Posts Written ByDarcy Nybo

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…

Ricco Bambino’s delivery truck is primed, painted and ready to roll. The new wine delivery vehicle is a Piaggio Ape (pronounced aH pay) and will be hard to miss. This soft, pastel pink wine wagon picks up your wine at the winery and delivers it directly to your door in Kelowna. Think of it as your emergency wine delivery angel. The winery’s interior is a pleasant expression of pastel pink walls and crushed velvet seating accented by white oak, marble and brass. The space has a sense of elegance and a good dose of opulence. “We chose pink because it…

We are blessed to have such fertile soil, amazing grape growers and farmers, and talented vintners and chefs throughout BC. I’m lucky in that I get to know a bit about what goes on behind the scenes at many of our BC wineries. In this issue, I want to acknowledge all those wonderful people who spend their time and money giving back to the community and the land, in many ways. The wineries of the Naramata Bench recently held their spring release at the ReWined event in Victoria to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & The Yukon.…

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…

Welcome to the end of winter! My name is Darcy and I’m the new editor for Wine Trails. With the snow gone, we are more than ready for another great year of food and wine. It’s also a great time to plan your adventures to the many wine growing areas we have right here in BC. Winemakers continue to come up with new vintages to please the palate in the well-established regions of the Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Valley, Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. They are ready for you to come and try their latest and greatest vintages. The areas where…