GOODS | “Blue Mountain” Has Released Its 2013 Vintages Of Gamay Noir And Pinot Gris

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

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

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE | Testing Tantalus Vineyards’ Experimental “Riesling Lab” 2013

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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.

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GOODS | South Okanagan Winery “LaStella” Has Released Its 2013 ‘Moscato D’Osoyoos’

LaStella is located at 8123-148th Avenue in Osoyoos, BC | Telephone: 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca

LaStella is located at 8123-148th Avenue in Osoyoos, BC | Telephone: 250-495-8180 | www.lastella.ca

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

GOODS | The Similkameen’s “Orofino” Gets Ranked In Top 20 At National Wine Awards

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Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC | 250-499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

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

GOODS | New “Red Dawn Saison” Released By Penticton’s ‘Cannery Brewing Company’

Cannery Brewing is located at 112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-2723 | cannerybrewing.com

Cannery Brewing is located at 112 – 1475 Fairview Rd. in Penticton, BC | 250-493-2723 | cannerybrewing.com

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

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Blue Mountain” Winery Is On The Lookout For A Bookkeeper

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

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

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On The Lookout For An Assistant Pastry Chef

Quail’s Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 & 1.800.420.9463 | quailsgate.com

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

GOODS | Chef Lee Humphries Crowned King At The ‘Similkameen BBQ King’ Competition

The Similkameen Wineries Association is headquartered in Keremeos, BC | 250.488.0878 | www.SimilkameenWine.com

The Similkameen Wineries Association is headquartered in Keremeos, BC | 250.488.0878 | similkameenwine.com

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

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On Hunt For Cooks To Join Pastry Chef’s Team

Quail’s Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 & 1.800.420.9463 | quailsgate.com

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

HOODS | Kelowna’s Best Food, Chinatown’s Best Drinks, Victoria’s Best Coffee, & More

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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.

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Which East Side brewery has the best tasting room? Is it Brassneck, Bomber, Powell Street, 33 Acres, Parallel 49, or Main Street Beer?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our EAST VAN or MAIN STREET pages.

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What’s the best restaurant in Kelowna? Is it RauDZ, Waterfront Wine Bar, The Terrace at Mission Hill, Bouchon’s Bistro, Old Vines at Quails’ Gate, or Sunset Organic Bistro?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our OKANAGAN page.

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What’s the most emblematic fixture of Kitsilano? Is it the Planetarium, Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe, Bishop’s, Zulu Records, Jackson’s Meat, or Kits Pool?

VOTE for your pick (and view results)  on our KITSILANO or WEST SIDE pages.

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What’s the best place for a properly made cocktail in Chinatown? Is it The Emerald, Bao Bei, The Parker, The Keefer Bar, The Union, or Mamie Taylor’s?

VOTE for your pick (and view results)  on our CHINATOWN or DTES pages.

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Which cafe serves the best coffee experience in Victoria? Is it Habit, Bean Around The World, Cornerstone Cafe, Discovery Coffee, 2 Percent Jazz, or the Parsonage Cafe?

VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our ISLANDS page.

GOODS | Music Direction’s July Playlist For Prohibition Brewing Co.’s New Tasting Room

Scout Series ~ Prohibition Brewing ~ from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.

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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

GOODS | Naramata’s “JoieFarm” Wins Gold And Silver At Decanter World Wine Awards

JoieFarm is located in beautiful Naramata, BC | 250-462-1980 | heidi@joiefarm.com | www.joiefarm.com

JoieFarm is located in beautiful Naramata, BC | 250-462-1980 | heidi@joiefarm.com | www.joiefarm.com

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

GOODS | Celebrated “Tacofino” Food Truck Now Rolling In Kelowna Seven Days A Week

Tacofino Commissary is located at 2327 East Hastings in the heart of Hastings-Sunrise | 778-870-6436 | Tacofino.com

Tacofino operates 4 food trucks across BC and a restaurant in Hastings-Sunrise | 778-870-6436 | Tacofino.com

The GOODS from Tacofino

Vancouver, BC | Tacofino is expanding to the Okanagan! We are proud to introduce the popular Orange Truck to City Park in Kelowna. The truck will offer a variety of tacos, including the famous Baja style fish taco; tuna ta-taco, with seared Albacore Tuna, wasabi mayonnaise, wakame salad, and pickled ginger; the admired Chocolate Diablo cookie, and lime-mint freshies. Tacofino currently operates food trucks in Tofino, Victoria and Vancouver and has been featured on Food Network’s “Eat Street”. We were also declared “Best Food Cart” winner of Vancouver Magazine’s 24th Annual Restaurant Awards. The Orange Truck will be open seven days a week, from 11am to 8pm (or until food runs out) at City Park, near the Children’s Water Park. Read more

GOODS | “Blue Mountain” Releases Two New White Wines Just In Time For Summer

Blue Mountain | 2385 Allendale Rd. | Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | www.bluemountainwinery.com

Blue Mountain | 2385 Allendale Rd. | Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | www.bluemountainwinery.com

The GOODS from Blue Mountain

Okanagan Falls, BC | We are pleased to announce that we are now 100% through bloom and looking forward to seeing the berries begin to form and grow. And with summer solstice behind us, it is now time to release the first of our 2013 white wines: the Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. The former displays complex flavours of stone fruit, white peach, and apricots with a touch of honeysuckle. A full mouth feel with peach flavours leads into a long finish. The latter displays complex flavours of citrus, boxwood and lemon/grapefruit, on the nose and palate. A full mouth feel with a lemon/grapefruit flavour leads into a rich long, finish. The structure of both wines will allow them to age beautifully for 3-5 years. Learn more about the winery after the jump… Read more

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