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From the beginning, hands-on owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger didn’t shy away from trying something new for the region. With their winemaker sharing innovative inclinations, together they’ve followed their passion to gain a reputation as being adventurous while creating award-winning wines. In 2011, Stag’s Hollow planted its Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard with many varietals new to the Okanagan. These varietals included two Italian — dolcetto and teroldago — and two Spanish — albarino and tempranillo. In the portfolio at Stag’s Hollow, there are also grenache and vidal (basis of the fruity wine Tragically Vidal that has gained a cult following).…

Recognition for the quality of Nighthawk Vineyards wines continues. Owners Christy and Daniel Bibby have learned that their 2016 Chardonnay won a competition in Norway and will be stocked in 59 stores across the country. Says Daniel, “This marks the first time we’ve shipped internationally. We were thrilled to load four pallets destined for Norway.” Norway has a highly restrictive wine monopoly regulating the sale of alcohol over 4.75 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) to a single government-owned provider, Vinmonopolet. To be considered, a winery must first be invited, submit according to strict guidelines and then undergo a blind…

Join Naramata Bench Wineries Association’s (NBWA) annual Tailgate Party on Saturday, September 8 at the Naramata Heritage Inn. This year’s theme is “Bootleg Bash,” celebrating the building of the Naramata Heritage Inn and the founding of Naramata in the early 1900s. How fitting to convene the 28-NBWA member wineries with Naramata restaurant chefs at the Naramata Heritage Inn for one of the Okanagan’s best harvest parties of the season. The Naramata Hotel, precursor to the inn, was built 110 years ago by John Moore Robinson, who also started the fruit industry in the region. Hats for men and women were…

Things are gearing up for a great season at Red Rooster Winery. At the restaurant, The Pecking Room Patio Grill, Chef Darin Paterson, owner of the renowned Penticton restaurant Bogners, has created a seasonal farm-to-table menu highlighting the very best of local flavours and produce. It’s both imaginative and inviting. There’s something for everybody with delicious vegan plates, seasonal vegetarian options, made-by-hand charcuterie boards and homemade pizzas – perfect for sharing. The winery is also offering new flight selections of wine. This tasting option offers guests the opportunity to learn about each wine’s distinctive properties. It features bigger pours and…

It may be unassuming, but the commitment to producing fine wine is clear from the moment I enter Township 7 Vineyards and Winery in Naramata. I am steps from the vineyard and immediately feel part of a working farm where grapes are the number one concern. Inside, I’m greeted by Assistant General Manager Trevor Allen, who introduces me to a variety of elegant white wines, including the 2017 7 Blanc, an off-dry, aromatic white blend, and he gives me a sneak preview of the anticipated 2017 rosé. The highlight is the 2015 Reserve 7, a blend of three red Bordeaux…

For those living in the Okanagan, fresh produce is easy to come by. It’s also easy to get delicious fresh sea food at Buy the Sea in Penticton and West Kelowna. They’ve been providing locals with fresh seafood for over two decades. “Coming into summer, our local waters provide a bounty of fish,” says Buy the Sea owner Mike Stokes. “Just the other day we started to get fresh sea asparagus from southern Vancouver Island. It’s very similar in appearance to regular asparagus, thinner than a pencil and very salty. A lot of people will chop it up to put…

For family-owned Moraine Estate Winery, receiving accolades creates golden moments for the whole family and team. The most recent accomplishment was seen in the Okanagan Life Magazine 2018 Best of BC Wine Awards in which Moraine Estate received gold medals for Pinot Noir 2016 and Cliffhanger Red 2016. The Cliffhanger Red 2016 — made with handpicked Merlot and Malbec grapes grown on the Anastasia Vineyard, fermented in French Oak and bottled on-site had already achieved prestigious recognition, winning silver medals at the 2016 International Fingers Lake Wine Competition in New York and the 2016 WineAlign National Awards of Canada. Highly…

A destination wine boutique and local favourite, the BC Wine Information Centre in Penticton proudly presents a stylish Bridal & Gift Registry. The timing is perfect as trends show an increasing appreciation of BC wine by the province’s drinkers and a sophisticated interest in the culinary culture surrounding it. Manager Donna Faigaux and her team of knowledgeable BC VQA wine experts invite you to visit the boutique for a unique personal shopping experience. They’ll take care of you during daily educational tastings, in-store events, guest winery visits to the fabulous tasting bar and now —the Bridal & Gift Registry. “Each…

The story of Crescent Hill Winery began with Teresa Murray’s father, Glennallyn, and his passion for winemaking. Roughly 40 years ago, he was inspired to sell his real estate holdings in Port Moody, BC, and buy land to establish one of Penticton’s earliest vineyards. He did so when his close friend, the winemaker Tom Hoenisch, moved to Penticton’s first urban winery, the former Casabello Wines. Teresa fulfilled her father’s 1999 deathbed wish to take the vineyard business to the next level by licensing the winery. Glennallyn’s family had always helped in farmgate duties and the vineyards, so establishing the winery…

Renovations are well underway at Summerland Estate Winery and B&B and are scheduled to be completed mid-July. Architect Norman Goddard has designed three outdoor spaces for guests to enjoy that take full advantage of the Okanagan Lake view. There will be a licensed picnic area by the wine shop where guests can enjoy charcuterie and estate-grown VQA wines. From the picnic area, guests can wander a path down to the vineyard where there will be a deck surrounded by grass for vineyard experiences and tours. The most anticipated space resides between the B&B and vineyard where they are creating an…