Overseas on Holiday

Recently returned from a tour of British Columbia's Naramata Bench wine region, a real gem of an area along the shores of Lake Okanagan where 41 (yes, forty one) wineries are concentrated along a few miles of shoreline.  The area consistently wins awards but their products are never found in the liquor stores.  Output is so low that everything is consumed locally or sold directly from the vineyard.

Overseas on Holiday

Drinking and driving is of course a no-no so we boarded the Grape Escape coach and were both entertained and educated by our host Dino Vino yes.  Below Mrs Tick Talk gives her impressions of a local speciality, the Pinot Gris.  You may be more familiar with Pinot Grigio, which is the Italian style generally lighter and crisper than the rich and spicy French Pinot Gris.  Here we are at the Moraine Winery, one of the smallest with production of only 5,000 cases a year.  Even so, they managed to win top Gewurztraminer at the 2016 All Canadian Wine Championship.

Overseas on Holiday

But wine isn't everything.  We also enjoyed the products of Three Ranges micro-brewery on the drive up, in the ski resort town of Valemount, British Columbia.

Overseas on Holiday

Later in the week, we stopped for coffee and a bucket of fresh cherries from the orchards of Summerland, British Columbia, on the opposite shores of Lake Okanagan.

Overseas on Holiday

Our steed, lurking amongst the cedars of Beautiful British Columbia.

Overseas on Holiday

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io
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Looking & Feeling Good!
07/05/2016 - 08:19

Hi Dean, looks like a great place and a great time.

I'm guessing your custom, DLC, blacked OS makes your wrist even hotter...requiring you to lift a few more glasses than otherwise would be needed?  devil

Still hoping to convince VC, Dan
07/07/2016 - 21:01

Many big name brands offer All Black watches, their popularity was reflected in Basel this year according to the magazines.  VC is so avant garde with production and high horlogerie pieces, from the QdI to Armillary Tourbillon, they shouldn't be afraid of being a little brutal with the OS line.

I want your life!
07/06/2016 - 15:36

You're either hiking up the mountains or enjoying amazing water fronts:-)

 

Enjoy my friendyes

Re: I want your life!
07/06/2016 - 20:43

But I envy you, my friend!  A true bon vivant heart

A sober experience...
07/06/2016 - 16:56

Dean - it must have been difficult coping with so much tasting and sampling   smiley...

I can only admire your commitment and dedication  cool

Happy days!

Regards

Tony

Tastefully done
07/07/2016 - 21:06

Tony, I previously thought "live streaming" was a fishing term until the kids set me straight.  This is as close as I get with pics of our brunch earlier today.  Just so you don't think its all drinking...

Tastefully done

Re: Overseas on Holiday
07/07/2016 - 07:37

Beautiful scenery, good wine, and VC watch!

I really envy you.

io

 

Cooking with VC
07/08/2016 - 03:49

Thanks for your kind words smiley.  To continue on a food theme...ribeye steak for dinner!  The son-in-law introduced this method which I now prefer over the BBQ.  First rub the meat with oil and seasoning.  Next you "bake" the steak directly on the grill in a medium oven, say 250F, for 20-30 min depending on size.

Cooking with VC

Now you remove and place directly in a pre-heated cast iron skillet for a couple of minutes on each side to brown the outside to your desired appearance.

Cooking with VC

Finally, the meat is left to rest a few minutes before serving.  I always cut to see if its a true medium; don't like much red surprise.

Cooking with VC

Sweet corn on the cob, mixed salad, baguette with hummus, and a pitcher of sangria finish the menu for a light dinner on a hot summer's night.  Bon appétit laugh

It looks delicious!
07/13/2016 - 13:24

I will try this method.

io