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Intrigue, Lake Country

Aug 13, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Social Rosé, 2016 Winery: Intrigue, Lake Country Why drink it? There are many ways to make pink wine, and Intrigue has chosen to blend whites and reds for this bottle in their “social” series: gewürztraminer, pinot noir, merlot, and a

Branded-food nostalgia

Aug 12, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When I was a kid, there were lots of foods that you couldn’t get everywhere. I am not just talking about persimmons and star fruit; there were famous foods you couldn’t get, too. Does food taste better if it’s exclusive? I only tasted Dr. Pepper

8th generation, Summerland

Aug 6, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: “Confidence”, bubbly 2016 Winery: 8th Generation, Summerland Why drink it? Pink bubbly for a long weekend at a great price point. Grab a couple of bottles of this mostly Pinot Noir (with just 10 percent Pinot Gris) sparkling wine, made in the fri

Old dogs, new biscuits?

Aug 5, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Can you teach an old dog to like a new biscuit? I saw an article this week revealing the release of a new version of an old classic, and I was conflicted. I know I’m getting older and less tolerant of change, but isn’t it OK if some things stay consist

Deep Roots, Naramata

Jul 30, 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

Gad-zukes!

Jul 29, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed As I sat on the deck the other night savouring another hot summer evening, I reflected on the high points of the summer so far. This year has been bit a shorter summer frought with more challenges than our usual spectacular season in the Okanagan. For a place where t

Tinhorn Creek, Oliver

Jul 23, 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

Summer's a magical season

Jul 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

Photo: Contributed Summer is all about simple pleasure and new adventures. Winter is more about routine and the comfort of everyday life, and spring and fall are about the transitions in life (school, weather, sports, etc.) Summer is the season that holds the most magic as it has th

Vanessa Vineyard, Cawston

Jul 16, 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

Here's to good taste

Jul 15, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I know I am going to sound like a nostalgic, old fuddy-duddy this week, but if you will indulge me a little, I think I can bring you around to a pertinent point that requires everyone’s attention, even that of the young fuddy-duddies. Last week, we sat down for

Mirabel, Kelowna

Jul 9, 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

Dog days of summer

Jul 8, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The hottest days of summer are often referred to as the dog days because the dog star, Sirius, rises and sets with the sun at this time of year.  It is the brightest star in the sky, you see, and in ancient times they thought its heat added to that of the s

Upper Bench, Naramata

Jul 2, 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

I am Canadian, and happy

Jul 1, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Canadians are sometimes perceived by outsiders as almost-like Americans, but living in a colder climate with a funny accent. What is it to be Canadian? Thanks, in part, to those beer ads that advertise all the passions Canadians have, the world is better understan

Tightrope, Naramata Bench

Jun 25, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2016 Winery: Tightrope, Naramata Bench Why drink it? As summer whips in, prepare your patio with pink. A blend of Pinot Noir with just five percent Barbera, a varietal that lends a bit of structure and is rare in the Okanagan, thi

Are we there yet?

Jun 24, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It seems we were all waiting with bated breath for summer to begin this year. Spring was a slow and poignant thing, and not the luxurious beginning to a decadent season of warmth and richness of blossoms and bounty. Summer did arrive right on time in the Okanagan,

Hillside, Naramata Bench

Jun 18, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Muscat Ottonel, 2015 Winery: Hillside, Naramata Bench Why drink it? The flagship wine, a white, from Hillside Estate, the vines have been on the property since it was first planted three decades ago. The older the vines, the more intriguing th

Cool dads like it really hot

Jun 17, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With Father’s Day this weekend, it seemed the perfect thing to write an ode to the barbecue. In this part of the world anyway, dads are generally the ones who own the grill in most houses. I know my dad was the grill master when I was growing up, and my hubby h

Homemade bacon

Jun 17, 2017 / 12:01 am

With all the recipes and cooking videos available on the internet and the rise of bacon flavoured everything, finding out how to make yours back at home takes some research. The good news is that it can be done, and it isn't terribly difficult. Free to Cook shows you how to make the best cut of

Noble Ridge, OK Falls

Jun 11, 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
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