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McWatters and Time March On — to Penticton

By |April 25th, 2016|

Harry McWatters is like the venerable Energizer Bunny... Every time you think he might be done, he keeps on going. And it’s usually well ahead of the curve.

McWatters Sells Time Estate Land, Building

By |April 2nd, 2016|

When Harry McWatters (pictured above in 2013) announced on April 1 that he had sold his beloved Sundial Vineyard and still unfinished new winery I wasn’t all that shocked. I knew it was no April Fool's joke. I had visited the site just last month and was surprised to see just how far behind it [...]

Britagne: The ‘Champagne’ of British Bubble

By |November 14th, 2015|

Cava, Proseccco, Spumante, Sekt, Cap Classique.  There’s no end of monikers for effervescent efforts that mimic Champagne—even if in Canada we’ve yet to come up with our own handle beyond, truly riveting, ‘Methode Traditionelle.’  The fact is: Champagne and sparkling wine sales are booming just about everywhere. That’s good news for consumers, who are benefiting [...]

Goodbye Raincity Grill & C: Agents of Real Change

By |November 17th, 2014|

Raincity Grill owner Harry Kambolis, at Nu, 2005 Raincity closes Whatever the circumstances, I was saddened by last week’s shuttering of long-running Raincity Grill and, not that long before, of C Restaurant, owned by Harry Kambolis. In the fickle world of dining there are any number of reasons as to why restaurants come and [...]

Golden Mile Bench Approved as Okanagan Valley’s First Sub-Appellation

By |October 17th, 2014|

South Okanagan, including the proposed Golden Mile Bench, from Anarchist Mtn., Tim Pawsey photo Updated: October 17th, 2014 ... GOLDEN MILE APPROVED AS BC's FIRST SUB G-I As per the British Columbia Grape Authority: "Golden Mile Bench" Sub-GI Application On May 20, 2014 the Authority received an application from a group of proponents [...]

First Bites at Vancouver’s Fat Badger

By |June 15th, 2014|

The Fat Badger: making good use of a familiar space I knew when I walked into The Fat Badger (1616 Alberni St., Vancouver) for the first time that it would stir my emotions. After all, there are few buildings in Vancouver with which I have a stronger connection than this West End house on Alberni [...]

Blue Water Café Unsung Heroes: the 10th Anniversary Edition

By |January 16th, 2014|

Unsung Heroes creator, and Blue Water executive chef, Frank Pabst It was a decade ago that Frank Pabst rolled out his first Unsung Heroes seafood festival. Interestingly, at the time, it was considered to be not only cutting edge but a risky proposition. Pabst served ingredients such as sea urchin, jellyfish and poached [...]

Haywire Unveils Lunar New Year Pinot Noir & Comprehensive Pairing Guide

By |January 10th, 2014|

Another Haywire first! How about toasting The Year of the Horse with a brightly adorned bottle of Okanagan Pinot Noir? While several BC wineries have turned their attention to Hong Kong and the broader mainland Chinese market in the last couple of years, few have pursued the significant Canadian Asian market here at [...]

BYO = Brew Your Own: Moonshine Beer in Bag Home Brewing Unveiled in U.K.

By |November 27th, 2013|

Hops in a bag at home? No worries! Never at a loss to navigate their way around high liquor taxes, the Brits are at it again. This time with the seemingly ingenious and cleverly named Moonshine home brewing bag. Just add water and wait! I wonder if and when (or if ever) this [...]

The Ultimate Customized Wine Tour: Striking Gold in Burgundy

By |May 24th, 2013|

Bourgogne Gold Tour owner Youri Lebault Always a map at the ready ... Thinking of going on a wine tour? You're not alone. Wine tourism is growing by leaps and bounds. I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips but, from Argentina to Azerbaijan, the ever expanding world of wine culture is driving [...]

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