BC Wine

Chef Scott Geiring_Photograph by Lia Crowe

Good Taste with Chef de cuisine Scott Geiring

Food and wine at O’Rourke’s Peak Cellars

  • Sep 24, 2021

 

(Twila Amato/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: Harvest a mixed bag for Okanagan fruit growers this year

The heatwave has damaged some crops, while it has been welcome for others

 

The Festival of the Grape brings thousands to Oliver to watch the fun and crazy grape stomping competition. (Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country)

Festival of the Grape squashed for this year in Oliver

The popular grape stomping event was cancelled due to COVID restrictions

 

The proposed winery’s 19.5-metre observation tower is 10 metres taller than the city typically allows for alcohol production facilities. (Azhadi Vineyards/Contributed)

Iranian-styled winery proposed in Kelowna

Azhadi Vineyards is seeking a height variance for a 19.5-metre observation tower

The proposed winery’s 19.5-metre observation tower is 10 metres taller than the city typically allows for alcohol production facilities. (Azhadi Vineyards/Contributed)
Glasses clink during a wine tasting at West Kelowna's Grizzly Winery on April 13, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Discounted wine tours offered to Okanagan emergency, health-care workers

The owners wanted to support firefighters, nurses in this troubling time

  • Sep 3, 2021
Glasses clink during a wine tasting at West Kelowna's Grizzly Winery on April 13, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Serendipity Winery in Naramata wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses working tirelessly through this long pandemic so they are offering a glass of wine on the patio. (Serendipity Winery)

Naramata winery offers complimentary glass of wine for B.C. hospital workers

Wine on the patio is the least we can do to show our gratitude, says Serendipity Winery

Serendipity Winery in Naramata wanted to do something to thank the doctors and nurses working tirelessly through this long pandemic so they are offering a glass of wine on the patio. (Serendipity Winery)
The wine competition will be held on Sept. 8 to 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

B.C. wine festival comes back to Kelowna

The B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards will be held at the Manteo Resort in September

The wine competition will be held on Sept. 8 to 11. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Howard Soon is the Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley (Vanessa Vineyard)

UPDATE: Okanagan winemaker wins award for dedication to the craft

Howard Soon has been in the wine industry for over 40 years

Howard Soon is the Master Winemaker at Vanessa Vineyard in the Similkameen Valley (Vanessa Vineyard)
Grapes ripen on the vines at a Summerland vineyard. This year’s extreme summer heat and busy wildfire season are affecting wineries and grape growers in the community. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland wineries optimistic despite hot, smoky year

‘It could be a stellar vintage’

Grapes ripen on the vines at a Summerland vineyard. This year’s extreme summer heat and busy wildfire season are affecting wineries and grape growers in the community. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Crown & Thieves winery fashion. Darren Hull photography

Fantasy Fashion at Crown & Thieves winery

Okanagan summer heats up with style

  • Jul 30, 2021
Crown & Thieves winery fashion. Darren Hull photography
Burrowing Owl has purchased of Wild Goose Winery. (Submitted)

Burrowing Owl acquires Wild Goose Winery

Wild Goose just won best white wine in All Canadian championships

Burrowing Owl has purchased of Wild Goose Winery. (Submitted)
The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. Today, the wine industry represents an important part of the British Columbia economy. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)

British Columbia wine industry began in 1850s

Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission produced wine in 1859

The earliest record of wine production in the Okanagan Valley dates back to Father Pandosy’s Okanagan Mission in 1859. Today, the wine industry represents an important part of the British Columbia economy. (Photo courtesy of the Summerland Museum)
Bailey Williamson, winemaker, with wine barrels at Blue Grouse Estate Winery. Don Denton photo

A Passion for Pinot

Sea to sky on the BC pinot noir trail

  • Apr 28, 2021
Bailey Williamson, winemaker, with wine barrels at Blue Grouse Estate Winery. Don Denton photo
A bin of Pinot Gris grapes harvested in the north Willamette Valley rests before being crushed at Ponzi Vineyards. The pomace and lees from these grapes would normally go to waste, but Okanagan-based company Winecrush is changing that. (Photo courtesy of Ponzi Vineyards)

An Okanagan company is crushing wine-making’s sustainability goals

Program utilizes derivatives from the winemaking process, rather than letting them go to waste

A bin of Pinot Gris grapes harvested in the north Willamette Valley rests before being crushed at Ponzi Vineyards. The pomace and lees from these grapes would normally go to waste, but Okanagan-based company Winecrush is changing that. (Photo courtesy of Ponzi Vineyards)
—Image: contributed

Indoor wine tastings still allowed in B.C., not considered a ‘social gathering’

“Tasting is really just part of the retail experience. The analogy I use is you wouldn’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on.”

—Image: contributed
Chris Turyk, Marketing Director, stands outside the tasting room at Unsworth Vineyards. Don Denton photo

Secrets and Lives Interview with Chris Turyk

Marketing Director and Sommelier at Unsworth Vineyards talks wine and food

  • Apr 7, 2021
Chris Turyk, Marketing Director, stands outside the tasting room at Unsworth Vineyards. Don Denton photo
Summerhill Pyramid Winery. (Contributed)

Fear of ‘hotel in a vineyard’ prompts Kelowna council to defer culinary school decision

City council needs assurance the educational facility proposed at Summerhill Winery will be used as stated

Summerhill Pyramid Winery. (Contributed)
Chris Herbert in the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)

PQBeat: Writer Chris Hebert discusses the wine scene on Vancouver Island and around B.C.

Podcast: Talk also includes food pairings, tips for beginners and more

Chris Herbert in the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
This year’s fall Okanagan Wine Festival is a subdued event with all the signature events, like this Kelowna Airport event, being cancelled due to COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)

COVID cancels main events of Fall Okanagan Wine Festival

One in 10 wineries at risk of closing - said BC Wine Institute

This year’s fall Okanagan Wine Festival is a subdued event with all the signature events, like this Kelowna Airport event, being cancelled due to COVID-19. (Black Press file photo)
Frind Estate Winery, owned by tech entrepreneur Markus Frind, has been developing 900 acres of land in Vernon, including 820 acres on the mountainside south of Bella Vista Road. (Frind Estate Winery photo)

Tech mogul growing North Okanagan’s wine industry

The founder of online dating site Plenty of Fish is developing 900 acres in Vernon

Frind Estate Winery, owned by tech entrepreneur Markus Frind, has been developing 900 acres of land in Vernon, including 820 acres on the mountainside south of Bella Vista Road. (Frind Estate Winery photo)