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Remember how cool wine charms where when they came out? What an amazing invention—a way to remember which wine glass is yours. As a hostess, there is nothing worse than seeing three times the number of empty wine glasses, many with wine in them, at the end of an event all because your guests forgot which glass was theirs and grabbed a new one. Alas, the charms had the same effect…a couple of glasses of wine later and one tends to forget which charm was theirs. However, forgetting your name is another story. The Wine Glass Writer is the genius…

The Okanagan is becoming a buzzword in travel circles. The valley has been on so many top ten lists in the last year, it’s hard to keep track of all the accolades. And destinations as urban as Victoria and as “off the beaten track” like Tofino are being touted as foodie destinations. Chefs seem to be migrating to spots where farm-to-table is as easy as a walk to a local market, and quality proteins from arctic char to elk sausage are lovingly raised and processed by a family just down the road. We are, as yet, undiscovered, but on the…

A unique winemaking project is underway in the Okanagan, as Mireille Sauvé, a member of the BC chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, oversees the creation of the “dames wine”. Dame Mireille (pictured) has been visiting the Okanagan from her home base in Vancouver to shepherd this fundraising project, supporting scholarships for BC women pursuing their education in wine and food. Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international organization and the only Canadian chapter is in British Columbia. The red and white dame wines which will be bottled this spring, and a limited number will be available. All of the profits will go…

BC Food & Wine Trails has reached a significant milestone in Canadian wine publishing. At 25 years old, it is the longest running publication devoted to the BC wine industry. How did this publication, known within the industry as “Wine Trails”, get its start and why? The wine industry in 1990 was dismally pessimistic. It had been just over a year after beginning of the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and the prospects for any kind of wine industry in B.C. appeared bleak at best. Growers had been paid to rip up their vines. The glorious vineyards on Black Sage road…

In this guide to Vancouver Island’s and the Gulf Islands’ best food and produce, renowned food writer Don Genova profiles some of the talented and passionate food artisans, chefs, and business owners of the region. Meet the people behind this vibrant food network—learn their history, discover favourite offerings by the producers, and get a sense of how well you can eat if you buy local. Take Food Artisans of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands along on one of the suggested day trips and visit bakeries and cafés; butchers, charcutiers, and salumists; cheese and ice cream shops; chocolate makers; cideries,…

Vibrant, diverse, and unexpected vegetable recipes from award-winning chef Bill Jones that will revitalize your approach to plant-based eating.   Roots, stalks, shoots, bulbs, brassicas, and leafy greens—vegetables come in all shapes and sizes, flavours and colours, tastes and textures. Whether you grow or forage them yourself or purchase them from local farmers, you will find an abundance of local vegetables available wherever you live. And this book will provide you with exciting and unexpected ways to prepare all of that goodness from the garden. These are everyday plant-based recipes that respect the seasons. From renowned chef and award-winning author Bill Jones, these recipes…

“With every gnarled and knotted vine, twisted and shaped into symmetrical perfection there lies great beauty in sacrifice.”  –Anon Visitors to Coyote Vineyards are greeted by an eclectic array of willow sculptures, symmetrical squares and spheres and sprawling spiders guide the way. Art and vine come together under the hands of Annabel Stanley, artist, grape grower and owner of Coyote Vineyards. It is said that nature nurtures the creative mind, Annabel may well agree as she tends her vines and thoughts of pruning for next year’s grapes coincide with the next sculpture; inspiration at her fingertips. Annabel and her family…

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Nature has bestowed beauty and benefit to every wine growing region in the Okanagan Valley, but few are as blessed as the Naramata Bench. Located on the southeast shore of Lake Okanagan, between the village of Naramata and the City of Penticton, this small 15-kilometre plateau is a marvel of agricultural elegance and dramatic vistas. But there is more to the Naramata Bench than pastoral beauty. The area is also renowned for its remarkable terroir. Here a wide range of Vitis vinifera grape varieties thrive in diverse soils and near perfect growing conditions, which helps explain the concentration of so many renowned wineries…