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The winter season was quiet atop West Kelowna’s Farm Loop, where Ciao Bella Winery sits apart from the hustle and bustle of the city below. But while the season lay quiet, owners Roberto and Sharon Fiume along with kids Antonio and Olivia worked hard to release to the public a precious gift from the season, the 2017 Dolce Vino – a uniquely Italian take on the ice wine! A festive and seasonal cherry-blossom-pink in colour, the Dolce Vino is sweet and made from red grapes. It greets the drinker with a burst of dark cherry on the palate but finishes…

At Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, they believe in the adage that good wine begins in the vineyard, and it’s clearly working for them. Over the years, this winery has won a host of awards including two Golds at this year’s Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition for its 2016 Single Vineyard Gewürztraminer and 2016 Gamay Noir, and a Double Gold, Best of Class for its 2015 Reserve Viognier at the Harvest Challenge California. Recently the winery won its first platinum at the British Colombias Wine Awards — BC’s oldest and largest competition — for its 2016 Gamay Noir. President Bobby Gidda…

The Westside Wine Trail is renowned for its stunning vistas and delicious wines but this is only part of the story. It’s also a creative centre. A place where visitors can enjoy local art, world-class architecture and yoga. The Art in the Park series pairs great art with great wines as it travels from one winery to another. Curated by Louise Lambert, owner of Wine Country Studios, and sculptor Allan Waidman, this series lets visitors mingle with artists working in a wide variety of media in some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. The Mezzanine Gallery at Little Straw Vineyard…

A spectacular lakefront location, plentiful amenities, outstanding service and mouth-watering locally sourced foods await you at Kelowna’s only all-suite hotel, The Cove Lakeside Resort. Nestled on the shores of Okanagan Lake in West Kelowna, The Cove is a family favourite for locals and vacationers alike. Their beautiful one, two and three bedroom suites offer all the comforts of home.  Explore the Bonfire Culinary Gardens for fresh herbs and veggies and create your own delicious meal in your suite’s well-appointed five-piece kitchen. The perfect location for family fun, you can spend time on their sun-drenched private beach, take a dip in…

In the late 18th century, poet William Cowper wrote, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.” From large wineries to small farm-gate operations, the Westside Wine Trail offers locals and visitors a taste of just about everything the Okanagan wine industry offers. Experience organized tasting tours at large wineries like Quails’ Gate then move to an intimate setting like Rollingdale where the wine shop and tasting bar are inside the cellar. Bring your own lunch and enjoy their wine by the glass in the picnic area. Many Westside wineries provide unique dining experiences. Tapas are…

(Pictured: Winemaker Tibor Erdelyi) Since the first bottling in 2008, Kalala has consistently delivered award-winning wines. One quick look around the tasting room reveals row upon row of awards; year after year, from the U.S. Europe, and Canada, this elegant but modest winery has been quietly gaining recognition. In the last few years, it has been the dedication and talent of winemaker Tibor Erdelyi that have brought Kalala global renown. Last year, Kalala won the Chardonnay du Monde, but despite the accolades from prestigious organizations, for winemaker Tibby there is no better compliment than an empty wine shelf. With no…

Mt. Boucherie Winery in West Kelowna has an extensive history of grape growing in the region that reaches back for decades. Now, discerning wine drinkers can enjoy their delectable wines during a visit and tasting at their charming wine shop. In the future though, Mt. Boucherie promises even greater things to come, including an expanded wine shop and an on-site restaurant. Mt. Boucherie’s vice president and CEO Craig McCulloch says they are currently in the preliminary drawing stage of the planned expansion. “Our wine shop is quaint and cozy, but we have outgrown it.  We hope to start this fall,…

Quails’ Gate Winery boasts one of the most sublime views over vineyards and Okanagan Lake, and their summer calendar is filled with exciting tastings, tours and events. It’s a winery you won’t want to miss. Dinner in the Vineyard returns Wednesdays, June 28 through September 6. Starting at 6:00 in the evening, guests share a four-course meal – family-style – seated at a long dinner table in the vineyard. This event is not only about a magical night of delicious food paired with Quails’ Gate’s award winning wine, it’s also about coming together as a community. Seating is limited to…

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, family owned and operated, is located on the southeastern slope of a dormant volcano. They are excited to share two new releases this summer. Lava Red, a popular off-dry, semi-sweet blend (a high one or low two on the sweetness scale) is ready for tasting, while their Sparkling Gewürztraminer is eagerly waiting to be bottled and should be available in August. Over the summer, the wine shop opens from 10 am to 8 pm, At the spacious, wheelchair accessible tasting bar, try their 2014 Riesling Icewine, judged the Best Icewine at the 2017 BC Best of…

Celebrating 24+ years in Penticton and 6+ years in West Kelowna, Buy The Sea promises you’ll “Taste the Difference” of fresh, sustainable fish. We are a fresh seafood market and fish n’ chip shop allowing you to cook it yourself or enjoy Buy The Sea’s famous fish n’ chips and other menu items. Owners Samantha and Mike Stokes and their team happily share their seafood knowledge through cooking tips and free recipes. Our focus is on offering our customers great service and also providing a large variety of premium quality seafood.  Buy The Sea gets seafood direct overnight from boat…