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Author: Yvonne Turgeon

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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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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