Okanagan Taste

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...

Wining down to fall

Aug 29, 2018 / 6:00 am

It suddenly feels like autumn, doesn’t it? There are always those few days when the weather changes and even though we’ll probably have another week...

Garagiste gals and guys

Aug 15, 2018 / 6:00 am

Garagistes of the Okanagan take over Kelowna’s Sperling Vineyards Sunday afternoon. So what is a garagiste in the grand scheme of the wine world?...

Party at a Feast of Fields

Aug 1, 2018 / 6:00 am

Eat local. Drink local. Buy local. This is a three-part mantra for many as the drive to support local farmers, producers, and businesses continues to grow and...

Lisbon's wines: Part 2

Jul 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

A few columns ago, I shared my first impressions of Lisbon, this somewhat undiscovered wine region of Portugal The common thought when anyone mentions...

Learning while sipping

Jul 4, 2018 / 6:00 am

A few years ago at a wine tourism conference, one of the presenters spoke of an emerging trend in tasting rooms: the growth of educational offerings. Think of...

Sipping Lisbon's wine

Jun 20, 2018 / 11:00 am

Part one When I told people that I was heading to Portugal to explore its wines, I was asked if I was going to Porto, or the Douro regions…or maybe the...

Toast this reading list

Jun 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

A summer reading list for foodies and wine lovers Instead of breaking out the Kindle or iPad for reading books at the beach or on the patio this summer, why not...

Protect your wine

May 23, 2018 / 3:00 pm

I’m not ashamed to admit that I've ruined perfectly good wine in mere minutes. In fact, I once ruined a bottle of one of my favourite Okanagan syrahs...

Tis the season to drink pink

May 9, 2018 / 11:00 am

You’ve probably noticed a resurgence in rosé in recent years, and, as patio season approaches, many wineries are releasing their pink bottles....

A terroir abroad

Apr 25, 2018 / 11:00 am

Ask a winemaker, vineyard manager, or anyone who works with the soil in our regional vineyards to describe the Okanagan “terroir,” and you’re...

Tasting event etiquette 101

Apr 12, 2018 / 11:00 am

Each year, I write about tasting room etiquette, usually around the time wineries open for the season. Having been in a number of tasting rooms on both sides of...

Get ready for events season

Mar 28, 2018 / 11:00 am

It may not feel like spring, (I call this the “snrainy” season, when it snows and rains at the same time), but with Easter weekend comes the first...

A great wine experience

Mar 14, 2018 / 6:00 am

Pouring for patrons – working in a wine shop You’ve probably noticed a plethora of job ads, social media postings, and other alerts from wineries...