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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...

Book back on track

For those wondering what happened to the book, I want to assure everyone that it is back in track. After a challenging move in early summer 2013, from West Kelowna to Kelowna, and a few months of cleaning out the cobwebs, I am back on track for a  2014 release. To all my supporters, friends and readers, as well as wineries and other industry colleagues, I apologize for the delay. You are in my mind and heart as I finish...

Okanagan Feast of Fields 2012

On Sunday, August 12, 1-5 pm, the 4th annual Okanagan Feast of Fields takes place at Claremont Ranch Organics in Lake Country. It is an amazing opportunity to support and sample the best in locally grown and produced food and wine from 60 exhibitors, including area restaurants, food artisans and wineries, even a brewery, a distillery, a cidery and a meadery. Organized by the FarmFolkCityFolk Society to highlight the...

Tinhorn Creek 2008 Oldfield Series Pinot Noir

This is a stunning wine, powerful and complex with lovely aromatics and texture. Classic Pinot Noir nose features aromas of violet, black cherry, beetroot, tobacco leaf, black licorice, clove, nutmeg and truffle. Seamless palate delivers richly concentrated black cherry and plum fruit, nuances of coffee, tobacco leaf, truffle, smoky oak and vanilla, backed by supple tannins and exceptional length. Pairs with roasted lamb,...

Lawrence Herder – Winemaker/co-owner –...

The road from amateur winemaker at 14 years of age to Similkameen’s winemaking guru has been bumpy. But it is unlikely that even a pack of wild horses could have shaken Lawrence Herder’s determination to be a winemaker. As a teenager residing in Southern California, he decided to make his own wine after trying his aunt’s homemade tipple.  During his high school years, Lawrence met his wife, Sharon, a Canadian who grew...