Posts Written ByRoslyne Buchanan

With a grin as quick as his wit, Jeremy Luypen enthusiastically digs into his role as Executive Winery Chef at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. It’s a pivotal post joining the Cipes family and Winemaker Eric von Krosigk in the quest for uncompromising quality. CEO Ezra Cipes commented on Chef Luypen’s vision for Summerhill’s extensive culinary program, saying, “I can’t even express how excited our whole team is to work with Chef Luypen. Our little wine region is changing and growing so fast, and with Chef Luypen’s help, you are going to see major, creative evolution going on at Summerhill.” Located for…

Destination Osoyoos is popping open new options in the seventh annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival, April 18-22, presenting the South Okanagan as a premier destination for everything oysters. Select first-class dining experiences, sample oysters from around the world and sip award-winning wine, cider, beer and spirits in this unique celebration. Liz Dryer, project manager, explains, “As we grow, it’s important to respond to festival feedback, enhance events and develop ideas.” Oysters and seafood are exclusively provided by the festival’s greatest supporters/champions — Jon and Anne-Marie Crofts of Codfathers’ Seafood Market in Kelowna. Destination Osoyoos hopes “Shucker Paddy” — Patrick McMurray, owner…

As Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, wine touring springs into action at Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery on Black Sage Road, now open daily for the season. In the tasting room at Quinta Ferreira, you’ll find the new vintages of whites are being released. Now’s the time to snare those favourite white wines that sold out last summer! Make sure you also snap up tickets for the Bifanas, Wine & Live Music event, May 6, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm — or until the bifanas run out. It features live music, the perennially popular Portuguese sandwich of…

Returning visitors to Hidden Chapel Winery near Oliver will no doubt miss the ever-popular and beloved German Shepherd winery dog, Max. Since Deborah Wilde, co-owner, established Hidden Chapel in 2009, Max was a key component of winery life at the picturesque setting. Max loved greeting guests, playing with visiting children while their parents tasted, guiding people to visit the hidden chapel, and performing guard dog duties. Wilde explained, “Sadly, on January 8, 2018, family, friends and staff had to say goodbye to beloved, 12-year old Max as he departed to Doggy Heaven, where he is chasing pinecones with his family…

The winter may bring quiet to the region, but in the barrel rooms of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA), winemakers have been busy, and are ready to debut their spring releases. Perhaps the first sign of spring is the 6th Vertical & Vintages at Apex Mountain Resort, March 10, where après skiing meets wine tasting, appetizers and live music. Tickets: apexresort.com/events/verticalandvintages Spring is a balance of inviting guests into tasting rooms as NBWA members hit the road for their annual Spring Wine Release events. In Victoria, April 10, at Crystal Garden, “reWined” marks a new partnership with Make a…

On the Golden Mile Bench in Oliver, as spring pokes her head through the vineyards, the Italian-inspired cuisine of Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ returns to delight locals and visitors alike. Meaning “from the earth,” Terrafina is a stunning Tuscan-style restaurant nestled among some of the oldest vines in the South Okanagan. This year is the 50th anniversary of the estate vineyards of Hester Creek. Capture the true essence of the Okanagan’s seasons on your plate and palate in this fine setting of 105 acres of Mediterranean-influenced grounds. Hester Creek wines star on the wine list with many selections…

Whether you’re seeking a one-of-a-kind gem for that special someone, looking to commemorate your vacation, Canada’s 150th Anniversary, or your own personal milestone, DeLong Studio is at your service. Located in Summerland’s Trout Creek residential neighbourhood just off of Highway 97, DeLong Studio has amassed a large selection of unique inventory after 27 years in business. It’s well worth the effort to seek out its quiet garden setting where the relaxed atmosphere is sure to make your shopping experience enjoyable. If you’d like some assistance in finding a new treasure that’s just right for you or a gift, Sue and…

Dirty Laundry Vineyard has been long known for its white wines, cleaning up in awards competitions with its Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, and Secret Affair blend. In recent years, as the red wine program has expanded, Dirty Laundry has received accolades for selections such as Bordello and Cabernet Merlot, and this year Kay Syrah was awarded a gold medal at the Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. It’s little wonder that Dirty Laundry has been expanding its red portfolio and this year for the first time, the winery has produced a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Pick up yours soon because…

Forging new paths in its sparkling setting beside Cascade Casino, BC Wine Information Centre pioneered as the first VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine store in British Columbia 20 years ago. Thanks to the knowledgeable staff, visitors and residents alike find it a helpful hub and gateway to British Columbia wines. In addition to the extraordinary selection of BC VQA wine, it’s the go-to boutique of handcrafted local items such as designer jewelry, vinegars, dressings, preserves, and cheese. There’s an impressive collection of wine accessories, winery guidebooks, specialty cookbooks and culinary giftware. Much more than retail, the Wine Info Centre offers…

Scoop up your tickets quickly for the Fall Winemakers Dinner, September 30th, featuring Chef Jordan Ash of Flambé Catering. Perennially a sold-out event, this dinner will rejoice in 10 years of harvest, Quinta Ferreira style. Soak up the vineyard vistas painted in autumn splendor along Black Sage Road and be welcomed by a wine-and-cheese reception as the festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Then, savour a four-course dinner in the ambiance of the underground cellar/”caves” with all courses paired with Quinta Ferreira’s award-winning wines. Purchase tickets at the winery or online for $135 all-inclusive. Quinta Ferreira welcomed Chef Richard Boulier this…