Last call for summer

Aug 8, 2020 / 12:00 am

Photo: express.co.uk Why is it that summer always seems to be the season that goes by the fastest?  No matter how many sunny days we enjoy, there are green tomatoes in the garden when the days cool off and marshmallows left unroasted even as the nights expand in length.  T

Moraine Pinot Noir

Aug 2, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Noir, 2018 Winery: Moraine, Naramata Why drink it? A lot of care has gone into this Pinot, the “heartbreak grape”, in a bottle that expresses the Naramata Bench alongside classic hints of French pinots. Floral and dried rose petal notes mix

Sunshine in a jar

Aug 1, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I remember a song when I was a kid about swinging on a star and carrying moonbeams in a jar. I always wanted to do those things Bing Crosby sang about, but I never even managed to find a firefly much less a moonbeam. One thing I did discover though, was how to cap

Liquidity Chardonnay 2018

Jul 26, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chardonnay, 2018 Winery: Liquidity, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? A beautiful golden hue in the glass, this is a chardonnay that doesn’t push any oak boundaries for the “anything but chard” crowd, but is most definitely refine

The joys of camping

Jul 25, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We took our annual camping trip this past week. It has been our tradition the last 10 years to go to the Cascades and camp at a family campground on a small lake in Washington. We can sit on the dock or swim or paddle on our boards during the day and then lounge a

Township 7 Pinot Noir

Jul 19, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Noir, 2018 Winery: Township 7, Penticton Why drink it? A richer Pinot Noir, as Okanagan pinots go, made with care in a Burgundian style, aged in French Oak for a year. The ruby-raspberry colour in the glass leads to complex aromas that may inspire live

The original cool: ice cream

Jul 18, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The quintessential treat of summer is a frozen one. Nowadays, there are many variations on this theme, what with global eating trends and dietary restrictions being so common. Originally though, everyone knew it as “cream ice” or “iced cream.”

Old-fashioned summer fun

Jul 11, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed This summer is full of what we didn’t expect and absent of what we normally expect for the season. Even the weather has been cool and rainy. But amidst the craziness that has become 2020, there are chances to have some good old-fashioned fun. Have you bee

Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris

Jul 5, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Burrowing Owl Pinot Gris Wine: Pinot Gris, 2019 Winery: Burrowing Owl, Oliver Why drink it? Pinot Gris should be a staple white wine for the summer. This one is very Okanagan in style, with surprisingly intense aromas right out of the bottle reminiscent of a fr

2 decades of food and drink

Jul 4, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Martin and Kristin have mint tea in the Sahara This weekend, Martin and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. In reflecting upon that time, we have reminisced over many adventures shared in all the years of living together, not to mention all the memorabl

Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Jun 28, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Estate Sauvignon Blanc Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna Why drink it? Made in the style of fresh, herbaceous New Zealand sauvignon blancs, the herb notes of sage and fresh cut grass lift immediately out of the glass after a swirl of this very pale golden green wi

Perfect time to picnic

Jun 27, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s official – school is done and the solstice has past (did you see the live stream of sunrise at Stonehenge?). Summer is here. It’s time to plan on getting out and doing important things. You know, like getting ice cream, spending the day

Muscato Frizzante, 2019

Jun 21, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Muscat Frizzante, 2019 Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? The winery describes this light sparkler as spritzy, which it is, and under a screwcap instead of a cork or cap, so there is a slight “poof” when you open the bottle

For the love of bread

Jun 20, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed There were plenty of jokes about bread being made as soon as the pandemic lockdowns started.  Why was it that suddenly the food people wanted to make was bread? Maybe it is because there is an historic connection, a symbolism for bread that encompasses much of w

Restaurant owner cries foul

Jun 18, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Theos Restaurant Gregory Condon A beloved Penticton restaurant is crying foul over the federal government's handling of their request for pandemic wage subsidy help this summer. Theo's restaurant has operated in Penticton for over 40 years, but was purchased by G

First cherries off the tree

Jun 15, 2020 / 1:45 pm

Mmmm ... cherries. Nothing tastes sweeter than that first taste of locally grown Okanagan fruit each year. First-of-the-season Okanagan cherries began hitting local farmers markets this week. Although it hasn't felt very spring-like lately, the sweet, red fruit is an annual signal that

Bizou+Yukon Savvy Gris

Jun 14, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Savvy Gris, 2019 Winery: Bizou+Yukon (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland Why drink it? If you like dogs, art, and wine, this series (a white, red, and rosé) named for the two infamous Great Pyrenees that keep watch over the vineyards at Okanagan Crush Pa

Some foods for thought

Jun 13, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed One of my inspirations for learning languages in school was to better understand the culture that went with them. I discovered a key component of culture was food and how people consumed it.  That is how I became a foodie, one who wanted to be a bit of a culinar

Wisdom of Pooh

Jun 6, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Winnie the Pooh It’s grad season, an important time of transition in young lives. The class of 2020 has a unique situation to say the least: missing out on the social celebrations, the pomp and ceremony and even the boredom of waiting for their name to be called for their wal

Mission Hill Reserve Rosé

May 31, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Reserve Rosé Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? A blend of merlot, shiraz, and pinot noir, the colour is a ruby red grapefruit in the bottle, and that citrus element continues on the bright nose with watermelon and strawberry notes in th