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Veranda’s Vineyard – Blessed with their Inaugural Grape Harvest


Friday, 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!


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.

Five Lakeside Cottages Sold in June!


Sunday, 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!

Fireworks on the Beach


Friday, 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.