Posts Written ByRoslyne Buchanan

Since founder and proprietor Stephen Cipes established Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery more than 30 years ago, he and his team have lobbied to enhance the quality, enjoyment and pleasure of purchasing luscious British Columbia wines. A long list of firsts for the industry include legislation to allow food to be served in wineries and, recently, for wineries to be able to serve all alcohol products in their eateries, not just wine. Now, perhaps the most significant first is to introduce a real Canadiana Small Plates Food Hall. Says Cipes, “We are launching authentic, ethnic, organic, wine-paired small plates for those…

A member of Shuswap Wineries (shuswapwineries.ca), Recline Ridge Vineyards & Winery proudly represents the advantages of wine touring northwest of Vernon. About a one-and-a-half hour’s scenic drive from the Kelowna Airport, Recline Ridge offers a leisurely perspective and diverse tasting experience. They are open daily in high season. See reclineridgewinery.com for hours, wine purchasing details and where else it’s available. Bring a picnic or select locally produced meat snacks, cheese, preserves, crackers and Recline Ridge wine gums from the cooler. Have your feast on the licensed patio with a glass or bottle of Recline Ridge wine. Here, the season is…

The first stop on Black Sage Road as you enter Oliver, the Wine Capital of Canada, is Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery. Here, you can quench your cravings for a BC wine country experience. You’ll feel part of the family whether attending one of Quinta Ferreira’s special events or browsing the tasting room. Pack a picnic for the patio or buy selections from the on-site picnic case to make a lunch. Add a bottle of wine to share and it’s a party! Food and Music Reserve your place at the ever-popular Paella event, 11:30 am to 3 pm, July 29, and…

True to its name, Rust Wine Co. is continuing to embrace transformation, rejuvenation and change. This summer it is set to release a series of top-tier single vineyard wines, a local craft beer program, daily offerings on the barbecue, as well as an unmatched hospitality. Any one of these offerings would be a challenge for an established winery. However, with Rust it is more impressive considering it has been able to do this within its first year of operation. The single-vineyard wine releases are based on small-lot series of Syrahs and Merlots from the Rust estate which spans over an…

Sit back and savour the serenity at Meyer Family Vineyards Wine Lounge in Okanagan Falls, now open from 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. This season there’s an expanded “build your own” charcuterie menu showcasing locally sourced meats and cheese, olives and other small bites. Sip the highly acclaimed MFV wines or opt for BC craft beer, cider and spirits. There are even cool, tempting cocktails such as a special collaboration that uses Noteworthy Gin and MFV sparkling wine. “To elevate our venue, we’ve hired a full-time manager with a restaurant background to oversee it and our events…

From the beginning, hands-on owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger didn’t shy away from trying something new for the region. With their winemaker sharing innovative inclinations, together they’ve followed their passion to gain a reputation as being adventurous while creating award-winning wines. In 2011, Stag’s Hollow planted its Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard with many varietals new to the Okanagan. These varietals included two Italian — dolcetto and teroldago — and two Spanish — albarino and tempranillo. In the portfolio at Stag’s Hollow, there are also grenache and vidal (basis of the fruity wine Tragically Vidal that has gained a cult following).…

Recognition for the quality of Nighthawk Vineyards wines continues. Owners Christy and Daniel Bibby have learned that their 2016 Chardonnay won a competition in Norway and will be stocked in 59 stores across the country. Says Daniel, “This marks the first time we’ve shipped internationally. We were thrilled to load four pallets destined for Norway.” Norway has a highly restrictive wine monopoly regulating the sale of alcohol over 4.75 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) to a single government-owned provider, Vinmonopolet. To be considered, a winery must first be invited, submit according to strict guidelines and then undergo a blind…

Join Naramata Bench Wineries Association’s (NBWA) annual Tailgate Party on Saturday, September 8 at the Naramata Heritage Inn. This year’s theme is “Bootleg Bash,” celebrating the building of the Naramata Heritage Inn and the founding of Naramata in the early 1900s. How fitting to convene the 28-NBWA member wineries with Naramata restaurant chefs at the Naramata Heritage Inn for one of the Okanagan’s best harvest parties of the season. The Naramata Hotel, precursor to the inn, was built 110 years ago by John Moore Robinson, who also started the fruit industry in the region. Hats for men and women were…

For family-owned Moraine Estate Winery, receiving accolades creates golden moments for the whole family and team. The most recent accomplishment was seen in the Okanagan Life Magazine 2018 Best of BC Wine Awards in which Moraine Estate received gold medals for Pinot Noir 2016 and Cliffhanger Red 2016. The Cliffhanger Red 2016 — made with handpicked Merlot and Malbec grapes grown on the Anastasia Vineyard, fermented in French Oak and bottled on-site had already achieved prestigious recognition, winning silver medals at the 2016 International Fingers Lake Wine Competition in New York and the 2016 WineAlign National Awards of Canada. Highly…

The story of Crescent Hill Winery began with Teresa Murray’s father, Glennallyn, and his passion for winemaking. Roughly 40 years ago, he was inspired to sell his real estate holdings in Port Moody, BC, and buy land to establish one of Penticton’s earliest vineyards. He did so when his close friend, the winemaker Tom Hoenisch, moved to Penticton’s first urban winery, the former Casabello Wines. Teresa fulfilled her father’s 1999 deathbed wish to take the vineyard business to the next level by licensing the winery. Glennallyn’s family had always helped in farmgate duties and the vineyards, so establishing the winery…