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From the moment one arrives at Spirit Ridge Lake Resort one senses the difference. There’s so much to take in: the adobe-style suites, the breathtaking views of Osoyoos Lake, the vine covered hills, the majestic peak of Anarchist Mountain, the fragrance of desert sage. Here visitors are greeted by The Chief, a symbolic metal sculpture created by Smoker Marchand. The perfect emblem for a resort that prides itself on its sense of hospitality, The Chief offers visitors the peace pipe as they arrive. Situated in the migratory destination and home of the Osoyoos Indian Band, every inch of the landscape…

Adega on 45th Estate Winery’s Cabernet Franc is known for its amazing flavour and great grip. “It’s the best in the valley” says Karen Valckx, the estate’s wine shop assistant. A big wine with 17.2 per cent alcohol, it’s boozy, but not heated. It flows nicely into jammy notes. The aromas are wonderful. Think raspberry, plum and cherry with soft oak, vanilla and pepper tones. The tannins are smooth with a hint of spice, caramel and toffee to round out the finish. It pairs beautifully with steak. Another favourite is the 2013 Quarteto Tinto, which means “four reds” in Portuguese.…

Adega on 45th Estate Winery is the perfect combination of old world tradition and new world opportunity. The tasting room, housed in the façade of a terracotta, Mediterranean-style architecture, reflects the Portuguese heritage of the family who owns and operates it. The dramatic landscape surrounding it is distinctively Okanagan. The family began its relationship with this land in the 1960s and it shows in the quality of the wine. Owners Alex Nunes and Fred Farinha were orchardists until 2005 when they began to grow grapes. They built the estate together, even paving the tiles on the tasting room floor and…

Destination Osoyoos is popping open new options in the seventh annual Osoyoos Oyster Festival, April 18-22, presenting the South Okanagan as a premier destination for everything oysters. Select first-class dining experiences, sample oysters from around the world and sip award-winning wine, cider, beer and spirits in this unique celebration. Liz Dryer, project manager, explains, “As we grow, it’s important to respond to festival feedback, enhance events and develop ideas.” Oysters and seafood are exclusively provided by the festival’s greatest supporters/champions — Jon and Anne-Marie Crofts of Codfathers’ Seafood Market in Kelowna. Destination Osoyoos hopes “Shucker Paddy” — Patrick McMurray, owner…

Things are heating up in the desert this spring. Spirit Ridge, the iconic Okanagan resort, has entered into a franchise agreement with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, becoming the first Canadian property included in Hyatt’s Unbound Collection — a prestigious line of boutique-style hotels that specialize in offering guests the opportunity to stay at unique properties with distinctive narratives. Anyone who has ever visited Spirit Ridge knows this is the perfect fit. Situated in Canada’s only desert, it is a place of great spiritual significance to the Osoyoos Indian Band who have lived here for thousands of years. It charms the senses…

As Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, wine touring springs into action at Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery on Black Sage Road, now open daily for the season. In the tasting room at Quinta Ferreira, you’ll find the new vintages of whites are being released. Now’s the time to snare those favourite white wines that sold out last summer! Make sure you also snap up tickets for the Bifanas, Wine & Live Music event, May 6, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm — or until the bifanas run out. It features live music, the perennially popular Portuguese sandwich of…

Perfectly positioned in one of the most prestigious wine appellations in Canada, RUST WINE Co. emerges from the southernmost property on the Golden Mile Bench. New ownership has engaged a dynamic duo of sommeliers to transform the property with a focus on excellent wines and fine Okanagan hospitality. Jesse Harnden, with an impressive history of injecting his energy and breathing life into new winery brands, and Kane Morgan, new to the Okanagan straight from Vancouver’s sommelier restaurant scene have, at an astonishing pace, created a unique new winery concept. And seriously, these two have basically done it all from design…

The 2017 season at Adega on 45th featured wonderful new experiences and culinary events. With one of the most spacious and wide-open views of any patio in the Okanagan, it is the perfect venue for outdoor special events featuring food and wine. “We’re excited about doing more new culinary events like this in the future,” says co-owner Pamala Farinha. Adega’s event season begins, as it did in 2017, with a Father’s Day celebration in June featuring wonderful cuisine and live music on the patio in the afternoon. It’s a great way to celebrate dad and also provides a proper kick-off…

The vineyards come alive with the sound of music as Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery celebrates its 10th Anniversary with its free Sunday Concert Series, 1 to 4 pm, July 2 to September 3. The lineup of talented artists performing on the patio includes: Aaron Loewen, July 2; Timbre Wolves, July 9; Patricia & Ibriam Duo, July 16; Mark Irving, July 23; Rebel Luv, July 30; Arcadian Suns, August 6; Lucy Blu & the Blu Boys, August 13; Kyle Anderson, August 20; Wild Son Duo, August 27; and Donna The Vineyard Girl, September 3. To fully enjoy an afternoon on the…

It’s that time of the year when the nighthawks return to their nests in the hills above Okanagan Falls, where they’ll spend their days like all of us basking in the warm summer sun, while their nights are spent dutifully watching over the vines at Nighthawk Vineyards. Summer is a season of rediscovery here in the Okanagan, and much like these beautiful birds we too return to familiar locales this time of year, to be met with a handful of pleasant surprises. Such is the case at Nighthawk Vineyards, a cozy little mountain winery built along the shores of Green…