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John Schreiner on wine: Phantom Creek Estates raises the bar. – John Schreiner – April 16, 2022

If ever a winery has raised the bar for south Okanagan wineries – and the bar is already high – it is Richter Bai’s Phantom Creek Estates. As the following notes indicate, the quality of the wines is impeccable. The scores are comparable to Anthony von Mandl’s CheckMate Artisanal Winery, which just happens to get some of its fruit from vineyards neighbouring Phantom Creek’s vineyards. Obviously, great terroir makes great wine. Phantom Creek, which made its first vintage in 2016, is now producing 5,000 casers a year, with considerable potential to grow. The winery has 81 acres of vineyards in production along with 113 acres under development, both in the Okanagan and the Similkameen Valleys.

Richter Bai, a Chinese-born entrepreneur, also rivals von Mandl in another way. For more than 20 years, the Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna has been the destination winery in the north Okanagan, with its iconic bell tower, its artwork, its fine restaurant, its outdoor concerts and its extensive portfolio of fine wines.

Phantom Creek has emerged as the destination winery in the south. An imposing sculpture of Helios, the sun god to the ancient Greeks, which greets visitors, was created in Italian marble by Emily Young, an artist described as Britain’s “greatest living stone sculptor.” And that is just for starters. The VIP tasting room is dominated by a glorious Dale Chihuly glass sculpture. He is an American artist with a considerable following. The tasting room and the restaurant both have great views over the Okanagan Valley. There are summer markets on the estate. This year, the winery has scheduled 15 concerts.

The wines reviewed here are but a small sample of Phantom Creek’s extensive portfolio. What struck me about the red wines in this sample is that all are anchored on Cabernet Franc. That varietal did not have a significant profile for many years, largely because of the greater acreage of Merlot. CheckMate, as an example, settled on Merlot as its red varietal because far more of that is grown in its vineyards than either Cabernet Franc or Cabernet Sauvignon. Phantom Creek’s vineyards appear to be growing a bigger range of varietals. In any event, it has never been Phantom Creek’s strategy to focus on just two varietals.

Here are notes on the wines.

Phantom Creek Riesling 2019 ($33 for 260 cases). This wine was fermented with indigenous yeast in the winery’s Stockinger (Austrian) oak casks. It is a delicious wine, with aromas of quince and citrus and flavours of citrus and guava. If anything, the exotic tropical fruit has submerged the varietal character of Riesling. But if you can live without the usual racy characters of Riesling, this wine will not disappoint. 91.

Phantom Creek Pinot Gris 2019 ($27.49 for 500 cases). This wine is listed in the BC Liquor Distribution Branch. This wine, which was aged 16 months in an oak foudre, presents in the glass with light golden hue. It begins with aromas of spicy oak mingled with pear and pineapple. On the palate, the wine has a rich honeyed texture with flavours of ripe pear and pineapple and a lingering finish. 93.

Phantom Creek Chardonnay 2020 ($48 for 16 barrels). This is a wine club exclusive. There is a superb balance of fruit and oak so that the fruit remains the star of this elegant wine. It has aromas and spicy flavours of butter, ripe peaches, apricots and tropical fruits. 93.

Phantom Creek Petite Cuvée No. 4 2019 ($37.99). This is listed in the BCLDB. The wine was aged 20 months in oak (43% new). The blend is 42% Cabernet Franc, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 7% Petit Verdot and 1% Syrah. This wine begins with aromas of cassis and dark cherry. Bold and ripe on the palate, the wine delivers flavours of dark cherry, blackberry and chocolate. The long, ripe tannins give the wine a persistent finish. 94.

Phantom Creek Becker Vineyard Cuvée No. 27 2019 ($60 for 40 barrels). This vineyard is on the Black Sage Bench near the winery. This wine was aged 19 months in oak (50% new). The blend is 55% Cabernet Franc, 28% Merlot, 9% Carménère, 7% Syrah and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine begins with aromas of cassis and cherry. On the palate, there are flavours of blackberry, black cherry, black currant and dark chocolate. The firm texture suggests this wine is a candidate for cellaring. The finish lingers. 93.

Phantom Creek Kobau Vineyard Cuvée No. 15 2019 ($80 for 40 barrels). This is a wine from the Golden Mile and is a credit to the appellation. It was aged 20 months in oak (36% new). The blend is 69% Cabernet Franc, 27% Merlot and 4% Syrah. It is ripe and rich, with aromas of black cherry, black currant and spice. There are layers of flavour on the palate: black cherry, black currant, coffee and chocolate. The finish is very long. 95.

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Travel & Leisure: The Best Places to Travel in June 2022

Travel & Leisure – Patricia Doherty, April 5, 2022

Summer arrives in June, and with it, plans for vacations and travel. Festivals are on the schedule again, and favorite summer destinations like Mackinac Island and Alaska are expecting plentiful guests. With many vacationers staying close to home, we’re suggesting domestic destinations that will be sure to see first-time visitors this year.

International travel is on the rise, and we’re offering some places that are lovely during this season, with much to do and see. As spring turns to summer, we hope your thoughts will turn to planning your own holiday travel.

Related: More summer vacation ideas

Nashville, Tennessee

There’s always something happening in Music City, and this June will see the return of CMA Fest from June 9-12 at stages throughout Nashville. Daytime activities and outdoor stages are free and open to the public. Learn about Nashville’s role in the Civil Rights Movement with Tours by Locals and acclaimed historian David Steel E. Be one of the first at the new Conrad Nashville, opening in May 2022, less than five minutes from Music Row. Excellent places to stay also include Holston HouseBobby HotelThe Westin NashvilleThe Joseph, and Bode Nashville. Or choose a rental from Vacasa, like Illume 305 or Cumberland Cool, for a small group. Don’t miss Nashville’s great food, from hot chicken at Party Fowl to a modern American culinary experience at Saint Stephen with James Beard award-winner, Chef R.J. Cooper.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June’s late spring weather is perfect for getting to know Philadelphia, spending time among historic landmarks, and enjoying special events like the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. The nation’s largest and longest-running horticultural event will be held outdoors at FDR Park from June 11-18. For young travelers, there’s the Philadelphia Zoo, the Please Touch Museum, and Franklin Square, with miniature golf, a carousel, and the Franklin Square Fountain. Places to stay include The Rittenhouse Hotel with famed restaurant LacroixLoews Philadelphia Hotel is set in the historic PSFS Bank building. The chic W Philadelphia offers a rooftop pool, spa, and fitness center.

Hvar, Croatia

This island in the Adriatic off the Dalmatian Coast boasts sunny beaches, ancient cobblestone streets, and archaeological remains of the many civilizations that have inhabited the island throughout its history. The surrounding sea offers sailing, kayaking, and gorgeous waterfront views. Hvar has been a source of excellent wine since the first vines were planted there more than two thousand years ago. Summer season attracts celebrities, beach lovers, and visitors to the annual Hvar Summer Festival in June. Riva Marina, a historic waterfront hotel in Hvar Town, is completing a major renovation with plans to reopen on June 1. United Airlines will begin seasonal non-stop flights between Newark Airport and Dubrovnik (a ferry trip from Hvar) on May 27, with four weekly departures from Newark.


Warm weather and long days with about 18 hours of sunlight make June a great time for outdoor activities and wildlife sightings — two of many thrills of a trip to Alaska. See Alaska aboard an expedition ship with Hurtigruten Expeditions, and choose from a variety of itineraries departing from Vancouver or Anchorage. In Anchorage, Alyeska Resort offers a luxury experience with spa, pool, fitness center, and world-class dining. If you’re after a fishing experience, head to Ketchikan’s waterfront Salmon Falls Fishing Resort, where you’ll find great food and all the gear you’ll need for reeling in and taking home your catch — conveniently processed, packed, and ready to travel.

Mackinac Island, Michigan

This charming island destination is opening for the summer season, and lilacs are blooming. The festival honoring the fragrant flowers takes place from June 3-12, with a 10K run and a grand parade. There are no cars on the island — a real plus this year — and visitors get around by bike, horse-drawn carriage, or on foot. It’s a romantic destination for couples and fun for families with boating, fishing, exploring, and more. A range of lodging includes hotels, B&Bs, cottages, condos, and classic resorts. Family-owned and operated Mission Point Resort is set on 18 waterfront acres with six restaurants, spa, and a variety of activities. The historic Grand Hotel features guest rooms, suites, and the four-bedroom Masco Cottage, as well as spa, salon, and golf on The Jewel.


Winter in this Southern Hemisphere destination brings little rain and temperatures in the mid-80s. Sounds perfect? Add clear, warm seas, lush vegetation, white-sand beaches, coral reefs, and delightful people welcoming you to their beautiful islands — more than 100 in all. Tahiti comes to mind when we think of South Pacific islands. It’s the largest of the Society Islands and usually the starting point for exploring the Tuamotu ArchipelagoGambier Islands, the Marquesas, the Austral Islands, and the other Society Islands that include Bora Bora and Moorea. Places to stay range from luxury overwater bungalows to affordable guest houses, for an authentic island experience. Getting to French Polynesia doesn’t have to break the bank with flights from major U.S. cities on French Bee. As an example, one-way flights from San Francisco to Tahiti start at $329.

London, United Kingdom

Be part of the Platinum Jubilee holiday from June 2-5 celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years as monarch, the longest reign in the nation’s history, with parades, concerts, pageants, and more. June’s festivities also include the annual Trooping the Colour, a display of pageantry with the military, horses, musicians, and Queen Elizabeth in a procession down The Mall from Buckingham Palace. The famed Wimbledon Tennis Championship will take place from June 27-July 10. Come for these special events, but stay to enjoy all Great Britain has to offer — tradition, culture, history, the outdoors, and festivals. The Hampton Court Palace Festival features outdoor concerts throughout June at King Henry VIII’s historic Tudor palace. Lovely places to stay include The Stafford LondonThe Mayfair TownhouseThe Dorchester, and The Beaumont, and you can also choose accommodations from pubs to hostels and campsites.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Located in southeast Tennessee near the Georgia border, Chattanooga is set along the Tennessee River, where the Riverwalk provides restaurants, boat ramps, and natural beauty. The Tennessee Aquarium is celebrating 30 years, and the Chattanooga Zoo will soon reach a milestone with its 85th anniversary. The historic Bluff View Art District, high atop stone cliffs, features galleries, gardens, restaurants, coffee shops, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and stunning views of the river and downtown. Other museums to put on your itinerary include The National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Bessie Smith Cultural CenterSongbirds Center, and the Chattanooga Selfie Museum — for plenty of Instagrammable backgrounds. There’s plenty to do outdoors, too, so don’t miss Lookout Mountain and Raccoon Mountain Caverns. June brings the Riverbend Festival from June 3-5 and weekly Nightfall Concert Series every Friday evening.

Lexington, Kentucky

The Horse Capital of the World, Lexington is home to more than 450 horse farms, famed Keeneland Racecourse, tours, carriage rides, and of course, horseback riding. Bourbon fans know Lexington’s distilleries and its history dating back hundreds of years. No matter which of Lexington’s many attractions are on your list, you’ll want to know about SoulFeast Restaurant Week, June 20-26, celebrating the city’s Black cuisine, and downtown’s Juneteenth Festival on June 18 with music, art, food, and chef demonstrations. Choose your lodging from Lexington’s many options that include the new boutique Elwood Hotel & SuitesThe Origin Hotel21c Museum Hotel, and the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa.

San Luis Obispo, California

This Central Coast town about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco is a great destination itself or an ideal place to stop for a few days on a California road trip along beautiful Highway One. Home of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the town offers museums, restaurants, breweries, a well-preserved mission, beaches, and a variety of outdoor activities. Rich in culture, the town hosts an annual film festival and Museum of Art. In the middle of California’s Central Coast wine country, SLO (as locals call it) features tasting rooms, wine trails, and miles of scenic vineyards. Stay at the Hotel San Luis Obispo, with a spa, restaurants, and convenient location. Hotel Cerro features spacious guest rooms, eight residences, spa, rooftop pool, and casual French brasserie.

Tel Aviv, Israel

This Mediterranean beach destination is set along nine miles of shoreline with a promenade boasting restaurants, cafes, and a popular path for biking and strolling. Known for its lively nightlife, Tel Aviv’s jazz clubs and cocktail lounges are filled with revelers into the late hours. Historic architecture, delicious cuisine, theater, and a world-class Museum of Art are other attractions. In June, Tel Aviv PRIDE celebrations see thousands of visitors from around the world gathering from June 8-12, with a parade planned for June 10, marking the 23rd anniversary of the city’s first pride parade. In the heart of Tel Aviv, The Norman was converted from two historic buildings and features 30 guest rooms, 20 suites, and the restaurant ALENA. Newly opened this spring, The David Kempinski Tel Aviv offers 250 rooms, most with sea views, including 56 suites and a three-floor penthouse.

Luberon, Provence, France

As beautiful as it sounds, the south of France is even more stunning in June as lavender fields scent the air and color the rolling hills with pale purple blooms. Visitors tour lavender farms and come away with souvenirs of products made from the fragrant blossoms. In the heart of Provence, Luberon is also home to vineyards, markets, castles, and charming villages to explore. Coquillade Provence Resort & Spa, set on a 100-acre estate with vineyards and olive groves, offers spacious rooms and suites, restaurants, and Spa Coquillade, with treatments that include lavender oil and products from the vineyards. The Relais & Chateaux property is the ultimate home base for a luxurious visit to Provence in June.

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

Coldstream Kalamalka Lake Okanagan Valley British Columbia


A snow sports destination in winter and popular vacation spot in summer, the Okanagan Valley is known for farms, orchards, vineyards, lakes, and pine forests. Visit in June when the snow has melted and summer vacationers have not yet arrived in full force. The valley is British Columbia’s premier grape growing region as well as home to distilleries, cideries, and breweries. Wines produced there include chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, sauvignon blanc, and many other varietals. At Phantom Creek Estates, the first vines were planted nearly fifty years ago, and the winery now produces Bordeaux reds, Alsatian whites, Viognier, and syrah. Stay at pet-friendly Spirit Ridge Lake Resort with a spa, golf, and Nk’Mip Cellars, the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America.

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Announcing Western Living’s 2022 Foodies of the Year Finalists

Western Living Magazine – Neil McLennan, March 25, 2022

Well, it was another odd year with more ups and downs than anyone was looking for. But as usual the industry—chefs, owners, educators, activists, farmers and business people—figured out a way to make things work in imperfect circumstances. 

Our top 10 FOTY winners will be announced on May 9 on (keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for updates). They’ll also be featured with portraits and essays in Western Living’s May/June 2022 issue.

So please join us in raising a glass in honour of our 2022 Foodies of the Year Finalists: these are 40 of the tastemakers, innovators and damn-good cooks who wowed our editorial team.

Congratulations to each and every one of you.

1. Tushar Tondvalkar (The Indian Pantry, Vancouver)
This founder is decolonizing Indian food with his Indian Pantry line as well as through his pop-ups and ghost kitchens, Urban Tadka and Frankie Street Wraps.

2. Mike Bernardo and Carole Morton (Naramata General Store, Naramata)
The former head somm at the Vij’s group joins with Morton to bring us the perfect wine country store—proper cheese, charcuterie, tough-to-find bottles.

3. Ryan and Jen Hawk (Wayne and Freda, Penticton)
Is the West’s most perfect coffee shop—friendly but cool, elevated yet approachable—located in humble Penticton?

4. Kenyon Family (District Wine Village, Osoyoos)
The brains behind the Okanagan’s one-stop destination have created the ability to visit 10 tasting rooms at once—from Nk’Mip to One Faith. Perfect for wine touring in a time crunch.

5. Sarah Goodman (Chiwis, Squamish)
Goodman, a trained nutritionist, launched her healthy chips made from fruit mid-pandemic—and they’re now available across Canada and have legions of devotees.

6. Aki Kaltenbach (Save da Sea, Vancouver)
Kaltenbach’s first product, a plant-based “smoked salmon” made from carrots, uses simple ingredients—including locally sourced bull kelp and Omega-3s from flax oil—to create a smoky, savoury, delicious alternative. Now available in over 150 outlets across the country.

7. Ayissi Nyemba (Emkao Foods, Mission)
The launch of Canada’s only single-source, traceable, sustainable chocolate products made from organic cacao beans has transformed what it means to produce chocolate at every stage of the supply chain. Nyemba uses a direct-trade model and has committed to leading the most sustainable and ethical chocolate maker in Canada.

8. James and Cammy Lockwood (Lockwood Farms, Cowichan Valley)
In the past decade, this pair has gone from newbie farmers to supplying much of Vancouver Island’s restaurants with the freshest, most lovingly grown produce around.

9. Rod Olson (YYC Growers, Calgary)
Through this farmer-owned cooperative, Olson is highlighting the importance of supporting local farmers and is bringing education on topics from improving your diet to improving the soil.

10. Greg Dilabio and Antoine Dumont (Oca Pastificio, Vancouver)
The line between FOH (Dumont) and BOH (Dilabio) is about 12 feet at this jewel-box ode to fresh pasta that snagged Best New at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards last year.

11. Miki Ellis and Stephen Whiteside (DachiElephant, Vancouver)
There may not be any two people more loved within their industry than this pair. Dachi is the de facto clubhouse for Vancouver restaurant folk while the new Elephant draws the high-end tasting meal crowd.

12. Jennifer Keith and Luke Butterworth (JustCook Kitchens, Edmonton)
This pair of UofA MBAs dreamed of a space where a multitude of the city’s young chefs could operate in a slick food-hall setting.

13. Dustin Dockendorf (Autostrada, Vancouver)
Previous Foodie of the Year award winner Lucais Syme rules the back of house at the juggernaut that is Autostrada, but it’s Dockendorf who keeps the trains running and the smiles big at all three spaces (plus Capo and the Spritz at the Opus Hotel).

14. Jesse Dame (Wind Cries Mary, Victoria)
The casual Bastion Square spot has captured the attention of the local foodie crowd by keeping things simple—“elevated cabin fare”—with housemade sausage, local produce and late hours that see other industry folks stopping by after their shifts.

15. Rudy Tomazic (Friends of Dorothy, Victoria/Kelowna)
Victoria’s hopping LGBTQ2+ spot follows on the heels of the original location in the more right-leaning Kelowna. The hyper-inclusive space has become famous for their drag brunches and dramatic interiors.

16. Garrett Bruce Martin (Concorde Entertainment, Calgary)
The opening of the uber-popular Major Tom marks the 18th room in this conglomerate that seems anything but a conglomerate, thanks to Martin, the group’s Culinary Director, making sure each addition has a distinctive personality.

17. Tommy Pang (Chef’s Choice, Vancouver)
The nondescript name on a nondescript stretch of Broadway belies that this Cantonese spot is the most vibrant and exciting Chinese restaurant to open in Vancouver in years thanks to Pang’s deft handling of the classics.

18. Alessa Valdez (The Restaurant at Phantom Creek, Oliver)
Expectations for the jaw-dropping spectacle that is Phantom Creek are perennially high, but chef Valdez has been wowing them with the most refined, inventive (and, yes, expensive) food in the South Okanagan.

19. Jian Cheng (Nancy Go Yaya, Vancouver)
Cheng’s modern Singaporean cuisine (a heretofore underrepresented genre in the West’s repertoire) has been line-up inducing since day one, launching a new generation of eaters who crave roti john and other regional calling cards.

20. Paul Moran (1909 Kitchen, Tofino)
The Top Chef Canada winner (S7) has been killing it at Moran’s marinaside 1909 Kitchen for the past few years. Last year, he launched Wild Origins, a line of dried wild foods that captures the essence of the wild West Coast.

21. Nutcha Phanthoupheng (Baan Lao, Richmond)
Opening a restaurant during COVID was bold; opening a $190 tasting menu of royal Thai cuisine in sleepy Steveston, B.C., seems even more so. But Chef Phanthoupheng has made this daring spot a destination for Lower Mainland food lovers.

22. Roni Zaide (Roni’s Kitchen, Calgary)
The Calgary culinary educator released her first cookbook on the eve of the pandemic and it, along with her online classes, has brought her passion for vegetarian cooking to a new audience of locked-down fans.

23. Scott Iserhoff (Pei Pei Chei Ow Catering, Edmonton)
The Mushkego Cree chef brings contemporary Indigenous catering to Edmonton and delivers food stories along with a deep dive into local ingredients. In his time off, Iserhoff sells jams and bannock mixes with the Indigenous Artisan Market Collective.

24. Anastasia Kiku and Jason Hawkins (Reusables, Vancouver)
When the pandemic began, Kiku and Hawkins saw the garbage start to pile up—and stepped in by developing a more sustainable solution than wasteful single-use takeout containers.

25. Aart Schuurman Hess (Goodly, Vancouver)
The CEO and former bank director has been tackling food waste through the rapidly growing Goodly, which transforms surplus produce donated by suppliers and farmers into a range of soups that taste great and save the planet at the same time.

26. Jeff Guignard (ABLE BC, Vancouver)
Guignard used his experience as a parliamentary chief of staff to wrest the ability to buy liquor at wholesale prices from the B.C. liquor control board—and in doing so had a significant and ongoing impact on the financial health of every restaurant in the province.

27. Dana Lee Harris (BC Hospitality Foundation, Vancouver)
The wine industry insider spent five years leading the BCHF to become a groundbreaker in supporting the underrepresented hospitality industry, and was a shining example for many once the pandemic hit.

28. Craig McIntosh and Carissa Campeotto (Trendi, Vancouver)
The Vancouver-based startup uses AI-driven robotics to help the farm and food industry rescue and upcycle food waste into nutrient-dense products that can be widely distributed to both Canadians facing food insecurity and the wider consumer market.

29. Don Guthro and Quang Dang (D.I.C.E.D. Culinary, Vancouver)
Chef/activist Guthro has been helping underprivileged candidates enter culinary school since 2011 and adding Dang (West) to his casual but beloved D.I.C.E.D. Café near Vancouver’s Jericho Beach has brought a whole new lens of attention to his great social endeavour.

30. Maude Renaud-Brisson (Apero Mode, Vancouver)
In the suddenly crowded world that is wine subscription boxes, it’s this transplanted Quebecker’s knack for finding wines that are cool (and cool-climate) but also broadly accessible that has set her apart from the competition.

31. Emily Walker (Naramata Inn, Okanagan)
Walker left several high-profile jobs in Vancouver (Four Seasons) to raise her family back in the interior and has now landed perhaps her highest-profile gig yet—curating the superlative list at Naramata Inn, where she is sussing out the most interesting wines in the Valley.

32. Faaiza Ramji and Lindsey Good (Field Notes, Edmonton)
When an entrepreneur curious about what the Prairies hold (Ramji) partners with the owner of a 100-year-old farm in southern Alberta who is passionate about turning our crops into more products the world can enjoy (Good), the result is one of the most unique success stories of the pandemic—a pea-based amaro that’s been flying off the shelves.

33. Gurpreet Ranu (Anohka Distillery, Stony Plain)
South Asians have traditionally been underrepresented in Canada’s craft distilling industry, but that didn’t stop Ranu, who not only launched his strikingly modern distillery just west of Edmonton but also managed to snag Best Canadian Dry Gin at the recent World Gin Awards.

34. John and Cathy Windsor (Devine Distillery, Saanich)
Devine has been at the centre of craft distilling for a decade, but although they said goodbye to industry legend Ken Winchester they have still managed to snag top spot in the Canadian Craft Distilling Awards with their genre-bending Ancient Grains Whisky.

35. James Grant (Little Hong Kong, Edmonton)
The Edmonton barkeep did the impossible—he brought home yet another World Class Global Best Bartender in the World award (a feat previously accomplished by previous Foodie of the Year winner Kaitlyn Stewart in 2017) for his grace under pressure in the industry-leading competition.

36. Dinah Santos, Brock Coutts, Mike Borgford, and Mike McCallum (Patent 5 Distillers, Winnipeg)
The Exchange District distillery has always used cool local ingredients (like saskatoons to make an Old Tom-style gin), but it’s their ready-to-drink cocktails that are bringing their talents to those beyond the bricks-and-mortar location.

37. Taylor Whelan (CedarCreek Estate Winery, Kelowna)
Winemaker Whelan has overseen CedarCreek’s transformation from a well-known winery making reliable bottles to a juggernaut whose Platinum Level releases have risen to the ranks of the most desirable and lauded wines in the country.

38. Omar Mouallem (The Last Baron, Edmonton)
The Edmonton writer (and, full disclosure, former WL contributor) followed up on his award-winning article on the phenomena that is Burger Baron with a full-length documentary on CBC that merged the Lebanese diaspora with rural Alberta and dove deep into the origin myth behind the quirky chain.

39. Kyla Pascal and Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon (Hungry Zine, Edmonton)
This new zine has put its focus on the food justice stories from diverse identities that have been absent from mainstream food media.

40. Mike and Jannah Haas (Angry BBQ, Regina)
This pair of diehard BBQ fans have become a go-to resource for buying guides and recipes for those who love the smoke.

To read the full article with photos: Western Living Magazine