5+ Reasons to Hit the Kamloops Wine Trail

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:09+00:00 November 7th, 2015|Travel, Wine|

Kamloops, BC: The Thompson Valley is BC's newest wine region British Columbia’s wineries continue to push the boundaries, opening up new areas previously not deemed capable of ripening grapes. A decade ago, if you'd suggested to anyone that Kamloops would be on the verge of becoming B.C.'s newest wine region, chances are you would have [...]

Fort Berens Estate: A Leap Forward for Lillooet

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:09+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Wine|

Every time I taste a wine from Fort Berens I’m impressed. While it may well be the wine itself that makes its mark (their 2012 was a pop-out BC Lieutenant Governor’s Award winner), it’s also the overall story that grabs me. I’ve been watching the growth of BC’s “borderline” regions with interest. I don’t fault [...]

Steven Spurrier Hails BC Wines

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:09+00:00 August 28th, 2015|Wine|

Steven Spurrier with Judgment of BC curator D.J. Kearney I’m still sifting through the results (***See below for the full list)  from this past week’s Judgment  of BC tasting, led by D.J. Kearney, with Steven Spurrier, Consultant Editor to Decanter Magazine, organised by Wines of British Columbia.  It was one of the best tastings in which [...]

Vanessa Vineyard: Similkameen’s Rising Star

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:12+00:00 February 20th, 2015|Wine|

Similkameen Valley, looking east from Vanessa Vineyard (Howard Soon photo) (Updated 20/02/16 with 2013 reviews) Vanessa Vineyard is at the eastern end of British Columbia's stunning Similkameen Valley.  The place (which reminds me a bit of New Zealand's Gibbston Valley) is extraordinarily beautiful. But the other thing about the Similkameen that’s truly striking—and unavoidable—is [...]

6 Reasons to Visit Sun Peaks Resort—Besides Super Skiing

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:12+00:00 February 4th, 2015|Travel|

Sun Peaks - great skiing plus plenty more ... Sun Peaks—Canada's second largest ski resort—yields a wealth of fun and activities in a pristine alpine setting. However, there's a lot more here than you might imagine once you get off the slopes and trails.   1. Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival The [...]

Of first growth faith, hope and charity

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:12+00:00 January 31st, 2015|Wine|

With two of the best vintages in recent memory (2012, 2013) and a third in the barrel (2014), most agree: it’s a pretty good time to be making red wines in the Okanagan Valley. However, it’s already been several years that Bill Lui has been thinking seriously  about what it would take to make the [...]

Drink in Wine Tourism Day with this Summerland Deal!

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:14+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Wine|

Wine Tourism day wraps up with dinner at Summerland's Local Lounge | Grill (image supplied) (From the release) November 8 marks North America’s 2nd annual Wine Tourism Day.  Okanagan Crush Pad has gathered neighbouring wineries, restaurants and a hotel, to offer an incredible weekend getaway in BC wine county. The winery itself will [...]

Judging by the Juice: 2014 Okanagan Preview

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:15+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|

Grapes being harvested in Oliver, BC. (courtesy BCWI) Fancy yourself a wine geek? How about this? This week I went to one of the more unusual tastings in which I've participated. The idea was to bring the excitement of the harvest right to Vancouver—for those of us city slickers who aren’t able to make [...]

Smoke & Oak: Ribs ‘n Riesling at Wild Goose

By | 2018-01-21T15:05:15+00:00 August 22nd, 2014|Dining, Wine|

Smoke & Oak overlooks this dramatic panorama Last week—on yet another glorious Okanagan summer’s day—we found ourselves on the patio at Wild Goose. Nothing unusual about that. But this was the first time I had managed to get back to check out Smoke & Oak Bistro, which they launched late last year. Some [...]

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