Okanagan Taste

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...

Uncorking the Okanagan

Feb 28, 2018 / 11:00 am

A sign of impending spring wine releases at Okanagan wineries? Pruning? Bottling? Or braving the interior highways to get to Vancouver? It’s a combination...