Posts Written ByLesley Buxton

Things are gearing up for a great season at Red Rooster Winery. At the restaurant, The Pecking Room Patio Grill, Chef Darin Paterson, owner of the renowned Penticton restaurant Bogners, has created a seasonal farm-to-table menu highlighting the very best of local flavours and produce. It’s both imaginative and inviting. There’s something for everybody with delicious vegan plates, seasonal vegetarian options, made-by-hand charcuterie boards and homemade pizzas – perfect for sharing. The winery is also offering new flight selections of wine. This tasting option offers guests the opportunity to learn about each wine’s distinctive properties. It features bigger pours and…

From the moment one arrives at Spirit Ridge Lake Resort one senses the difference. There’s so much to take in: the adobe-style suites, the breathtaking views of Osoyoos Lake, the vine covered hills, the majestic peak of Anarchist Mountain, the fragrance of desert sage. Here visitors are greeted by The Chief, a symbolic metal sculpture created by Smoker Marchand. The perfect emblem for a resort that prides itself on its sense of hospitality, The Chief offers visitors the peace pipe as they arrive. Situated in the migratory destination and home of the Osoyoos Indian Band, every inch of the landscape…

Adega on 45th Estate Winery’s Cabernet Franc is known for its amazing flavour and great grip. “It’s the best in the valley” says Karen Valckx, the estate’s wine shop assistant. A big wine with 17.2 per cent alcohol, it’s boozy, but not heated. It flows nicely into jammy notes. The aromas are wonderful. Think raspberry, plum and cherry with soft oak, vanilla and pepper tones. The tannins are smooth with a hint of spice, caramel and toffee to round out the finish. It pairs beautifully with steak. Another favourite is the 2013 Quarteto Tinto, which means “four reds” in Portuguese.…

Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery’s 2017 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger is a wine with an award-winning lineage. Its previous manifestation, the 2016 Gewürztraminer-Schönburger, won a slew of awards including a Platinum at the 2017 Pacific Northwest Annual Invitational Wine Competition, a Best of Class Gold at the Indy International Wine Competition and a Double Gold at the Cascadia Wine Awards. With a fifty-fifty combination of Gewürztraminer and German Schönburger, a grape whose heritage includes Muscat, Pink Chasselas and Pinot Noir, this is a wine with presence. It’s also a little unusual. After all, not many white wines include a red grape in their parentage. The…

Culmina Family Estate Winery has a distinctive approach to winemaking that unites artistry, science and excellence. This methodology is defined in every aspect of the family-owned estate. From their commitment to agricultural research to their appreciation of great craftsmanship, every detail of the estate has been carefully groomed to create high quality, terroir-driven wine. For the Triggs family, who have long been recognized as visionaries in the Canadian wine industry, the estate exemplifies a lifetime of experience. Culmina — pronounced CUL-mihn-uh — is the Latin word for peak or apex, and was chosen to describe not only the family’s remarkable…

Celebrations begin in May at Hester Creek Estate Winery as it marks the 50th anniversary of the estate vineyard with a distinctive addition to its portfolio — the Garland. Named after estate owner, Curt Garland, this classic Bordeaux-style blend is a small lot, premium red wine available exclusively at the winery. With only 330 cases made, each bottle is individually numbered, like an original print. Crafted with 54 per cent Cabernet Franc, 32 per cent Merlot, eight per cent Cabernet Sauvignon, four per cent Petit Verdot and two per cent Malbec, it’s an expression of the historic vineyard planted in…

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Naramata’s Sandy Beach Lodge and Resort is the ideal place. Featuring six lodge guest rooms and 13 fully equipped cottages, the resort has a reputation for combining rustic charm with luxury. A fantastic venue for retreats and weddings — it’s the perfect place to create memories.  Set on beautiful Okanagan Lake, the waterfront resort boasts beach access and a range of shared amenities. Enjoy canoeing and tennis, or unwind in the hot tub after a cycle on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. Fancy sampling some wine? The best wineries…

This is a dynamic time for wineries in the Okanagan, and Red Rooster Winery wants to invite wine lovers to take part in the journey. They’re striving to create more than just great wine, they’re working towards building a community to share it with. That’s why programs like their Adopt-a-Row are so important to Burke Ganton, Red Rooster’s VIP and Key Accounts representative. Not only does it give wine lovers the opportunity to learn hands-on what it takes to grow grapes, it builds relationships between staff, new clients and old — people who all share a passion. Plus, it gives…

Buy the Sea has a well-established history of providing the Okanagan with the very best in seafood. Their two shops, located in Penticton and West Kelowna, consistently offer the freshest and largest selection of seafood in the area along with their famous Fish n’ Chip Shop. This year, the Penticton store is celebrating an important milestone — its 25th anniversary. Owner Mike Stokes says, “We’re proud to be a long-serving member of the community and we plan to stay around for another 25 years.” Mike and his staff pride themselves on providing excellent customer service, and they are a wealth…

Clos du Soleil is a winery with a difference. Instead of a tasting room experience, where the focus might be more on sales, the winery offers an immersive, multifaceted experience, wherein guests are encouraged to explore, not just the tasting room, but the estate itself. There are no restricted areas in a biodynamic winery; guests can walk through the vines or visit the barrel room to ask questions. It’s about slowing down and lingering on a view or a sip of wine. To encourage this, there’s a new licensed picnic area where guests can enjoy one of the winery’s delicious…