Hainle: The legacy behind Canada's first organic winery  

KELOWNA - The Hainle Vineyards legacy began in 1972, and was built on a number of impressive firsts. In 1978, it became the first commercial icewine producer in North America. In 1988, they became the first certified organic winery in Canada. In 2008, Hainle was the first Canadian winery to serve wine at the Oscars. In addition to numerous other prestigious awards, they won Best Pinot in the world for their 2007 through 2010 vintages.

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Big changes coming for Lake Country's O'Rourke Peak Cellars  

KELOWNA - There’s more on the horizon at O’Rourke Peak Cellars than a stunning view of Okanagan Lake.

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Why Black Market Wine calls Kaleden 'one of the last frontiers in the Okanagan'  

In anticipation of the highly anticipated Garagiste North Small Producers Festival Sunday, August 18th, I will be featuring a lineup of interviews with some of the starring winemakers coming to this year’s fest! This annual event features the small lot, hard to find wineries that are making a huge buzz with their fantastic wines. Award-winning, boutique, and many without yet a tasting room, these are the renegades who are rocking the wine world

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Skinny Duke's Glorious Emporium in Kelowna is all right, all right, all right  

KELOWNA - Skinny Duke's Glorious Emporium isn't grandma's basement; it's your cool uncle's batchelor pad that chasn't changed since 1975. Walking through the front door is like stepping back in time, down to the jukebox by the bathrooms, the old fuzzy TVs, the plants hanging from the ceiling and the original Star Wars figurines lining the shelf above the bar.

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Why this winemaker moonlights as a winemaker  

In anticipation of the highly anticipated Garagiste North Small Producers Festival Sunday, August 18th, I will be featuring a special series of interviews featuring some of the star winemakers coming to this year’s fest! This annual event features the small lot, hard to find wineries that are making a huge buzz with their fantastic wines. Award-winning, boutique, and many without yet a tasting room, these are the renegades who are rocking the wine world

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This rose by any other name would smell as sweet, thanks to Vern  

KELOWNA - The House of Rose's legacy began with Vern Rose, who many remember as a jovial character in a Tilly hat with a passion for winemaking.

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Bananas once grew in the Okanagan thanks to one industrious farmer  

PENTICTON - A long time ago, tropical fruit grew in the Okanagan.

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Why this Okanagan wine maker has 13 speakers in the vineyard  

In anticipation of the highly anticipated Garagiste North Small Producers Festival Sunday, August 18th, I will be featuring a special series of interviews featuring some of the star winemakers coming to this year’s fest! This annual event features the small lot, hard to find wineries that are making a huge buzz with their fantastic wines. Award-winning, boutique, and many without yet a tasting room, these are the renegades who are rocking the wine world

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How one small wine producer is helping other women follow in her footsteps  

In anticipation of the highly anticipated Garagiste North Small Producers Festival Sunday, August 18th, I will be featuring a lineup of interviews with some of the starring winemakers coming to this year’s fest. This annual event features the small-lot, hard-to-find wineries that are making a huge buzz with their fantastic wines. Award-winning, boutique, and many without yet a tasting room, these are the renegades who are rocking the wine world

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UBCO researchers dive into the science of wine  

KELOWNA - Understanding the nuances of a great pinot noir isn't just about swishing, swirling and imbibing all day — but it helps.

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Penticton's B.C. Beverage Technology Access Centre gets new leadership  

PENTICTON - Wes Peterson has a challenging task in front of him.

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Farmer Friday: Meet Jordan Marr from Unearthed Farms - Fine Veggies & Herbs  

Jordan Marr grows a gorgeous range of organic vegetables and herbs from his farm in Kelowna where he lives with wife Vanessa and little boy Levon.

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Sparkling wine in a can? The Okanagan has some of the best  

Wine in a can— brilliant right? 

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3 awesome Okanagan food and wine events not to miss  

Summer wine country is all about long-table wine dinners and parties, right? Here are three upcoming delicious events that still have tickets available - but do hurry.

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Best breakfast spots in Kamloops and the Okanagan  

Doing anything in the morning takes extra effort, let alone trying to find the perfect breakfast spot on a hot Okanagan morning. There are so many factors to consider: location, menu, pricing, busyness, cuteness?

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iN WINE Wednesday: Nagging Doubt Winery Siegerrebe  

Beautiful South East Kelowna has become one of B.C.’s most exciting new wine and drink touring regions. Wineries, cideries and distilleries are set amongst the rolling hillsides dotted with orchards and lined in vines.

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iN WINE: Seven delicious BC cheeses you need to eat  

BC has a bounty of amazing cheesemakers allowing us to build one heck of a local cheese board. And luckily, we have wine to pair with it all.

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Spotlight on Wine Industry Champion: Wesley Hunter  

Our BC wine industry has an amazing community of local support behind it. Besides the loyal consumers, there are businesses that make it their goal to support local products and wines and they deserve major kudos.

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13 non-pretentious wineries to tour in the Okanagan  

Dressing up fancy is hard. It involves uncomfortable shoes, stuffy necklines, and just too much effort. This may pose a problem if you want to get out and enjoy a wine tasting, especially if you've just come from a hike or a morning trip to the Farmer's Market.

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Wine shopping? There's an app for that  

We are getting used to saying, "there’s an app for that!" But is there one available to help you choose local BC wine? Well yes, as of now, "there’s an app for that."

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You've had espresso, you've had gelato, but have you tried an Affogato?  

Affogato translates to ‘drowned’ in Italian. And in this case, it is a good thing.  

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iN WINE Adventure: Eat, drink & splash around beautiful Quadra Island  

Vancouver Island is a destination for food and wine lovers. Farm rich, with easy access to the bounty from the sea, there is a glorious lineup of wineries and drinkeries scattered around the main island, with a rich concentration in Cowichan Bay. The B.C. wine scene extends to the Gulf Islands with Salt Spring Island and Pender Island on the route. Much to my delight, I discovered that there was one on Quadra Island.

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The top 10 small wineries in Canada are announced and the winner is...  

Some of BC’s smallest wineries are celebrating big time after the results of The WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada were released on August 1.

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For some of the best heirloom tomatoes in the South Okanagan, find Forbes Farm  

Brothers Steve and Gordon Forbes own and operate a 13-acre certified organic farm just north of the town of Oliver. Their parents Don and Jean began farming that land in 1974 and received the certified organic status in 1996.

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iN Season: Granny's pickled beans recipe  

Pickled beans are a big favourite in my family. Especially for the kids who will devour an entire jar in no time flat! This recipe comes from my Granny Weisbeck's repertoire but it has become one of my mom's specialties.

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iN WINE Wednesday: Scorched Earth Winery PASK Pinot Noir  

This gorgeous Pinot Noir comes from Kelowna's Scorched Earth Winery. PASK is an acronym representing the names of their family: Peter, Anita, Shae, Kiana. Future labels will all be Scorched Earth Winery.

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The future of food processing is coming to Kamloops  

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops farmers, bakers and all other food makers rejoice. A shared processing facility will soon welcome food business owners looking to enhance their production and business models.

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Wine pioneer's celebration of life to take place in Penticton  

KELOWNA - A celebration of life for wine industry pioneer Harry McWatters will take place Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

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Orange Wine - WineAlign announces Canada's best  

You may have heard through the grapevine, that the hottest trend in winemaking is orange wine. What now you might want to know what it is. No, it is not made from oranges, it is not rosé and actually it is not really new. It is really a very old practice dating back thousands of years

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iN WINE: Make these delicious steak tacos this weekend  

Steak Tacos with Peach Salsa & Spicy Slaw

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Win the Okanagan Spirits lottery and take your whisky home  

Calling all whiskey connoisseurs, appreciators, fanatics and afficionados: The most exclusive whisky in the Okanagan valley has just become available, but there’s only two ways to get your hands on it.

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iN VIDEO: Drying Okanagan cherries from the perspective of a helicopter pilot  

VERNON - Okanagan residents have become all too familiar with the thrum of helicopter blades spinning above local orchards as cherry farmers worked to save their crops from a particularly soggy summer.

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iN WINE Farmer Friday: Jennay Oliver, Paynter's Fruit Market  

Henry Paynter arrived to Canada from England in 1919 and decided to set up shop on their prosperous acreage in 1952. He married a local girl, Sheila McKay and the couple’s family grew to six children, 13 grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren and counting. Many of the family is still involved in the various farm lands and have grown into their current thriving agri-tourism business.  

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iN WINE: A tribute to B.C. wine legend Harry McWatters  

This week the Okanagan wine industry suffered a tremendous loss. Known by many as the godfather and pioneer of B.C. wine, Harry McWatters died July 22.

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iN WINE: Meadow Vista's sparkling cherry mead back again for summer  

KELOWNA - It's not wine, it's not cider, it's not made from fruit, it's mead.

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iN Season: Easy Peachy Pastries  

One of the Okanagan’s biggest superstars is in season right now: Peaches. For many, the name alone conjures wonderful childhood memories of the Okanagan. A hot summer day, a sun warmed peach, juice running off your chin onto your bathing suit and your face still a little itchy from the peach fuzz that you couldn’t wait to wash off before you bit. Heaven.

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Wine Wednesday: Sunnybrae Vineyards & Winery Redneck Red  

Sunnybrae Redneck Red - $18.00

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iN WINE: Dining 'Out n About' in the Okanagan  

Those of us who are lucky enough to live in beautiful wine country should try to celebrate it in all of its glory, often. One of the very best ways to experience the natural glamour here is to dine al fresco (translation: outside).

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Fruit growers filing hundreds of insurance claims as apricot, cherry crops hammered by weather  

KELOWNA - The last two fruit growing seasons were particularly hard on apple growers, forcing many to access a form of government insurance.

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iN WINE: CrAsian Food Truck opens two new eateries  

Fans of The CrAsian Food Truck are about to lose their minds. The Koga sisters, Courtney and Meiko, owners and operators of the delicious destination food truck, have announced that they are expanding not once but twice into two different eatery extensions in town.

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Soup Sisters serving hearty meals and support for Kelowna Women's Shelter  

KELOWNA - Soup Sisters has been warming bowls and hearts in Kelowna for the past eight years.

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Okanagan grape growers looking for sunshine and heat to finish the summer  

OKANAGAN FALLS - Okanagan grape growers have mixed opinions about this year’s growing season, as they deal with some unusual weather conditions compared to recent years.

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iN WINE: 4 new breweries tapping into Kelowna's craft beer scene  

KELOWNA - Once there was only Tree Brewing: Now there are more craft breweries than you can hit up in a single night.

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iN WINE: B.C. eliminates personal limits on out-of-province liquor  

KELOWNA - B.C. residents visiting other provinces and territories are now able to bring home liquor products for personal consumption without any restrictions or limits.

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iN WINE: The best pizza on patios in the Okanagan  

One of the best things about summer is the chance to eat outdoors. Pizza has been described as the perfect food, it covers all of the food categories, it is great to share and the flavour combinations are endless. So here are some perfect places to eat pizza on patios with pairings and pals. Cheers!

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Farmer Friday: Rupi & Sunny Bhangu, K.L.O. Farm Market  

Rupi and her husband Sunny Bhangu have owned the busy K.L.O Farm Market in Kelowna for eight years but have been leasing it out until this year. Rupi says, “Farming is in her blood. Her family in India are farmers and running her own gardens and market has been her dream.”

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iN WINE: Fun Okanagan food classes to sign on for in July  

Summers in the Okanagan are all about food and fun. Here are three delicious events that you can still sign up for in July:

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iN WINE: B.C. Wine, Cider & Spirits Festival's Mile High takes tasting to new heights  

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Have you ever wanted to sample B.C.’s best in craft wine, cider, spirits and beer 5,280 feet above sea level?

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iN WINE Wednesday: CedarCreek Sauvignon Blanc  

Wine of the Week: 2018 Border Vista Sauvignon Blanc $29.99

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Kelowna grocery co-op could shut down after rough month  

KELOWNA - A local grocery co-operative is throwing everything at the wall in an effort to stay open after a dismal month of business.

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iN WINE: Ex Nihilo in Lake Country staying open later to satisfy night owls  

LAKE COUNTRY - Night owls, rejoice; Ex Nihilo in Lake Country plans to be open later to satisfying all your evening cravings.

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iN WINE: Oliver's Covert Farms Family Estate scoops up medals in international organic wine award  

OLIVER - Oliver’s Covert Farms Family Estate took it to the competition at the recently held International Organic Wine Awards based in Germany.

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iN WINE: Moor & munch at these 7 Okanagan lakefront restaurants  

Finding parking, traffic congestion, tourists everywhere — summer driving in the Okanagan can be a drag, especially if all you want is to get some dinner. Why not skip the traffic jams and hit the lake for a bite to eat?

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iNwine: Natural Wines are in at Sperling Vineyards  

Pet Nat – What’s that? As the sign reads out front of Kelowna’s Sperling Vineyards, here winemaker Ann Sperling and her family are real pioneers. First as pioneers in the history of agriculture in Kelowna and now in the world of biodynamic and organic viticulture and winemaking practice. The proof of the success is in the long lineup of awards and you can go taste for yourself. The tasting room is easily accessible just off of Benvoulin Road.

So Pet Nat

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iN WINE: Adventure to the Kootenays  

Finally! I made the long overdue road trip to the breathtaking Kootenays. It is a fun drive, heading from Kelowna through Rock Creek and winding by small townships like Greenwood and Grand Forks (aka the borscht capital of B.C.). The scenery changes and grows more super natural by the mile. And our route home was a lucky mistake, we took a wrong turn and came full circle over Anarchist Mountain in Osoyoos

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Saturday iN SEASON Recipe: Halibut with blueberry salsa and potatoes with peas and mint  

Fresh B.C. fish with local blueberries, peas and potatoes kissed with mint combine to make a delicious celebration of the season in one meal. The potatoes are from my dad’s garden and they are seriously the best potatoes ever. They are an early variety called Warbas, an heirloom product originally released in the 1920s. They are thin-skinned, delicious, moist and tender.

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iN WINE: New Water to Wine tour combines indigenous history, paddling, and wine  

KAMLOOPS - A new interpretive tour in Kamloops will combine the area's rich Indigenous history with wine tasting and a patio picnic.

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iN WINE Farmer Friday: East Kelowna Market  

All hail the farmers market!

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iN WINE: Grazers for hire — sheep in the wine industry  

Baa baa black sheep have you any…um, grapes?

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iN wine: When life gives you apples, make Okanagan vodka  

KELOWNA - In 2010, Blair Wilson and his wife moved to Kelowna and bought a 20-acre apple orchard. However, with lots of apples comes lots of hard farm work.

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in Wine Wednesday: vinAmité Gamay Noir  

What the heck is Gamay Noir? GAM-may NEW-or is a light bodied, friendly red wine that is easy drinking and the perfect choice for those of you are not into the big reds.

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iN wine: Vernon food tours shine spotlight on city's culinary culture  

VERNON - Foodies in Vernon now have the chance to experience some off-the-menu items at local eateries with the launch of a downtown food tour.

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iN wine: Berries and beer make for a delicious July  

KELOWNA - Craft breweries in Kamloops, Salmon Arm and other parts of the province are partnering with local haskap growers to brew their own take on a haskap beer - from lagers to ales to sours.

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iNwine: Kelowna Brewing Company opens its doors, only a 10 minute walk from UBCO  

KELOWNA - Craft beer, Okanagan views, a patio, pool table, foosball and a full menu.

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iNwine: Culinary Championships are within reach for a select group of Kelowna chefs  

KELOWNA - Kelowna won’t be offering up golden plates this year, but that doesn’t mean the push toward culinary excellence will be slowed.  It may just mean that the spotlight shines brighter on Kelowna than ever before.

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iNwine: Opera and wine in a fantastic Okanagan location  

KELOWNA - The outdoor amphitheatre at Mission Hill provides top-notch acoustics and world-class views in an intimate setting.

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iNwine: Les Dames Summerdine returns in August  

Book the date. On Aug. 14 Les Dames d’Escoffier B.C.’s annual Summerdine returns and tickets are selling fast.

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iNwine: Saddle up. It's time to embark on an Okanagan Rail Trail brewery tour  

KELOWNA - Everyone knows that the best thing after a long, summer bike ride is a glass of cold, local craft beer. Luckily for us beer-lovers, these four Kelowna breweries are all accessible directly from the Okanagan Rail Trail. From the first stop to the fourth, the ride is just under an hour. 

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iNwine's Farmer Friday: Covert Farms does it all  

OLIVER - Covert Farms in Oliver has it all and does it all. They are farmers and winemakers and are totally organic. Now on the fourth generation of farmers in the family, Gene and Shelly Covert with their three children and  Gene's mother, Diana Covert, run this stunning 650-acre organic farm with all hands-on deck.

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iNwine: Silkscarf Viognier for Wine Wednesday  

Today's Wine Wednesday takes us to Summerland to meet the Manoff family, see Silkscarf Winery and to enjoy its unique and delicious Viognier

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iNseason: Apricot Jam - French style  

Apricots are in season right now but due to the low crop yield locally this year, they may be hard to come by. If you do find them, after you indulge in feast of fresh, do make this apricot jam.

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Sunday Night Super Supper Featuring: Peas  

To celebrate glorious pea season every year, I always make this delicious pasta dish--a few times. You can find peas at the local farmers markets now.

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iNWine: Kelowna winemaker inducted into Order of Canada  

KELOWNA - A Kelowna local who has innovated the B.C. wine industry is being honoured with an official induction into the Order of Canada.

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inWine: Bobotie's a delicious recipe from South African wine country  

Bobotie is a favourite South African dish and it is to die for. I first tasted it a couple of years ago on a trip to South Africa at Bertus Basson’s Spice Route Restaurant. The Spice Route Destination is an artisan community that offers fantastic little shops ranging from a chocolate maker to a beer brewer and is also home to the Spice Route Winery. 

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iNwine: Cheesemongers Perseval & Young to set up shop in the north end brewery district of Kelowna  

Kelowna is finally getting their very own cheese shop. Another sign that we are seriously hitting our goal of creating a fully formed urban culture in downtown Kelowna, Perseval & Young Cheesemongers make it official. We got cheese, baby.

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iNwine: Hectic, rainy week for Okanagan cherry farmers  

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - It continues to be a hectic week for cherry farmers in the Okanagan as the heavy rain threatens to wipe out entire crops.

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iNwine's Farmer Friday: The Chen family, Glenmore Garden Market  

Dreamed of having a fresh, local farm market to shop at every day instead of planning for specific farmers market days? Glenmore Garden Market has you covered. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the lovely Chen family has a big beautiful spray-free farm that grows an enormous variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs.

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iNwine: Schell flourishes exploring her roots and sharing their bounty  

KELOWNA - There's so much to take in at Jennifer Schell's home: a stunning bouquet of fresh flowers in varied pinks, bookshelves buckling with well-read travel and wine guides and, of course,  cookbooks. 

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iNwine Wednesday: What to drink today  

Wine Wednesday: Kalala Rosé

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iNwine: Are you ready for the tailgate party of the year?  

NARAMATA - Tickets for one of the most popular tailgate parties in the Okanagan are on sale now. 

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Garagiste North Wine Festival returns to Kelowna  

Get ready to rock your palates! Sunday, Aug. 18 at Sperling Vineyards in Kelowna the Fifth Annual Garagiste North: The Small Producers Wine Festival returns. This exciting event gathers some of B.C.’s biggest wine stars, that also happen to be some of the smallest wine producers, making under 2,000 cases per year.

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iNwine: Kelowna Farmer's Market bigger than ever  

KELOWNA - The Kelowna Farmer's Market had more vendors than ever before last Saturday.

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Four Spectacular Okanagan Patios To Get Your Sparkle On  

Which libation is synonymous with celebration, happiness and love? You got it – it’s bubbles baby!  And luckily, the BC wine world has corks flying as more and more of our wineries have chosen to get their sparkle on. Lunching with bubbles is one of my favorite ways to celebrate life and what pairs best with BC sparkling wine? A patio!

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Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm wins $5,000 grant  

KELOWNA - The Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm won this year’s Canadian FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, rising above almost 2,000 other entries.

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Why cider is making a comeback in the Okanagan  

KELOWNA - Cider is fast becoming a staple in the Okanagan — everyone knows you can find local ciders in almost any liquor store — but cider hasn’t always been as popular in the Okanagan as it is now.

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iN Season: Rhubarb pie recipe  

In your gardens and at the farmers markets right now you will see this tart, ruby red beauty.

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Kelowna's Sperling Vineyards wins gold for Riesling  

KELOWNA - In the 2019 Decanter Wine Awards, seven gold awards were awarded for non-icewines in Canada.

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Vegan donuts and so much more at Kelowna's Souk Market  

KELOWNA - The Okanagan has long been known as a home to many talented artists — here in Kelowna, galleries are always full of the work of painters, sculptors and crafters.

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Kelowna winery breaks new ground with Certified B Corporation standing  

KELOWNA - Ezra Cipes, the CEO of Summerhill Winery, first heard about being a Certified B Corporation two years ago at an eatery in Vancouver.

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Farmer Friday: Green Croft Gardens  

Okanagan Farmers Market regulars will be very familiar with these two lovely faces and their electric lime green van. Wolf and Gaby Wesle of Greencroft Gardens in Grindrod have been involved in our local farmers market world for many years and are staples at the Kelowna Farmers & Crafters Market.

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Enjoy all local producers have to offer at local farmers markets  

Locally grown food, locally produced wines — there’s arguably no better combination in B.C. And, in case you haven’t heard, there's no better place to enjoy it than the farmers’ markets around the Interior.

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Wine Wednesday: What to drink today  

Little Farm Winery is located in the stunning Similkameen Valley. A small but mighty brand, winemaker Alishan Driedeger has been creating a buzz in the wine world with her micro production, terroir driven wines.

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Wines for summer: What to sip when it sizzles  

The first day of Summer might be more than a week away, but you can’t tell it by the weather. The arrival of tourists and hot days say it’s summer in the Okanagan Valley. And for those of us who live here it signals a season of entertaining visiting family and friends.

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iN Season: Strawberries & Peonies  

Two of my favourite things just happen to make their seasonal debut together.

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Kelowna's delicious new vegetarian restaurant  

Not a vegetarian? Prepare to become a convert after visiting Kelowna’s hottest new eatery Frankie We Salute You! Located in the quickly expanding Landmark District, the new District Market building houses this cool desperately needed addition to the Kelowna food scene.

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iNwine Delicious Adventures: Lillooet  

Road trip! Go explore the province’s many wine regions this summer.

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We can't hold back any longer  

Something new and fresh has been uncorked at iNFOnews.ca.

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Cherry season has officially arrived  

KELOWNA - The cherry season has started in the Okanagan with early varieties now making their way from Osoyoos.

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Kamloops wineries take home 14 medals at national wine competition  

KAMLOOPS — Three Kamloops wineries won a record-breaking 14 medals at this year’s All Canadian Wine Championships.

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New café Ambience open in downtown Kelowna  

KELOWNA - A new locally-owned café just opened up in one of the oldest buildings in downtown Kelowna.

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Funding boost given to the Okanagan wine industry  

PENTICTON - Okanagan College’s Penticton campus is getting $1.75 million over five years for a “technology access centre” to help the wine industry.

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From branch to bottle: Must-see cideries from the Thompson-Okanagan  

Are you sick of wine yet? Don't worry, we won't make you admit it. As amazing as our Okanagan wineries are, sometimes you just need a change. 

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Why the Okanagan cherry is taking over  

THEY'RE POPPING UP IN THE STRANGEST PLACES, REPLACING APPLES, BARREN HILLSIDES, EVEN A DAIRY FARM

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Strawberry season is underway in the Okanagan  

PENTICTON - The Okanagan’s 2019 strawberry crop is ready for harvest in the southern part of the valley.

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Kelowna's District Market teeming with activity  

KELOWNA - The old Volkswagen building on Harvey Avenue has a new lease on life.

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Local restaurants taking part in Kamloops Wine Festival  

KAMLOOPS — A week long festival celebrating wine in the Tournament Capital is currently taking place until Saturday.

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'Total crop failure' for many Okanagan apricot farmers  

KELOWNA - If apricots are your jam, brace yourself for some bad news.

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Why Okanagan farmland prices continue to soar  

WITH LITTLE ON THE MARKET, FARMLAND UP AND DOWN THE VALLEY IS A HOT COMMODITY.

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Delta Hotels by Marriott Kamloops announces new restaurant  

KAMLOOPS - The transformation of Hotel 540 in downtown Kamloops into a Delta Hotels by Marriott franchise continues with the addition of a new restaurant.

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Victoria chef takes home award at Canadian Culinary Championships  

KELOWNA — A chef from Victoria has won the first competition of Kelowna’s Canadian Culinary Championship, yesterday.

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Mild winter playing havoc on Okanagan icewine producers  

Edwin Chu is keeping his fingers crossed, checking the weather forecast obsessively and unlike the rest of us — hoping for colder temperatures.

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Wide variety of opinions from winemakers on this year's Okanagan vintage  

OKANAGAN - The grape growing season in the Okanagan is just wrapping up, and it appears growers and winemakers have widely varying opinions on the quality of this years harvest.

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Valley apple growers recognized at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair  

KELOWNA - Okanagan apple growers were honoured at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

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Summerhill Winery in Kelowna wants to expand  

KELOWNA - Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna is looking to add a lounge to its winery operations.

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Naramata wineries opposed to use of Naramata Bench term to denote wine region  

PENTICTON - What’s in a name? When it comes to a wine region, a lot.

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New sub-appellation recognizes Okanagan Falls wines as distinct  

PENTICTON  - A new sub-appellation for B.C. wines now recognizes Okanagan Falls as a distinct wine producing region.

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Okanagan business turns winemaking waste into gourmet food  

PENTICTON - Tyson Still says he’s bound by contract not to reveal the outcome of his segment on an episode of Dragons' Den before the show airs sometime this fall.

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Former Paramount theatre in Kelowna reopens as craft beer restaurant  

KELOWNA - Selling beer in wine country doesn’t bother P.J. L’Heureux, founder and president of Craft Beer Market. Nor does doing it an iconic location, in this case the former Paramount Theatre on Bernard Avenue which opened in the '50s and where generations of locals grew up watching movies

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Kamloops wines win big at national competition  

KAMLOOPS - Wineries in Kamloops walked away from a national championship with 10 medals.

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Constitutional battles now brewing over wine boycott  

PENTICTON - The legal battle challenging Alberta’s right to stop the flow of B.C. wine into the province is building on several fronts as stakeholders and a constitutional rights group consider a court challenge to the boycott.

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It's not just British Columbians suffering from Alberta's wine ban  

PENTICTON - British Columbia wineries aren’t the only ones paying the price for pipeline politics in the wake of an Alberta boycott of B.C. wines earlier this month — it's also Albertans struggling and not just because they don't have our wine.

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Effects of Alberta's B.C wine boycott already being felt by local wineries  

PENTICTON - It hasn’t taken long for the Alberta wine boycott to have an affect on B.C. wineries.

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B.C. wine boycott will have an immediate and negative effect on Okanagan wineries: Industry spokesperson  

PENTICTON - Okanagan Valley grape growers will feel the effects of Alberta’s decision to boycott B.C. wines, say local industry representatives.

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Appreciation for quality and demand for Okanagan wine driving vineyard purchases  

PENTICTON - A Naramata-based, family-owned winery that has received accolades for its wine is the latest of several wineries in the Okanagan to change hands this year.

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Wine lovers rave about small producers wine festival in Penticton  

PENTICTON - Crowds of wine lovers were like kids in a candy shop at the fifth annual Garagiste North small producers wine festival in Penticton this past weekend.

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Have you been drinking wine the wrong way?  

KELOWNA - Most wine drinkers have wine glasses, and some go further and have white wine and red wine specific glassware, but what if there was a glass specially made for each type of wine?

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Local wine industry expert launches her own wine  

KELOWNA - After years of covering B.C.’s wine scene, Jennifer Schell is now on the other side of the business, releasing her first line of wines, Schell Wines.

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Mega winery near Oliver ready to take on the world  

OLIVER - The Oliver area is adding to its growing reputation as a destination for upscale tourism with the introduction of a prestigious new winery.

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Kamloops wines win big at national competition  

KAMLOOPS - Three Kamloops wineries walked away with nine medal at the 37th annual All Canadian Wine Championships in Ontario last week.

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Spring brings flowers and the start of the Okanagan wine season  

KELOWNA - Okanagan residents can get excited for spring, and not just because of the warm weather. The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society is holding its twenty-third year of spring festivities soon and that's giving some a reason to celebrate.

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Okanagan vineyard wins big at Cascadia Wine Competition  

OKANAGAN FALLS - Being recognized on the international stage is starting to become the norm for Okanagan winemakers.

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Proposed change for Canadian wine labels aimed at reducing confusion  

KELOWNA - Upcoming changes to wine labels are going to make it easier for customers to know when they’re buying 100 per cent domestic wine.

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Changes to B.C. wine rules means consumers will get a better idea of regional flavours  

KELOWNA - Some new changes are coming to B.C. wine labels.

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Kamloops wine industry excited to keep specialized wine licence  

KAMLOOPS - Now that wine will be allowed on a Kamloops grocery store's shelves, local industry associations are looking forward to the economic impact.

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Save-On-Foods not allowed to sell wine in Kamloops  

KAMLOOPS - In front of crowded chambers Kamloops council voted to deny the Save-On-Foods application which would have allowed sales of wine in their Sahali store.

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Another round of grocery store wine debate set to go before Kamloops council  

KAMLOOPS - The debate over allowing wine on the shelves of a Kamloops grocery store is back before council today.

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Kamloops Wine Festival less than a month away  

KAMLOOPS - Fans of wine will get a chance to support the arts by attending the events planned during the upcoming Kamloops Wine Festival.

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Kamloops wineries join film festival events to promote local  

KAMLOOPS - Local wines and local films will be on tap during the Kamloops Film Festival later this week.

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Wine and dine events coming to the Thompson-Okanagan  

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Food and wine events across the region will given foodies the chance to explore local wines, beer and food over the next two weeks.

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Local wine scene recognized as among the best in the world  

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – Wineries from Osoyoos to Kamloops are getting some high-profile exposure and being called some of among the best wine destinations in the world.

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Nova Scotia allows wine shipments from B.C.  

KELOWNA - Wine lovers at both ends of the country have a reason to tip their glasses following an announcement by B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick.

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Kamloops wine industry official with launch of new tourism signs  

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops is officially a wine region with the launch of provincial highway signs letting people know about local wineries.

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Winery first in Kamloops to win prestigious award  

KAMLOOPS - Last week, experts selected a Kamloops winery’s 2012 vintage for 'Pinot Noir over $25' as the best in Canada — handing it a double gold award at the country’s oldest wine competition, the All Canadian Wine Championships.

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Association putting spotlight on Kamloops wines  

KAMLOOPS - Four local wineries are working hard to put Kamloops on the map as part of the newly formed Kamloops Wineries Association.

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B.C. wines available at grocery stores on April 1  

VICTORIA - Home-grown British Columbia wines are getting their own shelf at provincial grocery stores this spring.

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Celebrate the holidays Okanagan Valley-style with Winter Wine Events  

OKANAGAN - Okanagan Valley wineries are getting in the holiday spirit with open houses, events, light ups and tastings, all part of Winter Wine Events in B.C. Wine Country, a wine-filled event running from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7.

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