Okanagan wine country is BIG.  We’re talking a 200 km stretch of breathtaking lakeside vineyards and wineries full of award-winning bottles. So how can you make the most of a 1-5 day visit? Here’s how. 1. Make a Tasting Objective Determining your tasting objective for your visit will set a blue print to dictate which wineries and regions to visit, expand your knowledge of Okanagan wine, and ensure you get the most out of your trip. Are you curious to learn how the same grape variety expresses itself differently from various sub regions? Surely, we know the same grape doesn’t taste the same from every winery — so what does the

We're in the height of summer which means that by now, most of summer's seasonal bounty are at their peak. Gorgeous fruits, sensational squashes, fresh veg, seafood, and even certain meats are all at their flavourful best – all the excuse you need to get a little more cooking done. Naturally, this calls for a glass or two of wine! Generally speaking, you'll want to keep your wines light and bright for your summer dishes. Steer towards refreshing sippers to enjoy while the sun's blazing. Ease into the gentle warmth of the evening with something as fragrant as the blossoms whose sweet aromas are caught on the wind.

Longer days, shorter nights, and seemingly endless hours of sunshine. That's right! Summer has arrived and it's time to fire up the grill. Round up your nearest and dearest for a backyard barbecue bash – we can't think of a better way to put that extra bit of daylight to good use. Although many of us might be tempted to reach for a beer when we're grilling up a feast, there are some seriously fantastic wine and BBQ pairings you should be trying this summer. We've curated a list of some of our favourite pairings for classic barbecue fare to inspire your next grill-fest. Barbecuing meatier fish like salmon

Of course, the classic form of storing and ageing wine is the use of oak barrels, or barriques. These have been used for centuries, and it doesn’t look like much is going to change any time soon. The art of cooperage – or oak barrel production – is a highly prized one in the world of viticulture, and there’s a huge amount of money involved, with individual barrels often costing more than a thousand dollars, depending on where they are from, and what type of oak wood they are made from. The most highly sought after barrels are those made from French Oak, which come from trees planted

Our senses of smell and taste are amazing things. They can bring intense feelings of joy, sorrow, disgust and delight, as well as evoke sharp memories of times past. However, like any other part of our body and brain, they need to be trained and exercised, challenged and pushed in order to reach their full potential. If you’re interested in wine, and want to develop your palate further, there is plenty that you can do to train yourself to unlock the subtler features of your favourite bottle. Training and expanding your palate will bring you more enjoyment when it comes to drinking and experiencing wine, and will allow