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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…

If you have visited Oliver Twist’s wine shop previously, you may notice changes to the décor. In keeping with the nostalgia theme on their labels, winemaker and owner Gina Harfman has been updating the wine shop with antiques and a beautiful new rustic stained bar top. With lots to look at in the wine shop, there are also lots of activities planned for the spring and early summer. On May13th, they will be hosting a cheese-making course lead by Naomi Fournier, the “Modern Day Milkmaid” from Birdsong Farms in Enderby. The two-hour session will focus on making and pairing wine…

“Music to my ears” is what fans of Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery say about the family-owned and operated winery still going strong after 10 years. Live music will punctuate the celebrations along with great wine, art, cuisine, and special promotions throughout the season. The tasting room opens daily, 10 am to 6 pm, on May 1st. Anniversary festivities kick off with the annual Bifanas, Wine & Live Music, on May 7th, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm – or until the bifanas run out. The event features the traditional Portuguese sandwich of pork in a bun, salad, a glass of wine,…

Deborah Wilde, co-owner of Hidden Chapel Winery has wanted to make a sparkling wine for a few years. Her business partner, Rudy Tomazic resisted. The spring release of Hidden Chapel’s new sparkling rosé, Made of Honour proves the woman always wins. And Rudy agrees, it was a great idea. Based on their ever-popular rosé, Blushing Bride, Made of Honour – a blend of mainly Syrah with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier – tastes of summer berries and a hint of cinnamon. Not just for special occasions, sparkling rosé is a great sipper on a hot summer’s day and…

Embracing Terrafina at Hester Creek, one of South Okanagan’s most celebrated wine country restaurants, into RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd. family of restaurants and bars is icing on a cake. Famous for innovative, locally-infused flavours, RauDZ elevates Terrafina’s meaning, “from the earth” and blends its Tuscan inspiration. An “eat-local movement” pioneer with an unwavering commitment to regional BC cuisine, Chef Rod Butters is excited to expand in the valley. “I look forward to working closely with farmers and artisans of this region I consider to be the Chef’s Ultimate Playground.” RauDZ Creative Concepts co-creator/owner, Audrey Surrao (the au in RauDZ and…

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…

The Black Sage Bench is celebrated both nationally and internationally as a wine growing region, distinguished by the unique terroir of the valley’s desert hills. And there are few wineries in this renowned little town that capture the character of this region quite like the aptly named Desert Hills Winery. The picturesque wine shop, baroque but in a uniquely small town way, sits atop its namesake with a vista that spans a sea of grapes running down to the meandering Okanagan River, and sleepy town of Oliver built upon the far shore. On a typically warm summer evening guests can…

Renowned for its loyal commitment to sustainability and environmental awareness, the celebrated wines of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, all of which are estate grown, are quite literally an ode to the fruits of the Sonora Desert on which this historic establishment has dug its roots. But this celebration of the local harvest is not limited only to the wine shop, as Burrowing Owl’s aptly named on-sight restaurant The Sonora Room also draws from this same desert’s harvests in order to create unforgettable, and seasonally distinct culinary treasures. Just about everything on the summer menu is sourced from South Okanagan farms…

It’s the attention to detail that sets this winery apart. Unique touches, like the way guests arriving for a tasting are greeted with a glass of their delicious Alibi. This crisp, refreshing vintage is the perfect way to say hello, especially on a hot Okanagan day. The most significant distinction is that the wine tasting room is known as the Wine Experience Centre. Here the emphasis is not on selling wine but rather on crafting a personal and informative wine experience, centered around the needs of the guest. Even the length of the tasting is up to them. Here it’s…