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Author: Yvonne Turgeon

Touring Wine Country

When visiting wine country be sure to ask for a map at the winery as most have scouted out a regional trail to their neighbours. See if they have a passport as often prizes can be won with a wine route full of stamps. Associations also host one or two signature tasting and dining events each year not to be missed.   Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country Pig out! April 30, Covert Farms The end of May marks the signature event for these 29 southern wineries; however the Half Corked Marathon is so popular, tickets are now offered by a...

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Cassini Cellars sweep wine awards

Gold Mile Bench celebrated as Cassini Cellars named best winery Each bottle of wine should communicate something distinct, something unique about the region it comes from, believes proprietor Adrian Cassini. The combination of unique terroir and a dedication to craft led Cassini Cellars to capture five medals—four of them gold—at the 2016 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards. Located half way between Oliver and Osoyoos, Cassini’s vineyards are on the Golden Mile Bench, one of the finest grape growing regions in Canada due to the combination of climate and soil on this western slope. Overall, the Oliver-Osoyoos region...

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Rosé on the rise

The Okanagan lifestyle, for most, is known for its simplicity—informal dining (with a touch of the inter-national) and openness to new experiences. The rise in rosé wines is very much in step with this verve. The 2015 world wine market report shows rosé wines recording the highest growth and a growing world trend. In France, rosé wines have been a hot item for years now, with consumption increasing every year since 1990, setting a new record in 2013 when it represented 30 per cent of total wine consumption. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is forecasting rosé wine sales grown in Canada...

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Trends in the BC wine industry

Wine can now be bought in grocery stores. In November, longstanding BC VQA wine stores, Discover Wines and the Kelowna Wine Museum Wine Shop announced their support to move into grocery stores with the Overwaitea Food Group in Kelowna. Three wine-in-grocery stores have already opened in the Lower Mainland. The first BC wine sold in a BC grocery store was April 1, 2015 in Surrey’s South Point Save-On-Foods. New wineries are choosing to be “virtual,” producing wine under another winery’s license. Brands without buildings or land, these winemakers are proving pedigree is not tied to property. In 2014, there...

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Lakehouse store honoured as top housewares retailer in the world

Kelowna’s Lakehouse was selected as top housewares retailer in the world at the International Home + Housewares Show awards gala on Saturday night, March 5 at the Radisson Blu in Chicago. Lakehouse competed against 25 outstanding home and housewares retailers from 23 countries around the globe and was named one of the five Global Honorees for Retail Excellence. Also honoured were Illums Bolighus, Denmark; Kitchen Shop, Malaysia; K’OOK, Netherlands; and Lords, United Kingdom. Opening its doors just five years ago, Lakehouse is locally owned by the husband and wife team of Ben and Sue Boschman. “We’re overjoyed to be recognized on the world stage for what...

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