With the loonie breaking through par and a full on season of events and activities just around the corner, the Veranda Beach reservations crew is being run off its’ feet. GM Claus Larsen advises to “book early to avoid disappointment”.
January 28th, 2011
November 5th, 2010
October 12, 2010 will forever be marked as Veranda Beach Vineyard’s inaugural grape harvest. Seventeen gathered at 8 am as Father David asked for God’s blessing of the bounty and the inaugural nine acre harvest began.
It was a day of celebration for Vineyard Manager Finis Hale who so lovingly tended to the vines through the growing season. “Our harvest is complete, the grapes are crushed and the growing season has come to a close. The grapes now are in a state of transformation. As Winemaker Rusty Figgins delicately performs the art of crafting grapes into wine, we have no other choice but to wait for the complete bounty of the harvest. As I reflect upon the season it reminds me of all the gifts God has given us. As stewards of these gifts we will cultivate and produce the finest wines available in the Okanogan valley. We will capture the audience of two nations, and all will be awestruck at the flavors we lay upon the palate. Our first harvest hasn’t come easy, from wild creatures to learning curves, however with perserverance we prevailed. I would like to take this time, to thank all who participated in the harvest. And to Father Dave who gave his time, to ask for Gods blessing in our bounty. And for those who were unable to come, we missed you. This was a great time of fellowship with our peers and I look forward to this new tradition next season.”
Winemaker Rusty Figgins replies “The human interaction required to perform the transformation from grape to wine is merely a gentle coaxing into the correct direction. One knows that it all began in the vineyard, and the very high quality of the grapes that we harvested is a testament to Finis being constantly conscientious about the grapevines’ health.
Father David’s appearance to bless the harvest was a touching reminder of our purpose here, and a sign of something great coming from our collective effort. I hope that the grape harvest blessing begins a fine vintage tradition at Veranda Beach, the like of which is found at many famous wine estates all over the world.
Thank you very much to Jude and Paul for providing coffee, Finis for the doughnuts, Lisa for even more coffee and for her gourmet-quality chili at lunchtime. Thank you to all for the opportunity to share the season’s best moments with you!
The wine is indeed well on its way, as 5230 pounds (2.615 tons) of Barbera grapes were lifted by hand into the de-stemmer this morning, having been first subjected to the chilly night-time temperatures, aiding in achieving optimum processing condition. The juice is highly concentrated and flavourful, with great acidity and sweetness. A deep garnet hue was immediately apparent as the tank was filled with the newly crushed grape must. My aim is to create the finest Barbera ever made in either side of the border, and our very special site will allow us to lay claim to that honour.
Allow me to also extend a word of thanks to all who helped or even just wished that you could have helped with this year’s grape harvest. Your support is enjoyed immensely!”
For photos of this very special day, check out our facebook album… http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=321312&id=696974250&l=ed3c143bfe#!/album.php?aid=40979&id=25941014968
October 2nd, 2010
Just ask the twelve ladies who escaped for a girls’ getaway, the friends reacquainted after not seeing each other for months, or the couples who found some time for one another – all over wine at a Veranda Beach Wine Weekend and everyone with one resounding comment – fabulous!
So what has made the Veranda Beach wine weekends so fabulous? In a word… intimacy. Veranda Beach’s own Rusty Figgins hosts the wine reception, wine tour and wine dinner, not for one hundred, nor fifty, but rather for twenty people, thus enabling a personal connection to the winemaker to be formed. “For many” says event coordinator Rhonda Hinkley “it is a discovery time on wine. Where the participants may have long enjoyed wine and are now taking this opportunity to learn more about it.” They are fortunate to do so in such a relaxed and intimate setting, and the best part says Hinkley, “each weekend keeps getting better and better”.
Guests listened intently as Figgins grabbed a cluster of grapes from the Veranda Beach Barbera vines to measure sugar content in “brix”so as to determine the optimal harvest time, and then it was onto the reception to enjoy various wine selections and discussion about the character of those wines in one of Veranda Beach’s new Vineyard Cottages.
A South Okanagan wine tour was the order of the next day – but this was no ordinary wine tour as each stop grew with intimacy. Road 13 was a treat as always, however it was wine shop manager Kathy Mercier at Hester Creek who met our guests upon arrival and personally provided a “behind the scenes” look at the Vineyard, production and storage areas, and then we participated in a wine tasting. Lunch was served at Burrowing Owl. Saeed at Le Vieux Pin and Mohammed at La Stella offered tastings of their respective French and Italian wines in their barrel rooms. And then it was onto Stoneboat Vineyards where Tim, the winemaker, himself, welcomed our guests to his table on the lawn.
A three course wine pairing dinner followed on Saturday evening with each course exquisitely paired by Rusty and Chef Michael of Globe at the Beach. The food was created out of local flavors of the season. The first course was an Okanagan Peach salad, paired with Rockwell Cellars Riesling; the main course – Grilled Striploin paired with Veranda Beach’s own Syrah; and the finale – a Molten Dark & White Chocolate Lava Cake, paired with Rockwall Cellars Foch Lore. The atmosphere was a culmination of great knowledge, food, and wine, and to have shared it with friends, old as well as some new, was superb!
Our guests are wine touring again today, and I am quite sure enjoying festivities of the Okanagan Wine Festival during what is likely to be the best Veranda Beach Wine Weekend yet. Or, will it be next weekend? Why not join us for an intimate wine weekend at Veranda Beach? You will not find anything else like it, especially with pricing from only $199 per person for the wine weekend package. Call us at 1.888.476.4001 and we’ll reserve you a place at the table.
August 25th, 2010
The slight hues of amber are indicative that fall will soon be in the air, and with it, some fabulous fall events at Veranda Beach.
Fine art lovers take note of the First Annual Veranda Beach Fine Art Walk on September 4th and 5th. Six Veranda Beach cottages will be transformed into fine art gallery showcases for Northwest artists. Grab a glass and enjoy!
Enjoying a glass is exactly what will happen on the following five wine weekends at Veranda Beach. Wine weekend packages are available from only $199 pp, and include 3 nights lakeside cottage accommodation, a welcome wine reception, Okanagan winery tour, three course wine pairing dinner and a bottle of Veranda Beach’s own Syrah! Space is limited, so gather your friends and book your wine weekend getaway to Veranda Beach.
July 26th, 2010
Hot temperatures, stunning beach, new wine program, vacation rentals and hot cottage real estate offerings!
Just like good wine, vacation resort communities have a tendency to come into their own as time ticks by. As the plan comes together and the vision unfolds, things also tend to get a little more comfortable and laid back. And the finer things in life – like good wine! – take on a greater role. Of course, there’s always incredible excitement and anticipation in the things yet to come. But watching new projects come to life, experiencing new events and social activities, and seeing the smiles on new and familiar faces, well, that’s an awesome thing to be a part of. Welcome to Veranda Beach.
A 50s-themed waterfront resort community snug on the pristine shores of Lake Osoyoos, Veranda Beach can be exceptionally pleased with how far it’s come in just a few short years. In 2000 the gorgeous spit of land where Veranda Beach is situated – highlighted by a stunning mile-and-a-half stretch of beautiful private beach – lay empty. That is, until the owners of Legend Resorts discovered it. They realized very quickly they had something very, very special on their hands. In their words, “We felt like archaeologists unearthing a rare treasure,” says Jim Hammond, President.
Fast-forward to 2010 and so many incredible things have transpired. Veranda Beach is now home to 110 beautiful and spacious lakeside cottages (and, yes, they all have large verandas to enjoy!), a village centre, a general store, a diner, a marina with plenty of boat, jet-ski, and paddleboat rentals, and so much more. There is a vibe here that’s bound to win you over. It’s reminiscent of yesteryear when summer vacations were simple, neighbourly affairs, packed with fun and something you looked forward to all year.
And the vibe is only getting stronger. Bigger and better things are at hand for this one-of-a-kind resort community. Exciting new events are being planned. Exciting new vineyard cottage ownership opportunities now available. A wine program including Veranda Beach’s private vineyard, is underway. A new restaurant – Globe at the Beach – is open for business. An 18-hole championship golf course is part of the vision for the future. When it’s all said and done, Veranda Beach will be a 900-hundred acre slice of lakeside heaven. (Of course, everyone who’s been there would say it is already!)
“The vision for Veranda Beach is quickly moving forward. And with plenty of passion!” says General Manager, Claus Larsen. “Typically, when people visit Veranda Beach for the first time they’re absolutely ‘wowed’ with this place. On the surface, it looks too good to be true. But then you stay here for awhile, settle in, and realize Veranda Beach is the real deal. And you’re hooked.”
Unquestionably, wine lovers will have no problem settling in to the lifestyle at Veranda. Great wine – thanks to the “Vintner’s Table” initiative – will be a big part of things here. The program, which will be available to everyone (not just cottage owners at Veranda Beach), features intimate dinners, wine tastings, and much more. Believe it or not, the first grape harvest at Veranda’s Vineyard takes place this fall and the first of many – Veranda Beach wines will be bottled. Additionally, one of the most exciting aspects of the wine program is the recent announcement that esteemed Washington winemaker, Berle “Rusty” Figgins, has come on board to preside over Veranda’s vintages and lead the resort’s wine program.
Tying into this new resort experience with elevated wine program privileges and benefits, are the new Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach. Nestled amongst the rows of Barbera and Sangiovese grapes, these stunning cottages will have sweeping views of the lake and exclusive access to the resort’s Vineyard Pavilion amenity – private tasting room, wine cave, swimming pool and more.
Interestingly, Greg Ashley, President of Colliers International, recently spoke at an Okanagan Urban Development Institute luncheon where he noted cottages, are and will be the exceptionally “hot” product sought after by those looking to purchase recreational property. And, to top it off, when they are enhanced by wine programs, they are attracting even greater levels of interest, noted Ashley. You want to get in on what’s “hot?” Veranda Beach is the answer!
Of course, if your desire is to be right on the beach, you’ll be happy to know that a few lakeside cottages – starting in the $300′s – are still available at Veranda Beach. Close to the marina and the central village, the lakeside cottages are just the ticket if you want to be close to the action and a hop, skip, and jump from the beach.
Not surprisingly, fun-loving people, both young and old, will have no trouble keeping busy at Veranda Beach. Swimming (in the lovingly-maintained outdoor pools and hot tub!), beach volleyball, kayaking, bocce ball, water-skiing, lake trampoline, jet-skis, paddle boats, outdoor movies, plus many special events such as music nights, dances and extraordinary wine and culinary events; the list of fun things to do is extensive, to say the least.
So, really, the short of it is this: Veranda Beach has what’s “hot.” From the most attractive resort real estate ownership opportunities to the best beach around, Veranda Beach has got what you want. This is a resort with a vibe that’s really coming into its own. Take a stroll down the beach and see the smiles, you’ll see. www.verandabeach.com
July 11th, 2010
Five lakeside cottages SOLD in June at Veranda Beach! For two families, it was the unique 50′s theme that drew them, for another, the mile of private sandy beach on Lake Osoyoos, for another it was marina, and for all it was the developer’s vision and the incredibly good deal received when buying in the US, where the price is what it is - no PPT, GST or HST! Only four lakeside cottages are now available for purchase at Veranda Beach!
June 25th, 2010
National birthdays MUST be celebrated with fireworks and at Veranda Beach on Lake Osoyoos in Oroville Washington, you can double your pleasure and celebrate both Canada Day on July 1st and Independence Day on July 4th. Check it out the Veranda Beach events calendar for details.
June 2nd, 2010
60 lobsters, chardonnay, celtic tunes, roaming fiddlers, what a night! Not often can you take children to a culinary event without them loosing interest within ten minutes, however such was not the case last Saturday night at Veranda Beach. Perhaps it was the mound of 60 Atlantic lobsters awaiting their boiling bath, or Bill Lynch with his festive apron, maritime Sou’wester hat and engaging demo on how to dig in. However, I think the best moment was their faces when their own 1 lb lobster arrived, they cracked into the claw, dipped it in clarified butter and savoured that first morsel. It was sleeves up and full on from there! The lobster dog appetizers were a little spicy for them, however SO enjoyed by the adults, and everyone enjoyed the brownie volcano finish. Thanks for the family fun Veranda Beach!
May 25th, 2010
Wine, italian cuisine, & sunshine were enjoyed by all at Veranda Beach as the Canadians descended upon the Beach for their Victoria Day holiday weekend. Children’s laughter echoed as they swam, scooted, kicked balls, flew kites, and built sand castles, only to be outdone by their parent’s enjoyment of the “Italian Job” Dinner and Wine Pairing on Saturday Night. Globe at the Beach Chef Michael did an outstanding job and the Barbera pairings selected by Winemaker Rusty Figgins were exceptional. I honestly do not think I have ever had better Tiramisu! Three days felt like a week’s vacation as I laid poolside yesterday savoring my last few hours at the Beach before returning home to my work week, content that it would only be four more sleeps until I was back at the Beach again!
May 10th, 2010
Veranda Beach’s season opener was enjoyed by all this past weekend under blue skies and sunshine. “Globe at the Beach” attracted the most attention, opening with rave reviews of Chef Michael’s first offerings. Fantastic food (the ribs are amazing), fabulous new lunch and dinner menus and a terrific Mother’s Day Brunch. The Veranda Beach General Store opened with a bang as well, chalk a block full of new surprises and selling out of a few items on its first weekend. The warm weather also welcomed the Resort’s first waterskiiers and wakeboarders on Lake Osoyoos and of course the kids were in the pool! With all the events planned it’s shaping up to be a great summer at Veranda Beach.