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Happy Thanksgiving across the border!

Friday, October 9th, 2015

We may be across the border but we too like to celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving. (Any excuse for turkey and gravy, eh?) For one thing, we are incredibly appreciative of the continued support of all our Canadians friends and family. For another, we have so much to be thankful for, this and every weekend, and we like to take every opportunity to count our blessings. For example, right now, we’re giving thanks for:

Warm weather

If you thought summer was long gone, you’d be wrong. Okay, okay, so it’s not exactly bikini weather, but we are very grateful for the lovely, balmy Fall days we’re currently enjoying. This weekend promises to be no different – 66 and sunny. Come on down and join us – we’ll be on the beach while the turkey is roasting.

Beach weather... almost

The grape harvest

Nothing says ‘Fall’ quite like a gorgeous grape harvest. We’ll be giving thanks for our Veranda Beach Vineyard bumper crop with a communal picking on Saturday morning – think of it as the vintner’s version of a group hug. We’d love for you to join us in the celebration!

When: Saturday October 10; Time TBC
Where: Veranda Beach Vineyard
Why: Grapes = wine. Now that’s something we’re very thankful for!

Grape harvest

Happy Thanskgiving from Veranda BeachFree turkeys

What’s better than turkey dinner? Free turkey dinner! No, we’re not speaking gobble(dy-gook)! This weekend if you spend $150 at our local Oroville market, Akins Harvest Foods, you’ll get your turkey for free. Thank you, Akins!

Speaking of turkey, in 2013 Canadians ate enough turkeys to stretch, beak-to-tail-feather, from Regina to Fredericton… which they then drowned in enough gravy to fill a train 17 cars long! (Seems we’re not the only ones who love turkey and gravy with a grand passion!)

All turkey talk aside though, we do wish our neighbors a very happy weekend and many blessings in the year to come. Happy Thanksgiving!

Fabulous Fall

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

You could be forgiven for thinking that here at Veranda Beach we’re all about summer. After all, we do have the word ‘Beach’ in our name. It’s true. We do love summer. But when Fall sways gently into our forecast, bringing with it crisp air, crunchy apples, splendid pumpkins (and their partners in crime – pie!), and glorious grapes begging to be harvested and turned into wine, our hopeless devotion to summer wavers. Fall – and all its earthy rewards – beckons. We are no match for her siren call.

Veranda Beach Wine

‘Tis the season for foraging. And we do just happen to live in one of the most bountiful regions in the world. So whether your longed-for Fall finds lean towards fresh-from-the-earth produce at farmer’s markets (according to The Weather Channel, pumpkin is by far the most craved-for food in autumn); fantastic wines from our many local wineries; one-of-a-kind antiques; or even errant golf balls (there’s nothing quite like a round of golf on a crisp, blue-sky Fall day), you don’t have to venture far from Veranda Beach.

Take a leaf from our book and fall headlong into the beauty and bounty of the season with this list of fun Fall activities and events.

Celebrate the grape
Fall GrapesWith our own Veranda Beach Cellars harvest due to happen any day now, our thoughts are most definitely turning to sipping and savouring other fine wines that inspire us. Why not do the same and head out on a Veranda Beach Wine Tour of The Golden Mile and Black Sage Bench? We’ll help you discover local Okanogan wineries here south of the border and head north to the south Okanagan wineries in the heart of Canada’s wine country. (So don’t forget your passport!)
The time is also nearing for Oliver’s 21st Annual Festival of the Grape on October 4. You don’t want to miss this all-day event with 50 wineries in attendance, vying to please your palate with both wine and food. You can also participate in another Fall-centric event – the grape stomp – and a bunch (pun intended) of non-grape-related Fall activities!
As for the 35th Annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, which runs from October 1-11, well that offers up 160 events throughout the Okanagan… Now that makes for a fabulous fall into Fall don’t you think?

Fall BountyThe Fall trifecta: Fairs, Festivals and Farmer’s markets
If ever there was a season for fairs and festivals, it would be Fall. The weather is perfect for wandering about in wonder, collecting wonderful produce. A few of our Fall favourites include the Okanogan County Fair on September 24-27, a good old fashioned fair with great food and great fun; the Okanogan Harvest Fest on Saturday October 3, a fun day out jam-packed with events like a BBQ Cook-Off Competition, Pet Parade, Kid’s Activities and wonderful food (you can even offset all of Harvest’s waistline-expanding bounty by taking part in the Mid-Valley Hospital Autumn Leaf Run if you feel so inclined); and the Okanogan Family Faire on October 9-11, an annual three-day Fall feast of entertainment, music, food, artists and crafts.
It’s also time to take advantage of the last few weeks of the Okanogan Farmer’s Market, which runs until the last Saturday in October. Support our local farmers and artisans and spoil yourself with fresh and fabulous Fall fruits and vegetables.

Get garlicky
The saying may be ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but truth be told if you really want to keep winter sniffles and chills at bay, you need to make friends with garlic. Get this: a 2001 study published in the journal Advances In Therapy found a daily garlic supplement can reduce the number of colds by 63%. Of course, we prefer our garlic straight from the ground, in something delicious, perhaps even paired with a lovely little wine. And yes, we can have it all, thanks to the Garlic Festival at Hester Creek Estate Winery on October 3.

Make old new again
The art of antiquing is just that: an art. And if you have the eye for it, one man’s ‘old-and-dusty’ might just become your shiny new masterpiece! There’s plenty of spoils to be found in and around Veranda Beach if you’re of an antiquing frame of mind – you need travel no further than Tonasket to find everything from quilts to tractor parts and more. And the weather is just perfect for this grown-up Fall equivalent of the easter egg hunt.

Catch a falling leaf
Indulge in a dose of child-like fun and head into the woods for a spot of leaf-catching. Superstition has it that catching falling leaves in Fall brings good luck. Every leaf caught equates to a month of luck and happiness during the following year. Veranda Beach wine and deckIf our math is correct, catch 12 and you’re all set until next Fall!

Finally, if all this Fall activity and foraging sounds like just way too much effort we highly recommend just falling into a comfy seat and drinking in the sweetness of this season from your own veranda at Veranda Beach. Come to think of it, we think we just found the most perfect Fall activity of all.




Veranda Beach Cellars Hijacks the Wine Bloggers Excursion Bus

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Veranda Beach Cellars Wine Bloggers EventThis weekend Penticton is holding the Wine Bloggers Conference, an international event of all things wine and blogging! Veranda Beach Cellars had the pleasure of hopping on the bus in Chelan and taking over for a wine tasting and 3 course paired lunch for the next two hours until the bus dropped us back off in Oroville, WA.

Trisha and myself served a delicious 3 course paired lunch prepared by the Breadline Diner which included:

Picnic Melon with Fresh Basil
Cantaloupe, honey dew, grapes, and watermelon tossed with honey and basil
Paring: 2012 Lakehouse

Spring Green Salad
8th Street spring greens, spinach, cucumbers, carrots, c’rasins, almonds and feta with rhubarb vinaigrette
Paring: 2012 Regatta Rose

Italian Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken, salami, provolone with Italian dressing on rosemary bread
Pairing: 2010 Collage
Lavender Shortbread Cookies

Meanwhile Rhonda, Veranda Beach Cellars’ Wine Associate extraordinaire, explained to the group of bloggers from all over the United States and Canada about Veranda Beach and our 3 award winning wines! It was such a treat to meet influential wine bloggers with such experienced pallets and share the Veranda Beach story with them!

That leg of the excursion wouldn’t have been possible without the help from the Lake Chelan Valley Wine Association, as well as our family at Veranda Beach, including Katy Perry, Veranda Beach Cellar’s winemaker (also the owner and winemaker of Tildio Winery in Manson, WA), who has crafted our 3 award winning wines and Finis Hale, Veranda Beach Cellars’ Vineyard Manager, who carefully watches over our grapes all year long! Last but not least, a huge thank-you to the Bloggers for their attention, patience, questions, and compliments on our wines!

We had such a fantastic time and we cannot wait to have some of the bloggers join us at Veranda Beach for a true 1950’s experience!



Celebrate Fall at Veranda Beach

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Fall is a pivotal season at Veranda Beach – a time of ripening, harvest and celebration.

Veranda’s Vineyard is plump with it’s annual bounty – the grapes turning a deep purple and the vine leaves edging into crimson, burgundy, and butterscotch shades. Sunlight shimmers through the prism of morning mist rising off the lake. Maple leaves along the beach trail deckle with gold.

Eric Von Krosigk to host Bubbles and Blues at Veranda BeachToast Fall’s arrival with Erik von Krosigk of Summerhilll Pyramid Winery during our Bubbles & Blues on the Beach event, Saturday, September 29th .  Join us for a  relaxed sunset evening on our private beach sipping and savoring six different Okanagan Sparkling Wines, paired with fresh oysters and caviar tapas, and the sounds of our local blues and jazz artist Tanya Lipscomb playing live on the beach!

Celebrate the harvest and join Veranda Beach Winemaker Katy Perry for a vineyard stroll and “Under the Okanogan Sun” picnic inspired by Tuscany on Saturday, October 6th from 12 – 3 pm.   We’ll start with a casual vineyard stroll enjoying a little education on the skills of the grape grower. Then be seated with your fellow guests at our outdoor viewpoint pavilion and enjoy a 3 course rustic Italian inspired lunch, paired with 3 Tuscan style wines from boutique wineries of the South Okanagan. Experience the onset of fall and the changing colors of Washington’s Okanogan and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley with awe inspiring views from your table along the length of Lake Osoyoos. After lunch take part in our fun Bocce tournament on our official Bocce courts and play for wine prizes and bragging rights!   Under the Okanogan Sun Vineyard Picnic at Veranda Beach

Special weekend rates are available from $189 per night for a 2 bedroom cottage and for those interested in cottage ownership at Veranda Beach, we invite you to take a Wine Festival Test Drive.

Call our Veranda Beach reservations crew at 1-888-476-4001 to book a fall beach escape.

Veranda’s Vineyard yields a plentiful bounty.

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Veranda Beach Vineyard Harvest 2011It took 18 pickers helping out over two days to bring in this year’s grape harvest at Veranda Beach – a whopping 9.5 tons!  And not only is it a plentiful bounty; Veranda’s soil, vines and the tender care of our Vineyard Manager Finis Hale and his crew have yielded the finest grapes in the Okanogan County.  2011 will always be remembered as a year of vintage quality.

Father David joined our vineyard harvest crew again this year to ask for God’s blessing;  the fine results of last year are about to be bottled and this year’s bounty -  3 1/2 times last year’s crop.

The grapes are now in internationally acclaimed Winemaker Rusty Figgins hands as he begins to craft them into fine wines for our ultimate enjoyment.