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by Darcy Nybo Make it an adventure and spend a day at Krause Berry Farms. Its picturesque 200 acres are good for the soul. This is more than a farm. It’s also home to Krause Berry Farms Estate Winery and Restaurant. This oasis is open on weekends from now until May. After that, you can have the Krause Berry Farm experience any day of the week. The restaurant and winery opened in 2012 as owners Alf and Sandee Krause looked for a way to show visitors the literal fruits of their labour. “We are growers first,” said Sandee, “and this…

by David Wylie Larch Hills Winery is on top of the world — at least it feels like it. Located in Salmon Arm, it’s the highest elevation winery in BC at 800 metres. Despite having a shorter growing season due to its northern location, the south-facing slope manages to soak up the sunshine. Larch Hills specializes in Ortega, taking advantage of European varietals that thrive in the Shuswap region. They also grow Siegerrebe, Madeline Angevine and Agria. Those who visit the family-run winery are treated to a cosy family experience, said winery manager, Roman Manser. “Any time somebody comes up…

 by David Wylie The Shuswap may be best known for house-boating, but Recline Ridge Vineyards & Winery in Tappen is helping showcase the region as a premier wine destination. Located near Salmon Arm, the winery is Canada’s second-most northern winery. “The Shuswap region, if you were to look at it from a scenic point of view, is quite green. It’s actually referred to sometimes as the Shuswap rainforest,” said Graydon Ratzlaff, who owns Recline Ridge with his wife, Maureen. “We’re trying to promote the region and what we can do up here. It sets us apart.” Recline Ridge is luring…

Enjoy at trip back to the good old days at Oliver Twist Estate Winery. A 1970s Airstream food truck is parked right outside. Throughout the tasting room, you’ll find retro luggage, nifty art work and other vintage items. You may even hear your favourite ‘50s or ‘60s songs playing in the background. Plan a travel adventure on March 10, when the entertaining staff at Oliver Twist welcomes everyone to their Customer Appreciation Day. Gina Harfman, a fourth generation Osoyoos resident, is as local as it gets. During this Customer Appreciation Day, there will be wine specials, delicious snacks and lots…

Ted Kane started making wine before he could even drink it. At 17 years old, Kane experimented with winemaking kits. He squeezed wine from anything he could use — crab apples from his parents’ tree, grapes from the market, even potatoes. Wine has been his life’s work. Now he puts those decades of experience making wine and growing grapes to good use at the winery he founded, River Stone Estate Winery in Oliver. “So much of the fun to me is experimenting,” said Kane. “I learned how to manipulate the chemistry in certain ways.” Knowing he wanted to farm a…

Overlooking Okanagan Lake, Summerland Estate Winery and B&B offers both beautiful scenery and organic and terroir driven wines. Summerland Estate purchased Sonoran Winery in 2016, and immediately transitioned the 3.2-acre vineyard to organic practices. Sharon Xie, executive director, says “Our terroir features limestone, granite and volcanic rock on a silt base, offering the ideal climate and minerals for growing premium estate wines.” The company entrusts its winemaking to Matt Dumayne, of Okanagan Crush Pad, who is both experienced and passionate. Focussing on small batches that are 100 per cent estate grown, each wine is named after the ending digit of…

There’s a new winery in downtown Kelowna and it will be open just in time for the Spring Wine Festival. Ricco Bambino is a boutique winery and garden bar that focusses on creating minimal intervention wines. It’s located at 1630 Pandosy Street in the heart of Kelowna. The winery’s new urban tasting room is bright and airy, merging pastel colours together with living walls and brass accents. The goal for the design was to create a space that accentuated the feelings associated with drinking Ricco Bambino wines. Knowing these requirements from winery owner Jason Alton, F2a Architects were careful to…

Bacon-wrapped plums This is our version of angels on horseback (a savoury canapé of bacon-wrapped oysters), but in my opinion, tastier. I buy the plums from farmers who have heirloom plum trees. If you can’t find fresh plums, use dried prune plums, and rehydrate them a little bit. We serve this in the restaurant on our fall/winter menu.   Ingredients • 16 fresh or dried Italian prune plums, pitted • 8 slices bacon, halved lengthwise —– Bue Cheese Mousse • 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup whipping (35%) cream (divided) • 1 tsp gelatin powder • 1/4 cup blue cheese —–…

This is a very exciting year for Red Rooster Winery! Not only is it the winery’s 20 year anniversary, it is also the Year of the Rooster. Even more reason to celebrate. Roosters were very important in ancient China and are still a mascot today. Roosters are thought to have five virtues: politeness, military bravery, courage, benevolence and reliability and are a symbol for all of these. While in ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks so they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 2-hour periods. Each period was named after a different Earthly…

  Tucked away in a pocket of lush greenery amongst the arid Oliver landscape, is Hidden Chapel Winery. The winery is named after the quaint white chapel nestled at the back of the property, amidst towering trees and moss carpeting the ground. Originally owned by an employee with the Summerland Research Centre, winery partner Deborah Wilde was drawn to its’ charming gardens and purchased the property in 2005. Hidden Chapel Winery was up and running by 2011. Business partner and co-winemaker, Rudy Tomazic joined Hidden Chapel in 2014. “We’re a humble winery, we enjoy sharing our story and our wine,”…