Hester Creek red blend

Jun 20, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Character (red blend), 2019 Winery: Hester Creek, Oliver Why drink it? The Character blends from Hester (both the white and red versions), are good bottles to have on hand for everyday life. This vintage is a mélange of Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Ca

Dads deserve a tribute, too

Jun 19, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day. It seems only fair that we offer an appropriate tribute in line with that of the one for Moms. Although Dads are certainly an important part of our everyday life, their special day is much less of a fuss than the one that

Narrative Chenin Blanc

Jun 13, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Chenin Blanc, 2019 Winery: Narrative (Okanagan Crush Pad), Summerland Why drink it? From one of the labels from Crush Pad comes Narrative, a selection of wines meant to tell the story of the terroir that gives South Okanagan wines their sense of place in the

Hidden gems on Main Street

Jun 12, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed I had a meeting in Summerland this week. After, I wanted a bit of time to enjoy the day, so I stopped for a walk on Main Street. I was struck by how many businesses were only open a few days a week. That inspired me to find a way to enjoy the ones that were open.

2020 Nostalgia Rosé

Jun 6, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Rosé, 2020 Winery: Nostalgia, Oliver Why drink it? Raise a glass to the re-name and re-brand of the winery formerly known as Oliver Twist, and its 15th anniversary this year. This rosé comes under the Nostalgia label, which complements the Pin-

Highs and lows

Jun 5, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed When my stepdaughter was little, we used to have a family tradition at the dinner table called Highs and Lows. It was when we each recounted the moments in our day that stuck out on either end of the scale. It was also about quality time and knowing what mattered.

Local food sustainability

Jun 2, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Lindsay Peltz/Okanagan Bioregion Food System Project A new study suggests the Okanagan could meet most of its food needs by increasing local production. The study by Surrey's Kwantlen Polytechnic University says regionalizing food systems can be a driver of sustainable commu

Lake Breeze Pinot Blanc

May 30, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Pinot Blanc, 2018 Winery: Lake Breeze, Naramata Bench Why drink it? Pinot Blanc is often a forgotten white wine, a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir that sometime wants to be like Chardonnay, but thankfully is a distinctive clean and crisp option. Both the 2017

Rainbows, lemon pudding

May 29, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed The pandemic made connecting with family challenging to say the least. I am fortunate that everyone stayed safe and healthy, albeit in different places. And thankfully, we all got used to chatting to a screen. In our weekly video chats, my mom and I have talked ou

First taste of berry season

May 28, 2021 / 4:00 am

The first tastes of the Okanagan fresh fruit season are available at local farmers markets. The arrival of local strawberries heralds the beginning of the Okanagan fruit season, which follows with cherries, plums, peaches, and winds up with apples in the fall. The local berries are al

Pot market 'hot and heavy'

May 25, 2021 / 10:47 am

Photo: Glacier Media Dan Sutton of Tantalus Labs. “It’s bare-knuckle boxing out there. Canada’s first few years of cannabis legalization have been off to a pretty rocky start.” So says the CEO of B.C.-based licensed producer Tantalus Labs Ltd., as he points t

Coolers are the hot seller

May 25, 2021 / 10:38 am

Photo: White Claw British Columbians have upped spending on booze during the pandemic, with residents following the global trend of increased consumption of ciders, coolers and spiked spritzers. Heads of the world’s largest alcohol producers say they are paying more attention to

2018 Cabernet Franc

May 23, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Cabernet Franc, 2018 Winery: Skaha Vineyard at Kr?z? Legz, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? This cab franc is typically available for only a short time, as it sells out quickly, so don’t hesitate. Each vintage has its own subtle nuances, and if you’r

Canadian summer memories

May 22, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed In Canada, we pride ourselves on our climatic toughness. We like to trade stories of the worst winters and compare the endurance we have against those from other cities. Did you know the corner of Portage and Main in Winnipeg is the windiest street corner in the w

Mission Hill Reserve Rosé

May 16, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Reserve Rosé Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? The three grapes for this pale, salmon-pink rosé come from the warm vineyards of Osoyoos, where the Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Merlot can ripen to full juiciness. The first aroma out of

A foodie alphabet

May 15, 2021 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed With all this time at home over the past year, I have managed to cook many of my favourite dishes and post them. We have all had more of a focus with food, but now things are getting back into a busier routine and I am guessing many will have other things that pull t

Spot prawn 'high' nears

May 12, 2021 / 10:07 am

Photo: Steveston Spot Prawn A long lineup is no surprise during Steveston’s spot prawn season, but local restaurants are still anticipating a “crazy” year with some even calling it a “spot prawn high.” Every year, spot prawn season gathers seafood fans dur

When can we eat indoors?

May 12, 2021 / 9:28 am

Photo: Cafe Medina/Facebook Indoor dining in restaurants will eventually resume in B.C., but health officials don't recommend that you make plans anytime soon. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told reporters this week that indoor dining will resume sometime in the future

Fizé bubbles

May 9, 2021 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Fizé (sparkling) Winery: Virtual at www.popfize.com Why drink it? Another affordable Okanagan frizzante has entered the fray of casual, care-free sparkling wines meant for relaxed sipping when you and your crew just want to chill. Speaking of, keep a

Breakfast of champions

May 8, 2021 / 9:03 am

Photo: Contributed Those of you who are in my age bracket will remember this title as a slogan for a brand of breakfast cereal. Nowadays, breakfast cereal is hardly even a topic of conversation, but back then it was iconic food. Wheaties was the breakfast of champions. I remember it