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Cheers! Inside the Naramata Wine Cave of Native Shoes Owner Scott Hawthorn Gorgeous Design, Weekend Hikes, the Best Dining and More! PLUS 13 Perfect Bottles

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Purple Reign As much as we love the wine and food in the Okanagan, the sunsets aren’t too shabby either. Story, page 63.

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COVER: Evaan Kheraj

LIVING THE GOOD LIFE 38 // Future Perfect

A new home in Calgary’s Elbow Park takes notes from the historic neighbourhood and adds contemporary flair.

48 // Between Earth and Sky

Partly buried, partly perched, this Naramata, B.C., home is designed as two distinct buildings for double the beauty.

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30 THE BEST OF THE OKANAGAN 63 // Call It a Crush

Fearless writer Tyee Bridge hits the road to sip his way through the Okanagan’s under-the-radar wineries.

66 // Bites

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Things we learned this month: how to sear a trout like a pro and remove wine stains in a snap.

68 // The Perfect 2025 STYLE 21 // One to Watch

Calgary’s Frank Architecture is revolutionizing the city’s restaurant scene.

22 // Shopping

Native Shoes founder Scott Hawthorn throws the ultimate summer party at his amazingly offbeat Okanagan getaway.

23 // Openings

Salted Brick’s Jason Leizert dishes up his favourite Kelowna hot spots.

An updated Womb chair, a Bauhaus-inspired desk and too-cool planters.

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Hot new rooms across the West.

26 // Great Spaces

A Building Bloc kitchen that effortlessly blends sophistication and warmth.

28 // Trending

Natural, neutral tones in handmade finishes make for a bohemian feel.

30 // Outdoor Furniture We Love Outdoor pieces from daybeds to lanterns show off sculptural allure. 1 0 J U N E 2 0 1 6 / westernliving.ca

70 // This Side of Paradise

78 // My Neighbourhood

80 // The 5 (Next) Best

Hikes in the Okanagan

Our resident expert sources some OK outdoor pursuits.

PLUS 81 // Sources

Get the looks you see in these pages.

82 // Trade Secrets

Master the art of luxe layering.

Okanagan: Evaan Kheraj

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Mixed Case

Variety is the spice of life, so we’re making sure your Okanagan haul mixes things up with a dozen of our fave bottles.


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WL // EDITOR’S NOTE

Q& A This month we asked our contributors, what’s your favourite spot in the Okanagan?

 Bd “ClIt a Csh�  63 Top of Big White Ski Resort off the Gem Lake chair. All these stubby trees are bulked up with rime into “snow ghosts.� At the end of a clear day, they all start turning pinkish-orange in the sunset, like a sculpture garden as you ski through them. Incredible.

J h Hn “T‍ ה‏5 (N t) BÂ?t Â?Â?sâ€?  80 Hidden right in plain sight, one of the most spectacular views over Kelowna isn’t on a long hike at all—it’s right next to the popular Dilworth Mountain Park. A short and steep trail, coming out to a nearly 270-degree view of Kelowna.

Behind the Scenes Photographer Evaan Kheraj strikes a precarious pose at Scott Hawthorn’s Naramata retreat for our feature story on page 78, “This Side of Paradise.�

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When we first approached Scott Hawthorn about including his Naramata retreat in our annual Okanagan issue, it quickly became clear he wasn’t a Vancouverite trying to replicate his city experience in the Valley. The Native Shoes owner certainly knows design— Judas Goat, one of his past restaurants, was on the short list for Vancouver magazine’s Best New Restaurant Design, and we’ve featured his condo in this magazine in the past— but this property was different. “It’s a retreat for myself from the noise in my life,� he told me. “The philosophy of the property is that it’s a working organic orchard that I’ve built several small experiences on over the past several years.� I fi rst learned of Hawthorn through his work with architect Michael Green; they’ve set up a school together called Design Build Research, and his land offers a testing ground for students to try their hand at real building, not just design. And so dotting the property is a wood-burning sauna and hot tub, outdoor showers and a wine cave, along with a very casual 800-square-foot house. “Pods� on the property will soon offer visiting sommeliers the opportunity to spend some time getting to know the local vineyards on the Naramata Bench. Our cover photo was captured last summer, as the team from Hawthorn’s office celebrated in his wine cave at their annual retreat. It offers a glimpse into what appeals to most of us in the West about our favourite hotweather playground: it’s a place where life is a little slower and a little sunnier, full of wine and friends and good food, sunburned shoulders and dips in the lake. This issue, we’re shining a spotlight on that most summery of summer destinations, so that your own getaway to the Okanagan can be just as magical as that moment we’ve depicted on the cover. Here’s to a great summer of food, friends and that crucial Valley ingredient, excellent wine. (Bring a bottle back for us, will you?)


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ENTRYWAY ENVY Readers loved this roomy entryway space from a mid-century modern reno by Alykhan Velji Designs in Calgary (April 2016). My basement suite would fit in there. @LINZENTORTE

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Okanagan designer Jennifer Connolly shows us how she managed to pack a dream cabin into 750 square feet (and you can, too!)

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“Inspiration for each project comes from somewhere totally different,” says Kate Allen, one of three partners—along with Kristen Lien and Kelly Morrison—of Calgary’s Frank Architecture. They designed the industrialchic Last Best Brewery as a reflection of the brewing process (exposed structural details abound), and Pigeonhole took

its cues from a Parisian wine bar and café (think marble countertops and reclaimed wood). When it came time to design a series of medical clinics, the look was sparked from research on patient anxiety, resulting in lush carpeting and even an in-house beverage bar. It’s all proof that the right inspiration can make any space feel like home.‹—Ellen Koehler

Posh Patisserie Morrison, Allen and Lien (left to right), pictured inside the chic, airy Alforno bakery, designed with “function and fashion” in mind.

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WLSTYLE // SHOPPING

Bright Idea

Adjust the arms of the Armstrong Mid-Century eight-light chandelier ($752) to arrange the bulbs in the perfect Sputnik-style splay. B.A. Robinson, across the West, barobinson.com

Aa’s Pi Obakki scarf

$29, available at obakkifoundation.org Treana Peake is the head of luxury clothing label Obakki, but she’s also a philanthropist: her Obakki Foundation focuses on providing clean water and education in Africa, particularly in war-torn South Sudan. (She’s also a past winner of our Designers of the Year, and this year, a judge for the awards.) And her Obakki Foundation scarves are a simple and beautiful fundraising tool. For every 500 limitededition scarves sold—including this new shade “brick,” a gorgeous warm red—a clean-water well is built in a remote village in South Sudan so villagers no longer need to walk hours to obtain water. Since 2009, the foundation has built more than 810 wells and brought water to over a million people.

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The Team-Up

EQ3’s Assembly collection, a collaboration with Canadian designers, resulted in more awesome pieces than we can even handle; this geometric, art deco-inspired dressing table ($599) from Zoë Mowat is just one standout. Studio Y Design, Victoria, studioydesign.ca; EQ3, Vancouver, eq3.ca

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Ain’t No Mountain

CB2’s Mountain desktop caddy ($25) may be a collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, but it looks like a love letter to the Canadian Rockies. CB2, Vancouver, cb2.com

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Lean Back

The Tacchini Atoll chair ($5,834) is a modernist’s take on the classic chaise longue. Bloom Furniture Studio, Vancouver, bloomfurniturestudio.com


OPENINGS Hot new rooms we love

VANCOUVER Ladurée The iconic Parisian bakery makes its Canadian debut with plenty of Euro charm—think marble tabletops, pretty pastels, brass accents and (most importantly) plenty of pictureperfect macarons. laduree.com

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O N E - Q U E S T I O N I N T E R V I E W WITH OLESYA KRAKHMALYOVA Ladurée Canadian partner, Vancouver

Why did you choose the West Coast for Ladurée’s first Canadian location? I just wanted to bring a piece of Paris to Vancouver. I think ambiance is very important—it’s not just about the 17 types of macarons, it’s about an experience. Ladurée has its own designers who carefully craft every store around the world, but they’re all special in their own way. Despite Vancouver’s rainy weather, this is a place that’s always warm and cozy.

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CALGARY Stuff The dark, industrialcool masculine space directly reflects the store’s MO: stylish furniture and goods for the discerning male design lover. Shop for leather armchairs, walnut cabinets and bar tools in a loft-style environment. stuff4him.ca

CALGARY Greater Goods Everything in this bright and airy boutique—located in the historic de Waal building—is made by Canadian artists, from the quirky painted mugs to the hand-hewn wood cutting boards. Don’t feel like shopping? Grab a hot drink at the in-store tea bar. greatergoodsco.ca

EDMONTON Urban Timber The shop itself is two years old, but the selection of reclaimed wood pieces and restored wall decor now also includes a brand-new collection of furniture made with boards salvaged from the original Pabst Brewing Company. urbantimber.ca

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The Comeback

The Knoll Womb settee ($6,194)—a supersize version of the classic Womb chair—is back in production for the first time since 1951, and we can’t wait to curl up. Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.com; Inform, Vancouver, inform interiors.com

Green Thumb

Modernica’s Case Study planter (from $200) can be used inside or outdoors, but either way, the cylindrical ceramic vessel and walnut stand will show off both your greenery and your sense of style. Chester Fields, Victoria, chester-fields.com; Inform, Vancouver, informinteriors.com

Inside Out Crackle and Pop

It’s a reactive glaze that gives the crackled Jars Tourron stoneware (from $28 per piece) its perfectly imperfect finish— we love the springy green option. Crate and Barrel, Vancouver, crateand barrel.ca

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Dream Team

Named after an iconic duo, the Blu Dot Bonnie and Clyde modular sofa ($4,617) brings together two well-tailored sections to create one sophisticated piece. Chester Fields, Victoria, chester-fields.com; Designhouse, Vancouver, designhouse.ca

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The BoConcept Adelaide table ($3,319) looks great in the kitchen, of course, but it would be equally at home on the patio: topped with high-pressure grey laminate, it’s perfectly suited for outdoor use. BoConcept, Vancouver, boconcept-vancouver.ca


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A sophisticated space just right for entertaining. At the centre of this sleek, open-concept kitchen you’ll find something quite special: a custom-built island, part of which appears to be floating. It’s a space for sharing a meal with family and entertaining friends (and a visual anchor for the modern white-andwood room)—and, in reality, it’s clever engineering, not magic, that keeps the four-inch-thick countertop afloat: a solid raw metal beam runs through the whole island to support it all. “The large quartz cantilevered over that far of a space gives a grand look and makes the kitchen feel airy,” says designer Majida Devani of Building Bloc Design. On a clean foundation of white and ash wood, unique elements effortlessly add personality. “The kitchen is really simple, so even little things can bring a sense of depth and detail,” says Devani. “They’re complementary, but different as well.” The marble backsplash creates subtle texture, and organic touches like walnut bar stools add warmth. Meanwhile, the Tom Dixon pendant lights, each of which is a different shape, introduce a sense of play to the polished space.

Black Light

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This space from Calgary designer Paul Lavoie is evidence that you don’t need to stick to one particular era to make a room work. The architecture is heavily influenced by the historic neighbourhood that surrounds it, and the Switzer chairs and panelled wall fit right in. But the modern fabric on those same chairs and the contemporary glass console in front of the panelling bring the space firmly into 2016. Story, page 38.

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A new home in Calgary’s Elbow Park takes notes from the historic neighbourhood and adds contemporary flair.

Soft Spot The main living room is also where the couple hangs out to watch TV, which pops up from one of the cabinets. The colour palette is “one of the prettiest I’ve ever done,” says designer Paul Lavoie. “The theme was ‘a spring day,’ all baby blues and soft lilac.”

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ou could hardly blame an uninitiated visitor to this Calgary home if they were surprised to find that here live two risk-averse individuals. After all, the unconventional design of this year-old home is clearly the result of dozens of bold decisions. But Emi Adachi and Scott Matson—who work in insurance and the energy industry, respectively— had a shared, deeply practical motto that ruled the plans for their dream home: “In every step of the process, we said, ‘Let’s build for the people we are, not for the people we want to be,’” says Adachi. Such pragmatic focus has resulted in a home that not only bucks trends but, ironically, serves as lofty aspirational fodder for would-be builders. In 2009, Adachi and Matson purchased a century-old two-storey set 90 metres back from the north bank of the Elbow River. While they were charmed by the old house (they commissioned a painting of it to hang in their bedroom), they bought with major renovation in mind. As it went, plans to fi x up grew to westernliving.ca / J U N E

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Calming Colour With the exception of the Platner chair, most of the furniture pieces here were custom made. It’s a colourful design, yet it still maintains a neutral palette. “I always meant it to feel like you could put any art you wanted into that space,” says Lavoie.

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Divine Drama Silk drapes behind the dining table bring soft colour to the space, outfitted with leather Switzer chairs (bel0w). A piece from artist Graham Gillmore offers a modern counterpoint to the classically designed staircase (right).

“I wanted the house to be like a brownstone on New York’s Upper East Side—the kind of untouched old place a great-aunt might leave you—but with contemporary touches.”

“let’s start from scratch,” and the couple tore the house down in May of 2013. Five weeks later, the Great Flood hit Calgary. Adachi and Matson contemplated the strange sight of an enormous construction hole filled with water and dead fish on their property. Their neighbours, on the other hand, were cursed with heartbreaking, exorbitantly expensive flood damage and loss that, in many cases, destroyed entire basements and ground-level floors. If Adachi and Matson weren’t already planning to build with the intention of mitigating acts of God, they certainly were then. As with all the big decisions they made, when it came to choosing an architect, Adachi and Matson did their research. “We wanted the outside of our home especially to be very traditional looking,” says Adachi. “We asked homeowners in neighbourhoods where we like the aesthetic—Scarboro, Elbow Park—who they’d hired. They all said, ‘Get Suzanne Devonshire Baker.’ They were right.” If the architect balked at receiving Adachi’s nine pages of notes, she never showed it. Adachi’s wishes, discussed with Devonshire Baker at every stage of drawing, included specific light-switch positioning, a decree that the basement should not be developed (ever) and an assurance that the electrical panel would be prudently installed on the main

floor (with a backup in the garage), far from potential flood damage. (Scott, on the other hand, handed the architect only four lines: “Nice. Panelling. Traditional style. Man cave.”) As well, Adachi insisted the kitchen be closed off from the dining and living rooms located adjacent to it—an unfashionable request in an era when open-plan rules. “I hate staring at the dirty kitchen after we cook. I just wanted it separate,” she says. She likewise forged ahead with the unusual choice of a wine cellar where a front hall closet would typically be. “The wine is a lot more important than ensuring our guests have a place to hang their coats.” (Her guests likely agree.) Still, despite her idiosyncratic touches, Adachi thinks of herself as very traditional. “I like a Ritz-Carlton feel,” she says. “I wanted the house to be like a brownstone on New York’s Upper East Side—the kind of untouched old place a great-aunt might leave you, with the panelling and the grand stairwell—but with contemporary touches.” Enter Paul Lavoie. Beloved for his bold, modern tastes, the Calgary designer was not, perhaps, the obvious choice for Adachi and Matson. But, says Matson, after talking to their architect and various design-savvy friends, “all roads led to Paul.” He was, says Adachi, “so willing to listen and understand what we wanted in the most beautiful ways.” westernliving.ca / J U N E

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  Adachi insisted the kitchen be closed off from the dining and living rooms located adjacent to it. “I hate staring at the dirty kitchen after we cook. I just wanted it separate,” she says.

White and Bright While it’s designed in a neutral grey and white colour palette, the kitchen has plenty of drama. Midcentury detailing features on the glossy lacquered island, antiqued mirror is inset into the upper cabinets and the entire room is lined with marble subway tile. Polished nickel finishes on the faucets, lighting and drawer pulls keep the shine factor high.

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For instance, where Adachi wanted one chandelier, Lavoie suggested two (one over the dining table, its twin a few feet down, in the living room). As well, when Adachi chose a modest-sized coffee table, Lavoie convinced her to go with a five-by-five-foot lavender ottoman. In the name of pleasing flow, he also dissuaded the couple from putting a wall between the dining and living rooms, as was planned. “Paul said, ‘Trust me.’ I’m so glad we did.” She and Lavoie also came up with a practical solution for hiding the view into the basement from the stairwell: Adachi purchased faux black-and-white marble linoleum at Home Depot and had a small patch of it laid so as to leave the onlooker assuming it leads to a luxurious finished space. If one area of the house perfectly captures what Lavoie calls “highfashion meets function,” it’s the powder room: here is where RitzCarlton guest meets down-to-earth homeowner. The stylized ceiling is the first glimpse of a pattern that repeats itself in the cabinetry and furniture throughout the home. It’s a look based on a $40 bracelet Adachi showed Lavoie as one of her treasured items. The designer took the pattern (a vintage look that, he says, gives the house its edge) and ran with it—it even shows up in the desk legs in Matson’s man cave. Conversely, the designer wasn’t as exuberant about Adachi’s choice of bathroom fi xtures. “Paul wanted a traditional Toto toilet,” she says with a laugh. “I wanted a sleeker, modern style—something that would be easier to clean.” You can hardly blame her; after all, why take a risk when the sure thing (a straightforward one-piece model from American Standard) comes in an equally elegant form?

Best Dressed Wallpapering the ceiling of the dressing room was a bit of a negotiation, says Lavoie, but the homeowners love how it turned out. Mid-century details line the closet doors, a design theme that’s seen throughout the home.

Back in Black Dramatic drapery acts as a backdrop to the custom black velvet headboard. At the foot of the bed, a fur-covered Switzer bench offers a cozy seat.

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A visit to the Okanagan Crush Pad winery is unlike any other. With its Guest Centre built into the heart of the Summerland winery itself, visitors get a rare first-hand look at the art of crafting premium, organic wine. To see how wines, sparkling wines, and spirits are made, visitors stroll past clay amphorae—a material that ancient Greeks and Romans used to make and preserve wine—as well as today’s most advanced wine-making equipment. Open daily for tastings during the touring season, Okanagan Crush Pad is leading the comeback of concrete tanks in wine production. These oldschool fermenters were largely abandoned with the arrival of stainless steel, but, in the hands of pros like Okanagan Crush Pad co-owners Christine Coletta and Steve Lornie and winemaker Matt Dumayne, they can do wonders for wine—neutral vessels that showcase wine’s true terroir. One of the most progressive wineries in the region, Okanagan Crush Pad focuses on crisp, dry, and un-oaked whites and robust reds with its signature Haywire and Narrative labels. Sip some while relaxing on the winery’s patio overlooking Lake Okanagan or while taking in a live performance during one of its Summer Musical Series evenings. This is pure Okanagan wine, a singular Okanagan experience.

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Situated above the sweeping cliffs that rise from Okanagan Lake, Poplar Grove Winery is one of the original five wineries on the Naramata Bench, a premier wine-growing region in the Okanagan Valley. Known for its finely crafted wines, Poplar Grove Winery is a family affair: Tony and Barbara Holler operate the winery and estate vineyards along with their sons Eric, Matthew, and Andrew. Come and taste Poplar Grove’s 2015 Munson Mountain Pinot Gris and stay for a food and wine experience at the winery’s Barrel Hall; pair that fantastic, aromatic wine with afternoon tapas at Poplar Grove’s Vanilla Pod Restaurant, which is also open for lunch and dinner. The winery’s signature red wine, The Legacy, is also a must-try, made with the best estate grapes from each vintage. The 2011 Legacy is savoury and lush. Open year-round, Poplar Grove invites you to join its Wine Club for access to library wines, discounts on wine purchases, invitations to exclusive events, and more. Summer tasting room hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, giving you more time to wine and dine your way through paradise.

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As a leading B.C. winery destination evoking classic south Okanagan terroir, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards clearly stands out. Crafting wines that rank among the world’s best, the winery is situated just south of Oliver in the famed Golden Mile Bench winegrowing district, with 150 acres between two vineyards on the spectacular Black Sage and Golden Mile benches. Tinhorn Creek offers an unrivalled visitor experience. Sample exquisite estate-grown wines at the tasting bar or private tasting room. Soak up wine country at the award-winning Miradoro restaurant, with its panoramic views and authentic forno oven. Hike the Golden Mile Bench trail, take a yoga class in the vineyard, or enjoy one of their popular guest chef or special event dinners. Visitors can picnic on the winery’s beautiful dog-friendly grounds or kick off their shoes and dance during a concert at their summer Canadian Concert Series at the outdoor amphitheatre. Family owned and operated and open seven days a week, Tinhorn Creek was the first winery in Canada to be certified as carbon neutral. Always innovating and completely unique, it maintains its commitment to environmentally and socially sustainable practices to this day.

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery prides itself on its distinguished, premium VQA wines—as well as its warm hospitality. “Sometimes the world of wine can be a little intimidating, but we want people to come in and feel welcome,” says Burrowing Owl’s Kerri Wyse-McNolty. “We make premium wine made to age. Our


hospitality is also premium but it’s offered in a very unpretentious and welcoming way. Whether you’re a highly trained connoisseur or a newbie, come on in; we make it fun.” Spectacularly located on a sandy plateau near the north end of Osoyoos Lake, the winery combines state-of-the-art technologies with time-tested winemaking traditions and environmental leadership. The boutique 11-room Guest House has a beautiful outdoor saltwater swimming pool—ideal to jump into after a day exploring wine country. With sweeping views of surrounding vineyards, the Sonora Room Restaurant celebrates local, organic ingredients, showcasing seasonal dishes that pair beautifully with the winery’s award-winning wines. With a longstanding relationship with the Burrowing Owl Conservation Society of B.C., the winery charges $3 per person for wine tastings, with all proceeds going to support this vital organization.

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With everything discerning travellers could want in an indulgent, relaxing getaway, Sparkling Hill Resort also has something for those looking to enhance their holiday with a focus on healthy living. The new “Stay Young & Healthy 55+ Wellness Package” is a weeklong escape all about you—a premier vacation experience centred on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Arriving on a Sunday, guests receive a personalized wellness plan, beginning with a visit with our naturopathic physician. The package features 10 treatments custom-selected from a menu of more than 100 that will have you looking, feeling, and functioning your very best. Throughout the stay, enjoy a gourmet European-style hot breakfast buffet, light lunch, and two-course dinner daily. The package features a follow-up visit with the naturopath, a one-hour group session with our psychiatrist, and full access to the 40,000-squarefoot KurSpa and its world-class indoor pool complete with underwater music. KurSpa also has steam and sauna rooms, hot pool and infinity pool, fitness studio, and more. Plus, daily activities and afternoon coffee, tea, and cake are included. Take some time for yourself. Packages for 2016 start at $407 per night for one person or $630 per night for two people.

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Glass and Steel Perched above the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake, just a few minutes’ walk from Naramata Village, this hillside home is actually two distinct buildings: the steel-clad Earth Shelter (left) and the transparent Glass House (right).

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Clear Sighted The Glass House is oriented to the south and the view; a deep canopy blocks high summer sun but allows for low-angled, warming winter sun to shine through.

The first, the living quarters, is sometimes referred to as the “Earth Shelter” because it’s partly buried—hobbit-style—inside the mountain and it’s topped with a roof garden loaded with drought-resistant plants. linseed oil) swing open. Once inside, one ascends steel steps to arrive at the “impossible” site above. The home is actually composed of two separate volumes: one containing bedrooms and a studio (she’s a fabric artist), and the other a single large room housing the living and dining areas, along with the kitchen. The first, the living quarters, is sometimes referred to as the Earth Shelter because it’s partly buried— hobbit-style—inside the mountain and it’s topped with a roof garden loaded with lightweight sedums and drought-resistant plants (the Okanagan is not famous for its rainfall). It’s the second volume, though, the Glass House, that steals the show. In marked contrast to the Earth Shelter, which hunkers inside reinforced concrete and exterior cladding of rusted steel, the Glass House is a jewel box—nothing but window. Its post-and-beam frame is 5 0 j u n e 2 0 1 6 / westernliving.ca

Hide and Seek A central box within the Glass House was built to hide certain necessities, including the powder room, a coat closet and the refrigerator (right). “A fridge would ruin the counter,” notes Maurer.


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WL HOMES Warm Front The Earth Shelter (right, and opposite, top) is clad in steel that’s been rubbed in boiled linseed oil, which creates its rustcoloured patina. Partly buried in the hillside, it houses bedrooms and an artist’s studio.

The sheltered outdoor walkway created here, which encircles the entire Glass House, is so generously proportioned it could put one in mind of classical colonnades. Great Outdoors The building design of the Glass House is post and beam, with a thin steel frame a few feet outside the building’s glass perimeter—keeping viewscapes open to Okanagan Lake in the distance.

supported by a thin forest of steel that grows with gridlike precision a few feet outside the building’s glass perimeter. Attached above, a simple overhang extends all the way around. “For a long time, modern architects would have no overhangs,” Maurer laughs. “We have since learned this is really not form following function. We need these overhangs.” The sheltered outdoor walkway created here, which encircles the entire Glass House, is so generously proportioned it could put one in mind of classical colonnades. Its pine ceiling, meanwhile, extends inside to become the interior’s ceiling, too. Pine beams were fitted with a ¾-inch gap between them to soften the open area’s acoustics. At its centre, a box-within-the-box was built in order to hide certain necessities like the pantry, powder room and coat closet, all of which might otherwise spoil the sweptclean effect. “A fridge would ruin the counter,” notes Maurer, so it was tucked away. The interior box doesn’t just hide things, though—it’s also an excuse to add colour 5 2 j u n e 2 0 1 6 / westernliving.ca


to a space dominated by black porcelain tiles and a cool granite countertop. Cherry-red automotive paint coats its sleek surface. Between the Glass House and the Earth Shelter sits another nod to the Old World: Maurer spent several years living in Italy and there he fell for the Roman principle of the atrium, here realized as a subtle, sheltered garden that offers total privacy, plus a quick view out to the lake as well. Maurer believes that homes with grand interstitial spaces, with considered passageways between the social and private places, have the capacity to wake us up and create a sense of arrival and meaning as we shift between daily rituals. His own home, just a short ways up the road, is “a little village” made of four smaller structures. And why not step outdoors as much as possible? This home’s unlikely perch invites us to shuttle between cloister and wide-open spaces, between the comfort of being held by a building and the joy of sightlines that fly out over an impossible view.

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3 OSOYOOS MARKET ON MAIN Embrace the 100-mile diet and fill your picnic basket with fresh cherries, peaches, and berries at this blocks-long farmers market. Here’s where you can pick up bars of Syrah-infused soap from Okanagan Wine Soap, libations by Twisted Hills Craft Cider and The Dubh Glas Distiller, Bug and Pickle’s lotions and potions for new moms, and more.

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4 BIKE THE KETTLE VALLEY TRAIL Pack a snack, rent a bike and see some of the most amazing scenery. From Penticton you can head south along the lake and reward yourself with an ice cream at the famous Tickleberry’s in Okanagan Falls, a refreshingly easy 26 km round trip.

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SHARE IN A LITTLE OKANAGAN HISTORY This inspired lake home renovation was a passion project for Rockwood Custom Homes’ president Allison Grafton. Grafton and her husband Kevin Taillefer were fortunate to stumble upon this historic property and re-imagine it as a their personal home, renovated in Rockwood fashion—their dream lake cottage on Lake Okanagan. The property’s own history goes back 120 years when it was owned by the Leach family—some of the first homesteaders in Kelowna’s Mission area. The land itself was gifted to one of the Leach daughters, Erica, who built and lived in the original lake home from the 1920s until 2013. Erica, the property and the home were all devastated as the home burnt to the ground in the Kelowna fires of 2003. The home was eventually reconstructed, just as it had been, but on a different piece of the property in order to maximize its lake views. Mrs. Leach passed away in 2013 at the age of 94, leaving behind the lake home and a fascinating legacy. She was also the face of Canadian art history. F.H. Varley (one of the famous Group of Seven artists, arguably one of Canada’s most legendary painters) was inspired by Mrs. Leach to paint his Unknown Woman. When the masterpiece was later called by its rightful name, Erica, Mrs. Leach was immortalized in Canadian art history. Many of the windblown, ancient fir trees visible on the property also seem to show up in Varley’s work and Grafton wonders if this is where he took some of his inspiration. Grafton and Taillefer like to think that the home Mrs. Leach leaves behind holds a little bit of that same magic that inspired Varley to paint Erica. The cottage’s reconstruction aims to honour the woman, her home, and the beautiful lake that serves as its backdrop… its canvas. Created by the Western Living advertising department in partnership with Rockwood Custom Homes

The gorgeous chef’s kitchen was completely renovated, creating an open living area and exposing 270-degrees of scenic lakescapes which were previously hidden behind a wall that blocked all views of Lake Okanagan.


Rockwood’s inspired renovation opened up the entire main floor and revitalized and renewed the chef’s kitchen, dining, living and lounge areas.

A full interior renovation of this historic Kelowna lake home was completed by Rockwood Custom Homes during a 20-week period in the spring and summer of 2015. The renovated home and newly landscaped property blends seamlessly with the surrounding mountains, parkland and the beauty of Lake Okanagan, while paying tribute to the home’s history and past owner.

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Tyee Bridge revisits the Okanagan of his youth to find out that a lot has changed—in a good way.

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I had been aware of the Okanagan’s wine growth from afar, without actually comprehending it. I knew, for example, that 25 years ago there were only 17 wineries in all of B.C. Now there are more than 273—a number that includes fruit wineries but not the region’s growing panoply of craft distilleries and breweries. This means many, many bottles worth sampling that neither you nor your friends have ever heard of, and that was my grail as I headed to the area for the first time in a long while. I was going to grasp the challenge and the opportunity the region is presenting these days and get acquainted with its diversity. To steal a phrase from Jesse Harnden of the Hatch winery, those of us who aren’t in the industry tend to get stuck—at the liquor store shelf and on wine-tasting tours—in the “Burrowing Quail of Cedar Hill” rut of established, wellknown edifices.

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Rolling in It The vineyards Blue Mountain Winery on the shores of Vaseux Lake.

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a Rubik’s cube in 13.4 seconds after quaffing two bottles of gamay in his friend’s basement. Run by cellar rats with attitude, the winery would be worth visiting even if the wine were awful, if only for the tasting room and wine labels. The tasting room is an old tractor drive shed, the renovation of which was apparently inspired by a roadside chicken-n-ribs stand and the student-years library of a degraded existentialist: rusty tin ceiling, antique shovel collection, books like Nihilism: A Philosophical Essay and Bloodlines of the Illuminati strewn among the display bottles. Grab a bottle and you have Exhibit B, the surrealist wine label by Vancouver artist Paul Morstad. The “Octobubble” sparkling rosé features a watercolour octopus superimposed on a French map of Elba, the island where Napoleon was exiled; another sports a stegosaurus carried aloft by a flock of black swifts. All this determined eclecticism could be just decorative film for mediocre winemaking. Happily, it’s not. There’s as much theory

BEYOND THE GRAPES Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery Breweries and distilleries are a nice way to break up a wine tour or satisfy a spouse who isn’t a huge fan of the grape. The excellent selection of locally distilled booze at Okanagan Spirits runs from standards like gin, vodka and fruit liqueurs to more unusual fare like aquavit, grappa-like pomace brandy (called a “marc”) and “Laird of Fintry”—a small-batch single-malt whisky available only by lottery. Tree Brewing Beer Institute Stop here for a lovingly made selection of unfiltered “tank-to-tap” brews: the taps are literally connected to the brewing tanks in the back room, not to kegs. Tasting flights are available, and the excellent pizzas are made with a spent-grain crust from the beermaking process. There’s even beer for wine geeks: Red Wood is an IPA aged in French oak barrels that formerly housed Marechal Foch wine.

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Wine critic John Schreiner recently noted that 80 percent of wine sales in B.C. go to the three largest winemakers. If accurate, and it’s probably close, that leaves the hundreds of other wineries with only a small sliver of the attention they deserve. You can enjoy the newbies and garagistes as well as the big boys with help from Schreiner himself: his user-friendly Okanagan Wine Tour Guide is non-snobby, comprehensive and updated every couple of years. The guide breaks the B.C. interior into 13 regions, including the Similkameen Valley. Here are my highlights in two of those regions: greater Kelowna and the newly designated sub-appellation of the Golden Mile.


Those of us who aren’t in the industry tend to get stuck in the “Burrowing Quail of Cedar Hill” rut of established, well-known edifices.

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RUN, SIP, RUN, SIP My feet fly over the dirt road that winds through the vineyard, but it’s so picturesque that I keep stopping to take pictures of the Okanagan Valley stretching out below, artfully lit by the early morning sun. I bend over to adjust my shoelace and realize that my cape fell off about a mile back. It also occurs to me that I had a mask as well a few kilometres ago, and that it, too, has vanished. I may be a little tipsy. Before you get all judgey (Mom!), that’s the whole point of participating in the Okanagan’s sweatiest wine event, the Half-Corked Marathon. Over 18 kilometres, runners—ideally wearing some sort of hilariously un-aerodynamic costume—make pit stops at 15 wine-tasting stations peppered throughout Oliver, so this isn’t exactly about trying for that personal best, time-wise. We’re laughing and jogging through postcard-perfect vineyards, breaking to sip pinot gris (the wine world’s closest equivalent to Gatorade), and doing it all while dressed as the Flintsones/some Pac-Man ghosts/a balloon-covered bunch of grapes. The Half-Corked Marathon runs every May, but tickets are up for grabs via lottery in November. Mark your calendar and start your training—lace up those sneakers and uncork something good.—Stacey McLachlan

and care in the wine as in the aesthetics, and the Hatch’s vintages are marked by an attempt to showcase varietals from all over the region. “The Okanagan is so amazingly diverse—that’s really what makes it so great,” says the Hatch’s “archdeacon” Harnden. “Certain grapes do better in certain areas, so rather than focusing on being an estate winery and just working with what we might have in our own block, we wanted to take more of a négociant approach and work with all this tremendous diversity.” Among the standouts at the Hatch are the affordable Screaming Frenzy merlot/cabernet franc blend and the slightly more spendy Dynasty White, which pulls together chardonnay, pinot gris and viognier.

THE GOLDEN MILE Wine doesn’t care about architecture. Lake views, iron sculptures and exposed-beam ambiance can make for a memorable lunch, but they don’t always show up in the glass. Thus the moral introduced earlier: enjoy the palatial estates of the big operations, but don’t overlook lesser-known wineries. A case in point is C.C. Jentsch—currently piling on the awards after only three years in operation—whose tasting room is part of an old fruit-packing shed. It’s charming but humble, and owners Chris and Betty Jentsch come by the aesthetic honestly. The Jentsch family grew orchard fruit for three generations, dating back to 1929; their main vineyard was planted with apple and cherry trees before they replaced them with 65,000

vine plantings in the mid-2000s. It turned out to be a prescient move: the land halfway between Oliver and Osoyoos, dubbed the Golden Mile Bench, is now some of the most prized wine-growing real estate in the Okanagan. The Golden Mile is home to nine wineries, and its unique terroir was recognized last year when it was granted B.C.’s first official sub-appellation status. Sip for sip, there’s more going on at C.C. Jentsch than at many more well-appointed estate wineries. The 2012 and 2014 syrahs are co-fermented with a small percentage of aromatic viognier grapes—meaning the grapes are all crushed and fermented together, rather than blended as separate wines—and they are outstanding. The 2013 syrah has no viognier (a result of bad weather that year), but it has nonetheless scooped up multiple awards—most notably winning its category in the blind Judgment of B.C. tasting competition in 2015 that pitted it against syrahs from around the world. (The event was a riff on the 1976 Judgment of Paris competition that vindicated California wines in Europe; it was even judged by Steven Spurrier, the famous wine critic who organized the original.) Jentsch’s winemaker, Amber Pratt, is a former horticulturist who fell into winemaking after working at the Nk’mip tasting room. She learned her craft at Road 13 and Black Hills Estate wineries and via travels in the Loire region of France. “When it comes to wine, my philosophy is: be clean, be observant and be curious,” she says. Pratt balances her vigilance with improv. “I find fermentation fascinating, and I like to factor in experimental trials large and small each year, whether it’s trying a new yeast strain or a radical new technique. I like to make sure I keep it fun.” Besides the syrahs, check out their meritage blend, “The Chase,” and their lush Small Lot Series viognier at $36.

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The craft brew revolution shows no signs of abating (sorry, Molson): to wit, Situation Brewing, a 90-seat craft beer emporium and restaurant opening just off Whyte Avenue. They’ll be starting with five craft brew taps, growing to eight to 10 varieties in the following months. The brewmasters will host public tours of the beer-making process, and there will be seasonal bike parking and a patio on 81st Avenue. situationbeer.com

Fried chicken is having its moment. Not the scary Colonel Sanders variety, but a locally sourced, lovingly crafted iteration that (when done right) is one of the greatest foods on earth. Enter ex-Chambar GM Justin Tisdall, ex-Hawksworth sous chef Bryan Satterford and Cord Jarvie of Meat and Bread fame (and WL Foodie of the Year), who’ve opened this casual Chinatown spot with the sole goal of soul-lifting fried chicken. jukefriedchicken.com

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I always fret when I see a new bottle of British Columbia malbec. It’s not that we can’t make it—we’re actually far better than California or Washington with the grape. It’s that Argentina is so good at it and, more importantly, so deadly efficient with it that they can grow it, bottle it and ship it 10,500 kilometres and still be easily 25 percent cheaper than our cheapest bottles. And, yes, it’s not all about price, but when you’re dealing with wine that’s under $25, it’s mostly about price. I had the exact opposite reaction when this bottle of Albariùo by Stag’s Hollow crossed my desk. Firstly, I happen to love the Spanish/Portuguese grape, with its signature crisp flavours of peach with lemon rind. But I don’t buy it all that often because by the time it makes its way here over the 8,100 kilometres from northern Spain, it’s always at the $30 range, so this bottle—at $22—is actually undercutting the competition and giving non-believers a solid reason to try B.C. wine. All of which would be for naught if the wine wasn’t good, but thankfully winemaker Dwight Sick has kept the grape true to form, emphasizing the melon and citrus while softening a bit for first-timers with some oak and some malolactic fermentation. It’s a winner at $30 and a veritable steal at $22—and should be exhibit A for how to sell wine in this province.


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The idea came at a tasting last year when bottle after bottle of aged Okanagan wine made us rethink what we were tucking into the dark reaches of our cellar. We called up a baker’s dozen of the area’s most respected winemakers and asked them to contribute a bottle of wine that would come into its own in 2025. Here’s what they chose. photo by raeff miles // styling by nicole sjöstedt 6 8 j u n e 2 0 1 6 / westernliving.ca

the bottles 1 Summerhill Pyramid Winery Summerhill Vineyard Riesling 2014 A biodynamic wonder of tart apples and citrus with an ageworthy spine of acidity.

8 Burrowing Owl Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Classic notes—cassis, cherry, tobacco—in a brawny package of soft tannins. Unabashed, unadulterated cabernet.

2 Bartier Bros. Semillon 2013 An unheralded grape with notes of dried apricot that truly comes into its own with some cellar time.

9 Laughing Stock Portfolio 2013 Its mélange of grapes won’t get to know each other for at least four years—in 10, they’ll be getting along famously.

3 Haywire Canyonview Pinot Noir 2012 Bold cherry notes paired with a surprising tannic structure ready this for the cellar. 4 Culmina Family Estates Hypothesis 2012 This dense monster of Bordeaux varietals may still be young when this case opens. Exactly as owner Don Triggs planned it. 5 Blue Mountain Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 In short, the only pinot maker in the Valley that’s proved, over the last two decades, that its wines age beautifully. 6 Tantalus Old Vines Riesling 2013 This lean, pared-down take on minerality and off-sweet citrus is the area’s standard bearer white. 7 Black Hills Nota Bene 2013 Our first cult wine made its name with its ability to age—and it’s better now than it has ever been.

10 Quail’s Gate Stewart Family Reserve Chardonnay 2013 One of the few chardonnays that can be called Burgundian: rich but still light on its feet. 11 Le Vieux Pin Ava 2014 The Rhône varietals—viognier, marsanne, roussanne—meld to create a wonder of stone fruit and honeycomb. 12 Poplar Grove The Legacy 2012 Sold mostly to insiders and made specifically for the cellar. This broad-shouldered fella should be tamed by 2025. 13 Mission Hill Compendium 2012 One of the first B.C. wines to try to take on Bordeaux . . . successfully, we might add.

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here’s supposed to be a well-established pattern to snagging that coveted Okanagan second home. It starts by spending years in school, followed by decades grinding it out in business, with two weeks a year allotted to finding someplace in the Valley you might be amenable to spending more time in during your golden years. And once you find that space, you can start planning the construction of a massive behemoth of a getaway: a media room, a wine cellar, maybe even a boathouse where the grandkids can stay. But surveying Scott Hawthorn, chilling on the minimalist deck jutting out from his unpretentious-to-a-fault weekend crash pad on a beautiful slice of the Naramata Bench, one thing is clear—he didn’t get the memo. Sure, he started out on the straight and narrow: did the school thing and then spent 10 years working at an investment bank in Japan. And then things took an interesting turn. He returned to the West Coast (born in Yellowknife, he grew up in mining towns throughout B.C. before ultimately landing in North Vancouver) and instead of setting up on a high-floor office on Howe Street and pumping mining stocks, he planted himself in the then-very transitional neighbourhood of Gastown. He bought and renovated a couple heritage buildings, and in so doing got involved with fellow westernliving.ca / J U N E

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Gastown devotee and noted restaurateur Sean Heather (the Irish Heather, Shebeen Whisk(e)y House), and the two opened the revolutionary restaurant Salt Tasting Room. Salt’s Blood Alley location brought a cross-section of citizens to a part of town that few had ever visited with a radical menu that was limited to cheese and charcuterie plates. But it was the wine list, dominated by bottles from the still-nascent B.C. wine industry, that piqued Hawthorn’s interest in the Okanagan. (Or re-piqued, if you want to get technical about it, since his family camped up and down the Valley in his youth.) He began to travel there frequently, meeting with winery owners and hunting for wines for the list, and gradually the idea of a second home began to take root. When he found this five-and-a-half acre heritage apple-pearcherry farm perched high on the Naramata Bench, the first thing the real estate agent told him was that he’d want to demolish the dilapidated 1940s homestead to make room for a big new spread— but Hawthorn had zero interest in a McMansion with a view. Instead of turning the property into a glitzy retreat, he hearkened back to his childhood and the things he loved about the area in the first place: being outdoors, hanging out with friends, embracing the summer season. Step one? The house stays. Hawthorn imagined the place as a communal spot where friends and family could come and go as they please during the summer. The farmhouse was gutted, but instead of tricking it out with a series of bedrooms, Hawthorn pared his vision down to the bare essentials: a functional, if minimalist, kitchen with workable Ikea cabinets; a sprawling wooden deck, perfect for socializing on; and a wood-fired sauna, a woodfired hot tub and a wood-fired pizza oven, the troika of summer entertaining. Inside, there are technically no bedrooms—people can crash in the main room, but it’s more common to sleep under the stars on the deck or to pitch a tent in the orchard. Unconventional, but Hawthorn likes it that way. “There’s no hiding here,” he says. “No walled-off spaces means people are forced to engage with each other.” In fact, the biggest improvement effort went into Pierre, the in-ground wine cellar/impromptu dining room that’s so named because its custom curled-up door handle makes it resemble an archetypal Frenchman. In many ways, it’s here where Hawthorn’s vision of the Okanagan takes root: it’s beautifully done without being fancy, it’s stocked with bottles from his well-regarded neighbours and, for his guests, it operates on the perfectly relaxed approach of take a bottle, buy a bottle. Just make sure you enjoy yourself.

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Everyone is split up into teams, given a small amount of cash and a pair of Native shoes to barter with, and expected to cobble together the ingredients for a dish.

PODS One of the most unique features of Hawthorn’s place are the new architectural additions that sit near the bottom of the property. Nicknamed “pods,” the wooden structures are the result of Hawthorn joining forces with acclaimed architect Michael Green and wood engineer Eric Karsh; the three of them created DBR (Design Build Research), an unconventional program teaching design and construction as agents of social change. One of the projects was DBR Wine, which saw students designing and constructing three small seasonal “Sommelier in Residence” cabins and also designing and creating outdoor showers for the property (pictured below).


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THROWING THE PERFECT SUMMER PARTY A year before buying the property, Hawthorn co-founded a small shoe company that would use foam-injected EVA technology to make a line of fun, affordable footwear. Almost immediately Native Shoes became a runaway hit, first creating and then dominating its own category of shoes. The Vancouver office currently has about 45 employees, and when it’s time to go on a retreat the destination is often Hawthorn’s Naramata spread. “Everyone is invited,” says Hawthorn, but those expecting a formal series of presentations will be sorely disappointed. The day starts at the famed Penticton Farmers Market. Everyone is split up into teams, given a small amount of cash and a pair of Natives to barter with, and expected to cobble together the ingredients for a dish. On their way back to the ranch, there are a few key detours. Stop one is neighbour Heidi Noble’s JoieFarm Winery for a tasting and the gathering of a few bottles for dinner, then another stop at Naramata newcomer Legend Distilling for more…uh…team building. Then it’s back to Hawthorn’s to set in on dinner. One team tackles a cheese plate sourced from local purveyors; another prepares a bruschetta with fresh Okanagan tomatoes; another crafts the perfect roast chicken and another, roasted fingerling potatoes to go with. Beers are opened, corks are popped and everyone just sort of hangs. An impromptu game of rotten apple baseball breaks out. As the sun dips, the now-late dinner begins and a spot of inspiration hits Hawthorn. The al fresco table set is moved quickly inside Pierre, Hawthorn’s wine cellar that’s bored into the slope of the orchard. Candles are lit and dinner begins with a cheers around the table.

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Native Sons Team building via meal prep.


Focaccia with Rosemary and Parmesan A solid loaf of focaccia is a simple thing to make—and perfect for feeding a crowd, whether to accompany a meal or just to nibble warm with cheese, olives and wine. If you don’t have (or like) rosemary and Parmesan, it’s just as good plain, with olive oil and coarse salt. Serve in wedges or slices—if there are leftovers, it’s delicious toasted and turned into crostini or croutons. 1½ cups warm water 1 pkg (2¼ tsp) active dry yeast 1 tsp sugar 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided 2 tsp salt Coarse salt, for sprinkling ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary Place water in a large bowl and sprinkle with yeast and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes, until yeast is foamy. Add 4 cups of the flour, 1/2 cup of the olive oil and the salt and mix until you have slightly sticky dough. Add extra flour as needed until dough is tacky but not overly sticky; knead with the dough hook attachment of your stand mixer or by hand for 7 to 8 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in the bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside in a warm place for an hour or until doubled in bulk.

One team tackles a cheese plate sourced from local purveyors; another prepares a bruschetta with fresh Okanagan tomatoes.

425˚F. (If you have a backyard pizza oven, focaccia bakes well in a cooler spot of the oven.) Drizzle with remaining oil, sprinkle with coarse salt, Parmesan and rosemary. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden.

Tomato Bruschetta When tomatoes are at their peak, a quickly tossed bruschetta, loaded onto bread toasted over open coals, is perfect for eating al fresco. 4 cups (2 pints) cherry or grape tomatoes ¼ cup chopped fresh basil 1 garlic clove, finely crushed 1 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp balsamic vinegar Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 baguette or focaccia Olive oil, for brushing 1 garlic clove, halved Roughly chop tomatoes and scrape them into a bowl, along with any juices that have accumulated on the cutting board. Add basil, garlic, olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. To make the toasts, slice baguette or focaccia into ½-inch slices, brush with oil and rub each with the cut side of a clove of garlic. Toast on the grill or over hot coals, or on a baking sheet in a 425˚F oven until golden. Serve topped with the tomato mixture. Serves 8.

Punch dough down, divide in half and pat each into a well-oiled 9-inch cake pan. Poke all over the surface with your fingers, pressing all the way through to bottom of pan. (The holes will mostly fill up as the dough rises in the oven.) Cover and let rise for another hour and preheat oven to

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Hawthorn’s pears head up the street to help form the basis of perhaps the coolest cider in B.C.: the Naramata Cider Company.

HOW DO YA LIKE THEM APPLES? One of the reasons Hawthorn was drawn to the property was the mature cherry, apple and pear trees dotting the acreage. For the first few years, he dutifully harvested his apples and brought them to the local co-op, where he was offered a paltry nine cents a pound for them. In true Hawthorn fashion, he thought: there’s got to be a better way. He decided that, for that price, he’d rather donate them to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank—and thus began a relationship that now sees him giving away 70,000 pounds of apples a year at cost. The relationship worked so well that he’s now one of the food bank’s core suppliers. As for the other fruit, Hawthorn’s pears head up the street to help form the basis of perhaps the coolest cider in B.C.: the Naramata Cider Company (owned by Del and Miranda Halladay of Elephant Island Orchard Wines fame). 7 6 J U N E 2 0 1 6 / westernliving.ca


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Bad Apples Batting practice, Naramata-style

Spatchcocked Chicken— Roasted or Grilled Spatchcocking, a method of butterflying a chicken by removing the backbone, gives the meat a more uniform thickness, making it cook more evenly and cutting the cooking time by about a third. 1 whole chicken (roaster or fryer) Olive or canola oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, pulled off the stems 1 tsp flaky sea salt To spatchcock your chicken, turn it breast side down on a cutting board and, using sharp kitchen shears and starting from the cavity, cut first along one side of the spine, then the other side. Remove spine and save it for stock. Open the bird like a book, flip it over and flatten it, pressing down and turning the legs so that they lie flat as well. Pat the bird dry with paper towel and rub all over with oil. In a small bowl, stir together garlic, rosemary, thyme and salt and rub all over the surface of the chicken. To roast the chicken, preheat oven to 425˚F, place the bird on a parchmentlined rimmed baking sheet and roast for 40 to 50 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165˚F. Let rest for 10 minutes before carving. Serves 4 to 6. Chicken Under a Skillet A spatchcocked chicken is perfect for the grill—it’s often grilled under a

foil-wrapped brick, which weighs it down, flattening it as it cooks. A large cast iron skillet will do the trick more evenly. Preheat grill to high and place your spatchcocked (and herb-rubbed, or just salted and peppered) chicken cut side down on the grill. Place skillet on top of it and cook for a few minutes; turn heat down to medium, close grill and cook for about 15 minutes per side or until cooked through—the juices should run clear and the joints wiggle in their sockets. Let rest on a cutting board, loosely tented with foil or a tea towel, for 10 minutes before carving. Serves 4 to 6.

Oven Fries New fingerling potatoes make for the very best wedge fries—and making them couldn’t be simpler. To dress them up a bit, add chopped fresh rosemary or thyme—or whatever happens to be growing in the garden—to the oil as you toss the potatoes. Fingerling potatoes Olive or canola oil Coarse salt Slice potatoes into wedges while you preheat oven to 450˚F. (If you have a backyard pizza oven, that works well, too.) Toss potatoes with a generous drizzle of oil, tossing them around with your hands to coat them well—you can do this directly on a parchmentlined baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring around once or twice, until tender and golden. Serve immediately. Makes as many as you like.

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WLOKANAGAN // MY NEIGHBOURHOOD

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It was just two years ago that Vancouver-based chef Jason Leizert (Boneta, Save On Meats) packed his knives up and headed east, where he quietly opened Salted Brick. And his idea for a casual charcuterie-centric restaurant with a daily changing menu arrived at the perfect time for Kelowna: his modest spot quickly became a go-to for other chefs on their days off and just about everyone else in town who hankered for true farm-to-table with no pretense. With a couple of years under his belt, he’s now officially a local—so we asked him to choose six spots that sum up his newly adopted city.

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1 Alchemy Juice Co. and exPress Juice Co. The cold-pressed juices from both these spots keep me moving. I love seeing the bright-red exPress Juice Co. truck sitting on Ellis Street downtown, and love the fun they have with the juice names like John Lemon and Will-I-Yam.

Brick, you should be here. Located inside Codfathers Seafood Market, they serve up the freshest seafood fish tacos, oysters and tempura-battered fish and chips around. They’ll soon have both patio seating and a liquor licence, which will make it even more appealing.

5 Bean Scene Coffee Works This café is just down the street on Bernard Avenue Not only do they roast their own beans—and the smell of fresh-roasted coffee draws you in—but 3 Fernando’s Pub server Charlotte is the If you don’t find our staff at gem of downtown. our place, you can probably find them hanging out 6 Waterfront Wines at Fernando’s. The mix of Simply the best place for classic Mexican food and dinner in the Okanagan. traditional pub fare along Chef Mark Filatow and his with live music nights is a kitchen team knock it out winning combination for of the park every night. There is no mystery why our team. for seven straight years they’ve won Vancouver 4 The Table at Magazine’s Best OkanaCodfathers Market gan Restaurant award. If you’re not at Salted

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2 Gratitude Café The only 100-percent vegan and gluten-free restaurant in town. A great place for a mid-afternoon snack or after a long ride.

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WLOKANAGAN // best hikes

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LittLe White Mountain (highLand traiL)

Distance from Kelowna 105 minutes Duration 3 hours Trail length 10.78 km Elevation gain 598 m Difficulty Hard The Skinny This gorgeous alpine hike extends into the forest south of Myra Canyon and west of Idabel Lake. It offers a short but challenging ascent, followed by a beautiful plateau with meadows, ponds and ridgeline views of the valleys. 2

Face Time

enderby CLiffs

Distance from Kelowna 75 minutes Duration 4 hours Trail length 14.58 km Elevation gain 868 m Difficulty Slightly challenging The Skinny These cliffs tower high above Enderby, offering breathtaking views of the Shuswap and North Okanagan. Hikers can watch soaring birds play on updrafts created by the steep rock face and step back in time to the Tertiary period, when the cliffs were formed.

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Distance from Kelowna 12 minutes! Duration 3.5 hours Trail length 13.60 km Elevation gain 913 m Difficulty Hard The Skinny This full-perimeter loop of Rose Valley offers vistas of downtown Kelowna, Rose Valley Lake and the McDougall Rim cliffs. After reaching the north side of the lake, begin the gruelling ascent. Along the journey you will pass under an enormous rock archway and pass a giant rock monolith.

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THE 5 (NEXT) BEST HIKES IN THE OKANAGAN Our resident expert sources some OK outdoor pursuits.

One of our most popular pieces of 2015 was Hiking Addiction (hikingaddiction.ca) head honcho Josh Hoggan’s favourite spots in the Valley. So, naturally, we went back to the well of hiking wisdom and wrangled him into giving us his five (next) best Okanagan hikes for this year. 8 0 j u n e 2 0 1 6 / westernliving.ca

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Distance from Kelowna 22 minutes Duration 30 minutes Trail length 1.5 km Elevation gain 90 m Difficulty Slightly challenging The Skinny Crawford (Canyon) Falls is a must-see for everyone. The City of Kelowna has recently completely revamped the trail to be rope-free and easily accessed by all. Upon reaching the first waterfall, pull out your bouldering skills and continue straight up the river. After pushing through berry bushes and walking creekside, reach a massive waterfall projecting off the top of the cliff. 5 Seriously, Go Chasing Waterfalls

MiLL Creek regionaL Park

Distance from Kelowna 22 minutes Duration 40 minutes Trail length 2.86 km Elevation gain 188 m Difficulty Medium The Skinny A forested walkway along Mill Creek leads you to a cascading waterfall, perfect for a dip in the summer. This family-friendly trail is on moderately flat terrain and is a little cooler due to the shade created by black cottonwood trees in the park. Many hikers continue along the river past the end of the trail on private property to reach a much larger series of waterfalls, a walk along the canyon and a natural waterslide.


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PAGEs 38 & 39 Living Room Chandelier, The Lighting Centre, Calgary, lightcentre.ca. Blue and red artwork, Newzones, Calgary, newzones.com. Gold-framed chairs, black tea table, William Switzer, Vancouver, williamswitzer.com. Knoll Platner chair, Gabriel Ross, Victoria, grshop.ca; Livingspace, Vancouver, living space.com. Purple ottoman, coffee table, cabinets, rug, curved blue sofa, curtains, grey sofa custom made by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign .com. Gold sculpted vase, square gold orchid pot, circular side table, supplied by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign.com. Floor lamp, The Lighting Centre, Calgary, lightcentre.ca. PAGE 41 Dining Room Chairs, flooring, curtains, custom made by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paul lavoiedesign.com. Black and white artwork, homeowner’s own. Chandelier, The Lighting Centre, Calgary, lightcentre.ca. Stairwell Lamps, chandelier, The Lighting Centre, Calgary, lightcentre.ca. Rugs, custom made by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign.com. Desk, vase, supplied by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign.com. Stools, black and white art, homeowner’s own.

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Great Spaces PAGE 26 Designer, Majida Boga, Building Bloc Design, Calgary, bbloc.ca. Barstools and display bowls, Domicile Contract Sales, Calgary, domicilecontract.com. Light fixtures, Kit, Calgary, kitinterior.com. Grohe faucet, Robinson Lighting and Bath, across the West, robinson lightingandbath.com. Backsplash, Stone Tile, Vancouver, stone-tile.com. Cabinets, Aya Kitchens, Vancouver, ayakitchens.com. Oven, Coast Wholesale Appliances, across the West, coastappliances.com. Kentwood flooring, Jordans, Victoria and Vancouver, jordans.ca.

Trending PAGE 28 Linen throw, Old Faithful, Vancouver, oldfaith fulshop.com. Mustard Anakiko mini cup, Nino Quesso plate, Provide, Vancouver, providehome.com. West River coffee dripper, Vancouver Special, Vancouver, vanspecial.com. Ferm Living Neu cup, Espace D, Vancouver, espacedonline.com. Roost Miranda pitcher, Roost tall canister, Pacific Design Lab alder cutting board, Nineteen Ten, Vancouver, nineteenten.ca.

PAGE 42 Kitchen Pendant lighting, The Lighting Centre, Calgary, lightcentre.ca. Faucet, Royal Flush, Calgary, royalflushboutique.ca. Island, cabinetry, Sunview Custom Cabinetry, Calgary, sunviewcustomcabinetry.com. Bar chairs, custom made by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign.com. PAGE 43 Bedroom Bedframe, headboard, curtains, custom made by Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paulavoiedesign.com. Bench, William Switzer, Vancouver, williamswitzer.com. Lamps, sconces, The Lighting Centre, Calgary, lightcentre.ca. Cabinetry, Sunview Custom Cabinetry, Calgary, sunviewcustomcabinetry .com. Carpet, ceiling paper, side tables, supplied by

Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign .com.

Between Earth and Sky PAGEs 48-53 Architect and contractor, Landform Architecture and Design Build, Penticton, B.C., land formadb.com. Designer, Florian Mauer, Naramata, B.C., florianmaurer.ca. Structural engineer, Fast+Epp Sturctural Engineers, Vancouver, fastepp.com. PAGEs 48 & 49 Exterior Lighting, Robinson Lighting, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, robinson bathandlighting.com. Abbotsford concrete walkway, Bedrock Paving, Victoria, bedrockpavingvictoria.com; Houston Landscapes, Vancouver, houstonlandscapes .ca. Dedon wicker chairs, Brougham Interiors, Vancouver, broughaminteriors.com. Coro table and chairs, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com. PAGE 53 Kitchen Flooring, Aladdin Carpet One Floor and Home, Penticton, aladdincarpetonepenticton.com. Lighting, Robinson Lighting, across the West, robinson bathandlighting.com. Countertop, Custom Granite Works, Kelowna, customgraniteworks.com. Island and cabinetry, Modern Millwork, Penticton, modernmillwork .ca. MDF dining table, Kartell dining chairs, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com

The Perfect 2025 Mixed Case PAGEs 68&68 Gold Geometric wine holder, Gold Bar bamboo set, L'Atelier Home, Vancouver, latelierhome.com. Peekaboo rolling bar cart, CB2, Vancouver, cb2.com. Iitalla Essence glasses, Designhouse, Vancouver, design house.ca.

Trade Secrets PAGE 82 Designer, Peridot, Vancouver, peridot decorativehomewear.ca. Custom millwork, Manhattan Kitchen and Bath Design, Surrey, manhattankitchen design.com.

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Siren Call PAGE 30 Uma Sound Lantern, Lightform, Vancouver, lightform.com. Paola Lenti Agadir lamps, Paola Lenti Orlando sofa, Livingspace, Vancouver, livingspace.com. Vondom Ulm daybed, Ginger Jar Furniture, Vancouver, gingerjarfurniture.com. Tommy Bahama Très Chic collection, Paramount Furniture, Vancouver, paramount furniture.ca. CB2 Dolce Vita bar, CB2, Vancouver, cb2. com. Gloster Grid collection, Brougham Interiors, Vancouver, broughaminteriors.com. Paloform Bol fire bowl, Paloform, online, paloform.com

Future Perfect PAGEs 38-43 Designer, Paul Lavoie, Paul Lavoie Interior Design, Calgary, paullavoiedesign.com.

COMOX, B.C. B.C. Shellfish and Seafood Festival June 9 to 19 It’s the 10th annual celebration of all things seafood, so expect big things alongside the usual assortment of chef demos, oyster tastings, gala dinners and charter tours. bcshellfishfestival.com

CALGARY Culinary Race June 11 It’s like a food treasure hunt, or a foodie’s interpretation of the Amazing Race: contestants trek all over town, facing clues and challenges at restaurants and culinary hot spots for bragging rights and sweet prizes. culinaryrace.ca

VANCOUVER Space Therapy: Designing the “Feels Right” Kitchen June 16 Who better to inform your next kitchen reno than the pros? The National Kitchen and Bath Association hosts an evening of inspiration, information and sage advice at Ann Sacks’s gorgeous showroom. nkba.org

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How do you ease a family with more traditional tastes into a modern space? You warm things up with a beautiful taupe palette and plenty of texture. The custom millwork desk, the stone floors, the hide rug—in this den in White Rock, B.C., almost everything’s in the same colour family. “We wanted it to be modern and fresh, but for it still to be rich and inviting,� explains designer Rashell Gouwenberg of Peridot, who designed the space with partner Leah Balderson. “When you do tone-on-tone, it’s all about the layers.�

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