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Wine Country EVENTS Fall WINE RELEASES Where to EAT, DRINK, STAY & PLAY Delicious RECIPES Restaurant NEWS Local Food HEROES

Winery Cat Calender Now Available

Okanagan Coffee Culture

URBAN FARE Farmers Market

Gluten Free • Power Foods • Organics Free Range • BC Products • In-Store Restaurant

....and these people are passionate about your food!

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L-R: Urban Fare produce manager Mark Smorenburg, Tantalus winemaker David Paterson, Urban Fare store manager Todd Henry and Urban Fare operations manager Michel Brule.

hen the local Farmers Market is not open, Urban Fare Kelowna offers the next best thing! So much more than a supermarket, Urban Fare has become a unique shopping experience allowing shoppers a choice of as many local products as possible. Not just meats and produce either – store manager Todd Henry and his dedicated team have sourced an incredible array of products from local artisans as well as farmers. For example, in the bakery section of the store, it is thrilling to see the gorgeous baguettes and loaves created by one of our favorite local bakers Monika Walker of Okanagan Grocery Artisan Bread. Delivered fresh daily, Monika’s organic artisan bread is the highest possible quality. Make sure to take note of her famous Bernard Callebaut Chocolate bread! Monika the Baker (as she is affectionately known) has two other locations with her main Bake Shop at 1151979 Windsor Road and her flagship mini market at Guisichan Village 2355 Gordon Drive. Next door to the bread display, you will find a glass counter worthy of Paris. And I’m not kidding – renowned local chocolatier and



pastry chef Sandrine Martin-Raffault is the Parisian dessert artist who is filling those shelves with her exquisite creations. From macaroons and pear croissants to decadent small and large cakes as well as her signature chocolates and pretty chocolate bars, you will forget that you are in a large store instead of a patisserie. Sandrine’s French Pastry & Chocolate is located at 1865 Dilworth Drive. Little Creek Salad Dressings is truly an Okanagan success story as well as being a pioneer in the local artisanal food production world. Little Creek’s creator Donna Denison is a well-loved member of our food and farm community and continues to make magic with her salad dressings that are made on her beautiful organic farm in West Kelowna. Now with three other varieties: Spicy Strawberry, Cherry Balsamic and Okanagan Caesar added to her Original super selling dressing repertoire, one can enchant every salad with a taste of organic Little Creek magic. Urban Fare offers a large deli, coffee bean bar and also has the largest variety of cheeses in the Okanagan – many local. The in-store restaurant is always busy with a huge variety of delicious cuisine to choose from –

eat in or take out. This year the addition of a patio space has been created offering a lovely option to dine al fresco. And they are licensed!! Of course, local wines are on the menu with favorites from The View Winery and Tantalus Vineyards. To celebrate our beloved farmers and local artisan community, Urban Fare is proud to announce real Farmers Market days scheduled for September 7th and 8th in the parking lot outside. Come out and meet some of Urban Fare’s farmers and suppliers and have the chance to buy direct! Farmers like Brian Harper and Ben Davidson from Salmon Arm whose family corn farm keeps the corn stack in Urban Fare’s produce section piled high when in season. The corn comes from their Stinking Rows Garlic Farm. Brian is a Professional Agrologist who, along with his wife Alana and family, have been growing sweet corn on their environmentally sustainable land in the Shuswap for over 15 years with a family history of farming for well over 100 years! This is a supermarket that I can feel good about supporting. I love the staff, I love the layout and I love their philosophy to support all things local! ~ Jennifer Schell B.C. Food & Wine Trails • FALL 2013 • Page 3

Taking dinner & a movie to a whole new level

Enjoy films about food and/or wine and then eat & drink what you saw on the screen September 13 - 15, 2013 Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna



Thanks to our Beverage Sponsors: Bartier Brothers, Bartier Scholefield, Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, Cherryhill Coffee, Dirty Laundry Gray Monk Winery, Haywire Winery, House of Rose, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Little Straw Vineyards, Mission Hill Family Estate Quinta Ferreira, Recline Ridge, Squeezed Wines, Sumac Ridge Winery, The View Winery, Thornhaven Estates Winery, Tree Brewing, Wards Hard Cidery Thanks to our Food Sponsors: 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar, Brodo, Chef Bernard Casavant, Codfathers Seafood Market, Delta Grand Okanagan, Down to Earth Catering, Grapevine Restaurant, micro bar • bites, Mission Hill Terrace Restaurant, Okanagan Chefs Association, Poppadoms, RauDZ Regional Table, Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, The Olive Oil Merchant and more!

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BC Winery Cat Calendar ........................................................................29 Coffee Love - Okanagan Coffee Houses ................................... 24,25&26 Confessions From The Vineyard.............................................................39 Festival of the Grape ..............................................................................10 Garlic Festival .........................................................................................15 Good Life Vancouver ......................................................................6,22,55 LOCAL HEROES - The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker .....53 Okanagan Food, Wine, Film Festival .......................................................4 The Jam Goddess ..................................................................................17

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Adega .......................................... 7 Ancient Hill ................................ 51 Penticton Wine Info Centre ....... 27 Black Hills .................................... 8 Burrowing Owl........................... 11 Cannery Brewing ....................... 27 Church & State .......................... 16 Clos Du Soleil ............................ 23 D’Angelo ................................... 38 Desert Hills ................................ 17 Dirty Laundry ............................. 40 Eau Vivre ................................... 21 Fairview ....................................... 9 Forbidden Fruit ......................... 23 Gehringer Brothers .................... 15 Hester Creek.............................. 14 Hidden Chapel .......................... 13 Hillside Winery & Bistro............. 38 Kalala ......................................... 43 Kraze Legz ................................. 28 Larch Hills .................................... 6 Little Straw ................................. 44 Meyer Family Vineyards ............ 21 Misconduct ................................ 55 Moraine ..................................... 32 Mt.Boucherie ............................. 41

OK Falls Winery Association ..... 18 Oliver Twist ................................ 13 Orofino ...................................... 21 Perseus ...................................... 30 Poplar Grove ............................. 36 Quails’ Gate............................... 45 Quinta Ferreira ............................ 9 Recline Ridge .............................. 6 River Stone ................................ 11 Rustic Roots ............................... 22 Serendipity ................................ 35 Seven Stones ............................. 22 Silver Sage ................................... 7 Sonoran ..................................... 40 Spierhead .................................. 51 Squeezed................................... 10 Stag’s Hollow ............................. 17 Summerhill................................. 52 Tantalus...................................... 50 Therapy ..................................... 37 The View .................................... 45 Tinhorn Creek ............................ 12 Upper Bench ............................. 28 Volcanic Hills.............................. 44 Westside Wine Trail ................... 42 Wild Goose ............................... 20



s we sadly bid farewell to one of the best, old-fashioned HOT Okanagan summers that we have had in years, we can look forward to an equally beautiful autumn. The good weather is holding and the harvest season is about to begin. While we continue celebrating the fruits of our industry’s labour this fall, the wineries are still extremely busy at harvest and crush, the farmers busy with tree fruit harvest and vegetable farmers remain in full swing offering plentiful crops of autumn’s treasures like squash, heirloom tomatoes and corn. Make sure to relish every moment of the farm fresh produce while you can, and take time to preserve some to enjoy during the winter months. There are exciting winery updates and news of fall wine releases shared in the following pages of this issue as well as great restaurant news. Congratulations to RauDZ Regional Table who are opening in Kelowna! We have a couple of special recipes shared in our recipe section including one from celebrated island author Bill Jones’ delicious new book The

Deerholme Mushroom BookFrom Forgaging to Feasting. We are also introducing one of our local food heros, Helen Kennedy from Arlo’s Honey Farm in this edition – look forward to this becoming a regular feature. We are featuring our celebrated friends who provide us the very necessary service of being a great coffee house. The ones listed are my personal favorites and I adore not only there life-blood high quality coffee, but also their delicious food and wonderful, welcoming personalities – the combination of which provides me with the fuel I need to make the best of every day. Yay for coffee folk! Happy crush to all of my winery friends and happy harvest to our hardworking farmers – we treasure each and every one of you and give thanks to you all for sharing your passion and filling our tables with good food and wine. PS: This summer I was thrilled to be nominated and accepted into the prestigious BC chapter of Les Dames Escoffier! Check out our website to learn more about what we do: - Dame Jennifer

Jennifer Schell


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Warm Bacon, Chanterelle, and Potato Salad - Bill Jones................................... 54 Smoked ‘n’ Rolled Chicken with Grilled Caesar - Chef Trevor Mayhew ............ 54

Writers: Cassandra Anderton, Natasha Chuydk, Lorne Eckersley, Allison Fader, Courtney Fossett, Kristin Peturson-Laprise, Mike Lee, Deanna Merrick, Dee Newman, Terry Meyer-Stone, Dona Sturmanis, Erin Trainer, Luke Whittall, Sarah Willard. Photography: Jasmin Dosanj, Good Life Vancouver, Brenda Maunders, Moda Photography, Graham Osborne, Jennifer Schell, Spatula Media, Carmen Tome. View bios of our wonderful team at

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Bonfire Grill .......................................................................................................... 43 Poppadoms .......................................................................................................... 50 RauDZ Regional Table ......................................................................................... 48 The Bench Market................................................................................................ 26

Our Fall cover features label art from Forbidden Fruit Winery. See story p 23.

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Wine Country Services

Art on the Naramata Bench.................34 Basket Case Picnics..............................47 Bone Appétit........................................55 Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation .......4 Codfathers............................................49 Cormier’s Studio...................................35 De Bakker’s Kitchen .............................47 DeLong Studio .....................................39 Discover Wines ....................................48 Forest Green Man Lavender ...............34 Forgotten Hill Bed & Breakfast............55 Grape Escapes Wine Tours..................29

Lone Willow Grape Jelly......................55 Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa .............31 OUC .....................................................42 Penticton Lakeside Resort ...................26 Sandman Inn ........................................46 Sandy Beach Resort .............................33 Shades of Linen ...................................32 Smack Dab ...........................................49 Strictly Cellars.......................................55 Urban Fare .............................................2 Valentinos .............................................55

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f you are heading to the coast, be sure to time it with a tasty fall event. The Lower Mainland’s Feast of Fields will be held on September 8, 2013 at Krause Berry Farms. This food and wine extravaganza will see local restaurants sampling delightful noshes all paired with BC wine and beer. On September 15, Passions, a fundraiser for the Dr. Peter Aids Centre, brings together Vancouver’s top restaurants and chefs along with Wines of New Zealand and on September 20 the Fraser Valley Cork and Keg Wine and Beer Festival provides tastings of 300 different wines and beer along with restaurants from the Valley at the Cascades Casino in Langley.

By Cassandra Anderton



ur whites are crisp, refreshing and very fruit forward with highly aromatic properties,” say owners Graydon and Maureen Ratzlaff of Recline Ridge Winery. “Wonderful on their own, but they pair very well with a variety of foods.” The red wines at Recline Ridge, which specializes in cool climate varietals, are generally lighter in style than others, but still present full fruit aromas and flavours.


avour the flavours of our unique, award-winning vintages, and experience the harmony of our wines and this peaceful setting in the beautiful Shuswap.

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“We have a full line of whites, reds, a rosé and dessert wines, so something for everyone.” Recline Ridge’s setting and wine shop in Tappen are unique and stunning. The patio is designated as a licensed picnic area, so wine can be purchased for consumption on the patio outside the log cabin wine shop. “This micro-climate supports lush tree growth, including Cedar and Larch, so the views are spectacular, with the mountains rising high above the lake,” says Graydon.  “Our wine shop is absolutely unique, originally constructed as a post-and-beam log home for a family in Japan. The patio overlooks the oldest section of the vineyard and has a spectacular view.” Recline Ridge wines continue to win awards in a variety of competitions and fans are numerous. In the summer the winery released 2011 vintages of its Gamay Noir and its red blend--Hawk’s Haven. Other releases were 2010 Marechal Foch (“deep, dark fruit notes, and a smoky finish”), 2011 Make Me Blush, and 2012 Kerner and Bacchus (“All wonderful, showing off their varietal characteristics and intensity of flavours.”) For fans of late harvest-style dessert whites, the 2012 Hummingbird’s Kiss is now available. ~ Dona Sturmanis



azel Manser, co-owner of Larch Hills Winery with her husband Jack, is very pleased with the awards their wines picked up at the Northwest Wine Summit 2013 competition. “To win ten medals is very impressive,” she says. “We did really well at this competition,” she says. There were one Gold, four Silvers and five Bronze. Marechal Foch Special Reserve was awarded the Gold. Larch Hills is known for its outstanding cool climate wines. Located at a high, scenic location near Salmon Arm, they have varieties that are generally not available in the rest of BC. Ortega, Madeleine Angevine, and Siegerrebe are the whites; Agria is the red. Gewürztraminer, Marechal

Foch and Merlot are sourced from contract vineyards. All grapes are crushed, processed and the wine is made right on the premises. “The summer was good for us,” says Hazel. “We had many visitors. Not too many from Calgary because of the flooding, but people from the Edmonton area and a few more Americans. Every season is a pleasure.” Larch Hills has released a number of new wines including Merlot, Marechal Foch including a Reserve, new Lemberger, Ortega, Siegerrebe, new Madeline Angevine, Riesling and a new Rosé. “Larch Hills is known for its good wines and hospitality,” says Hazel. “We have many repeat customers.”

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Experience a tasting at one of the valley’s most enjoyable wineries. Turn east off Highway 97 south of Oliver at Road 9, cross the Okanagan River along 87th Street and look for our entrance.


Open Thurs - Mon. 11am-5pm tel. 250-498-0310

ilver Sage might just offer one of the best wine tourism experiences you have ever enjoyed. The large and welcoming tasting room and wine shop seem to be perpetually filled with the sound of laughter, with proprietor/ winemaker Anna Manola and her team doing a masterful job of entertaining and educating. Laughter alone doesn’t sell wine, though. Winemaking is part of Anna’s Romanian heritage and she uses techniques learned from her father to produce a popular line of dessert wines made from fruits like blueberries, cherries, apricots, peaches and raspberries. The Flame combines late harvest

Silver Sage is one of the Okanagan’s great winery experiences. Don’t miss out on it! ~ Lorne Eckersley



hatting with the gang at Adega on 45th Estate Winery in Osoyoos is like attending a party as the honoured guest. Proprietors Fred and

Family and Tradition ... Timeless. Open 7 days a week 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Highway 3 (Osoyoos) turn on 45th St., East Osoyoos, BC

250 495 6243

Gewürztraminer, apricots and peaches, with the addition of a whole hot pepper to create a remarkable tasting experience. Grape wines get their own special treatment, too, with The Sage, an off-dry Gewürztraminer benefiting from the addition of wild sage leaves. The result is a wine that no turkey dinner should go without! Anna is excited about all of Silver Sage’s 2012 white wines, which she describes as “very aromatic, gorgeous and selling like hotcakes!” The 2011 vintage of her alwayspopular Merlot is “very beautiful— soft and velvety like the nights in Oliver.”

Pamala Farinha and Maria and Alex Nunes have clearly enjoyed their wine shop for the second summer. This summer marked their second full season in their wine shop but only their first season with a full portfolio of wines available. This includes some Proprietors Fred, Pamala, Maria and Alex great blends and single varieties sourced from their nearly 30 acres There will also be more perks of vineyard. “We have 20 acres for being a member in the future here, 8 on another block and 10 and members can rejoin the Club on another,” explains Alex. later if they choose to hold off Though their patio may not yet be on purchasing their yearly Wine fully completed (something that Maker’s case. is planned for 2014), they have While new releases typically started their wine club, called happen at Adega in the spring, “The A-List Club”. The Club has there is a possibility that the next been going strong throughout the vintage of Port-style wine, the summer since being introduced 2010 Portao, may be released this past June at their customer later this year. “We might release appreciation day that was held on it in the fall,” says Alex. “It Father’s Day. Members purchase depends on how it’s tasting.” the Wine Maker’s case at 15% Be sure to check out their website off to get into the club and can for details of this do so visiting the winery, or by very special wine release. Don’t phone or email. Members also forget to stop in and see the gang get that same discount all year when visiting Osoyoos. when purchasing wine or branded ~ Luke Whittall merchandise in the wine shop. B.C. Food & Wine Trails • FALL 2013 • Page 7

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A WINE EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER AT BLACK HILLS ESTATE WINERY lack Hills Estate Winery, the winery known best for its blockbuster Bordeaux-style Nota Bene wine, offers more than just the standard wine tastings in its state of the art Wine Experience Center. Opened next to the winery on the Black Sage Bench in June of 2012, this Napa Valley-inspired tasting room has both indoor and outdoor seating along with cabanas and a swimming pool. Wine tasting room attendants, known at the winery as “Wine Evangelists”, guide visitors through a sit-down tasting of wines all served up in appropriate Riedel glassware. The tasting offers guests a history of the area and its terroir and insight into the wine crafting process at Black Hill Estate Winery. The Introductory Tasting is $10 and features some current releases including the white Meritage, Viognier and Syrah; the Portfolio Tasting Experience at $20 features all six current releases from the Black Hills Portfolio including the Nota Bene. The Library Tasting experience is $30 and offers a 4 year vertical flight of the 2008 to 2011 Nota Bene. New for 2013 is the addition of a wood fired pizza oven run by Flatbread Farms who create five different flatbreads - all paired with a different wine from Black Hills Winery. On Saturday October 5th Black Hills Winery will offer a Nota Bene vertical dating back from 1999 to their current release for tasting during the day for winery visitors, and in the evening they’ll host their Fall Harvest Celebration at the Wine Experience Center. This celebration will include regional cuisine, wine tastings and live music performed by favorite local band, Peter Glockner and Double Magnum. Cost is $119 plus taxes and


includes a shuttle from Walnut Beach Resort, Osoyoos. Call 250-2980666 ex. 1 for tickets. Black Hills Estate Winery is located 4318 Black Sage Road in Oliver (East on Rd. 9, 18 or 22 to Black Sage Road). Email: or to schedule a tasting email: ~ Cassandra Anderton

Presenting the

Wine Experience Center at Black Hills Estate Winery

Join us for an exceptional tasting experience in our new vineyard lounge. Immerse yourself in our terroir while tasting a full flight of our hand-crafted wines. Tastings are available by Appointment or by drop-in from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Full details on our website.

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uinta Ferreira’s portfolio, which is now up to 17 wines, has been going strong all summer. “Summer has

been really good,” says Christina Ferreira. “Steady traffic from the time we open to the time we close.” With the wineries total

2009 Syrah won “Best Red Wine”

- Wine Access All CanadianWine Awards 2012 & 2012 BC Wine Awards

production currently hovering around 5000 cases, there is enough to go around but some wines, including the Malbec and the extremely rare Zinfandel, may not be available until the next vintage is released. What better place to showcase their wines than at a special 4-course, wine-paired dinner? On October 5th, Quinta Ferreira will again be hosting their annual lamb dinner. “It features Chef Neil Schroeter from Okanagan Street Food,” says Christina Ferreira. Tickets are almost sold out but a few tickets may still be available. Phone the wine shop directly for availability. The Quinta Ferreira Wine Club includes lots of options for members who don’t want to miss out on a single vintage. Members can choose to have a case delivered every 2, 3, 4 or 6 months and get priority access to new releases, reserve and small lots wines. “You choose what kind of wines you like - all reds, all whites, or mixed - when you sign

Proprietor Maria Ferreira enjoying a glass being poured by her sister, artist Carmen Tome.

up and at any time if you want to change it up a bit, just email us an email and your request will be accommodated,” says Maria Ferreira. “Customer satisfaction is our priority.” All wine club members get a 15% discount on wines purchased in the wine shop, members who receive a case every 2 months also receive free shipping, 2 tickets to a spring lunch during wine festival and 2 tickets to their famous Paella Party held on the 2nd Sunday in July. 10-6 open every day until Oct. 30 - winter by appointment ~ Luke Whittall



From the Heart For the Heart

989 Cellar Rd., Oliver, B.C. Adjacent to the Fairview Mtn. Golf Course

Ph: 250-498-2211

Fax: 250-498-2130

Open 1PM-5PM Tues. - Sat. Or By Appointment


airview Cellars owner Bill Eggert prefers tradition over trends. “I believe that wine making is a traditional thing,” says Eggert. “I don’t want to change my marketing plan every three years with a new label and brand.” One change to Fairview labels will be the location names. Bill explains, “I’m going to identify wines that come from the estate, and the Golden Mile Bench. I want the customer to be confident with where the wines are grown.” Audits from the BC Wine Authority, of which Eggert is a supporter, will also help ensure that wines are coming from their stated location or origin. With his newly constructed cellar addition, Fairview is now in full production and will have lots to sell until the wine shop closes at the end of the harvest. “Some of

Bill at crush time!

the more popular premier series wines may be in short supply,” he says, “but there will always be lots of wine here for sale.” For the fall, this will include the next vintage of The Bear. Visitors to the wine shop at Fairview are often pleasantly surprised to see back vintages, sometimes dating back a decade, available to taste and purchase. ~ Luke Whittall

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Grace the wonderful Winery Dog.

ou won’t find very many serious photos of the folks behind Squeezed Wines on their website. No, the Ferreira siblings - Christina, Michael, and Nicole - are having a blast with their new winery and it shows. “We don’t have a wine shop,” explains Christina Ferreira who handles Squeezed Wine’s marketing and sales in the BC interior. “All of the VQA stores have our wines.” As well, there are many other locations carrying their Squeezed Red, White and Pink including Village Green Mall liquor store in Vernon and Desert Country Wines in Oliver. Just like most wineries, customers can also order their wines online. Unlike most wineries, Squeezed lets you order a minimum of six bottles per shipment instead of the usual twelve bottles. It’s a more accessible way to pick up a couple of each of their wines directly from the winery. That accessibility is also evident


in their wines, which have a smooth and approachable style. They are perfect for sipping, with or without food to accompany them. “They are wines designed to sit back with your friend and enjoy,” explains Christina. The gang will be out at some key festivals this fall including Feast of Fields in Vancouver, September 8th at Krause Berry Farm in Langley and the Festival of the Grape in Oliver on October 6th. They will also be featured at the Okanagan Food and Wine Film Festival that takes place September 13-15 in Kelowna. “Each film will have a food and wine reception immediately following the screening,” says Christina. Squeezed Wines will be included in the reception following the film “A Matter of Taste: Serving Up Paul Liebrandt” on September 14th. Look for Squeezed in your favorite wine store or online at ~ Luke Whittall



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he exceptional prestigious awards that Burrowing Owl wines have earned this year have definitely been a highlight,” says Midge Wyse, winery proprietor. “Showing well at international competitions has always been important. What is particularly rewarding is the depth of varieties awarded and especially the winery’s newest addition - Sauvignon Blanc.” Burrowing Owl 2009 Merlot and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon won Golds at the L.A. International Wine Competition. The 2010 Merlot and 2011 Sauvignon Blanc were awarded Golds at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2010 Cabernet Franc achieved a Lieutenant Governor’s Award. The 2011 Chardonnay won Gold at the Northwest Wine Summit and 2010 Athene a Gold at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition. And that’s just for starters. Midge is also very pleased with the success of Burrowing Owl’s new Calliope label and says the wines will now be available in government liquor stores, VQA stores, private wine stores and a growing number of restaurants.

October 9 and 10, The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery will host two special Harvest Dinners to celebrate the autumn bounty from the South Okanagan. Following a reception will be a multi-course dinner in The Sonora Room prepared by the culinary team. Pair it all with wine selections from the library of Burrowing Owl Estate Winery and guests will experience the essence of wine country dining. Those interested in attending should call right away to book a spot. (1-877-498-0620).  “All of the proceeds from our tasting fees go towards reestablishing the endangered species, the burrowing owl,” says Midge. “People really like to see another side of our passion and dedication and that we are having success like this.  Our volunteers build artificial burrows in the wild for adults that have been born in captivity at a facility near Oliver.  If chicks are then born in these burrows, then trained handlers band the chicks in order to monitor their return the following year.” ~ Dona Sturmanis



s the third full season of their wine shop draws to a close, Ted and Lorraine Kane at River Stone Estate Winery are keeping up the pace with some new releases. Slated for release are the 2012 Pinot Gris, which won a Double Gold in the All-Canadian Wine Awards, and the 2012 Splash, a blend of Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer that now also includes a Viognier component. “It’s a really nice off-dry, aromatic, fruit-forward blend,” says Ted Kane proudly. Blending is something that Ted enjoys doing. He recently completed the blend for the 2011 vintage of Cornerstone, the flagship red Meritage blend that has been developing a loyal following. The 2011 Cornerstone will be bottled in the fall and will be released when it is ready. 2013 looks to be a fantastic vintage at River Stone and Ted is excited about what is happening in the vineyard. “It’s going to be another spectacular year,” says Ted. This will make it two great vintages in a row for River Stone. “The wines for 2012 are developing really nicely.”

The main event for the fall is happening on October 6th when three River Stone wines will be featured by Chef Darin Paterson at Bogner’s Lamb Fest in Penticton. “It’s going to be really great, local fare with Darin’s great style paired with our wines,” explains Ted. Although the wine had not yet been chosen at this time, many of the wines in River Stone’s portfolio would make excellent matches at a meal featuring lamb. Fans of River Stone can look forward to a wine club in the near future. “I’ve had lots of people asking me about it in the wine shop,” says Ted. “I’m working on ideas and incentives now.” ~ Luke Whittall Ted Kane



Hand crafted single vineyard wines. Come Savour the Journey. e/mail: 143 Buchanan Drive., Oliver, BC Ph: 250 498-7798

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Perfectly placed to make fine wine and good friends.

Chef Jeff Van Geest creating his oyster masterpiece at this year’s OOOyster Festival.


t’s going to be a very busy Fall at Tinhorn Creek, with the harvest, crush and an exciting schedule of special events. First up is the Blackie and the Rodeo Kings concert on September 7 at 7 p.m. This renowned Junoaward winning Canadian band will be featured at the winery’s Grand Finale Concert of the season. Look forward to an energizing, roots-rocking evening of music and fine wine. (See for details of all events.) For an interesting and delicious treat, try the Chef vs. Chef Dinner on October 4. This special event showcases alternating courses by Miradoro Restaurant’s (Van Mag’s 2012 Best Winery Restaurant) Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest and Chef Adam Pegg of La Quercia (Van Mag’s 2013 Best Casual Restaurant) paired with Oldfield Series wines. Winemaker Sandra Oldfield and viticulturalist Andrew Moon will be there to discuss the production of fine wines. Educational Vineyard Hikes complete with lunch at Miradoro Restaurant are scheduled for October 7, 8 and 9. Learn about viticulture, grape varieties and terroir from proprietor Kenn Oldfield as you tour the home

vineyard on the Golden Mile, then enjoy the fine wines and fresh, local cuisine at Miradoro. Space is limited, so get your tickets early! The ever popular Communal Table Dinners resume again on October 15 – held every Tuesday – running until mid-December. Served family-style, this is a great opportunity to make some new friends and enjoy new dishes and fabulous wines at Miradoro – a new theme every week, in a casual and fun atmosphere. The recently-released 2012 Gewürztraminer ($18.49) is sure to be a crowd pleaser. It has a lovely nose of lychee and rosepetal, followed with balanced acidity and tropical fruit and a clean, lingering finish; great with Thai or Indian cuisine. Also, don’t miss out on the 2009 Oldfield Series Merlot ($29.99). This blockbuster wine blends Merlot with 11% Cabernet Franc and 2% Syrah to yield a nose of soft fruit, black cherry and plum on the palate, integrating fine tannins into a wine of great structure and complexity. Its long finish will help it pair admirably with red meats, tomato-based pasta dishes and stronger cheeses. ~ Allison Fader

Upcoming Events Sept 7 - Blackie & the Rodeo Kings September 27 - Visa Infinite Dinner October 4 - Chef vs Chef Dinner October 5 - Crush Club Pick-Up Party October 7,8,9 - Vineyard Hike & Lunch October 16 - Communal Table Dinner R E S TAU R A N T

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ith the arrival of fall, new wines have appeared on the shelves at Oliver Twist. The 2009 Merlot is coming! This classic Merlot is a medley of black cherry, blackberries and coffee notes. The time spent in a combination of American and French oak barrels as well as the extended aging has resulted in a rich wine with fine tannins and a velvety finish. Be sure to try the 2012 Pinot Gris as well. This wine is a lush bouquet of delicate pears, stone fruit, melon and tropical fruits. The firmly acidic structure makes this a well-balanced wine and a great partner for a range of dishes, most notably seafood. The Rosado Splash has returned again as well. The 2012 vintage of this light patio sipper is made from Syrah grapes with a splash of Viognier, resulting in a rich, off-dry rose that delights with a blast of berry flavours including blueberry, blackberry and guava with a hint of cinnamon to keep

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things interesting. This wine has a bold enough profile to stand up to all manner of appetizers so make sure you take some home for your next party. A redesigned web site has been introduced at www. Fans of their wines can now order product on line from the comfort of home. The best way to keep your private stock of Oliver Twist wines is to join their new Twist Club. Choose from a variety of wine combinations; Krazy for Kerner, Winemaker’s Pick, Twist Red and Twist White. In return for committing to the purchase of two cases of wine annually, you will receive discounts on merchandise in the wine shop, invitations to member only events, pre-release purchase opportunities and access to limited availability and small lot wines. Check out the details on line today! ~ Courtney Fossett




ince 2005 Deborah Wilde has been involved in the creation of a quaint, fun-themed, boutique style winery on her property near Oliver aptly named Hidden Chapel Winery. The land came with a tiny chapel, built to honour the faith of the previous owner, and Hidden Chapel Winery has created its theme around the cute-as-a-button building. Wines, aged in a below ground vault that keeps them at a constant temperature year-round, playfully repeat the chapel theme. Deborah, proprietor and winemaker, produces a great selection of wines from grapes grown on site and by nearby contractors. Among wines now available are:  2012 St. Vincent Named for the patron saint of wine, this Riesling-Viognier blend is fruity and floral, pairing nicely with fish and chicken dishes.  2012 The Flying Nun Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of acidity that will enhance dishes that include cheese and cream, as well as grilled seafood and salads.  2012 White Wedding A rare Sauvignon Blanc/Viognier/ Riesling blend whose citrus and

tropical fruit flavours will match with a wide variety of foods, even mildly spicy ones.  2010 Shotgun Wedding This Cabernet Sauvignon has a touch of Petit Verdot and promises to age beautifully. Grilled meat and much, much more, will benefit with a glass.  2011 Chapel Blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot combine to make another red that will cellar nicely. It’s drinking beautifully now, will pair well with grilled red meats, salmon, mushrooms and will take barbecued burgers with cheddar cheese to heavenly heights.  2011 Holy Smoke Malbec, with 10% Merlot, this wine will pair perfectly with spicy meat choices — think grilled sausages!  2012 Blushing Bride A creative blending of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling with touches of Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Strawberries and raspberries in a bottle! Make sure your visit includes a trip to the chapel. Then sip, savour and say a little prayer of thanks to Hidden Chapel Winery! ~ Lorne Eckersley

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wines delivered right to your door twice a year! Register online or visit our wine shop today. Stop by and try our 2009 Merlot New Release.

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hile Hester Creek Estate Winery’s focus will always be on their quality wine production, on Saturday October 5th, 2013 the winery will celebrate all things garlic. The second annual Garlic Festival will be held from 11 am until 4 pm at Hester Creek. Admission to the festivities is all by donation with proceeds going to the Oliver Elementary School’s Farm to Table Lunch Program, a local initiative providing nutritious lunch to schoolchildren using local farm produce. The festivities will see local garlic growers, artisans and food trucks converging to worship this glorious bulb. Visit the onsite Terrafina Restaurant and sample their garlic features and certainly don’t miss Medici’s garlic gelato! Hester Creek Winery was recently honoured with a visit by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia who awarded the winery for the second year in a row for the Award of Excellence in

British Columbia Wine going to the 2010 Reserve Cabernet Franc; the 2008 Hester Creek Reserve Merlot was similarly honored last year. Sample the award winning wines of Hester Creek on October 10th, 2013 during their Cellar Grazing event where food and wine stations will be scattered throughout the winery.  2012 Chardonnay $24.95

Crafted from grapes grown on the Golden Mile Bench, this wine is 100% estate grown and full of caramel, butterscotch, honey, and citrus. 12 hours of skin contact assisted in extracting flavour and complexity. A full malolactic fermentation, before being oakaged sur lie in 75% French and 25% American for 8 months, gave the wine a rich mouth feel and good length. There are only 500 cases of this small lot, winery only production. A great wine to pair with roast chicken, crab cakes, grilled scallops or fried oysters.

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ehringer Brothers is an institution of the BC wine industry; brothers Walter and Gordon could even be considered among the founding fathers of wine in this area. Not much has changed over the decades at this family run winery. After all, if it isn’t broke, why would you ever need to fix it? This year, visitors are in for a bit of a surprise as the winery has completed an extensive landscaping project including a picnic area next to the tasting room so be sure to bring your picnic when you visit. Their iconic wine barrel has been replaced with a new one. The new barrel is awesome. Check it out! It is good to know that some things never change. Gehringer Brothers has always been known for their Rieslings and the 2012 vintage is no different. The 2012 Private Reserve Riesling has brought home Gold medals from the All Canadian Wine Competition, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the Northwest Wine Summit. The 2012 Dry Riesling earned Gold at the All Canadian Wine Competition, the Los Angeles International Wine Competition and a Bronze medal at the Northwest Wine Summit. The 2011 Dry Rock Merlot also was awarded a Gold medal at the All Canadian Wine Competition, in spite of challenging growing conditions. The 2011 Merlot opens with a nose full of cherry, blackberries and ripe plums with a hint of spice and finishes smooth and light with a slight bite of chalk. The 2012 Dry Rock Merlot is a bigger, richer version of the varietal with flavors of cherries, plums and ripe raspberries. The finish is bold and smooth with that classic Merlot chalk. Winemaker Walter Gehringer suggests to compare the two years side by side to discover the unique expressions of the two vintages. ~ Courtney Fossett

Office and wine shop manager Wanda Leary

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hurch & State Wines overdelivers on that promise, proving that goal setting is an important investment of time and energy. Proprietor Kim Pullen set out with specific goals for the winery. It’s fair to say he has succeeded, with Church & State wines being named the best in Canada by Jancis Robinson, the Canadian Wine Awards and the All-Canadian Wine Championships. Visitors to the Coyote Bowl winery—the original, in Victoria’s Brentwood Bay, is equally as impressive – can enjoy tastings at the outdoor bar or inside, which offers views of the barrel room and the Black Sage Bench, where some of the finest grapes in the country are grown. Big, complex wines emerge from the Coyote Bowl winery. Meritage, Petit Verdot/Malbec and Bordeaux blends prove that Jeff Del Nin knows how to bring out the best of what the fabulous vineyards on more than 50 acres of prime Black Sage land give him. 2008

Quintessential, a classic Bordeaux blend, brought home a Gold from the San Francisco International Wine Competition last year. The soon-to-bereleased 2009 version did even better at this year’s competition, earning a Double Gold. Taste through a selection that also includes Syrah, Viognier and Chardonnay, some available only at the winery, and see if you don’t use the word “fabulous” with astonishing regularity. Church & State is a winery that deserves some time to savour. Sip a glass of wine, listen to the music, take in the view or watch a music video, maybe even play a little bocce. Settle in and enjoy what wine critic Anthony Gismondi describes as “The two best wine bar experiences in the South Okanagan.” “We want you to come in and sit for a half hour and then remember us after you have left,” says Coyote Bowl manager Trish Lynn. ~ Lorne Eckersley

“The two best wine bar experiences in the south Okanagan” - Anthony Gismondi

Best Red Wine of the Year - 2011 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards

Best Red Wine of the Year - 2009 All-Canadian Wine Championships

3rd Best Red Wine of the Year - 2012 Wine Access Canadian Wine Awards

Best Chardonnay - 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Best Syrah - 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition (UK) - Lieutenant governor’s Award of Excellence - 2013

Over 50 International Gold Medals

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Jam Goddess Irene Ens

Figs can trace their history back to the earliest of times with mentions in the Bible and other ancient writings. They are thought to have been first cultivated in Egypt. They spread to ancient Crete and then subsequently, around the 9th century BC, to ancient Greece, where they became a staple foodstuff in the traditional diet. Figs were held in

such esteem by the Greeks that they created laws forbidding the export of the best quality figs. Figs were also revered in ancient Rome where they were thought of as a sacred fruit. According to Roman myth, the wolf that nurtured the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus, rested under a fig tree. During this period of history, at least 29 varieties of figs were already known. Figs were later introduced to other regions of the Mediterranean by

ancient conquerors and then brought to the Western Hemisphere by the Spaniards in the early 16th century. In the late 19th century, when Spanish missionaries established the mission in San Diego, California, they also planted fig trees. I have heard rumours that fig trees grow well in the Okanagan but they are not available commercially, to my knowledge.  This recipe makes a really sweet jam, but then, figs are incredibly sweet to begin with. 

Two Cups of Fig Jam

Variations With Mission figs, I add vone small orange (mandarin or Clementine preferred) to the mixture before I cook it. I run it through the food processer first. With green figs, I place one vanilla pod, cut open, in the mixture before I simmer it the first time.  Leave the vanilla pod in the jam, and remove when jam is fully cooked.    In the meantime, you have washed a big jar in hot, soapy water, and placed it in a 250ºF oven for 10 minutes.  Take it out and fill with the hot jam.  Let cool on the counter and then refrigerate. 

Ingredients: 2 lbs of figs (1 kg) 3 cups sugar 2 tbsp lemon juice Method: Rinse the figs and then cut off the stem.  Cut fig into small pieces.  Add lemon juice and sugar and place on stove.  Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.  Put contents into fridge and let sit overnight.  The next day, return to pot and cook until set.  Be careful not to overcook as you will get a gummy mess.

TWO TIME RECIPIENT OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN WINEMAKING & WINNER OF CANADA’S BEST RED. Wine Shop Open April – Oct., 10am – 5:30 pm, 7 days/wk Desert Hills Estate Winery | 4078 Black Sage Road, Oliver, BC | Phone: 250-498-6664 |

September means Red Wine Releases! Our first Release of Tempranillo and Grenache.

Enjoy a tasting of our award winning Reds. New releases also include Renaissance Merlot, Renaissance Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Viognier-Marsanne and our Cachet no. 03, winner of a 2013 Lieutenant Governor award. Open 11am - 5pm daily • 2237 Sunvalley Way, Okanagan Falls • 250-497-6162




tag’s Hollow Winery is justifiably Tempranillo single varietal. It shows proud of its first win of a intriguing notes of coffee and Lieutenant Governor’s Award tobacco – a lovely complex wine, of Excellence for its 2010 Cachet aged in American oak, capable of 3 No. 03. The Cachet Limited Edition to 5 years cellar aging. Wine Club wines are unique blends, produced members will have first opportunity only when the vineyard blocks yield to buy this wine as only 99 cases exceptional fruit, often of unusual were made. varieties that lend themselves to The winery will feature a the creation of very small, hand- Winemaker’s Dinner on October crafted lots which demonstrate the 5, catered by famous locavores Joy creativity of winemaker Dwight Sick. Road Catering. Amazing seasonal The winning Cachet No. 03 is a cuisine will be paired with new blend of Tempranillo and Rows 1 – 4 vintage releases and amusing tales Merlot, which is usually used for the from the vineyards and cellar – only Renaissance Merlot. An unexpected 24 guests will be seated, so reserve but fortuitous error on the crush early! ~ Allison Fader pad created this wine, which is now affectionately known as the “Forklift Blend”. Nurtured in first American and then French oak barrels, this beautifully structured wine shows flavours of cassis, plum, and pepper, along with supple tannins and a long finish. Only 55 cases Winery proprietors Linda Pruegger and Larry Gerelus were produced. with winemaker Dwight Sick (2nd on the left) were Fans of big reds will thrilled to receive a Lieutenant Governor General’s also appreciate the first- Award this year for their Cachet No. 03 Limited time release of a 2011 Edition 2010. B.C. Food & Wine Trails • FALL 2013 • Page 17

The Heart of Wine Country wraps around the Okanagan Falls area stretching from Skaha Lake to Vaseux Lake. The area is famed for some of Canada’s top wine production with the highest quality wines in the valley. What has largely been kept a secret only sought out by those wine lovers in the know, these hidden gems of small wineries offer a taste of some of the finest wines, wonderful people and the heart of the Okanagan wine experience. Call each winery for wineshop hours. Blasted Church Vineyards 378 Parsons Rd., OK Falls 250.497.1125

Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellar 2385 Allendale Rd., OK Falls 250.497.8244 Kraze Legz Vineyard & Winery 141 Fir Ave., Kaleden 250.497.6957 Liquidity Vineyards 4720 Allendale Rd., OK Falls 778.515.5550 Meyer Family Vineyards 4287 McLean Creek Rd., OK Falls 250.497.8553 Noble Ridge Vineyard & Winery 2320 Oliver Ranch Rd. ,OK Falls 250.497.7945 Painted Rock Estate Winery 400 Smythe Dr., Penticton 250.493.6809 See Ya Later Ranch 2575 Green Lake Rd., OK Falls 250.497.8267 Stag’s Hollow Winery 2237 Sun Valley Way, OK Falls 250.497.6162 Synchromesh Wines 4220 McLean Creek Rd., OK Falls 250.535.1558 Topshelf Winery 236 Linden Ave., Kaleden 778.515.0099 Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery 2145 Sun Valley Way, OK Falls 250.497.8919

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he Kruger family planted Wild Goose Vineyards over 30 years ago, first selling their award winning fruit to other wineries before producing their first vintage in 1989. Adolf Kruger is one of the pioneers of the BC wine industry, pushing for the establishment of farm gate wineries. Now in their third generation of operation, Wild Goose represents the passion of family estate wineries. Hagen Kruger is the winemaker of a consistent portfolio of aromatic whites and earthy reds that showcase the best Mother Nature has to offer. Roland Kruger runs the operations at the winery, bringing the wine to the people and the people to the wine! The Kruger family and everyone at Wild Goose Vineyards are passionate about producing top quality wines, and of course, they were ecstatic this summer when the 2012 Mystic River Pinot Blanc won their 8th Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence, the most for any family owned winery in B.C. It is well-deserved kudos, but they are not resting on their laurels. At Wild Goose Vineyards they believe that innovation and change, balanced with tradition is the key to further success, so they continue to strive for excellence. This included new ways to excite their guests at the winery. Their new tasting room is spacious and welcoming, with incredible views of the vineyards and hills of Okanagan Falls. The works of local guest artists are on display and for sale along with a unique collection of accessories and mementos. Special feature wines are available exclusively at the wine shop, including a selection of library vintages, many of which are award winners. These make exquisite gifts for wine fans on

anyone’s gift list! You can also enjoy Wild Goose wines by the glass or bottle in their licensed picnic area. ~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise

Brothers Roland (L) & Hagen Kruger receiving their 8th Lieutenant Governor’s Award.

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F eyer Family Vineyards, located between Penticton and Oliver, has a focus: to produce excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines with an emphasis on single vineyard wines. In classic French Burgundy style, they specialize in small case lots of excellent wine, expressive of their unique place of origin. The single vineyard production allows them to showcase the wines that demonstrate unique terroir expressions. Currently 19 acres are under vine.  The owners are Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens who live on the property with their family and winery dog Bruce Meyer. The specialization has paid off. At the 2013 National Wine Awards of Canada,  they garnered Platinum for 2011 McLean Creek Chardonnay, Gold for 2011 Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir, Silvers for 2011 McLean Creek Pinot Noir and 2011 Tribute Series Winnifred Mary Steward Chardonnay and Bronze for 2011 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir. And that is not all. Wine Access Magazine Awards selected the 2010 Tribute Series Chardonnay as the Number One BC Wine of 2012.



Proprietors Jak Meyer and Janice Stevens with daughters Kamryn and Sydney on their OK Falls vineyard.

“To produce the best wines, we use the best barrels, absolute care, attention to detail and the best winemaking protocols,” says Jak. The refined and specialized winemaking methods and awards have resulted in an exceptional export program. “We currently export to London and Japan and soon into the US,” says Jak. The British importer is Ellis of Richmond. Meyer Family Vineyards is the first winery from Canada to be chosen by this family-run company, in business since 1822. Fans of Meyer Family Vineyards Pinot Noir and Chardonnay might want to consider joining the Wine Club. The selection of wines is chosen by winemaker Chris Carson. Each shipment contains four bottles of wine, along with tasting notes and food pairing suggestions. There is no membership fee and a 10% discount applies to all direct and online purchases as well as regular shipments. “It’s our goal to bring further awareness and recognition to the BC wine industry,” says Jak, “and hopefully gain world-wide attention to our wines and BC wines in general.” ~ Dona Sturmanis


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ongratulations are again due to Eau Vivre Winery for its second win of a Lieutenant Governor’s ‘Award of Excellence in BC Wine’. Their 2010 Pinot Noir follows in the tracks of previous medal winner 2009 Pinot Noir, firmly establishing this

varietal as their flagship wine. It’s elegant yet luscious, showing a pale ruby color, some spice along with plum and cherry flavours, finishing with nicely softening tannins. A spectacular value at $19.00!

Recipient of a 2012 & 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines.

Wine shop open daily 10:30-5:30 until October 14th or by appointment Our wines are available at BC VQA and other fine liquor stores and restaurants.

Winemaker A n t h o n y Buchanan trained in oenology and viticulture at universities in Washington and Oregon, followed by several years of experience in the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. He’s a big fan of Burgundianstyled wine and sees this as the predominant focus of the winery. Increasing tonnage of Pinot Noir will enable the winery to up its production to about 2500 cases for the 2013 vintage while scaling back somewhat on its Bordeaux-style portfolio of wines. When I visited in July the vintage was looking like it should be an exceptional one, which would make a lot of BC winemakers happy, given the last two difficult vintages. Several restaurants in Vancouver are firmly on board in supporting the winery’s niche in Pinot Noir. They’ve bought kegs of the 2012, allowing them to market the wine to their

Happy Proprietors Dale (middle) and Jeri (R) receiving their award.

customers at very affordable price points. Another big red for fall drinking is the 2011 Cabernet Franc ($22.00). Deeply colored, plum flavoured with a hint of tobacco, it is powerful and well structured – great with red meats. Also popular is the 2012 Riesling which shows balanced citrus and apple notes with a crisp acidity ($20.00). New this year is their 2012 Cinq Blanc blend of five varietals ($18.00). There should still be some patio weather this fall to enjoy this luscious summer sipper – but get to Cawston ASAP, since its only available at the winery! ~ Allison Fader



varietals such as ohn and Virginia Sauvignon Blanc, Weber are looking Merlot and Syrah forward to their 10th 250.499.2655 enabling production crush this fall. Be sure 716 Lowe Drive, Cawston of classic European to check their website ST varietals. Be sure - to try their 2011 - to see what special Scout Vineyard events are planned Syrah ($29.00) for to celebrate this a typically peppery, anniversary. John and Virginia Weber fruit-driven ‘big red’, Canada’s first strawbale winery, Orofino Vineyards is located with lovely minerality, smokiness in the heart of the Similkameen and a lingering finish. Coming this Valley where strong relationships fall is a new release of a Petit Verdot 2152 barcelo roadtheir second since 2007. Reserve, agricultural co-operation prevail. Discover our family owned and operated of boutique winery cawston, 1c2 from the Hendsbee Fruitv0x comes Local grape growers are relied upon bc 2152 barcelo road t:(250) 499-0068 to help supplement the fruit from vineyard and wine is aged for 26 Discover our family owned and operatedinboutique winery Similkameen the gorgeous Valley. cawston, bc v0x 1c2 their 6 acres of in order months in French oak. t:(250) 499-0068 in the gorgeous Similkameen Valley. to allow them to expand production The winery also exercises the fine to approximately 5000 cases. art of blending, which allows them Originally from Saskatchewan, this to produce a luscious Riesling couple keeps their workforce small, ($20.00) from three vineyards. and despite the significant labour Their bold red blend Beleza should involved, enjoy the Valley lifestyle also be available this fall, blending Introducing the Orofino Collector’s Club. fruit from young and old vines to which reflects life on the Prairies. The winery focuses on single produce a complex, unfiltered Visit us for all of the details! vineyard production to produce and unfined wine which will pair high-quality, terroir-driven wines. nicely with red meats and strong2152 BARCELO ROAD, CAWSTON, BC T: 250.499.0068 Blind Creek, Scout and Oak Knoll flavoured dishes. WWW . OROFINOVINEYARDS . COM ~ Allison Fader vineyards produce premium

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f you are heading to the coast, be sure to time it with a tasty fall event. The Lower Mainland’s Feast of Fields will be held on September 8, 2013 at Krause Berry Farms. This food and wine extravaganza will see local restaurants sampling delightful noshes all paired with BC wine and beer. On September 15, Passions,

a fundraiser for the Dr. Peter Aids Centre, brings together Vancouver’s top restaurants and chefs along with Wines of New Zealand and on September 20 the Fraser Valley Cork and Keg Wine and Beer Festival provides tastings of 300 different wines and beer along with restaurants from the Valley at the Cascades Casino in Langley.



OW! What else can you say about the vision and execution of proprietor/ winemaker George Hanson’s vision for a gorgeous cave cum special event venue at Seven Stones Winery. The 3,400 square foot cave has been elegantly finished (including Bose sound system) and water feature, incorporating both a consumer-friendly space and barrelaging cellar. Its inaugural event (limited to 30 guests; cost $60.00) will be a vertical tasting “Seven Years of Seven Stones Meritage” on October 6. Lots of big reds await you at this Cawston jewel just 30 minutes drive south of Penticton. The 2008 Meritage ($32.00) won a Silver medal at the 2010 Northwest Wine Summit. A beautifully complex wine with notes of currant, plum and coffee - it shows its 17 months in French oak with a long supple

finish. Another Silver medalist from that competition is the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($35.00) with similar aging. Complex aromas and flavours of black currant, tobacco and licorice define this stunning, yet elegant, wine which garnered a 93 point rating by John Schreiner and Silver at the 2012 All Canadian Wine Championships. For Merlot lovers, try the 2010 Row 128 Merlot for soft, lush flavours of plum, cherry and chocolate with a lingering finish – drinking very nicely now. Planted in 2000/2001, the vineyards are producing mature fruit, expressing great varietal character. This year all production will be crushed and vinified on site, allowing Seven Stones to benefit from this maturity to produce greater quantities of high quality wines from the upcoming harvest. I’ll drink to that! ~ Allison Fader


Discover the secrets of the caves in making award-winning wine.

Try the delicious Vegan Burrito at Far Out Coffee Post.

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hen the harvest comes in, farmers like to celebrate. For those farmers who have been at it a long time, they know how to do it right. To celebrate their 128th year of family farming, Rustic Roots *Winery* will be hosting the 6th Annual Harvest Festival on October 5th, from 2-6pm. “There will be live music, artisan market, an Heirloom tomato tasting competition, facepainting, scavenger hunts, and a chef prepared locally-farmed food,” explains Sara Harker. It promises to be a fabulous event *for the whole family* showcasing locally-sourced, organic and sustainably produced foods. For the Harker family, the local community can also be the whole province. Harker’s Organics will again be participating in the BC Agriculture in the Classroom

Foundation’s “BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Program” which delivers fresh BC-grown produce to over 400,000 children in schools throughout the province. “We provide the organic peaches, plums, apples, and pears utilized in the program” explains Sara Harker, “we’ve been a part of it since its inception in 2007.” Harvest won’t be the only thing on the family’s minds this fall. As the 2013 winners of the BC Outstanding Young Farmers award, Sara and Troy Harker will be heading to the National Outstanding Young Farmers Competition in Regina, Saskatchewan. Drop in and share the Harker Family’s passion for creating a secure sustainable food system and enjoy Rustic Roots Winery’s award winning wines including the 2012 Vintages of Plum and Santa Rosa. ~ Luke Whittall

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o you recognize the beautiful artwork that we are featuring on our cover this edition? This romantic image is part of Forbidden Fruit Winery’s brand and will be found adorning their elegant bottles of fruit wine. Each label features the fruit (between hands) that reflects the wine in bottle so all are distinguishable and unique (ie a pear for the Impearfection, a cherry for the Cerise d’Eve and an apple as featured on our cover for Pomme Desiree). The symbolism of



pencer Massie of Clos du Soleil is excited about the progress at this top notch Similkameen winery that is producing wines with Old World elegance and New World edge. Two “Best of Varietal Awards” at the Spring Wine Festival plus a first Gold medal for Signature 2010 from the Wine Align 2013 National Wine Awards speak to the quality of the wines. Achieving their organic certification in July marks a significant milestone of resident manager Felix Boulais’ work in the vineyard, as the path to full biodynamic production continues.   With growth comes new talent and the newest addition to the family is partner and managing director Mike Clark, who has worked vintages in Switzerland and Bordeaux, who will oversee the day to day operations of the winery. Clark will handle

their growing portfolio of wines including more Grower’s Series and the Estate Reserve made exclusively from grapes grown in their Keremeos vineyard. “It’s our first full estate red blend,” says Massie proudly. Though slated for release late fall, it will only be released when “it’s showing at its best. We’ll hold it back if it’s not ready”. Clos Du Soleil will be hosting their second vertical tasting of flagship wines Capella and Signature, their critically acclaimed Bordeaux-style white and red wines, on October 6th  with Rhys Pender MW. This event is limited to 12 people selected by lottery. With a new vintage released each year, it will include all back vintages. “It’s nice to have a track record of fine wines that are all aging exceptionally well,” Massie says with a smile.  ~ Luke Whittall

using Adam and Eve on their labels is a perfect fit for owners Steve Venables and Kim Brind’Amour who have created their very own beautiful garden of Eden on their organic farm in the Similkameen. The apple is also a wonderful metaphor for harvest, the theme of this autumn issue. Kim, also an amazing artist, features her own art in their wine shop for sale. You can also view it on their website www.



for three at Forbidden Fruit. Visitors to the wine shop at Forbidden Fruit can Similkameen, what do see how proud Kim you think of? and Steve are of their If your answer involves wines. An entire shelf the Similkameen is dedicated to their River, Forbidden Fruit award-winners, which Winery has one of most recently includes the most spectacular Kim (L) and Steve riverside picnic spots in the valley. All-Canadian Double Gold wins for The Ven’Amour Organic Orchard the 2012 Speachless and Gold for and Forbidden Fruit Winery run by the 2012 Earth Series Sauvignon Steve Venables and Kim Brind’Amour Blanc. Receiving such prestigious is actually the only winery in the awards consistently for both fruit and Similkameen that is located right next grape wines sets Forbidden Fruit apart, offering a hugely diverse set of to the Similkameen River. If you think of incredible organic flavours from their portfolio. “I have produce, you would be right on the so many people that come in and mark as well. The Ven’Amour farm half of their order is fruit wine and the produces over 60 varieties of tree other half is grape wine,” says Steve. fruits along with grapes and has been Join Forbidden Fruit for their Fall fully organic for 36 years, literally at Harvest Blessings everyday during the groundbreaking level of organic the Fall Wine Festival, when $1 from each bottle will be donated to the BC farming in Canada. If your answer involves award- Children’s Hospital. ~ Luke Whittall winning wines, you would be three hen you think of the

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here’s nothing quite as enticing as visiting a favourite coffee house and enjoying a rich, aromatic cuppa with a house-made treat to go with it. The ambience of the establishment and the service are equally important to the experience. In the Okanagan, w e are very fortunate to have some fabulous coffee houses, each with their own distinct personalities and specialties. Here are a few that we like. Bean Scene Coffee Works, Kelowna Bean Scene Downtown 274 Bernard Avenue 250-763-1814 Bean Scene Landmark Bakery/Roastery #100-1615 Dickson Avenue 778-484-5445 Owners Deb Synnot and John Anderson call the Bean Scene located on Bernard in downtown Kelowna the Mothership of their coffeehouses as it has been operating for John & Deb 17 years in the original post office building, with its antique furniture, brick walls and wood floors. Bean Scene Landmark, open for two years at the Landmark Towers, has a completely different ambience--”We designed this to be all about production, industrial and minimal--we wanted the fire engine red roaster, the stainless steel kitchen and the world barista championship espresso machines to be the focal point,” says Deb. Bean Scene Coffee Works is one of the only roaster/retail operators and this gives them an advantage. “We can directly experience how our roasted coffee translates.” They roast on demand, by hand and small batch, only 12 kilograms at a time. “All of our mediums are single origin and single estate when we can get them.” Deb says a well-roasted coffee is only as good as the way it is treated by the barista and all are required to compete in-house to win a chance to compete internationally. Fave food items to accompany the coffees--all made in house--range from cookies to carrot and chocolate zucchini bars with cream cheese

icing. They also create healthy savoury items like brown Basmati rice bowls, bake their own bread, and roast turkey and make meat loaf for sandwiches. “We strive to promote simplicity and excellence in all areas of our business,” says Deb. Bean Scene Central Capri Centre Mall 1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna 250-860-7818 **Bean Scene Landmark #100-1615 Dickson Avenue 778-484-5445

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**Just before we went to press we heard the exciting news that Amy and Al had purchased the Bean Scene Landmark coffee house (HQ). Deb and John continue as owners of the bakery and roastery at that location. Congratulations!! Al and Amy Lang opened their doors October 2012. Al says at the “comfortably energetic” coffee house, popular coffee drinks vary from season to season but the traditional cappuccino is at the top. “Since the Bean Scene roasts all of its own espresso, this drink is the perfect way to highlight the deep body of our Espresso Graf, the creaminess of the micro-foamed milk, and it’s the perfect vehicle for our baristas to show off some competition-grade art. As for the bakery side of things, I think two of the clear winners would be our granola bars or our wheat-free and vegan Cosmic Cookies.” Al says that even during those insanely busy hours, with the line up to the door, and the barista slinging lattes at a mile a minute, the patrons continue to talk, laugh, and to genuinely enjoy their time at this coffee house. GiObean Expresso 1320 Water Street, Kelowna 250-868-2992 “As my ‘Nonno’ (grandfather) said to me as a small boy growing up in Italy, ‘Coffee should be as strong as a lion, as dark as night, but as sweet as love’,” says Gio, owner of Kelowna’s wildly popular GiObean.

Gio, whose full name is Giovanni Lauretta, opened GiObean in March of 2010 to “offer a coffee experience similar to one that you might get in Italy.” The GiObean experience is a testament to Gio’s Italian background and many years of experience in the coffee industry. The welcoming, friendly and at times buzzing GiObean works closely with Vernon’s Voets Coffee which roasts a specific GiObean blend of fairly traded, organic 100% Arabica beans weekly. “Our baristas and I make the coffees from the whole roasted bean to the handcrafted Italian cup of coffee, using an Italian manufactured, manually-operated three-group coffee machine.” European-style pastries and scones are baked and delivered fresh every morning. For lunch, grilled Italian Panini and sandwiches are “delizioso.” “We aim to make every aspect of a customer’s visit to GiObean an experience,” says Gio. “Coffee, the Italian way.” Good Omens 13616 Kelly Avenue, Summerland 250-494-3200 “From the beginning it has been our goal to provide something out of the ordinary, a free-thinking community hub supporting local producers, artists and musicians,” says Jamie Embree and her partner Jason about their coffee house Good Omens in Summerland. “That and kick-ass food and drink.” Not surprisingly, cappuccino is the most popular coffee drink at Good Omens, which is nestled in a residential neighbourhood a few minutes walk from downtown Summerland. Operating for five years this September, it’s located where Jamie’s Jamie & Jason grandmother used to live. “We buck the big and foamy trend and serve it short, in a six-ounce cup, double shot of espresso and finely textured milk. It pairs nicely with our most popular food item, Peanut Butter Banana Bread.” Regulars appreciate the staff at Good Omens for greeting them by name and remembering their preferences. “That and the fact we make things like chocolate and bacon pop tarts.” Both Jamie and Jason are classically trained chefs and operate their busy catering business as well. Continued on next page…


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COFFEE LOVE continued from page 26 The Bench Artisan Food Market 368 Vancouver Avenue, Penticton 250-492-2222

The most popular coffee at The Bench Artisan Food Market in Penticton is the house “Bench Blend” custom-blended by Bench barista extraordinaire Dan Gauthier. “It’s a blend of Brazilian, Cuban, Mexican and Sumatra beans... organic and farmerfriendly, roasted in Summerland by Backyard Beans,” says Dawn Lennie, who owns the very successful Bench Market with her sister Deb Halladay. Locals really appreciate the lively atmosphere at The Bench Market, the great patio, the awesome staff and the delicious and fresh food. “At this time of year we always have some kind of house smoked meat sandwich on the menu. We also always have a great selection of freshly-made salads that are great to enjoy in-house with your lunch or take some with you for a picnic at the beach!” says Dawn.

An additional bonus at The Bench Market is being able to take home Bench frozen soups, gourmet pizzas, artisan pastas and

sauces as well as an extensive selection of organic grains, lentils, beans, spices and baking ingredients.



he Bench Market in Penticton has been a favourite of locals for the last eight years. It is well known as the perfect pre-wine tour spot to pick up picnic ingredients on your way to go wine tasting. The market carries a wide variety of fresh made dips, local cheese, Two Rivers cured meats, sandwiches and more. The relaxing outdoor patio will be kept going throughout the fall season as long as weather permits. Enjoy their famous Eggs Benedict brunch until 2 pm on weekends and holidays. Recently the head barista has blended a new popular new coffee called ‘Bench Blend’. Indulge in ‘Doughnut Fridays’ with a fresh selection of Bench-made doughnuts and doughnut holes. Fresh bread is delivered every

Saturday morning from local artisan Farmers Dotter Organics. On September 7th, The chefs at the Bench are excited to participate in the Naramata Bench Tailgate party. This year’s theme is Fish ‘N Sips and will take place at Manitou Park. Each participating restaurant is given a different type of seafood to create their own signature tapas for the event. This year, The Bench will be creating a dish using cod cheeks, which they are excited to be working with. Don’t have time to head up to the Penticton location? Don’t fret because you can now pick up some of their famous fare at Old Town Market at two separate locations, in Kelowna and Penticton. Grab your favourite take and bake pizza as well other items like The Bench granola bars. ~ Natasha Chudyk

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e are excited that we will have more Wildfire IPA available again in September,” says co-owner Patt Dyck. “This is a Black India Pale Ale made as a tribute to the firefighters and emergency service personnel who fight our forest fires here in the valley. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this beer are donated to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation.” Cannery’s Knucklehead Pumpkin Ale will be brewed and ready to go in early October. This year, the knucklehead pumpkins are being grown for the brewery by Covert Farms in Oliver. “It has been great fun to watch their progress from seed to greenhouse to field to pumpkin formation,” says Patt. “We are anxiously awaiting their distinctive ‘wart covered’ skin development and we are really looking forward to the whole chopping, roasting and smashing process that eventually leads to this fall tradition.” Cannery Brewing is always involved in creative promotional projects. In

Up’ is a dragon boating expression and this beer is our thumbs up to the amazing folks who participate in this sport.” The brewery is also delighted to have its Lakeboat Lager, named

after the SS Sicamous, now available in 355 ml six-pack cans. So many new beers, so little time. Fall into flavour! ~ Dona Sturmanis

the summer, the brewery worked with CBC Radio, three other BC craft breweries and four BC bands. Each brewery produced a new beer named after one of the bands. “Our band was Pink Mountaintops and our beer was a Maibock that was named Pink Mountainhops.  Ben Didier, a graphic designer from CBC Radio, produced four amazing labels for these beers and the whole series has been available for customers throughout the province,” says Patt. Another fall tradition is the September Dragon Boat Festival in Penticton. Cannery Brewing will be pouring their new “Paddles Up!” Pale Ale at this festival. “’Paddles



ooking for BC wine? The Penticton BC VQA Wine Information Centre features over 700 different wines all at winery prices – enough to make your head spin! And if you are looking for the ultimate taste of the Okanagan, the selection of local wines is unbelievable. It’s a one stop shop so plan to walk out with a couple of mixed cases to experience the ultimate mix of the Okanagan’s best. It is such a pleasure to browse the well-stocked shelves at the Centre. There is always a wine tasting happening so you can sample something new. The staff is very helpful as well as being super wineliterate and knowledgeable – about both the actual wines as well as the people that make it. This is what makes drinking local so special, knowing the passion that went into each bottle and learning about that special team of people that made it. Our wine industry has grown so exponentially over the past few years for that reason: a passion for winemaking. And it’s not as glamourous as you may think! The many hours of farming as well as winemaking behind each wine label

is amazing and so spending your dollars on a local community product is important. The Penticton BC VQA Wine Information Centre is operated by the BC Wine Information Society, a not-for-profit store that channels all proceeds back to the community supporting the wine industry, education, and wine tourism – hooray! If you can’t buy direct from the winery, this is the next best thing. The store also offers a bountiful array of local and wine industry focused gift ideas including Reidel stemware and cookbooks. Custom gift baskets can be created for you at any budget and are ideal for wedding or housewarming gifts. Open 7 days a week. ~ Jennifer Schell • 112-1475 Fairview Rd., Penticton, BC

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was recently lucky enough to spend some time with the proprietors of Kraze Legz winery; Sue and Gerry Thygesen. In their cozy tasting room, also known as their 1920s Speakeasy, boasting sweeping views of Skaha Lake, they let me sample some of their fun, fantastic wines. The 2012 Bee’s Knees Pinot Blanc is a bright, crisp revelation. I loved the creamy mouth feel and the citrus zest on the palate. The notes of Granny Smith made me realize why this wine was so popular at the Osoyoos Oyster Fest this past spring. It would be the ideal partner to a platter of oysters on the half shell. Their SHHH… Icewine is glorious! Made from Merlot grapes it exhibits tasty strawberry and cherry cordial notes. The sweetness is well balanced, making this wine feel silky in your mouth while still being restrained enough to leave a clean finish behind. If you’re passing through during the Fall Wine Festival, make sure

to stop by and try a Blind Vertical Tasting. Proprietors Gerry and Sue will be bootlegging from their library to showcase past vintages of The Speakeasy Rosé, Bee’s Knees Pinot Blanc and Black Bottom Stomp. The tastings will be paired with delicious local cheeses, so it’s worth making time for a visit. While you’re there, be sure to pick up your copy of the 2014 BC Winery Cat’s Pajamas Calendar. This project was a labour of love for winery proprietor Sue Thygesen and it features 10 months of submitted portraits of winery felines and two months of kitty collages made from photos sent in by their owners. In spite of all of the pressures of entrepreneurial life, Sue managed to find the time to source all of the images and do the design and layout. A portion of the proceeds from The Cat’s Pajamas is earmarked to benefit Critter Aid. ~ Courtney Fossett

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hether you are just beginning your journey in the world of wines or have been interested in the libation for decades, you are bound to leave a Grape Escape Wine tour with some new-found knowledge. The tour company offers wine journeys up and down the Okanagan Valley from the



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Naramata Bench to Okanagan Falls, Summerland, Oliver and Osoyoos as well as through the Similkameen Valley. Choose from the “Simply Sipping Discovery Experience” a tour that Advertorial offers up a selection of wine visits in each particular region focusing on discovering a variety of new favourite bottles, or the more in depth “Grapes to Glass Discovery Experience” which includes wine facility tours and vineyard walks. Once you’ve decided on the region you’d like to explore, you can also choose whether you would like to spend a half or full day in the area. The half days are approximately 4 hours in length and showcase 4-5 wineries and include tastings and a professional wine guide and driver. Additionally you can add on a lunch at a winery bistro or a gourmet picnic lunch by Grape Wine Tours. Full days always include the lunch and visit 6-7 wineries during the 6.5 hour tour. The company also does a “TGIFermented” tour from 5-7 pm each Friday visiting 3 wineries in 2 hours and has recently added the “BLT”, a beer and liquor tour with or without a pub lunch. Tours range from $25-$140 and can also be customized should you require. ~ Cassandra Anderton



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ust like fine wine, the words “well-balanced” also describe Upper Bench Winery & Creamery. On a  vineyard tour with owners Gavin and Shana Miller, it’s easy to appreciate the delicate balance between nature and nurture. Gavin proudly shows off rows of pesticide-free vines. “There’s no Roundup on them – they’ve been left natural. There’s nice bugs that kills the nasty bugs,” he laughs. But while the grasses, weeds, insects and vines thrive together, this is not nature gone wild. A closer look reveals Gavin’s careful guidance. His shoot positions are just right, his vines stand straight – all to ensure the leaves and grapes get maximum sunlight. His meticulous effort pays off: “I want it [vineyard] to be sustainable. I want all the grapes to be in balance. So when we come into the cellar during harvest everything is right and doesn’t have to be manipulated. If you grow it right, it’s easy to make wine.” Next we enter the wine shop and cheese tasting room – where award-winning wines and cheeses form a blissful balance of acid and fat. I sampled the 2012 Riesling

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– a refreshing, crisp wine perfect for sipping on a sundeck. This “balanced” white - with hints of mango, papaya, gooseberry, lime, and elderflower – pairs nicely with a savoury slice of Shana’s hand-made U&Brie or French Gold. Prefer reds? Try the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon with King Cole or Okanagan Sun2. Before leaving, I admire the winery’s newly renovated patio, where Gavin and Shana strive for a perfect balance of sun and shade. Under an inviting wooden trellis, guests can enjoy their favourite combinations of wine and cheese while overlooking a stunning view. “The more balance you have in your life – the happier you are!” says Shana. I couldn’t agree more. ~ Erin Trainer

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rom its strategic location as the gateway to the Naramata Bench, Perseus Winery is winning raves from wine lovers. They can’t seem to stop talking about the great reds and whites that are made to express the terroir of vineyards throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys. And acknowledgement of their efforts is coming from a national stage. The 2011 Cabernet Shiraz brought home Gold from this year’s Wine Align National Wine Awards of Canada and 2009 Invictus, a classic Bordeaux blend, earned Silver. Invictus is elegant, earthy and age-worthy— enjoy some now and put some away in the cellar. It’s that good! Two more wines, 2011 Merlot and 2011 Pinot Gris, won Bronze medals at the National awards. The winery, a former residential home at the foot of Lower Bench Road, makes a natural entrance to the Naramata Bench and the location is also home to an Info Centre, where guests can get information about

other Naramata wineries, galleries and bed and breakfasts. It’s also a pickup point for the Okanagan Wine Shuttle. A sister winery, Helios, will soon be launched in Westbank, on a property next to Quails’ Gate. The 10,000 square foot building will house a full wine production facility, bistro and tasting bar. After an event-filled summer, the staff at Perseus has no intention of slowing down in the fall. Check the website ( for complete information, including happenings during the exciting Fall Okanagan Wine Festival from October 4-14. Members of the Perseus Wine Club (see website for details) will be invited to join the unveiling of 2012 red wines bottled in September and a charity auction of select library wines with food and wine to follow. A series of educational events at the winery will be scheduled for during and after the fall festival. ~ Lorne Eckersley

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magine a place where you can train for cycling events – and have your wine too. Starting in spring 2014, the Naramata Heritage Inn has a program for you! Last March, new owners Julius and Toni Bloomfield set a goal to keep their inn open year round. And they are doing just that by teaming up with local fitness professionals Ian Lobb and Louise and Andre Blais to host “cycling performance camps.” After experiencing the excitement, energy and business generated by the Granfondo – the Bloomfields knew they were on course. “We’ve done our research and we know this is a strong market. The Okanagan is a cycling destination,” says Julius. “Plus, we have an excellent climate for training in the spring.” The camps will give cyclists, especially those preparing for Granfondo or Challenge Penticton, an opportunity to stay in the area, train and get familiar with the region. Toni, a marathon runner, and Julius, a twotime Ironman participant, are sports enthusiasts. “We’ve trained on the Naramata Bench and we know this is a great location,” says Toni. “A lot of cyclists already stay at the Inn – so these camps are a no-brainer.” Everything’s included: accommodation, meals and training, as well as educational seminars on nutrition and injury prevention – and possibly a wine tour or two. “It’s all about cycling, but we also know this group enjoys a glass of wine and great food,” says Julius. “The sky is the limit. We’ll tailor the camps for different groups,” adds Louise, who along with Andre and Ian has an extensive background in competitive races and fitness instruction. The camps will run from Easter weekend to mid-June. “You have to give people a reason to come here; you can’t just open the door and expect them to come,” says Julius. “And it’s a way for us to fill the rooms, use this facility, and keep our staff working,” adds Toni. The inn will also

(L-R) Ian & Louise with Innkeepers Toni & Julius.

partner with local businesses to offer the cyclists’ spouses and families’ fun activities. “I can’t wait for the camp camaraderie that’s going to develop. The energetic vibe will be awesome,” says Louise with an enthusiastic grin. Tour de Naramata anyone? ~ Erin Trainer


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irst and foremost, Moraine Winery is a family endeavor. Oleg Aristarkhov and his charming wife, Svetlana, are happy to have left behind their 15 years in Alberta to settle in Naramata. Drawn by a belief that wine offers one of life’s most simple, enjoyable and accessible pleasures, they leapt into the wine business with enthusiasm that has only grown with their time in the winery and vineyards. The vineyards are christened for their daughters, Sophia, 13, and Anastasia, a newly graduated medical doctor in Alberta. Oleg chose to name the winery Moraine because it honours the geography so important to

The Aristarkhov family welcomes you to Moraine Winery on the Bench.

wine. A moraine is a glacially formed accumulation of soil and rocks, whose minerals contribute to a grape’s complexity. The geographical theme extends to his naming of wines like Cliffhanger (also an allusion to the couple’s foray into a new career), Red Mountain (a tribute to the mountain where Nancy Greene learned to ski) and Pink Mountain (a Peace River area formation). It was a busy summer in the wine shop, with guests raving about the 2012 Cliffhanger Red, which earned a Gold medal at this year’s All Canadian Wine Championship. The 2012 Pinot Gris won a Bronze in the same event. Red Mountain, a Bordeaux blend, has received excellent responses in the wine shop. New releases this fall will include Pinot Noir, Malbec and Syrah. Among Fall Okanagan Wine Festival activities will be the Pinot Noir release, barrel tastings of which are revealing lively cranberry and fruit flavours. Oleg is a classic example of a man who takes his business seriously and himself lightly.



e had a great start for spring and summer of this year,” says Diane Jensen, owner of Shades of Linen in Naramata. She’s also looking forward to fall, which is one of her best selling seasons. Diane’s been designing her classic linen fashions since 2001. Clients love her comfortable, stylish garments made of this breathable fabric, which comes from a fibre older in history than cotton. “This year our linen colours have been pink, a light grey, along with regular colours of beige, white, and of course, black.” The famous Naramata Bench pants are always popular. “It’s the fit that makes them a winner,” says Diane. Also in demand have been jean jackets in floral linen. Unfortunately, those are sold out, but there are now black and white polka dot jackets available. “There are fresh

new styles always coming out of our back room. All season long.” All Shades of Linen easy-to-carefor natural fabric clothing is all preshrunk and made on site. Fabric samples are available on request to help coordinate their colours to clients’ wardrobes. The boutique also carries garments from other designers that compliment the linen, and men’s wear, including linen beach pants with a drawstring and elastic waist band and some very attractive comfortable shirts. Shades of Linen has great accessories to complement the elegant garments. “Going along with the Great Gatsby trend, we are carrying a line of hats with a 20s flair,” says Diane. “There are also wide bracelets that look like lace. This line is called Liquid Metal. Beautiful!” ~ Dona Sturmanis

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“Wine should be fun,” he insists. “We want to make wines that will make people happy.” To that end, his hiring of young New Zealand winemaker Jacq

Kemp has been an excellent choice. Her wines are doing just what Oleg wants, making people happy. ~ Lorne Eckersley


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1-866-496-5765 No crowds, just peace and serenity in one of the Okanagans best private resorts.

he Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort makes a remarkable transition each fall as families that flock to cabins to enjoy summer weeks of lakeside living return home, to work and school. In their place, guests seeking a quieter, more reflective experience arrive to savour the warm days and cooler nights of autumn. Summer and shoulder-season visitors alike return to Sandy Beach year after year to take advantage of a rare opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of daily living and modern technology. No televisions or dishwashers here, but don’t panic—there IS internet access! But who needs them with the beach only steps away, an abundance of recreation facilities and absolutely no highway traffic to raise the blood pressure? For more than 60 years Sandy Beach Lodge has welcomed guests with many improvements while maintaining the original charm from years past. Within the spring and fall months the resort becomes an ideal location to host special events. Conventions and retreats, weddings and reunions, can all be accommodated within


facilities sure to be as memorable as the events themselves. Staff is happy to assist with recommendations regarding all the necessary details and local vendors available to make your event a great success from beginning to end. Enjoy the outdoors with a dip in the heated pool or relax in the gazebo hot tub overlooking Okanagan Lake. Paddle out on the lake, stick your toes into the sand or enjoy a game of tennis, ping-pong, shuffleboard or bocce but be sure to leave time to enjoy the magnificent sunsets that are sure to take your breath away. A successful corporate event is enriched when participants have the opportunity to meet in a casual environment that encourages social interaction and total relaxation. Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort offers exactly that, in meeting rooms or quiet corners, patio and beach settings, all a stone’s throw from the magnificent Okanagan Lake and Naramata Bench wine region. Relax, rejuvenate and breathe the fresh, clean air. What are you waiting for? ~ Lorne Eckersley

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rtisans on the Naramata Bench have banded together to create a “destination” studio tour that will dazzle and delight visitors, especially if you like to know who made it! Paintings, sculptures, prints, pottery, fused glass, designer clothing and lavender products are sure to tempt the senses. Pick up an “Art on the Naramata Bench Studio Tour” brochure at information centres or participating studios and venture out on your personal odyssey to meet some of the Okanagan’s most creative folks. 1. Cormier’s Studio: Lawrence & Kena Cormier’s “cultural tourism feast” of sculpture and mixed media “wallart”. 2. Terry Isaac Studio: Internationally acclaimed wildlife artist offers originals, prints and art cards. 3. Johann Wessels Studio: “Last year I spent an hour in freezing cold water, photographing a very brave model, underwater, for a series of paintings I was working on.” 4. James Hibbert Pottery: Uses a variety of unique firing techniques to create Stoneware, Raku and Saggarware. 5. Gallery Unique: Petronella creates contemporary acrylic paintings & sculpture. 6. Dennis Evans Art Studios: Paintings of the local landscape and pottery.

7. Carlarry Glass Art: Fused glass functional art, he’ll even show you how! 8. Shades of Linen: Diane designs & creates clothing from natural fibres. 9 Robinson Art Gallery and Gifts: Something for every taste. 10. Forest Green Lavender Man: Karolina’s paintings & farm grown lavender products. 11. Jacqueline W. Haydon Art Studio: Returning artist to Naramata – paintings. 12. Mars Factor Gallery: “Life’s work in progress.” Paintings, sculpture & hand carved totem poles.



Proprietors Doug here is Mathias and his nothing Swiss wife Karolina quite like Born-Tschuemperlin the experience are an absolute joy of walking onto to meet - interesting, a lavender farm. intelligent, fun - they Rendered almost graciously welcome senseless after guests onto their inhaling the heady, Forest Green Man, Doug Mathias farm. Creative and heavenly aroma that surrounds you, the effect is musical as well (both play numerous magical. Relaxing and uplifting at instruments and have formed a local the same time, it reminds us why band), together they create over 30 our ancestors used the flowers for products for sale in their farm shop. medicinal purposes as well as a Although Karolina’s roots lie in the perfume. Gourmands also treasure beautiful city Basel, Switzerland, its flavour and aromatics and utilize Doug’s family has wonderful it as an herb (famously used in the Okanagan history with his mother herbs de Provence blend) and to Odetta being quite a legend here. make teas and vinegars etc. Distilling Odetta Keating was a chemistry More work can be viewed at the the essential oils from these purple teacher at Penticton High School and Naramata Heritage Inn and Perseus aroma bombs concentrates its also held a miraculous Masters in Winery. powerful essence so that just a few Agriculture in the early 1960’s – when ~ Lorne Eckersley drops is enough to perfume soaps, she also purchased the farm where bath salts, room spray, Forest Green Man now lies. A sign posted in front of the farm shop lotions etc. Naramata Centre is one garden reads “Odetta’s Garden” as of the Okanagan’s most tribute to her and the garden that she beautiful landscapes and tended so lovingly. offers a respite from the There are two cottages on the busy wine world buzzing property for rent that are nestled on the Bench above. This amongst the fruit trees and gardens. sleepy village is also the Imagine waking up to the sound of home to Forest Green sprinklers outside your window and a Man Lavender Farm – very lavender breeze blowing in through apropos since lavender has the curtains. Ommmmm… been used for centuries as PS Don’t miss viewing Karolina’s a relaxing tonic to soothe paintings, she is also a very talented Lavender lady, Karolina Born-Tshuemperlin, artist & artist! the soul and the nerves. co-proprietor of Forest Green Man Lavender Farm ~ Jennifer Schell


Follow the purple signs & venture out on your self-guided driving tour, you will be ever so delighted that you did! Boasting 12 artisan studios, your tour begins on Vancouver Avenue & meanders along the Naramta Bench to the quaint and picturesque village of Naramata. During your tour you will meet artists who have chosen to live & work in the unique setting that is the Naramata Bench. Offering a tremendous variety in studio sites, you’ll see places you didn’t know existed and you might discover your new, favourite artist. A map & brochure can be downloaded off our website at or pick one up from any of our participating studios. With your map in hand, we hope that by touring our multiple and diverse studios you will experience the artistic spirit that exemplifies the Naramata Bench. Start or expand an art collection through personal connections....... the adventure begins with you! Page 34 • B.C. Food & Wine Trails • FALL 2013

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013 has been a fabulous year for us,” says Judy Kingston, owner of Naramata’s Serendipity Winery. Fabulous? How about being named BC’s Winery of the Year at the

prestigious New York International Wine Competition in June? Or, before the end of July, having hauled in 22 medals from wine competitions—one for each wine entered? Or finally having sufficient

B.C. Winery of the Year - 2013 New York International Wine Competition

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production to get the multi-awardwinning Devil’s Advocate red blend into BC Liquor Stores? Or adding highly regarded Richard Kanazawa as consulting winemaker on what is shaping up to be an all-star team? Kanazawa brings years of experience to Serendipity, and he shares Judy’s vision of creating Old World-style wines from the maturing vineyard that surrounds the winery. He joins Craig MacKenzie, who now oversees farm operations, and June Stewart, who manages the wine shop, freeing up Judy’s daughter, Katie O’Kell, to look after paperwork and focus on her UC Davis winemaking studies. “I’m pretty much always behind the wheel now,” Judy laughs. “If I’m not out on the road doing sales and promotion I’m on the tractor!” Serendipity had its first exposure at the Calgary Stampede in July, with Judy staying and pouring her wines during the entire 10-day event that left her raving about the city’s sense of community. There, thanks to the help of Town Hall, Vancouverbased business consultants, she

yourself in our luxurious B&B gallery overlooking Okanagan Lake. media wallart! Open most days 11-5. uver Ave.,Penticton BC V2A 1A4

was featured on the CTV News and in the Calgary Herald. “I felt so welcome there, and I am thrilled that we have already been invited back for 2014.” The rest of 2013 promises to only get better, with September seeing the release of four 2010 reds— Cabernet Sauvignon, MerlotCabernet Franc-Syrah, Pinot Noir and the always popular Serenata, a Bordeaux blend. “All of these amazing things are happening to us,” says Katie. “Everything is really coming together.” “We feel like we have really arrived,” Judy echoes. ~ Lorne Eckersley



nder one roof, you will encounter a contemporary Serendipity Winery @Winespiration B&B, art gallery and sculpture garden, featuring the art of Lawrence and Kena Cormier. Adventuring along the Naramata Bench you will find the perfect match of their art and wine at Red Rooster Winery, Perseus Winery and the Naramata Heritage Inn. But, if you want to meet the artists and get an up close personal view, then your best bet is to stop at their home gallery for a viewing. “Stopping at our studio gives people a different experience,” says Kena, A cultural tourism feast! Indulge yourself in our luxurious B&Bluxurious and enjoyB&B who incorporates metal work into A cultural tourism feast! Indulge yourself in our enjoy a yummy in theoverlooking art gallery Okanagan overlooking Okanagan Lake.her wall art. Lawrence, a self-taught aand yummy breakfast inbreakfast the art gallery Lake. and highly accomplished sculptor, Lawrence andcreates Kena creates Open most days 11-5. Lawrence sculptssculpts and Kena mixed mixed media media wallart!wallart! Open most days 11-5. creates metal sculptures ranging Lawrence & Kena Cormier 495 Vancouver Ave.,Penticton BC V2A 1A4 from significant art to functional fun. A cultural tourism feast! Indulge yourself in our luxurious B&B Lawrence & Kena Cormier 250-493-3273 and enjoy a yummy breakfast in the art overlooking Okanagan Lake. Looking for a unique and unusual 495 Vancouver Ave., Lawrence sculpts and Kena creates mixed media wallart! Open most days 11-5. gift to celebrate a wedding, mark a Penticton, BC V2A 1A4 birthday or anniversary or just to fill Lawrence & Kena Cormier 495 Vancouver 250-493-3273 Ave.,Penticton BC V2A 1A4 that blank and boring space in your 250-493-3273 home or yard? Then “you gotta stop here”! The studio features

Team Serendipity: (l-r) Craig MacKenzie, Katie O’Kell, Judy Kingston, Richard Kanazawa and June Stewart.

indoor and outdoor art that reflects K e n a ’ s folksy view of life and Lawrence’s whimsical and often “as big as life” art. Their artwork can be found in collections worldwide. Guests at the B&B get to stay right in an art gallery enjoying the benefit of seeing artworks at various times of day and night - a huge plus when making an investment in a significant work. Quality is evident throughout the building which was designed and constructed to blend a residence, studio, gallery and guest accommodations into a seamless whole. ~ Lorne Eckersley

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Winery Owners (L to R) - Ian Sutherland, Tony Holler, Barrie Sali

100% ESTATE GROWN GRAPES AT POPLAR GROVE WINERY oplar Grove Winery proudly maintains that all of its wines are now 100% estategrown – on 30 acres on the Naramata Bench and 35 acres in Osoyoos. Add to this their new state-of-theart production facility and dedicated winemaking team and you have the recipe for success. Winemaker Stefan Arnason is pleased to have the Okanagan’s first indoor crush pad, a stellar line-up of tanks and barrels and professional assistant winemakers Nadine Allander (New Zealand trained) and Kitson Stewart (yes – Ben Stewart’s son!) at his side. The facility has its own warehouse attached, aiding in storing all the new barrels incorporated annually (25% of production). The approximately 4400 eventual cases of 2011 red wines are resting quietly in their barrels awaiting final blending. The team interacts daily with newly-hired viticulturalist Matt Rademakers to ensure ongoing updating of what’s happening in the vineyards and optimal planning for the approaching harvest. Poplar Grove is also home to not just your average run-of-the-mill Wine Club. Only members can purchase a number of products made uniquely for them – as


well as getting first choice on limited-production wines. These special production wines spend 18 – 20 months in barrel and a further year in the bottle prior to release to the Club. Its members have been privy to such treats as: 2011 Reserve Chardonnay, 2011 Munson Mountain Pinot Gris, 2010 Munson Mountain Cabernet Franc, and the 2010 Benchmark (Meritage) blend. Club members will have a number of unique purchase opportunities, such as the limited-release 2010 Cabernet Franc and 2010 Syrah, due out in October – so now is a good time to join if you’re not already a member. The winery continues to garner awards including: Silver for the 2010 Syrah at the Decanter World Wine Awards and National Wine Awards of Canada; Best in Class at the 28th Pacific Rim International Wine Competition for its Legacy 2007 and Gold for the 2010 Cabernet Franc; and Best in Class for the 2012 Pinot Gris from the Alberta Beverage Awards. The Vanilla Pod Restaurant is celebrating its first anniversary and continues to draw happy “foodies” to the winery’s spectacular setting. It doesn’t get any better than this in the Okanagan! ~ Allison Fader

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ecause everyone needs a little Therapy” is the slogan at one of the great gems of the Naramata Bench. Visitors arriving at Therapy Vineyards get a sense of serenity from vineyards that slope downward to Okanagan Lake. They get treated like royalty in the welcoming wine shop and tasting room. And the luckiest get to call the vineyard home when they stay in one of the eight suites and rooms in the world-class Guesthouse. Recent new releases include two wines that wine shop and guesthouse manager Nick Stulberg refers to as The Good and The Evil. The Good, he says, is an Artist Series Riesling-Kerner blend. The Evil is a wild fermentation Pinot Noir. Wild fermentation is a risky winemaking approach that relies only on yeasts that are found naturally on the harvested grapes. “This Pinot is drinking nicely now and it will only continue to get better over the next year or two,” Nick observes. Both wines are priced at $24.00. Also $24.00 is the 2011 Syrah, the winery’s first since 2008. It’s sure to be a popular seller.

Another sure hit is Freudified, a non-vintage Port-style sipper made from Merlot and Syrah. It’s a bargain at only $25.00, and will help bring back good memories of Therapy on a chilly fall or winter evening. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc drew the attention of the Globe and Mail’s Beppi Crosariol, who wrote, “This white is more like an invigorating smoothie served poolside at a spa resort than a visit to the shrink. Fruitforward with flavours of peach and mango, it culminates with juicy acidity.“ Nick also singled out the newly released 2010 Freud’s Ego and a Pinot Noir-Merlot blend as worthy of mention. Fall promises to be packed with excitement at Therapy. A “pre-tailgate festival party” will feature live music and beverages before guests head to Manitou Beach for the ever-popular Naramata Bench Tailgate Party. And don’t miss Crush With Us, a Fall Wine Festival event on October 4-5, that invites visitors to spend a day in the vineyards or the winery, learning first-hand what goes into making great Therapy wines. ~ Lorne Eckersley

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illside Winery and Bistro is the complete package. It has history. In 1989 Hillside joined Wild Goose and Lang Vineyards as the one of the first farm gate wineries in the province. It has location. The distinctive wood structure rises above Naramata Road to afford views that have to be seen to be believed. And the Kettle Valley Trail runs just behind the property. It has food. In the Bistro, Chef Rob Cordonier creates magic, with a strong focus on fresh, local ingredients. And, of course, it has wine. In the winery, Kathy Malone uses a deft, gentle hand to turn grapes into fine wines, using an increasingly single vineyard approach to bring out the expression of the Hillside vineyards’ terroir. Visitors to the tasting room will enjoy the chance to sample wines that include new releases like 2010 Syrah, a nicely balanced red with great tannins and a hint of potter’s clay with flavours of raspberries, blackberries and minerals. The 2010 Merlot Malbec is made from Naramata-

grown grapes, a perfect match with lamb ragout, suggests sales and marketing manager Lisa Baxter-Burke. The 2010 Viognier is proving to be popular, as is the tasty 2010 Late Harvest Kerner. With the coming of fall many events are planned, including live local music on four sundays in september. During October’s Fall Wine Festival, Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the Bistro. An Oktoberfest platter will be featured from 5-9 p.m., October 4-11 (locally brewed beer will also be available!). Guests are invited to the popular Graze Among the Grapes winemaker’s dinner, which starts with a reception in the courtyard featuring Hillside’s award-winning Rosé and canapes A vineyard walk is followed by a wine-paired dinner. Make your reservations now! And don’t forget about the popular Thanksgiving turkey dinner on October 13-14, or Hallowe’en at Hillside, the winery’s 3rd annual party. ~ Lorne Eckersley



n July, Sal D’angelo was working 12-hour days in the vineyard, supervising a crew pulling leaves to expose grape clusters to the sun, cutting top growth from vines to force the plant’s energy to be directed into ripening the fruit, and ensuring only

the requisite number of clusters was left hanging on vines. After 30 years in the business, he knows that effort in the vineyard has to be made before one can expect quality in the winery. A true family man, Sal’s conversations are peppered with family references.

Located on the beautiful Naramata Bench, experience exceptional and unique wines, creative, locally-inspired cuisine and striking views. Wine Shop: Open Daily from 10-6!

His daughter, Stephanie, runs the wine shop, B&B and handles administration. Son Chris manages a winery of the same name in Amherstberg, ON. His mom and dad make regular visits from Ontario. On a recent stay at the winery, Sal’s

Vineyard View Bed & Breakfast Family owned and operated winery D’Angelo is 100% estate grown

brother asked him why he never goes anywhere His reply? ‘’Because I am already there.‘’ Meticulous in his record keeping, he can open his beloved Blackberry and find spreadsheets on everything to vineyard spraying schedules to each check of wines in barrels. It’s that attention to detail, he says, that helps make consistently great wines. And it shows. In the wine shop are fine expressions of Merlot-Cab Franc, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo and Sette Coppa Riserva. Coming along nicely are new vintages of Tempranillo, Merlot, Cab Sauvignon, Sette Coppa and his first ever Rosé. And yet to be bottled is their sweet dessert wine called Dolce Vita Rosso, a Port-style wine with a twist using icewine and brandy from their own vineyard and distilled by Maple Leaf Distillery in Penticton They will be ready by the time this story is in reader’s hands. And these fortified dessert wines won’t last long. ~ Lorne Eckersley The D’Angelo family enjoying life on the vineyard.

Bistro: Open Daily for lunch and dinner! Until October 31st Contact us to book your corporate meeting, company dinner, family reunion, wedding or any special event!

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Confessions from the vineyard by Terry Meyer-Stone


consider myself a ‘newbie’ in the world of viticulture and winemaking. It feels like months (it’s years) since we threw in the city towel and embraced the farmer’s life. Recently an enthusiastic Albertan--answering the siren’s call of orchards, vineyards, lakes and hot desert sun while planning his future retirement-asked a million questions about how grapes grow, how much

wine in one bunch, how long ‘til grapes show up on new vines, why do vines grow straight up, how do you choose barrels, how is Icewine made, and more. (I kinda had the answers-- maybe I have learned something!). And then my favorite question: “ Are there some vineyard owners who don’t know anything at all but just fall in love with it here and jump?” Wow, big blush on that one as the neon arrow in the sky points right at my head. “Hmm, maybe a few...” Truth is there are as many quirky owners as there are wineries and vineyards. There’s the ‘run away from the city, run away from winter, run towards romance, run towards

unlimited wine’ kind of owners. Or, there are the families, where mom, dad, cousins, uncles and more all pitch in. Then there’s situations where land has been passed down from generation to generation or where the ink is barely dry on legal papers. The ones that know a lot and the ones that know nothing. There are consortiums of accountants and oilmen, lawyers and businessman who answer the sirens call and ignore the balance sheet blinded by those dazzling damsels singing their song. I must confess to a little thrill, naw, make that a THRILL when I share that hubby and I live on a vineyard on Anarchist Mountain.

I see eyes glaze over with wistful envy and I bask in that moment and never, ever, ever tell them how that very morning I had to scrape chicken stuff off my fave red shoes, or how the rattlesnake was coiled at the front door, or how I now have a chiropractor I’m supporting, or how hubby and I haven’t ever made it to the beach or done wine tours because there is no such thing as a weekend when you have a vineyard. Nope. They drift into their fantasy and those sirens ramp up that tune and pretty soon we’re both hearing the song of sun setting over the idyllic vineyard, glass of chardonnay in hand, living life large.



f you happen to be through Summerland, moment to investigate Studio, a heavenly little

driving take a DeLong jewelry

shop located on a quiet street in the Trout Creek area. Nestled in shady garden setting, the studio itself is as beautiful as its environment.

Fine Silver Jewellery Uni que H a n d c ra f t e d D e sig n s • O p en D a ily 1 0 - 5


Visit DeLong Studio: Turn off Hwy 97 at Travel Land, onto Wharf St., Right on Nixon, Right on Williams. 4420 Williams Ave., Summerland (in Trout Creek)

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Proprietors Anita and John DeLong create much of the wearable art for sale in the shop. John, an avid lapidarist, cuts and polishes the rare stones, while Anita designs and handcrafts the settings. The studio features the work of other noted  international silversmiths, as well; many of them one of a kind pieces. A visit to Delong Studio provides a fascinating crash course in geology, and an education in gems, stones and fossils. In addition to beautiful works of sterling silver from throughout the world, you will enjoy seeing delicately detailed ocean jasper from Madagascar; the tiny, naturally occurring “landscape paintings” found in Deschutes jasper; and a myriad of other gemstones from around the world. If your tastes run to the manmade, they carry many pieces made from Galactic glass in a variety of settings. DeLong Studio also carries handmade scarves and luxurious hand-tooled leather handbags to complete any look, as well as a variety of other treasures. If you are shopping for a perfect gift for that special someone, you may be assured that whatever

you choose at DeLong Studio will be something to treasure for a lifetime. To learn more about what Delong Studio has to offer, visit them online at www.delongstudio. com; the studio is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ~ Courtney Fossett

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uess which Summerland winery is on Trip Advisor’s top 10 % businesses in the world? Dirty Laundry Vineyard, that’s who!!! Congratulations to Summerland’s Dirty Laundry Vineyard’s (DLV) staff and proprietors for being awarded the coveted Trip Advisor’s top 10% businesses “IN THE WORLD.” Fans can join in the conversation by logging on to No surprise to us lucky Okanaganians, who have seen this Bottleneck Drive boutique winery grow by leaps and bounds each year, bringing wine-lovers the world over to our wonderful town of Summerland. DLV recently bought 6 new Italianmade stainless-steel tanks and constructed another building, to house their 20% increase in wine for the 2013 vintage. Marketing director Judi Skinner says that they expect to produce over 20,000 cases for 2013. Gary Byman, a senior winegrape grower, says he expects the 2013 vintage to be “a stellar year. The weather is perfect, the

pests and mildew under control, and the clusters are so full – just unbelievable!” Skinner says that DLV’s first white blend, “Secret Affair” was a “total success,” prompting the winery to embark on their newest red blend. Although details on this wine is still “hush hush,” the mostly-Merlot blend will “be a bit sweeter,” which Skinner promises will be a “great transition wine for fans getting into reds.” Look out for further updates in BC Food & Wine Trails issues to come! According to Skinner, part of DLV’s success has been due to their passion for wine education in a “fun and playful way.” Making great wines in a great atmosphere is one thing, but a trip to DLV will foster a true understanding of what it takes to make great wines. If you cannot make it to the winery itself, check them out online at www. Here you’ll find their Bordello Wine Club, on-line wine & accessories boutique, and the stories that make wine dreams come true. ~ Sarah Willard

Dirty Laundry Vineyard team welcomes Gold Medal Marketing (Andy Dunn, centre).



visit to Sonoran Estate Winery is a trip back in time. Their tasting room boasts a beautifully shaded patio that offers a range of light menu items and wines by the glass for extremely reasonable prices ranging from $4.00 to $15.00. While you’re lunching, enjoy a glass of their 2011 Jazz Series Gewürztraminer. This wine just won a Gold medal at the All Canadian Wine Competition with its’ classic lychee and roses nose and its’ soft, pretty palate bursting with floral notes. Their tasting room restaurant, also known as the Full Moon Bistro also offers live music every Saturday and Sunday through the summer and fall from noon until 4pm. There are lots of exciting events coming up this fall for the folks at Sonoran Winery. The Pentastic Jazz Festival is coming to Penticton in September and owners Arjan and Ada Smits and crew are very excited to be in the thick of things pouring their wines for the crowds. They

are also excited to welcome local chef Heinz Schmidt to the winery on October 10th to co-host a wine paired dinner on site. Tickets are $95.00 each and can be booked by calling the winery at 250-4949323. Seating is limited so get yours today. ~ Courtney Fossett

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Sonoran Winery is kid friendly!

Sonoran • Winery • Bistro • B&B

5716 Gartrell Rd., Summerland


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L-R: Nirmal Gidda, Pinki Gidda, Kal Gidda, winemaker Jim Faulkner


t. Boucherie Family Estate Winery is located in West Kelowna’s Lakeview Heights, only a few minutes drive from downtown Kelowna. Owned and operated by the respected Gidda family, Mt. Boucherie is the largest family owned and operated winery in the Okanagan. It produces a varied portfolio of wines that are always good value. The winery is part of the Westside Wine Trail, which offers visitors a memorable wine touring experience of familyowned wineries, art, and culinary pleasures. A recent innovation at Mt. Boucherie is the 3L Bag in the Box wines, which is the equivalent of 4 bottles. They are already proving to be very popular as they offer such terrific value. The unoaked Chardonnay ($38.50) is crisp and refreshing, while the Merlot ($42.50) is smooth and full bodied. Both are very food friendly and ideal for group gatherings, weddings, picnics, and camping. One date to circle on your calendar is Saturday October 5th, when the winery hosts its annual Fall Open House from 12 noon to 4pm. Enjoy complimentary tastings and

hors d’oeuvres and take part in a free tour at 1, 2 or 3 pm, which are hosted by winemaker Jim Faulkner. You will get a behindthe-scenes look at what goes on at a winery at harvest time; they are sure to be both interactive and very informative. Wines worth looking out for in the fall include:  2012 Family Reserve Gamay Noir $19.99

This Gamay has plenty of body and character and is full of spicy red fruits and notes of vanilla. It would make an ideal pairing with your Thanksgiving turkey.  2011 Summit Reserve Chardonnay $24.99

This well made and elegant Chardonnay has a rich creamy texture which is beautifully balanced with citrusy acidity. Pair with grilled poultry, seafood and creamy pasta.  2009 Summit Reserve $24.99

The recently released 2009 Summit Reserve is Mt Boucherie’s Bordeaux style red blend. It is full bodied, smooth and complex. Perfect with grilled steak, lamb or roast beef. ~ Mike Lee

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Wandering the Westside Wine Trail

The View at Quails’ Gate - photo by David Hughes Creative.

est Kelowna, also known as Kelowna’s Westside, has experienced exponential growth – especially in their wine world. The impressive list of wineries that form the Westside Wine Trail offer visitors a special, refined region all their own. There are nine wineries on this wine trail that most famously includes the home of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery and historical Quails’ Gate Estate Winery. The other seven wellawarded wineries, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Beaumont Family Estate Winery, Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery, Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, Little Straw Vineyards, Rollingdale Winery and Meadow Vista Honey Wines make up the entirety of the route and together offer something for every palate. Continuing to grow, there are three new wineries that will open up in the upcoming year on the Trail including Helios (whose


sister winery Perseus is located in Penticton). This area also now offers four unique and delicious dining options ranging from high-end to casual to ethnic – all with lake views and all, of course, with great wine pairings to offer! From hilltop views and ancient volcanic soil to beachside splendour, there are activities to appease every member of your family or tour group. Phase III of the City’s new circular boardwalk offering gorgeous lakeside strolls and a unique protected swimming area are in the works for the future. The City has also invested in the extension of paths and walkways that will connect the waterfront to the centre of town with trails. Westside Wine Trail’s spokesperson, Salina Curtis, says that “the District is really investing in tourism infrastructure and development… it is so nice that we have all of these beautiful amenities that people can enjoy!” ~ Jennifer Schell

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he Bonfire Restaurant at The Cove Lakeside Resort in West Kelowna is an exceptional culinary experience

under the direction of Executive Chef Grant de Montreuil. One of the pioneers of the “grow local, eat local” movement, over the years,

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he has set up many relationships with local growers and producers. Chef de Montreuil likes to feature the fruits, vegetables, free-range meats and cheeses from Okanagan and BC producers as well as West Coast Ocean Wise Seafood. He also has his own garden in which he cultivates greens, vegetables and herbs to incorporate into the phenomenal seasonal menu. Besides being a food connoisseur’s and vacationer’s dream destination, The Bonfire Restaurant and The Cove Resort feature exceptionally appointed rooms, banquet and meeting spaces. The lakeside views are outstanding, providing a truly Okanagan experience for guests. This fall will bring more live music through the week at the Bonfire Restaurant. And during the Okanagan Wine Festival in October, Bonfire and The Cove will feature its Perfect Palate event on the 6th, 2:30-6:00 p.m., which

will feature artists, musicians and wineries paired with Executive Chef Grant de Montreuil’s culinary team food stations. Spend a relaxed fall afternoon strolling through the gardens and view the wide array of art while indulging in tastings of fresh regional cuisine.  While relaxing, guests can sample wines from award-winning local wineries.  This event features some of the very best of the Okanagan art community with full displays and a stunning art sale. Also during the Festival October 4-12, the daily Night Flights and Savoury Bites pairs Chef’s signature Artisan Bread and Antipasto platters with flights of some the Okanagan’s finest wines. Bonfire’s sommelier has paired these unique platters with flights of some of the best Pinots the Okanagan has to offer--a tasting celebration of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wine flights.  ~ Dona Sturmanis



t was great to sit down with Kalala Estate Winery’s owner Karnail Singh Sidhu and listen to his philosophy on grape growing and winemaking. Located in the hills above West Kelowna, Kalala 4:07 PM is known for their dedication and commitment to following strict organic practices which are environmentally sustainable. So much so, that they received the Green Key Business award from the Westbank and District Chamber of Commerce earlier in the year. Karnail is not resting on his laurels however, and he is continues to conduct trials in the vineyards as he strives for the best quality fruit but not at the expense of the environment. Winemaker Tibor Erdelyi has done a great job creating a portfolio of wines that display quality, concentration and typical varietal character. The awards adorning the bottles in the tasting room have been garnered from local, national and perhaps more impressively, from an increasing number of international

competitions. Testimony to the fact that balance in the vineyard can make world class wines. In the forthcoming Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Kalala is hosting their traditional ‘Where East Meets West’ event. This a wonderful opportunity to sample some unique East Indian “tapas” paired alongside their award winning wines. There is no charge, but donation to the West Kelowna Food Bank would be appreciated. They are also participating in the signature tasting events: the WestJet in Kelowna and Valley First in Penticton so be sure to visit their tasting table.  2010 Dostana Chardonnay $18.90 There’s great value to be had with this elegant Chardonnay. Flavours of citrus, baked apple, spice and a touch of buttery oak. The wine received an Honourable Mention at the prestigious 2013 Chardonnay du Monde competition. ~ Mike Lee

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ine country visits are all about enjoying the good life. At Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, you take a deep breath as soon as you enter the relaxing and spacious tasting room. You can sample the wines there, or out on their Lazeez Patio Restaurant overlooking the vineyards and Lake Okanagan. Sounds like a good start, don’t you think? The history of Volcanic Hills is one of passion and connection to the land. The Gidda family has been farming in the Okanagan since the 1960’s. Apples and cherries soon kept company with grapes - Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. Now growing their own self-rooted estate grapes and having the winery fulfills a dream and fuels a passion for a second generation. The wines of Volcanic Hills are a typical representation

of Okanagan wines, where microclimates offer an amazing diversity of flavours in the glass. Proprietor Bobby Gidda says that even different vineyard blocks they have within site of the winery building offer unique elements to the final wine profiles.

toasty vanilla. It matches perfectly with the Tandoori trout served with chipotle mango aioli. Volcanic Hills Estate Winery is open daily: the wine shop from

10-6 and Lazeez Restaurant from 10:30-3:30. ~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise

 2012 Gewürztraminer $18.90

Made with grapes from 3 different and unique vineyards, all within site of the winery buildings. There are mango, grapefruit, ginger and lychee notes with a rich off-dry palate and a long clean finish. This wine is delicious with a cheese board, or the vegetable samosas made by Chef Stefan Pimenta!

 2010 Pinot Noir $19.90

A wonderful pairing wine. It is a light ruby colour and rhubarb, cherry and vanilla on the nose. The palate shows an array of aromatic cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves along with dark cherry and



he Slamkas really are the shining example of a familyrun winery. There are two generations of them involved in this bustling business – from root to bottle and from wine shop to table, you are bound to meet at least a couple members of this friendly family while visiting! The three Slamka brothers Pete, Ric and Tim along with their wives Lynn, Sue and Tina wear various hats on the vineyard/winery as well as involving their children in the mix. However, there are a few nonSlamkas in the crew including Chef Trevor Mayhew who is at the helm of the Barrel Top Restaurant located on the second floor of their wine shop. Cozy and quaint, there are patio tables looking over the vineyards onto the lake and a great menu focusing on local cuisine. Incidentally, Trevor recently won for ‘Best Dish’ served at the local Spot Prawn Festival at Manteo Resort – quite an honour, especially given the competition on site! Chef Mayhew comes to us from Alberta and is reveling in the creative,

local cooking he can produce while living amongst the farmers. Trevor says that he loves “cooking with fire”(hence the outdoor grill at the restaurant). His new passion has been using the grapevines to smoke various meats and dishes that really gives the cuisine a vineyard spin and also provides a good use for the clipped vines. A former stand-up comedian, this chef will also be able to provide some entertainment while dining, if he has time. Winemaker Pete Slamka keeps him busy in the cellar in his other role as assistant winemaker. ~ Jennifer Schell

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A family vineyard established in 1969, Little Straw has been producing award-winning vintage estate wines since 1996. Open Daily Year Round

Wine Shop

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GENERATIONS of Stewart’s have been FARMING LAND. Our father, Richard STEWART, identified that this 1 PLACE, the Okanagan Valley, and more precisely, the site of

was destined for GREATNESS. In 1961 he planted the FIRST VINIFERA Chasselas in his quest to grow quality grapes. His curiosity spurred our FAMILY S Today we CELEBRATE over 50 years of growing grapes a year, from 1 valley, 16 grape Okanagan Valley. For


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VARIETALS our focus is consistent; to be Canada’s leading QUALITY wines, namely, PINOT NOIR and Chardonnay.

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The farm to table experience has been a part of my family since the 1920s when my Great Grandfather George Washington Ward began cultivating this land which is now home to sprawling vineyards of Pinotage, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Harvest season at The View is colourful, rich and bountiful. We look forward to bringing our farm to your table every time you share a bottle of View wine with your family and friends. Cheers! It’s easy to find us....just look for the red shoe.

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Open Year Round April-Oct | Daily | 11:30 am – 5:30 pm Nov-March | Weekdays | Noon – 5 pm The View Winery 1-2287 Ward Rd., Kelowna, BC (p) 250 860.0742 or (c) 250 215.1331

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ill Wightman was appointed Wine Concierge at Quails’ Gate Winery in April of this year after working in the tasting room and retail store since 2012. They are proud to bring his many years of experience and expertise to the winery. “This is an incredible place to work and the Stewart family is dedicated to growing the best possible fruit and producing the highest quality that are all terroir-driven,” says Bill. “There are a number of things here that are unique. First of all, it is about the terroir and the fact that we are on a slope that was at one time a volcano. We have a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay program with different numbers of clones growing on the sites. We also have an indigenous yeast ferment here at Quails’ Gate that again sets us apart from other wineries.” Bill also says another outstanding thing about Quails’ Gate is that some of the vines have been in the ground since 1961. “We are also one of the few wineries to grow

Winery Concierge Bill Wightman.

Chasselas. And here at Quails’ Gate, we are always looking ahead to find new places with incredible terroir for future planting and growth.” From October 4 through 12, during the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, Old Vines Restaurant will daily offer Harvest Lunch & Dinner, with a three-course meal paired perfectly with Quails’ Gate wines. Awardwinning Chef Nico Schuermans of Chambar Restaurant in Vancouver is featured for The Guest Chef Dinner October 5. Call 250-769-2514 for reservations. ~ Dona Sturmanis



t The View Winery, you get a wonderful feeling as soon as you enter the tasting room. An embracing, warm glow of history combined with energizing innovations of present day creates a profound sense of welcome. Who doesn’t want to have a taste of wine when you are among friends?! The Turton-Ward family has farmed their plot of land in South Kelowna for five generations. Jennifer TurtonMolgat, President of The View Winery, is just as passionate about her wines as her Great Grandfather Ward was about his apple cider. Her lively spirit seems to come through in the character of the aromatic whites and richly flavoured reds. Jennifer’s enthusiasm for sharing the wines is also indicative of her passion to show the value of a farm-to-table experience. You really can taste the bounty of the farm in every glass; it’s a beautiful way to appreciate our local farmers.

A perfect autumn taste is their 2010 Pinotage ($22.90) This cross of Cinsault and Pinot Noir offers a delicious combination of dark fruit and an elegant earthiness. It is the perfect transition from summer wines and pairs beautifully with roasted or grilled meats or game. And for those who may be scared away by the talk of sexy red shoes, never fear! They have something for the male gender too. Ward’s Hard Cider – an aromatic and flavourful alternate to wine at a fall supper - or the 2012 Fossil Fuel ($16.40), a manly red blend that “gets your motor runnin’ and keeps you more than satisfied”. The View is open year round for tastings and they also support many community events and causes via The View Cares: Red Shoe Campaign. For full details, visit them at www.theviewwinery. com. ~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise

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SANDMAN - WINE COUNTRY STYLE resh water lakes, gentle rolling mountains, numerous vineyards, and year-round events make the Okanagan a mecca for travellers. With 41 locations across Canada, Canadian owned and operated Sandman Hotel Group has two locations perfectly situated in the middle of wine country making staying at Sandman and tasting what the Okanagan has to offer the perfect combination. With absolutely gorgeous landscapes, Penticton has an endless array of activities for pleasure seekers to enjoy. Conveniently located across from the South Okanagan Events Centre, the Sandman Hotel Penticton is close to both city businesses and popular outdoor hot-spots like beaches, wineries, ski resorts, golf courses, and the ever popular Penticton Channel. If you’re looking to unwind and relax, comfortable guest rooms, a pool, and whirlpool offer the perfect reprieve, while fully equipped meeting and banquet facilities, on-site dining, and high-speed Internet access ensure that business visitors have all the work essentials at their fingertips. One of BC’s most popular tourist destinations, Kelowna boasts an exceptional range of outdoor and leisure activities ranging from awardwinning bike and wine trails in the summer to sensational skiing in the winter. Ideally situated right across from the Orchard Park Mall and just minutes away from sandy beaches, lush golf courses, and the expansive Okanagan Lake, the newly renovated Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna has everything from an indoor pool and whirlpool to fitness facilities and sleek casual dining at the Chop Steakhouse & Bar. Since the Sandman Okanagan locations are nestled amidst the picturesque scenery of the Okanagan Valley wine country, these hotels offer a Wine Lover’s Package that provides the guest with a bottle of local red or white wine. This is truly the perfect place to unwind and indulge.


Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, it is the little things that make the difference, and Sandman Hotel Group makes it a priority to provide comfort and satisfaction for everyone. ~ Cassandra Anderton



CALL 1 800 SANDMAN (726 3626) AND QUOTE ‘WINE LOVERS PACKAGE’. Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna

So Many Reasons to Stay: Convenient locations in the Okanagan | Complimentary parking | Fitness facilities | Indoor pool & whirlpool | Complimentary high-speed Internet | On-site dining with room service | Meeting & banquet facilities | Business centre Subject to availability and change. Some restrictions may apply. Cannot be combined with other offers. New bookings only. Must book a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Offer valid until December 31, 2014. Must be 19 years of age or older to book this package.

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asket Case Picnics is expanding this fall with the addition of talented Chef Alex Lavroff. Chef Alex is a graduate of the culinary program at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. After spending time

working at high end restaurants across BC, Chef Alex has landed his “dream job” in the Okanagan Valley. “I’m really excited! It’s a dream job for any chef to be able to work with the freshest, most wholesome

Basket Case Picnics puts 100% heart & health into your hunger!

ingredients, as well as working at the beautiful locations in the Okanagan.” he says. “I am lucky to be able to grow and develop as a chef with this company that is doing something so unique right now” he adds. During the Fall Wine Festival, Basket Case’s picnic truck will be on location at wineries such as Vibrant Vine and Ancient Hill. Chef says, “we will have sharing plates available on location at the wineries, which include flat breads and pecan crusted brie. It’s nice to come and share a picnic with your friends.” You can order a gourmet 4-course picnic at over 80 picnic licensed wineries. All picnics come in a reusable cooler made from recycled products, with reusable biodegradable flatware, tableware and food containers.

Signature dishes on the menu include Sockeye Salmon Wellington, which is made with a cream cheese, mascarpone, truffle oil and chive filling and wrapped in a puffed pastry with a savoury jam. Also popular is the Organic Stuffed Chicken Breast with sun dried tomato pesto and cream cheese. Owner Kelsey Galt is excited about the addition of Chef Alex to the team. She invites corporate, private, wedding and Christmas party enquiries for a customized and authentic Okanagan celebration. Stay tuned to Basket Case Picnics Facebook page to follow which location they will be at each day. ~ Natasha Chudyk

DEBAKKER’S KITCHEN – A NEIGHBOURHOOD RESTAURANT From farm to fork, your gloriously good 4 course picnic is made fresh and full of flavor. You can also enjoy Basket Case Picnics: • Street Food Style at revolving locations (see Facebook for updates) • On Location with Partnering Wineries • Wedding, Corporate, and Event Catering Follow Us On Twitter • Check out our always changing calendar 778 214 EATZ (3289/3286) and add us to yours! Like Us on Facebook LOCAL




• Daily Hand Made Breads •Wood-Fired Pizzas Nightly • Gourmet Sandwiches, soups, salads made with the best local organic ingredients.


Now Open 7 Days A Week: Sunday Brunch: 10am-3pm Mon.: 5pm-9pm Tues. - Sat.: 11am-9pm Phone: 778-478-0622 101-1014 Glenmore Drive ( at Mountain Ave.), Kelowna BC


hankfully, neighbourhood restaurants seem to be returning to the food scene. In Kelowna, we have DeBakker’s Kitchen. As cozy as you can get, with awesome owners who are also the cooks/bakers and sometimes servers, this is the kind of place where you want to become a regular. There are actually many forms of “regular” customer at this eatery: - Those who make daily trips for a coffee and amazing baked treats (the blondies and chocolate chip cookies make me weak in the knees). - Those who pop in every couple of days to replenish their organic bread or bun supply (sourdough, potato, rye, gluten free spelt and their famous focaccia as well as baguettes) – all baked in their apple wood fed REAL wood fire oven. - Those who are regular lunchers, addicted to their homemade soups, wood fire chicken roasted sandwiches, healthy salads, not to mention the desserts like my favorite: Mary’s chocolate cake with organic strawberry sauce (sigh). - Those busy folks who look to the DeBakker freezer section to take home delicious comfort food like soups, vegetarian or meat lasagnas, shepherd’s pies to feed their families or themselves guilt free knowing that it was made with the best ingredients and a good dose of love. - And then there are those who can’t get enough of their wood fire oven baked pizza!! Really, this pizza is as

Roasted & grilled vegetable panini.

good as it gets with an amazing array of toppings and the best ingredients, you will leave smiling. (The pizza, as well as other dishes including Sandi’s out of this world homemade pasta, are served at dinner time.) A very kid-friendly ambience, DeBakker’s is also a great hang out for adults with an outdoor patio, live music nights and a great wine list. I am a huge fan as you can tell. These wonderful people symbolize what we are trying to become here in the Okanagan. Owners Sandi and Mary Lukic support the community by shopping local and organic. They care about what they are serving their customers and take pride in living and breathing the food revolution. With early roots at the Farmer’s Market, these are the kind of people I love to celebrate and give thanks to. ~ Jennifer Schell

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audz Creative Concepts will unveil their latest project this fall, a liquor primary spot in the space adjacent to RauDZ Regional Table at 1500 Water Street in Kelowna, BC. Christened referring to the concept of the 900 sq. ft. venue, small bites and sips centered around the unique 65 ft. bar.   This small space dictates that the concept be “creatively simple”, a catch phrase the team of Audrey Surrao and Rod Butters use to prepare guests for the paired down approach focusing on quality over quantity. The actual bar is being built from three species of reclaimed wood by Will Brundula, a local craftsman who designed and built the community table at RauDZ Regional Table.  As usual the team is supporting home-grown talent. The ceilings here are expansive and the walls surrounding the bar of Italian plaster, brick and stone, giving the spot an international flair.   The soaring ceilings, Italian plaster, brick and stone walls will give the place an international flair.   A conversation piece will definitely be the 20 ft. custom wood  chandelier dangling over the bar and containing dozens of caged antique-style lights.   While

of creating on twitter, facebook and instagram. Facebook. com/microkelowna, Facebook. com/microkelowna, Twitter.

com/microkelowna, microkelowna and microkelowna on instagram. ~ Cassandra Anderton

Creatively Simple _

Chef Butters with partner Audrey Surrao

next door RauDZ Regional Table will remain family friendly, will be drink-centric with craft beer from British Columbia and abroad, both local and international wines and mixed drinks all served up in casual tumblers rather than  the more formal glassware used next door. The food menu will not be merely an afterthought of course and guests can expect some interesting small bites with Chef Butters’ signature attached. will be open at 3:00 pm until closing and the doors will swing open for the first time fall. You can follow the process



our source for the Wine-Half Red.” What best selection of members receive is a Okanagan Wine mixed case of wine Festival winning wines every two months is Discover Wines, with including a full written locations in Kelowna and description, food Kamloops. pairing, and cellaring The Kelowna location suggestions for each has been the #1 VQA wine. There are no wine store in terms of set-up fees and all sales since it opened wines are at winery July 22, 2003. The David at Discover Wines prices. Kamloops location, packing up a delicious Every Friday and which opened April 24 mixed case of wine for Saturday are Rosé their wine club members. of this year, had some of Days when Discover the highest sales for any new VQA Wines adds a Rosé to their tasting store opening during its first month. counters. “This is a great way for Discover Wines is what some might people to taste their way through term a wine information centre. Not the many delicious BC Rosés on the only do customers get to choose market,” says Tracy. from over 800  BC wines at a given Discover Wines Kelowna continues time, but they can sample them to celebrate its 10th successful year and learn about them from highly in business. “And with the new knowledgeable staff.   Target opening to us on one side Owner Tracy Gray recommends and a new, fresh yogurt business that customers join the Wine Club. on the other, there are even more “There are now three Clubs,” she reasons to visit our mall.” says. “All White, All Red, or Half ~ Dona Sturmanis

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Coming Fall 2013

mic ro bar • bi tes 1500 Water Street, Kelowna


We like standing out in a crowd. We were one of the first to adopt the ‘eating local’ philosophy, and with many Okanagan farmers the first restaurant to buy the produce from their fields and gardens. We pride ourselves on working closely with the farmers, ranchers and artisans ensuring they have a source for the ‘fruits of their labour’ and that we can create delicious and creative menus for our guests. Standing out...not such a bad thing. - Chef Rod Butters and Audrey Surrao


Open 7 days a week from 5 p.m.

1560 Water Street, Kelowna


Proud members of RauDZ Creative Concepts Ltd.

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mack DAB continues to be one of Kelowna’s most popular eateries since it opened in mid-March. “Our patio is definitely

exceeding our expectations,” says Heather Schroeter, general manager at Kelowna’s Manteo Resort. “Our guests are enjoying


the new ambience, casual food, craft beers, local wines, and of course you can’t beat the location-Smack DAB on Okanagan Lake.” Smack DAB is a spacious, wellappointed eatery for all ages. It has Kelowna’s largest lakeside patio offering a sensational view of the lake...any closer and you would be in the lake! “Smack DAB is busy every day when the sun is shining,” says Heather. Inside, large folding glass doors provide an open air environment in warmer months and protection from the elements when the weather doesn’t cooperate. There’s also The View Room, a private dining room that seats up to 22 guests at a beautiful handcrafted harvest table. From the extensive menu, Smack DAB guests have been especially enjoying the Won Ton Prawns, Fish Tacos and Forno Oven Pizzas. From the 12 craft beers on tap, they have been particularly appreciating the IPAs and fruit beers. Try the unique flights of five – 4 oz beers to help you choose your favorite. The man behind the Smack DAB menu is Brad Horen, Executive

Chef at Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas. He’s a successful Chef of the Year, Iron Chef competitor, multi-medalist at the Culinary Olympics and winner of numerous chef-ing awards, medals and trophies. With nearly two decades of culinary expertise, Horen has served up culinary masterpieces for former presidents, famous hockey players, friendly patrons and everyone in between.  Smack DAB is open daily for buffet breakfast, lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night snacks. ~ Dona Sturmanis

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO OUR FAVORITE LOCAL FISH MONGERS AT CODFATHERS More than your favourite local seafood market... Not only do we bring you the freshest sustainable seafood you can ind, we also ill our shelves with delicious olive oil direct from Italy, sea salts and Proof: rubs12-MAN-0521_Smack_Dab_ads that are perfectly paired withDate: ourFeb ish, and –we even File: 7 2013 Time: 7:26have PM our own time-saving ish stock and chowders in the fridge. We’re not your average seafood shop! Trim: 4" x 4.875" File Created: Fresh, locally sourced, sustainable seafood.


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on and Ann-Marie Crofts are celebrating 10 years in business with Codfathers Seafood Market in Kelowna. Over a decade ago the couple moved from England with the hope of owning their own business in the Okanagan. Now with three small children in tow, the jolly British couple finds time to balance owning a business with family responsibilities. When asked how they manage to do it, Ann-Marie says with a smile: “Keeping a positive attitude, taking turns with the children, and a lot of laughter”. It appears that it won’t be long before the Crofts children will be helping their parents out with the family business. All three children (aged 4-8) are able to shuck oysters. When it comes to family dinner at the Crofts’, the kids have been known to argue over who gets to pin-bone the fish for the night’s meal.

The children have grown up around all kinds of unique seafood - their parents have been bringing in many unique fish flown-in daily from BC’s coast to their Kelowna store for the last decade. This fall, Codfathers is carrying organic sturgeon meat from Northern Divine seafood in Sechelt, BC. These are fish mongers who pride themselves on carrying organic, Ocean Wise and sustainable products. Another unique seafood dish at Codfathers Seafood Market this fall is rope grown oysters from Outlandish Oysters near Quadra Island. Albacore tuna is also in season for fall as well as pink salmon until the end of September. You can count on the Crofts family for offering the freshest and most unique seafood in the Okanagan. ~ Natasha Chudyk

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antalus Vineyards is one of the oldest continually producing vineyards in British Columbia. Growing Riesling, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, they come by their connection to the land very honestly. There is an ethos here that speaks about a vibrant connection with the land. The latest measure of this philosophy is their silver certification as a LEED winery, a proud announcement for the team at Tantalus. Tantalus

L-R: Team Tantalus: winemaker David Paterson, GM Jane Hatch & vineyard manager Warwick Shaw

is the first winery in BC to receive this accolade for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design. The recognition is well deserved, as they have worked hard to create and maintain not just a winery but an entire ecosystem. Tantalus Vineyards was built with the idea of sustaining their environment and the community. Materials were bought locally when possible; all the steel came from Vernon. In addition to sustainably produced building materials and the overall energy efficiency of the LEED system, Tantalus employs a selfcontained waste water treatment program, allowing the treated water to be used for irrigation. Other sustainable elements also promote and protect biodiversity - naturally farmed vines, nesting houses for birds in the vineyard, a forest at the centre of the property to maintain wildlife and retain water, and even the bees in the vineyard that support the efforts of a neighbouring apiary, Arlo’s Honey Farm in Southeast Kelowna.



family run restaurant, Poppadoms combines Okanagan flavours and ingredients with traditional Indian dishes, making for a one of a kind taste. Each member of the Dosanj family lends their own talents and expertise to create a unique dining experience. Behind the bar, brother Harry Dosanj has created an enticing list of Indian cocktails which are unique to Poppadoms. Using local fruits, the drinks bring Indian flair to classic cocktails by using spices and ingredients found in the Poppadoms kitchen. Try Dishoom The Chai-tini 2 which is a refreshing gin and tonic made with cucumber, Okanagan Spirits gin, artisan tonic water and a green chilli kick. Or try the Chai-tini, which is a gin martini with black Masala chai and a homemade lemonade.

Mother, Jas Dosanj leads the kitchen and teaches the popular cooking classes. Each intimate class has a different theme using recipes covering areas across India such as Punjab, Kerala, Chennai and more. The class begins with a signature Poppadoms Masala chai before the class moves into the kitchen where students are first taught basic knife skills before venturing into the exotic recipes. The food is made using locally sourced ingredients, as are all of the dishes on the menu. After a fun cooking class the small group enjoys the fruits of their labour over a glass of Okanagan wine. Cooking classes are available on a first come first serve basis. For more information please contact www. or phone 778-753-5563. Fall cooking classes will take place on September 15th, October 27th and November 17th. ~ Natasha Chudyk

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Tantalus Vineyards is one of the unique experiences along the Lakeshore Wine Route in East Kelowna. They meld their appreciation for history with an enthusiasm for innovation. The

sense of place so prevalent in their wines showcases that respect for Mother Nature’s work on the vine by bringing out the best in the bottle. ~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise

tantalus vineyards KELOWNA , OK ANAGAN VALLEY

Spectacular lake views, an historic old vineyard and our state-of-the-art, LEED-certified winery make visiting Tantalus a one-of-a-kind experience! Enjoy premium, single-vineyard wines in our modern, gallery-style tasting room. may to october: daily 10 to 6 november to april: tuesday to saturday 12 to 5

1670 dehart road, kelowna 1.877.764.0078

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Best New Winery ~ 2012 BC Wine Awards

Come up and taste some of our award winning

wines and stock up for winter! Open for tastings and sales daily from 11am to 530 pm until the end of October, by appointment from November until March, and weekends in the spring. Member of the Kelowna Fab Five Wine Trail.

3950 Spiers Rd., Kelowna 250.763.7777



he picturesque SpierHead Winery has quickly gained a reputation for its excellent handcrafted, quality wines. Acclaimed winemaker Bill Pierson has done a great job in producing wines that display depth, flavour and good varietal character. The number of awards that the winery has racked up in such a short time is impressive. When I spoke with Marina Knutson, co-owner of SpierHead, she was clearly very excited by this, and a number of new initiatives that have taken place over the past few months. The winery has launched a new bright dynamic website which is both secure and easy to navigate. You can buy wine online as well as being kept up-to-date with news and events. You can also follow them on Twitter @spierheadwinery. You’ll notice from the website that the winery has created a new Wine Club, where membership definitely has its privileges! These include quarterly wine shipments, discounts, complimentary tastings, and access to newly released wines and wines

from their library. Demand for the soon to be released 2012 Pinot Noir is sure to be high and the Wine Club is a great way of securing a bottle or two. Look out too, for the new label adorning their premium red wine, the Vanguard, it’s both classic and stylish. SpierHead is also part of Fab Five Wine Trail and I would thoroughly recommend this charming trail which features the five boutique-style wineries of East Kelowna. Be sure to pick up your ``Passport`` and gather stamps from the other four wineries and you’ll be entered to win one of five cases of the Fab Five Wine Trail’s wine.  2011 SpierHead Pursuit $23.90 A red blend that is rich, smooth and full bodied.  2011 SpierHead Vanguard $29.90 Only 100 cases were made of the wineries flagship Bordeaux blend. It’s elegant and complex with concentrated dark fruits and supple tannins. ~ Mike Lee


E OLD WORLD QUALITY QUALITY. . . . . . in a beautiful, rural setting

• wineshop • picnic area • special events • weddings Open: Daily 10.30 am - 5.30 pm 4918 Anderson Road, Kelowna, 250 491 2766

very winery has a unique experience, and many offer something designed around their philosophy. At Ancient Hill Estate Winery they encourage you to make your own experience once you taste the wines. Many people savour a glass with a picnic lunch brought along while taking in the panoramic views of Kelowna and Lake Country; for many locals it has become a favourite afternoon pastime. Ancient Hill opened in May 2011 producing wines that showcase the cooler terroir of their location. Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Baco Noir are their focus. All of their wines have a fresh fruity character with intense flavours and good balance. Owner Richard Kamphuys says he is pleased that customers often comment they like all of the wines. All of them are great value.  2010 Pinot Gris $17.99 Fresh and summery on the nose with peach, papaya and magnolia notes; crisp and refreshing on the palate with a gingery finish. Pairs well with chicken or salads.

 2010 Gewürztraminer - $18.99 Intense lychee nose, melon and rosewater flavours on the palate finishing clean. Excellent pairing for Asian flavours.  2010 Lazerus $16.99 This unoaked red blend (Zweigelt, Lemberger, Pinot Noir and a touch of Baco Noir) is gaining popularity as people discover its unique character. Rich ruby colour, juicy black cherry flavours with a chocolate undertone. Pairs with grilled meats or pasta with tomato meat sauces.  2010 Baco Noir $24.99 Ancient Hill’s flagship wine is a deep dark brick colour with aromas of prune; flavours of spiced dark fruits, mocha and butterscotch and a velvety texture fill your mouth. Only partial oaking offers more chance for the fruit flavours to come through. Pairs with red meat and strong cheeses. ~ Kristin Peturson-Laprise

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Cipes brothers (L-R) Canadian Demeter representative, Gabe and Summerhill’s CEO, Ezra.

or the Cipes family, success is not to be equated with status quo. Canada’s most visited winery has a storied history since Stephen Cipes arrived in the Okanagan in 1986. And Canada’s largest certified vineyard and winery operation has gone a step further in the last four years. The vineyards are now certified biodynamic by Demeter, which endorses the practices of biodynamic farms around the world. “It starts with recognizing that the soil, like the vines and other plants, is alive,” says CEO Ezra Cipes, one of three Cipes brothers now actively involved in the Kelowna operation. “It means the vines find their place within the ecosystem. Each plant has its own relationship to the soil and the world around it.” He points over to the vines growing near the winery. “You don’t see just a single green colour— there are all shades from yellowish to dark.” Between the vine rows there is no sign of tilled soil. The ground cover of native plants is a natural ally with the grapevines, protecting the important work going on in the soil below. Vetches, clover and alfalfa all fix nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil where the vines’ roots thrive.


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Biodynamic practices help to restore some of nature’s balance, reducing chances of an epidemic that requires a medicative approach. And relationships develop among the soil, vegetation and bugs, “bringing a balance back into the farm. We do everything we can to keep life in the soil—it’s the plants’ immune system.”

“It means being part of your farm and working with nature versus dominating nature.” - Ezra Cipes Taking a break from his own work in the vineyards, Gabe, now Canada’s representative on Demeter, describes biodynamics as “a spiritual science.” “There is a joy in it,” he says. “It puts you in touch with the natural rhythms of the planet.” Ezra takes another stab at describing biodynamics.

“It means being part of your farm and working with nature versus dominating nature.” And it encourages the growth of plants like nettle, yarrow, valerian, dandelion and chamomile, all of which have been used for thousands of years of civilization. Gabe says such medicinal plants have tremendous benefits and they grow easily in the semi-desert Okanagan conditions, creating additional value to vineyards and helping farmers to see vineyards as more than monocultures. On the Summerhill property, about half of the 80 acres is planted to grapevines, with about 30 acres kept as wildlife preserve, wetland, dryland and meadow. Gabe makes nine natural preparations to encourage healthy soil activity, some of which include fermenting herbs in animal innards, others using cow horns, which are buried according to moon phases. And composting is almost a religion. “This is real farming,” he smiles. “There’s lots of interest in it around here. I’ve been giving away lots of horns and preparations.” ~ Lorne Eckersley

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By Jennifer Schell

The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker and… s farmers continue to deservedly attain celebrity status these days amongst communities involved in the food revolution and/or the eat/ shop local movements, there is only one type of farmer that holds the key to our existence: the bee farmer. A strong argument exists that if bees became extinct, our food supply will shut down and in a mere four years humanity would cease to exist? LISTEN. This is serious stuff - especially when we are learning that our bee population is diminishing due to our involvement with genetically modified crops.  We need to band together to educate our world about the importance of this buzzing little honey-maker to ensure its survival in a natural world. Thanks to bee farmers (bee keepers or apiculturists) like our local advocate Helen Kennedy in Kelowna, British Columbia, who are working hard to drive this distress message into the masses, some progress is being made.  People are becoming alarmed and are beginning to ask questions.  Why are dead hives being reported in the news?  One of the biggest issues today is the discovery that many of these hives have been proven to have been feeding on GMO crops.  Helen explains, “it is not the adult bee that is the only concern, it is the hive.  The nectar and pollen being brought back by the worker bees from the GMO crops is incomplete therefore causing malnourishment of the eggs and affecting the 2nd and 3rd generations resulting in the collapse of the hive.  It is like feeding the baby bees garbage.” (GMO crop farmers have been said to respond that ONLY 15% of the honeybee population is dying as a result of this “poisoning”.  This is an outrageous statement to make about this crucial species to our life cycle!) I recently visited Helen’s beautiful farm and participated in a proper tour – which included getting suited up in a bee suit to be able to get up close to the hives!  It was fascinating, inspiring and incredibly educational.  Some cool bee facts that I learned: - The average honeybee only makes 1/12 tsp of honey in its lifetime.  This is why where are an astounding 60,000 bees per hive! -Bees fly at about 24 km per hour.  Apiaries like Helen’s farm try to heavily plant the area with heritage plants that their bees can feed on so


The Bee Farmer

Helen Kennedy, Arlos Honey

they won’t venture out. The farther they have to fly, the more honey they will have to use as fuel. - Wasps and hornets are carnivores and are known to attack hives (I saw several bee attacks during my visit and am happy to report that I slaughtered 4 or 5 wasps).  Because of this problem there are guard bees stationed outside the hive to protect against intruders.  There is a “rotation of duties” within the hive so guarding is not a lifetime occupation. Helen and her husband Rick Appel together nurture 70 hives of  Apis Millifera bees (also known as the Western honeybee species) on their farm.  These bees were originally imported from Europe and are crossbred with other bees to strengthen the hive.  Helen’s introduction to the world of beekeeping came about by accident.  A gentleman arrived at her farm asking if her could keep some hives there.  It didn’t take long to convince her – it was serendipity at work – and soon she ended up inheriting a community of hives. 

It has always confused me when I have seen different names on honey packaging ie. Clover Honey, Elderflower Honey, Lavender Honey – how the heck do they know which bees are feeding where? Helen explained that it is through tasting each frame of honey that they can determine the different flavours and aromas that would have been imparted by the particular plant.  Our local expert “nose” Chef Mark Filatow of Waterfront Wines Restaurant, who is also a sommelier, helps Helen detect the different nuances.  He has affection for the Elderflower honey, which he features on his menu. Helen also operates a booth at the local Kelowna Farmers Market where she sells a variety of honey and honey products, beeswax candles as well as produce from their farm.  Helen and Rick grow a wide variety of vegetables and berries on the farm for the bees to forage on as well as for themselves and for sale.  They are actually the only asparagus growers in the area and grow over 30 varieties of garlic. Please book a tour at your local apiary today, buy local honey and help spread the word about the immediate dangers that are facing our bees and our futures. I will leave you with Helen’s valiant manifesto: “We are not bee keepers  - it is the bees who keep us”.  Word. Book your tour at Arlo’s Honey Farm in beautiful South Kelowna today!  Phone: 250-764-2883 or go to ~ Jennifer Schell

Helen taking me for a fascinating and in-depth tour of her farm – loved wearing a bee suit!

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WT FALL RECIPE BOOK Warm Bacon, Chanterelle, and Potato Salad Bill Jones, Author of The Deerholme Mushroom Book: From Foraging to Feasting If you love mushrooms, you must have this delicious book. Award-winning cookbook author Bill Jones has compiled this beautifully orchestrated book from his Cowichan Valley, Deerholme Farm. Learn from an acknowledged expert in the field of wild foods how to source mushrooms through foraging, shopping, and growing, and get a thorough overview of the common types of wild and cultivated fungi. Gain insight into the medicinal and cultural uses of mushrooms, and reap the health benefits of simple, unprocessed food. Delicious recipes for basic pantry preparations, soups, salads, meats, seafood, and vegetable dishes, all featuring mushrooms, include: Truffle Potato Croquettes; Mushroom Pate; Porcini Naan; Semolina Mushroom Cake; Beef Tenderloin and Oyster Mushroom Carpaccio; Curried Mushroom and Coconut Bisque. The Deerholme Mushroom Book is every chef’s essential guide to edible mushrooms. Serves 6–8 A variation on a classic German potato salad made with chanterelles. It is best to add the dressing to warm potatoes so they soak up all the dressing. Serve at room temperature. Ingredients: 2 lb (1 kg) potatoes, peeled ¼ lb (115 g) thick-cut bacon, cut in thin strips

1 lb (450 g) chanterelles, cleaned and sliced salt and pepper, to taste 2 Tbsp (30 mL) apple cider vinegar 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil 2 Tbsp (30 mL) grainy mustard 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped capers 3 Tbsp (45 mL) chopped sweet onion (or green onion) fresh chives or green onions, minced, for garnish Method: Add potatoes to a large pot of salted cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Meanwhile, warm a skillet over mediumhigh heat, add the bacon, and heat until the bacon is browned and has rendered its fat. Add the chanterelles and sauté until the mushrooms give off moisture and it has completely evaporated. Season with salt and pepper. When the mushrooms just begin to brown on the edges, remove from heat and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine vinegar, oil, mustard, capers, and onion. Stir until mixed. Drain potatoes and add while still warm to the dressing. Add the bacon and toss to coat. Serve warm, garnished with fresh chives or green onions.

Smoked ‘n’ Rolled Chicken with Grilled Caesar Chef Trevor Mayhew, Barrel Top Grill, Little Straw Winery Ingredients 100g *Carmelis plain chevry (goat cheese) 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, chopped 1 tsp lemon juice Pinch of kosher salt 4 x 6oz chicken breast, filets removed 12 thin slices prosciutto Directions 1) In a bowl, combine the cheese, herbs and lemon juice. Mix well. 2) Butterfly the chicken breasts by cutting along the thick side, lay flat and spread 2 tbsp of the mixture over top. 3) Fold the chicken over and wrap with 3 slices of prosciutto. 4) Grill over medium heat until chicken is no longer opaque and prosciutto is brown and crispy. (approx. 20 minutes.)

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Ingredients: ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard 3 tbsp organic honey ¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley 3 tbsp fresh basil 1 tbsp fresh mint 2 cloves garlic ½ cup grapeseed oil 2 romaine hearts, cut in half Salt and pepper Directions 1) In a blender, combine the first 7 ingredients. Process while slowly adding the oil. 2) Brush the cut side of the romaine with oil and season with salt and pepper. 3) Grill over medium heat for 2 minutes on each side. Plate and drizzle with dressing.

Serve with a glass of Little Straw Tapestry. Cheers! *Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan is located on a farm in the upper mission area of Kelowna. Products are available at Urban Fare, Okanagan Grocery amongst other fine stores.

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itsilano now has a few more spots to dine with the newly opened Nook on Yew Street. Nook serves wood fired pizzas and pastas along with a nice selection of wine. Salt now has a second location on West Broadway DRAFT of their Gastown restaurant and serves charcuterie and cheese plates along with wine and sherry. The Farmer’s Apprentice is definitely worthy of your Wine Trails By Cassandra Anderton dining dollars on West 6th between Fir & Granville. Here ex-Wildebeest and Valentinos Directory Ad 2012 West chef David Gunawan does a locally-centric menu.

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