

Once again British Columbia’s Quails’ Gate Winery has earned international accolades for its world-class wines. At the recent Pacific Rim Wine Competition, three of the winery’s varietals earned Gold medals while two also received the distinction of Best in Class.   Awarded Best in Class & Gold Quails’ Gate 2012 Chenin Blanc·      …

“Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour May 23-24

Olympian Kelsey Serwa & other Okanagan Winemakers join the “Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24 weekend, based out of Black Hills Estate Winery The organizers of the “Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling weekend are pleased to announce that Kelsey Serwa, the Silver Medal winner in the Sochi Olympics Ladies Skier-cross,…

A California Conundrum Worth Tasting

Last week in Vancouver was the California Wine Fair, which comes every year at this time, with proceeds to support the Arts Club Theatre Company.  It is always interesting to try the big California Cabernets and Chardonnays that they are famous for, but there are also Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, and blends that should not…

Intrigue Wines

Tucked in off Goldie Road in Winfield, just north of Kelowna, is one of the more recent Scenic Sip wineries.  In 2008, Roger Wong, his wife Jillian and another couple, Ross and Geri Davis, opened the winery. Roger is a noted winemaker, having worked previously at Gray Monk and at the former Pinot Reach (now…

German Dim Sum Event at Cambie Kitchen May 10

Asian Foods Featured with German Wines in BC Liquor Stores this May   German wines will share the spotlight with Asian foods in BC Liquor Stores from May 6 to June 2, 2014. 60 stores will feature lively displays of a select 12 German wines, all pairing perfectly with the myriad flavours of Asian cuisines…

Pasa Robles wine country

    If you want a new kind of California wine adventure, then head to Pasa Robles wine country;  With gently rolling hills dotted with oak trees, vineyards, olive groves and almond farms, this is a fantastic area to spend a few days exploring. The historic town of Pasa Robles is filled with great restaurants…

Clos du Soleil Winery

Earlier this year, I was invited to a trade event at the Tap and Barrel in Coal Harbour, near the Vancouver Convention Centre.  The occasion was a release of Clos du Soleil wines.     Clos du Soleil is a small ten-acre winery located on Upper Bench Road in Keremeos, BC.  It was founded in…

Getaway to the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

If you have some time available May 1st to the 11th, consider heading up to the Okanagan and taking in some of the amazing events happening there.  Whether you head to Osoyoos or Vernon or anywhere in-between (even Kamloops), you’re going to find lots to do with nearly two hundred planned events.  Over one hundred…

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Welcomes New Winemaker Andrew Windsor

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is pleased to introduce their new Winemaker Andrew Windsor. An experienced bon vivant and global traveller, Andrew brings a unique blend of passion and scientific knowledge to the winery.   Tinhorn Creek’s approach to winemaking has always been collaborative and Sandra Oldfield will continue this tradition by running the winery as CEO…

Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24

“Ride with a Winemaker” Cycling Tour of the South Okanagan May 23-24 weekend, based out of Black Hills Estate Winery Join Black Hills Winemaker Graham Pierce and a group of 30 other wine & cycling lovers for a very special weekend in the South Okanagan. Enjoy riding through the beautiful Okanagan vineyard country by day and tasting…

Gray Monk Winery

Gray Monk, the original Scenic Sip winery, is one of BC’s best known. The west facing slopes along Camp Road provide good air drainage and capture the sunlight reflected from the lake below.  Situated at approximately 50° north latitude, the vines need to capture whatever warmth they can.  Gray Monk pays homage to their location…

The Gloves are Off for a Rosé Smack Down

Happy Wine Wednesday! It’s time for our 2nd annual Rosé Smack Down! Michael Bartier and David Scholefield are once again defending their favourite rosés. Michael Bartier is on team Haywire while David Scholefield is putting up a fight for Bartier Scholefield. Here’s what they have to say about their favourite rosés:     Michael Bartier on the Haywire Rosé: Wine should be…

La Dolce Vita

Harbinger. An omen, foreshadowing, sign of things to come.  The word came coming to mind as we sat in Spokane’s Nectar Tasting Room on a Saturday afternoon, enjoying a glass of very nice Northwest Cellars wine after a tasting of seven reds, served by the winery owner himself, Bob Delf. We love Nectar. It’s a…

What’s your pairing for Oysters?

  This year at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival the question of what pairs best with oysters will be addressed in the second annual Oyster Wine Competition and the first Canadian Craft Beer & Oyster Pairing Competition. Winemakers and brewmasters have until April 17 to submit entries into the respective competitions that will be held at…