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Calliope Wines, Oliver

Sep 24, 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

Fall's flying fairies

Sep 23, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s official – fall is here. I have gotten over the initial shock of the seasons changing, and now I am working to soak in the magic of autumn. I am not looking forward to getting up in the dark, but I’m adjusting to the idea of long pants

Blue Grouse, Vancouver Isl.

Sep 17, 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

The taste of melancholy

Sep 16, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The days are still sunny – thankfully, we even have blue skies – and wearing shorts and T-shirts is still not out of the question, but fall is coming. When I walk the dogs in the morning, the air has a chill, and the sun is peeking over the hill noticeabl

Roche, Naramata Bench

Sep 10, 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

Do you like leftovers?

Sep 9, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We had a discussion this week about leftovers, and how sometimes even though we put them in the fridge use they sometimes disappear into the nether regions and reappear in another (much less desirable) form later. This is unfortunately a sign of the bounty

Ruby Blues, Naramata

Sep 3, 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

Six of one, half dozen of

Sep 2, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Every once in a while someone will look at me funny. First, I wonder if I have something on my shirt or a cowlick in my hair, but then I realize it’s because I have uttered one of those expressions that puzzle people. I grew up including sayings such as this

Pentage, Okanagan Falls

Aug 27, 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

Peachy keen

Aug 26, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I am not ready to write about back-to-school routines and cooler mornings, so let’s just carry on with summery thoughts and focus on the sunshine and the fresh flavours, shall we? Here in the Okanagan, we are spoiled with the full bounty of summer. Fresh fruit

Haywire, Summerland

Aug 20, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Switchback Pinot Gris, 2015 Winery: Haywire (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland Why drink it? The first item to note about this wine: the farmers who grew the grapes are acknowledged on the tech sheet (where all the wine geek stuff is listed), for wine begins i

Fun foods from A to Z

Aug 19, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: pinterest.com I have been reading a book by one of my favourite authors, and it inspired me to think of this week’s column. I love being a foodie these days, as it has become a cool thing to be, but not in a snobbish way. People are enamoured with Julia Child and her love

All about the wine

Aug 15, 2017 / 10:06 am

Photo: Wayne Moore It's time to figure out what's next for wine and tourism in B.C. The Wine and Culinary Tourism Futures conference will bring together a wide range of specialists to share ideas and practices on the possibilities of the evolving travel market.   Sp

The best of B.C.

Aug 14, 2017 / 5:00 am

Madison Erhardt Okanagan Feast of Fields was held at The Caldwell Heritage Farm on Sunday afternoon. Guests tasted, sipped and enjoyed the local creations from over 60 of British Columbia’s best food and beverage providers. "We couldn't have asked for a bet

Wine in the mountains

Aug 13, 2017 / 6:00 pm

Crowds filled the village at Silver Star Resort, Saturday, for the Mile High Wine & Music Festival. The lineup was long as eager patrons converged on the hill to sip and savour the best of what the Okanagan wine industry has to offer. Wineries from throughout the valley poure

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
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