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Whether you enjoy an occasional glass of vino with dinner or you consider yourself a wine expert clearly apparent by your ever-expanding cellar collection, the New Year is the perfect time to set some wine-inspired goals or "resolutions". Like any goal or resolution you set, there is a tendency to slack off, abandon the cause, or conveniently "forget" about said goal a few weeks into the new year. When it comes to wine, however, hopefully setting and sticking to resolutions will be much easier and perhaps even more fun than the average goal. So, grab a glass of your favorite Okanagan wine, and be inspired for 2015!
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Winter in BC Wine Country

November, 29th, 2014
This past week saw the arrival of winter in BC wine country in the form of a beautiful blanket of snow. The white crystals have added a magical quality to the already breathtaking vineyards, and brought with it the promise of the holiday season that is upon us. While harvest marked the end of the wine season in most people's minds, winemakers are still hard at work monitoring and tweaking their wines, preparing for the holiday season, and hosting special events over the course of the next month.
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As the buzz of harvest and crush time in the vineyards has hit the Okanagan Valley, the time for celebration has come! The year's largest celebration of the Valley's wines is the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the most popular and well-attended selection of events throughout the year. This week marks the 34th annual fall festival, with events taking place up until October 13th. Due to the popularity of some of the events, tickets sell out fast, but there are still plenty of local wineries and special events to attend in the coming days. In case you have yet to attend any of the festivities and need an extra push to do so, here is a list of top 5 reasons why you should attend this year's Okanagan Fall Wine Fest.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Wine Harvest Has Arrived

September, 18th, 2014
The nights are cooler, there's a slight crispness in the air, and the landscape is slowly changing from that of the glorious, bright summer hues to that of the rustic colors of fall. All across the Okanagan valley, the mood and energy has now shifted to focus on the all-important time of year that is: harvest.
Continue Reading...

BC Wine at the Farmer's Market

August, 23rd, 2014
One of the wonderful things about the Okanagan Valley is the abundance of fresh produce and the passion of its growers/producers. Over the years, the Valley has become known for its fruit, veggies, commitment to locally produced goods and of course, wine.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Picnic Season in the Valley

July, 19th, 2014
The Okanagan Valley is bustling with the energy of visitors, locals enjoying days off, and the sheer joy of summer. Outdoor activities, tours, beach days and of course, wine tours are just a few of the myriad of activities for which the Okanagan Valley is known. Wineries throughout the region have hired on more staff, are closely monitoring growth and development of grape crops and are proudly sampling their new releases of the season to wine newbies and veterans alike. Along with wine tasting tours, some wineries in the area are connected with full-service restaurants known for their award-winning cuisine, master chefs and perfect pairings with the fruits of the vine. While some visitors find traditional wining and dining to be an essential part of the wine tour experience, others are looking for a quick-stop type of alternative that would still satisfy their palates.
Continue Reading...

Father's Day Among the Vines

June, 14th, 2014
This Father's Day, treat your Dad to an extra special day or evening at a local winery of your choice or take in one of the events especially designed for fathers this weekend. Here are some events to choose from--be sure to make reservations for your last-minute plans! Cheers to all the hard-working fathers and father-figures out there-we raise a glass to you!
Continue Reading...

At the beginning of the Spring season, feeling adventurous and needing a little getaway, I had the opportunity to head down to visit Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Hearing nothing but good things about this "secret" locale, I went to check it out, my taste buds in tow.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Spring has finally arrived in the Okanagan Valley and with it, the beautiful Okanagan sunshine, budding vines and new spring releases from our award-winning wineries.
Continue Reading...

A Season of Wine

October, 30th, 2013
There is a distinct chill in the air now, with the fall season in full swing and the wine industry throughout the Okanagan is slowly winding down. Harvest has been completed for most Okanagan wineries and the task of caring for and cultivating award-winning wines has begun.
Continue Reading...
Tags :


The Dirt on Terroir

September, 3rd, 2013
Home to breathtaking landscapes, unique ridges and impressive hills, the Okanagan Valley is a region rich in resources and rich in wineries. But as visitors and residents to the region can attest, it is truly the unusual terroir characteristics that make the Okanagan Valley an irresistible wine destination.
Continue Reading...
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A few weeks back, I took the opportunity to toast the beginning of summer at Cedar Creek Estate Winery. As this was my first visit to the local winery, I took the time to take in the scenery, the overall ambiance and of course, taste this year's delicious releases.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

The Okanagan Wine Tour

July, 2nd, 2013
After what has been seemingly a long, winter, the sun has returned to the Okanagan Valley with gusto and is drawing people to the Okanagan Wine Region in flocks. This past weekend marked the beginning of the busy season for wineries as tourists and seasonal residents have arrived. Following another successful Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, wineries in the area are eager to present their new vintages and award-winning bottles to their guests while giving them a literal lay of the land via tour.
Continue Reading...

A Wine Blogger's Weekend

June, 14th, 2013
This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a Wine Blogger's Conference specifically highlighting the vintages released from wineries literally in my backyard, a few provinces over in Ontario, as well as introducing attendees to a hand-picked selection of global vintages from the countries of Greece, Uruguay, South Africa and our neighbours to the south, United States. As a self-proclaimed 'newbie' to wine and wine culture, the conference proved to be a beneficial exercise in adding to my "rolodex of wines" (a term coined by winemaker Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek Estate Winery) as well as educating my palate.
Continue Reading...

Spring Wine Festival

April, 30th, 2013
After a seemingly long, Okanagan winter, the buds on the vines, the additional hours of sunshine and the warmer temperatures signal that Spring has come to the Okanagan Valley. Winemakers are raising their glasses in salute to the new season and are ready to showcase their new varietals to the public.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

A Winemaker's Spring

April, 10th, 2013
The winter months are becoming but a cold memory as the spring sunshine is warming the vines in the Okanagan Valley. During the winter, the vineyards experience a time of dormancy and rejuvenation when the vines lose their leaves leaving behind only bare cane shoots. This is the ideal time for pruning-a laborious task of creating a balanced crop-by cutting away the canes from the previous season. Because every vine is different, the pruning process must be done by hand and is carefully calculated typically based on years of experience working within the vineyard.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

There's a magical quality that can be experienced in the Okanagan Valley during the late spring and summer seasons. The valley comes alive with visitors, and the majestic landscapes are enjoyed by all. Nestled in the picturesque Valley is a multitude of award-winning wineries known internationally for their premium wines. One such winery is Summerhill Pyramid Winery. With a dedication to organic wine production, this Okanagan treasure is unique in its approach not only in wine production but also in sustainability and organic practices.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Spring is in the Air!

March, 6th, 2013
There’s a distinct mark in season changes in the Okanagan Valley. Anyone who has lived in the region for the duration of a full change of seasons will attest to the fact that the Valley is passionate...
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For the past four years, The Nature Trust of British Columbia has put on a spectacular event in Kelowna showcasing local wine, cuisine and most importantly, raising awareness for the work they do to conserve land in the Okanagan region. This year's event is organized specifically to raise funds for Nature Trust's Conservation Youth Crew program that provides jobs for students during summer months.
Continue Reading...
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Living my dream!

August, 10th, 2011
One of my favourite winemakers and mentor told me he had a choice of making orange juice or wine where he came from…but my life was never laid out for me in that way. My path began without me knowing it, and looking back, I see it all began with Kool-aid.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Kelowna is a destination for so many over the summer, and a friend of mine has had a steady stream of visitors for the past three weeks. Last week, it was a reunion for him and three of his school mates. The four guys made the most of their time together, and surprisingly, even visited a winery or two in what little daylight hours they saw. At one point, the group was poking fun at one of the guys, Dave, for drinking a ‘bottle of bubbly’ each day.
Continue Reading...
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My friends and I have discussed with plenty of passion how we want to convey our hard work over harvest and why we love every minute of it! So how do I as a visitor get the message myself as a winemaker wants me to get?
Continue Reading...
Tags :

A Wine Tourist for the Day

June, 22nd, 2011
The winery she was referring to with the lambs is Featherstone Estate Winery. Our daytrip was spontaneous in nature, as both our schedules over the time I was visiting were busy. Sadly, Featherstone was closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to the public, and we were not able to visit them. Alternatively, we planned to travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake. So with only a departure time and meeting place set up, I went online the night before to come up with an itinerary.
Continue Reading...
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I was surprised not to see any wine in the fridge when I went rummaging for something to eat. My sister knew what I was about to say as I looked up and turned around… there was no wine as she did not know what to buy for me! I laughed and we chatted until my sister could no longer keep her eyes open. Even now as we are plan a BBQ for Thursday, my sister is deferring all wine choices to me.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

I would recall my grade seven French lessons to keep Sauvignon Blanc straight from Cabernet Sauvignon and hoped my guests knew what wine they wanted to order. It was a chain restaurant with a corporate wine list and I was fortunate enough to benefit from their training program. Sales representatives would come to the restaurant and talk about their wines and hand out corkscrews. I listened. I was curious.
Continue Reading...
Tags :


OKwineries.com

April, 8th, 2011
Welcome to OKwineries.com! This site is about Okanagan wineries, the wines and people responsible for making this sublime beverage.
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Whether you enjoy an occasional glass of vino with dinner or you consider yourself a wine expert clearly apparent by your ever-expanding cellar collection, the New Year is the perfect time to set some wine-inspired goals or "resolutions". Like any goal or resolution you set, there is a tendency to slack off, abandon the cause, or conveniently "forget" about said goal a few weeks into the new year. When it comes to wine, however, hopefully setting and sticking to resolutions will be much easier and perhaps even more fun than the average goal. So, grab a glass of your favorite Okanagan wine, and be inspired for 2015!
Continue Reading...

Winter in BC Wine Country

November, 29th, 2014
This past week saw the arrival of winter in BC wine country in the form of a beautiful blanket of snow. The white crystals have added a magical quality to the already breathtaking vineyards, and brought with it the promise of the holiday season that is upon us. While harvest marked the end of the wine season in most people's minds, winemakers are still hard at work monitoring and tweaking their wines, preparing for the holiday season, and hosting special events over the course of the next month.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

As the buzz of harvest and crush time in the vineyards has hit the Okanagan Valley, the time for celebration has come! The year's largest celebration of the Valley's wines is the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the most popular and well-attended selection of events throughout the year. This week marks the 34th annual fall festival, with events taking place up until October 13th. Due to the popularity of some of the events, tickets sell out fast, but there are still plenty of local wineries and special events to attend in the coming days. In case you have yet to attend any of the festivities and need an extra push to do so, here is a list of top 5 reasons why you should attend this year's Okanagan Fall Wine Fest.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Wine Harvest Has Arrived

September, 18th, 2014
The nights are cooler, there's a slight crispness in the air, and the landscape is slowly changing from that of the glorious, bright summer hues to that of the rustic colors of fall. All across the Okanagan valley, the mood and energy has now shifted to focus on the all-important time of year that is: harvest.
Continue Reading...

BC Wine at the Farmer's Market

August, 23rd, 2014
One of the wonderful things about the Okanagan Valley is the abundance of fresh produce and the passion of its growers/producers. Over the years, the Valley has become known for its fruit, veggies, commitment to locally produced goods and of course, wine.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Picnic Season in the Valley

July, 19th, 2014
The Okanagan Valley is bustling with the energy of visitors, locals enjoying days off, and the sheer joy of summer. Outdoor activities, tours, beach days and of course, wine tours are just a few of the myriad of activities for which the Okanagan Valley is known. Wineries throughout the region have hired on more staff, are closely monitoring growth and development of grape crops and are proudly sampling their new releases of the season to wine newbies and veterans alike. Along with wine tasting tours, some wineries in the area are connected with full-service restaurants known for their award-winning cuisine, master chefs and perfect pairings with the fruits of the vine. While some visitors find traditional wining and dining to be an essential part of the wine tour experience, others are looking for a quick-stop type of alternative that would still satisfy their palates.
Continue Reading...

Father's Day Among the Vines

June, 14th, 2014
This Father's Day, treat your Dad to an extra special day or evening at a local winery of your choice or take in one of the events especially designed for fathers this weekend. Here are some events to choose from--be sure to make reservations for your last-minute plans! Cheers to all the hard-working fathers and father-figures out there-we raise a glass to you!
Continue Reading...

At the beginning of the Spring season, feeling adventurous and needing a little getaway, I had the opportunity to head down to visit Dirty Laundry Vineyard. Hearing nothing but good things about this "secret" locale, I went to check it out, my taste buds in tow.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Spring has finally arrived in the Okanagan Valley and with it, the beautiful Okanagan sunshine, budding vines and new spring releases from our award-winning wineries.
Continue Reading...

A Season of Wine

October, 30th, 2013
There is a distinct chill in the air now, with the fall season in full swing and the wine industry throughout the Okanagan is slowly winding down. Harvest has been completed for most Okanagan wineries and the task of caring for and cultivating award-winning wines has begun.
Continue Reading...
Tags :


The Dirt on Terroir

September, 3rd, 2013
Home to breathtaking landscapes, unique ridges and impressive hills, the Okanagan Valley is a region rich in resources and rich in wineries. But as visitors and residents to the region can attest, it is truly the unusual terroir characteristics that make the Okanagan Valley an irresistible wine destination.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

A few weeks back, I took the opportunity to toast the beginning of summer at Cedar Creek Estate Winery. As this was my first visit to the local winery, I took the time to take in the scenery, the overall ambiance and of course, taste this year's delicious releases.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

The Okanagan Wine Tour

July, 2nd, 2013
After what has been seemingly a long, winter, the sun has returned to the Okanagan Valley with gusto and is drawing people to the Okanagan Wine Region in flocks. This past weekend marked the beginning of the busy season for wineries as tourists and seasonal residents have arrived. Following another successful Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, wineries in the area are eager to present their new vintages and award-winning bottles to their guests while giving them a literal lay of the land via tour.
Continue Reading...

A Wine Blogger's Weekend

June, 14th, 2013
This past weekend I had the privilege of attending a Wine Blogger's Conference specifically highlighting the vintages released from wineries literally in my backyard, a few provinces over in Ontario, as well as introducing attendees to a hand-picked selection of global vintages from the countries of Greece, Uruguay, South Africa and our neighbours to the south, United States. As a self-proclaimed 'newbie' to wine and wine culture, the conference proved to be a beneficial exercise in adding to my "rolodex of wines" (a term coined by winemaker Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek Estate Winery) as well as educating my palate.
Continue Reading...

Spring Wine Festival

April, 30th, 2013
After a seemingly long, Okanagan winter, the buds on the vines, the additional hours of sunshine and the warmer temperatures signal that Spring has come to the Okanagan Valley. Winemakers are raising their glasses in salute to the new season and are ready to showcase their new varietals to the public.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

A Winemaker's Spring

April, 10th, 2013
The winter months are becoming but a cold memory as the spring sunshine is warming the vines in the Okanagan Valley. During the winter, the vineyards experience a time of dormancy and rejuvenation when the vines lose their leaves leaving behind only bare cane shoots. This is the ideal time for pruning-a laborious task of creating a balanced crop-by cutting away the canes from the previous season. Because every vine is different, the pruning process must be done by hand and is carefully calculated typically based on years of experience working within the vineyard.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

There's a magical quality that can be experienced in the Okanagan Valley during the late spring and summer seasons. The valley comes alive with visitors, and the majestic landscapes are enjoyed by all. Nestled in the picturesque Valley is a multitude of award-winning wineries known internationally for their premium wines. One such winery is Summerhill Pyramid Winery. With a dedication to organic wine production, this Okanagan treasure is unique in its approach not only in wine production but also in sustainability and organic practices.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Spring is in the Air!

March, 6th, 2013
There’s a distinct mark in season changes in the Okanagan Valley. Anyone who has lived in the region for the duration of a full change of seasons will attest to the fact that the Valley is passionate...
Continue Reading...
Tags :

For the past four years, The Nature Trust of British Columbia has put on a spectacular event in Kelowna showcasing local wine, cuisine and most importantly, raising awareness for the work they do to conserve land in the Okanagan region. This year's event is organized specifically to raise funds for Nature Trust's Conservation Youth Crew program that provides jobs for students during summer months.
Continue Reading...
Tags : Events

Living my dream!

August, 10th, 2011
One of my favourite winemakers and mentor told me he had a choice of making orange juice or wine where he came from…but my life was never laid out for me in that way. My path began without me knowing it, and looking back, I see it all began with Kool-aid.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

Kelowna is a destination for so many over the summer, and a friend of mine has had a steady stream of visitors for the past three weeks. Last week, it was a reunion for him and three of his school mates. The four guys made the most of their time together, and surprisingly, even visited a winery or two in what little daylight hours they saw. At one point, the group was poking fun at one of the guys, Dave, for drinking a ‘bottle of bubbly’ each day.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

My friends and I have discussed with plenty of passion how we want to convey our hard work over harvest and why we love every minute of it! So how do I as a visitor get the message myself as a winemaker wants me to get?
Continue Reading...
Tags :

A Wine Tourist for the Day

June, 22nd, 2011
The winery she was referring to with the lambs is Featherstone Estate Winery. Our daytrip was spontaneous in nature, as both our schedules over the time I was visiting were busy. Sadly, Featherstone was closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to the public, and we were not able to visit them. Alternatively, we planned to travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake. So with only a departure time and meeting place set up, I went online the night before to come up with an itinerary.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

I was surprised not to see any wine in the fridge when I went rummaging for something to eat. My sister knew what I was about to say as I looked up and turned around… there was no wine as she did not know what to buy for me! I laughed and we chatted until my sister could no longer keep her eyes open. Even now as we are plan a BBQ for Thursday, my sister is deferring all wine choices to me.
Continue Reading...
Tags :

I would recall my grade seven French lessons to keep Sauvignon Blanc straight from Cabernet Sauvignon and hoped my guests knew what wine they wanted to order. It was a chain restaurant with a corporate wine list and I was fortunate enough to benefit from their training program. Sales representatives would come to the restaurant and talk about their wines and hand out corkscrews. I listened. I was curious.
Continue Reading...
Tags :


OKwineries.com

April, 8th, 2011
Welcome to OKwineries.com! This site is about Okanagan wineries, the wines and people responsible for making this sublime beverage.
Continue Reading...
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