Okanagan Crush Pad Rosé

May 29, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Bizou + Yukon Pinkie Rosé, 2018 Winery: Okanagan Crush Pad, Summerland Why drink it? The label is inspired by the two Great Pyrenees pooches who roam the vineyards and have fans checking in on them via social media. The wine is a reflection of, and pe

Dandy dandelions

May 28, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed This week I have a plethora of interesting tidbits about one of the most familiar edible plants in the world. You might have strong feelings about this plant, as it is often a rebel in home gardens. But children love them, so how bad could they be, right? You might

Summer in the can

May 27, 2022 / 3:04 pm

Photo: Stag's Hollow Winery/Contributed Stag's Hollow Winery Syrah Rose 2021 As the weather warms up and we load our picnic baskets and backpacks for trips to the beach, campsite or park, we’ll almost certainly be adding a few cans of wine. After all, canned wine has s

1516 Pub close to opening

May 27, 2022 / 3:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Vernon's newest eatery and watering hole is one step closer to opening. Dan Whiffen, head chef of the new 1516 Pub and Grill, says the facility has received final approval from Interior Health. "The Interior Health team was knowledgeable, extremely helpfu

Assortment of spring beers

May 26, 2022 / 8:30 pm

Photo: The Growler B.C. Cannery Brewing can be found on the Penticton Ale Trail. Spring has arrived throughout British Columbia, and along with all the flowers and blossoms, new beers are sprouting at craft breweries to celebrate the season. Warmer days and longer evenings are ideal

Cherry pick delayed by frost

May 25, 2022 / 4:00 am

Casey Richardson The colder spring has delayed cherry growth in the South Okanagan and impacted farmers' timelines for their harvest, which pushes sales for them around a key time. Balpreet Gill, who is the operations manager for Gold Star Fruit Company in Oliver, explained that his ch

2020 Mission Hill red blend

May 22, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Reserve Meritage (red blend), 2020 Winery: Mission Hill, West Kelowna Why drink it? A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, these distinct Bordeaux varietals come from the warmer vineyard sites in the southern tip of the Okan

Getting ready for summer

May 21, 2022 / 4:00 am

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

Quails' takes over vineyard

May 19, 2022 / 7:00 pm

Photo: Quails' Gate Estate Winery Pioneers of British Columbia’s wine industry — the Stewart family of Quails’ Gate Winery and the Martiniuk family of Stoneboat Vineyards — have come together in a vineyard partnership. Quails’ Gate Winery has taken ove

Canola restrictions lifted

May 18, 2022 / 4:40 pm

Photo: The Canadian Press Riders and their horses pass through a canola field as they take an afternoon trail ride near Cremona, Alta. A three-year Chinese ban on Canadian canola has come to an end, according to the federal government. In a joint statement released Wednesday afterno

Local breweries medal up

May 18, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Bad Tattoo Penticton's craft brewery scene walked away with multiple awards at the Canadian Brewing Awards this weekend in Calgary. The annual awards recognize the best of Canadian beers, and Penticton, recently dubbed "Canada's Craft Beer Capital" by Lonely Pl

Best for outdoor dining, pets

May 17, 2022 / 8:00 pm

Photo: Contributed Outdoor patio at DunnEnzie's, Lakeshore Rd. location Six restaurants in the Okanagan area have made the OpenTable 100 Best Restaurants for outdoor dining. According to OpenTable, Canadians have enthusiastically returned to dining out with May reservations up 6

Assaulted with a cookie

May 17, 2022 / 11:29 am

Photo: Contributed A Kelowna resident says she is left traumatized after she says a group of teenage girls threw a cookie at her face while riding the bus. Greta Fader says she was riding a Kelowna Transit bus on Monday near Richter Street and Highway 97 just after 4:30 p.m. when the i

Restaurants hit by shortage

May 15, 2022 / 7:53 am

Photo: The Canadian Press A worker organizes chairs and tables on the patio of a restaurant on College St., Toronto, Thursday, October 28, 2021. Restaurants across Canada are cutting back hours and tightening up menus as persistent labour shortages and spiking costs threaten to derail the ind

Craft radler recalled

May 14, 2022 / 5:30 am

Photo: CFIA A popular B.C.-based craft brewery has issued a recall on one of its products. Tree Brewing Co. has recalled cans of its Golden Larch grapefruit radler because they contain sulphites not declared on the label. “If you have a sensitivity to sulphites, do not consum

Local grape grower lauded

May 14, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed A second-generation farmer has been honoured by the BC Grapegrowers’ Association for cultivating grapes that have created award-winning wines. Heidi Lorch has been named 2021 Viticulturist of the Year, receiving recognition on Tuesday at Lorch’s Peak Vine

Sharing is caring

May 14, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed This week I’d like to focus more on the Happy part of the name of my column, rather than the Gourmand. People who know me will shake their heads and say how can you separate the two? Well, I suppose in some ways I can’t. But I’d like to offer a diff

Old Doc's pub gets facelift

May 13, 2022 / 5:28 pm

Photo: Jill Jarrett New entrance (L) interior (R) Big things are underway at one of the longest-standing pubs in downtown Kelowna. The former Doc Willoughby’s is undergoing a complete transformation, including name change and is scheduled to open sometime in the middle of June

Ice cream shop changes fruit

May 13, 2022 / 12:48 pm

Photo: Cherry On Top Shake Shop The previous operators of the Penticton Peach are on the move with its own new "fruitful" venture. Some Penticton residents were in an uproar in April when The Peach announced it had lost the bid to operate the iconic beachfront stand. Famil

2021 Stag's Hollow white

May 8, 2022 / 4:00 am

Photo: Contributed Wine: Tragically Vidal, 2021 Winery: Stag’s Hollow, Okanagan Falls Why drink it? This wine recently won double gold at the International Cascadia competition, where one judge called it a perfect example of Vidal, a typically slightly sweet, tropically-scente