DirtyLaundry

It may have been a secret that Dirty Laundry Vineyard’s location was once a Chinese laundry turned favourite haunt for railway workers looking for, shall we say, more entertaining ways to pass the time while their clothes dried in the Summerland sunshine. But, this iconic Bottleneck Drive winery has held another secret in plain sight— until now. Produced from some of the oldest and most mature vines in the Okanagan Valley is Dirty Laundry’s newest Gewürztraminer, The Grande Dame. This exquisite dry white captures the essence of a BC style Gewürztraminer. “The Grande Dame is a perfect expression of vineyard…

Sonoran

When Sonoran Estate Winery moved back to their original lakeside location 3km north of Summerland last fall, owners Ada and Arjan Smits anticipated changes. Their biggest news is congratulating eldest son Pieter Smits on opening his new Back Door Winery. Noticed the blue roof on the orange building near the Summerland Visitor Centre?  That’s Back Door Winery!  The vivid colours and super convenient location will tempt first time visitors. The hip staff, friendly service and tasty wines (plus grand opening case-lot sale!) will ensure repeat customers. Open 7 days/week, 10-6. Pieter and his staff invite you to stop in and…

sage hill portrait

Sage Hills Winery offers a fine selection of wines, and hosts one of the most spectacular views of any winery in the Okanagan. As visitors drive into Sage Hills they are greeted by a wonderful view of the valley, they may also be greeted by enthusiastic testimonials from passing wine tasters, “best wine I’ve tasted so far…” or “this one has the most amazing view…” Rick Thrussell and Toby Lodge opened the doors to their new tasting room just two weeks ago and already find it difficult to keep the shelves stocked. Wine is flying off the shelves, and there…

Delong

Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind keepsake to commemorate your tour of the Okanagan or are seeking a special gift that’ll stand the test of time, the team at DeLong Studio can help. You are made to feel right at home as you browse the extensive selection thanks to charismatic Owner John DeLong, Manager Sue May and all of the staff. The approach is entirely up to you: If you prefer to let the fine pieces speak to you, take your time. If you have something specific in mind, don’t hesitate to ask. DeLong Studio specializes in hand-crafted, original sterling…

Mt Boucherie photo

Summer’s ending, fall’s on its way and it’s an ideal time to have a unique outdoor visit at an Okanagan winery. Mt. Boucherie in West Kelowna is a great place to bring family and friends to experience the scenic autumn atmosphere with a glass of one of their award-winning wines. Bring a snack, your pet, a board game and a picnic mat. Head into the Mt. Boucherie wine shop for a tasting ($3 refundable with the purchase of a bottle of wine) to figure out your favourite. Ask for a glass of it, then head outside and enjoy a relaxing…

bonfirepigs

When Chef Grant de Montreuil puts his team together, he covers all his bases. This year, three superstars are gathering the most attention at the Bonfire Restaurant on Kelowna’s west side. Three little piggies, one bearing de Montreuil’s name, were brought on site early this summer as part of the restaurant’s clean-up team. They’ve created a minor sensation with kids and adults alike. After a great summer, the Bonfire Restaurant has turned its sights toward a celebration of fall, including a tasting menu featuring foods from their extraordinary onsite culinary garden and Okanagan wines.  And during the upcoming fall Okanagan…

QuailsGate

There is a fine array of unique experiences at Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, just awaiting your arrival.  The wine – always and first, the wine; the breathtaking view; the bustling wine shop and tasting room; Old Vines Restaurant and now, cozily comfortable on site guest cottages for overnight visitors are all yours for the taking. Quails’ Gate spokesman Bill Wightman has selected some of the most successful wines to recommend for your fall sipping pleasure. His first choice…Old Vines  Foch, their top selling red wine. Wightman explains that the Foch is a French-American hybrid that was developed in France and…

Kalala

As the summer’s sizzling heat starts to cool down to a simmer, the intensity of work stays hot and focused at Kalala Organic Estate Winery because that’s what it takes to ensure that an organic wine remains true to its name. Certified since 2010, there are painstaking details that go into keeping quality controlled practices, like not using the grapes of the first few rows near a roadside vines to protect from carbon fumes and pollution. Another practice is ensuring that local farmers do not spray on windy days for fear of cross contamination and then there is the most…

SPIERHEAD

It’s been busier this summer than last year with our new picnic area open,” enthuses Marina Knutson, proprietor at Spierhead Winery in Kelowna. “We’ve had lots of visitors from BC of course and the Prairies—most from Alberta. Also Quebec and Ontario. We’ve had international guests from the UK, Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and particularly the Netherlands.” Spierhead will continue to draw flocks of visitors this fall. “It’s the perfect time,” says Marina. “Bring a picnic and enjoy it with some of our wine.” Spierhead recently underwent a huge landscaping project that included a new road, entranceway and gate. “The…

RauDZ

Whether a knack or obsession, RauDZ Regional Table culinary team knows how to source the best local ingredients and create a stunning menu. Feast on fresh-from-the-field heirloom tomatoes, patty pan squash, summer onions, apricots, herbs and corn selected and grown by an impressive roster of local farmers. Many suppliers have been aboard for years, and RauDZ team is constantly discovering farmers who share their passion for food. What says summer better than an Heirloom tomato salad with Natural Pastures Bocconcini, and basil crunch? The latest menu features Sterling Springs Chicken & Apricot Ballantine with bacon polenta fries, roasted corn &…