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People around the world celebrate the Malbec grape varietal, and Malbec World Day this year fell on April 17. In support of this auspicious occasion, River Stone released the much-anticipated 2017 Malbec Rosé and the 2016 single varietal, single vineyard Malbec. River Stone has grown the red Bordeaux grape varietals since 2003 and been making both single varietal wines and two Bordeaux-style red blends (Corner Stone & Stones Throw) since 2009. The word Malbec generates interest merely by the mention of its name. A rosé wine made from Malbec is still a rare find in North America, and can be…

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…

“They know my name, they know what I like and I love the friendly, casual and local vibe,” says Bench Market regular Ian. “It’s like the Central Perk on Friends. I can pick up some great grab and go items on my way to work and have a chat with the staff. The food is great and it’s healthy.” Ian’s go-to favourites are breakfast burritos, eggwiches and granola bars. “The Bench Market has so much local support for a reason. They have also managed to capture both the local and tourist markets, which is not easy to do.” September 16th…

  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…