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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,”…

by Chef Dixie-May Kunicky Directions Berry salad: Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and place in the fridge so all the flavours can come together. Let stand for at least 1 hour. Meringue: Preheat oven to 350 °F. Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 second increments stirring after each segment till partially melted then set aside. Beat the egg whites, vanilla and salt together till soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar and beat till the peaks become stiff and shiny. Gradually fold in chocolate and chilli flakes until combined. On a baking sheet lined…

The new owner of Therapy Vineyards, Mike Boyd, isn’t wasting any time when it comes to upgrading the entire facility to enhance every guest’s experience. The already beautiful Guest House, which features serene, panoramic views of the Okanagan Lake and the vineyard, will be getting a complete upgrade of all the rooms with the most exciting feature being the addition of an outdoor pool and pool deck to sit and relax at while enjoying a glass of any of their amazing wines! This space is perfect for a couples romantic getaway, a girls or guys weekend road trip, a retreat…

(pictured: Masala Bistro Cuisine) In the 1990’s the Dhaliwal family immigrated to the Okanagan to embark on a journey that was to become their destiny. In a mere 20 years, the family has established themselves as one of the top premier award winning grape growers. The family’s mantra of determination and hard work combined with love has brought them together to create ‘Kismet’- the Sanskrit word for destiny. Kismet Estate Winery takes pride in making handcrafted wines selected from their finest vineyard blocks. They have named their top red blends after the spiritual laws of destiny: Karma, Mantra, and Moksha,…

Sandhill winery is known for their unique wines that showcase the quality of Okanagan grapes. By using a single vineyard approach, every bottle is pure and distinct in flavour. All of Sandhill’s six vineyards are located in the Southern Okanagan, where the heat and terroir play a big role in producing exceptional grapes. Although their Cabernet Merlot blends are Sandhill’s bread and butter – as Master Winemaker Howard Soon describes – Soon is not sure how the creation of their signature blend line came about. “With Sandhill One, Two and Three, we’re trying to build on the success of Sandhill…

British Columbia’s wineries are crafting world-class products. In celebration of this hard-earned triumph, John Schreiner has, for the first time in the history of BC’s wine industry, selected the highest-calibre wines—the icons—from 100 of BC’s most accomplished wineries, and has gathered his observations in a compendium that illuminates his passion and unique contribution to BC’s wine region. Featuring vertical tasting notes in which Schreiner compares a variety of vintages of one signature wine, detailed histories and stories from these outstanding producers, and more than 45 full-colour images by Christopher K. Stenburg showcasing the unparalleled beauty of BC’s wine country, Icon…

There are approximately 192,000 acres of Sangiovese (San-jo-vay-say) planted around the world and although most of it can be found in Italy, we’ve actually got three glorious acres of these luscious vines planted right here in our very own backyard.   Sandhill Estate Vineyard, located just outside of Oliver, is a Sangiovese-growing sweet spot where temperatures regularly register near 40° Celsius. This heat combined with rocky cliffs of granite and a gentle west-facing slope produces beautifully ripened, well-balanced fruit, year after year. The 2016 growing season provided a bounty of fruit that most winemakers only dream of and when the…

Climate and soil are two natural components in growing quality Pinot Noir but producing a top-notch bottle requires a passionate human hand and careful judgment. Vancouver Island has providence on its side when it comes to growing this varietal. With latitude on par with the most famous Pinot-producing region in the world – Burgundy, France – it has the ideal moderate-to-cool climate for growing the finicky grape. First, you have to let nature be ruthless. Averill Creek in the Cowichan Valley knows how to do that. With a rocky terroir similar to that of Burgundy, the slopes of Mount Prevost…