CCjentsch

Travellers along Highway 97 may have noticed the new winery CC Jentsch last summer between Oliver and Osoyoos. The large parking lot right off of the highway makes stopping in to taste the wines, from veteran wine grower Chris Jentsch , extremely easy. Chris and Betty Jentsch (their name rhymes with ‘bench’) farm over 80 acres of grapes, including 63 on the Golden Mile Bench. Chris’s family has been farming throughout the Okanagan since 1929. Starting with apples and then cherries, the Jentsch’s switched to grapes in the late 1990’s but Chris didn’t start to make his own wine until 2012.…

Bill Eggert with artist Leza Macdonald  in front of her new mural at Fairview Cellars.

Fairview Cellars is excited to unveil the completed cellar mural by artist in residence Leza Macdonald. The beautifully crafted barrel cellar scene is painted on the western side of the building and is visible to winery visitors as well as golfers putting on the 1st green at Fairview Mountain Golf Club next door. Leza has plans to beautify more winery buildings as well as host a barrel painting competition in the future. New releases slated for 2015 include the 2013 Crooked Post Pinot Noir, due for a late-winter release in March. The light colour of this wine is misleading. It…

Chef Lee Humphries

Burrowing Owl Winery is looking forward to a new season of events, wine releases, and revamped menus as they expand their culinary team. New to the Oliver winery is Chef Lee Humphries, filling the role of director of culinary operations for Vintage Hospitality’s properties, and Chef Damian Mischkinis, the new chef de cuisine at the winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant.  They’ve worked side by side before, so the transition should be seamless. The Sonora Room opened for the season February 27th and retains its focus on artisan cuisine crafted with locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable produce, meats and seafood. Humphries and Mischkinis…

Tinhorn-photo

Tinhorn Creek Winery invites you to “get a crush on Tinhorn Creek” through their popular wine club: The Crush Club.  It’s free to join; there are no membership fees—just a commitment to purchase one case chosen by their winemaker per year. You can specify if you’d like it to be only red wines, white wines, or a mixed selection. Generally, you’ll receive two shipments of six bottles twice per year from The Crush Club, and other member benefits. Club members are at the front of the line for special events, concerts, small case lots or library wines and free private…

Owner, Annina Hoffmeister is thrilled to transform her former deli into a hip new social house!

Osoyoos’ doLci has been greeting locals and visitors with their farm to table artisan cuisine for the last nine years. After a brief closure and expansive renovations, they’ve recently reopened, moving to a full service bistro model. You’ll find a more intimate space with expanded seating, a fuller menu and longer hours all now under the new name” doLci sociaLhouse”. There’s still the casual feel, but seats have doubled and they are open later, from 11am-8pm from Tuesday to Saturday, and often longer on busier weekends. Chef Jace Oster joined the deli last year and he and owner Annina Hoffmeister…

Racyne Farinha, Tasting Room Manager at Adega.

The gang at Adega on 45th is gearing up for another season of great wines and Racyne Farinha, Tasting Room Manager, is ready for the party to start. The 2013 Chardonnay and 2013 Viognier and all of the 2012 reds will be released this coming May with two unique exceptions; A special reserve of Syrah and another of Merlot will be released on Father’s Day in June. The Syrah, called “Alexandrino”, and the Merlot “Alfredo” after co-owners Alex Nunes and Fred Farinha. 100 cases of each wine were produced so be sure to ask for this one early in the…

Vancouverfoodtour

Vancouver’s ever-changing restaurant scene can be difficult to navigate, so why do it alone? Visitors to the city and locals looking for new experiences have come to rely on the experts at Vancouver Food Tour to guide them to the best restaurant gems in Vancouver’s most vibrant neighbourhoods and beyond. Unlike other tours, Vancouver Food Tour leads you away from tourist traps instead of towards. Whether you’d like to get to know the modern side of Chinatown, reacquaint yourself with the revitalized Gastown area, or venture on an urban foodie adventure to local breweries, wineries and distilleries, Vancouver Food Tour has a…

Monte Creek Vineyards

You’ll have your hands up to be among the first to visit the Monte Creek Ranch tasting room opening this June. Just a 10-minute drive East of Kamloops off Highway 1 at 2420 Miner’s Bluff Road, you’ll find Kamloops’ newest winery on a working ranch straddling the Thompson River. Today it is home to two stunning estate vineyards, a winery, Haskap berries and graze land for grass-fed cattle, horses, honey bees, and wildlife. Frontiersmen, prospectors and even infamous bandits like Billy Miner once roamed this hub. General Manager Erik Fisher explains, “Our Hands Up Red and Hands Up White wines…

Proprietor/winemaker 
Jack Manser

Larch Hills Winery, just outside Salmon Arm, is BC’s highest winery and it is their unusual climate and growing conditions that contribute to their tantalizing German-style wines!  The view from Larch Hills is vast and sweeping, a perfect accompaniment to their Riesling, Lemberger, Siegerrebe, Merlot and Ortega Dessert Wine, to name a few. In March they’ll release their 2014 Riesling, just in time as the 2013 is sold out.   With fruity characteristics and a citrusy finish, the Riesling is a compliment to Asian foods and also stands on its’ own very well. Look for the spring release of the 2014…

Recline Ridge continues to rack up the awards!

Recline Ridge Vineyards and Winery had an award-winning year in 2014 with an astonishing 23 honours.“The last two were Platinum awards we received for our 2012 Siegerrebe and 2011 Hawk’s Heaven,” says winery co-owner Graydon Ratzlaff. Family-owned and operated, Recline Ridge is located in the heart of the Shuswap Lake area. The vineyards enjoy sun-drenched days and cool evenings which maximize varietal character and set the stage for the production of award-winning wines noted for their clean, sound structure, intense flavours, and perfect balance. The fall harvest was a great start for Recline Ridge’s 2014 wines to come. “Harvest started…