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2018 Old Vines Riesling

Apr 11, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Old Vines Riesling Brut, 2018 Winery: Tantalus, Kelowna Why drink it? The winery’s reputation for excellent Riesling is well-established, and this sparkling version lives up to it. Making this in the traditional method lends some finesse to this pale f

Tall tales for small talk

Apr 10, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed It looks like it will be a while before most of us are around a water cooler again, but small talk is something that needs to carry on. Picture this: your sleepy roommate is staring blankly at you while the morning coffee brews. Only random comments on a trivial subj

Countdown to market

Apr 8, 2021 / 5:00 pm

Photo: Vernon Farmers Market There's just one week to go until the Vernon Farmers Market outdoor season begins. The market returns Thursday, April 15, in the Kal Tire Place parking lot. And non-food vendors will now be included, after last month's provincial decision to loos

Bartier Bros Rose, Oliver

Apr 4, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2020 Winery: Bartier Bros., Oliver Why drink it? This a fun rosé, an unexpected mix of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, and Merlot; it tastes like the winery team had a good time with blending trials to get to this result. A subtle pink h

It's brunch season

Apr 3, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed There is something about spring and a long weekend that seem to create the perfect ambience for brunch. It's the quintessential lazy meal, meant for lounging over and savouring. So, this week I wanted to offer a few of my favourite brunch recipes in case you want

Stag’s Hollow Syrah

Mar 28, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Renaissance Syrah, 2018 Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? The first thing you’ll notice as you pour a glass is the deep, inky dark purple of this Syrah, in certain light it’s almost mysteriously black. Then, the aromas of

Hopping the bunny trail

Mar 27, 2021 / 8:19 am

Photo: Contributed Well, here we are, back at Easter. It is good to know that spring is under way, even if we are all still “Zooming” with friends and family. We need to celebrate and let loose. So, here's my lighthearted foodie nod to the spring holiday weekend, with a

Monster Vineyards Rosé

Mar 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2019 Winery: Monster Vineyards, Penticton Why drink it? Rosé season is upon us, so let’s jump in with “pink power”, as the winery calls this blend of Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc. Made using the saigné

Don't mess with bun-kebab

Mar 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I read a food article from BBC News this week that inspired me to chat. It was about a controversy in Pakistan over a popular street food versus the local McDonald’s version, and it made me think of the age-old argument of tradition versus evolution. As we

2018 Road 13 Marsanne

Mar 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Marsanne, 2018 Winery: Road 13, Oliver Why drink it? This wine comes is available in a special three pack for spring, with a bottle of Viognier and a bottle of Riesling, as well as on its own. Marsanne is often blended with Roussanne, but do explore it as a

Food that is not for eating

Mar 13, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When you read that headline, did you think I was going to talk about food you can’t stand? A column about Brussels sprouts or tapioca pearls maybe? I will do a piece on the most hated foods, but not this week. I spent last weekend focused on change and innov

Match ready to reopen

Mar 12, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Photo: Google Street View Gateway Casinos confirms its Match Eateries will be reopening next week. The openings will be phased, with restaurants in Penticton, Kamloops and New Westminster opening on Tuesday, and Vernon's location opening on Thursday. “We are very excited t

High Mountain Malbec

Mar 7, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: High Mountain Malbec, 2018 Winery: Catena, Argentina Why drink it? At this time of year, the wine world usually congregates for the Vancouver International Wine Festival; this winery was in the 2020 roster, and this dry, medium-bodied Malbec is currently ava

March: lion and lamb

Mar 6, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: images.fineartamerica.com/ In like a lion, out like a lamb. I would bet you have heard that saying about March before. It always sounded to me like a bit of an omen, I hope with a happy ending. In today’s world, I am all about a happy ending. But what does it mean, and why

Vernon's Saucy Soprano

Mar 2, 2021 / 4:00 am

What's an out-of-work opera singer to do during a pandemic? Oy vey, the possibilities are endless, but for Vernon's Melina Schein, the answer was a little meshuggeneh (that's crazy for those who don't speak Yiddish). Describing herself as a "geographically-misplaced, A

2016 Rollingdale Fort

Feb 28, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Fort, 2016 Winery: Rollingdale, West Kelowna Why drink it? Fort is a fortified port-style wine made with organic Marechal Foch grapes, so it is to be sipped with care, at 22 percent alcohol, though you won’t feel the effect immediately. But you will fe

How to Zoom for fun

Feb 27, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed There has been lots of talk of Zoom fatigue lately. The extra attention it takes to try to read people or react to them with the digital lag and the limited view of a Zoom window is all wearing us down, and we are longing for a more regular kind of interaction. I

Snoop Dogg, Cali Red 2019

Feb 21, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Snoop Dogg, Cali Red 2019 Winery: 19 Crimes, California Why drink it? Yes, Snoop Dogg, like many celebrities, has a wine. The label simply says: composition – red wine, origin – California. A blend of Petite Syrah and Zinfandel (and maybe a touch

Speaking a food language

Feb 20, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Have you ever heard of culinary grammar? You know what grammar is with words – “it is the study of the classes of words, their inflections, and their functions and relations in the sentence. It is also a study of what is to be preferred and what avoided i

2013 Row 128 Merlot

Feb 14, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Row 128 Merlot, 2013 Winery: Seven Stones, Similkameen Why drink it? One of the best Merlots from the region, worth seeking out to see if for no other reason than to decide if you agree, or compare with another vintage from the winery. The aromas are complex
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