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2 new craft breweries open

Jul 14, 2019 / 3:35 pm

Photo: Colin Dacre This summer is shaping up to be busiest the province has ever seen for new craft brewery openings. Last week two new breweries opened in the Okanagan, with Barn Owl Brewing Co. in Kelowna and Breakaway Brewing Co. in Summerland both opening their doors. Barn Owl B

Road 13 Roussanne

Jul 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Roussanne 2017 Winery: Road 13, Oliver Why drink it? Roussanne is not all that common in the Okanagan; from the Rhône region of France, this particular style is becoming the winemaking focus at Road 13. A beautiful golden hue in the glass, the grapes c

All aboard at public house

Jul 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed For the rest of the summer, Castanet Penticton is featuring a new South Okanagan restaurant weekly, every Sunday. The feature will complement our existing weekly wine reviews found here. Locals and tourists are all aboard The Station Public House located adjacen

Summer garden party

Jul 13, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I wanted to create a post that would showcase something elegant for a summer garden party. I was thinking of keeping up to Martha Stewart and all her beautiful flower arrangements amidst pastel-coloured cocktails, or perhaps Alice Waters-style with sprigs of just-sni

Mission Hill Chardonnay

Jul 7, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Terroir Collection Chardonnay, 2017 Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? The grapes come from Oliver, at Jagged Rock Vineyard, and much care has gone into this distinctive and refreshing wine, starting with the site selection and choosing specifi

'Salute to the Seasons'

Jul 7, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Click here to view gallery Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed   For the rest of the summer, Castanet Penticton is featuring a new South Okanagan restaurant weekly, every Sunday. T

Plate It forward

Jul 6, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed If you haven’t already spent time with family and/or friends around the table now that summer has started, it will happen very soon. An intrinsic part of the summer season is shared meals. We gather on holidays to share a meal or two, but in the summer the whol

Ardua red blend

Jun 30, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Ardua (red blend), 2013 Winery: Macintyre Heritage Reserve, Naramata Why drink it? Expressively Naramata, this blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc pays homage to the family history behind the label, and can be found at Lake Breeze Vineyards on the Naramata Be

A taste of Canada

Jun 29, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed O CANADA  As Canadians, we tend to be humble about our great and spacious nation. Our national day is upon us, and as a foodie I like to represent my patriotism in my food. The catch is, there isn’t just one way to do that. Americans have hotdogs and

Let's have fun this summer

Jun 22, 2019 / 7:30 am

Photo: Contributed It’s time to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors. School is out, summer has started… you no longer have a valid excuse. To make it easier for you, I have a list of my favourite summer activities and a few things I’ve been meaning to get out

VinAmite Gamay Noir

Jun 16, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Gamay Noir, 2018 Winery: VinAmité, Oliver Why drink it? A red wine for white wine drinkers, Gamay Noir is a light and bright summer red that does well with a brief chill, 10 to 20 minutes in the fridge, before serving. This bottle, from one of the fri

Beware fake (food) news

Jun 15, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: bestfitmagazine.co.uk I read an article in a food magazine recently about an indigenous tribe in South America that only eats fish with chiles because they believe it is toxic without the cleansing properties of said chiles. That made me think of other food myths I’ve enco

Lake Breeze Naramata

Jun 9, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Gris, 2017 Winery: Lake Breeze, Naramata Why drink it? The labels have recently been re-designed as the winery creates several wine tiers, but the wines remain clean and classic, like this bottle of “PG” that has racked up a number of big a

Share some soul food

Jun 8, 2019 / 6:43 am

Photo: Contributed Some things really do get better with age, and I have to say that an old friendship is my favourite of them all. There is nothing better than sharing time, or better yet food and drink, with old friends as you catch up and soak in the comfort that comes from being wi

Monte Creek Rose

Jun 2, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2017 Winery: Monte Creek Ranch, Kamloops Why drink it? The winery has a bit of a quirky history, as does this wine. It’s wild-fermented, so it was kind of left up to nature to do the work, and it’s Marquette. If you Wikipedia the gra

Decorate your plate

Jun 1, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It is said that we eat with our eyes. This time of year, as the gardens begin to explode with colour from plants of all kinds it’s easy to be inspired. I think the marketing team that came up with the healthy eating slogan “Eat a rainbow” must have

Nectar of the Gods

May 26, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Nectar of the Gods (red blend), 2016 Winery: Blasted Church, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? You can, if you are feeling blessed, pick up a bottle of this tempting red blend of Cot Noir (aka Malbec), Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon in three or six litre bo

The sweet and tart of life

May 25, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have passed the unofficial start of Canadian summer, and yet things have not really warmed up yet. Gardens are lanky and lush green, and lawns are hard to keep mowed with spring rains. Everyone is still wearing jackets, and only the die-hards deep in denial are sp

Quails' Gate Chasselas

May 19, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chasselas-Pinot Blanc-Pinot Gris, 2018 Winery: Quails’ Gate, West Kelowna Why drink it? First, it’s fun to say “Chasselas” with a slight flourish. A grape with a long history at the winery, it’s blended with these two Pinots to

Toothbrush epiphanies

May 18, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Epiphany: ( /əˈpifənē/) noun, a moment of sudden revelation or insight. Do you ever have those moments when you suddenly get a great idea? Have you ever noticed they occur when you least expect them? This week, I’m going to encourage inspiration by offer




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