2019 Fitz Crémant

Sep 19, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Fitz Crémant, 2019 (sparkling) Winery: Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards, Summerland Why drink it? In France, crémant sparkling wines are made the same was champagne, but not in the champagne region, and without the champagne price. This Pinot Blanc

Evolution in eating

Sep 18, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed If you told me two years ago that food trends in the coming years would include a boom in breadmaking, the return of breakfast cereal and fusion cuisines like Mexican Korean, I would say you’d been watching too much Netflix. But then, who knew the last two years w

Laird lottery a hot ticket

Sep 17, 2021 / 1:15 pm

Photo: Contributed Winners of the lottery to purchase one of the Okanagan's most sought after limited-edition libations will find out if they're lucky on Sept. 27. The Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery single-malt Laird of Fintry Whisky is so in demand an annual lottery is held

Passports not on the menu

Sep 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

Victoria Femia The BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association says some Okanagan members are already being reported for not following the vaccine passport program. BCRFA CEO Ian Tostenson says those not complying with the protocols are undermining the program. "So many restaurants a

Day 1 goes smoothly

Sep 13, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Jon Manchester Despite fears of confrontations and backlash over new vaccine passport rules at restaurants, popular eateries in Vernon reported no hassles on Monday, the first day of the passports' implementation. General manager Clinton Bialas at Marten Brewing in downtown

2020 Chronos Rosé

Sep 12, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chronos Rosé, 2020 Winery: Time Family of Wines, Penticton Why drink it? New labels, a new satellite shop coming to the District Wine Village, and a refreshed bistro named Orolo to come in 2022. A good time to get reacquainted with this winery, beginn

Going bananas

Sep 11, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed "Yes, we have no bananas" Are you familiar with this song lyric? Maybe you didn’t know it was a lyric, but rather as a silly expression. Either way, it’s catchy, and it does seem to sum up those ridiculous times when you think things are going a

Cidery closing down early

Sep 10, 2021 / 10:43 am

Photo: Facebook The Farmstrong Cider Company in Armstrong is closing down early for the season. “Due to the continuing uncertainty with COVID, a chronic staffing shortage, and the looming COVID passport implementation, we at Farmstrong are bidding you bon voyage for now,” t

Apple-picking time is here

Sep 8, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Davison Orchard The fall season is quickly approaching, which means apple harvesting and pumpkin picking is underway at Vernon's Davison Orchards. Tractor rides into the orchards are available for guests to pick their own apples right off the tree. Picking is available We

Distillers seek parity

Sep 7, 2021 / 12:02 pm

Photo: Darren Handschuh The CEO of Vernon's Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery is leading a campaign to lower excise taxes on craft distilleries across Canada. Tyler Dyck is president of the Craft Distillers Guild of B.C. He is also spokesperson for the Lift Canada’s Spirit

Struggling to find staff

Sep 7, 2021 / 10:58 am

Photo: Glacier Media The president of restaurant operations at Steamworks Brewing Co. and Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar has been hiring as many employees as possible, but says his ventures remain short-staffed. B.C.’s minimum wage rose 4.1% on June 1 to $15.20 – the highest ra

Restaurants 'getting stiffed'

Sep 7, 2021 / 10:41 am

Photo: File photo Restaurants have suffered a lot throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, but things are starting to get better. According to a new survey by OpenTable, more than 75% of their restaurants have reopened in Canada, and seated diners at those restaurants in August were just 3% b

Inniskillin Riesling

Sep 5, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Okanagan Estate Riesling, 2019 Winery: Inniskillin Why drink it? Riesling can run the gamut from dry to sweet, and the winery’s ice wine version is always a stunner. What to expect from the table version? A balance between fruit forward notes and dryin

Sweet birthday treat

Sep 4, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Our first granddaughter turned one-year-old this past week. There was much fanfare with the occasion—balloons galore and decorations with a bee theme. Her name is Brynnlee and so “Miss B” has become one of her nicknames, and of course it was her &ldquo

Cheers to OKToblerfest

Sep 3, 2021 / 11:04 am

Photo: Jon Manchester A four-day event coming up in Vernon is the stuff of Homer Simpson's dreams. Putting a local spin on Germany's Octoberfest, OKToblerfest is a collaboration between Okanagan Spring Brewery and Wings restaurant. Its name mashes together OK (for Okanagan)

Bordeaux release coming

Sep 2, 2021 / 1:41 pm

Photo: Eric Hanson photo Bordeaux wines. BC Liquor Stores (BCLS) is making a portion of its annual Bordeaux release available to an online pre-order system, including at stores in the Okanagan and Kamloops. Customers will once again have the opportunity to pre-order select products

Play Spotlight Semillon

Aug 29, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Spotlight Semillon, 2019 Winery: Play, Penticton Why drink it? Often found blended with Sauvignon Blanc, a fuller-bodied, thoughtfully oaked Semillon can satisfy Chardonnay fans who favour body, as well as Pinot Gris drinkers looking for subtle fruit flavour

Food named for people

Aug 28, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever wondered why food dishes are named the way they are? Have you heard some of the crazy stories of how or why namesake foods were invented for famous people? As I was eating a sandwich this week, I was thinking of the story behind its creation, so I dove dow

Pretium adds new brand

Aug 26, 2021 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Vernon's Pretium Restaurant Group has added a new brand to its operations. Vernon Catering and Hospitality is the latest step in the group's growth, says director of catering and hospitality Leah Dickinson. "This is a very important step in the growth

Robot replacing servers

Aug 22, 2021 / 7:31 am

Photo: Nono Shen Zhengwen Hao, restaurant owner, says Bella is hardworking and never complains A fairly new server has just joined the Hao’s Lamb Restaurant team in Richmond. And whether she’s in a mood, is rushed off her feet or unhappy about the tip, Bella will always