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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.

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‘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.




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.

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.