World renowned concert violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou will be presenting a musical feast for all your senses on Saturday, October 12 at Sparkling Hill Resort, voted Best Weekend Getaway by Okanagan Life readers. In collaboration with Sparkling Hill’s executive chef Thomas Kluckner and Hillside Estate Winery, Susanne has created an incredibly unique opportunity in a venue she considers one […]
Classic, contemporary, witty and wild, inspired by Old World traditions and New World sustainability, winery architecture is transforming the Okanagan. See the stunning display of the Valley’s vintage style captured by Okanagan Life photographers Laurie Carter and Bruce Kemp in the June-July 2013 issue. Related posts: Style meets taste in the vineyard The Valley’s Best Restaurants […]
When Father Charles Pandosy planted the first Okanagan grapes in 1859 his motives for wine making were sacramental. Perhaps the wine might lure more settlers to his church? Today, the building in the Mission area of Kelowna still delivers a “sense of place” to our community or, as Goethe would say, stands as “frozen music.” […]
CedarCreek Estate Winery‘s Vinyard Terrace restaurant opens for the summer season on June 14 with Chef Greg Keenan. The open-air restaurant wraps around the CedarCreek Wine Shop with every seat affording a breathtaking view of vineyard and lake. It is a treat not just for the palate but also the eyes. “I’m excited to offer […]
Kelowna features an array of intriguing wineries in three distinct areas—the west-facing lakeshore and slopes of Okanagan Lake; East Kelowna Bench, which straddles Mission Creek in the agricultural heartland of Kelowna; and downtown Kelowna where the focus is on making fine wine… Related posts: Richard Kamphuys – Ancient Hills Winery Kelowna hosts inaugural Wine Country […]
Not so long ago, Kelowna sat on the periphery of hard core Okanagan wine touring. Sure there were notable wineries, but no critical mass. Times change. Check out the Kelowna Wine Trails today… Pretty much everybody in the Central Okanagan lives near a winery. My home turf is the Westside Wine Trail, one of five […]
Stirring the pot comes naturally to Heidi Noble. A graduate of the Stratford Chef School, her career included stints at some of Canada’s top restaurants. Looking for a change, Heidi moved out of the kitchen in 2000 and enrolled in a sommelier program…
Our readers have voted. Download a PDF of the 16th annual Okanagan Life Best Restaurants Readers’ Choice Awards.
Editors Paul Byrne, Laurie Carter and Karen Slivar have come up with an eclectic menu of dining favourites from up and down the Okanagan Valley. Download a PDF of the full story.
Cool climate Viognier from Hillside Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench … Delicious with seafood and curried pork or beef.
D’Angelo 2007 Tempranillo: Distinguished red grape of Rioha fame. Partners roast lamb or pork.
Glacial remains and long hours of summer sunshine make this bucolic strip of land on the east side of Okanagan Lake wine heaven. The slice of land on the southeastern flank of Okanagan Lake known as the Naramata Bench boasts BC’s densest concentration of wineries. Twenty-five lie along what must be the Okanagan’s best travelled dead-end. Related […]