Okanagan Taste

What's in the bottle?

May 15, 2019 / 11:00 am

You may be hearing the term “sub gi (gee eye, not guy or gee)” more often in the B.C. wine world. But what is it, and what does it mean for the...

Wine gift ideas for mom

May 8, 2019 / 11:00 am

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and there are many brunches to choose from to treat the mom (step-mom, aunt, adopted mom, grand mom, or maybe even your dad)...

You can be the perfect guest

May 1, 2019 / 11:00 am

If the weather ever turns into a proper spring, many of us will be out at events, big and small, any day now, from grand tastings to intimate dinners. So, it is...

Smell the difference in wine

Apr 24, 2019 / 11:04 am

If you’ve been thinking about taking a class or two in wine, this weekend’s Sensory Symposium at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College may be a...

Are your tastes competitive?

Apr 17, 2019 / 11:00 am

It could be called the “Game of Thrones, Wine Edition.” The Tasting Games is an upcoming series of friendly competitive events to see who is the...

Picking the right wine

Apr 10, 2019 / 11:00 am

When I am handed a wine list, or given the menu options for dinner at home along with the question, “What wine are you going to open?” my brain...

It's never too soon for pink

Mar 27, 2019 / 11:00 am

Spring is here, at least according to the calendar. The weather may not be completely co-operative, but I have taken out the patio chairs in an attempt to send...

Hiring season has begun

Mar 13, 2019 / 11:40 am

It’s starting earlier and earlier each year. Wineries, bistros, restaurants, bars, and many other businesses in — or related to — hospitality...

Wine world coming to you

Feb 27, 2019 / 11:00 am

If you’re game for a road trip or a short flight to Vancouver at the end of February, the wine world is in Vancouver every year as winter begins to make...

Love the wine you're with

Feb 13, 2019 / 11:00 am

It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, and that means, for some, choosing a bottle of wine is a paramount part of the preparations. There are many B.C wines...

Join the (wine) club

Jan 30, 2019 / 11:00 am

Like me, you’re probably seeing more invitations to join wine clubs. No, not a neighbourhood gathering to share bottles, but the option to sign up for a...

Ready for the season?

Jan 16, 2019 / 11:36 am

Get out your calendars, event season is coming Sure, it’s only mid January, but some of the most popular wine, libations, and food events around the...

Looking ahead to 2019

Dec 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

There was a meme online recently that said 2018 was so long, we all forgot there was an Olympics. I had to Google it — February in PyeongChang, in case...

Cooking up great gifts

Dec 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

The days of paperback cookbooks are giving way to beautifully designed hard cover works of literary and culinary art. You might want to keep some of these...

Songs and sips of the season

Nov 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

With less than a month to go before Christmas, I experienced my first holiday tunes recently while out exploring a few seasonal events. And talk of what treats...

Christmas in wine country

Nov 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

Tis the season, or it soon will be, for holiday events and gatherings all over the Okanagan and wine country. It’s a good time to take in special wine...

Wines for All Hallow's Eve

Oct 31, 2018 / 6:00 am

Let’s get the idea of pairing Halloween candy with wine off the table. I’ve explored this before, and the likelihood that you’ll ruin a good...

Snacking and 'sportsing'

Oct 10, 2018 / 6:00 am

It’s a glorious time of year for sports fans: The NFL is in full swing, but it’s early enough to be anyone’s season. Hockey has finally...

New experience of tasting

Sep 26, 2018 / 6:00 am

As wine consumers develop a stronger interest in the cycle of wine – from vineyard, to fermentation, to glass – there is a growing desire to learn...

Cabbing it in cool weather

Sep 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

As a relatively young wine region, the Okanagan – in truth, British Columbia and Canada – is still finding its way when it comes to identity. Do...