Winter Wine Getaways in The Okanagan!
A December in BC wine country is like no other month.
Harvest is done . The wine cellar becomes the centre of attention.
Focus shifts to “the next growing season”.
For the rest of us, it’s the brisk days of December and the Holiday season leading to New Years Eve.
This episode of Tasting Room Radio invites the segment sponsors of 2023 and others to let all of us know about their events heading into Christmas.
We start with Kimberly Hundertmark. She’s the GM and leader of the Okanagan Wine Festivals.
Kimberly has changed the thinking in the Okanagan.
Winter presented a serious downturn in consumer spending. Kimberly introduced her belief that Winter and Wine can be a “thing’.
She takes us through the weekend’s events at Big White and New Years Eve at Spirit Ridge.
The events are engaging and fun. Grape talks on Malbec. The Keremeos Light up. Pet Santa.
Also, info on Okanagan Winter Wine Festival Jan 20. Same day, its TASTE Passport – at The District Wine Village in Oliver.
Wards Wine Country Kitchen will be rocking!
Heads up – Spring Wine Fest June 7 and June 16. Fall Festival October 18 and 27.
(Wards Wine Country Kitchen at District Wine Village)
Next, Hillside Estate Winery one of the originals, on the Naramata Bench.
The brilliant winemaker Kathy Malone takes us through the wines that shone from her portfolio.
Then the events at Hillside leading into the years end and exciting Hillside Holiday Gift Guide.
John Weber, the winemaker and co-founder of Orofino Wines in the Similkameen Valley joins us to talk about their harvest, fires and seriously low crop tonnage. On the bright side, smaller but amazing wines from 2023.
John mentions how tough its been for regional wineries, their vineyards and accommodations.
When summer kicked off, accommodation was seriously booked. The roadblock was launched and rooms/suites were empty.
Now? We can help. Buy local. Gift local. Support local.
Steven Lane from Mt Boucherie joins us to talk about the busy days and nights ahead at Mt Boucherie. Also the Winter Wines being showcased. They have a stellar lineup of events and fun. Like a Winter adventure.
Find your winter fun at your local wineries.
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON
The Annual Wine Diva Winter and Year End Wine Lists.