The 2017 season at Adega on 45th featured wonderful new experiences and culinary events. With one of the most spacious and wide-open views of any patio in the Okanagan, it is the perfect venue for outdoor special events featuring food and wine. “We’re excited about doing more new culinary events like this in the future,” says co-owner Pamala Farinha. Adega’s event season begins, as it did in 2017, with a Father’s Day celebration in June featuring wonderful cuisine and live music on the patio in the afternoon. It’s a great way to celebrate dad and also provides a proper kick-off…

Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery, located in the beautiful farming region of Langley, has been operating since 1974. This family run farm, that began as a strawberry patch, began making fruit wine in 2014 and this year, winemaker Sandra Lee Kiechle took the team to the next level with a very big win. With 1,401 fruit and grape wine entries from across Canada, Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery’s Cassis took the double gold medal and brought home the All Canadian Wine Championships “Fruit Wine of the Year”! Now with 200 acres in operation, owners Alf and Sandee Krause…

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards shares a belief with actor and singer-songwriter Eddie Cantor, who said, “It takes 20 years to make an overnight success.” After farming and crafting wines from its estate vineyards on the Golden Mile and Black Sage Benches for over 20 years, Tinhorn Creek is confident the cumulative improvements made over a generation have coaxed out the very best from their vineyards. Accordingly, Tinhorn Creek is proud to announce the birth of its flagship wine – 2014 The Creek, released on September 1, 2017. The Creek honours the commitment to the land that the founding partner families made…

In the Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, the team is setting up for the summer with a farm-to-table menu designed to showcase the very best of home-grown produce from respected local cultivators such as: Fine point farms, Road 17 Arctic Char, Covert Farms Organics and Codfathers Seafood Market. Here the food philosophy is uncomplicated. They allow the food to speak for itself, highlighting the natural nuances of the flavor with culinary flair. Naturally there’s also an exceptional wine list. The focus here is on vintages from the estate’s library no longer available in the tasting room, giving customers…

If you can make it on the world stage you can make it anywhere, and Meyer is proving out its forays into markets such as the UK, China, Japan, the Philippines and Norway by taking home a gold medal for their 2015 Pinot Noir in the International Wine Challenge in London, England. The challenge, owned by William Reed Business Media, now in its 34th year, is accepted at the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Throughout the rigorous processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges. London-based Marks & Spencer…

The patio at Adega on 45th is quickly approaching legendary status among wine tourists. A beautifully unique, and largely unobstructed, panoramic view of Osoyoos and the lake will entertain customers while they relax and sip wines. It is easily the premier picnic spot in Osoyoos. The patio is fully licensed for wine by-the-glass or by-the-bottle, and visitors can bring their own food if they choose or pick from a selection available from their deli fridge, which is stocked this year with some great new items. Stuffed olives, pâté, tapenade, salami, artisan cheeses from BoMé on Vancouver Island and Cows Creamery…

So far, “this is a normal year” says owner and winemaker Ted Kane about the 2017 vintage. Ted is always keeping an eye on how the fruit is developing. He pays particular attention to the date of “veraison”, which is when the ripening grapes start to change colour and soften. Red grape varieties start to darken into their colours and white varieties turn to various shades of yellow, light green, or pink depending on the variety. In River Stone’s vineyard, that usually occurs between August 8th and 12th. Visitors can always ask about anything going on in the vineyard from…

The town of Oliver’s Black Sage Bench, for which Desert Hills Winery takes its name, is an internationally celebrated wine growing region. Famous for its distinctive terroir shaped by the region’s sandy soil, it was here that the Toor brothers: Randy, Jessie, and Dave, first envisioned the winery that would grow to be one of the town’s most well-known and well-loved. With deep roots in both the community and its desert hills, the winery, not unlike the vines, has only continued to grow. This summer will see Desert Hills open its new picnic and patio area, shaded to provide refuge…

Spring arrived much later this year, but the 2017 vintage is now back on track. Owner Walter Gehringer explains, “We’re still ahead of the latest that we’ve ever been. And, if the growing season continues favorably, we should have similar results to previous later vintages. The vineyard location and vine management will impact different flavour profiles. Terroir characteristics are actually more evident in challenging growing seasons.”  This is a good thing. After many years, the Gehringer Brothers tasting room, also one of the oldest tasting rooms in the wine country, has expanded to include a second tasting bar to meet…

The vineyards come alive with the sound of music as Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its free Sunday Concert Series, 1 to 4 pm, July 2 to September 3. The lineup of talented artists performing on the patio includes: Aaron Loewen, July 2; Timbre Wolves, July 9; Patricia & Ibriam Duo, July 16; Mark Irving, July 23; Rebel Luv, July 30; Arcadian Suns, August 6; Lucy Blu & the Blu Boys, August 13; Kyle Anderson, August 20; Wild Son Duo, August 27; and Donna The Vineyard Girl, September 3. To fully enjoy an afternoon on the…