Winery explosion around Oliver

Okanagan Crush Pad winemaker Matt Dumayne crafted a diverse bunch of new release wines for the Summerland-based Haywire and Narrative labels. Lionel Trude

They have names such as Red Horses, Second Chapter, Sonora Desert, French Door and Lakeside.

They are the Okanagan’s newest wineries and belong to the Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association, taking membership of the group to 44.

In all, B.C. now has 370 wineries, most of them in the Okanagan.

 The statistics are a testament to the strength and rapid growth of the wine industry in the province.

Thirty-five years ago there were only 15 wineries in B.C.

Now, with 370 wineries, the industry is worth $2.8 billion annually.

The wineries get their grapes from 929 vineyards covering 10,260 acres in nine regions, Okanagan, Similkameen, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Gulf Islands, Thompson, Shuswap, Lillooet and Kootenays.

Red Horses, owned and operated by three generations of the Fortin family, is the first winery right in the town of Oliver at 365 Zinfandel Ave.

While its address may be Zinfandel, the winery capitalizes on Oliver’s heat and gravelly soils to make three big and bold Cabernet Sauvignons.

The winery also makes a Chardonnay and Merlot and two other wines with horse-inspired names, the Cross Breed blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Run Away Rose.

Second Chapter Wine Co. on Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver is owned by John Pullen, previous co-proprietor of Church & State Winery in Oliver for 15 years.

Church & State was sold and Second Chapter is literally Pullen’s second chapter in the Okanagan wine industry.

Sonora Desert Winery in Osoyoos is a venture of grape growers and brothers Paul and Herman Gill.

French Door is a family-owned winery on Oliver’s Black Sage Bench.

And Lakeside Cellars is indeed beside Osoyoos Lake on the East Bench.

The Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association also wants you to know its Uncork the Sun series of podcasts with Moss Scheurkogel of The Vinstitute continues.

The first four episodes (creating a wine cellar, terroir, oak or no oak and viticulture) can be downloaded from, iTunes or Spotify.

Scheurkogel also hosts virtual wine tastings on Facebook Live with the oak or no oak theme repeated Tuesday at 7 p.m., sparkling wines on June 23 at the same time and the softer side of reds on July 7.

The association has also posted the 360-degree video tour of Covert Farms Winery to its website.

Amazing winemaker

Winemaker Matt Dumayne can do it all.

The evidence is in the 12 new-release wines he crafted for Okanagan Crush Pad in Summerland under the Haywire and Narrative labels.

The dozen runs the gamut from white and red to rose and sparkling.

Dumayne is a Kiwi who worked in New Zealand, Australia, California and Nk’Mip on Osoyoos before landing at Okanagan Crush Pad in 2012.

Taste South Africa

Affordable, approachable and quality.

That enviable trifecta is being touted all of June as B.C. government liquor stores celebrate Wines of South Africa Month.

The COVID pandemic meant special tastings and events couldn’t be arranged.

However, there’s ample signage drawing attention to South African wines and tempting you to take home a bottle from the well-established Southern Hemisphere wine region.

You’re also urged to flaunt your drinking on social media with the hashtags #SpectacularSouthAfrica and #DrinkChenin.

Chenin Blanc is a grape and wine originally from France, but South Africa has made it it’ signature white wine.

Penticton to Host BDO CSSHL Championships for Fifth Consecutive Year

2020 BDO
Canadian Sport School Hockey League (CSSHL) Championships

March 5 – 15, 2020
South Okanagan Events Centre & Surrounding Areas


The 2020 BDO CSSHL Championships are set for March 5-15, 2020 in Penticton, B.C. and will see champions crowned in all seven CSSHL western divisions.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that the City of Penticton has hosted the event, which has grown from 33 teams and 609 student athletes in 2015 to 74 teams and over 1300 student athletes in 2020. Over the past three years, the event has generated an $8.1-million economic impact for the City of Penticton.

“We are excited to have the BDO CSSHL Championships in Penticton for the sixth time,” said Kevin Goodwin, Chief Operating Officer of the CSSHL. “With the partnership we have with Spectra, along with the support we receive from the City of Penticton, Travel Penticton, BDO Canada and the Western Hockey League, we are able to put on a first-class event that showcases the very best in education-based hockey, while making a substantial economic impact to the local community.”

Tickets are $15 for a day pass, $45 for a division pass and $60 for a full 11-day pass. Admission for spectators 18 years old and younger is free. Tickets are available at and in person at the Valley First Box Office at the South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC).

The majority of games will take place at the Okanagan Hockey Training Centre, Memorial Arena and South Okanagan Events Centre, along with a small amount of games in Oliver and Summerland.

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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(250) 498-4054

Blind Tasting Wine Detective Experience @ Black Hills Estate Winery


Taste our wines like you’ve never tasted them before in this unique event.

This NEW Blind Tasting experience is a fun way to explore the wines we make at Black Hills Estate Winery and learn about the art of determining classic wine styles. Plus, if you guess all 7 of the wines we pour that evening, you will win a bottle of one of our delicious wines!

A light charcuterie platter will accompany the wine tasting. Tickets are only $50 + tax, limited to 20 seats. Put your tasting skills to the test!

Call 250-498-0666 to reserve.


January 18, 2020
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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Black Hills Estate Winery
4190 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC V0H1T0 Canada 
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(250) 498-0666

New Year’s Eve Dinner – On New York TIME

Celebrate the coming year with a New York-inspired New Year’s Dinner experience at TIME Winery & Kitchen.

Tue  December 31, 2019  5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

$59 + taxes & gratuity per person (food only) 

Enjoy a celebratory bubbles toast with us at 9 pm, as we countdown to 2020 on New York TIME.

Visit our website for full menu details (6 pm and 9 pm seating available)

  1. Seating is limited. For reservations, please call 236-422-2556 or email

Organizer’s Info:

Holiday Wreath Workshop


Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of fun and creativity. Students will choose from a lush variety of fresh seasonal foliage and decorating accessories. Taken step-by-step on the construction and designing techniques of your own wreath, plus learn the basic horticulture of the materials used and how to maintain the longevity of your wreath all season long.

Tickets are a $50 investment and include all supplies, use of tools, instructions and a light drink and snack

For more information or to book a private party please text message or call 250-826-0438


Date: December 6

Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Cost: $50


BCREA Calls for Safer Homes at the 2019 UBCM Convention

British Columbia Real Estate Association’s (BCREA) Government Relations team attended the annual 2019 Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver from September 23 to 27. On the first day of the convention, VP of Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement Trevor Hargreaves participated in a panel presentation on anti-money laundering, along with Attorney General David Eby and Minister of Finance Carole James.

We also staffed a trade show booth and attended many sessions where we spoke with cabinet ministers, MLAs, mayors and local government councillors. We received interest across the province from delegates who shared BCREA’s commitment to building better neighbourhoods.

One of the issues we promoted is the need for the BC Government to develop a consistent process to remediate homes used to produce drugs. Whether legal or illegal, using homes to produce drugs can have serious negative impacts on the health and safety of future occupants. To promote the issue, we offered delegates hand sanitizer with the tagline, “If only there was a sanitizer for homes used to produce drugs.”

The second issue we showcased is the need for provincial leadership for floodplain mapping. Many homes are in high-risk flood areas, often unknown to the families living in them. Working with local governments, the BC Government should create a province-wide plan to map flood hazards for all BC communities and ensure the maps remain up to date.

The concerns of REALTORS® and BCREA on these issues and others were echoed in several convention sessions and resolutions. Some of the provincial government initiatives we learned about include:

  • a complete overhaul of the legislation used by government for emergency planning; the new approach will include more focus on minimizing the damage of disasters like flooding, so this works well with our recommendation for floodplain maps,
  • plans to develop a home plate policy for homes in the Agricultural Land Reserve; this would create requirements for where a home could be placed on a lot, in addition to how big it can be, and
  • the formation of a provincial-UBCM working group to consider ways to strengthen the regulation of short-term rental properties.

Posted by: Marianne Brimmell


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