Posts Written ByDeanna Rainey

We have finally said goodbye to the winter blues and hello to spring. It’s a great time to check in at Summerland Estate Winery + B&B. Aside from the seasonal task of pruning and laying down canes, the winery is full of action as renovation plans come together. The brush has been removed to enhance the view of Okanagan Lake and areas are being sculpted to feature a picnic area by the wine shop and private event location for B&B guests. In March, Summerland Estate welcomed Shannon Grimshaw to the team to manage the onsite, three-bedroom B&B as well as…

Fall is the quintessential time to celebrate your senses at Hester Creek Estate Winery. Savour the taste of their extraordinary wines, look out over the Tuscan-style hills and vineyards of the Golden Mile and immerse yourself in the feeling of utter relaxation and true perfection. At Hester Creek, the portfolio of handcrafted wines portrays the unique terroir, winemaking style and personality of the winery. Winemaker Rob Summers says it best: “It is my goal to make wines that are approachable but not simple; that are enjoyed by many, and still appreciated by those with discerning palates.” Director of hospitality Roger…

In a valley resplendent with beautiful wineries, lush vineyards and sumptuous award-winning wines, Hester Creek Estate Winery in the South Okanagan’s Golden Mile stands out as one of the finest. As the director of hospitality Roger Gillespie points out, Hester Creek beckons with immaculately appointed grounds that are perfectly suited to a relaxing afternoon of food and wine and offers an exceptional experience for visitors and locals alike. “People think they have been transported to the Tuscan countryside. We are surrounded by 105 acres of estate vineyards and you’ll be welcomed by our modest but attentive guest service team.” Roger…

A spectacular lakefront location, plentiful amenities, outstanding service and mouth-watering locally sourced foods await you at Kelowna’s only all-suite hotel, The Cove Lakeside Resort. Nestled on the shores of Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, The Cove is a family favourite for locals and vacationers alike. Their beautiful one, two and three bedroom suites offer all the comforts of home.  Explore the Bonfire Culinary Gardens for fresh herbs and veggies and create your own delicious meal in your suite’s well-appointed five-piece kitchen. The perfect location for family fun, you can spend time on their sun-drenched private beach, take a dip in…

Mt. Boucherie Winery in West Kelowna has an extensive history of grape growing in the region that reaches back for decades. Now, discerning wine drinkers can enjoy their delectable wines during a visit and tasting at their charming wine shop. In the future though, Mt. Boucherie promises even greater things to come, including an expanded wine shop and an on-site restaurant. Mt. Boucherie’s vice president and CEO Craig McCulloch says they are currently in the preliminary drawing stage of the planned expansion. “Our wine shop is quaint and cozy, but we have outgrown it.  We hope to start this fall,…

I arrived at SpierHead Winery on a sun-dappled Sunday morning to meet proprietor Marina Knutson. It was a stunning day in an equally stunning setting, sipping wines in the tasting room just before the visitors began to arrive. At SpierHead, they not only serve up fabulous wines, but they do so with a flair and warmth that makes you want to linger, sip and soak up the setting. We tasted a series of wines that day, starting with their 2016 Pinot Gris which held hints of nectarine, pear, peach and apricots. The popular 2016 Riesling and the 2015 Pinot Noir,…

Nestled on the shores of Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, The Cove is framed by nearby mountains and beautiful gardens throughout. Since it opened its doors on May 5th 2007, it has become a favorite for vacationers and local getaways, as evidenced by the people who return year after year to spend time with old and new found friends!   One, two and three bedroom suites are elegantly appointed with a five-piece kitchen and expansive terrace or balcony. Contemporary styling and top-notch amenities help ensure your stay is a great one. Spend time on their spectacular beach, take a dip…

It is a sight to behold…a charming, quaint winery nestled at the base of a 60 million year old former volcano. Mt. Boucherie delivers outstanding ambiance, overshadowed only by their delightful wines. Mt. Boucherie is known for their excellent wines and thoroughly knowledgeable, approachable wine shop staff. Carole and her team, Krista and Karen, love to talk wine with their visitors. Ask them anything – they’ll be pleased to sip and chat. One of Mt. Boucherie’s greatest strengths is the vineyards in which they grow their grape varietals. They have vineyards on site in West Kelowna as well as in…

The View Winery is celebrating the summer wine tasting season with the release of their exclusive Pinotage Trifecta and a line up of fun, unique events. The Pinotage Trifecta features White Pinotage, Pinotage Reserve and Pinotage Rosé . The only one of its kind in North America, White Pinotage 2016 is a Blanc de Noir, a white wine made from their estate grown red Pinotage grapes. White Pinotage boasts a beautiful rose gold hue and notes of white stone fruits, berry and a subtle herbaceousness. Lingering citrus and minerality round out an elegant, dry finish. Pinotage Reserve is The View’s…

SpierHead Winery in Southeast Kelowna is a lush gem surrounded by vineyards and orchards, with the hills of the Okanagan Valley in the distance. This quaint winery, with its patio and picnic area, opens May 1st from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm daily, and you’re welcome to drop in for a tasting at any time. Tastings are $5.00 for up to five wines. The $5 fee is waived for each bottle of wine purchased. SpierHead’s licensed patio area offers a sumptuous, relaxing yet exciting atmosphere where you’ll just want to stop, sip and enjoy. Back by popular demand, the Patio…