Celebrating the grape
It’s all about wine up at Sun Peaks Resort on the weekend — but with a splash of vodka and some fine cuisine.
The 14th annual Winer Okanagan Wine Festival opens on Saturday, Jan. 14, and continues to Sunday, Jan. 22.
New events this year include the M Room Fondue, to be held twice during the festival and one of the first events to sell out, said Melanie Simmons, media
relations and communcations specialist with Tourism Sun Peaks.
Other events sold out include the Port and Cheese: After the Apres social and the medal-winners tasting.
The progressive tasting is also expected to be sold out before the festival begins, Simmons said.
A party after the tasting on Friday, Jan. 20, is also new and will feature canapes and Okanagan wines at Globe Cafe and Tapas Bar.
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new and will be hosted by Gerrit Van Staalduinen of Anderson and Co. Wine Brokerage on Thursday, Jan. 19, also at Globe Cafe.
It’s a “bit of an educational seminar,” Simmons said, that focuses on some of the more unusual wines grown in the Okanagan region.
Other events include dinners with meals paired with different wines, a session on icewines, brunch with bubbly wines, seminars on pairing wine with cheeses and coffees, an Italian brunch buffet and, for the first time, From Russia With Love . . . And Wine . . . And Vodka.
This event on Tuesday, Jan. 17, includes an oyster and caviar bar, along with wines from Summerhill Pyramid Winery and vodka from the new Urban Distilleries Vodkas in Kelowna.
Simmons said incorporating vodka into the festival is designed to draw in people who may not be interested in just wines.
And, with cold weather in the forecast for the hill, Simmons said the festival should be a “triad of perfection — a blend of wine, food and outdoor recreation.”
For more information on the events and tickets, go online to sunpeaksresort.com/events-and-festivals/winter-festival-of-wine.