Winemaker’s Thoughts on BC Harvest 2019 – Guest Post from Julian Park

Yields were down but the quality of the fruit was excellent. The winemakers expect 2019 to produce delicious lower alcohol, bright acidity wines. This first article highlights the harvest for the Okanagan Valley and Shuswap Regions of British Columbia.

The Chase Wines: Special Announcement

The Chase Wines rebranding. O’Rourke Family Vineyards will specialize in Chardonnay & Pinot Noir and be relatively exclusive. O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars will specialize in aromatic whites. It will also have a Chardonnay & Pinot Noir and remain accessible to everyone.

Freezing Temperatures Bring Icewine Harvest to BC Wineries

BC’s annual Icewine harvest has arrived, with the cold temperatures prompting wineries in the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley to start picking grapes on December 5 and continuing into the early morning hours on December 6.

Explore the Okanagan’s many facets – come hell or high water

If ever there was a time to remind us of the many facets of the Okanagan, the flooding of some of our beaches and properties is it. Long gone – if they ever existed – are the days when all the Okanagan had to offer was “Beaches and Peaches” as a popular tourism tag promised. Clearly, … Read more Explore the Okanagan’s many facets – come hell or high water

BC Icewine Harvest

 Freezing Temperatures in the Okanagan Brings an Early Start to BC’s Icewine Harvest   This year, 20 wineries expressed interest in producing Icewine for a potential harvest of 722 tons from approximately 169 acres, last year there was a total of 844 tons picked. The first 2015 Icewine grapes were brought in by Volcanic Hills … Read more BC Icewine Harvest

Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen

Whenever I am up touring in the Kelowna or Lake Country wine regions, I usually reserve a night to dine at Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen on the northern shore of Ellision Lake, just north of the Kelowna airport.  To get there, turn east at the blue and white sailboat on highway 97. Ricardo’s features Italian décor … Read more Ricardo’s Mediterranean Kitchen