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A Superb Wine Weekend at Veranda Beach


Monday, August 1st, 2011

You know, we’ve hosted seven wine weekends at Veranda Beach, only last weekend was not a formal wine weekend – it just happened.   And like all spontaneous undertakings – it was superb!

Wine Touring from Veranda Beach to Lake Crest Winery

Wine Tasting at Lake Crest Winery

Joined by Joyce Wegner – Chief Editor for Wineries Refined and her son Warren, we toured four local Oroville wineries: Copper Mountain at Taber’s Taste of Summer, Esther Bricques, Lake Crest Winery, Okanogan Winery and then had the rare pleasure of a barrel tasting of Veranda Beach’s own 2010 Barbera with Winemaker Berle “Rusty” Figgins.  Our quest – to select one wine from each of the local wineries to sell at Veranda Beach General Store and to introduce Joyce to wines from the other Okanogan.  When one thinks wine, the Okanagan area of British Columbia immediately comes to mind (along with Napa, Sonoma and Niagra) and the Okanogan area of Washington is somewhat of an extension of its’ northerly cousin, boasting superb whites, interesting reds and amazing ice wine.  Our pics…  Copper Mountain 2006 Chardonnay,  Esther Bricques 2006 Ice Syrah, Lake Crest 2007 Merlot, Okanogan 2009 Gewurtztraminer and Veranda Beach 2010 Barbera (although it is still in the barrels).   “twas a truly delightful sampling the rich bounty of the Okanogan area!

Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach

Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach

Our afternoon of wine touring concluded with a reception in one of the new vineyard cottages at Veranda Beach overlooking Lake Osoyoos and the vineyards from which we had just sampled.   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.  The Vineyard Cottages at Veranda Beach offer the rare opportunity to own in a working vineyard complemented with the Vintner’s Table wine program.

We added a little golf the next day and discovered poolside heaven with a glass of cool crisp Okanogan Pinot Grigio in the thirty degree weather.  The sunshine has been a long time coming and we welcomed its warmth.  The warmth of the day continued into the evening as we joined Veranda Beach Winemaker Rusty Figgins for his third annual Winemaker’s Dinner.

Veranda Beach Winemaker Rusty Figgins hosts "A VIntner's Journey through Latin America"

Veranda Beach Winemaker Rusty Figgins

“A Vintner’s Journey through Latin America” commenced with Pisco Sour Cocktails from Peru and Pacific Salmon Ceviche on the Boardwalk, followed by Green Gazpacho Soup with grilled lime and cumin spiced sour cream – a cold soup and my husband’s absolute favorite in the warm temperatures, paired with a 2010 Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere from Chile.  The first course & my personal favorite – Seared Tuna with a 2010 Don Miguel Gascon Malbec from Argentina, followed with Pork Two Ways – Red Chimichurri Tenderloin and Baby Back Ribs paired with a 2008 Juanico Don Pascual Tannat Reserva Roble from Uruguay – a definite crowd pleaser!  And for desert, a spiced molten lava cake with Tavi Tequila Anejo – a truly unexpected pleasure.  It was an evening of great food, great wines and great company, complemented with Jazz Operation offering latin inspired music so enticing that even winemaker Rusty Figgins was drawn to the drum kit for a song or two.  It was a perfect summer night at the Beach and the Globe at the Beach staff did a terrific job.

We walked through the vines the next morning with our miniature australian shepherd, thankful for a wonderful, unexpected and forever cherished wine weekend at Veranda Beach!

 

 

 

Veranda Beach’s Wine Weekends are a huge hit!


Saturday, 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.

For the love of art and wine…


Wednesday, 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.