Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
While driving west of Lillooet, I had time to reflect on the many wineries that line the highway between Osoyoos and Oliver. With all these wineries, and relatively few varietals, things are bound to get competitive. In an effort to get a leg up, some offer fine dining; others, such as Rustico, a no less market savvy form of hokum.
After purchasing bottles of their Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Meritage, Rustico's cowboy-proprietor (and former Jim Pattison Group marketing executive) suggested a visit upstairs, where he operates a gallery -- "home to over sixty artists, most of 'em local." The painting below is my favourite.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Like Vernon (versus, say, Kelowna), Lillooet is a town that has more in common with what it was than what it wants to be. An example can be found in the building above: a stuccoed-over structure that, through a careful application of paint, attempts to revive its past.