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2017 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Award Winners

Let’s celebrate the 2017 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards, our third annual. We brought together a panel of select independent, experienced wine judges from the trade, restaurant and education sectors who selected these award winners from among 175 wines made entirely from BC grown fruit. Floor manager Tony Bonin and consulting judge Helene Scott headed the panel of judges, including: Dean Anderson – WSET 4, BC Liquor Stores (retired) Justin Anello – consultant, Vancouver Rene Bousquet – Cove Lakeside Resort,  Kelowna Dino (Douglas) Dean – Grape Escaps Wine Tours, Kelowna Robin Jones – wine professional Ernie Keenes – Save-On Foods, Kelowna Geoff Kozoway – Metro Liquor, Kelowna Stephanie Larsen – Dea del Vino Wine Journeys, Kelowna Mike Lee – WSET Instructor, Fine...

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Best of Show 2017

Best of Show 2017 For the 2017 Okanagan Life Best of BC Wine Awards, we brought together a panel of select independent, experienced wine judges from the trade, restaurant and education sectors who selected the award winners. These are our Best of Show wines. Best Red Wild Goose Vineyards 2015 Dunkelfelder Best White Thornhaven Estates Winery 2015 Gewürztraminer Best Icewine Mt. Boucherie Winery 2013 Merlot Icewine Best Fortified House of Rose Winery 2012 Vintage Okanagan Tawny As seen in No Downloads found...

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Creating the shared space of Okanagan cities

Streetscape: public realm. It’s shared, it’s real and it affects our lives for better or worse. We know when a neighbourhood or a city street “feels good.” The scale of the buildings, sidewalk width, lawn depth, door and window placement and pattern, and a myriad of other factors combine to create that feel. When they are badly designed or lacking, we are subtly unnerved or uncomfortable. Or worse. We might not be able to quantify a good or bad streetscape or public realm, but we know it when we see it and feel it. Charles Montgomery, a globetrotting urban theorist...

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Music makes the world go around

Kelowna City Band members first picked up instruments in 1894 and the Penticton Concert Band has been making music since 1910. Vernon has boasted a community band since the 1920’s. In 2001, Kamloops joined the bandwagon with the formation of the Kamloops Community Band.Where did many of these eager and talented musicians get their start? A visit to the twentieth annual Okanagan Concert Band Festival revealed the secret.               Festival flashback Noon hour approached at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre during the March festival. The atmosphere was electric. Students from grades 5...

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Celebrate Best of the Okanagan 2016

Our readers have voted for a celebration of shopping local. Across every category, from professional and construction to home and leisure, our readers’ choice for Best of the Okanagan awards are the dedicated, small independently owned businesses you find just down your street. All results are tabulated from official ballots. No Downloads...

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