Township 7 Pinot Gris

Jul 25, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Gris, 2020 Winery: Township 7, Naramata/Langley Why drink it? Beautifully aromatic, which may be a surprise to many PG fans, but enjoy the fresh pear and peach notes, mixed with some light wildflower hints reminiscent of an Okanagan meadow. The grapes

'Punk' health trend

Jul 24, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I was researching odd food traditions for this week’s column, and I came across a new trend in China called “punk health.” I was so intrigued I stopped looking. You will have to wait for another week for me to offer a list, as I’d like to expand

Club prepares to reopen

Jul 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Jon Manchester Vernon's Status Nightclub is preparing to reopen when B.C. reaches Stage 4 of its reopening plan. With this in mind, owner Saverio Loria says the club will reopen Friday, Sept. 10. The time has come ... we are thrilled to announce we will be reopening our d

Lightning Rock Viognier

Jul 18, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Viognier, 2019 Winery: Lightning Rock, Summerland Why drink it? For fun, compare this Viognier with the winery’s sparkling Pét-Nat version (if you can find a bottle), and decide if you prefer the bubbly or this one. A sunshine-y golden hue in th

Celebrate small victories

Jul 17, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Pictured is some of Murray's small victory garden. It’s usually about this time of the summer that I begin to feel overwhelmed. The garden is in full swing, and the fruit in the orchards is ripening. I always want to capture all those flavours – with

Second Act Rosé

Jul 11, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: The Second Act Field Blend Rosé, 2020 Winery: Virtual Why drink it? You can find this piquette wine at your local BC Liquor store, and what does “piquette” mean? It’s a “petite” wine that is naturally lower in alcohol, ma

Yummy novelty treats

Jul 10, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed We have just celebrated the start of summer with holidays in Canada and the U.S., and for many that means a summer feast. Often nostalgic favourites are served, meat gets cooked on the grill, and there are plenty of sides. Desserts range from simple classics like fruit

Simple summer pleasures

Jul 3, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I really like summer. The other seasons have more unpredictable weather, so you need to plan your clothing. Safety can be a consideration, what with storms and snow and ice. The days are shorter, so time management is tougher. Not to mention the expectation is that we m

Pretty in Pink rosé

Jun 27, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pretty in Pink (rosé), 2020 Winery: Priest Creek, Kelowna Why drink it? Props to this winery for literally planning to open its doors the day everything shut down in March 2020, then forging ahead to now be welcoming guests. Raise a glass of this love

Food for a heat wave

Jun 26, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When the temperature outside gets to be higher than our body temperature, it’s not very exciting to cook hot food. Since we are heading into one of our “flip the switch” sudden heat waves to start summer, I thought it prudent to offer some suggestio

Polson Market coming soon

Jun 24, 2021 / 11:30 am

Photo: Polson Artisan Night Market A new Vernon market is making its way to Polson Park. In a news release on the Polson Market website, Mayla Janzen of the Polson Artisan Night Market, says she wants to bring nightlife to the popular park. “Organizing a market in Vernon came

Chocolate from bean to bar

Jun 24, 2021 / 4:00 am

Victoria Femia A new chocolate company in Vernon is making the sweet treat from bean to bar. Kristy Obando and Shane McDougall are the owners of SilverStar Chocolate Company, which offers a variety of options for chocolate lovers. The company sells cacao beans, bulk chocolate without th

COVID silver lining

Jun 24, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Darren Handschuh James Fradley You can make the most of a bad situation or wallow in misery, so some Vernon restaurants have embraced the silver lining behind the dark cloud of COVID. Government-imposed restrictions and shutdowns have hit the service industry hard. But, Ja

Hester Creek red blend

Jun 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Character (red blend), 2019 Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver Why drink it? The Character blends from Hester (both the white and red versions), are good bottles to have on hand for everyday life. This vintage is a mélange of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Ca

Dads deserve a tribute, too

Jun 19, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. It seems only fair that we offer an appropriate tribute in line with that of the one for Moms. Although Dads are certainly an important part of our everyday life, their special day is much less of a fuss than the one that

Narrative Chenin Blanc

Jun 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chenin Blanc, 2019 Winery: Narrative (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland Why drink it? From one of the labels from Crush Pad comes Narrative, a selection of wines meant to tell the story of the terroir that gives South Okanagan wines their sense of place in the

Hidden gems on Main Street

Jun 12, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I had a meeting in Summerland this week. After, I wanted a bit of time to enjoy the day, so I stopped for a walk on Main Street. I was struck by how many businesses were only open a few days a week. That inspired me to find a way to enjoy the ones that were open.

2020 Nostalgia Rosé

Jun 6, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2020 Winery: Nostalgia, Oliver Why drink it? Raise a glass to the re-name and re-brand of the winery formerly known as Oliver Twist, and its 15th anniversary this year. This rosé comes under the Nostalgia label, which complements the Pin-

Highs and lows

Jun 5, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When my stepdaughter was little, we used to have a family tradition at the dinner table called Highs and Lows. It was when we each recounted the moments in our day that stuck out on either end of the scale. It was also about quality time and knowing what mattered.

Local food sustainability

Jun 2, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Lindsay Peltz/Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project A new study suggests the Okanagan could meet most of its food needs by increasing local production. The study by Surrey's Kwantlen Polytechnic University says regionalizing food systems can be a driver of sustainable commu