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The 18th Annual Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival

Two of British Columbia's finest assets—winter recreation and wine—make for an inspired pairing at the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival from January 15–24, 2016.

A pairing made only in British Columbia. Dubbed one of the Best Winter Parties in Canada (MSN.ca), the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival is a delectable experience of wine, skiing, food and riding. Embrace winter in the award winning alpine village of Sun Peaks and savour the wine culture of British Columbia. With 20 memorable events, including the flagship WestJet Progressive Tasting, it's easy to find an event for you and your friends. Plan to stay a few nights and enjoy a unique getaway that will have you talking for weeks.

The Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival... come join us!

2016 Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Packages
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 21, 2015 AND SAVE 10%
Advertised package pricing is starting from $259pp
Kick off the 18th Annual Winter Okanagan Wine Festival with a weekend sampler featuring the new Sun Peaks Wine Crawl. Enjoy two nights accommodation and two weekend events of your choice.

Valid Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 17, 2016.
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Package pricing is per person based on double occupancy in our best value participating hotel room or studio. Upgrades may also be available. Rates are subject to availability, plus applicable taxes and may change without notice. Package pricing is based on the new Sun Peaks Wine Crawl and the Starbucks Sparkling Brunch for two people. Other restrictions may apply. Cancellation: Property cancellation policies apply, Event Tickets are non-refundable. Alpine lift ticket add ons are available. For assistance with this package please contact Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257 ext 1.
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 21, 2015 AND SAVE 10%
Advertised package pricing is starting from $279pp
WestJet is proud to present this memorable event combining wines, fresh mountain air and good company to create warm and wonderful memories of a Canadian winter. Wander around the charming alpine village while enjoying an unforgettable winter wonderland.

This package offers two nights of accommodation at beautiful Sun Peaks Resort, your Progressive Tasting ticket and another weekend event of your choice.

Valid Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 24, 2016.
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Package pricing is per person based on double occupancy in our best value participating hotel room or studio. Upgrades may also be available. Rates are subject to availability, plus applicable taxes and may change without notice. Package pricing is based on the Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting Presented by Westjet and the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Brunch for two people. Other restrictions may apply. Cancellation: Property cancellation policies apply, Event Tickets are non-refundable. Alpine lift ticket add ons are available. For assistance with this package please contact Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257 ext 1.
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 21, 2015 AND SAVE 10%
Advertised package pricing is starting from $329pp
Embrace winter in the award winning alpine village of Sun Peaks and savour the wine culture of British Columbia. Your package includes two comfortable nights' accommodation and three featured festival events of your choice.
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Package pricing is per person based on double occupancy in our best value participating hotel room or studio. Upgrades may also be available. Rates are subject to availability, plus applicable taxes and may change without notice. Package pricing is based on the Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting Presented by Westjet, Mixology to Music and the Bella Italia Brunch Buffet for two people. Other restrictions may apply. Cancellation: Property cancellation policies apply, Event Tickets are non-refundable. Alpine lift ticket add ons are available. Valid Friday, January 15, 2016 to Sunday, January 24, 2016. For assistance with this package please contact Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257 ext 1.
BOOK BY NOVEMBER 21, 2015 AND SAVE 10%
Advertised package pricing is starting from $499pp
Visit Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival and experience delectable wines, decadent food, award winning skiing and riding all within the magic of Canada's Alpine Village. Your package includes three nights' accommodation and four festival events of your choice.
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Package pricing is per person based on double occupancy in our best value participating hotel room or studio. Upgrades may also be available. Rates are subject to availability, plus applicable taxes and may change without notice. Package pricing is based on the Taste of Sun Peaks, Explorer Series Dinner, Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting Presented by Westjet, and the Sun Peaks Winter Festival of Wine Brunch for two people. Other restrictions may apply. Cancellation: Property cancellation policies apply, Event Tickets are non-refundable. Alpine lift ticket add ons are available. Valid Friday, January 15, 2016 to Sunday, January 24, 2016. For assistance with this package please contact Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257 ext 1.
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2016 Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Events
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Wine Sampling Dining Seminar
January 14–24
Sun Peaks Wine & Dine
Participating restaurants: Bella Italia Ristorante, Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill, Mantles Restaurant, Sun Peaks Lodge Steakhouse, Voyageur Bistro
Please see individual restaurants for prices and menus. The annual Sun Peaks Wine and Dine is a great way to ease into the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. Select restaurants at Sun Peaks are proud to feature uniquely designed menu's paired with British Columbia wines. If you aren't familiar with the wines of the Okanagan Valley or the culinary talents of the chefs at Sun Peaks, the food and wine pairings will help you recognize why the Okanagan Valley was voted #2 wine tourism region in the world by USA Today. Sun Peaks Wine and Dine is held nightly and advance tickets are not required, however restaurant reservations are highly recommended. Visit any participating restaurant to see their Wine and Dine menu and let your senses guide you to a wonderful food and wine pairing.
Friday, JANUARY 15
Sun Peaks Wine Crawl
7:30pm to 10:00pm|Village Daylodge, Sun Peaks Grand Ballroom, Upper Village Square|$60
Introducing the first ever Sun Peaks Wine Crawl. Designed to appeal to a younger crowd who love snacks and value priced wines, the Sun Peaks Wine Crawl allows you to wander from the bottom to the top of the village and back where different types of snack foods are paired with British Columbia wines under $25. Who likes chips? Cheesies? Popcorn? Trail mix? Dried fruits? Canadian cheese? At each location, a different snack theme is paired with wines and set to a musical theme. Pop music with popcorn. Country music with chips; or experience something folksy with cheese, trail mix and dried fruits. And in between your snacking and sipping, outdoor games abound and the Mulled Wine and Hot Apple Cider tent will provide a warm respite from the frosty evening.
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 16
The Comforts of Grilled Cheese & Wine 
4:00pm to 6:00pm|Powder Hounds Restaurant |$60
This original après ski event has made waves around the world. We are pleased to announce the return of the Comforts of Grilled Cheese and Wine to a new venue this year, Powder Hounds Restaurant. Join David Beaudoin, the Cheese poet of British Columbia and eight different wineries to devour artisan grilled cheese sandwiches paired with British Columbia wines. Eight different and memorable Canadian grilled cheese sandwiches are served with two wines for each sandwich to allow to taste and compare different varietals and blends from the Okanagan Valley. Most fun of all, everyone gets to shout out their favourite grilled cheese and wine pairing!
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
Starbucks Sparkling Brunch    
10:30am to 12:30pm|Voyageur Bistro|$50
Who is up for fresh French pressed coffees paired with beautiful British Columbia sparkling wines? After you have a restful sleep at Sun Peaks, come and join us for the third annual Starbucks Sparkling brunch. Starbucks Canada will present French presses of four fabulous coffees paired with four British Columbia sparkling wines. Kevin Tessier, proprietor of the Voyageur Bistro will complement your coffee and wine with a delightful small plate brunch while you discover how well coffee and wine actually pair. This is an educational event so it will start promptly at 10:30am and we request everyone be on time because great coffee and sparkling wines can't be left waiting.
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MONDAY, JANUARY 18
Blind Tasting Party
6:00pm to 10:00pm|Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill|$49
You don't need your contact lenses or glasses for this event. Everyone is an equal for the annual Blind wine tasting where guests taste several wines and identify their varietals from the choices. Join Kelly and the Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill team for an extremely popular night identifying four British Columbia red wines and four British Columbia white wines. The evening is accompanied with great music, delectable appetizers, prizes and lots of fun. Whether you know a little or a lot about wines, the blind wine tasting always levels the playing field.
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Moonlight Snowshoe & Mulled Wine
6:00pm Start|Sun Peaks Snowshoe Trails|$60
Experience the magic of a winter's night on a Moonlight Snowshoe Tour. This intimate outdoor evening begins with an easy 1km snowshoe tour and guided trek through beautiful forest trails. Enjoy time to relax around a roaring campfire at our cozy winter woodland camp. The return journey offers beautiful views overlooking the picturesque village and its sparkling lights! On our return to the village, enjoy included mulled wine in the cozy atmosphere of the Sun Peaks Lodge Steakhouse, the perfect place to stay for an optional dinner.
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 19
The Big Varietal Showdown
2:00pm to 4:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$50
Wine education is the bomb! Well know Okanagan wine educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen as he introduces you to the most popular and widely grown varietals in British Columbia. Taste and compare side by side Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Meritage. You will be treated to fabulous wines and learn about each varietal... what food does it pair with? What makes a great varietal? The Big Varietal showdown will provide a great perspective on why British Columbia wines are doing so incredibly well—your palate won't be disappointed.
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Coureur de Bois Repas
7:00pm Sharp|Voyageur Bistro|$75
The Voyageur Bistro and Dairy Farmers of Canada are pleased to host their 1st celebration of the famous "runners of the woods" or Coureur de Bois. These early independent entrepreneurial French-Canadian woodsman traveled in New France and the interior of North America come back in spirit for this wonderful dinner. Fresh baked bannock with Okanagan wines, hearty soups with great Canadian cheeses and a warm winter repas is all you need to recreate the atmosphere of the early days. Join hosts Kevin Tessier, Proprietor of the Voyageur, wine educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen and David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada as they being alive the memories of the discovery of the new world in Canada.
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20
Taste of Sun Peaks 
7:00pm to 9:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$70
This wonderful culinary and wine event has become a hallmark of the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. Enjoy the culinary diversity of restaurants and caterers from throughout Sun Peaks as they come together to treat you to an evening of small plate creations paired with eight British Columbia wineries. Meet guests from around the world, listen to local live music and sample a wide range of freshly prepared culinary delights while meeting with wineries and learning about their success in British Columbia. As a special treat, a selection of fabulous Canadian cheeses will be presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada. This is a stand up event and always a sell out so be sure to book early.
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 21
Welcome to the Kamloops Wine Trail
12:00pm to 1:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$40
Showcasing BC's newest wine experience, the Kamloops Wine Trail connects four unique and diverse wineries pioneering a new wine region in the Kamloops, Thompson Valley area of British Columbia. Nestled amongst the natural beauty of the North and South Thompson Rivers, Erik Fisher, General Manager of Monte Creek Ranch Winery will help you tour the trail and discover a new BC wine adventure.
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Dessert Wines and Aromatic Cheeses 
2:30pm to 4:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$50
This educational seminar will show you truly how well dessert wines pair with aromatic cheeses. Some people love the natural sugars of what is reputed to be the best dessert wines in the world. And some prefer dry wines. With the beautiful pairings of aromatic cheeses from Dairy Farmers of Canada, both options are available! Join David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada and Tom Walmsley wine educator with Summerhill Pyramid Winery to compare the difference between selected wines and understand why Icewine is considered the ultimate among Canadian wines.
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Explorer Series 
6:30pm|Voyageur Bistro|$75
Step back in time for a historic evening complete with a five course tasting menu, wine pairings with each course by educator Gerrit Van Staalduinen of BC Wine Shop and tales of Canada's Fur Trader history featuring colourful characters such as David Thompson, Alexander McKenzie, and Simon Fraser.
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The Three Elements
7:00pm to 9:00pm|Secret private venue!|$60
A secret, beautiful private residence awaits you for this one of a kind intimate event. Courtesy of Sotheby's Realty, the Okanagan Wine Festivals, Dairy Farmers of Canada and Rocky Mountain Chocolates you will be taken by a private bus from the village to a beautiful private residence at Sun Peaks for a matched evening of three elements—Okanagan port style wines, Canadian cheeses supplied by Dairy Farmers of Canada and locally made chocolates from Rocky Mountain Chocolates—three of the original elements created on earth but they didn't make it onto your chemistry periodic table. This event sells out far in advance year after year, so book early!
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Friday, JANUARY 22
The Breadth of British Columbia Riesling
1:30pm to 3:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$50
Riesling, one of the noblest grapes, has made a stunning comeback with consumers in the past few years. One of the most heavily planted white varietals in the Okanagan and the oldest varietal as well, Riesling wines from the Okanagan are well respected worldwide. Noted winemaker Roger Wong from Gray Monk Estate Winery as well as being proprietor of Intrigue Wines will host a seminar on the what distinguishes Riesling in British Columbia; its history and will sensualize your palate to a broad variety of Rieslings grown in British Columbia.
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The Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting Presented by WestJet 
Check in 4:00pm, Event 6:00pm to 9:00pm|Upper Plaza Stage|$70
There is no party winter wine party in British Columbia than this. WestJet is proud to present 30 wineries and a fun wandering progressive wine tasting combining wines, fresh mountain air and good company. If you haven't been yet, join over 10,000 who have experienced this event and create a lasting memory. Wander around the charming alpine village tasting over 100 amazing wines British Columbia wines and sample cheeses from Alexis de Portneuf, breads from Ready Bake and healthy crisps from Kashi. Please note: this event while it does provide palate cleansers does not include a meal so it is recommended that you eat before you arrive or after the event.
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival Brunch
10:00am to 12:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$50
Experience our bountiful brunch buffet with select British Columbia wines, that will quench your thirst and taste buds. This event is the perfect way to start your day of wine and mountain exploration! An incredible value, this is a must attend event during the annual festival.
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Rocky Mountain Chocolate & British Columbia Wines
12:00pm to 1:30pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$50
Chocolate and wine... women line up! Bring your friends, your boyfriends or maybe even your husband to give you comfort as you face the test of tasting handmade chocolates paired with selected British Columbia wines. Join one of our wine educators from the Okanagan for a delicious sinful pairing. From white chocolate, to milk chocolate to chocolate covered fruit, you will get to experiment, savour and compare notes to determine what your favourite chocolate and wine pairing to find that perfect pairing with wine!
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Assemblage!
2:00pm to 4:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$50
Have you always thought it would be fun to try your hand at being a wine scientist? Assemblage is a phenomenal way to learn to blend your own wine. Join Okanagan Crush Pad from Summerland, British Columbia and be introduced to blending your own wine! You will start with a tasting of single varietals. Once your senses are awakened, participants will be grouped into winemaking teams to experience the joy of blending wines. The afternoon finishes with a blind tasting of all the new blends followed by a vote for the favourite blend and a special prize for the team that gets voted Best Blend.
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The Spirited Après
3:30pm to 5:00pm|Cahilty Bar & Grill|$39
Presented by Okanagan Spirits—awarded World Class Distillery by the World Spirits Organization, Klagenfurt, Austria, 2015—and Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill, we are pleased to present a first at the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival. Come and taste the fruit Eau de Vie made in the Okanagan with only 100% British Columbia grown fruit. Guests will be treated to three different Okanagan Spirits Eau de Vie each paired with a different appetizer from the Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill. Ski, board or walk right in and enjoy a classic après.
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18th Annual British Columbia Wine Awards Tutored Tasting 
7:00pm to 10:00pm|Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre|$90
The British Columbia Wine Awards are held every October as part of the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival—one of the Top 100 events in North America (American Tour Assn 2015). The Okanagan Wine Festivals reserve a rare selection of the award winning wines and present them at this exclusive event. This educational evening targets the serious wine enthusiast to complement their learning. The Executive Chef of the Sun Peaks Grand will design a seasonally inspired selection of small plates to accompany the exclusive wines and Dairy Farmers of Canada deliver amongst the rarest and finest Canadian cheeses. Your hosts will be one of the esteemed judges from the British Columbia Wine Awards, the General Manager for the Okanagan Wine Festivals, and one of the great ambassadors from Dairy Farmers of Canada. Please note to book early as this event sells out well in advance.
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Mixology to Music 
8:00pm to 11:00pm|Powder Hounds Restaurant|$65
Enjoy a mouth-watering, two course dinner while sampling four of the house bartenders' mixed wine cocktails. Finish your evening romancing the night away, dancing to the music of a local two-piece band. This is a great event for a date or an evening out with friends!
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SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
Bella Italia Brunch Buffet
10:00am to 12:30pm|Bella Italia Ristorante|$40
After an amazing week, this is the finishing touch to the Sun Peaks Winter Okanagan Wine Festival! Enjoy British Columbian Sparkling Wine and an Italian-style brunch buffet featuring a wide variety of hearty breakfast, light lunch and satisfying dessert options.
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Call Sun Peaks Central Reservations at 1.800.807.3257 for more information
on any of the events listed.