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This month, our cover is of the two Andrews of Tinhorn Creek: Andrew Moon, Tinhorn’s viticulturist and vineyard manager, and Andrew Windsor, their winemaker. When you have a team passionate about creating great wines, only one thing can happen… the production of great wines! Steve Jobs once said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Andrew Moon and Andrew Windsor definitely love what they…

BC wines and those who love them, have grown by leaps and bounds since Father Pandosy planted the first grapes near Kelowna in 1930. On the cover is The Vibrant Vine, a winery that has gone through some major growing pains since 2010. The Vibrant Vine began as a retirement project, and today, holds top rankings among BC wineries. This popularity caused some difficulty in the 2017 season. The winery had to close its doors on more than one occasion to incoming visitors as it was already at capacity. Now, with the winery’s expansion complete, they hope they never have…

Spring has finally arrived and with it, new growth and warmer days. Our cover shows old vines coming back to life as the sun gently awakens them from their sleep. They are the promise of longer days, warmer nights and great wines to come. This issue we welcome photographer Kirstin Wakal, who is also the owner of Sanctuary Gardens in West Kelowna, and her own vineyard. Kirstin is well known throughout the Okanagan Valley for her photographs of food, wine and people. One of her photos, her “sacred space” at Sanctuary Gardens, was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network for…

Meet the Ciao Bella Winery family of West Kelowna. Three generations share their love of the land and creating award winning Okanagan wines with Italian flair. The patriarch and matriarch of the family, Luigi and Melina, came to Canada from sunny southern Italy in the province of Napoli. Luigi grew up on the family farm near Napoli while Melina grew up in Somma Vesusviana, an area renowned for the fertile volcanic soils created by Mount Vesuvius. Today you’ll find their son, Roberto, out in the vineyard and his wife, Sharon in the wine shop. Roberto has been producing high quality…

The theme of our cover this issue is Legends. Three local legends, Howard Soon, Rod Butters and Jon Alcock, form the trifecta of our food, wine and farm world. All are celebrating a turning point in their extraordinary careers and have great legacies to leave behind. All three have set a benchmark for excellence in their industries and are leaders in their communities. Cheers to all of you! Thank you to beautiful SpierHead Winery in southeast Kelowna for allowing us to photograph the cover in their vineyard. www.spierheadwinery.com Another legend…Huge thanks to our starring photographer David McIlvride of Spatula Media…

Thank you Victor and Henrietta Poirier of Red Star Media for photographing this beautiful cover portrait. This issue we are featuring Le Vieux Pin/La Stella’s outstanding winemaker: Severine Pinte. 1. When did you decide that you wanted to become a winemaker? How did food and wine play a part of your young life? After high school, I enrolled in a program to eventually join ENSAM (Ecole Nationale Superieure Agronomique of Montpellier). I was going to be an agronomic engineer. Very quickly I found out about the versatility of the wine world. I was going to be able to learn how…

Thank you again to fabulous photographer Victor Poirier and Henrietta Poirier of Studio Red Star for shooting this gorgeous cover. Studio Red Star is a production studio based in Kelowna with a focus on video, photography and branded content. Our handsome cover model this issue is winemaker Grant Elio Biggs from Kitsch Wines in East Kelowna. Thanks to the Kitsch family for allowing us to photograph Grant in his second home, the garage of their stunning home that is also the acting wine cellar and tasting room surrounded by their estate vineyard. Kitsch Wines tasting room is located at 3330…

COVER PHOTO: Bradley Cooper is one of the Okanagan’s most recognizable wine country faces and one of our most informed and entertaining social media contributors. (See our Q & A with Brad on the inside back cover.) Huge thanks again to superstar photographer Victor Poirier and Henrietta Poirier of Studio Red Star for photographing this beautiful portrait cover! Victor was also the photographer of our super cool ‘tattoo’ cover last fall and we are incredibly lucky to be able to share his work (we’re not worthy! we’re not worthy!) Their talented daughter Kate Poirier, also a photographer, managed the lighting…

A huge thank you to photographer Victor Poirier and the team the came together to create this cover! We had such fun shooting this issue and had a great team organized. HUGE thanks to photographer Victor Poirier, a super talent that was so gracious to share his time and talent to create this. Thanks also to his lovely wife/photo assistant Henrietta, who also writes for Food & Wine Trails Magazine. The location was in the beautiful barrel room at Church & State Winery in Oliver; it was John Pullen and I who planned this unique feature cover with his friends…