Posts Written ByIan Snook

The Heart of Wine Country wraps around the Okanagan Falls area stretching from Skaha Lake to Vaseux Lake. The area is famed for some of Canada’s top wine production with the highest quality wines in the valley. What has largely been kept a secret only sought out by those wine lovers in the know, these hidden gems of small wineries offer a taste of some of the finest wines, wonderful people and the heart of the Okanagan wine experience. Call each winery for wineshop hours. For the latest information on all happenings in the heart of wine country, contact us:…

Meet the Ciao Bella Winery family of West Kelowna. Three generations share their love of the land and creating award winning Okanagan wines with Italian flair. The patriarch and matriarch of the family, Luigi and Melina, came to Canada from sunny southern Italy in the province of Napoli. Luigi grew up on the family farm near Napoli while Melina grew up in Somma Vesusviana, an area renowned for the fertile volcanic soils created by Mount Vesuvius. Today you’ll find their son, Roberto, out in the vineyard and his wife, Sharon in the wine shop. Roberto has been producing high quality…

With the seasons shifting and the leaves changing colour, we tend to also switch our wine preferences (as well as our clothing preferences) as the air gets cooler and the days get shorter. Therapy Vineyards has all of your wine needs covered as we enter into fall. Steve Latchford, who has been the winemaker at Therapy for nine years, has some exciting wines in store for you! If you haven’t tried Therapy Vineyards fortified wine yet, you simply must. The wine is cleverly named “Freudified” and is a non-vintage Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon blend fortified with Chardonnay spirits. It started…

When visiting Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, there are so many things to feel good about. The wine is delicious, the scenery is beautiful, the food and service at the Sonora Room restaurant is amazing and the winery uses environmentally and ecologically sustainable practices from top to bottom of their entire organization. From solar technology to the actual Burrowing Owl Conservation project, they care deeply about the environment and their community. Who wouldn’t feel good about purchasing wine from Burrowing Owl? This fall, don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of the highly anticipated 20th Vintage Celebration at the annual…

Red Rooster winery is like a great piece of art, at every turn one is surprised and delighted. To celebrate their success, they’ve created new labels to showcase their distinguished wines. The new look features handsome illustrations of heritage roosters and different coloured caps for the classic and reserve vintages. The winery’s location is stunning, situated on the Naramata hills, the views from the Pecking Room Patio, which is open until the end of the Fall Festival, are the best I’ve seen. Natural beauty isn’t the only feature of this location; the garden is filled with whimsical sculptures by metal…

This past June, the All Canadian Wine Championships gave a serious nod to Naramata Bench’s Moraine Estate Winery; their Gewürztraminer 2015 achieved Double Gold (making it the best Gewürz in the competition) while their Riesling 2015 and Red Mountain 2013 achieved Silver. This past July, Wine Align’s 2016 National Wine Awards followed suit by awarding Silver to five of Moraine’s wines: Cliffhanger Red 2014, Malbec 2014, Pinot Noir 2014, Syrah 2014 and Pink Mountain Rosé 2015. These accolades will come as no surprise to wine aficionados, as Moraine is no stranger to awards. The Riesling 2015 is one of Moraine’s flagship wines, winning Gold at International Fingers Lake Wine Competition 2016 and the Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards…

Kraze Legz Winery in historic Kaleden is difficult to find, but that’s to be expected from a winery that draws its inspirations from the speakeasies of the prohibition era. Indeed when I arrived at the winery’s iron gate, with its signature keyhole, I felt as if I should have been driving Jay Gatsby’s gorgeous Rolls Royce. A feeling that only increased when I spotted the grate on the door of the tasting room and entered a room that felt as though it belonged to another time. Though names of the wines are a tribute to the dance crazes of the…

JAK and Janice Meyer of Meyer Family Vineyards are great admirers of expertise, and this attitude is evident in their wine. The vineyard, located just outside Okanagan Falls, specializes in creating single vineyard wines of distinction crafted in the traditions of Burgundy, with an emphasis on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their philosophy is clearly paying off. Decanter magazine mentioned the vineyard’s Pinot Noir twice in their article: “The Best Pinot Noirs In the World—Outside Burgundy,” naming it as one of their 30 highly recommended wines and one of the “Best-value wines tasted.” Recently the vineyard shipped 600 cases of Pinot…

B.C. Food & Wine Trails Magazine We are  B.C.’s most comprehensive winery guide. Meet the people behind the labels as well as the great chefs in the Okanagan and keep up to date with their seasonal news. Event listings and photos will allow you to celebrate with us in wine country style! Contact us at BC Food & Wine Trails Magazine 2250 Camrose St., Penticton BC V2A 8R1 ph: 250.492.6036   fax: 250.492.9843 email: jennifer.schell@winetrails.ca About Our Writers: Jennifer Schell – Editor Born and raised on an apple orchard in East Kelowna, Jennifer Schell is a passionate supporter of BC’s vibrant…