The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery
West Kelowna, BC | Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate’s Old Vines Restaurant offers an excellent venue to build or continue your career in the culinary arts. Open year-round, opportunities exist for advancement and gaining knowledge of pairing wines with the bounty of ingredients we are so fortunate to have in the Okanagan Valley. Our belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophy.
Our successful candidate will assume the position of Pastry Chef- maternity leave. This position is responsible for managing the Pastry station and supervising 1-2 Pastry Cooks. Pastry is responsible for production of all breads & pastry items, all plated desserts and special occasion items. Pastry Chef duties include but are not limited to line service, staff leadership and inspiration, inventory and ordering. Pastry Chef works amongst and in support of the ingredient inspired Culinary brigade.
Applicants must have successfully completed a formal culinary training program or have equivalent years experience in the industry. Applicants must have 2+ years’ experience in a similar leadership role, preferably in a fast-paced, fine dining establishment and demonstrate excellent line cooking skills. As business levels fluctuate throughout the year, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule.
If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to employment [at] quailsgate.com. Read more
The GOODS from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Oliver, BC | Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is seeking a new Guest Experience Manager. This is a full time, year round position based in Oliver, B.C. The successful candidate will manage day to day operations in the Wine Shop (including staff supervision and Wine Shop Merchandising), on-site grounds care taking, and some Guest House operations in a manner which actively promotes the premium nature of the Burrowing Owl brand.
The successful candidates will have a University degree in communications, sales, wine education, and or tourism/hospitality as well as 3+ years working in a related area of the Wine Industry. Retail merchandising experience is a must. Strong computer skills are required, and the ability to communicate effectively with guests and staff alike.
Other skills that are beneficial include the ability to pay acute attention to detail as well as possessing versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing environment. The successful candidate will frequently be required to walk, kneel, bend, stand for extended periods, and lift 35-50 pounds. Interested candidates should forward their resumes and a cover letter that includes compensation expectations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
The GOODS from Blue Mountain
Okanagan Falls, BC | We are pleased to announce the release of our 2013 Gamay Noir and Pinot Gris. Bright fruit and complex flavours characterize the 2013 vintage. If you find yourself in the Okanagan Valley we welcome you to visit the winery to taste and pick up your 2013 vintage wines. The 2013 Gamay Noir ($22.90) displays good acidity and juicy raspberry flavours, with notes of black currant and a long, spicy finish. Its balanced structure will allow the wine to age for 4-6 years. The 2013 Pinot Gris ($20.90) has a citrus, mandarin, orange nose with rich dense orange and lemon flavours across the palate with notes of orange peel and spice on the finish. The structure of the wine will allow it to age beautifully for 4-6 years. Read more
by Treve Ring | Here’s how wine geeks think: “Lessee what would happen if I took all my grape pressings leftover from the entire Riesling vintage and squeezed them together really hard to capture all the juice and good bits and then fermented it entirely with wild yeast…”
Tantalus Vineyards Riesling Lab 2013 | Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, BC | $19
Kiwi-Canadian wine geek and Tantalus winemaker David Paterson isn’t afraid to push – or in this case press – the envelope of experimentation. With Riesling Lab, the atypical results have proven so consistently interesting that the winery decided to slap labels on the bottles and sell them. The first Lab experiment (2011 vintage, #1) was tiny – just a handful of cases were produced. 2012’s Lab #2 was more of a purpose-driven exercise, with production bumped up to 70 cases or so. And last year, proven in method, Paterson produced 155 cases of Lab #3, sold solely out of their East Kelowna tasting room (also to a very few restaurants in Vancouver).
The playfully nerdy label is a clear departure from the norm (an indication that this ain’t your typical Tantalus wine), but the #03 Lab Results: Riesling is nevertheless a firm handshake. Pink and orange flowers, ripe peach and pear, apricot pit and a broad, solid, textured palate, amped up further through fermentation in old chardonnay-use barrels. Not shy on sugar, acidity or alcohol, the trio striking a chord that sounds like more, please. Especially at the price ($19!). Intrigued, I put the following 5 questions to Paterson…
Straight up – why did you make this wine? I originally created this wine in 2011, which was a cold growing season. I felt that the Riesling (Our biggest sku) would need some weight in a cold year and I did not want to use manufactured products to do so. I pressed all the Riesling really hard after making my original cut and took the resulting phenolic brown juice and fermented it wild in barrels. I did this to naturally oxidize out the phenolics. When it came time to put the 2011 wines together this new piece of the puzzle just didn’t fit but was really interesting and textural on its own…. so we bottled it. Since then we have made it every year and has been a really successful little wine in our tasting room with the general public and also with wine geeks because it has that different
Where are the grapes from? All the wines made under the Tantalus label come from our own 75 acre estate in SE Kelowna.
Your ideal pairing with this wines would be…? This wine is very versatile to pair with but I would say that something with sweetness and a little heat from the huge world of Asian food would go down pretty well. A classic Alsatian bacon and caramelized onion tart would be mighty fine, too.
What do you drink when you’re not drinking BC wine? When I’m not making wine, I’m golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter, so I’m drinking German and Burgundian wines.
Favourite BC wine, other than yours? Blue Mountain stripe label Pinot Noir or any of their vintage bubbly wines. They are always consistently excellent from vintage to vintage and their pricing has remained low compared to the demand for their product. They are the benchmark that the rest of the Okanagan should look too when deciding pricing and quality parameters.
The GOODS from LaStella
Osoyoos, BC | La Stella Winery put their Italian-style Moscato D’Osoyoos on sale on August 12th. Wine critic Anthony Gismondi not only gave it 89 points, but said this: “La Stella takes its moscato cues from Piedmont’s famed d’Asti region and in the case of the 2013 you would have to blink twice to be sure this Moscato d’Osoyoos isn’t in fact Moscato d’Asti. Light and airy, floral and riddle with orange and apricot fruit it is an impressive bottle of frizzante moscato. Light and expressive despite its eight percent alcohol it is a perfect pre-dinner pour or serve it with cakes and fresh fruit.” Just in time to enjoy a mid-summers evening with friends or brunch with family, this 2013 Moscato D’Osoyoos is on a summer case sale – now just $17! Read more
The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery
Cawston, BC | The WineAlign 2014 National Wine Awards of Canada results were just announced and the Similkameen Valley’s Orofino Winery ranked 18th amongst all of the wineries who competed from across the country. The 2014 edition of The Nationals were the biggest yet with over 1300 wines submitted. “It is a big honour to be recognized at such a high level against the best wines from the best wineries in the country,” says owner/winemaker John Weber. “Our little team here at Orofino works hard to make wines that show off the terrific vineyards in this unique appellation of the Similkameen Valley. It is all about the grapes grown in our neighbourhood.”
Orofino grabbed one of the coveted Platinum Medals for their 2013 Celentano Vineyard Gamay. Only 14 Platinum Medals were handed out to the top 1% of wines in the competition. In addition to the Platinum Medal, the Gamay received the 4th highest score of all BC wines entered in the competition. Head judge and Vancouver wine critic Anthony Gismondi stated “If you want to know why the Similkameen Valley is special, buy this wine.”
Orofino also received a Gold Medal for their 2013 Old Vines Home Vineyard Riesling and a Silver for their 2013 Scout Vineyard Riesling. “Riesling is a focus here at Orofino, so it is so great to win medals for those,” says co-owner Virginia Weber. “People know to come here for great Riesling.” The 2011 Passion Pit Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2011 Scout Vineyard Syrah also won medals, bringing home a Bronze Medal for both. All of these wines were grown in Cawston Vineyards.
Orofino Winery is situated on a mature six acre vineyard on the Cawston Bench in the Similkameen Valley. The focus is on making single vineyard wines that show off the special places where they were grown. The eco-friendly winery was built using a straw bale construction method that used 890 bales to make up the walls. A solar power project was completed in 2012 and the wineshop and some of the production facility is run by solar power. Read more
The GOODS from Cannery Brewing Company
Penticton, BC | A new dawn is here. It’s a red dawn. A Red Dawn Saison! And it’s the latest limited release in the Artisan Creations series from Penticton’s Cannery Brewing.
French for “season”, Saisons were originally brewed during the cooler temperatures from autumn to early spring in order to be ready for the scorching heat of summer. Jeff Canada, who is part of the brewing team at Cannery Brewing, took the lead on the brewing of this fresh, crisp ale. “We had a great time testing out a variety of different options for the Red Dawn Saison. We wanted to create a saison that was unique in flavour, colour and finish. I think we did just that with this highly individualistic quintessential artisanal brew. Its unique red colour leads to a surprisingly dry finish. At 5.5% alc./vol. and 28 IBU’s, it’s the perfect beer to help quench a major thirst this summer.”
Inspired by pieces of art or photography, the labels for Cannery Brewing’s new Artisan Creations line-up are artistic creations that match the artistry of these beers. Jeff explained, “We looked at a lot of possible images for this label. When we saw this photo (above) from Kaarel Mikkin of www.headpead.com, we all fell in love with it instantly! We feel the artistic nature of this image is perfectly paired with the artistic nature of this new beer.”
Cannery Brewing’s Red Dawn Saison is a single batch release that will be available at private liquor stores and restaurants throughout BC until it is gone. It is already sold out at the brewery, so don’t delay. For a list of private liquor stores carrying the Red Dawn Saison, click here. Read more
The GOODS from Blue Mountain
Okanagan Falls, BC | Blue Mountain is looking for a bookkeeper to add to the team in the Okanagan. All interested parties with experience should contact Sales and Marketing Director, Christie Mavety with their resumes in confidence via christie [at] bluemountainwinery.com. Learn more about the position here, and about Blue Mountain after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery
West Kelowna, BC | For the upcoming 2014 Season we are seeking an experienced, energetic and passionate individual to join our culinary team as Assistant Pastry Chef. Our successful candidates will assume the support position and run the kitchen in the absence of the Pastry Chef. They will assist in planning and directing all aspects of pastry preparation and assist in the development and implementation of the seasonal dessert menus and features.
Applicants should have at least 1-2 years’ experience in a similar position along with the Food Safe Level 1 Certificate. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, be capable of working in high pressure situations with the ability to multi task and must be creative and passionate about the culinary arts. Wine and food pairing knowledge is an asset. If you are ready for this adventure and have the skill required to succeed, please submit your resume with covering letter to: Human Resources, employment [at] quailsgate.com. Read more
The GOODS from the Similkameen Wineries Association
Keremeos, BC | Saturday marked the night of the 5th hosted by the Similkameen Wineries Association at the historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. Chef Lee Humphries from Local in Summerland was crowned the 2014 Similkameen BBQ King after winning “Best Wine and Food Pairing” of the night with Cawston’s Seven Stones Winery. It was a double victory for Local and Seven Stones Winery as they received both the media’s choice award and the people’s choice award for “Best Wine and Food Pairing” of the night.
Chef Lee’s winning dish was cherry BBQ pulled pork tacos with sorrel chimichurri, marinated shaved carrots, pickled zucchini, pork sausage, piggy puffs and cherry hot sauce. The pork was marinated overnight with Seven Stones Pinot Noir, which was also the paired wine. Chef Lee was assisted by Chef Damien Mischkinis.
Chef Lee, who spent two days preparing, marinating and then slow cooking the pork on the grill said, “All in all, it was a very long, hot, rewarding day surrounded by amazing talent, exceptional wine and great people.” George Hanson, owner and winemaker at Seven Stones Winery was equally thrilled, “It was such an honour to be partnered with Chef Lee and the team from Local. Their dish paired perfectly with our Pinot Noir!” Read more
The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery
West Kelowna, BC | We are seeking experienced, energetic and passionate individuals to join our Pastry Chef as member of our culinary brigade. Available positions range from: Assistant Pastry Chef to Pastry Cook. Successful candidates will assist in executing all aspects of pastry preparation and assist in the development and implementation of the seasonal dessert menus and features. Day and night line positions are available
Applicants should have at least 1-2 years’ experience in a similar position along with the Food Safe Level 1 Certificate. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, be capable of working in high pressure situations with the ability to multi task and must be creative and passionate about the culinary arts. Wine and food pairing knowledge is an asset. Previous service experience is an asset.
If you are ready for this adventure and have the skill required to succeed, please submit your resume with cover letter to: Human Resources, employment [at] quailsgate.com. Learn more about Quails’ Gate after the jump… Read more
You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, but we don’t often take advantage of it. This new feature changes that. From here on in, we want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to this month. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.
VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our OKANAGAN page.
VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our ISLANDS page.
The GOODS from Music Direction
Vancouver, BC | Music Direction’s playlist for July highlights Kelowna-based Prohibition Brewing Company. The folks from Prohibition recently opened a beautiful Tasting Room on Hamilton Street in Yaletown. Bringing you back to a time when ordering a beer was worth the risk. They commissioned Vancouver artist Rory Doyle to hand-render all their beer labels and logos. Their music program will make you want to get comfy, stay a while and share a beer with the likes of Jack White, Afie Jurvanen and The Rolling Stones. Full tracklist after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from JoieFarm
Vancouver, BC | We are proud to announce that the 2012 JoieFarm “En Famille” Reserve Pinot Noir (to be released in September, 2015) has won gold and the 2012 Pinot Noir (to be released in September 2014) has won silver at the UK’s Decanter World Wine Awards. This is a tremendous achievement in what is generally regarded as the world’s largest and toughest wine competition. This year, 228 wine experts from around the world, including 66 Masters of Wine and 18 Master Sommeliers, gathered in London in April to taste 15,007 wine entries from around the globe to which they awarded a mere 454 gold medals. Our results can be found below and the complete results of the competition may be found here. Read more