Red Wine for Cold Weather

 This weekend’s frigid weather will have you reaching for a glass of red.

Here are nine worthy options.

Black currant, blackberry, chocolate and sage positively ooze out of the Harper’s Trail 2018 Cabernet Franc ($26).

Harper’s Trail is one of only five wineries in Kamloops and capitalizes on its terroir of dry rolling hills of sage and dry grass along the South Thompson River.

Hot summers contribute to concentrated fruit flavours in the grapes.

But Kamloops is still considered at cool-climate wine region by world standards, which means evening, spring and fall conditions are fresh, giving grapes, and thus wines, desirable minerality and acidity.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most popular red wine for a reason.

Vines, which are widely planted in virtually every wine region on the planet, bud late to avoid frost and are resistant to rot and pests.

It produces a thick-skinned grape that translates into concentrated black currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and mint flavours and aromas in wine.

The wine can be drunk young, or tucked away in the cellar for 10 years to enjoy its complexity in the future.

Bench 1775 Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($39) from Naramata is a delicious, classic example of the varietal.

Most people don’t know Cabernet Sauvignon is the unlikely offspring of Cabernet Franc, a red wine grape, and Sauvignon Blanc, a white wine grape, which cross-cultivated by chance in France in the 17th Century.

Bench 1775 also uses 66% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 34% Syrah in a combination made famous in Australia.

The winery’s 2016 vintage Cab Sauv-Syrah ($22.50) highlights the best of both varietals with a blackberry-cherry-violet-and-pepper profile.

Bench 1775 Cabernet Franc 2016 ($30) exudes plum and raspberry and begs to be paired with pizza or pasta in tomato sauce.

Hester Creek Winery in Oliver recently released five reds crafted by winemaker Robert Summers that can be enjoyed now for their fresh, dark fruit flavours or aged five to seven years to develop complexity.

The 2018 Character Red ($19) is an approachable blend of Merlot, Shyrah, Petit Verdot and Malbec that will reward you with plum and blueberry flavours backed by violet, pepper and caramel.

Hester Creek’s Selected Barrels program blends wines made from grapes from a number of the winery’s vineyards to create appealing, approachable vintages.

The Selected Barrels Merlot 2018 ($18) is 100% Merlot, but the fruit came from five different vineyards – three from elsewhere in Oliver and two blocks of Hester Creek’s on the Golden Mile Bench.

The 2018 Selected Barrels Cabernet Merlot ($18) lives up to its name, blending three varietals – Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc – from three different vineyards.

The result is a pleasing punch of cherry, plum and vanilla.

Hester Creek’s Reserve system makes wines exclusively from a particular block of the winery’s old-vines vineyards on the Golden Mile Bench.

The 2017 Reserve Cabernet Franc Block 3 ($26) is made of grapes from 50-year-old vines that are thinned to one bunch per shoot for naturally concentrated and vibrant wine exhibiting raspberry, plum and pepper.

The 2017 Reserve Merlot Block 2 ($26) is made of grapes planted in 1972, resulting in a lush wine brimming with plum, cherry and chocolate.


Valley’s Film Business Worth $23.8M to Economy

Film payoff

The production of the Hallmark Films love story “Love in Winterland” was worth $2.2 million to the Vallley’s economy, the Okanagan film commissioner says in his annual report.

Production of movies, TV shows and commercials in the Okanagan last year contributed $23.8 million to the Valley’s economy, local politicians will hear Thursday.

The economic impact comes in the form of wages paid to Okanagan residents as well as spending on local suppliers and at hotels and restaurants.

Film commissioner Jon Summerland says the impact represents good value for his office’s annual budget of $300,000, almost half of which comes from Kelowna-area property owners.

In his newly released annual report, to be considered by Central Okanagan politicians, Summerland says the film commission doesn’t sit around waiting for the phone to ring.

“At the Okanagan Film Commission, we are aggressively looking for new clients,” he writes.

“There is no time spent waiting for the next client. We follow many companies in film, animation, book, graphic novels. We are always the first to know if a book has been optioned for film or an animation or company is expanding,” he writes.

“We will contact any and all leads using individually designed marketing, all built especially for the project,” he writes.

Summerland acknowledges determining the precise economics of any production can be difficult. But he says he uses industry-accepted averages in his calculations.

For example, a high-end film intended for wide release made with a full union crew has an economic impact of US $100,000 per day, he says. At the other end of the spectrum, a low-end commercial with a non-union crew has a daily impact of about $25,000, he says.

Some notable productions last year, along with their estimated economic impact:

— “The Last Victim,” starring Ron Perlman, best known for his portrayal of the comic superhero Hellboy, $5 million

— “Love in Winterland,” a Hallmark Films love story starring Italia Ricci, $2.2 million.

— A Japanese TV show featuring Ogopogo, $140,000.


Lizzy Hoyt- New Lady on the Prairie

Presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society

Friday January 31 @ 7:30















Acclaimed songwriter, Lizzy Hoyt is one of Canada’s most powerful Celtic-folk artists. Known for bringing Canadian history to life with music, she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and Vimy Ridge history through music. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lizzy toured for ten years as a side musician before pursuing her own projects. She has been praised for her mastery of the fiddle, guitar and harp while her voice has been described as “otherworldly”, “angelic” and “pure”.
Throughout her career, she has released four independent albums and two music videos. Lizzy’s fourth album New Lady on the Prairie (produced by John Reischman and Lizzy Hoyt) demonstrates a mature and refined ‘trans-Atlantic’ sound that blends influences from Celtic, bluegrass and folk traditions. The title track, inspired by Lizzy’s great aunt immigrating to Canada from Ireland in the early 1900s, demonstrates her interest in historical songwriting and her ability to craft songs that are touching, poignant, and lyrically rich. The album was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, Western Canadian Award and three Independent Music Awards. It was also named one of the Best Albums of 2014 by the Indie Acoustic Project.

​Lizzy is a full-time musician who travels and tours throughout Canada during the year with her trio. She has performed at renowned folk festivals (Edmonton Folk Festival, Montreal Folk Festival,

Goderich Celtic Roots Festivals), folk clubs (Calgary Folk Club, Nickelodeon Folk Club, Northern Lights Folk Club) and through performing arts networks across the country.

Part of the 2019/ 2020 South Okanagan Concert Society Series. For more information click here.
2-4 shows – $21 each
Single show advance ticket – $23
Door – $25
Student – $2.50


Vintrigue Class- The Virtues of Viognier



Exploring special topics in BC wine, Vintrigue classes offer experienced tasters or enthusiastic new learners a deeper dive into the many stylistic variations in wine.

2 hour sessions, running from 10:30-12:30 every second week

$25 (includes tax)(subject to increase pending class content)

Capacity: minimum 4 ppl, maximum 12 ppl


January 26
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
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intersection winery
450 Rd 8
Oliver, British Columbia V0H 1T1 Canada 
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Skaha Lake Towers Phase II Sales Starts on Friday

Soaring above Penticton, Skaha Lake Towers offers the best lake and mountain views in the area. Located just two blocks from one of the most beautiful beaches in BC, the towers are central, convenient and a perfect place to call home.

Skaha Lake Towers - Dan Jones

We just wanted to give you one last reminder that Sales for Phase II begins this

Friday, January 10th.

If you have not made an appointment yet and are interested in purchasing a unit dont wait.

If you are interested in a Disclosure Statement which is the comprehensive breakdown of the build we have link the Developers Disclosure Statement. HERE

And, in case you missed it, here is the BROCHURE with Pricing and Floor plans.

Contact us by email at: or by phone 250-492-2266 to request an appointment.


No matter what kind of home you’re looking for, there are some key features to consider. Always remember that you will find large townhouses and small single-family homes, so looking for what you want in a home is as important as the type of dwelling. Your REALTOR® will ask many questions before the hunt begins.

Where will your family spend most of its time? Kitchens are a popular family gathering area. Make sure your prospective kitchen can handle the traffic. You may also want an eat-in kitchen or one with a breakfast nook, allowing you to keep the dining room for special occasions.

How much bedroom space do you need? Some people prefer small, plentiful rooms to house children, frequent guests or a home office. Others prefer fewer, larger rooms. Of course, if your budget permits, many large rooms would probably be ideal!

Bathrooms are also a major point to consider. How many bathrooms does your family need to handle peak traffic times? Is one enough? (Not likely!) While one per person might be more like it, that dream may not be affordable. Make sure the home you’re ready to purchase has sufficient bathroom space and that the bathrooms are comfortable. When looking at bathrooms, ask yourself how important a window is for light and fresh air.

Note: Hot water is always a problem with a large family. Remember, most hot water tanks are rented from the utility company. You can always have them upgrade the size of the hot water tank for a minimum cost.

When it’s time to relax and entertain, how will your prospective home meet your needs? Do you want a formal living room, or a room where your family can stretch out and watch television? Do your children need a play area or your teens an entertainment room? Some homes have a living room and a family room.  








Attics and basements can be wonderful storage areas, or can serve as additional living space. If extra space is important, you will want to consider a finished basement. Everyone seems to have their own definition of what this means. Take a good look at the workmanship. Was it done by a professional? Do you see yourself redoing a sloppy job? A poorly finished basement can be more work than a completely unfinished area. Some signs to watch out for are moisture along the floor lines and corners of all exterior walls and pungent odours which may also be a sign of moisture, mildew, and/or mold which can be costly to repair.

A brief word about closets. Look at the clothes you have now. Add another half, and then look for closet space to hold it all. If you’re like most of us, you’ll never have enough closet space!

Heating and cooling systems are also key features to consider. When it comes to heat, natural

gas, oil and electric furnaces are all options. Older homes may even have hot-water radiators. Still other homes have baseboard heaters. Make sure you find out about the maintenance and condition of the heating system as well as annual operating costs. If you’re thinking about air conditioning, think about how expensive it would be to add central air, or if a window unit would suffice. Try to get on to a “Homeowner’s Insurance Plan” with the utility company. For a minimum annual fee you have guaranteed regular maintenance and repair. As you can imagine, each type of home has its advantages and drawbacks and no two buyers will have the exact same wants and needs. The only way to truly evaluate which home is right for you, outside of price, is to consider what you absolutely must have and what you can live without. Before you go house hunting, prepare a list of ‘can’t live without’ features and a list of ‘would be great if…’ features.

A Dharma Dolls Christmas

Dharma Dolls - Dan Jones

  • Saturday, December 21, 2019
  • 7:00 PM  10:00 PM
  • Powerhouse Theatre2901 35 AvenueVernon, BC, V1T 2S7Canada
  • Please double check date, time and location with the host, as this information is subject to change *

Celebrate the season of tidings and tinsel with a dash of naughty and a pinch of nice. Join us for music, mirth and mistletoe!

Tanya Lipscomb, The Celestial Songwriter Judy Rose, The Torrid Troubadour Melina Schein, The Climactic Coloratura.

With special guests: Justin Moore, tenor Neville Bowman on piano..and Mrs. Claus.

Doors 6:30 pm, Showtime 7:00pm Cash bar

Cost: $30

Location: Powerhouse Theatre, 2901-35TH Ave -MAP-

Skaha Lake Towers Phase II – Price List and Floor Plans

Skaha Lake Towers Phase II - Dan JonesWhat you have been waiting for …

Phase II Sales Event

Skaha Lake Towers Phase II - Dan Jones

We are pleased to announce the release of the Skaha Lake Towers Phase II price list and floor plans.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Skaha Lake Towers development!


Please see the Brochure HERE containing the price list and floor plans for Phase II.

Sales event starts on January 10th!  Call or email today to make an appointment.
Sales are by appointment only

Please call or email with any questions or to make an appointment.

If you are interested in securing a unit on launch date please contact Philip Fox PREC*, Diane Fox PREC* or Stephen Fox, Len Fox PREC* as soon as possible:

Phone: 250-492-2266

Sample Floor Plan 1  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2
Sample Floor Plan 2  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2
Sample Floor Plan 3  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2
Sample Floor Plan 4  *for reference only. Phase I unit shown, some changes made for Phase 2

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5 Home Staging Ideas To Sell Your Penticton Home Faster

The proof is there. Staging your home helps to increase property value and sell your home quicker. Here are five home-staging ideas for a faster and better sale.

Home Staging - Dan Jones

1. Aesthetics Are Important. The majority of folks only pay attention to real estate listings with nice pictures. Anything that looks blurry, dated, or messy? Next! Before you even think about taking real estate photos or having an open house, make sure it looks nice. There are plenty ofways to decorate your home for a more inviting feel; lighting each room with ambient, task, and accent lighting can help people feel more comfortable. Also,try mixing together three different sized table decorations with different colours, shapes, and textures,and don’t forget to declutter every single room which should be a home seller’s number one priority.

2. Too Personal. Is Too Much Okay, this one can be a bit tough butyou have to take down some of your family photos on the wall. If ahome-buyer can’t picture themselves living within your space because you and your kids are, well, everywhere, they’re not going to buy it. Replace those dozens of family pictures with modern art pieces placed in creative spaces throughout your home for a clean and inviting aesthetic.

3. Contemporary Sells. If your home is out-dated, there are plenty of simple home improvements you can do to sell your homefaster. Paint the inside of your front door a different colour than the rest of your house, stick with a neutral theme throughout the interior, and try adding pops of colour to walls that make sense. Giving your home a fresh and modern look will wow those home-buyers and who knows? They might just put in an offer.

4. Style Furniture. For bed room staging ideas, try creating a relaxing atmosphere with soft colours, fresh linens, and furniture that’s in good shape. For living room styling tips, keep the area clean and neatly add throw pillows and blankets to the couch to create a comfy feeling. Also, autumn is here and if you’re wantingto stage your home for the fall season, look no further than your own backyard. Try an autumn DIY project where you collect leaves and create a dining room table centrepiece for some budget-friendly home staging.

5. DIY Home Décor. I mentioned above about a budget-friendly way to stage your dining room, and if money is an issue or you just like to get crafty, there are so many ways to improve your home with little to no money out ofyour pocket, like making your own art work and frames to hang on the wall, creating your own head board for the bedroom, and getting comfortable with doing minor maintenance on your own likepatching up holes, recaulking the sinks, and keeping up with your landscaping.

For more ways to sell your home quick, see 20 helpful tips to helping your homesell. When you’re ready, get in touch and I’ll happily help you list your home and sell it fast