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Exuding commitment and joy in your work as Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery’s team does, the enthusiasm can rub off on guests. That’s why customer satisfaction ratings remain consistently high chez Summerhill, why every visit to the iconic Kelowna landmark proves to be an adventure and why it is lauded as “Canada’s most visited winery.” From the beginning, Founder/Proprietor Stephen Cipes was keen to showcase the quality of Okanagan-produced wines and to enhance the tasting experience for guests. To that end, Summerhill invests in recruiting the best people and providing staff development. “We’re so proud of our wonderful staff in the…

Let’s face it: the Kelowna life is the good life! Kelowna has a near-endless selection of world-class restaurants, lakeside beaches with sun-warmed sands and a diverse array of independent boutique shops dotted along tree-lined streets. It’s no wonder so many people make the trip to Kelowna every summer for a taste of this city. After all, how many cities can claim to have a winery right in the heart of their downtown core? BC’s First Urban Winery Tucked away just off Richter Street in the Kelowna Packing District is Sandhill Winery, British Columbia’s first urban winery. It’s a spacious, modern…

Known for its exceptional take on fresh and local Okanagan cuisine in its vibrant and comfortable setting, RauDZ Regional Table traditionally didn’t want to force patrons to make reservations. The only reservations guests had about that casual approach was when they wanted to plan their own special night out, or when they wanted to showcase this local gem to out-of-town guests. The team at RauDZ listened; now reservations can easily be made online or by calling the restaurant directly. Open Thursday to Monday at 5 pm, RauDZ is happy to address guests’ concerns and now confirms “reservations are accepted, and…

At CedarCreek Estate Winery, two tiers of elegant wines — Estate and Platinum — are crafted with care. The Platinum tier is comprised of the best of the vineyard grapes. Each year, the CedarCreek team seeks out grapes representative of interesting local sites and old heritage blocks to develop Platinum single-vineyard or single-block series wines. Such places in the vineyards demonstrate “something unique; where vine maturity, soil and climate combine to create something distinctly CedarCreek.” “Our thoughtful, precise winemaking approach highlights specific characteristics from individual vineyard blocks to make premium, terroir-driven wines while, at the same time, transitioning to organic…

The ambience at Ricco Bambino is Italian elegance meets new nostalgia; understated and fun, inviting and relaxed. It’s feminine with a sexy, masculine edge – think Sean Connery as Bond in Thunderball in his open pink shirt and white shorts. The upholstery is crushed velvet; the colour scheme is light pink and pale gold, accented with large potted palms, green spaces and two state-of-the-art concrete and stainless-steel tanks. This space is every iconic image you’ve ever known: Sophia Loren’s ’70s-style mink coat, Michelle Pfeiffer’s long white halter dress in Scarface, Madonna strutting the stage in her iconic Gaultier bustier. Everything…

Since founder and proprietor Stephen Cipes established Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery more than 30 years ago, he and his team have lobbied to enhance the quality, enjoyment and pleasure of purchasing luscious British Columbia wines. A long list of firsts for the industry include legislation to allow food to be served in wineries and, recently, for wineries to be able to serve all alcohol products in their eateries, not just wine. Now, perhaps the most significant first is to introduce a real Canadiana Small Plates Food Hall. Says Cipes, “We are launching authentic, ethnic, organic, wine-paired small plates for those…

The excitement continues at SpearHead Winery as Grant Stanley makes his mark as winemaker/general manager with a newly constructed production facility that opened in July. Stanley’s passion for Pinot Noir is a perfect match and his input helped ensure SpearHead’s winemaking building was purpose-built for Pinot Noir production. Once the previous production area is converted to a barrel room, it will create new options to enhance your tasting room experience. Watch for upcoming tours that begin in the vineyard, continue through the new production facility and end in the barrel room with a special tasting that includes barrel samples. Pinot…

At RauDZ Regional Table where the focus has always been on fresh, local and comfortable, taking a trip through the new menu is like strolling through a vibrant farmers’ market. Summer has arrived and there’s an abundance of fresh, new and seasonal taste sensations to fuel the culinary imaginations of the RauDZ team. Just as flavoursome surprises are found throughout a farmers’ market, RauDZ inspirations have landed in all areas, including new wine menus, new cocktails menus and new food menus. Explore it logistically from top to bottom, if you choose, or dive right into dessert. Think cheesecake – Rhubarb…

Ricco Bambino is a boutique winery at 1630 Pandosy Street. Its focus is on creating minimal intervention wines. Come and discover your new favourite wine in the bright and airy tasting room or on the cosy outdoor patio. Minimal Intervention Organic Wines Ricco Bambino wines are elegant and well-structured, expressive and beaming with a refreshingly bright and balanced acidity. To create minimal interventions wines, they ferment and age their wines in concrete vessels to allow micro-oxygenation to occur. This process allows the wines to breath and develop a rounder mouth and textural feel without the addition of any unwanted flavours…

When summer is at its sizzling best, it’s time to savour the many tasting options at CedarCreek Estate Winery. Not sure when you’ll arrive? Seated tastings are offered throughout the day, beginning at 10 am, and drop-ins are always welcome. Enjoy refreshing and aromatic white wines and of course Pinot Noir, all grown in CedarCreek’s Estate vineyards. Or try the Bordeaux reds from grapes nurtured in its Osoyoos vineyards. You’ll love the Platinum Experience, a private sommelier-hosted tasting of Estate and Platinum wines as well as Library releases served with cheese and charcuterie. There’s also a winery tour. Reservations are…