Spring has finally arrived and with it, new growth and warmer days. Our cover shows old vines coming back to life as the sun gently awakens them from their sleep. They are the promise of longer days, warmer nights and great wines to come.

This issue we welcome photographer Kirstin Wakal, who is also the owner of Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna, and her own vineyard. Kirstin is well known throughout the Okanagan Valley for her photographs of food, wine and people.

One of her photos, her “sacred space” at Sanctuary Gardens, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network for Super Soul Sunday.

It’s a pleasure to be working with her again, as she captures some unique moments for Wine Trails.