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So far, “this is a normal year” says owner and winemaker Ted Kane about the 2017 vintage. Ted is always keeping an eye on how the fruit is developing. He pays particular attention to the date of “veraison”, which is when the ripening grapes start to change colour and soften. Red grape varieties start to darken into their colours and white varieties turn to various shades of yellow, light green, or pink depending on the variety. In River Stone’s vineyard, that usually occurs between August 8th and 12th. Visitors can always ask about anything going on in the vineyard from…

(pictured: Drew and Lauren look forward to giving you a tour of the winery) For adults only, book ahead for an elevated tasting and tour package called Upstairs at Dirty Laundry, available by appointment only, Monday to Friday. For $15 per person, join the WSET-educated team of Lauren Selfridge, online marketing manager, and Drew Kuchta, cellar master, for a behind the scenes experience. Drew will take you on a tour of the cellar with barrel tasting and Lauren will lead wine education and cheese pairing in the upstairs Board Room. No minors or children, please, for this in-depth session that…

It’s that time of the year when the nighthawks return to their nests in the hills above Okanagan Falls, where they’ll spend their days like all of us basking in the warm summer sun, while their nights are spent dutifully watching over the vines at Nighthawk Vineyards. Summer is a season of rediscovery here in the Okanagan, and much like these beautiful birds we too return to familiar locales this time of year, to be met with a handful of pleasant surprises. Such is the case at Nighthawk Vineyards, a cozy little mountain winery built along the shores of Green…

Wild Goose Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris won top honors at the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Oregon. The Pinot Gris earned Best White Wine and Best of Show on its way to topping the field of 948 wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. “We received word of our eight gold medals at the Cascadia Wine Competition one at a time by email,” says Leslie Matheson, Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery marketing manager. “I kept refreshing my email and once we were at five we realized we had more golds than swimmer Michael Phelps at his…

Spring Picnics with a new sparkling wine at River Stone Winery Owner and winemaker Ted Kane and assistant general manager Julie Planiden at River Stone have reason to celebrate and, as of this season, they now have a new sparkling wine to celebrate with! For the first time, River Stone will release a very unique sparkling wine made from Merlot. The grapes were pressed immediately so that the juice received very little colour. The Sparkling White Merlot NV is a slightly off-dry, Provençal-style rosé with the added bonus of bubbles. It is packaged in a beautiful bottle with a crown…

“The Summerhill family of over 150 employees is truly thrilled to share the excitement of their glorious award – THE BEST CHARDONNAY IN THE WORLD for the 2014 Chardonnay Icewine at the Chardonnay du Monde® 2017 competition in Burgundy, France!” says Stephen Cipes, proprietor of Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery. “Winning the number one Chardonnay wine in the world is a triumph for organic growing and winemaking. It recognizes being in harmony with nature, and the Okanagan Valley’s pristine growing conditions, which have been bringing pride to Canadians for 25 years.” “Winning the number one Chardonnay wine in the world is…

Ask folks touring the Okanagan which wineries are on their itinerary and Summerhill Pyramid Winery is recurrently top of mind. Given Summerhill’s commitment as an organic and biodynamic operation with award-winning wines and stunning setting, it is Canada’s most visited winery. Ezra Cipes, CEO, says, “We welcome many visitors from all over the world every day and want to honour each one. To fulfil that pledge, we’re elated this season to expand our facilities, programs, and staff.” Summerhill will grow from one to three tasting rooms with a reception gallery to greet arrivals and to direct guests to tasting rooms,…

It’s been said that the season is never over until the birds say it’s so, and while the bite of autumn winds may be slowly filling the valley, the summer season is still in full swing on the northern fringe of Oliver at Hidden Chapel Winery. With harvest just around the corner, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes give purple freckles to the still lush greens of the forested gardens that adorn the property. Despite the chill in the air, it is still very much summer here. The South Okanagan is more known for its reds, but at this cozy little tasting…

If your favourite things include romantic, rustic-but-luxurious getaways, sumptuous spa treatments and delicious Thai food, all with a dash of sustainability, then Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is the place for you. Located northwest of Kamloops and just a five hours northeast of Vancouver, this eco-friendly, all-inclusive resort is exactly what you need for a weekend away.   Owned by Norm and Nan Dove, Echo Valley Ranch and Spa offers travelers an authentic Canadian experience, via traditional log-built architecture, activities like gold-panning, fly-fishing and trail rides and evening barbeques followed by campfire sing-a-longs. Conversely, there is also an Asian flavor. …

Serendipity Winery has never shied away from embracing change. In fact, embracing change has been a guiding philosophy of the winery since it first opened. And this summer will see a big change at Serendipity, as the main winery will reopen this August with a new wineshop, a breathtaking patio, and beautiful landscaping to welcome awestruck guests. Until this time, the winery will of course still be open to the public at a temporary facility on the property. Such changes of course, call for proper celebrations! Fortunately the opening of the new wineshop will coincide with the release of Serendipity’s…