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SunRock Vineyard Sunset BBQ a CTC Signature Experience™

Last week, we went to Oliver to showcase our new CTC Signature Experience™ with Jackson Triggs to some of the executive at Watermark Hotel. Driving to Oliver through the rain and wind made for quite a nervous drive – but the skies opened and the sun shone on the vineyard making it a memorable evening.

 

What a great night it was!! We started with Winemaker Derek Kontkanen and

Vineyard Manager, Troy Osborne talking to us about their work and passion in the making of world class wines – each separate taste was accompanied by intimate knowledge of what went into its creation “…this lot produces Shiraz while mere feet away is a perfect location for Cabernet Savignon…”

 

The group then indulged in a charcuterie platter of local artisan meats and cheeses – and the piece de resistance the incredible BBQ with our marinated beef tenderloin was savoured by all. But there was more!!! the grand finale was  a vanilla Crème Brulée topped by a fresh strawberry – it was heaven!!

 

The sun slowly sank behind the hill leaving the light on the vineyards with that breathtaking golden sheen – what an evening. We are so proud to be working with Vincor in the delivery of this extraordinary vineyard experience.

 

Winery Fun in the Rainy Spring!

While the weather is not cooperating and giving us the warm spring that we deserve – wine tours just shift gears a little and offer fun indoor experiences.

 

Enjoy a private tasting in the old Wine library at Gray Monk Winery

Enjoy a private tasting in the old Wine library at Gray Monk Winery

 

Gray Monk has a new offering this summer “a private tasting in their old Wine library”– it has great atmosphere and we can see and touch wine dating back to their opening in the 70’s – younger folk can go pick out the wine of their birth year– quite fun!!   The tasting itself is their top tier wines so a great overall experience – and I can’t think of a better way to spend a rainy day than sipping a great wine!

Giving the Cabernet Franc a second chance

...after tonight the Cabernet Franc has become one of my new favourite varietals....

...after tonight the Cabernet Franc has become one of my new favourite varietals....

I don’t know about you but I have never been much of a Cabernet Franc Lover – I don’t know why I just never warmed up to it. But recently we had friends over for dinner, we each decided to bring a Cabernet Franc; we brought the Cabernet Franc 2008 from Popular Grove and they brought a Cabernet Franc, 2008 from Tin Horn Creek.

 

Both were really delightful – the one from Tin Horn was really approachable, a warm and wonderful glass of wine that we enjoyed immensely – then we open the Popular Grove Cabernet Franc, it also was rich and full of delicious flavours but low tannin so absolutely amazing and easy to enjoy – personally I preferred the Popular Grove but my husband like the Tin Horn Creek as it did have a little more bite to it.

 

No wonder they use this gracious wine so often in blending some of our wonderful Bordeaux blends!  After tonight it has became one of my new favourite varietals.

Relaxing by the lake with family and sipping a glass of wine….

 

...served Alibi from Black Hills – it was perfect...

...served Alibi from Black Hills – it was perfect...

Last night I had my Mother over for dinner – she enjoys coming over on Wednesday night because its sailing night and we are entertained by the various races and wonderful colours of the boats. My sister and her husband race on Wednesday nights and we try to figure out which boat is theirs.  Last night they were mostly becalmed, so it wasn’t as exciting as usual. I served a lime grilled chicken with mushroom risotto and some of our fresh Okanagan asparagus. I have to say I was a little worried about which wine to serve – the lime can destroy so many good wines. But I served Alibi from Black Hills – it was perfect has enough structure to stand up to the caramelized lime juices and it just couldn’t have been a better choice for the meal and my Mom.

 

Yahoo summer is finally here!!!

 

 

 

Stagette Wine Tour – May 2012

Today was perfect in terms of weather for a tour – Mission Hill simply glowed in the sunshine and everyone’s spirits were up – I think just because we had such a wonderful day ahead of us. Saturday was the day for stagettes – the staff at Quails Gate told me that they had 6 different groups of women all celebrating someone’s upcoming nuptials!

On our latest wine tour at Mission Hill ... it simply glowed in the sunshine!

On our latest wine tour at Mission Hill ... it simply glowed in the sunshine!

 

This was the Westside Story Tour (the Tale of Mount Bouchiere’s Southeastern Flank) it is a wonderful option for people both in and out of town that want to experience the Okanagan Valley wine industry. With this tour we cover a variety of wineries from one of the largest (Mission Hill), some medium sized wineries – right down to one of the smallest (Rollingdale). Each winery produces wonderful wines, all at different levels – so it is a great way to get a sense of the variety that the region offers!  – MJ

Custom Osoyoos Wine Tour

Ahhh, Finally the weather is warming up in the Okanagan. Yesterday, I drove down to Osoyoos for a wine tour – the weather was clear and warm and I had some of the most beautiful summer scenes of the lake as I drove. It always reminds me of why I love this area so much. All the wineries are running full steam ahead at the moment – the new releases are out, which is an exciting time for us and our clients. There are 3 new wineries this year in the Osoyoos area, Adega, Robin Ridge and Gold Hill. Just as soon as I think I am getting familiar with all the offerings in the South Okanagan something new arrives – it is just always such fun each time.

 

MJO Wine Tours of the Okanagan Valley

MJO Wine Tours of the Okanagan Valley

The Tour went well yesterday, the ladies at Silver Sage Wineries are such wonderful entertainers the big groups just love their warm hospitality and the sweeter fruit wines seem to be easy on everyone’s palate. The new Tasting Room at Black Hills looks close to completion, and Hester Creek has some great new special tastings that we will be able to take advantage of this year – all in all a great new season for Wine Touring in the Okanagan

 

What’s Happening in Vernon May Long Weekend

21st Annual Gold Panning Championships – May 18 to May 20

  • Games all day for everyone!
  • Pan Toss
  • Gold Rush
  • Claim Staking & Dirt Toss
  • Pancake breakfasts
  • Saturday barbecue dinner
  • Evening music and dancing in the outdoor kitchen
  • and more

Gold Panning Competitions for Juniors, Teens, Novice, Intermediate & Experts

Youth under 16 – $5.00, Adults – $10.00
Where? Goldpanner Campground & Pioneer Village 423 Highway 6, Cherryville
WWW: http://www.cherryville.net/goldpanning.html

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Falkland Stampede – May 19 TO May 21

Get ready for a bronc-busting good time.

The 94th annual Falkland Stampede bursts out of the gate Saturday, with the action continuing until Victoria Day Monday.

Rodeo action begins at 1 p.m. at the Highway 97 stampede grounds, while it starts at 2 p.m. Sunday.

On Monday, there is a heavy horse pull at 10 a.m. and the rodeo at 1 p.m.
There will also be a kids’ calf scramble all three days and a cowboy church at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and children under six are free. An adult three-day pass is $40 while a family-day pass is $45.
For more information, call 250-375-2577 or go to www.falklandstampede.ca

Falkland Stampede
Highway 97 Falkland BC
250-375-2577
www.falklandstampede.ca

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Vernon Jazz Club – May 19

Located above Nolan’s Pharmasave in downtown Vernon in a heritage building featuring wood-panelled walls, hammered tin ceilings, linen-covered tables, soft candle light, a small dance area, and a full-service bar.

DOORS OPEN @ 7:15 / MUSIC @ 8 PM

TICKETS can be purchased The Bean to Cup Coffee House 3903-27th St or The Bean Scene Coffee House 2923-30th Ave

$15 (members)
$20 (non-members)
Where? Vernon Jazz Club – 3000 – 31st Street, Vernon BC
When? May 19 2012 @ DOORS OPEN @ 7:15 / MUSIC @ 8 PM

Vernon Jazz Club

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Vernon Farmers’ Market – May 24

At the Vernon Farmers’ Market, you will find in-season, fresh and delicious fruits, vegetables, breads, pastries, meat products and prepared meals . From the various artisans at the market, you will also find fresh cut flowers, handmade pottery, jewelery and more!

Where? WESBILD CENTRE PARKING LOT (3445 43 Ave)
When? May 24 2012 @ 8 am – 1 pm

http://www.vernonfarmersmarket.ca

Salute the Sockeye Package added to The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) Signature Experiences Collection®!

MJO Tours is excited to have the Salute the Sockeye Package added to The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) Signature Experiences Collection®!

This unique travel package includes two nights’ accommodations at the Podollan Inn in Salmon Arm, a day of touring and dinner at Table 24 in the hotel.
The tour begins with a colourful autumn drive to the Adams River where the cycle begins for the Sockeye Salmon. In the afternoon guest will indulge in the discovery of local cool climate wineries and enjoy delightful pairings of fresh white wines and locally produced meats and cheese. The day ends with a delightful dinner prepared by an award-winning chef at Table 24 at the Podollan Inn.

Granola – O’Keefe’s Landing Bed and Breakfast

O’Keefe’s Landing Bed and Breakfast homemade –originally given to me by Margie and she received it at an ashram in the Kootenays –

 

Mix lightly in large bowl

  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of corn flour
  • 3 quarts of oatmeal
  • ½ cup chopped sundried seedless raisins
  • ½ cup soy flour
  • 1 cup of stoneground cormeal
  • ½ cup of sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup of wheat germ

 

Then mix

 

  • ½ cup of date sugar
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 2/3 cup of raw honey
  • 1 1/3 cup of cold pressed sesame oil

 

Combine mixtures – It should be moist and chunky and crumbly. If too moist add more oatmeal

 

Spread thin on cookie sheet. Bake 1 hour at 225F or until light brown Make 1 gallon of Granola

 

I put whatever flours I have on hand – which is usually stoneground cornmeal and wheatgerm – I rarely have corn flour.

Download or Print a copy of the Granola Recipie Here