Posts Written ByLesley Buxton

In the Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, the team is setting up for the summer with a farm-to-table menu designed to showcase the very best of home-grown produce from respected local cultivators such as: Fine point farms, Road 17 Arctic Char, Covert Farms Organics and Codfathers Seafood Market. Here the food philosophy is uncomplicated. They allow the food to speak for itself, highlighting the natural nuances of the flavor with culinary flair. Naturally there’s also an exceptional wine list. The focus here is on vintages from the estate’s library no longer available in the tasting room, giving customers…

The patio at Adega on 45th is quickly approaching legendary status among wine tourists. A beautifully unique, and largely unobstructed, panoramic view of Osoyoos and the lake will entertain customers while they relax and sip wines. It is easily the premier picnic spot in Osoyoos. The patio is fully licensed for wine by-the-glass or by-the-bottle, and visitors can bring their own food if they choose or pick from a selection available from their deli fridge, which is stocked this year with some great new items. Stuffed olives, pâté, tapenade, salami, artisan cheeses from BoMé on Vancouver Island and Cows Creamery…

(pictured: Winemaker Mike Clark) At Clos du Soleil, they have a distinct approach to the tasting room experience. Rather than the emphasis being on simply tasting the wine, they provide a personal and informative encounter with their wines that encompasses all facets of running of the vineyard. This from-the-ground-up practice encourages visitors to learn to appreciate the dynamics of winemaking from the experts who work directly with the vines and in the cellar. Tours of the estate are available for booking. However, the vineyard wants to foster a casual approach where visitors feel free to wander the grounds and engage…

Love great seafood? We have the place for you: Buy the Sea. Their two shops located in Penticton and West Kelowna provide the Okanagan with the freshest and largest selection of seafood available in the area. These folks love seafood and are so dedicated to offering their customers the very best that they are members of Ocean Wise; a program created by the Vancouver Aquarium to promote sustainability and ocean-sound choices. This means you can enjoy the produce at Buy the Sea with a clear conscience. In keeping with this mandate, the shop offers the finest local and sustainable fish…

Clos du Soleil winery located on Upper Bench Road, just minutes away from Keremeos, has a reputation for making outstanding single vineyard Bordeaux-style wines that combine the very best of old-world elegance and new-world edge. Their secret? Their unique farming philosophy. This boutique winery features a certified organic vineyard managed using the principals of biodynamics. Biodynamic viticulture is an energetic form of land management that embraces the concept of harmony and encourages a balanced relationship with every creature that inhabits the farm’s ecosystem, including the vineyard workers. This ethical approach is not only wonderful for the environment but it ensures…

Corcelettes Estates Winery sits in the elbow of the Similkameen Valley across from the imposing face of K Mountain. The vistas are endless. The winery is named in honor of winemaker Charlie Baessler’s family farm in Switzerland, not far from the Castle of Grandson. An 11-foot Menhir, an ancient monolith stone, stood on the farm, so there’s a symmetry to the fact that he and his wife, Jesce, and their 16-month old twin girls, Arya and Evelyn –along with their dog Schaze, now make their home and living amongst the dark rocks of the Similkameen. This winery is about family…

Sparkling wines usually signify a celebration. After all, what’s a birthday, graduation or anniversary without bubbles? So, it’s no wonder the folks at Volcanic Hills Estate Winery are very excited about adding their new Sparkling Gewürztraminer to their already impressive wine library. This award-winning winery prides itself on creating fantastic one-of-a-kind experiences for their clients so it makes sense that their latest release is all about rejoicing. Sparkling Gewürztraminer are considered rare outside of Germany. This one is no exception. Only 250 cases were made so this is an exclusive commodity. Consequently, it will only be available at the winery’s…

It’s the attention to detail that sets this winery apart. Unique touches, like the way guests arriving for a tasting are greeted with a glass of their delicious Alibi. This crisp, refreshing vintage is the perfect way to say hello, especially on a hot Okanagan day. The most significant distinction is that the wine tasting room is known as the Wine Experience Centre. Here the emphasis is not on selling wine but rather on crafting a personal and informative wine experience, centered around the needs of the guest. Even the length of the tasting is up to them. Here it’s…

They have the perfect remedy in the form of four fabulous new releases all guaranteed to put a smile on your face. These new wines, the Gewürztraminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and the Pinot Gris are all single vineyard, made in keeping with Therapy’s philosophy of creating outstanding local wines that are influenced by the unique signature of their growing environment. Therapy Wines are grown on some of the oldest vines in the area and the evidence is clear in the subtle character of each glass enjoyed. The 2016 Gewürztraminer is an all-natural wine made with indigenous yeast. It has an…

Located in the heart of the Westside Wine Trail, an area known as the home of some of the oldest and most reputable wineries in the region, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery is well-known for its award-winning wines and winemaking philosophy of minimal interference. It’s also recognized for building strong connection with its customers. This family-run estate prides itself on being accessible to all: it’s wheelchair friendly, and welcomes children. “We have toys for both kids and adults,” says president, Bobby Gidda. The winery places a great deal of value on educating their customers in a relaxed and engaging manner. They…