Winery tours and tasting season is back! With the COVID regulations being lifted across British Columbia, it’s going to be a busy season for all the wineries in our province. I’m so stoked to take a trip back to the Okanagan Valley this season and go for some wine tours and tastings. It is a great opportunity to a) see picturesque views of our local wine country, b) support our local winegrowers, c) improve your knowledge of wine and the winemaking process, and d) of course, discover some great wines. There’s many gorgeous wine properties in the valley like Phantom…


Let’s face it, Dads are underappreciated, but we can change that this Father’s Day. Whether your Dad is a sommelier or wine enthusiast, there is a wine gift for every dad on the spectrum. And if he’s a beer drinker, this is your opportunity to convert him to wine. When I was a Mission Hill Sommelier, one thing that was very apparent of how men choose their wine compared to women is that — price matters. It probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but the higher the price, the more men like the wine. Secondly, men tend to favour red…


I hope you’ve been enjoying the beautiful Japanese cherry blossoms that are blooming all over the city! During Spring, I love to get out some chilled white and rosé wines for a nice picnic in the park as the temperatures get higher, the sun shines longer, and shoulders get tanner. April is BC Wine Month, so in support of local wineries, I’m sharing my thoughts on Kitsch Winery’s Spring Wines. Kitsch Winery is located in East Kelowna and I absolutely adore their wines and brand. I visited them last summer and loved their hip, cute, laidback tasting room set up…


If you haven’t heard already, this month is Riesling’s Birthday!!! is one of the most popular German wine varietals with vibrant notes of fresh green apple, pear, and lime. Since I had some of Mission Hill’s Reserve 2018 Riesling at home, I decided to celebrate this fabulous German grape with German cuisine, pairing it with a homemade Chicken Schnitzel dish with Sauerkraut and Fries (recipe shown below). Let’s go into why these pairings went incredibly well together and how you can bring a German experience to your dining table.

Mission Hill’s Riesling is grown in West Kelowna and Naramata, which…


Since it’s International Women’s Day, I thought I’d write a blog post celebrating women-led businesses and the way to a woman’s heart — wine and cookies. If you know me well, you know I’m a Cookie Monster. Because I’m so passionate about all things tasty, I was so happy to have the opportunity to collaborate with BAK’D for this blog. BAK’D was founded by Jessica and Andy Nguyen, 2 siblings on a mission to bring comfort to people in their community during the COVID pandemic with freshly baked cookies. As well, I’m glad to be able to support a business…


As 2020 ends, we say goodbye to the craziest year the world has experienced in decades. Although it was a year where everyday freedoms like going to restaurants in groups were stripped away from us overnight; I found we were able to take time to reflect on the things that we were grateful for that we once took for granted. For me, 2020 really signified the turning point in getting my sh** together in life because that’s what I needed most. At the beginning of the year, I heard about vision boarding and how putting your goals in an artistic…


Tis’ the season for delicious wine and food pairings. If you’re a foodie like me, you know that charcuterie boards are seriously in fashion from your feed. Nothing is more pleasing to the eyes than a beautifully decorated charcuterie board. Charcuterie is a French word for preparing meats. Nowadays, it has become a concept that encompasses the whole gastronomic experience of cheese, meats, nuts, fruit, and bread with wine. Not to mention, it’s very French, so if you love French cuisine and miss traveling around France like me, then bring France to your home this holiday with Charcuterie. …


Let’s face it….. Christmas is sneaking up on us, FAST. It’s almost mid-November and I haven’t done any Christmas shopping yet. Since drinking at home has become the norm this year and will be till this whole pandemic stops, I wanted to help elevate people’s experiences with wine at-home during the holiday season; which is why I’ve been working very hard to open my online wine lifestyle store in time for the holidays. Right now, Wineisseur the Store has a couple of products including wine accessories, gifts, and activities, and will be adding more products each week. …


Big sweaters and PSLs are back in season! For me, Fall is the time to cook more meals at home. Why? Because I’ve splurged on eating out during the summer and need to save my credit cards for what’s to come — Christmas. So that’s why I’m doing a segment on wine and food pairings. I’m a strong believer in “working smarter, not harder”, so I always look for simplistic, flavourful recipes that still make enough food for leftovers the next day! Of course, I’ll let you know the perfect wines to go with your meal; after all, it is…


Drinking wine at Kitsch Winery

As the end of my time as a Mission Hill sommelier nears, I’ve been reflecting on my summer in the Okanagan. Let’s just say, I drank more wine this summer than I probably have my whole life… to train my palate, of course. I got to visit a ton of local wineries this summer and love how the wineries in the Okanagan act as one big family and inclusive community rather than competitors.

The nature of our local industry is so dynamic. Basically, every open field is being turned into a vineyard, no joke. …

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