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Summerhill toasts 2014 harvest

On October 21, 2014 at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, Kelowna, B.C: Toasting the 2014 harvest with newly fermented wine. known in the Rhine and Mosel regions of Germany as “federweisser”, a gathering of folks at Summerhill Pyramid Winery plus guests and media celebrated an inviting Old World tradition in fine style out in the vineyard overlooking Okanagan Lake. “Pouring a little back on the vines is a symbolic...

Rover wins first ever Premier`s Wine Award

Let the 34th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival begin! Held last night at the historic Laurel Packinghouse in downtown Kelowna, the British Columbia Wine Awards and Reception marks the launch of the Fall Wine Festival (October 3-13). Of 540 wines tasted by a distinguished panel, 268 were awarded medals – bronze, silver and gold. Winemakers like See Ya Later Ranch  senior winemaker Dave Carson, Stoneboat Vineyards...

Grand opening bash at Fort Berens

  The trade turned out by the bus load to cheer the grand opening of Fort Berens’ sleek, new winery on September 18. Proud flag raisers included founding partners Rolf de Bruin and Heleen Pannekoek, and Fort Berens’ largest shareholder, Hugh Agro. The first and only commercial winery in Lillooet, Fort Berens Estate Winery came into being in 2009 when the founding partners, Rolf and Heleen, purchased a 65 acre...

“Bee joyful” with Ostara Honey Wine

Ever since establishing Meadow Vista Honey Wines in West Kelowna in 2009, Queen Bee Judie Barta has been on a mission to create a line-up of meads with a “modern taste profile that appeal to contemporary wine drinkers and eco-foodies.” Moving to new digs on June Spring Road in Kelowna in early 2014 has been a big plus for Meadow Vista, previously ensconced in the most basic of premises in a commercial district of West...

Best of Varietals Wine Awards 2014

The results are in. Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced the 2014 Best of Varietal Wine Award winners on May 1, marking the official launch of the 20th Spring Okanagan Wine Festival. The competition featured 25 categories, representing the best of the 380 wines submitted. Chaired by Martin Lewis, manager of Kettle Valley Station Pub, four panels consisting of 15 experienced judges  comprising wine critics, sommeliers,...

Pinot Envy – murder mystery tickles funny bo...

As I started to read Pinot Envy, I was certain it would be a frivolous, corny, situation comedy-type story with a little suspense and wine knowledge thrown in. Certainly not something that would especially appeal to my supposedly sophisticated tastes. How wrong I was! Despite the innervating fact that my namesake Horace Botner is a chief culprit and boob, the farther I got into it, the more intriguing I found the twists and...