Wine, food and more wine was the focus of the past week and what a wonderful week it’s been! Après-skiing was once again taken to new heights and epicureans were in for a treat with a food and wine pairing event to suit every taste.
With so many amazing events on the agenda such as Port, Chocolate and Cheese, Mixology to Music and the Blind Tasting Party it was a tough decision for many people to decide which ones to attend. I opted for the signature event – the Progressive Tasting and I can definitely see why it’s not only one of the highlights of the Wine Festival but of the entire winter events calendar!
The village was buzzing on Friday night with over 650 people from all over Canada and the world eager to sample some of the Okanagan region’s finest wines. I spoke with one couple from Washington who have attended the event every year for the past 7 years, always making sure that their Sun Peaks vacation falls over the 3rd weekend in January. For others, it was their first progressive tasting experience but if they’re anything like me, one thing’s for sure it won’t be their last!
Between sips of Merlot, Chardonnay and delicious Icewines, people compared their routes taken on the maps provided as well as their favourite wines of the night. Everyone certainly got jollier as the evening went on, with many ending up dancing in the village streets to the music provided by the live band and DJ! There was no doubt a few sore heads on Saturday but I guess that’s to be expected when there are so many wineries showcasing their best drops!
It’s been another fantastic Festival which has highlighted both the quality of Okanagan wines and the suburb culinary expertise of all the restaurants at Sun Peaks. We just can’t wait to do it all again next year!
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