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Author: Yvonne Turgeon

Raise a glass to a vintage year

When Mother Nature conspires to create a stellar harvest I step into the lagare, the deep purple juicy grapes reach nearly up to my knee. It's my first crush and I'm ecstatic. This is wine country Portugal, in the heart of the Douro Valley, where grapes are foot trodden, vineyards cling to the steep banks stretching to the sky, grapes are hand picked, and tradition reigns. Pressing grapes is a delicate undertaking, as the pressure use to squeeze grapes must be gentle enough to avoid releasing bitter tannins from the seeds. A process the Portuguese still believe is best...

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Granite gets green light as City Council approves new panoramic view residences on Kelowna’s waterfront

New phase at McKinley Beach offers waterfront condos from $385K Acorn Communities has got a green light from Kelowna Council on the city’s latest development, Granite at McKinley Beach, paving the way for construction of panoramic lakeview townhomes and condominiums above the waterfront on Okanagan Lake. The Granite is part of the one-of-a-kind waterfront community at McKinley Beach, said Greg Bird, who is developing the multi-family site. The 2.1-hectare evaluated parcel stretches 60 feet above a kilometre of undisturbed beach within the Kelowna city limits and will feature both condominiums and townhomes. “We’re focused on building communities where people love...

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Hong Kong tastings puts BC on wine world map

The China Club in Hong Kong was the site of recent tasting of BC wines, attracting over 40 industry professionals from the sought after Hong Kong market. The expert-led wine tasting and seminar featured 16 premium BC VQA Wines, exploring wine styles from BC including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and red blends from the Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley. The industry has recently turned its focus on export markets and gaining international recognition for its wines. "This was an exclusive opportunity to promote the specific climates and terroirs that give BC VQA wines their unique, premium positioning in the...

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Summer wine picks

Refreshing whites, rosés and juicy reds to soften that summer heat Settle into a patio chair and throw some ice in the cooler. Here’s some crisp refreshing summer wines to help you through those hot afternoons and warm evenings. These summer sips offer a journey through the season, from the scent of fruit blossoms, strawberries and raspberries to the tastes of crisp green apples and tangy lemon, lime and grapefruit. Summer wines are aromatic and fragrant, if not heady on the nose, and promise a refreshing mouth watering finish. White grapes such as Riesling, Chenin Blanc or Sauvignon Blanc...

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Social conscious coffeehouse named #1 in Canada

Kelowna’s Third Space tops Buzzfeed’s list of coolest coffee shops Kelowna coffeehouse Third Space has topped Buzzfeed's list of the 31 coffee shops in Canada you need to visit before you die. When Buzzfeed staff writer Sarah Aspler posed the question to her Internet audience of which coffee shop should every Canadian coffee lover visit, support came in for the Kelowna café from the network users, including the posted nomination. “It’s such a cool atmosphere and their coffee tastes nothing else you’ve tried before! It’s a perfect place to grab a bite and do work. They have great tables...

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