TheView

Your spring fling or summer soiree is the perfect time to bring out the Bling! The View Winery, one of Southeast Kelowna’s most sparkling gems, is ready for the warm weather with the release of their 2016 white, pink and first-ever red Bling sparkling wine in a can. White and pink Bling are already available, the red will follow in early summer. This is not your typical sparkling wine. Each can contains grapes ripened in the unique micro-climate found at The View. Sun-drenched vines receive a brief reprieve when the evening breeze from Okanagan Lake cools down the vineyards. The…

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The first thing a sharp-eyed visitor might notice on a visit to Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s estate vineyard is a great variety of colours among the vine leaves. “We don’t go for that Miracle Gro look here,” winemaker and general manager Eric von Krosigk says. The vineyards, managed with organic, biodynamic and permacultural practices, don’t get the continual cocktail of sprays throughout the season that other properties might. “I think we get an expression of terroir that is much more intense—the vine enters into a symbiotic relationship with the soil,” he says. In that soil are something in the order of…

RauDZ

RauDZ Regional Table holds true to its philosophy from day one to “support local, buy local, eat and drink local.,” setting it apart from many restaurants that only include a few local wines along with international selections on their “By the Glass” and “By the Bottle” lists. Co-owner Audrey Surrao, who holds the level 3 WSET, an internationally recognized wine and spirits certification authority, personally curates the 100% local wine list. Audrey says, “I’m proud to present the best examples from appellations across the Okanagan Valley. By changing the wine list multiple times annually, at RauDZ we’re able to showcase…

Tantalus

Kelowna- based Tantalus Vineyards may be a relatively small operation, but when it comes to brand recognition for excellence, this winery is colossal. Tantalus Vineyards has created award-winning wines from inception. Wines are crafted carefully by winemaker David Paterson who seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to winemaking genres. First achieving benchmark status through his Rieslings, he moved on to Pinot Noir where soon after the awards and accolades began rolling in. David explains, “I think that like our Riesling the reason our Pinot Noir stands out is because of our vineyard site and our unwavering commitment…

Spierhead

On a sun-dappled Okanagan spring morning, I dropped by SpierHead Winery in Southeast Kelowna to sample some new releases with Proprietor Marina Knutson. It was one of those days when the sun and the blue sky bore the promise of warm weather and lush vines soon to come. SpierHead’s picnic and special event areas are ready to welcome guests for anything from a couples’ getaway to a corporate function. Inside the winery, stacks of boxes are hidden away, bearing over a 1700 cases of SpierHead’s 2015 vintage releases. “2015 was hot and great for wine,” says Marina.  “Generally, we harvested…

EarthWindFire

One of the Kelowna’s favourite events, the 8th annual Earth Wind Fire 2016 will be held on Saturday June 18th at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. This event celebrates the spectacular natural surroundings of the Okanagan and the 45th anniversary of The Nature Trust of BC. Guests will enjoy an evening that features the culinary talent of local chefs who are members of the Canadian Culinary Federation, serving dishes paired with fine Okanagan wines. There is also a great line up of musical entertainment including jazz vocalist Anna Jacyszyn and wrapping up with rock’n roll band Cover2Cover. And adding to the…

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Whether you are organizing a business meeting, conference, wedding, reception or  another of life’s special occasions, The Cove Lakeside Resort is the perfect venue. This West Kelowna jewel offers flexible indoor/outdoor meeting and event space with complimentary parking and is ideally located in the heart of Okanagan Wine Country, on the Westside Wine Trail. Tucked away on the shores of the spectacular Okanagan Lake, The Cove features the contemporary elegance of all-suite accommodation and great amenities. Onsite, there’s the locally-sourced cuisine of the Bonfire Restaurant & Lounge, manicured lawns and grounds, a secluded beach, lakefront boardwalk and private marina. This…

WestsideWineTrails

Already distinguished for its broad range of experiences in wine touring, the Westside Wine Trail’s diversity deepens as more wineries join the fold. You’ll find some of the oldest and most established vineyards and wineries in the Okanagan Valley such as Mission Hill Estate Winery and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. Plus there are new arrivals such as The Hatch, Ciao Bella Winery and Off the Grid Organic Winery with Grizzli Winery and Indigenous World Winery opening this May. There are quaint wineries and architectural masterpieces perched on rolling hills of vineyards, some with sweeping lake views while others have idyllic…

Volcanic-Hills

For the last six years Volcanic Hills has established itself as one of the most renowned wineries of West Kelowna, producing varietals with unique notes that reflect the distinct growing region and blends that reflect the winery’s independent spirit. Founded in 2010 on the slopes of Mount Boucherie, an extinct volcano and iconic landmark, Volcanic Hills has staked its reputation on its commitment to locality. With the bulk of the wineries crop coming from both estate vineyards and those from the Smith Creek area, the wines of Volcanic Hills are distinguishable from the rest of the Okanagan’s for their soft…

Spectacular tours, sip savour and breathe! Professional wine country tour guides await you with Okanagan Wine Country Tours, where luxury transportation throughout the valley brings you to culinary experiences in vineyard bistros and restaurants. Available throughout the year. Private Tours, Customized group experience tours and Scheduled departures for either half day or multi day tours. www.okwinetours.com  or call 1.866.689.9463 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence Winner