Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer at Blue Mountain Vineyard overlooking McIntyre Bluff to the south. Which season will you visit the Okanagan this year?
Here are some of our favourite photographs of the four seasons.
Fall at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
Winter at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
by Gordon Hartley
Spring at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
Summer at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars
by Andrea Johnson Photography
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The winner will be drawn on October 15th, 2014.
Here are a few of our picks for places to eat in Kelowna:
Raudz - get there early, they don't take reservations unless you have a party of 8 or more and the place is full by 5:30pm Or try their new offering Micro, just a couple doors down towards Bernard Ave.
Waterfront Grill - one of the most talented Chef's in our country. We are fortunate to have Mark Filitow in the sunny Okanagan. The food is authentically local and unique to the valley.
Bouchons - An elegant French bistro in the heart of Kelowna, incredible flavours, extensive wine list. Treat yourself to our bubbly by the glass.
La Bussola- Classic Italian for over 25 years. Great wine list.
The Eldorado - one of the original hotels on the water, historic and probably one of the best patio's on the lake. Join them for Sunday Brunch
Cabana - If you just want to head out with friends and enjoy a fun night out this place is always ready to party. Great food, great wine, bring your great friends!
Smack Dab- The newly named restaurant at Manteo Resort is modern and cool. There is something for everyone on the menu and the patio provides some of the best people watching anywhere.
Fixx Cafe - Fresh, tasty, extensive menu with something for everyone. Great for lunch or dinner in the mission area of Kelowna.
Mabui - Authentic Japanese , great for sharing plates and genuine hospitality.
Poppadoms- authentic Indian with all the ingredients on the menu being sourced locally except for the spices. Cozy atmosphere, friendly staff.
Joey's - Casual dining with a global theme. Enjoy our Gamay Noir.
Of course there are many other great restaurants throughout the Okanagan Valley.
If you have any other suggestions, or if there is somewhere that you've particularly enjoyed, please feel free to comment below!
Time Lapse of the vineyard at Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars looking south over McIntyre Bluff. Created by our 2013 Tasting Room Intern, David Schafer.
The Blue Mountain tasting room is open May - October, 7 days a week from 11am - 5pm.
Tasting room hours:
Monday - Sunday 11:00am - 5:00pm
How did you become interested in wine?
Although my country Serbia has a long wine tradition, the idea of working in the sector came somewhat later for me. As a member of dance group I have had the opportunity to travel each year to France for a tour. We visited many different wine regions and wine was served each lunch and dinner. And that is when I started understanding wine and how people appreciate and admire it. The choice to work in the wine industry was rather logical and therefore for my Bachelor studies I opted for viticulture and fruit pomology where I found a further profound interest in vine & wine. During my Master studies which I did in France and Germany, I just confirmed my passion for wine, and got the opportunity to broaden my knowledge, experience, travel and discover the beauty of the wine world.
Favourite wine region in the world?
There are so many great wine regions in the world and each of them being so special in its own and unique way. I still need and want to discover more, but if I have to name a single one, at this moment it would be Douro region in Portugal. I was really impressed by its views, vineyards, terraces, river and wine of course.
Favorite grape varietal and why?
My favorite red variety is definitely Pinot Noir! A very delicate grape that needs a lot of attention, but when properly managed it gives great wine and lot of pleasure. It is a very special variety that plays an important role in many sparkling wines, and is also used in red or rose wines. Riesling is another grape variety that I appreciate as it has great acidity which gives wines an aging potential, and it can be used for either very dry or sweet, botrytis styles. Chardonnay is the third variety I prefer, as it can be grown in many different places around the world and can express itself in so many different ways depending on the country, region, terroir or simply winemaking technique.
Similar reflection as to the question about grape varieties, as I prefer Pinot Noir, Riesling and Chardonnay wines. Besides those I also like some full bodied and more powerful reds such as Bordeaux, Australian Syrah or South African Cabernet Sauvignon. I could always have a glass of good sparkling wine as well. Some indigenous grape varieties could also give very interesting wines and reflect the country from where they come from (think of Eastern Europe...).
What you like best about being in the Okanagan?
Beside wine, I love being outside in the nature and enjoying great views and lakes.
What do you miss most from home besides your family?
As I am already four years studying and travelling in Europe and around the globe, I have become used to being away from home, but in my heart home is never far away. Most of all I miss my boyfriend (coming from the same country and the same town, but currently in France) who is with my family, my biggest support all these years. Of course I miss some of my closest friends as well.
What do you hope to learn from your experience at Blue Mountain Winery?
Besides handling and making great white and red wines of Blue Mountain winery, traditional method of sparkling wine production is something that I am really looking forward to learning even more about in the upcoming period. The winemaker Matt Mavety and his wine and life philosophy and approach to all different situations is something that I really appreciate. I am sure to learn many more things about vine & wine from him and the whole team over the 2014.
What do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?
I would like to travel a bit more to gain more experience and discover other important wine regions in the world. There are three projects where I could see myself in the future and those closely reflect what I am interested in and want to do in my life:
2. Wine sensory analysis
Winemaker anywhere in the world that you most admire and why?
There is no winemaker that I admire the most. All of them that I have been working with up to now, I admire for some particularity and different reasons. I appreciate a lot their passion, philosophy, and winemaking! Being able to express yourself through wine and in the same time having great results and success is something definitely to admire!
Favorite wine memory?
I love wine tastings and I really enjoy participating in blind tasting. There are always great surprises when you don't see the outside of the bottle, rather just taste what is inside it. Every souvenir from wine cellars, likewise tasting some special or old vintages left a strong impression on me. Traveling around the world, getting to know the regions and their wines, people and wine culture of the country - that is my favorite wine memory and my passion!
Busy planning your Easter dinner? You should also think about wine pairings. Here are a few food suggestions that will perfectly pair with wines from Blue Mountain.
Smoked Salmon and Scrambled eggs or
Baked French Toast with Salmon, Bacon and Veggies
Ham with a pineapple/ orange glaze or
Apricot Glazed Ham
Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Pinot Gris
Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Chicken
Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Chardonnay
Barbecued Lamb Chops or
Garlic Leg of Spring Lamb with Mint
Wine pairing - Blue Mountain 2012 Pinot Noir
Do you have another wine pairing to recommend for Easter? Share it in the comments section below.
Approximately 100 Bighorn Sheep spend the spring in the Vaseax Lake area and many are found on the slopes and the grassy areas along the drive to Blue Mountain winery. They are a recovering herd that has bounced back after a pneumonia epidemic that reduced populations throughout the Okanagan in the late 90's. Known for their large curling horns and the charging they do during mating season these majestic beauties are placid herbivores that live 6 - 15 years.
These are all images of our resident Big Horn sheep here at Blue Mountain. Should you get any great pictures of the sheep on your way to visit us please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and post them on our facebook page. To help you identify what you are seeing, here is a sketch of the various horn shapes as the sheep age.
Classification diagram for Bighorn Sheep from Geist 1971 (Mountain Sheep: a study in behaviour and evolution)
For more information: South Okanagan Bighorn Sheep Inventory 2013
A big thank you to Aaron Reid, R. P. Bio Wildlife Biologist with the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.
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Carmelis is a family owned boutique dairy, which takes pride in the uncompromising approach taken to ensure the unique quality of its cheeses. The cheeses are produced on a small scale which enables them to closely monitor each and every cheese while placing an emphasis on their place’s design and its integration into nature, the landscape around them, and the quality of the environment.
Located near Okanagan Lake, some 12 km south of downtown Kelowna, close to the entrance to Okanagan Mountain Park. We desire to impart a sense of the breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley.
Wine and Cheese Pairings:
Pinot Noir & Misty - The ash coating on this cheese is bold and earthy but still creamy. Enjoy with some dried Okanagan cherries in the cooler months to bring back memories of summer.
Pinot Blanc & Chabichou - This mild, tangy cheese in its youth would be a brilliant accompaniment to Pinot Blanc on a summer's day on a deck overlooking the lake. Include some nuts and a little apricot jelly and you have the recipe for a perfect afternoon.
Pinot Gris & Lior - Nibble away at this sharp and tart cheese with a sweetness throughout. Grate onto salad and enjoy a long luxurious lunch. You deserve it!
Hours of operation:
March 1st till April 30th: 7 days a week from 11:00am to 5:00pm
May 1st till October 31st: 7 days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Since as far back as 1725 there have been recipes for making Macarons. For anyone who has tried to create these light, crispy on the outside, soft on the inside desserts it isn't as easy as reading a recipe. We are very fortunate in the Okanagan to have a master Macaron maker in local artisan pastry chef Sandrine Raffault. Direct from France in 2004, this talented chef has been creating delicious Macaron every day and sharing them with avid consumers.
Join Sandrine this year to celebrate Macaron Day —or Jour du Macaron—on March 20th and support the KGH Foundation. The annual event was started by Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé in 1995. Over the years, Macaron Day has gained international recognition as a way to fundraise for local charities while enjoying delicious macarons.
Macarons are delicate light almond meringues with delectable fillings. Personal favourites include Earl Grey and in season the Lavender and Raspberry flavours.
Any thoughts on the perfect wine pairing? Sparkling wine anyone? We've decided to pair these yummy treats with our NV Brut "Gold Label" sparkling.
Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate, Kelowna
1865 Dilworth Drive
Monday – Saturday from 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays