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Veranda’s Vineyard yields a plentiful bounty.


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.

A Superb Wine Weekend at Veranda Beach


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!

 

 

 

Tsawwassen Gang Reunion at Veranda Beach


July 13th, 2011
Family and Friends Reunion at Veranda Beach

Tsawwassen Gang Family and Friends Reunion

Last Night was Texas night for the Tsawwassen Reunion Gang of five families from Vancouver! Even the adults were all decked out. The night prior was Caribbean night and a Mexican, 50′s and White Trash night are still to come!

It’s the Tsawwassen Reunion Gang’s first time to Veranda Beach, having discovered it through a friend that owns a family cottage at Veranda Beach. Historically the Gang went to Tofino, however, no more as they are loving it at the Beach and they’ve already booked again for next year!

Veranda Beach is the perfect place for reunions of family and friends!

What an incredible kick off to summer at Veranda Beach!


July 8th, 2011

What a glorious weekend of sunshine and celebration to welcome summer to a full Veranda Beach cottages resort on Lake Osoyoos!  Packed with both Canadians and Americans, the Resort celebrated both national birthdays with flags a flying!

Canada Day Facepainting at Veranda Beach

Getting ready for the Celebrations!

Canada Day on July 1st kicked off with face painting and tatoos to decorate everyone for the festivities, followed by a British Columbia Salmon BBQ, “North Half” Rock and Roll band on the Boardwalk and finished with many Veranda Beach guests watching Canada’s second largest Fireworks show from the water in Osoyoos.  Fireworks by boat is simply an amazing experience.

Prince's Grilling Competition at Veranda Beach

Prince's Grilling Competition at Veranda Beach

 

Saturday, there was a grilling competition on the Veranda Beach boardwalk with four competitors preparing  some awesome Kabobs for the judges and Veranda Beach guests taste tasting!  Saturday night,  70+ kids of all ages watched an outdoor movie on the Village Green.

 

Independence Day Celebrations at Veranda Beach

Independence Day at Veranda Beach

Independence Day on July 4th was celebrated in similar fashion with a Beach Party, great music on the Beach including the American national anthem, a Beach BBQ for 150 and then not to be outdone by the Canadians an amazing fireworks show all around Lake Osoyoos.

 

 

All in all a fantastic start to the summer.   Kudos to the entire Veranda Beach Crew for putting on an awesome show!

Check out the photos on facebook and give us a like to stay tuned with summer at Veranda Beach.

Jim

Veranda Beach is about to get Greener…


April 13th, 2011

8 large shade trees plus 13 native trees & shrubs greener to be exact. Veranda Beach will get more colorful as well with native wild flowers. All thanks to the sponsorship of thirteen Veranda Beach families.

Chinese Elm Shade Tree in Veranda Beach's Village

Veranda Beach cottage owners and guests will partake in the 1st Annual Arbor Day Planting taking place next Saturday, April 23rd at Veranda Beach. Under the guidance of Veranda Beach Crew horticulturists John and Tree Kiesecker of Plain-N-Simple, LLC, 8 – fifteen foot large shade trees will be planted along Veranda Drive and the beach front and the 130 one foot starts of native trees and shrubs will planted around the common areas and trails for all to enjoy. Forever homes will be found for 10 bird and butterfly houses and a custom blend mix of wildflower seeds will be sown along the “wild shoreline” and Cactus Mountain.

Each large tree planted at Veranda Beach next weekend will grow to provide shade, animal and bird habitat such as the 50 year old Chinese Elm in the Village and EACH tree will absorb approximately 10 pounds of air pollution annually.   While there are no additional Chinese Elms being planted next week, Tree Kiesecker cherishes this old tree from when the land housed a dairy “as it appears that perhaps when the tree was young, a cow may have stepped on it contributing to it’s unique shape”.

Keeping within the many shades of green soon to be added at Veranda Beach, Dan Ogden, a Veranda Beach cottage owner, has been working with the Methow Valley Recycle Program and the County to launch a recycling program at Veranda Beach.

Veranda Beach is clearly a community working to minimize its’ own environmental impact, as well as benefit the greater community of Oroville and the Okanogan Valley.

An Exciting Year Ahead…


January 28th, 2011

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”.

Veranda’s Vineyard – Blessed with their Inaugural Grape Harvest


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

Veranda Beach’s Wine Weekends are a huge hit!


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…


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.

Veranda Beach has what’s hot…


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



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