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HiddenChapel

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…

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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. …

Serenipity

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…

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Don’t tell everyone, but nestled amongst Naramata’s eclectic mix of wineries lies a little known distillery where premium spirits are hand-crafted with locally sourced botanicals to produce top shelf vodka and gin. Legend Distilling was inspired by the local tall tales of the prohibition days in Naramata. The distillery was once a doctor’s office where locals could source a ‘prescription’ to keep the prohibition blues at bay. Locals still pop in to the Lounge at Legend Distilling for a pick me up, but these days the home-brewed remedies are finely crafted under the care of owners Dawn and Doug Lennie.…

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The first thing a sharp-eyed visitor might notice on a visit to Summerhill Pyramid Winery’s estate vineyard is a great variety of colours among the vine leaves. “We don’t go for that Miracle Gro look here,” winemaker and general manager Eric von Krosigk says. The vineyards, managed with organic, biodynamic and permacultural practices, don’t get the continual cocktail of sprays throughout the season that other properties might. “I think we get an expression of terroir that is much more intense—the vine enters into a symbiotic relationship with the soil,” he says. In that soil are something in the order of…

Spectacular tours, sip savour and breathe! Professional wine country tour guides await you with Okanagan Wine Country Tours, where luxury transportation throughout the valley brings you to culinary experiences in vineyard bistros and restaurants. Available throughout the year. Private Tours, Customized group experience tours and Scheduled departures for either half day or multi day tours. www.okwinetours.com  or call 1.866.689.9463 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate Of Excellence Winner

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The folks at Wild Goose are spreading their wings this season, as the revamped and restyled Smoke & Oak Bistro has just made its debut. The all-weather, open-air seating area and fantastic new outdoor kitchen take full advantage of the enviable views over lush, mature vines. Gorgeous, relaxing, family-friendly and affordable, the new-and-improved Bistro enhances Wild Goose’s already high-flying reputation. Joining the flock is the creative and talented Chef Richard Desnoyers. His long and laudable career and expertise with Canadian cuisine make him a great match for Wild Goose. Under Chef Richard’s skilled direction, the menu at Smoke & Oak…

Adega

Adega on 45th is now expanding into the Vancouver market. Owners Fred and Pamala Farinha, and Alex and Maria Nunes, are always having a lot of fun at their small, boutique winery with a spectacular tasting room and patio in Osoyoos. Now after almost a year with new sales representation, their wines will be more widely available throughout the province and even in the Yukon! The Wine List (twlcanada.com) will be expanding their sales throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island so that fans of Adega can easily pick up bottles to experience ‘Osoyoos in a bottle’ when the mood…

FEATURE-History-David Gamble

Beginning with the first issues of British Columbia Wine Trails in 1991, founding editor David Gamble originally sought out as much information from local wineries as he could get. “We provided and opportunity for the wineries to talk to their potential customers,” explains Gamble looking back in 2016. “It was always meant to be a consumer publication. What would the consumers want to know?” Early articles featured the youthful stories of a growing new wine industry and culture. “To what heights can Okanagan Valley wines aspire?” reads the inquisitive first line from an early article in 1991. The early issues…

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Desert Hills is getting their 2015 whites ready for the busy season. Winemaker Anthony Buchanan is ready to make sure that the Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Cactus White are all ready for the beginning of the season. Buchanan has been consulting since November but recently came onboard full-time as winemaker. “There’s room to grow here,” says Anthony. “Working with 100% estate fruit is going to be a lot of fun.” With his experience in producing top flight award-winning Pinot Noir, is there going to be a new wine in the Desert Hills portfolio? “Absolutely!” says Anthony. “We will…