Snoop Dogg, Cali Red 2019

Feb 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Snoop Dogg, Cali Red 2019 Winery: 19 Crimes, California Why drink it? Yes, Snoop Dogg, like many celebrities, has a wine. The label simply says: composition – red wine, origin – California. A blend of Petite Syrah and Zinfandel (and maybe a touch

Speaking a food language

Feb 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever heard of culinary grammar? You know what grammar is with words – “it is the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and their functions and relations in the sentence. It is also a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided i

2013 Row 128 Merlot

Feb 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Row 128 Merlot, 2013 Winery: Seven Stones, Similkameen Why drink it? One of the best Merlots from the region, worth seeking out to see if for no other reason than to decide if you agree, or compare with another vintage from the winery. The aromas are complex

Recipes that give pure Joy

Feb 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I scroll the internet daily for research, and often it is for food. As a gourmand, I am interested in cultural articles as well as recipes and restaurant news, but of course it is far too easy to fall down the rabbit hole of doom and gloom that fills much of the ethe

2018 Time Merlot

Feb 7, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Merlot, 2018 Winery: Time, Penticton Why drink it? Merlot is a classic that can stand the test of time. A bottle or two on hand are convenient choices for those evenings when a glass of red wine is in order after a complicated day. This one is uncomplicated,

Healthy comfort food? Yes!

Feb 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It’s February. The weather is mostly grey and wet. There is no chance for any kind of bikini getaway, so we are stuck wearing the same winter clothes, or staying in and hoping NetFlix releases something amazing soon, because we watched everything they have so f

$75k bottle of scotch for sale

Feb 4, 2021 / 4:57 pm

Photo: Bowmore A bottle of scotch being sold in Vancouver is so expensive it might make even the high-rolling James Bond raise an eyebrow at its price tag. The specialty bottle was made in partnership between Bowmore and Aston Martin to celebrate an important year in each company&rsqu

Burrowing Owl Chardonnay

Jan 31, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chardonnay, 2018 Winery: Burrowing Owl, OIiver Why drink it? Maybe this is the bottle that can convert the “ABC” – anything but chardonnay – wine drinker to branch out. Hand-picked and hand-sorted, some artistry and care went into thi

Are we smart as appliances?

Jan 30, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Do smart appliances and smart food mean smart people? Are we getting dumber? There are all kinds of "smart" things in our world now: Smart phones Smart appliances Smart homes even. We have entered a world where cooking with your phone is n

2019 Cedar Creek Pinot Gris

Jan 24, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Platinum Series Pinot Gris, 2019 Winery: CedarCreek, Kelowna Why drink it? From the winery’s Simes Vineyard – unique as it is north-facing and lacks direct sunlight – this organic Pinot Gris comes from the grapes picked last to create a bot

January blues? Cheer up!

Jan 23, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Here we are, with the New Year rung in and the resolutions made – now what? It seems we always start the new year with a combination of energy and guilt. We get all fired up to start new things, improve our performance, be more healthy and positive….

Following the food calendar

Jan 16, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed For those of us who still like to have tangible references for the passage of time, a watch and a calendar are indispensable. I still wear a watch almost every day; if I am not looking directly at a computer or phone screen, I check my wrist to know the time of day.

2017 Roche Nuances

Jan 10, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Nuances, 2017 Winery: Roche, Naramata Why drink it? A Bordeaux style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc (the dominant grape), with the history and skill of six winemaking generations. This bottle is true to its name in expressing subtle

I can almost taste it

Jan 9, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Being a gourmand, I always have food on my mind.  At home I often think of comfort foods, but having just been through a month of indulgences and traditional hearty Christmas fare, a change of pace is needed.  The New Year warrants new flavours. In wi

Lightning Rock Viognier

Jan 3, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Viognier Pét-Nat (sparkling), 2020 Winery: Lightning Rock, Summerland Why drink it? Firstly, what is Pét-Nat? Abbreviated from Pétillant Naturel, it’s a sparkling wine produced by botting the wine before the first fe

From soup to nuts

Jan 2, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I have been writing this column for 14 years. It started with my chef husband and me offering a “he said, she said” approach to food topics. He got busier with his private chef business, The Chef Instead, and so then it was just me – and you –

Mirabel Pinot Noir Rose

Dec 27, 2020 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé of Pinot Noir, 2019 Winery: Mirabel, (East) Kelowna Why drink it? The bottle and its glass topper are both unique and elegant, as is the wine. Each vintage is an exploration – the 2017 is worth searching for – and this recent release

Going nuts at Christmas

Dec 26, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed By the time you read this it will be Boxing Day, or later. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, the fuss will all be over. I do hope that you made the most of it, despite all the limitations. Even though 2020 has been crazy in all kinds of ways, we still deserve

Return of the light

Dec 19, 2020 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Winter solstice  By the time you read this, Christmas will be days away. Perhaps you are rushing with last-minute preparations. Maybe like me, you are trying to stay busy in a much quieter season. Instead of stressing about Christmas, how about we focus on

Intermezzo closes for dine-in

Dec 16, 2020 / 9:14 am

Photo: Facebook A favourite Vernon restaurant has temporarily closed its doors for sit-down dining. "It was a very heartbreaking decision, but we have decided to close our family-owned and operated restaurant for in-person dining ... This is only temporarily. We do not know a