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“The Lake”: When History, Music and Wine Combine

By |October 29th, 2012|

  Quails Gate Estate, on the site of the Allison homestead, overlooks Lake Okanagan (photo Brian Sprout) UPDATED: The Lake opens tonight—and is sold out. The good news is there are still tix for tomorrow night (November 15). And the better news is that all audience members  have a chance to enter a draw [...]

Similkameen Valley’s Little Farm Winery Rolls Out First Releases

By |October 12th, 2012|

LittleFarm's Rhys Pender and Alishan Driediger Planting your own vineyard requires healthy doses of optimism, a ton of knowledge, unbridled passion and not a little cash, regardless of how big—or small—the project. Making your own wine, even more. This week we got to taste the first release from Similkameen’s aptly named Little Farm [...]

Joie and More Joie: Joie Farm Reserve Wines Bump it Up a Notch

By |October 1st, 2012|

Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn ... to the next level, TP photo Time to catch up on some housekeeping. Here's our column from the North Shore News a couple of weeks ago. As you can tell, we're a big fan of Joie Farm (and—full disclosure—a longtime friend of Heidi and Michael.) The piece [...]

The Gold Standard, Okanagan Style: 2012 British Columbia Wine Awards

By |September 29th, 2012|

Gold medal weather accompanied our judging at Manteo Resort If you’re a BC wine lover, the line-up of the 24 gold medal winners of this year's British Columbia Wine Awards (a key part of the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival) adds up to a pretty serious shopping list. (Most of these wines should still be [...]

BC White Blends Gather Steam: Terravista Figaro & Fandango

By |August 27th, 2012|

Terravista Vineyards Figaro label portrays a dancing, glass art figurine—and captures the essence of these vibrant blends One of the more intriguing winners in this year’s Lieutenant Governor Awards line-up is the well crafted, southern Rhone inspired Road 13 Jackpot White 2011, which artfully blends Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne (mainly from Similkameen) for [...]

Feast of Fields: Today More Relevant Than Ever to Local Food Production

By |August 23rd, 2012|

  FarmFolk CityFolk is one of BC's longest established proponents of locally grown food Food and wine celebrations come and go but one of the longest running—unquestionably because its very telling relevance continues to resonate—is Feast of Fields, the notable outdoor graze that now unfolds in three incarnations: Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and [...]

Living on the Edge: Could Kamloops be BC’s Next Wine Region to Watch?

By |August 20th, 2012|

Harper's Trail vineyard last January, Tim Pawsey photo A few years ago, we went on a back country drive near Ashcroft that followed a route past the Logan Lake mine— so huge that it can be seen from space. I remember looking at the barren but almost terraced slopes thinking that, once returned [...]

Vancouver’s Tap & Barrel Proves Quality Keg Wines Are Here to Stay

By |August 2nd, 2012|

Tap & Barrel: wines on tap and dazzling downtown views, Tim Pawsey photo We owe a debt of thanks to Blasted Church’s Brent Hayman for being the first to give us the heads up on the burgeoning tap wine business, earlier this spring.  He introduced us to Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten at Vancouver [...]

Taste Victoria Yields no Shortage of (Good) Surprises

By |July 21st, 2012|

Rocky Creek’s Linda Holford with José’s Tempranillo, Tim Pawsey photo One thing about Taste Victoria: we never fail to be surprised by something or someone. Often the finds are wonderfully esoteric but usually worthwhile. These are tough times for growers on Vancouver Island—of grapes, or of just about anything. Two unseasonably wet, late [...]

White Spot Celebrates Grown in BC—Both on the Plate and in the Glass

By |July 15th, 2012|

Been a bit churlish, we have, of late towards BC’s beloved burger-monger and family resto chain White Spot—due mainly to the presence of its large chicken mascot on BC Ferries the other weekend. (White Spot supplies a portion of BC Ferries food requirements...) Somebody in the Twitterverse took offence when we suggested (in jest) the [...]

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