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Many people go camping on the Labour Day long weekend, taking advantage of the last few days of summer. We were no exceptions. This past Labour Day weekend, Mr. and I, along with CC and DF, went camping in Oliver. You know what Oliver is known as? The Wine Capital of Canada! Obviously we didn’t waste our 4.5 hour drive to Oliver – we spent quite some time at local wineries, and here are some highlights.

Welcome to the Wine Capital of Canada

Welcome to the Wine Capital of Canada

About The Black Sage Bench

The Oliver/Osoyoo area has two premium growing areas, known as the Golden Mile (along Highway 97) and Black Sage Bench. As suggested by its name, the Black Sage Bench covers the dozen or so wineries along Black Sage Road.  Just about every square inch is filled with grape vines.

Rows and rows of vines

Rows and rows of vines

With the short stay it’s impossible to swing by every winery on the Black Sage Bench. We picked out ones that we know of, or simply made an impulse turn-off based on how the winery looks. (more…)

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A few weeks ago we were invited to the Wine & Food Pairing Night at Graze, a vegan restaurant on Fraser Street. As you all know, I’m a huge meat-eater, so while I was hesitant to say yes to the invite, I was intrigued by the concept and decided to give it a try. And Mr. was willing (read: dragged) to come along.

The premise was pretty straightforward. A five-course tasting menu with 3 wines paired to each course. You heard it. There was a total of 15 wines to try that evening. All these wines are available on their wine list and they are vegan wines (yes, some wineries would put animal protein during the production process which makes the wine non-vegan). For the purpose of this post, I will focus on the food, and only highlight wines that we enjoyed. Funny enough Mr. and I almost couldn’t agree on the wine we preferred for each course, so you will see two wine pairings listed per dish.

Dinner at Graze Restaurant

Dinner at Graze Restaurant

Food

The first course was Apple & Fennel Salad. That’s pretty standard for a salad course, right? (more…)

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