Posts Written ByCassandra Anderton

If you’ve been to a few weddings, or helped plan your own, you will certainly know there are a fair share of problems that can arise during the course of the day. Fortunately there are a wide range of professionals that can foresee mishaps and know the tricks to make your day memorable in the right way. In the Okanagan, the Vines and Vows team of Jillian Buchanan and Tammi Foster are the experts on the Naramata Bench and have now expanded to Penticton and beyond, creating dozens of amazing worry-free wedding days each year. Vines and Vows Wedding Planners…

While the Bottleneck Drive region is really known for the wineries, this summer Dirty Laundry Winery proved that wine lovers and beer lovers are sometimes one and the same. Their ever-popular patio started serving up their version of BC’s best beer, a line called “Laundry Suds”, brewed especially for the winery by Bridge Brewing in North Vancouver. While the wines by the glass and bottle were definitely flowing, kegs of their Dirty Blond Kolsch, Brunette IPA, Full House Pale Ale and the Red Head Wheat Ale were being rapidly depleted. The winery served up pints and many opted for the…

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is situated amongst the vineyards in a unique ecosystem which they honour with innovative environmentally sensitive practices. Nests of meadowlarks are protected in the spring, bluebird boxes and bat nurseries help keep bugs down in the vineyards and snakes are even relocated. The winemaking facility employs a gravity-flow system to handle ripe grapes delicately, preserving their rich fruit character. Their oath is “to do no harm” and they work with nature in their viticultural and enological practices, and the balance shows in the fine wines they produce. Their newest investment builds on this commitment to environment…

10 years has flown by for the partners that own this unique and fun filled winery. On August 20th these visionaries will be hosting an Anniversary Party on the stunning patio. Ticket holders will enjoy a fabulous wine paired four course dinner created by Chef Paul Cecconi, owner of Brodo. Live entertainment, dancing under the stars, door prizes and a special memento for all guests will ensure this will be a party no one should miss. Be sure to purchase your tickets through the website as they will be sold out before you can say: “What happens at Dirty Laundry…

Krause Berry Farms & Estate Winery’s berry season was off to an early start for 2016 and the berry pickers have even more to enjoy on the property this year. Opened in June, the Fresh Family Fun Field is an entire field where both adults and children can play. Visitors will find giant strawberry and pumpkin jumping pillows, farm games full of both agricultural facts and fun.   On the weekends enjoy live entertainment on the farm fresh stage and Farmer Alf’s Tractor Training where there are mini and adult John Deere pedal cart tractors to test your tractor skills.…

Many restaurants now list at least one “orange” wine on their list, as this ancient style of winemaking is seeing a well-deserved surge in popularity. Orange wines are made with white wine grape varieties, but the juice is macerated along with the grape skins, giving the wine an orange colour and some very dynamic flavours. In British Columbia there are now a few winemakers producing orange wine, and winemaker Matt Dumayne is one of them. Dumayne’s L’Orange Schonberger is made on Vancouver Island at 40 Knots Winery and the wine has been receiving high praise. It’s a dry wine with lower…

While the vines in the Okanagan are just showing promise of the wines to come, wineries are busy readying the past few years’ vintages for release as the many wines have only now had enough time in bottle to reach the maturity required before they are deemed ready. At Dirty Laundry Winery the 2013 Double Gold medal award Winning Pinot Noir has been sold out for a while, but the winery has only now declared the 2014 Pinot Noir ready after 17 months in barrel; all French Oak, of which 30% was new. Barrel samples have been rave worthy, as…

Whether you are coming and going through the Fraser Valley, or you smartly take a couple days to stay and explore, Langley’s wineries, breweries and restaurants are worthy of your attention. You may have noticed the winery signs as you drive along Highway 1; there are now seven. Each winery is unique, and there’s everything from estate wines and lunch at Chaberton Estate Winery & Bacchus Bistro, fruit preserves, walnut wine along with grape-based wines at Vista d’Oro Farms & Winery, and a full selection fruit wines of the Fort Wine Company. Many wineries offer cheese and meat plates and the…

Escaping to wine country in the cooler months means you often get the tasting counters all to yourself and your dialogue with the shops wine experts can be much lengthier and personalized. Stay for a few days in elegant accommodations in the heart of the southern Okanagan wine region, at Hester Creek’s Villa, and thoroughly explore the region. The Mediterranean-styled suites are situated high on the hill in Oliver with a view over the valley all the way to Osoyoos Lake. There’s nothing quite like gazing at snow-covered vines while you are cozied up with geothermal heating, soaker tubs, HDTV,…

BC Wines continue to garner world attention and yet another article was just published in California’s SOMM Journal. One of the foremost wine critics in the world, the UK’s Steven Spurrier, writes about his trip to BC in the story “The Best of British Columbia” and paid particular attention to Meyer Family Vineyards. The Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs the winery is so well known for all scored above 90 points, the highest being the 2013 Pat Quinn Tribute Series Chardonnay at a stunning 93 points. This should fare well for the winery as they now have a UK presence in…