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Howling Bluff Sin Cera

Dec 15, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Howling Bluff Sin Cera. Wine: Sin Cera (red blend), 2015 Winery: Howling Bluff, Naramata Why drink it? The 2016 vintage is available now, but you may find the 2015 if you’re lucky, as this Merlot dominant Bordeaux style blend – there’s 5 perce

Christmas traditions

Dec 14, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever wondered why we do all this stuff at Christmas? Who put up the first Christmas tree? What’s the deal with carollers going door to door, or even singing them at all? Why all that dried fruit in Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mincemeat…?&

Kick those sniffles away

Dec 10, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Mistletoe, holly, candy canes and shortbread – 'tis the season. The hustle and bustle of shoppers. The smell of gingerbread and pine, the sound of Christmas carols being sung. Oh, and a stuffed-up nose with a hacking cough. What is it about the holiday seas

Powers Vintage Chardonnay

Dec 8, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Powers Vintage Chardonnay, 2017 Wine: Powers Vintage Chardonnay, 2017 Winery: Noble Ridge, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Named for a Mr. Richard Powers, the winery began the “Be Noble” program this year, naming two wines after patrons who do good thi

Quails' Gate red blend

Dec 1, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: The Allison (red blend), 2017 Winery: Quails’ Gate, West Kelowna Why drink it? The wine, a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Franc, is named for a piece of history, the Allison Family that first settled on what is now winery’s property – a fittin

The taste of thanks

Nov 30, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With the American Thanksgiving holiday this week, the holiday season officially begins. If you’ve been bah-humbugging your way through till now, it’s about to get harder. I’m here to tell you the best thing is just to embrace it.  Much like

Morio Muscat and Friends

Nov 24, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Morio Muscat and Friends, 2018 Wine: Morio Muscat and Friends, 2018 Winery: Wild Goose, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Morio Muscat is an interesting grape, a cross between Silvaner from Germany and Pinot Blanc, and the friendly addition here is Muscat Ottonel, n

It's the little things

Nov 23, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We are back now from our adventures, enjoying the comforts of home. It is true that one appreciates things more after an absence; drinking water from the tap and sleeping in my own bed are activities I particularly enjoy these days. I am happy having been reminded

Local winter experiences

Nov 17, 2019 / 11:57 am

Contributed Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism Winter is coming and what better way to celebrate than enjoying what Kootenay Lake region has to offer in true local fashion. The 3rd Annual Winter Kickoff Carnival and Events runs from Nov. 21 to Dec. 7, taking place in communit

The beat of Africa

Nov 16, 2019 / 3:34 pm

Photo: Contributed Moon over Dakar The last week of our epic holiday was spent on the coast in Senegal. A girlfriend I’ve known my entire adult life is living in Dakar, and the chance to catch up with her was the original impetus for our trip.  Senegal is a vibran

Kitchen Party - Chef Andrea

Nov 14, 2019 / 11:29 am

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from aroun

Kitchen Party - Chef Chris

Nov 13, 2019 / 9:51 am

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from aroun

Kitchen Party - Chef Brock

Nov 12, 2019 / 9:48 am

Photo:  Justin Veenema Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs f

Kitchen Party - Chef Kai

Nov 11, 2019 / 6:38 am

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from aroun

Kitchen Party - Chef Rob

Nov 10, 2019 / 6:25 am

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from aroun

Paradise Pear Cider

Nov 10, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Paradise Pear Cider Winery: Twisted Hills, Cawston Why drink it? Instead of wine, why not cider for a change? There are many local options, including some that come in a wine-sized bottle. Like an intriguing wine, this cider is a blend: organic cider apples

Yes, we have no canaries

Nov 9, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Having had a good dose of North Africa, we had a change of pace this past week. We left Morocco and headed to the next leg of our journey: the Canary Islands. Here was a chance for us to do some scuba diving, and have a bit of European beach holiday before we expe

Kitchen Party - Chef Jeff

Nov 8, 2019 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from aroun

Kitchen Party - Chef James

Nov 7, 2019 / 8:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Canada's Great Kitchen Party comes to Kelowna Nov. 15. The event is a regional qualifier for the Canadian Culinary Championships and will be hosted by Olympic gold medalist Kelsey Serwa at the Delta Grand Hotel. It will feature seven chefs from around the

Zinfandel from Rust, Oliver

Nov 3, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Zinfandel, 2017 Winery: Rust, Oliver Why drink it? “Zin” is typically big and bold, though in the glass it can look deceptively lighter than what you’ll experience on a sniff and a sip. To the former, this one has notes of dried cranberries


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