A Wine-Tasting Room Like No Other: This summer at CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Okanagan winery pours the most coveted Chardonnay and Merlot from Canada amid stunning hilltop views in its architecturally inspired tasting room – the art of winemaking and architecture joined as one.   Since the release of its first bottles in 2015, CheckMate Artisanal Winery has established a reputation as the most acclaimed new winery in…

Liquidity Wines 2016 Equity and 2016 Dividend Now Available!

2016 Equity Pinot Noir It’s finally here – our 2016 Pinot Noir Equity ($56/bottle) is now available. This age-worthy Pinot has an elegant nose with aromas of ripe red berries, black cherry, violets, red plum and a hint of earthiness. Bright acidity and ripe velvety tannins open up to layered flavours of black cherry, raspberry,…

BC Wine Institute welcomes new Board of Directors and awards industry leaders at its 2018 Annual General Meeting

  Following another successful Annual General Meeting (July 10, 2018 at the Delta Hotel, Kelowna), that brought together winery owners from across BC, the BC Wine Institute (BCWI) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors. Nine voting BCWI Directors represent all British Columbia wineries. Newly elected or re-elected members of the Board of…

Our #FavouriteThings – Summer Sipping with Quails’ Gate Gewürztraminer

This delightful Summer Sipping recommendation is a full bodied, flavourful, aromatic favourite – Gewürztraminer. This off dry German style wine is often suggested for a pairing with Asian or spicy foods. My personal favourite pairing is with strong flavoured cheeses like French camembert (Saint Albray or similar St. Andre), tomato based antipasti or a black olive…

THIS ISN’T GOODBYE Merchant’s Workshop to host Last Suppers Series at 1590 Commercial Drive

Merchant’s Workshop, a neighbourhood fixture for years on The Drive, is celebrating its final days at 1590 Commercial Drive by hosting a Last Suppers Series until Thursday, August 16, 2018. With culinary ambitions that have simply outgrown their current location, chefs-owners Doug Stephen and Lindsey Mann are actively seeking a new space to reopen their…

Nine Times a Winner: Vanessa Vineyard Collects Honours at Home and Abroad

Three competitions award BC winery with Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze   Acclaimed British Columbia winery Vanessa Vineyard has brought home a combined nine honours from three prestigious international competitions — an exceptional feat for a winery of such relative youth. The 2018 edition of the All Canadian Wine Championships (Canada’s oldest wine competition),…

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT QUAILS’ GATE THIS JULY

Hello Summer!   Summer has officially arrived and we’re excited to welcome you and your guests to the winery this season. Our culinary team, led by Winery Chef Roger Sleiman has been inspired by the bounty of local summer produce entering our kitchen. We’re excited to share all that is happening onsite this month.   Cheers to creating and pairing…

Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Announces Acquisition of BC Winery

Strategic Addition of Backyard Vineyards Transforms Company into a National VQA Wine Producer   Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. (“Diamond Estates” or “the Company”) (DWS-TSX Venture) announced Friday that it has acquired Backyard Vineyards Inc. (“Backyard”) of Langley, British Columbia for $3.0 million in stock, cash and the assumption of some debt. In what is described…

More of our #FavouriteThings – Summer Sipping wines under $20. from Quails’ Gate Winery

Here are the wines we drink when we want to keep to a budget. Our #FavouriteThings include these tasty offerings from Quails’ Gate – all priced under $20.00. These are the wines we drink, enjoy and recommend to our readers. These wines are all available from the Quails’ Gate online store. 2017 Dry Riesling Available: In Stock $16.99…

Road 13 Vineyards Toasts Canada Day with BBQ Friendly Wines and Backyard Farm Recipes

Raise a Glass to Our Great Nation on July 1 with New Vintages Ready for BBQ Festivities Road 13 Vineyards celebrates Canada’s 151st birthday with newly released BBQ friendly wines; 2016 GSM (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) and 2016 Syrah Malbec, along with pairing recipes from the popular Road 13 dinners with Backyard Farm, that will have guests…

Icons of Wine & Food Dinner at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek – Chef Meets BC Grape Okanagan – a review

The evening started with an excited buzz as guests arrived for the Icons of Wine & Food dinner at Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek on Friday, June 22, 2018. Hosted this year by Chef Mark McEwan with emcee Rhys Pender, Master of Wine. Sipping on BC bubbles, two in fact,  Stellar’s Jay Brut 2015 and…

Jim Cuddy and Chantal Kreviazuk Headline The Crush Deck Concert Series at Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards

Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards is pleased to announce that Jim Cuddy and Chantal Kreviazuk will perform on the Crush Deck at their Sparkling wine facility surrounded by vineyards, mountains, and overlooking Okanagan Lake. Juno award winning artist Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame, along with Colin Cripps and Anne Lindsay, return to our stage on July 18, 2018…

Stomp Grapes at Festival of the Grape: Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Largest Outdoor Festival

September 29 & 30, 2018  Grape Stomp registration opens on June 20 at 9am   Highlight of the popular Festival of the Grape, held on Sunday September 30th in the Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country, the annual Grape Stomp draws attention from far and wide as participants fulfill their grape stomping dreams on stage, in front…