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CiaoBella

Hello beautiful! This Italian phrase of greeting perfectly sets the tone for your visit to this family run vineyard in West Kelowna. The Fiume family literally translates Italy into a local version through their huge welcome, their love of food, family and, of course, good wine. Living and working on the beautiful vineyard are owners Roberto and Sharon with their two children Olivia and Antonio. Roberto’s parents, Nonno Luigi and Nonna Melina, are not far away, just up the road actually, and are very much a part of the family operation. On July 18th last year, Roberto and Sharon Fiume…

summerhill

Fully certified biodynamic and organic, Summerhill is destined to be known as the first 100% organic wine cellar in BC. Summerhill wines have consistently won gold medals from perhaps the most prestigious wine challenges worldwide, proving that flavour begins with a healthy terroir and organic grapes.  “Summerhill is”, as proprietor Stephen Cipes states, “a co-venture with man and nature.”   Summerhill hosts 1000-3000 visitors per day; it is the most visited winery in Canada, and for good reason. The peaceful atmosphere, award-winning wines, and superb dining experience are all worth the visit, but these key elements are just the beginning…

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The Burberry check. The Rolex crown. Apple’s bitten apple. Iconic brands deserve an iconic look. This was the motivation behind the simple, stunning new labels at Sandhill Wines. Have they caught your eye?   Sandhill is a time-honoured Okanagan winery. Its quality speaks (volumes!) for itself. Master winemaker, Howard Soon, creates sophisticated wines that merit equally sophisticated packages. A consistent leader in the BC wine industry for more than 35 years, the time had come for Sandhill to revamp their already lovely label. The result is breathtaking: at once refined and unpretentious –the embodiment of Sandhill Wines. When you visit…

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On a warm July day, I dropped by SpierHead winery on the very weekend the SpierHead Wine Club would attempt to create its’ third annual Gold medal winning Pinot Noir. “They’re going for the hat trick,” says proprietor Marina Knutson.  She is referring to the annual event that sees individual wine club members selecting four barrel samples to create their very own blend of Pinot. The wine is blended, bottled and entered into a number of prestigious wine competitions.  The 2013 and 2014 vintages of Club Consensus have both won Gold in the LA International Wine Competition. “It’s a fun…

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While Okanagan Lake is closer than the ocean, the West Coast Grill and Oyster Bar is unmistakably the Valley’s premier seafood house. In this bright aquatic-hued setting, you can almost feel the salt air as you sip on a beverage viewing the theatre of the open kitchen and salivating over the seafood platters being assembled. Choose hot or cold seafood platters, or the West Coast Tower combining both. Oysters on the half shell with Tugwell Creek Meadery mignonette, fresh horseradish and lemon wedges are a house specialty: your toughest test is deciding which of the day’s variety to choose. The…

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French vineyards earn the title of cru as a distinction of consistent quality. It’s a fitting description for the Kelowna culinary scene’s newest superstar, OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar. Emphatically local and high caliber, the OAK + CRU crew have raised the bar for wine lovers and gourmands throughout the valley. At once sleek and welcoming, the eatery is set in the impressively renovated central hall of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, with an enviable view to the lake. The private, contemporary patio is designed to be comfortable well into the crisper autumn weather, making it an…

Duffers

Duffers at Mission Creek Golf Course offers a gourmet casual menu to delight every palate. Located on the way to one of the newest destination wine routes, the wine list offers a fantastic array of local wines to choose from- both by the glass or bottle. Beer lovers are also appeased with a list that includes old favorites along with new microbrews. Chef Damian’s new menu will fulfill appetites throughout the day. If you are just planning to pop in after a round of golf or hang out with friends on the patio, order some appies to share like the…

MeadowVista

The words, ‘artisan honey winery’, conjure images of sunny afternoons in an idyllic pastoral fields sipping wine. Meadow Vista Honey Winery provides just such a setting, an ideal site for weddings and events. Why not stop for lunch at the bistro, and rest on the shady patio after a honey wine tasting. Meadow Vista’s award-winning honey wines are a delight on the palate. Those who are familiar with the deliciously delicate taste of Bliss, Meadow Vista’s sparkling cherry honey wine, will be equally delighted with Meadow Vista’s a new flavor in Bliss and fresh twist on sparkling apple cyser (cyser…

TheView

The View Winery in southeast Kelowna has been home to Wards Apple Cider since 2012 and is perennial favorite for locals and visitors, offering award-winning wines, Bling and Wards Apple Ciders. The Turton family has been growing apples on their property for five generations, since Great Grandfather Ward planted the orchards back in 1918. Originally built in 1922, the building in which they craft and cellar the ciders was home of Wards Apple Packinghouse and is now the last of its era in the Okanagan. Wards Apple Ciders are made with a blend of cider specific apples, making each cider…

RAUDZ

True to its commitment to support local and shine the light on producers from whom they source their food, RauDZ menu is divided into sections: Starters, Interior, Coastal, Grains, Interior, and Sides. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday it’s BC Beef Weekends where the focus is on the butcher’s cut feature highlighting the extraordinary beef from BC beef producers, 63 Acres, Two Rivers Specialty Meats and 1846 Pure BC Beef. As RauDZ proudly points out, “These producers all share in our belief that cattle are allowed to be finished naturally without any animal by-products, chemical additives or growth promotants like steroids.”…