Home for Dinner E-Cookbook and Okanagan Wine Tour 2015

Before I share my photos from my holiday a couple of weeks ago in the Osoyoos area, I wanted to take a moment and tell you about an amazing project.

About a week ago, when the tragedy of the Syrian refugees hit the news, Julie Van Rosendaal over at Dinner with Julie thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could put together an e-cookbook to raise money for these refugees.  The call out was made for beloved family recipes, and the response was overwhelming.  Today, after a lot of hard work from Julie, the first volume is available for purchase.  I am pleased to say that my Maple Bacon Mac’n’Cheese has been included.  The cost of the cookbook is $5 and all proceeds will be donated to UNHCR Canada (United Nations High Commission on Refugees). You can click here to be taken to the purchase site.  There are some great recipes in the cookbook, so please consider purchasing it for this worthy cause.

Now I wanted to share some photos with you from our trip to Osoyoos and Oliver. We didn’t go to as many wineries as last time but I still managed to come home with a case and half of wine and cider.  I was glad to visit some old friends and make some new ones too.

Rustic Roots Winery

Our haul, from Rustic Roots Winery in Cawston, BC, specializing in fruit wines. We were particularly impressed with the Organic Plum and plan to have it with some turkey, maybe Thanksgiving?

Twisted Hills Craft Cider Sign

Just down the way in Cawston, BC, we stopped at Twisted Hills Cidery.

Enjoying the view over Twisted Hills Orchard in Cawston, BC on a sunny summer afternoon.

Enjoying the view over the Twisted Hills Orchard in Cawston, BC on a sunny, summer afternoon.

The award winning line up of ciders from Twisted Hills in Cawston, BC.

The award winning line up of ciders from Twisted Hills in Cawston, BC.

Starting our tasting at Tinhorn Creek with the Rose and a spectacular view of the valley in Oliver, BC.

Starting our tasting at Tinhorn Creek with the Rose and a spectacular view of the valley in Oliver, BC.

Checking out the vines and tasting gardens at Tinhorn Creek, looking up at the Tasting Room.

Checking out the vines and tasting gardens at Tinhorn Creek, looking up at the Tasting Room.

At Tinhorn Creek they even let you taste the grapes right off the vines.

At Tinhorn Creek they even let you taste the grapes right off the vines.

After visiting the Barrel Room at Tinhorn Creek, we were fortunate enough to get a chance to chat with Sandra Oldfield, CEO and Winemaker.

After visiting the Barrel Room at Tinhorn Creek, we were fortunate enough to get a chance to chat with Sandra Oldfield, CEO and Winemaker.

Sneaking a peak through the vines at my favourite winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, in Oliver, BC.

Sneaking a peak through the vines at my favourite winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, in Oliver, BC.

Our purchases from Stoneboat Vineyards, yes there are 2 bottles of the bubbly Grand Piano, it is my favourite wine after all.

Our purchases from Stoneboat Vineyards.  Yes, there are 2 bottles of the bubbly Grand Piano, it is my favourite wine after all.

After visiting Stoneboat, we stopped to take a look at the Testalinden fire burning near Oliver, BC.

After visiting Stoneboat, we stopped to take a look at the Testalinden fire burning near Oliver, BC.

A quick stop up the hill from where we were staying at Nk'Mip Cellars in Osoyoos, BC.

A quick stop up the hill from where we were staying, at Nk’Mip Cellars in Osoyoos, BC.

The stunning view outside Nk'Mip Cellars.

The stunning view outside Nk’Mip Cellars.

A box full of treats from Parsons Fruit Stand in Keremeos, BC. The farmerdotter garlic scape salt is an absolute must try.

A box full of treats from Parsons Fruit Stand in Keremeos, BC. The farmersdotter garlic scape salt is an absolute must try.

The view from another favourite, Mooncurser Vineyards in Osoyoos, BC.

The view from another favourite, Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos, BC.

In addition to making some great wine, Mooncurser Vineyards also has the coolest art. I was glad to pick up a new revelation to me this trip, the Carmenere. And I got this really cool wine bag too!

In addition to making some great wine, Moon Curser Vineyards also has the best art. I was glad to pick up a new revelation to me this trip, the Carmenere. And I got this really cool wine bag too!

One last view overlooking Osoyoos Lake on our last night. I can't wait until we get back.

One last view overlooking Osoyoos Lake on our final night. I can’t wait until we get back.

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