The GOODS from JoieFarm
Vancouver, BC | We are proud to announce that the 2011 JoieFarm “En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay (Sept. 2013 release) has won gold at the UK’s Decanter World Wine Awards. This is a tremendous achievement in what is generally regarded as the world’s toughest wine competition. This year, 219 wine experts from 27 countries, including 75 Masters of Wine and 13 Master Sommeliers, gathered in London in April to taste 14,362 wine entries from around the world to which they awarded a mere 229 gold medals. The complete results of the competition are here. Our results can be found after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from LaStella
Osoyoos, BC | Wine tasting just got a whole lot more adventurous with the launch of LaStella winery and 3Phase Adventures Stand Up Paddling SUP n SIPpackage. Try the summer’s hottest water sport on the waters of Canada’s warmest lake, before sampling a true taste of Tuscany from LaStella, the only winery perched right on the shores of Osoyoos Lake. The two-hour adventure runs through the summer; guests meet at 3Phase Adventures’ new Cottonwood Beach location before heading to the LaStella’s shores, slightly north of Osoyoos. The one-hour paddle takes small groups of novice and intermediate paddlers out onto the lake, always in view of the Tuscan-inspired winery. Upon returning to shore, guests leave boards on the beach and walk through the tumbling hillside vines to enjoy a taste of La Dolce Vita during a VIP one-hour premium wine tasting on LaStella’s terrace. Read more
The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery
Vancouver, BC | CedarCreek Estate Winery is pleased to announce that Jim Cuddy, Michael Burgess, and the Sam Roberts Band will perform this summer at their spectacular Vineyard Pavilion. Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame returns to CedarCreek on Sunday, July 21st and Musical All-Star, Michael Burgess also returns to CedarCreek on Wednesday, July 31st. This year’s Sunset Concerts will also include Juno Award-winning Canadian rock singer-songwriter Sam Roberts Band who will take the stage at CedarCreek on Sunday, August 25th. Proceeds from the TELUS Sunset Concert Series, presented by 101.5 EZ ROCK, will benefit Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts. Read more
The GOODS from JoieFarm
Vancouver, BC | We are proud to announce our outstanding showing at the prestigious 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition in Temecula California this past week. The 2012 JoieFarm Rosé was selected as the Sweepstakes Rosé Wine, the best rosé wine in show. The 2011 JoieFarm Gamay and 2011 JoieFarm PTG (both to be released in September, 2013) were both named Best in Class and awarded Gold Medals. The complete results of the competition are here, with ours listed after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Miradoro
Oliver, BC | Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery is hiring cooks for the upcoming season. Miradoro is an award-winning, world class winery restaurant that is one of the culinary gems of the South Okanagan. We offer a professional, dynamic work environment with plenty of opportunity to learn and expand your experience. Our kitchen focuses on using the best ingredients of the Okanagan and utilizing the best of modern and traditional techniques. We are hiring all levels of experience.
Candidates should have some kitchen experience, and have food safe level one. Culinary school is an asset. A good grasp of current culinary techniques is also an asset. You should posses a strong work ethic. Most importantly, you should be driven to succeed and be passionate about food. This is a seasonal position that could become year round. Send resumes to email@example.com. Read more
The GOODS from Cannery Brewing Company
Penticton, BC | Cannery Brewing, R&B Brewing, Townsite Brewing and Old Yale Brewing have something very exciting brewing and they can’t wait to sing about it from the hilltops. These 4 BC Craft Brewers worked together with CBC Radio 3 and four awesome Canadian bands to launch Canadian Band Beer. It all started with the tweet #CDNbandbeer, from CBC Radio 3 host, Grant Lawrence. From there the hashtag trended on twitter and inspired a flood of replies from CBCMusic.ca followers who submitted beer names based on the names of great Canadian musical acts. Ben Didier of CBC Music designed a set of fake labels and before long Old Yale Brewing Company’s Jeremy Sibley was recruiting members of British Columbia’s vibrant craft beer community to help make them a reality.
Let the legacy of Canadian Band Beer begin! Every Friday, from May 17th until June 7th, a new band beer will hit shelves in BC. Old Yale Brewing Company of Chilliwack, British Columbia is proud to pay homage to the legendary Vancouver punk band D.O.A. and has created the Classic Brown Ale, D.O.Ale. This beer launches first on May 17th. R&B Brewing Company out of Vancouver, British Columbia has created the You Say Barley! We Say Rye! Dark Rye IPA, after the new-wave punk band You Say Party! We Say Die! This launches on May 24th. Townsite Brewing Inc. of Powell River, British Columbia is proud to present the Belgian Pale Ale, Said the Ale. The beer is named after Vancouver indie-rock band Said the Whale. This beer launches May 31st. And finally, Cannery Brewing Company out of Penticton, British Columbia has created the Pink Mountainhops Maibock, a hoppy Maibock named after Vancouver rock ‘n’ roll band Pink Mountaintops. This final beer launches June 7th. Read more
The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek
Oliver, BC | Experience the best of BC’s wine country with Tinhorn Creek Vineyards’ and Walnut Beach Resort’s new Wine and Unwind package. They’ve cooked up a relaxing recipe of kayaking, fine wine, and delicious dining for a luxurious lakeside two-night break.
Arrive in sunny Osoyoos at Walnut Beach Resort and relax in your one-bedroom suite overlooking the sparkling lake, or soak up some sun on the private licensed beach. Switch off while you take a dip in the open year round outdoor pool, or unwind in the hot tub under a starry sky. Wake refreshed and ready for an exciting morning of kayaking with Hoodoo Adventures; let them expertly guide you from the resort on a gentle paddle around the lake. Stop at Hayne’s Point to indulge in a special picnic featuring local producers Poplar Grove and Upper Bench Estate cheeses paired with carefully selected wines from Tinhorn Creek.
Leave some room for an indulgent afternoon of delicious food and fine wine at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in Oliver, BC. After an exclusive private winery tour and tasting session, you’ll finish off your unforgettable day with a sumptuous Mediterranean meal at the award-winning Miradoro Restaurant. Read more
The GOODS from Road 13 Winery
Oliver, BC | Start the morning of May 5th right with a decadent Bubble Breakfast. Guests will tour the Sparkling Wine Cave and learn about crafting wine in the Traditional Champagne method. At the end of the tour, enjoy a delicious breakfast paired with our award-winning Sparkling Chenin Blanc (orange juice optional). This experience is limited to 36 people and sells out fast. The cost is $45 per person, and the start time is 9am sharp (until 10:30am). What’s more, our Summer Dinner Series is back from May through October! Join Road 13 Vineyards on the 13th of each month as tribute is paid to current and past vintages. These will be paired with sumptuous four-course dinners supplied by the folks at Joy Road Catering, who are just as obsessed with the source of their product as we are! We may be “All About the Dirt,” but Joy Road is “All About Cuisine du Terroir.” No idea what that means? Let us translate: “INCREDIBLY GOOD FOOD.” Sometimes it’s all about the celebration! Tickets are $125. Suppers start at 6:13pm and usually run until 10pm. Reservations for the Bubble Breakfast and the Joy Road suppers are required (250-498-8330). Read more
The GOODS from Lake Breeze
Naramata, BC | Lake Breeze Vineyards is pleased to announce the release of their 2012 Winemaker Series. Every so often during the course of a growing season, Winemaker Garron Elmes discovers a particular vineyard or varietal on the Naramata Bench that inspires him. This is one of those times. Lake Breeze is proud to introduce their new Riesling ($20), Viognier ($22) and Windfall Blend ($19). All are available for a limited release in small quantities.
The new Windfall Blend was created after the long hot summer of 2012, which bestowed record crops of exception quality fruit on our vineyards on the Naramata Bench. This 2012 vintage combines five white varietals: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc to create a multi-layered, complex wine with fruity filled aromas, minerality and mouth-filling texture. In addition to the Winemaker Series, Lake Breeze has also now released many of their 2012 White Varietals including Pinot Blanc, Ehrenfelser, Semillon, and Sauvignon Blanc. Read more
The GOODS from The Dirty Apron
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s top culinary classroom will celebrate all things Okanagan with a special cooking class on May 5th, 2013 highlighting recipes from the popular cookbook The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook. In a unique twist, The Dirty Apron will welcome three Okanagan chefs to demonstrate their passion for BC bounty, each teaching his or her own recipe from the book.
Chef Natasha Schooten of Terrafina Restaurant in Oliver will teach the first course: Harker’s Organic Spinach and The Farm House Natural Cheeses Fromage Frais Fritters with Kale Pesto and Apple Mustard. This flavourful starter will be followed by Slow Cooked Halibut with Basil, Crisp Sweet Life Farms Potatoes, Stoney Paradise Tomatoes, and Artichoke Chardonnay Emulsion as taught by Gold Medal Plates Award winner Chef Mark Filatow of Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar in Kelowna. And, what better way to finish a perfect meal than with an expertly prepared Apple Tarte Tatin as demonstrated by Chef Sandrine Raffault-Martin, owner of Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate in Kelowna. Each course will also be expertly paired with wines from the Okanagan including Rustic Roots Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards, and Bella Wines. Read more
The GOODS from Fraîche
West Vancouver, BC |Fraîche Restaurant is pleased to present a very special Painted Rock Wine Dinner on May 9, hosted by the proprietor of Painted Rock Winery, John Skinner. Guests will enjoy a five-course regional meal created by Fraîche’s new executive chef, Carol Chow, and expertly paired with the Okanagan estate winery’s finest wines. The evening begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $135 per person (plus taxes and gratuity) and reservations may be made by calling 604.925.7595. Read more
The GOODS from Mission Hill Family Estate
West Kelowna, BC | The artists are larger than life, the venue is iconic and the concerts will be legendary. The line-up is now confirmed and Mission Hill Family Estate is proud to announce the performers appearing this summer at the winery’s spectacular outdoor Amphitheatre. The four live musical performances include a special return engagement by Chris Botti on Friday, July 12, and with the first-ever Okanagan wine country appearances by the legendary Gipsy Kings on Saturday, July 27, two time Grammy Award-winner LeAnn Rimes on Sunday, July 28 and the worldly musical adventure of Pink Martini on Friday, August 9.
In previous years, the intimate performances at Mission Hill’s 1,000-seat Amphitheatre have been in high demand and have quickly sold out. Tickets for the 2013 performances will go on sale on Wednesday, April 24 and are expected to once again sell out quickly as these legendary concerts become the hallmark of a summer visit to the Okanagan Valley. The concerts at Mission Hill provide a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these artists perform in one of Canada’s premiere outdoor concert venues. Read more
The GOODS from Miradoro
Oliver, BC | Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday May 12th with a special brunch at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards destination restaurant, Miradoro. Located amongst the stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country, Mother’s Day at Miradoro is sure to be memorable with Chef Jeff Van Geest and his talented team serving a spectacular brunch.
Menu highlights include orange blossom & cardamom sugar crepes with thick yogurt and fresh fruit ($15); poached eggs, chorizo migas and soffritto mojo verde ($18); ricotta gnudi, sweet peas and preserved lemon and mint ($22); as well as a selection of handcrafted sandwiches and classic Neaopolitan style pizzas. Details after the jump… Read more