Posts Written ByLesley Buxton

Anyone who has ever visited Spirit Ridge Resort knows this isn’t the kind of place one forgets. Located in the heart of the ancient home of the Osoyoos Indian Band, this land is infused with culture, history and beauty. From the perfect blue of Osoyoos Lake to the dramatic vistas of the Okanagan Range, visitors are enveloped in splendour. Spirit Ridge is a modern-day oasis, boasting top-of-the-line amenities and accommodation. It’s the perfect venue for those hungering for a short getaway from the pressure of contemporary life. In keeping with this ideal, Spirit Ridge has created the ultimate autumn getaway.…

Owners Fred Farinha and Alex Nunes are involved in every aspect of the Adega Estate Winery on 45th, from caring for the vines to working in the barrel room. Adega blends old-world traditions with new-world technology, accompanied by hard work. As autumn approaches, they’ll be busy bottling new fall releases: the fortified Portao (Port), the 2016 Syrah — known for its smoothness and blackcurrant flavour — and the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine with a remarkable pedigree, recognized for its lushness and rich tannins. These new releases will be available in the lower mainland at Save On Foods, several select…

Join legendary Canadian wine industry pioneers, the Triggs family, as they mark the fifth anniversary of Culmina Family Estate Winery — their Golden Mile Bench estate — on September 14, 15 and 16. Friday Fun The weekend’s celebratory events kick off with a special edition of the Open Deck series featuring R&D by Culmina wines. Set in a gorgeous tasting room overlooking one of the best views in the region, wines will be paired with delicious small bites while a guest DJ plays an all-vinyl set. Sumptuous Saturday On September 15 the festivities continue, with a rare opportunity to attend…

From its famous, annual Show Shine ‘n’ Wine event, to its Crush Party, Oliver Twist Estate Winery knows how to have fun. The winery just released its fifth vintage in the NOSTALGIA series with new pin-up girl, Cindy Lou, claiming the bottle. For those who have yet to try Oliver Twist wine, each bottle in the NOSTALGIA series is labelled with a unique pin-up girl, from Billy Jean on the Pink Cadillac, to Ellie Mae dancing on the Boogie Woogie White. “Each character embodies the personality of the wine,” says Gina Harfman, owner and winemaker at Oliver Twist Estate Winery.…

The awards keep coming in for Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery. Chardonnay Their unoaked Chardonnay won Double Gold and Best of Class at the prestigious 2018 Indy International Wine Competition (IIWC). This Chardonnay, made only in stainless steel, enjoys a slow-cool fermentation and a drawn-out sur lie process. (Sur lie is a process developed in Burgundy in which the aging wines aren’t filtered but kept in contact with dead yeast cells.) The process adds a gorgeous complexity and creamy feel to this wine. On the palate, there are hints of pear and pineapple. Light, almost translucent with a gold sheen, there’s an…

Join Hester Creek Estate Winery on September 29 for the 7th Annual Garlic Festival. This fun, family occasion features over 20 Okanagan garlic growers and artisan crafters, as well as appetizing food carts, live music and world-class wine. Admission is by donation to the winery’s charity, the Oliver Elementary School Farm to Table Lunch program. It provides students with healthy meals using fresh, seasonal, homegrown ingredients. The program also educates students about the benefits of eating well, making it popular with healthy-eating enthusiasts throughout the area. For those coming from afar, there’s no need to travel home right away. Stay…

All the wines produced at this boutique, farm gate winery are grown in a sustainable vineyard and created with minimal interference. Every aspect of the wines’ evolution is natural. This is a winery that allows the quality of the grapes to speak for themselves. Medal-Worthy Nocturnus This September, Nighthawk Vineyards introduced its latest release: Nocturnus, a beautiful Bordeaux-style blend of 65 per cent Merlot, 25 per cent Malbec and 10 per cent Cabernet Franc. Named in keeping with the winery’s theme, Nocturnus is the Latin for “of the night”— a name that conjures up late-night, romantic dinners under the stars…

This summer, Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort welcomed new managers Marcus Ellam and Stephannie Dunn who have relocated from Regina Beach, Saskatchewan, for the opportunity to run the legendary resort. The two are thrilled with their new lakeside location in the heart of historic Naramata and have enjoyed getting to know the area’s wineries and biking trails. Stephannie and Marcus are looking forward to their first winter in the beautiful Okanagan and are hoping you’ll join them. They’re eager to help you usher in new holiday traditions, winter romantic getaways, girls’ weekends and corporate retreats at Sandy Beach Lodge &…

Red Rooster Winery hopes you’ll join their flock as a member of their brand-new wine club: the Rare Bird Club. It’s the perfect fit for wine aficionados. Members receive wine deliveries of six bottles of wine three times a year (in March, July, and November). These orders feature the limited-edition Rare Bird wines, an exclusive small-batch series only available at the estate’s wine store. These aren’t the only perks of membership. To tempt members to spend more time at the winery, they receive 15 percent off at The Pecking Room Bar & Grill, the winery’s acclaimed eatery, featuring the culinary…

Award-winning Clos du Soleil Winery is notorious for its commitment to crafting beautiful wines inspired by the great wines of Bordeaux that are unmistakably reflections of the Similkameen Valley. Since their inception, they have championed a philosophy of minimal-interventionist winemaking and biodynamic viticulture. The outcome of this is critically acclaimed wines sought after by collectors of fine wines. Autumn Releases One of their autumn releases, the much anticipated Béton 2016, is no exception. This select small lot wine is an exploration of the impact of concrete fermentation and maturation on Bordeaux varietals. An elegant blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc,…