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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GOODS: Oliver’s “Stoneboat Vineyards” To Pour New Releases At Salt Tasting Room

Stoneboat is located at 7148 Orchard Grove Lane in Oliver BC | 888-598-2226 | www.stoneboatvineyards.com

The GOODS from Stoneboat Vineyards

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, June 26 2012, new releases from Stoneboat Vineyards will be in the spotlight at the Salt Tasting Room. The wines will be paired with gourmet delights such as artisanal cheeses and local charcuterie. Tim and Jay Martiniuk, two members of the family that owns and operates Stoneboat Vineyards, will attend the event and share their insights into the new vintages.

Brothers Tim and Jay exemplify the hands-on approach of the Martiniuk family, which has been a pioneer in BC’s winemaking industry since the 1980s. Jay is an experienced winemaker who served as cellarmaster at Osoyoos Larose and now designs and orchestrates the winemaking programs at Stoneboat. He recently completed a degree in Food Sciences at UBC, where he studied wine chemistry & fermentations at the Wine Research Centre. Jay’s twin brother Tim is known the resident jack-of-all-trades at the family winery, overseeing marketing and wine shop operations. The June event is part of Salt’s “Salt Cellar Series” of tasting events, and promises to show the new Stoneboat Vineyards wines to their best advantage, paired with a variety of savoury tidbits. Read more

Field Trip #590: Devouring Miles & More In The South Okanagan

September 8, 2011 

by Andrew Morrison | The thing about pieces of junk old English cars is that you can’t keep them garaged. You need to drive them fast over long distances from time to time or they get offended. If they get angry, which isn’t out of the ordinary, they can demand $4000 to pass on to a wily mechanic named Felix who finds it no end of amusing that you don’t know the first thing about automobiles (like stubborn horses, they just won’t go unless you feed them). It was with that in mind that I politely declined to join a gaggle of journalists with my wife on a flight up to the South Okanagan. I’d much prefer to drive the 792km round trip, and nevermind that it was going to be so hot that reptiles would burn and Pirelli rubber would turn to Bovril. Some carefully considered music and an unreliable sunroof would help me ignore such things, and in case the brittle engine decided to suddenly get cruelly interesting, there was a bottle of 2009 Blended Coolant from Chateau Canadian Tire in the trunk. Read more

Oliver’s “Stoneboat Vineyards” Has Joined Scout Magazine

September 8, 2009 

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Oliver’s Stoneboat Vineyards is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page. Click ahead for a taste, or visit their Scout page in our winery sectionRead more

Stoneboat Vineyards

October 5, 2008 

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Details

7148 Orchard Grove Lane, Oliver BC | MAP
(between Black Sage Road and Road 9)
Tel & Fax: 250-498-2226 | Toll Free: 888-598-2226
info@stoneboatvineyards.com | www.stoneboatvineyards.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/stoneboat
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/stoneboat
Hours: May – mid October: 10:00am – 6:00pm daily

Gallery

Pinot Gris grapeswineshopStoneboatPinot Blanc 2008Chorus 2008Pinot Gris 2007Pinotage 2007Pinot Noir 2007Faux Pas Rosé 2008The Stoneboat team: Clockwise: Tim, Jay, Leslie (wine server and in-house pianist), Chris, Todd (without whom our new building would be a pile of steel), Liana (wine server and good friend), Julie and LannyLanny Martiniuk, grape grower since 1983Julie and LannyJay MartiniukFrosty morning - A combination of fog and cold left a coating of hoar frost on the vines.Unattractive grapes yield beautiful wine. Botrytis (noble rot) shrivels the grapes, concentrating their sugar and flavour, and lends unique flavours to the wine. It is our use of botrytis affected grapes that differentiates Verglas from most icewines.ice wine syrup - slow and steadyThe Tasting RoomStoneboatPoured for the Lieutenant Governor and the BC Consular Corps on their visit to the winery.

About Stoneboat Vineyards

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Located along a winding country lane in Oliver, BC, on the rocky soils of the lower Black Sage Bench, Stoneboat Vineyards is one of the newest premium artisan wine producers in the South Okanagan Valley. The winery is owned and operated by two generations of the Martiniuk family, who have been growing vines on the since 1983.

Our focus in viticulture and winemaking is on Pinot varietals, which we believe are best suited to our unique location on the Black Sage. Our wines are sourced exclusively from three estate vineyards, which, unlike much of the South, thrive atop hundreds of feet of calcium encrusted stones. Their lower elevations and southwestern exposures balance warm days with very cool nights, enabling us to grow intensely flavoured whites with refreshing minerality and rich, layered reds.

Since its inception, Stoneboat has quietly earned awards and accolades for its balanced, character-driven wines. Over the past 25 years we have developed a close relationship with our land, following a farming philosophy that values integrity, minimal intervention, and sensitivity to the vines and soils. Our winemaking is inspired by this same approach; we strive to create wines that offer the most honest expression of their origins in our vineyards.