Posts Written ByRoslyne Buchanan

BCWINEINFO

The “Don’t judge a book by its cover” idiom has never been more true than when you visit the temporary location of the Penticton Wine Information Centre in front of the South Okanagan Event Centre. While adorned by bright logos, it’s essentially a no-frills structure so stepping through those doors to see how the team transformed the inside into an inviting BC VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine and accompanying products hub is a delightful surprise. Roughly the same size as the former site, it beautifully displays over 800 wines and the products you’ve come to expect. An even broader selection…

NBWA

Celebrating another great season, the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) has welcomed five new members, flourishing to 29 wineries. “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together,” stated James Cash Penney, J.C. Penney stores founder. With similar dedication, NBWA members collaborate to create an amazing wine country destination, offering their exceptional wines, events and experiences. Sure, Mother Nature provided a head start with the eye-popping landscape now dotted with pastoral vineyards on craggy hillsides overlooking Okanagan Lake. The spectacular drive along a 15 km country road, from Penticton to the village of Naramata, offers…

Delong

“Art is a kind of mining,” he said. “The artist a variety of prospector searching for the sparkling silver of meaning in the earth,” wrote Canadian author Jane Urquhart in her book, The Underpainter. A treasure trove of jewelry and unique gift items such as gemstones has been offered for more than 25 years at DeLong Studio, which you’ll find in the Trout Creek area of Summerland just off Highway 97. Those in the know have been mining this boutique shop for years with the majority of DeLong’s customers as returning clients, many for 20 years or more. As they…

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While Okanagan Lake is closer than the ocean, the West Coast Grill and Oyster Bar is unmistakably the Valley’s premier seafood house. In this bright aquatic-hued setting, you can almost feel the salt air as you sip on a beverage viewing the theatre of the open kitchen and salivating over the seafood platters being assembled. Choose hot or cold seafood platters, or the West Coast Tower combining both. Oysters on the half shell with Tugwell Creek Meadery mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon wedges are a house specialty: your toughest test is deciding which of the day’s variety to choose. The…

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all,” wrote poet Stanley Horowitz. To experience autumn’s mosaic in close proximity and on site, The Cove Lakeside Resort, on Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, is the perfect location. “Red, Whites & Blues” is The Cove’s kick off to the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. This chic event, now in its 5th year, brings the Bonfire Restaurant, Quails’ Gate, Mission Hill, Mt. Boucherie, The Hatch, Volcanic Hills, Kalala and Summerhill wineries together on the waterfront for an evening of spectacular wine, local gourmet food…

RAUDZ

True to its commitment to support local and shine the light on producers from whom they source their food, RauDZ menu is divided into sections: Starters, Interior, Coastal, Grains, Interior, and Sides. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday it’s BC Beef Weekends where the focus is on the butcher’s cut feature highlighting the extraordinary beef from BC beef producers, 63 Acres, Two Rivers Specialty Meats and 1846 Pure BC Beef. As RauDZ proudly points out, “These producers all share in our belief that cattle are allowed to be finished naturally without any animal by-products, chemical additives or growth promotants like steroids.”…

QuintaFerreira

With established family-owned and operated boutique wineries that are as popular as Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery, when the new release wines join the portfolio, it’s wise to pick up your choices before they are gone. Take Zinfandel, which is not released every year, and is Quinta Ferreira’s smallest lot at 25 cases: if you don’t buy it when you see it the opportunity is lost. Chardonnay, Quinta Ferreira’s most popular white, and Rosé will also be released in early fall and sell out quickly. Brand new in the portfolio is Riesling, which is sure to be a hit with collectors.…

TERRAFINA

Still blushing from all its accolades in receiving the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek Estate remains the top-rated restaurant for the Oliver area on TripAdvisor and has been awarded Okanagan Life’s Reader’s Choice Best Restaurants for 2016. No wonder it was super busy all summer with patrons from all over the world. New sous-chef Christina Schell has replaced Tatiana Brown who returned home to Australia and new Front-of-House Manager Jerome Thevenet has also settled in. Terrafina’s team is happy and doing an amazing job in working together to present a first-rate dining experience. As the leaves…

Tinhorn

Autumn is an opportune time to visit Tinhorn Creek Vineyards to savour delicious local ingredients while watching grape harvest. Sip the ever-evolving wines that celebrate two distinct vineyards: one on the Golden Mile at the winery, Tinhorn Creek Vineyard; and the other across the valley off Black Sage Road, Diamondback Vineyard. Taste the creative seasonal cuisine at the onsite award-winning Miradoro Restaurant. Enroll in events that herald the harvest. For Hops, Grapes & Grub, September 30th, the Miradoro team takes on the challenge of creating a scrumptious family-style, three-course dinner to match both with wine and ale; each course is…

tinhorn

Established in 1993, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is no new kid on the block. If you think you know all about Tinhorn Creek and its array of wines, think again. The website states, “We grow grapes and we make wine. There are many steps between the field and the bottle, but at the end of the day it’s about farming the land responsibly, having fun, and making wines to share with family and friends.” Don’t let its simplicity mislead you. From the beginning, Tinhorn embraced continuous improvement. As the vineyards mature so has the business approach. In 2009, Andrew Moon was…