The Westside Wine Trail is renowned for its stunning vistas and delicious wines but this is only part of the story. It’s also a creative centre. A place where visitors can enjoy local art, world-class architecture and yoga. The Art in the Park series pairs great art with great wines as it travels from one winery to another. Curated by Louise Lambert, owner of Wine Country Studios, and sculptor Allan Waidman, this series lets visitors mingle with artists working in a wide variety of media in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. The Mezzanine Gallery at Little Straw Vineyard…

Whether you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind gem for that special someone, looking to commemorate your vacation, Canada’s 150th Anniversary, or your own personal milestone, DeLong Studio is at your service. Located in Summerland’s Trout Creek residential neighbourhood just off of Highway 97, DeLong Studio has amassed a large selection of unique inventory after 27 years in business. It’s well worth the effort to seek out its quiet garden setting where the relaxed atmosphere is sure to make your shopping experience enjoyable. If you’d like some assistance in finding a new treasure that’s just right for you or a gift, Sue and…

Wine is big business, but as we know, most big businesses become faceless brands, and the passion for the craft and quality of the product can be lost when the focus turns from the product to increasing sales volume. And this is why boutique wineries are the most fun to explore and often yield the best wines and most interesting stories. Lunessence boutique winery and vineyard is one such gem of winery. Visitors are warmly welcomed and can relax on the spacious patio, listening to classical music and tasting an array of inspiring wines. Is there a better way to…

Dirty Laundry Vineyard has been long known for its white wines, cleaning up in awards competitions with its Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Secret Affair blend. In recent years, as the red wine program has expanded, Dirty Laundry has received accolades for selections such as Bordello and Cabernet Merlot, and this year Kay Syrah was awarded a gold medal at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. It’s little wonder that Dirty Laundry has been expanding its red portfolio and this year for the first time, the winery has produced a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Pick up yours soon because…

Bacon-wrapped plums This is our version of angels on horseback (a savoury canapé of bacon-wrapped oysters), but in my opinion, tastier. I buy the plums from farmers who have heirloom plum trees. If you can’t find fresh plums, use dried prune plums, and rehydrate them a little bit. We serve this in the restaurant on our fall/winter menu.   Ingredients • 16 fresh or dried Italian prune plums, pitted • 8 slices bacon, halved lengthwise —– Bue Cheese Mousse • 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup whipping (35%) cream (divided) • 1 tsp gelatin powder • 1/4 cup blue cheese —–…

Hillside Winery is leading the way in the Okanagan wine industry by making it’s own set of rules. Winemaker Kathy Malone’s commitment to using only 100% Naramata Bench grapes in Hillside’s wine is stirring things up while making lovely complex wines that showcase the terroir. Some would expect a straightforward portfolio when sourcing fruit only from a relatively small region, but to Kathy’s mind, that makes for an exciting challenge and leads to some great things like a new and exciting Port-style white. This is Hillside’s (and quite possibly the Okanagan’s) first, fortified white wine in the style of white…

This is a very exciting year for Red Rooster Winery! Not only is it the winery’s 20 year anniversary, it is also the Year of the Rooster. Even more reason to celebrate. Roosters were very important in ancient China and are still a mascot today. Roosters are thought to have five virtues: politeness, military bravery, courage, benevolence and reliability and are a symbol for all of these. While in ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks so they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 2-hour periods. Each period was named after a different Earthly…

Picture a magical place, complete with swimming, tennis and barbecues. Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort is a destination for family, friends and dreams of a simple life. Think of the lazy dip of a canoe paddle on the clearest of lakes, watching the sun set with a glass of wine for company until a bright carpet of stars appear and the silence of the night settles in. This bewitching place is located in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. Sandy Beach Lodge has been welcoming visitors looking for a Canadian lake getaway since the 1940s. A restored, lakefront resort,…

Legend has it that British Columbians did prohibition better than anyone else. No, you couldn’t buy alcohol, but your doctor could prescribe it for you. Now, Legend’s owners Doug and Dawn Lennie are no doctors – though their distillery is a former Doctor’s office – there is no doubt that their gin would have been scrawled across prescription pads throughout the Okanagan. (Refill – as needed.) Handcrafted in Naramata from grain to glass using BC’s finest wheat, Doctor’s Orders is currently their best seller. To compare it to their smoked rosemary infused Black Moon Gin, try a gin flight featuring three…

With the seasons shifting and the leaves changing colour, we tend to also switch our wine preferences (as well as our clothing preferences) as the air gets cooler and the days get shorter. Therapy Vineyards has all of your wine needs covered as we enter into fall. Steve Latchford, who has been the winemaker at Therapy for nine years, has some exciting wines in store for you! If you haven’t tried Therapy Vineyards fortified wine yet, you simply must. The wine is cleverly named “Freudified” and is a non-vintage Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend fortified with Chardonnay spirits. It started…