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Fall is already upon us and what a whirlwind summer it was! I spent many wonderful hours driving across the province visiting wineries, farms and attending glorious events. Every single trip I make, I meet another amazing person in our food drink and farm community. One that is inspired and passionate about their craft or their job—it really reminds me that I live in the best place in the world right now.  The many generations involved in our industry at this time are offering unique perspectives and contributing knowledge dealing with food security issues. The wine, spirits and microbrewing community…

The Bench Raspberry Almond Tarts from The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan by Jennifer Schell The first recipe from the first crop of our Naramata raspberry farm berries is fittingly by our favourite Chef, Stewart Glynes, the owner of The Bench Market and it’s from my new favourite cookbook, The Butcher, the Baker, the Wine & Cheese Maker in the Okanagan and we are taking them to good Naramata pals’ place for dinner tonight. So much love packed in there that I had to use a run-on sentence… naramatablendblog ~ A dash of outdoor…

The beloved summer has arrived in wine country in all of its glory. This magical time of year calls for luxuriously lazy days spent tooling around, enjoying wine tastings, patio lunches and beach time with the kids. There are so many areas of this province to discover and I encourage you to plan an adventure to somewhere new! The Shuswap region is not only a destination for houseboats, they are offering all that you could want for—food, wine, farms, hiking, biking, sipping, singing…and its just a beautiful hour and a half drive from Kelowna. The Okanagan is the hot spot…

Launched in 1991 by its original creator, Mr. Dave Gamble, it provided insights into our burgeoning wine industry, uniquely sharing stories about the people behind the labels, tracking the industry’s evolution. Our team took over many years later and since then, we have proudly continued to walk beside the industry as it has soared to international recognition. Personally, this will be my eighth year at Food & Wine Trails magazine and what an exciting journey it has been! Thank you to all of our advertisers who participate each issue, allowing us to continue as a community publication, touring guide and…

Summertime has descended upon us in all of its glory! This is my favorite time of year in BC wine country. The grapevines are lush, the farms are bursting with incredible fruits and vegetables, the sun is shining and, well, and it just feels like one big, never-ending party.  Our July/August edition is all about having #FUN as you can see by our cheeky and colourful cover. Does that typeface look familiar? (Page 52 tells the story). Wine country has tons of amazing events to attend over the next two months and I recommend attending as many of them has…

At press time, while editing the final pages of this wonderful issue, my ears where treated to the returning sounds of springtime. The birds were merrily chirping and I even had a fat quail on my window ledge cooing and admiring the mason jar full of fresh picked daffodils on my desk. After a long winter, this time of year feels like someone flicked the switch from black and white to Technicolor jolting your senses back to life. Collecting the news for this issue also sparked me back to life as I read about all of the amazing spring wine…

La Dolce Vita March 26, 2015 A Night At The Winery Honey, I’m home. That was my text message, not to my wife, but to Naramata winery owner Sal D’Angelo recently. For years we have stayed at the bed and breakfast at D’Angelo and I had arrived the evening before, intending to stay one night before heading on to Kelowna the following day. When I got to the winery, there was Sal, sitting at a table in the tasting room, book in hand and glass of wine on the table before him. “You don’t answer your phone or texts?” he…

La Dolce Vita March 8 2015 Back to the basics It’s hard to imagine Sam Walton ever having dreamt of selling off Walmart and opening up a five-and-dime store. Or Ray Kroc divesting himself of McDonald’s so he could start all over with a food truck. But there is a growing trend among successful winery entrepreneurs who cash out their holdings and start over again from scratch. My first experience with what seems to be a growing trend was in a visit to Long Shadows Vintners, just to the west of Walla Walla, WA. Founder Allen Shoup was well known…

Hooray!  Spring has finally arrived!  Wine country is abuzz with activity again, spring release wines are being bottled and the event list is growing by the day.  Get your calendars out and start planning your road trips and spring wine shopping lists now. The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a week-long festival taking place throughout downtown Vancouver from April 26th to May 3rd showcasing the city’s extraordinary culinary culture – go to eat-vancouver.com for details.  Also upon us is the 3rd Annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival! From April 22nd – April 25th, 2015, the Osoyoos Oyster Festival was…