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The Bench Raspberry Almond Tarts from The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan by Jennifer Schell The first recipe from the first crop of our Naramata raspberry farm berries is fittingly by our favourite Chef, Stewart Glynes, the owner of The Bench Market and it’s from my new favourite cookbook, The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan and we are taking them to good Naramata pals’ place for dinner tonight. So much love packed in there that I had to use a run-on sentence… naramatablendblog ~ A dash of outdoor…

tinhorn

Established in 1993, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is no new kid on the block. If you think you know all about Tinhorn Creek and its array of wines, think again. The website states, “We grow grapes and we make wine. There are many steps between the field and the bottle, but at the end of the day it’s about farming the land responsibly, having fun, and making wines to share with family and friends.” Don’t let its simplicity mislead you. From the beginning, Tinhorn embraced continuous improvement. As the vineyards mature so has the business approach. In 2009, Andrew Moon was…

Fairview

After many years of working out in the elements, Fairview Cellars owner Bill Eggert is pleased with the new roof over the winery crush pad. Along with providing shelter while working outside during the harvest, it will also provide crucial shade while working with barrels outside of the cellar doors. The famous barrel cellar mural created by Leza MacDonald remains unobstructed and is still clearly visible from the fairways at the golf course next door. Fairview will be sampling not one, but two Pinot Noirs in the wine shop this summer. The first is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the…

Adega-in-the-shade

It’s not a secret that the Okanagan gets hot in the summer and wineries often make small batches of rosé to sell as a summer specialty for their wine shops. Adega’s western-facing Osoyoos location means that they have one of the hottest patios in the valley – literally. So it’s no surprise that Adega’s Rosé has been a huge hit with visitors. A few years ago, their Rosé was still technically supposed to be available into the summer, but was gone by late June forcing them to release the next vintage, that also sold out! “That Rosé actually made it…

Oliver-Twist

The next wine in Oliver Twist’s Nostalgia Series of wines was released in early June. The 2014 Pink Cadillac (a rosé, of course) augments the collection along with the Rockabilly Red and Boogie Woogie White. Each Nostalgia Series wine is colorfully adorned with a hot rod car and unique character painted by California artist Ralph Burch, who has over 30 years of experience painting pin-up girls. The Pink Cadillac is driven by Billy-Jean, who never actually reveals all of her secrets about the wine. A fully loaded rosé, the Pink Cadillac is a big-block blend of three grape varieties and…

Terrafina

The customers have spoken and the exceptional results are in: Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Estate Winery has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. “The Certificate of Excellence honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” says Heather Leisman, TripAdvisor vice president industry marketing. An overall rating of at least four out of five, a minimum number of reviews, and at least a 12-month listing is required for the prestigious recognition reflecting the quality, quantity and recency of travellers’ reviews. In expressing their delight in the accolades, Erwin Huber and Cindy Evans, Terrafina Restaurant owners,…

Quinta

Bring your lunch and stay awhile savouring a glass of Quinta Ferreira wine on the licensed patio at the estate winery set amid the verdant vineyards of the Black Sage Road. Or if you prefer, purchase regional meats, local cheeses, crackers and olives from the onsite deli case inside the tasting room that is open daily from May to October from 10 am to 6 pm. Even more reason to tarry for a time, each Sunday from 1 to 4 pm, from July 3rd to September, enjoy complimentary live music on the patio. Confirmed are: July 3rd – Donna the…

CCJentsch

When it comes to convenience in touring wine country, there is hardly a winery that is easier or more convenient to access than C.C. Jentsch Cellars. Located right on Highway 97 south of Oliver, owner Chris Jentsch has placed a landmark that is difficult to miss when traveling from Oliver to Osoyoos – a massive oak tank. And there is really no reason to miss out on this winery experience. The awards list for C.C. Jentsch over the past two years have been nothing short of astounding, and not just for one particular wine. The Syrah 2013 won Decanter Asia…

Church&State

Kim Pullen and his team at Church & State Wines have been a marvel to watch as they have artfully carved out their brilliant brand to best represent its diversity and culture over the past decade. From their original winery on Vancouver Island, where they also have a Bistro on the vineyard, the Pullens expanded to their Oliver vineyards in the Okanagan, where they built a captivating wine tasting room surrounded by vines and desertscape. From here, they now offer two unique and exciting brands to describe their two faces of wines: elegant and fun.    New to launch this…