Okanagan

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From Vernon in the north to Osoyoos in the south, we love exploring the Okanagan. It has everything that we love and enjoy in life, chief among them being great food, breathtaking (and accessible) landscapes, and a variety of local crafted alcoholic beverages.

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In the Okanagan at the moment (our HOOD palettes are ever-changing), we’re seeing the blue sky, sandstone, and green grass of Mission Hill; rural community mailbox green; four shades of peach; the sand at Naramata’s 3 Mile Beach (clothing optional); Painted Rock “Red Icon” 2011; the crushpad at Orofino; Haywire “Pink Bub” 2012; “K” Cafe signage tri-colour; Miradoro exterior; Road 13 proprietor Mick Luckhurst’s most excellent moustache; the tractor at Meyer Family Vineyards; sunny day view of Skaha Lake from God’s Mountain; and the green branding of Joiefarm.

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DAY DRUNKS FLOATING THE PENTICTON CHANNEL
A WHOLE LOT OF ALBERTANS LIVING IN LARGE HOUSES
FOSSIL HUNTING ON THE ROAD TO THE DOMINION RADIO ASTROPHYSICAL OBSERVATORY
GOOD PERUSING AMONG THE STACKS AT THE BOOKSHOP IN PENTICTON
A LOT OF BEAUTIFULLY RESTORED AMERICAN CLASSIC CARS
AFTERNOON PICNICS AT COVERT FARMS
THE BIGGEST CULINARY COMPETITION IN CANADA
GOOD SNOW AND PERMANENT 90′S TIME WARP AT BIG WHITE
BEACH-FRONT CAMPING AT STUNNING HAYNES POINT
VINTAGE ADIDAS GAZELLE SNEAKERS HANGING FROM ROWING SHELLS AT THE EL DORADO
GOOD DOWNHILL TUMBLING ON THE GROUNDS AT MISSION HILL FAMILY ESTATE
THE PRIVATE BEACH AT WALNUT BEACH RESORT
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS ON OSOYOOS LAKE
TOURING AND TASTING CANNERY BREWING & TREE BREWING
THE WEIRD SALT CIRCLES OF SPOTTED LAKE
GO KART RACING AT THE PENTICTON SPEEDWAY

what-to-eat-and-drink

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PEACH MILKSHAKES AT THE “K” CAFE IN KEREMEOS
SUPERFOOD SALAD AT SUNSET ORGANIC BISTRO
WINES FROM 120 DIFFERENT WINERIES
CHICKEN CONFIT POUTINE AT RAUDZ REGIONAL TABLE
BRATWURST AT THE PENTICTON FARMER’S MARKET
BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST BRUNCH AT QUAILS’ GATE’S OLD VINES
THE FRIED SQUID AT THEO’S
SMOKED BACON AT DOLCI
GRILLED THREE CHEESE SANDWICHES AT BRODO
LATE SUMMER SUPPERS ON THE TERRACE AT MISSION HILL
FRESH OYSTERS AND MIGNONETTE AT WATERFRONT WINES
EATING DIVERSE BBQ AT THE SIMILKAMEEN BBQ KING COMPETITION
TIGER BLUE CHEESE AT POPLAR GROVE
JOY ROAD SUPPERS ON THE CLIFF AT GOD’S MOUNTAIN
ANYTHING BY CHEF JEFF VAN GEEST AT MIRADORO

cool-things-of-note

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- The Nk’mip Desert is technically not a desert, but rather a shrub-steppe.

- Calona Wines, founded in 1932, is the oldest continuously operating winery in BC.

- Chef Dana Ewart of Joy Road Catering always wears two different coloured socks.

- Only three nest sites of the endangered Burrowing Owl have been discovered since 1928. They now only exist at “reintroduction sites” near Kamloops and Haynes Lease.

- The masks on Tantalus Vineyards’ wine labels are by Tahltan-Tlingit carver Dempsey Bob.

- The Kettle Valley railway was launched in 1915 but was abandoned in 1989.

- Michael Dinn and Heidi Noble, owners of Naramata’s celebrated Joiefarm winery, are both veterans of Vancouver’s restaurant industry.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Orofino Winery On The Lookout For ‘Collector’s Club’ Manager

February 6, 2014 

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | Orofino is a premium family owned and operated winery located in the magical Similkameen Valley just a half hour from both Penticton and Osoyoos. Orofino is on the hunt for someone to join their team as our Collector’s Club Manager. The successful candidate will join the small family of people who run Orofino and will specifically be in charge of all aspects of their growing wine club.

We invite anyone who has shown some crazy innate abilities to organize, communicate, and think out of the box. Experience with marketing, event planning, Microsoft Office, and retail sales is a must. Knowledge and appreciation of wine and the BC wine industry is a valuable asset as well. This salary position has flexibility in hours and may be suited to part-time or full-time employment. This is an opportunity to become fully embedded into the workings of one of Canada’s premium boutique wineries! Interested? Send a resume or get more details at admin [at] orofinovineyards.com. Read more

GOODS | “Orofino Strawbale Winery” Gets Ready For Crush Pad Hockey This Weekend

December 2, 2013 

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | Orofino is once again hosting their annual “Orofino Crush Pad Winter Classic” event. The winery will be open for a festive holiday weekend in the Similkameen Valley from 12pm to 4pm on December 6th, 7th and 8th. We invite everyone to taste through a few new wine releases and check out the wineshop for holiday gift ideas.

There will also be many opportunities to grab a stick for some pick-up hockey on the crush pad. Nothing too strenuous and definitely nothing too serious! Stickhandle around until exhaustion hits and then trade in your stick for a glass of wine or a hot chocolate and marshmallows done over an open fire. Read more

GOODS | Unique 1.6 Mile Joy Road Supper At The Similkameen’s “Orofino” On Aug. 10

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | This unique event celebrates the beauty of the Similkameen Valley in all her forms. The evening will consist of a five course meal using only the best foods provided by artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of Orofino Winery. Each course will be expertly crafted by superstar chefs Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, owners of the highly regarded Joy Road Catering Company. Delectable surprises, unique produce and world-class flavours will be paired with Orofino`s best wines including library selections. Bus transportation will be available from both Penticton (40 min.) and Osoyoos (30 min.) this year. Price per round trip ticket is only $25. Please join us in our beautiful winery courtyard for an enchanted evening of fine dining, remarkable wine, and good company! Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Similkameen Valley’s Orofino Vineyards Launches New “Collector’s Club”

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | In 2005 we opened our winery with a tiny amount of wine for sale. We have grown quite a bit over the past decade but the commitment to our portfolio of wines remains the same. We focus on making vineyard specific wines. Wines of place. Wines that could not be made anywhere else in the world. Wines worth collecting.

This journey continues and has led us to the creation of our Collector’s Club. Our hope is to offer membership to something that simplifies the acquisition of our wines, but also adds to the experience of all things Orofino. We want to share our knowledge and insights on the workings of the vineyards, the winery and all aspects of the wine experience. Of course, the best way to share things with other like-minded people is to throw a party and we plan to offer some exclusive club events so we can show off what we do here in the magical Similkameen Valley! Read more

WELCOME: Cawston’s “Eau Vivre Winery” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

January 10, 2013 

We’ve invited Cawston’s award-winning Eau Vivre Winery to join our GOODS section as an excellent maker of local wine. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome, curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making BC a more delicious province.

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ALL THE LOCAL “GOODS”

Eau Vivre Winery

January 1, 2013 

Details

716 Lowe Dr. | Cawston, BC | V0X 1C2
Telephone: 250.499.2655 | Email: postmaster@EauVivreWinery.ca
Web: www.EauVivreWinery.ca | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

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The People

Co-Proprietors: Dale Wright and Jeraldine (Jeri) Estin
Winemaker: Anthony Buchanan
Family Representative in Vancouver: Lucas McCann

About Eau Vivre Winery

Our family-run boutique winery is located in Cawston, in the Heart of the Similkameen Valley. Our French-style small batch wines are lovingly hand-crafted to help you savour every sip and celebrate every moment. Our wines are clean, pure and elegant. We offer a selection of award-winning whites ranging from our smooth Chardonnay to our bright, floral Gewürztraminer. Our reds range from our earthy, complex Pinot Noir made with 100% organic grapes to our full-bodied rich Cabernet Franc, Malbec and our newest release, Buddhafull — a big, Bordeaux style blend.

Our Philosophy: We are committed to harmony and balance and use biodynamic and sustainable farming practices on our land. We are innovative and we are constantly improving our grape-growing and harvesting processes. We embraced the clay-based soils of our home vineyard by planting hearty Gewürztraminer and Riesling grapes that have been developed in Europe for these soil conditions. We were among the first in our Valley to grow Gewürztraminer and today it is one of our award-winning wines. We are passionate about bringing joy and happiness to those that enjoy our wines and take great delight in seeing people that love our wines as much as we do.

Our Greatest Honour: We opened Eau Vivre Winery in 2008 and since then, we have won a variety of BC and Canadian Wine Awards, however we are most proud of our 2009 Pinot Noir receiving a 2012 Lieutenant Governors Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines.

Dale Wright commented, “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to win this award. As a relative newcomer in the winemaking world, this honour shows us that we are on the right path.”

Not only was this our first Lieutenant Governor’s Award, it’s the first time in the 10-year history of the award that a winery from the Similkameen Valley has won a Lieutenant Governor’s Award. On top of that, this year’s competition was the largest ever with 347 wines submitted.

Press

Wine Trails | “Eau Vivre Winery Wins Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence”

Yelp | I love this winery – it’s one of my favorites in BC (and I’ve been around the bend, trust me). It is definitely my favorite of the Similkameen.

Wines Of Canada | Eau Vivre Winery, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award.

House Wine | Holy Smokes – what a find!

John Schreiner | The 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence

GOODS: Nevermind The NHL, Play Holiday Ball Hockey On The Crush Pad At “Orofino”

December 3, 2012 

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | Orofino is inviting anyone to stop by their winery December 7th–9th from 10am-5pm for a special holiday open house. No cinnamon-scented candles. No icky sweet eggnog. No Justin Bieber Christmas carols. Instead they are inviting everyone to grab a hockey stick and join in on the Orofino Winter Classic Hockey Weekend. It sounds much more official than it actually is. The Orofino team wants you to join them for some extremely non-competitive pick-up ball hockey on the crush pad. Spend 10 minutes or a whole afternoon enjoying Canada’s game in the Similkameen Valley.

The wine shop will be open for tastings and for that last minute Christmas present. There will also be a draw made for a very special basket full of Orofino treats. To top it all off, they will be releasing their flagship red blend Beleza 2010! Kick back with some friends and a glass of wine on the patio. This event is part of the Similkameen Wineries Association Christmas Open House Weekend. All 8 wineries will be celebrating the holiday season with special events held daily from the 7th-9th. Lockout be damned! Grab your sticks and head to Orofino in Cawston for some fun hockey action. Read more

GOODS: Similkameen Winery “Orofino” Completes Ambitious Solar Power Project

October 5, 2012 

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | Co-owners John and Virginia Weber of Orofino Winery in Cawston, BC are proud to announce the completion of a significant solar project that will convert all power consumption of its public tasting building from traditional power sources to solar power. The project uses a unique hybrid system of solar photovoltaic panels and a solar thermal water heating system. The system was designed and constructed by Swiss Solar Tech from Summerland, BC who are leaders in solar technology implementation in the province. Learn more after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Similkameen’s “Orofino Strawbale Winery” Launches New 2011 Harvest Blog

September 14, 2011 

Orofino is located at 2152 Barcelo Road in beautiful Cawston, BC V0X 1C2 | (250) 499-0068 | www.orofinovineyards.com

The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery

Cawston, BC | Orofino in the Similkameen Valley has just created a new blog – The Orofino Press – that will follow the 2011 grape harvest from the vineyards to the barrels. Its not the glossy stuff created by the dozens of PR people they have hired but the everyday dirt on decisions that have to be made, the progression of the harvest and insights on making wine in the beautiful Similkameen Valley. Owners John and Virginia Weber along with their cellarhand Aaron Godard will post regular updates and pictures. What they are drinking, music they are listening to and maybe even the odd rant about the Saskatchewan Roughriders are all fair game. Its all things Orofino… Read more

GOODS: Orofino Winery Teams With Joy Road For True “Farm To Plate” Experience

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

The GOODS from Orofino

Cawston, BC | This unique event celebrates the beauty of the Similkameen Valley in all her forms. The evening will consist of a five course meal involving only the best foods provided by artisan producers from within a 1.6 mile radius of Orofino Winery.  Each course will be expertly crafted by chefs Cameron Smith and Dana Ewart, owners of the highly regarded Joy Road Catering company. Delectable surprises, unique produce and world-class flavours will be paired with Orofino’s best wines. Please join us in our beautiful winery courtyard for an enchanted evening of fine dining, remarkable wine, and good company! Get all the details after the jump… Read more

Rhys Pender: Orofino Vineyards & The Similkameen 1.6 Mile Diet…

August 13, 2009 

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Forget the 100 Mile diet. Orofino Vineyards and Bogner’s restaurant of Penticton have redefined the redefining of local. Last month the team put together two dinners that really celebrated local cuisine, sourcing everything from within a radius of just 1.6 miles (2.57 km) of the Orofino winery.

With the trend towards eating and celebrating local food gaining momentum all the time, it was fantastic to see what could be unearthed and discovered from within such a tiny area. John Weber, owner of Orofino, and Darin Paterson, owner and chef of Bogner’s, toured the local farms and hungrily eyed the unsuspecting local livestock in order to come up with a menu to showcase the Cawston region.

Cooking only ingredients grown this close to home is never easy, particularly having to forego some of the staples of the kitchen – oil, most spices, butter, salt. In spite of these, Paterson was very creative – making his own cheese and butter from local milk, cooking chicken confit style and marinating lamb in some delicious Orofino wine. The precious butter was used to luxuriously poach chicken breast and then to give gloss and flavours to the sauces. The team did make an exception for salt justifying it’s history of being traded as currency. Read more

Introducing The Similkameen Valley: 7% And Growing Strong

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The Similkameen Valley (wiki) is not a new wine region in BC, but it seems like it has only recently been remembered, or maybe, more appropriately, rediscovered. Located in the very south of BC, just west of Osoyoos, it is surprising that the Similkameen has taken so long to get serious attention. Read more

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