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With a grin as quick as his wit, Jeremy Luypen enthusiastically digs into his role as Executive Winery Chef at Summerhill Pyramid Winery. It’s a pivotal post joining the Cipes family and Winemaker Eric von Krosigk in the quest for uncompromising quality. CEO Ezra Cipes commented on Chef Luypen’s vision for Summerhill’s extensive culinary program, saying, “I can’t even express how excited our whole team is to work with Chef Luypen. Our little wine region is changing and growing so fast, and with Chef Luypen’s help, you are going to see major, creative evolution going on at Summerhill.” Located for…

There’s a new winery in downtown Kelowna and it will be open just in time for the Spring Wine Festival. Ricco Bambino is a boutique winery and garden bar that focusses on creating minimal intervention wines. It’s located at 1630 Pandosy Street in the heart of Kelowna. The winery’s new urban tasting room is bright and airy, merging pastel colours together with living walls and brass accents. The goal for the design was to create a space that accentuated the feelings associated with drinking Ricco Bambino wines. Knowing these requirements from winery owner Jason Alton, F2a Architects were careful to…

Let’s face it, the people of Kelowna have it good! Just take a stroll through the city and you’ll find yourself with an entire vacation’s worth of renowned restaurants, world-class shopping and sunny beaches. But without question, the Okanagan’s brightest gem is its wine. And fortunately, you don’t need to venture into the countryside, along the valley’s winding backroads, to find one of the Okanagan’s top tier wineries. Because in addition to the usual city amenities, Kelowna also boasts British Columbia’s first urban winery, rooted right here in its beautiful downtown core! If you think you need a rural setting…

Love great seafood? We have the place for you: Buy the Sea. Their two shops located in Penticton and West Kelowna provide the Okanagan with the freshest and largest selection of seafood available in the area. These folks love seafood and are so dedicated to offering their customers the very best that they are members of Ocean Wise; a program created by the Vancouver Aquarium to promote sustainability and ocean-sound choices. This means you can enjoy the produce at Buy the Sea with a clear conscience. In keeping with this mandate, the shop offers the finest local and sustainable fish…

(pictured: The Fiume family: Roberto, Olivia, Sharon & Antonio with Bella, the winery dog.) A great bottle of wine can whisk you away to another locale, and when matched with the right setting can make you feel as if you’ve traveled the world without ever leaving home. Such is the case with Ciao Bella Winery, feeling like an idyllic Neapolitan vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake nestled in the peaceful and serene hills of the West Kelowna Farm Loop. A young artisanal winery, born of the Fiume family’s hard work and reflecting their Italian heritage. Owners Roberto and Sharon along with kids…

Always at the forefront of the wine and culinary world especially as it relates to organic and local, Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery is launching a new Food Bar to complement its existing Sunset Organic Bistro and other dining facilities. In a recent interview to check out the stunning space being developed to accommodate it, Stephen Cipes, Proprietor, said, “What’s sweeping the rest of the world in this industry is a movement toward small plates of cash and carry authentic foods which can be shared. Here at Summerhill each dish will be served in a setting that gives it presence.” With…

While Rod Butters might blush being called renowned, his peers inducted him into the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame in 2007. Such accolades are no surprise for those fervent about fine food in the Okanagan. Fans of RauDZ Creative Concepts restaurants including RauDZ Regional Table, micro bar • bites and Terrafina at Hester Creek by RauDZ, eagerly anticipate his long-awaited first cookbook. “At its heart, the book is about my passionate relationship to food. I wrote it, quite simply, for people who love to cook. It’s not intended to blow minds or turn cooking into a lab experiment, explains Butters.…

Sandhill winery is known for their unique wines that showcase the quality of Okanagan grapes. By using a single vineyard approach, every bottle is pure and distinct in flavour. All of Sandhill’s six vineyards are located in the Southern Okanagan, where the heat and terroir play a big role in producing exceptional grapes. Although their Cabernet Merlot blends are Sandhill’s bread and butter – as Master Winemaker Howard Soon describes – Soon is not sure how the creation of their signature blend line came about. “With Sandhill One, Two and Three, we’re trying to build on the success of Sandhill…

Sporting the mystique of a speakeasy, with better drinks, music and food, Caché Lounge is tucked away in the Prestige Beach House in downtown Kelowna. In this upscale bar/lounge, enjoy live music while sipping on artisanal cocktails, beer and wine, and noshing on bar menu selections featuring West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar. Caché is opened from 6 pm, Thursdays to Saturdays showcasing live music each evening. On Thursdays, Happy Hour pricing is all night long. Here’s an adult sanctuary to gather your friends and family to build memories that’ll last a lifetime. The “Alive Inside” film documented how musical…

I arrived at SpierHead Winery on a sun-dappled Sunday morning to meet proprietor Marina Knutson. It was a stunning day in an equally stunning setting, sipping wines in the tasting room just before the visitors began to arrive. At SpierHead, they not only serve up fabulous wines, but they do so with a flair and warmth that makes you want to linger, sip and soak up the setting. We tasted a series of wines that day, starting with their 2016 Pinot Gris which held hints of nectarine, pear, peach and apricots. The popular 2016 Riesling and the 2015 Pinot Noir,…