Spring 'The Nest' on guests

Mar 8, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: The Nest (sparkling), 2018 Winery: Crowsnest Vineyards, Similkameen Why drink it? A bubbly that is quite bubbly right out of the bottle and then relaxes in the glass, under a bottle cap for those intimidated by popping a cork, with a golden-straw colour. A u

Mom's home cooking

Mar 7, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed My mom was young when she and my dad started our family. She knew about cooking and my grandma cooked a lot, so she wasn’t entirely out of her element. But there was no such thing as the internet or the Cooking Network back then. And she couldn’t have afford

A decadent cup of cocoa

Feb 29, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s hot chocolate season. Or as my mom and Mrs. Doubtfire called it, “cocoa.” When it comes to hot drinks, nothing says “heartwarming” in the winter like this delicious beverage. It appeals to kids and adults and it’s easier to

Last hurrahs for winter

Feb 22, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Next week will be the start of Lent, and around the world various Carnevale celebrations will take place. The culmination of the festivities is Mardi Gras – translated into English as “Fat Tuesday.” It’s not hard to tell why; to survive pre-Lente

Sparkling Zinfandel, 2018

Feb 17, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Ancestral Sparkling Zinfandel, 2018 Winery: Covert Farms, Oliver Why drink it? A first for the winery, this is a minimal intervention wine (yes, that’s becoming a thing), letting the grapes do what they are simply meant to do, gently ferment in stainle

Guide to aphrodisiac foods

Feb 15, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed What better month than February to focus on aphrodisiac foods? Being the month of love, I thought I'd get you started with a bit of history and some ideas, just in case you need a kick-start for your Valentine's Day celebrations... Apple – Of cours

Township 7 Polaris

Feb 9, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Township 7, Penticton and Langley is this week's wine review. Wine: Polaris (Sparkling), 2016 Winery: Township 7, Penticton and Langley Why drink it? While this vintage is sold out, partially owing to it being named the best Canadian bubbly at the Champagne

Roller-coaster food ride

Feb 8, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Kristin Peturson-Laprise Are you a fan of roller-coasters? Do you like theme parks? We are in Florida visiting friends this week and we felt we should have the full Florida experience. Of course, that means a trip to a theme park. I can only handle so many rides, but I do love a do

Bliss Blueberry Bubbly

Feb 2, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Bliss Sparkling Blueberry Haskap Wine: Bliss Sparkling Blueberry Haskap Winery: Meadow Vista, Kelowna Why drink it? A meadery featuring more than 100 beehives, Meadow Vista is all about honey wines and meads, and has several bubblies to try. This crisp sparkler

No groundhog stew for me

Feb 1, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do you ever get bored with your food? Tired of cooking the same meals at home, or even ordering the same thing from your favourite restaurants whenever you go? There is nothing wrong with familiar comfort foods, but with Groundhog Day approaching I keep thinking of Bill

How do you like yours?

Jan 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With my apologies to anyone who has a nut allergy, I have a serious question to ask. How do you like your peanut butter sandwich?  This week’s column may seem a bit random, but I am feeling a bit whimsical so I’m hoping you’ll bear with me. Aft

Amicitia, Covert Farms

Jan 18, 2020 / 2:54 pm

Photo: Contributed Wine: Amicitia (red blend), 2016 Winery: Covert Farms, Oliver Why drink it? A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Pettit Verdot, and Syrah (in descending order by the percentage in the bottle), there’s a bit of something for every re

Raise your kitchen game

Jan 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

  Photo: Contributed How many times a day do you get reminded about being more organized? I bet you have at least a couple of apps on your phone to help keep you on track. Your work station might be exactly what you need to be at your most efficient. But how organized is your kitc

Advocate with your plate

Jan 12, 2020 / 11:00 am

Photo: Health Canada When I was a kid, we were told to eat a balanced diet of the four food groups in the food pyramid and that would keep you healthy. End of conversation. Talk of allergies was rare, and people who ate a different kind of diet were those from another part of the world, w

Vasse Felix Filius Cab Sauv

Jan 5, 2020 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Vasse Felix Cabernet Sauvignon Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 Winery: Vasse Felix Filius, Australia Why drink it? A small shoutout to the wine industry in Australia, as vineyards have fallen to the bushfires and many regions have a long road ahead to rebuild. T

Are you ready for 2020?

Jan 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The new colour for 2020 has been announced by Pantone (it’s called “classic blue” in case you’re wondering – a colour that instils a sense of calm). And fashion has options for everyone, according to the forecasts by stylists in the know

Gruner Veltliner 2018

Dec 29, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Gruner Veltliner, 2018 Winery: O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars, Lake Country Why drink it? Grüner Veltliner is white wine grape more commonly grown in Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia, but is appearing at a few B.C. wineries. It can be reminiscent of

Kick new year's stress

Dec 28, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed New Year’s is a time known for resolutions; we start new regimes and make new goals. Gym memberships go up Diet plans are popular Planners are filled with steps needed to change our lives for the better. It’s always a stressful time, but

2015 Rogue, Kraze Legz

Dec 22, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rogue (Fortified), 2015 Winery: Kraze Legz at Skaha Vineyard, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Call it port or Madeira style, or just call it delicious. A lot of attention goes into this bottle, starting with the late harvest Merlot grapes as the base, to the fo

Merry Christmas one and all

Dec 21, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I hope, dear reader, that as you read this you hear the joyous laughter of loved ones and you smell the aromas of a holiday kitchen. Perhaps there are children playing or pets running about, and you are warming your hands with a warm cup of coffee or tea. But what wo