Posts Written ByDarcy Nybo

This month, our cover is of the two Andrews of Tinhorn Creek: Andrew Moon, Tinhorn’s viticulturist and vineyard manager, and Andrew Windsor, their winemaker. When you have a team passionate about creating great wines, only one thing can happen… the production of great wines! Steve Jobs once said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Andrew Moon and Andrew Windsor definitely love what they…

Harvest season is in full swing and it’s time to celebrate all the hard-working farmers, growers, chefs, beverage creators and everyone involved in providing us with delicious things to eat and drink. I love the harvest season. I love the cooler weather, the changing of the leaves, that certain crispness that you can feel in the air. I love the fruit and produce stands that dot the highways and byways to and from the wineries, cideries, meaderies and distilleries. It’s also my favourite time to go out and celebrate our great province. Most of our communities celebrate the harvest season…

The weather may be cooler, but there are still plenty of things to do in Vernon. Whether it’s you and a friend or the whole family, it’s time to explore, eat and enjoy! Autumn Fun with Vernon Fall Festivals The changing colours in Vernon signal it’s time for the harvest, great food and outdoor adventure. In September and October, you’ll find fresh produce from the fields. Bite into juicy pears or crunchy apples. Don’t forget to stock up on squashes, pumpkins and other great artisan goodies at the Vernon Farmers’ Market. Grab the kids and celebrate harvest time at Davison…

The wines of British Columbia continue to delight and surprise those who have the pleasure of tasting them. I fondly remember the day I tasted my first BC Merlot. Before that fateful day, I was a scotch and vodka gal and my only experience with wines was the inexpensive sweet ones that resulted in youthful hangovers. Every now and then, usually during the winter holidays, a well-meaning dinner guest would bring a bottle of their favourite “inexpensive” wine for dinner. Needless to say, with those types of early wine experiences, I was not a wine drinker. It was the fall…

In a recent editorial, I described how the wineries and growers across BC give back to their communities and the province. In April of this year, the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) held two fundraisers, one in Victoria and one in Vancouver. “We are pleased to announce that our two NBWA Annual Spring Wine events in Victoria and Vancouver supported the raising of significant funds for two organizations we sponsor,” said Tina Baird, marketing director of NBWA. “We are grateful to everyone involved in these two events.” According to Baird, Wine for Waves (Vancouver) raised $19,000 for Ocean Wise Seafood…

Ricco Bambino is a boutique winery at 1630 Pandosy Street. Its focus is on creating minimal intervention wines. Come and discover your new favourite wine in the bright and airy tasting room or on the cosy outdoor patio. Minimal Intervention Organic Wines Ricco Bambino wines are elegant and well-structured, expressive and beaming with a refreshingly bright and balanced acidity. To create minimal interventions wines, they ferment and age their wines in concrete vessels to allow micro-oxygenation to occur. This process allows the wines to breath and develop a rounder mouth and textural feel without the addition of any unwanted flavours…

BC wines and those who love them, have grown by leaps and bounds since Father Pandosy planted the first grapes near Kelowna in 1930. On the cover is The Vibrant Vine, a winery that has gone through some major growing pains since 2010. The Vibrant Vine began as a retirement project, and today, holds top rankings among BC wineries. This popularity caused some difficulty in the 2017 season. The winery had to close its doors on more than one occasion to incoming visitors as it was already at capacity. Now, with the winery’s expansion complete, they hope they never have…

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…