Posts Written ByJennifer Schell

Spring arrived much later this year, but the 2017 vintage is now back on track. Owner Walter Gehringer explains, “We’re still ahead of the latest that we’ve ever been. And, if the growing season continues favorably, we should have similar results to previous later vintages. The vineyard location and vine management will impact different flavour profiles. Terroir characteristics are actually more evident in challenging growing seasons.”  This is a good thing. After many years, the Gehringer Brothers tasting room, also one of the oldest tasting rooms in the wine country, has expanded to include a second tasting bar to meet…

The partnership between Gitta Pedersen, Matthew Sherlock and Ross Hackworth is perfect on many levels and represents the high quality results of hands-on grape growing matched with hands-off winemaking. Lock & Worth wine is a philosophy in a bottle. The goal of Matthew and Ross, who also work together at Hackworth’s famed Nichol Vineyards, is to create the wines as naturally as possible. Using fruit from single vineyards only to reflect the purity of their terroir. Winemaking style is whole often cluster pressed, unfined and unfiltered and using natural ferments with no added yeasts whenever possible. That philosophy is also…

Thank you Victor and Henrietta Poirier of Red Star Media for photographing this beautiful cover portrait. This issue we are featuring Le Vieux Pin/La Stella’s outstanding winemaker: Severine Pinte. 1. When did you decide that you wanted to become a winemaker? How did food and wine play a part of your young life? After high school, I enrolled in a program to eventually join ENSAM (Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique of Montpellier). I was going to be an agronomic engineer. Very quickly I found out about the versatility of the wine world. I was going to be able to learn how…

With summer in full swing, everyone is looking for the best patio to sit back, relax and enjoy fresh, quality food. This summer, the Okanagan’s patio is at OAK + CRU Social Kitchen and Wine Bar. Whether you are walking around Waterfront Park, just jumped off the boat, or ready for a night on the town, Oak + Cru is the perfect pit-stop or destination for you. After a $9.4 million facelift, the Delta Grand Okanagan was transformed in 2016 to include the modern and elegant 263 seat restaurant, and along with it, its’ lakeside patio. The one-year-old restaurant is…

In a pretty 1.25 litre pitcher full of ice add: • 2 oz. Gin (preferably Doctor’s Orders;) • 4 oz. Naramaro • 2 oz simple syrup or honey syrup • 3 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice • Sliced cucumbers (around 8-10 slices) • Sliced fresh or frozen strawberries Mix well and top with soda. Enjoy! Serves 2-4 of your favourite people

Winery owner Jack Manser welcomed his boys back home to the winery this year. Both sons, Roman and Wayne have moved back to Salmon Arm from Edmonton to learn and work with their father. Jack says both are talented in the vineyard and the cellar and they are eager to learn the trade. He couldn’t be happier to see the next generation come on board. Wayne’s girlfriend Coreena also moved here from Edmonton and is now the friendly face that will greet you in the wine shop. Larch Hills offers the wine lover a truly unique wine tasting experience. Because…

Summer is in full swing now and the wineries, drinkeries, farms and eateries in the Okanagan are buzzing. There are so many wonderful food and wine trails to follow throughout our diverse and glorious regions and so many wonderful people to meet in our food, drink and farm industry. Really cool, inspiring people that are doing what they love! Ask them about their craft, learn a bit about how they roll – I promise you will be inspired. Osoyoos, Similkameen, Oliver, OK Falls, Penticton/Naramata, Summerland, Kelowna, Lake Country and then to the exciting new trails in the Shuswap region! The…

The horizon is ‘sparkling’ on the West Coast.  As wine drinkers continue to celebrate the success of the Vancouver Island wine industry, it seems fitting that more corks are popping here. Whether using the traditional style or the tank-fermented Charmat Method, the climate and soil structure in this region are prime for producing crisp, clean, sparkling wines. Vancouver Island has an ideal cool climate to grow the same varietals that were made famous by Champagne: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. It seems like a natural progression for the region to take sparkling production to the next level. Several wineries in the region…

The Shuswap = Houseboating, Roots & Blues Festival, Adams River “Salute to the Sockeye” Festival! All fabulous draws to visit this amazing region but there is so so much more to this secret paradise than you know. Plan a wine tour, book a sweat lodge experience with a First Nations elder, partake in some world class fly fishing, hit the farmers markets, drink organic beer, go where the buffalo roam and even snorkel with salmon (well, that will be next year at the Adams River “Salute to the Sockeye” Festival, but still!  So cool!!) The immense presence of nature is…

Red Rooster Winery is celebrating both their 20th anniversary and the Year of the Rooster with the launch of their gorgeous new labels. Wine lovers in the know have been flocking to the gorgeous Naramata based winery for two decades. Their landmark winery building is literally a beacon on the Bench, offering visitors a complete wine country celebration that includes food, wine, art and well, everything a chicken lover could ever ask for. This winery does love to have fun but at the same time takes its job of excellent winemaking and superior hospitality very seriously with a long lineup…