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Equinox sparkling wine

Oct 25, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Equinox (sparkling), 2016 Winery: Township 7, Penticton Why drink it? While this sparkling wine is exclusive to the winery’s club members, that shouldn’t deter you from exploring the various Seven Stars sparkling options as Township develops its

Tribute to Ella

Oct 24, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s harvest time. Halloween is coming. Pumpkins are everywhere and the last of the fresh fruit and veggies is on the tables at farm stands.  I should have lots to say as a foodie this week. But I’ve got nothing. I lost my mojo. Her name was Ella.

'Weed should be like beer'

Oct 23, 2020 / 6:45 am

Photo: The Canadian Press Actor Seth Rogen, right, and business partner Evan Goldberg. When actor Seth Rogen was growing up and smoking cannabis in Vancouver, he recalls there was a constant cloud of shame around the substance that still lingers. "I smoke weed all day and every

Dirty Laundry Red Blend

Oct 18, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Hush (red blend), 2019 Winery: Dirty Laundry, Summerland Why drink it? The Hush series of wines is a popular one for Dirty Laundry, where just about everything is a little tongue-in-cheek with a dash of fun. A blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon,

Memories on your calendar

Oct 17, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I thought about doing a column on the weird food holidays on the calendar, but the more I researched, the sillier it all became.  Robbie Burns Night celebrates his birthday on Jan. 25 with haggis and scotch, but then cherries and strawberries are celebrated in F

50th Parallel Pinot Noir

Oct 11, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Noir, 2017 Winery: 50th Parallel, Lake Country Why drink it? Fall is Pinot season. This one shies away from a delicate style with a bolder presence on the nose and on the tastebuds. Crushed red berries, rosemary spice, light cigar box smokiness lift ou

Okanagan's sausage king

Oct 10, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, they kick off an Octoberfest two-part series as they visit the sausage king of the Okanagan – Helmut of Helmut's Sausage Kitchen. Each week, Kaz and Scarlatescu talk with Okanagan

Halloween ripple

Oct 10, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have been spoiled in style this October. This week, we have enjoyed sunshine and warmth as if summer were not already over. I decided I should celebrate such good fortune, so Ella and I went for ice cream. For me, summer ice cream cones are at least one scoop n

Maple Leaf Peach Liqueur

Oct 4, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Peach Liqueur Winery: Maple Leaf Spirits, Penticton Why drink it? Winner of a gold medal at the 2020 Canadian Artisan Spirit Competition, this spirit from the Naramata Bench will take you back to the height of fruit harvest when you’re huddled inside o

For the love of cider

Oct 3, 2020 / 12:00 pm

Peter Kaz and David Scarlatescu are back with the latest episode of Hello Okanagan. This week, they talk all things cider with the friendly folks at Vernon's BX Press Cidery – and of course they do some sampling as well. Each week, Kaz and Scarlatescu talk with Okanagan business

Beer's a byproduct of bread

Oct 3, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Origins of old recipes Do you know the saying, “there’s no such thing as an original idea?” Some folks say the same is true of recipes. Their argument is that all we do is adapt what someone somewhere already created. My defence to that is all

Hester Creek Sparkling

Sep 27, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Ti Amo (sparkling), 2019 Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver Why drink it? The first sparkling wine to come from Hester, this “I love you” bottle is an enticing prosecco-style blend of Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and a touch of Semillon with fruitiness

Sufferin' succotash

Sep 26, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Cartoon Networx Does anyone else remember that expression "sufferin' succotash?" Sylvester the cat used to say that whenever he was frustrated. I loved the sound of the words, even though I didn’t know what succotash was. Imagine my delight when I discovered

Cooking with fire

Sep 19, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed My motivation for writing this week was all around me. Despite having a year here that was not as hot or as dry as usual, we are surrounded by the smoke of forest fires. I send out positive vibes to all the people working to fight those fires and to the people workin

2018 Mandaray white blend

Sep 13, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Mandaray (white blend), 2018 Winery:  Mt. Boucherie, West Kelowna Why drink it? A collaboration with Save On, this white blend also has a partner red under the relatively new “white label”. The 2019 is available now; the 2018 is a blend of R

The taste of change

Sep 12, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have been fortunate to have warm days as the calendar page turned to September. The nights are, however, cool. Everything is different as summer sets on the horizon and autumn rises.  When Ella and I walk in the orchards, the air is crisp and the aromas in

Pinot Noir Clonal Series

Sep 6, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Noir Clonal Series, 2018 Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna Why drink it? Why not have three bottles of Pinot Noir instead of one? CedarCreek has put together three pinots from three different clones – 115, 667, 777 – for the wine geek in all of u

An heirloom like no other

Sep 5, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed As a gardener, I look forward to the harvest all summer. All the watering, weeding, trimming, and encouragement is in hopes of a beautiful bounty this time of year. For a Prairie kid like me who grew up watching my parents hope desperately for enough warm, sunny d

2017 Fourth Dimension

Aug 30, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Fourth Dimension (red blend), 2017 Winery: Time, Penticton Why drink it? Four varietals go into this bottle, hence the name – Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the “Dimension” a nod to the concept of time, of cours

The food of angels

Aug 29, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: wallsdesk.com As summer draws to a close, many of us will be racing to grab one more moment in the sun or one more taste of the season. Here in the Okanagan there are many local summer flavours, but the quintessential flavour of summer across the world for thousands of years has
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