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OK Crush Pad, Summerland

Oct 22, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

The taste of friendship

Oct 21, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I'm catching up with a girlfriend in Calgary this weekend and one of the things I always enjoy is the food and drink we share. It's just another part of the magic of friendship, that you can trust someone else’s taste in broadening your horizons.&nb

Township 7, Naramata

Oct 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Howling at the moon

Oct 14, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: wearelightningwolf.com Coyotes and wolves have howled when the moon is out since Ancient Greek and Roman times. Hecate and Diana, goddesses of the moon, hung out with wild dogs in the night.  In Norse mythology it is dogs running across the sky that chase the moon and

Maple Leaf Spirits, Penticton

Oct 8, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Why did the chicken...?

Oct 7, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We just returned from a trip with our camper trailer, touring the interior of the Western States. It was a mostly remote trip, sprinkled with doses of civilization in various forms. We took in some classic Americana, and made great memories, too. One of the intere

Mirabel, West Kelowna

Oct 1, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Calliope Wines, Oliver

Sep 24, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Fall's flying fairies

Sep 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s official – fall is here. I have gotten over the initial shock of the seasons changing, and now I am working to soak in the magic of autumn. I am not looking forward to getting up in the dark, but I’m adjusting to the idea of long pants

Blue Grouse, Vancouver Isl.

Sep 17, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

The taste of melancholy

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The days are still sunny – thankfully, we even have blue skies – and wearing shorts and T-shirts is still not out of the question, but fall is coming. When I walk the dogs in the morning, the air has a chill, and the sun is peeking over the hill noticeabl

Roche, Naramata Bench

Sep 10, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we put them in the fridge use they sometimes disappear into the nether regions and reappear in another (much less desirable) form later. This is unfortunately a sign of the bounty

Ruby Blues, Naramata

Sep 3, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while

Six of one, half dozen of

Sep 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Every once in a while someone will look at me funny. First, I wonder if I have something on my shirt or a cowlick in my hair, but then I realize it’s because I have uttered one of those expressions that puzzle people. I grew up including sayings such as this

Pentage, Okanagan Falls

Aug 27, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Castanet is featuring an Okanagan wine each week, celebrating the bottles of our Valley and the diversity of the Canadian wine industry, including suggested food pairings and Canadian music artist to listen to while enjo

Peachy keen

Aug 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I am not ready to write about back-to-school routines and cooler mornings, so let’s just carry on with summery thoughts and focus on the sunshine and the fresh flavours, shall we? Here in the Okanagan, we are spoiled with the full bounty of summer. Fresh fruit

Haywire, Summerland

Aug 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Switchback Pinot Gris, 2015 Winery: Haywire (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland Why drink it? The first item to note about this wine: the farmers who grew the grapes are acknowledged on the tech sheet (where all the wine geek stuff is listed), for wine begins i

Fun foods from A to Z

Aug 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: pinterest.com I have been reading a book by one of my favourite authors, and it inspired me to think of this week’s column. I love being a foodie these days, as it has become a cool thing to be, but not in a snobbish way. People are enamoured with Julia Child and her love

All about the wine

Aug 15, 2017 / 10:06 am

Photo: Wayne Moore It's time to figure out what's next for wine and tourism in B.C. The Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures conference will bring together a wide range of specialists to share ideas and practices on the possibilities of the evolving travel market.   Sp
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