The GOODS from Joy Road Catering
Penticton, BC | On July 18th, get ready for the party of the summer: an art deco celebration of Okanagan Bubbly! Our inaugural and exclusive sparkling wine event will be held at Linden Gardens in Kaleden from 6:30pm – 9:30pm for $99/person, with pours from some of your favourite sparkling wine producers Blue Mountain Estate Winery, Bella, Sumac Ridge, Therapy Vineyards, Orofino, 8th Generation, Elephant Island, and more.
Costumes are required. Think Gatsby, and you’ll be glad you dressed up for an elaborate setting with live music, antique cars, food and wine stations hidden throughout the gardens, and vintage vignettes for photo ops. Come celebrate local bubbles in style! Details… Read more
THE GOODS FROM Le Vieux Pin & Lastella
Oliver, BC | Brand new websites for LaStella and Le Vieux Pin wineries bring more than great wine to consumers. The new websites focus on sharing relevant information about the South Okanagan in general and specific viticulture practices and terroir of each of their vineyards in particular. Until April 30th, in celebration of the new websites, new sign ups to receive the monthly newsletter will be entered to win a VIP tour of their vineyard and cellars combined with a barrel tasting and checking in on library wines. By signing up for the newsletter, receive timely release offers, rare releases and learn more about the Okanagan Valley and two well respected wineries. Check out Le Vieux Pin’s Petite Club, or LaStella’s Piccolo Club. Members receive 12 carefully chosen bottles of wine per year (two times six-bottle packages sent in the spring and fall each year costing approx. $150-$200 each) as well as 10% saving on wines purchased through the website or cellar door (excluding Maestoso, La Sophia and Library re-releases) and receive invitations and announcements of special events and tastings. Read more
The GOODS from Red Truck Beer Company
Vancouver, BC | The 2014 “Fest Of Ale” event was held on April 4th and 5th at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre and had 35 brewers from BC and beyond. Each of the participating breweries put forward their best brews for judging. The awards were determined by industry experts Joe Wiebe, Craft Beer Revolution; Jim Martin, Metro Liquor; David Beardsell, brewery owner/consultant; Mike Garson, Mike’s Craft Beer; and Allan Moen, NorthWest Brewing News. The Judges awarded Best in Class for Pale Ale to Red Truck Ale made by Vancouver’s own Red Truck Beer Company. Take a look at the other award-winners after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is pleased to introduce their new Winemaker Andrew Windsor. An experienced bon vivant and global traveller, Andrew brings a unique blend of passion and scientific knowledge to the winery.
Tinhorn Creek’s approach to winemaking has always been collaborative and Sandra Oldfield will continue this tradition by running the winery as CEO & President whilst working together with her successor Andrew and the winemaking team.
“Andrew’s experimental and innovative new ideas fit perfectly with our approach over the last 20 years of continually evolving and moving forward with our winemaking,” says Sandra. “Andrew’s worldly view will ensure a fresh direction as we continue to work dynamically to create our spectacular wines.”
Ontario-born Andrew’s first taste of wine was a friend’s parents’ attempt at homemade wine but it didn’t put him off and he went on to take a course in wine whilst studying Environmental Science at the University of Guelph. In his twenties Andrew met Jamie McFarland of The Ice House Winery, who invited him to assist with his ice wine project in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Andrew had a sharp taste of the winemaking world when he was called to start picking grapes at 3am in minus12C.
Heading to warmer climes, Andrew gained a Masters of Oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2006 and then took on an Assistant Winemaking role at Mollydooker Wines in McLaren Vale, where he lived on the beach and cycled to work through vineyards filled with kangaroos.
Working closely with Viticulturist, Andrew Moon and Assistant Winemaker, Korol Kuklo, Andrew will be overseeing the winemaking process from vines to bottle. He brings with him a wealth of experience having worked in wineries in the Okanagan, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Northern Rhone in France before returning to Canada to work as VQA Winemaker for Andrew Peller Ltd. in Niagara.
“France taught me that wine is not just a science but an art form, a culture and an expression of a place. Wine has the ability to take you to a place in the world without leaving your home,” says Andrew. “I want to make the best wine in Canada and the only place I can do that is the South Okanagan.”
Andrew will be continuing Tinhorn Creek’s tradition of creating much-loved wines but his fresh approach will bring an exciting new element, whilst helping the winery to continue to progress and move forward into the next 20 years of exceptional winemaking. Read more