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In the Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, the team is setting up for the summer with a farm-to-table menu designed to showcase the very best of home-grown produce from respected local cultivators such as: Fine point farms, Road 17 Arctic Char, Covert Farms Organics and Codfathers Seafood Market. Here the food philosophy is uncomplicated. They allow the food to speak for itself, highlighting the natural nuances of the flavor with culinary flair. Naturally there’s also an exceptional wine list. The focus here is on vintages from the estate’s library no longer available in the tasting room, giving customers…

The town of Oliver’s Black Sage Bench, for which Desert Hills Winery takes its name, is an internationally celebrated wine growing region. Famous for its distinctive terroir shaped by the region’s sandy soil, it was here that the Toor brothers: Randy, Jessie, and Dave, first envisioned the winery that would grow to be one of the town’s most well-known and well-loved. With deep roots in both the community and its desert hills, the winery, not unlike the vines, has only continued to grow. This summer will see Desert Hills open its new picnic and patio area, shaded to provide refuge…

Spring arrived much later this year, but the 2017 vintage is now back on track. Owner Walter Gehringer explains, “We’re still ahead of the latest that we’ve ever been. And, if the growing season continues favorably, we should have similar results to previous later vintages. The vineyard location and vine management will impact different flavour profiles. Terroir characteristics are actually more evident in challenging growing seasons.”  This is a good thing. After many years, the Gehringer Brothers tasting room, also one of the oldest tasting rooms in the wine country, has expanded to include a second tasting bar to meet…

It is always a party, retro-cool style, at Oliver Twist. Each year the winery hosts the fabulous “Show, Shine… and Wine?” which attracts amazing classic cars. This year’s event on July 8th promises to be the biggest event in their history. The Okanagan Wolfman will be hosting as emcee and there will be live music from the Timbre Wolves, assorted food trucks, vendors, beer from the Red Truck Brewery, and a classic pinup girl competition. Of course, there will be wine and the spotlight will be on the unveiling of the new wine in the Nostalgia Series. New this year…

If you’ve flirted with joining a wine club, get in on the fun as a member at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards. For starters, VIP treatment abounds when you join the Crush Club – perhaps the Okanagan’s most generous wine club. Gain “behind the velvet rope” access to Tinhorn Creek’s limited release and library wines, early access to summer concerts and club only pre-concert receptions, recipes with pairing suggestions from the acclaimed Miradoro Restaurant, and members only events and parties at the winery and in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Instead of hearing about the great line up after they’ve sold out for…

In a valley resplendent with beautiful wineries, lush vineyards and sumptuous award-winning wines, Hester Creek Estate Winery in the South Okanagan’s Golden Mile stands out as one of the finest. As the director of hospitality Roger Gillespie points out, Hester Creek beckons with immaculately appointed grounds that are perfectly suited to a relaxing afternoon of food and wine and offers an exceptional experience for visitors and locals alike. “People think they have been transported to the Tuscan countryside. We are surrounded by 105 acres of estate vineyards and you’ll be welcomed by our modest but attentive guest service team.” Roger…

“I can truly say I love my job,” he says. “Every year is different and we have to make decisions based on what Mother Nature throws at us. It’s great to be part of a team where the focus is to continually evolve and take us to the next level.” – Steve Carberry, Black Hills’ Winegrower As the saying goes, great wines start in the vineyards. But it’s not just the farming practices that result in excellent grapes. Great vineyards start with planting superior clones on the right rootstocks to improve a variety’s development and resulting wine characteristics. A bit…

(pictured: Masala Bistro Cuisine) In the 1990’s the Dhaliwal family immigrated to the Okanagan to embark on a journey that was to become their destiny. In a mere 20 years, the family has established themselves as one of the top premier award winning grape growers. The family’s mantra of determination and hard work combined with love has brought them together to create ‘Kismet’- the Sanskrit word for destiny. Kismet Estate Winery takes pride in making handcrafted wines selected from their finest vineyard blocks. They have named their top red blends after the spiritual laws of destiny: Karma, Mantra, and Moksha,…

Corcelettes Estates Winery sits in the elbow of the Similkameen Valley across from the imposing face of K Mountain. The vistas are endless. The winery is named in honor of winemaker Charlie Baessler’s family farm in Switzerland, not far from the Castle of Grandson. An 11-foot Menhir, an ancient monolith stone, stood on the farm, so there’s a symmetry to the fact that he and his wife, Jesce, and their 16-month old twin girls, Arya and Evelyn –along with their dog Schaze, now make their home and living amongst the dark rocks of the Similkameen. This winery is about family…

Gehringer Brothers’ wines have a long track record of winning top awards, which are all proudly displayed in the bright wine shop. They are also the reigning “King of the Platinum” at Wine Press Northwest, where the total number of platinum awards (64) is nearly double that of the next winner. The awards that they received from the recent Cascadia Wine Competition are the first to indicate that the special location of their vineyard merits some special attention. Wines made from grapes grown exclusively on the Golden Mile Bench won three of their four double gold awards. According to Walter…