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

Mystic River Pinot Blanc

May 12, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Mystic River Pinot Blanc 2017 Winery: Wild Goose, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Pinot blanc, which is a genetic mutation of pinot noir, often flies under the radar…much like this winery, which keeps quietly racking up awards and is home a fantastic BBQ

Ready, set, blow

May 11, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It is that time of year again. Everyone on the street has mowed their lawns with due diligence, thinking all is right with the world. But under cover of night, the rebel forces stand up out of the grass and launch their attack. By morning, the unsuspecting suburbanit

Mother's Day at the orchard

May 7, 2019 / 10:55 am

Photo: Davison Orchards The annual Mother's Day picnic at Davison Orchards in Vernon should be packed, as the weather is expected to be ideal this Sunday. “This is a special occasion. Mother’s Day only comes once a year, and the blossoms only appear for a short tim

Singletree Rosé

May 5, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé 2017 Winery: Singletree, Abbotsford/Naramata Why drink it? The 2018 vintages (two choices, one a reserve) should be released any day now, but the 2017 may still be around. And as Singletree is just opening its winery on the Naramata Bench, the op

Nature's Fare chain sold

May 4, 2019 / 7:10 am

Photo: Nature's Fare A Vernon-based grocery chain with stores across B.C. has been sold. Grocery Business magazine reports Nature's Fare Markets has been acquired by Buy-Low Foods of B.C.'s Jim Pattison Group. Nature's Fare, headquartered in Vernon, was fou

Moms, May flowers, mint

May 4, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Moms, May flowers and mint    I’ve got you thinking, haven’t I? What in the world do the items in this week’s title have to do with each other? They are all things that I love, and in an interesting set of circumstances, they all happen

Time to eat, drink local

May 1, 2019 / 6:45 pm

Photo: Kirk Penton May has arrived, which means the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association would love it if you looked locally when thinking about what to eat and drink. This is Buy BC: Eat Drink Local month, and all industry stakeholders are doing what they can to convince Britis

Poll: I'll drink to that!

Apr 30, 2019 / 7:10 pm

Photo: Unsplash/Gonzalo Remy B.C. drinkers aren't cracking a cold one nearly as much as those in other provinces. New data from Statistics Canada shows that despite the rise of craft breweries, beer accounted for 34 per cent of all alcohol sales in British Columbia in 2017-18.

Get ready for Beer Fest

Apr 28, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Photo: Contributed The Great Okanagan Beer Festival is just one week away. Eight days of "un-beer-lievable" events kick off in Kelowna on May 5, with the main event following on May 11 at Waterfront Park, from noon to 5 p.m. Beer lovers can soak up several other events thr

Sticky fingers and dirty toes

Apr 27, 2019 / 9:00 am

Photo: Contributed This weekend will mark the official beginning of the “sunny season” at Rabbit Hollow. It’s more than spring as it runs into summer, it’s the feeling that lasts right through till September. You know it — the dreamy bliss you feel when yo

Do classics ever change?

Apr 20, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With the news this week of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, I was awash with memories and nostalgia. A sadness overtook me. “Such a shame, that future generations won’t be able to see this classic historical place,” I thought. It occurred to me

Black Hills Chardonnay

Apr 14, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chardonnay 2017 Winery: Black Hills, Oliver Why drink it? Just released, a lot of love and care went into this well-crafted chard. A good transitional white wine with medium body and weight to get you through a cool spring until summer hits. Notes of lemon r

Live long and prosper

Apr 13, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Every day, we are constantly being pushed and pulled by influences in our lives… and all those influences change how our lives go and how long they last. Only 20-30% of our longevity is attributed to genetics, so our day-to-day life makes up the rest. The p

Stag's Hollow Dolcetto

Apr 7, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Dolcetto 2017 Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? Dolcetto is an Italian grape and the name means “little sweet one”, but that’s not at all an indication that the wine is sweet. Typically both dry and fruit forward, th

Sharing time in a cup

Apr 6, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I often speak of the value of a meal in bringing people together, but sometimes all it takes is a beverage. In the progression of a relationship there are usually dates to meet for a drink before anyone commits to sharing a meal. Did you know that certain beverage

CedarCreek Riesling

Mar 31, 2019 / 5:00 am

Photo: Allison Markin Wine: Riesling 2018 Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna Why drink it? A tiny portion of this bright Riesling was fermented in French Oak, giving it a nice, subtle roundness. This is a grape that needs some attention in the vineyard so the sugars and acidity are balance

Canada's best pizza?

Mar 30, 2019 / 7:29 am

Photo: Facebook A downtown Kelowna pizzeria has been named one of the best in Canada. In an article titled 21 pizzas in Canada you have to eat before you die, travel website Big Seven ranked Kelowna's Antico Pizza Napoletana No. 3. "The Pizzaiolos here are trained in N

What's in your fridge?

Mar 30, 2019 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed In the spirit of spring cleaning, I thought I’d dedicate a column to those ubiquitous jars that line our fridge doors. As a foodie, I will humbly admit I have a weakness for condiments. I love all kinds of pickles, jams, chutneys, sauces – the list is end