Posts Written ByJenna Hickman

Summer might be over, but the fun continues at Black Hills Estate Winery. With their Fall Harvest Party, release of their long-anticipated Nota Bene wine and a new autumn menu at their Vineyard Kitchen, you won’t be missing the heat at Black Hills. Party of the Season Instead of mourning the end of summer, celebrate it September 29, 2018 at the Black Hills Fall Harvest Party. The family-style dinner, paired with top-class wine and locally sourced food, and prepared by Black Hills’ talented Vineyard Kitchen culinary team, is set to be the party of the season. “Not only is the…

Nestled on the side of Munson Mountain at the start of the Naramata Bench and with panoramic views of Skaha and Okanagan lakes, Vanilla Pod’s setting is almost as jaw-dropping as its food. “We want our guests to walk away saying they just had the best meal of their lives,” says Paul Jones, owner of Vanilla Pod. “We want everyone who dines with us to have an experience they can’t get anywhere else.” Six Course Wine-Paired Dinner Executive Chef Bruno Terroso makes everything in-house and fresh to order. You can taste his creations at the restaurant’s six-course, wine-paired dinner during…

Desert Hills’ Black Sage Bistro Executive Chef Patrick Khatri is turning heads. The young Toronto-based chef just joined the Desert Hills’ team and showcases how the winery makes award-winning wine and top quality food. “He’s certainly a hard worker and his creativity is incredible. I would never have thought of the combinations he comes up with,” said Desert Hills’ marketing manager Trish Hahn. “He’s getting a lot of support from local chefs.” Khatri does an expert job combining traditional Indian flavours in a modern way, infusing World Collective Elements and Fusion. For example, at the seventh annual Pig Out! festival…

The Okanagan is undoubtedly the best place to spend summers in Canada, and Black Hills is arguably the best place to spend summers in the Okanagan. Therefore, it only makes sense that Black Hills Estate Winery is the best place to spend your summer, period. The winery, located in Oliver along the Black Sage Bench, has events that will have you marking them in red on your calendar and counting down the days. “We hear from people all the time that they look forward to our events all year,” says Rachel Dick, Black Hills’ marketing manager. “It’s really a time…

Spend your Sundays on a blanket in the grass with a personalized charcuterie board and a bottle of wine. It’s easy to do at Oliver Twist Estate Winery. Located near Oliver on a 17-acre vineyard on the Black Sage Bench, Oliver Twist will supply the basket, a stocked deli fridge, a glass of its famous Kerner and a gorgeous view. All you need to do is show up. “It’s the perfect way to spend an afternoon,” said wine shop manager Tracy MacFadden. “Whether it’s a romantic lunch for two, the entire family or just you and a good book, you…

For those living in the Okanagan, fresh produce is easy to come by. It’s also easy to get delicious fresh sea food at Buy the Sea in Penticton and West Kelowna. They’ve been providing locals with fresh seafood for over two decades. “Coming into summer, our local waters provide a bounty of fish,” says Buy the Sea owner Mike Stokes. “Just the other day we started to get fresh sea asparagus from southern Vancouver Island. It’s very similar in appearance to regular asparagus, thinner than a pencil and very salty. A lot of people will chop it up to put…

Before Gina Harfman was professionally making wine, she was airbrushing and pinstriping motorcycles, vehicles and basically any object thrown at her. Her family held onto almost everything, from old fridges to vintage cars — Harfman grew up in an era well before her time. “I have a big family, so there were always lots of old stories to be told,” says the young owner of Oliver Twist Estate Winery. “Getting together and telling stories makes people feel good, and everybody has a story.” For the single mom, winemaking came naturally as it is part of her Portuguese heritage. Her grandparents…

When visiting Desert Hills Estate Winery, you may see one of the Toor brothers pouring wine in the tasting room or riding a tractor in the vineyard. The three brothers  — Randy, Jessie and Dave  — take the term “family-owned and operated” to another level. The 24-acre home property is located just outside of Oliver, BC, on the Black Sage Bench, with upwards of 100 acres of vineyards in the south Okanagan. The Toor brothers have established Desert Hills Estate Winery as a must-try winery in the Okanagan. They were the first to plant Syrah in the Okanagan, and the…

If one could live at a winery, Black Hills Estate Winery might be at the top of the list. The tasting room here is in the middle of the vineyards and there’s a pool in which to dip your toes. Nestled between Osoyoos and Oliver, in the middle of Canada’s only official desert, Black Hills offers a spectacular setting for wine-tasting. The estate is also optimally positioned for producing mouth-watering grapes. Located on the Black Sage Bench, overlooking the Okanagan Valley, Black Hills sees more sunlight hours throughout the months of June through August, than the world-renowned Napa Valley. The…

Believe it or not, wedding season is upon us, and with so many details to worry about, having Wine Glass Writer markers on hand is sure to make your special day easier. The non-toxic and food safe markers allow you to write on glass and glazed ceramics, without the fear of smudging and without the hassle of permanency. Whatever you write will stay on its surface until wiped off with a soapy sponge. Since 2010, the mother-daughter team behind Wine Glass Writer has been working hard to remove the need for wine-charms that are forgotten after your second drink, and…