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A vineyard well tended is the foundation of a wine well noted. With this adage in mind, it is no surprise that the wines at Kalala have won a slew of well-deserved awards throughout the years. And winemaker Tibor Erdelyi is the first to give credit to the skills of owner and viticulturist, Karnail Singh Sidhu. With over 20 years in organic agriculture, Karnail’s reputation as an expert in organic viticulture has reached far beyond the Okanagan Valley. And it’s easy to see why; the vineyards are a thriving, vibrant ecosystem, with each element working harmoniously with the other. It…

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Quails’ Gate is serving up some fabulous fall activities to their visitors, including a delicious wine and food pairing experience, the Scenic Seated Tasting. “This is a guided tasting with one of our senior educators,” says Lindsay Kelm, communications & marketing manager. “We feature four wines including a library selection, paired with exceptional small food bites from Old Vines Restaurant. “ The event is held in their private dining room, or on the terrace weather permitting. You’ll explore how wine and food interact and what works well together. Drop by at 11:00 am or 2:30 pm seven days a week…

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The hot-tempered peaks of the Okanagan may lie dormant now, but that doesn’t stop them from producing some delicious bounty. Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, in the shadow of Mt. Boucherie, has captured some of this molten excellence. As the days get shorter and the evenings cool down, there’s nothing like a little volcanic activity to keep you warm. The 2011 Eruption Bordeaux-style red blend is perfectly suited to the task. Bright and rich on the nose, this wine hits the palate with ripe dark fruit and softer plum jam flavours, complemented by a touch of cocoa that comes from 24…

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“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all,” wrote poet Stanley Horowitz. To experience autumn’s mosaic in close proximity and on site, The Cove Lakeside Resort, on Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, is the perfect location. “Red, Whites & Blues” is The Cove’s kick off to the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival. This chic event, now in its 5th year, brings the Bonfire Restaurant, Quails’ Gate, Mission Hill, Mt. Boucherie, The Hatch, Volcanic Hills, Kalala and Summerhill wineries together on the waterfront for an evening of spectacular wine, local gourmet food…

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Now recognized as pioneers of Okanagan wine history, Mt. Boucherie Winery has been growing grapes since 1968 working some 300 acres of vineyard properties. With time and history comes knowledge. Mt. Boucherie’s legacy of growing grapes in different regions and terroir allows the winery to use 100% estate-grown grapes coming from all across the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. Grapes are harvested from their properties in the Similkameen, Okanagan Falls, Oliver Golden Mile and HQ in West Kelowna where their winery is located. The range of terroir gives winemaker Jim Faulkner the rare opportunity to create great diversity in the portfolio…

Bonfire

Cradled along the Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna sheltered from the din of summer traffic, The Cove Lakeside Resort is an ideal headquarters for your vacation or staycation. Sitting on the beach, by the pool or on Bonfire Restaurant’s waterfront patio it’s easy to relax entranced by the lovely gardens, shimmering waters and vineyard-lined hills beyond. To revitalize your mind and body even more there’s The Spa at The Cove onsite. How perfect after a day of wine touring, fun in the Okanagan sun, or a sailing expedition from The Cove Marina. To put an exclamation on that perfect day,…

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Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker said, “Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.” That’s the point Buy the Sea owners Mike and Samantha Stokes make when they challenge you to “Taste The Difference”. Buy the Sea has been open in Penticton for 24+ years on Main Street and in West Kelowna on Louie Drive for 5+ years with a passion from the beginning for freshness, flavour and quality. Says Mike, “Our seafood comes to us direct – no lengthy supply chain, and often…

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At Quails’ Gate Winery, the myriad of tours and tastings are as unique and enjoyable as the award-winning wines you’ll discover there. Quails’ Gate offers a variety of wine experiences to welcome and entice guests into the wonders of the Stewart Family estate. From chocolate and wine tastings to a tour designed for the entire family, there is something for everyone’s palate. The irresistible Chocolate and Wine Tasting is an enthusiasts’ dream, including a guided wine pairing beginning with a welcome wine as you stroll through the vineyard. Discover the art of how wine and chocolate complement each other while…

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New to the already impressive lineup at Volcanic Hills this summer is the well-known West Kelowna winery’s first vintage of Viognier, a classic and much celebrated French varietal renowned for both its floral and fruitful qualities. Two different takes have been made on this classic grape – a more citric straight varietal with hints of peach along with a more fruitful Reserve Viognier. However, the limited production of the inaugural vintage means that this unique wine will only available to Volcanic Hills Wine Club members this year. Fortunately, those who register before July 31st will still be able to receive…

Kalala

If that title sounds like a band from the sixties it’s because the companionship of wine and music is as ancient as, well, wine and music. Kalala Organic Estate Winery is launching a sensational solo this year.  A particularly exciting harvest of Sauvignon Blanc grown in the unique climate of Oliver has passed the scrutiny of winemaker Tibor Erdelyi, and it will be allowed to sing solo in this year’s Dostana Sauvignon Blanc. But let’s not forget the talent singing in the band of harmonious blends. A common misconception amongst wine drinkers is that quality is best found in wines…