Be sure to pick up February’s issue of La Revue du Vin de France… British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario wines and wineries are featured in a multiple-page spread.
For the Okanagan some beautiful highlights of Osoyoos Larose and also Quail’s Gate, among others. Similkameen received due attention, though Naramata Bench didn’t even get a mention. Well, the printed page can only hold so many words… Report prepared by Pascal Patron, a professor at Quebec’s ITHQ.
Here’s what the cover looks like so order your issues now!
Posted in Chefs of The Okanagan, Local Food And Wine, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Food And Wine, Okanagan Wineries, Organic Wines, Similkameen, Vancouver Food And Wine, Westbank, White Wines
Tagged Canada Wines, La Revue du Vin de France, Local Food And Wine, Niagara On The Lake, Okanagan Valley, Orofino, Quail's Gate, Quebec, Similkameen
by: Tim Pawsey
Similkameen Valley and Cawston from the Fairview Road, Tim Pawsey photo
CAWSTON, B.C.–A sleepy backwater defined by its namesake river and towering peaks, the Similkameen Valley delights in its quiet, rural character that sets it apart from the Okanagan at large.
At least since the last gold rush, farming is a mainstay. What’s new is the scattering of vineyards and small wineries, which have sprung up in the last few years, making this one of the newest B.C. wine regions–and certainly one of the more intriguing. While the older plantings (such as Andres Rocky Ridge) are found along the river valley, much of the newer activity is taking place along the benchlands that define the valley’s east to west orientation.
Crowsnest Vineyards winemaker Ann Heinecke and her brother Sascha run a cosy 'gasthaus' - Tim Pawsey photo
Last night we had a chance to revisit Orofino’s wines, paired with dishes by former Sumac Ridge sommelier turned chef Roger Gillespie, at his multi-tasking Victoria Rd. Deli & Bistro (105-13615 Victoria Rd. N, Summerland, BC, 250-583-9343). Roger works hard to source local ingredients for his well conceived and prepared plates. Hit of the night: rich, wild mushroom and truffle-rubbed, perfectly pink slices of lamb loin (with sweet pea and baby carrot risotto) matched with Orofino 2007 Beleza, a brooding vanilla and cassis toned Cab. Sauv., Merlot and Petit Verdot blend.
The Hired Belly (aka Tim Pawsey) covers the food and wine revolution. He writes and shoots his own images for weekly columns in the Vancouver Courier and North Shore News, He also co-edits Zagat Vancouver (for which he wears a bullet-proof vest).
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Posted in Artisanal Foods, B.C. Farm Growers, Chefs of The Okanagan, Fruit Wines, Grape Varietals, Okanagan Wineries, Organic Farms, Organic Wines, Restaurants, Similkameen, Sustainable Chefs, Sustainable Foods, The Golden Mile, Vineyards, White Wines, Wine Festivals, Winery
Tagged Cabana Grille, Cawston, Hired Belly, Local Food And Wine, Locals, Ned Bell, Okanagan Food And Wine, Orofino, Similkameen