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Hillside Winery is leading the way in the Okanagan wine industry by making it’s own set of rules. Winemaker Kathy Malone’s commitment to using only 100% Naramata Bench grapes in Hillside’s wine is stirring things up while making lovely complex wines that showcase the terroir. Some would expect a straightforward portfolio when sourcing fruit only from a relatively small region, but to Kathy’s mind, that makes for an exciting challenge and leads to some great things like a new and exciting Port-style white. This is Hillside’s (and quite possibly the Okanagan’s) first, fortified white wine in the style of white…

Picture a magical place, complete with swimming, tennis and barbecues. Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort is a destination for family, friends and dreams of a simple life. Think of the lazy dip of a canoe paddle on the clearest of lakes, watching the sun set with a glass of wine for company until a bright carpet of stars appear and the silence of the night settles in. This bewitching place is located in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. Sandy Beach Lodge has been welcoming visitors looking for a Canadian lake getaway since the 1940s. A restored, lakefront resort,…

Legend has it that British Columbians did prohibition better than anyone else. No, you couldn’t buy alcohol, but your doctor could prescribe it for you. Now, Legend’s owners Doug and Dawn Lennie are no doctors – though their distillery is a former Doctor’s office – there is no doubt that their gin would have been scrawled across prescription pads throughout the Okanagan. (Refill – as needed.) Handcrafted in Naramata from grain to glass using BC’s finest wheat, Doctor’s Orders is currently their best seller. To compare it to their smoked rosemary infused Black Moon Gin, try a gin flight featuring three…

With 15 beautiful wines to choose from, visitors are spoiled for choice at Moraine Estate Winery. “We have wines for those that like a bit of sweetness with our icewine and late harvest wines,” says proprietor Oleg Aristarkhov. “There are lots of choices too for those who want something drier such as our award-winning Viognier and Chardonnay. Try our 2015 Pinot Noir or 2016 Riesling if you want a real treat as both won gold medals at the All Canadian Wine Championship. If you are a fan of reds, our 2014 Meritage recently won a gold medal at the Okanagan…

The Wall Street Journal Wine Accessories of the Year winning product was invented to help you keep track of your wine glass at a party. Wine Glass Writer’s work great for adding your moniker in fun metallics or colours. The ink goes on smoothly, sets quickly, and remains vibrant throughout the life of the party, until washing off effortlessly with a soapy sponge. Like any great invention customers have come up with their own unique ways to make the most out of these cool pens: -Canners busy preserving summer’s bounty are using the pens to label the lids of their…

The awards keep rolling in for Wild Goose Vineyards at more and more prestigious wine competitions. 2017 has been the most winning year ever! The winning lineup includes four silvers for the four wines it entered in the San Francisco International Wine Competition– the largest and most influential wine competition in America. All seven Wild Goose wines entered at WineAlign came home with medals including gold for the Red Horizon Meritage 2015 and 2016 Pinot Gris. At the LA WineFest, Wild Goose also bagged a gold for the 2016 Gewürztraminer and 90 points and Best in Class for Autumn Gold…

The #2 Small Winery in Canada, three golds, six silvers and three bronzes in the National Wine Awards (winealign.com) are an impressive confirmation of Meyer Family Vineyard’s approach to making wine. “The awards are a tribute to the skills of our winemaker Chris Carson and to our focus on varietals,” says JAK Meyer. “We have determined what grows best in our vineyards and we focus on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin. Our success at these awards speaks to our approach. Each wine reflects the single vineyard of its origin, the…

If you can make it on the world stage you can make it anywhere, and Meyer is proving out its forays into markets such as the UK, China, Japan, the Philippines and Norway by taking home a gold medal for their 2015 Pinot Noir in the International Wine Challenge in London, England. The challenge, owned by William Reed Business Media, now in its 34th year, is accepted at the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Throughout the rigorous processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges. London-based Marks & Spencer…

Capturing three Best in Shows is making for a lot of toasts at Wild Goose. The trifecta of accolades include: Best in Show at the Fifth Annual Cascadia Wine Competition, a first for a Canadian winery, with the 2016 Pinot Gris, the 2017 BC Best of Varietal Awards – Wine of the Year – 2016 Mystic River Gewürztraminer and Best Winery in 2017 in the Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine 2017. “It has been an extremely humbling year and a great honour but a true validation of the great vintages of the past couple years and the efforts of…

If you can make it on the world stage you can make it anywhere, and Meyer is proving out its forays into markets such as the UK, China, Japan, the Philippines and Norway by taking home a gold medal for their 2015 Pinot Noir in the International Wine Challenge in London, England. The challenge, owned by William Reed Business Media, now in its 34th year, is accepted at the world’s finest and most meticulously judged wine competition. Throughout the rigorous processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges. London-based Marks & Spencer…