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Chantelle Bruwer
 
June 26, 2013 | Chantelle Bruwer

Lieutenant Governor General's Wine Awards 2013

 

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines.  Here are the Okanagan Falls Winery Association wines that won:

 

Stag's Hollow Winery
Cachet No. 03 Limited Edition 2010

Synchromesh Wines
Storm Haven Vineyard Riesling 2011

Wild Goose Vineyards and Winery
Mystic River Vineyard Pinot Blanc 2012

 

This year was the largest competition in the 11-year history of the awards, with 402 wines submitted from 109 wineries across the province. For a full list of the 2013 winners, check out the website.
 

Time Posted: Jun 26, 2013 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Lieutenant Governor General's Wine Awards 2013 Permalink
Chantelle Bruwer
 
May 29, 2013 | Chantelle Bruwer

Valhalla Heli-wine Tours

 

 

From vineyard rookies to those connoisseurs who need a new angle on the Okanagan wine scene, try a Heli-Wine Tour. This is a one of a kind experience tailor-made by you which combines scenic helicopter flights around the Okanagan with stops at your choice of several participating wineries to enjoy the beverage that has made the valley so well-known. Valhalla Helicopters has agreements to land at approximately 30 vineyards around the Okangan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

  

A full day Heli-Wine tour is a 6 hour experience - starting at 10am and ending at 4pm - where you select about 4 wineries to visit. There are over 30 participating wineries from the Shuswap in the North to the US border in the South.

You may choose to go north with winery options in Kelowna, Lake Country and Salmon Arm, or select a southern route with vineyard choices in Lake Country, Kelowna, Summerland, Naramata, Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Cawston and Keremeos.The helicopter can seat up to 4 people (weight restrictions apply), but some wineries are only accessible with one couple onboard.

Most wineries have picnic spots and several have restaurants or will do a special catered lunch if you'd like to add that on.

Click here for a list of the Heli-Wine Tour Participating Vineyards.
Book by emailing tours@valhallahelicopters.com or call them at 1-866-769-1486.

 

Time Posted: May 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM Permalink to Valhalla Heli-wine Tours Permalink
Chantelle Bruwer
 
May 22, 2013 | Chantelle Bruwer

Sparkling Wine for your Okanagan Wedding

 

With a full champagne flute, you can get about 5.5 glasses per bottle, but you can double that by serving half flutes.  You can estimate 1-2 glasses at the welcoming reception in the first hour, 1 glass per toast and then 1-2 more every hour.

How to calculate how much wine you will need:

#of guests #of glasses/ guest total glasses 5.5 glasses/bottle #of bottles needed
25 25 x 2.5   62.5 63/5.5 = 11.45 12
50 50 x 2.5 125 125/5.5= 22.72 24
75 75 x 2.5 188 188/5.5= 34.18 36
100 100 x 2.5 250 250/5.5= 45.45 48

Always allow a little extra in case of breakage or unexpected toasts.  If you do have a bottle or two left over you can always save it to celebrate your first anniversary together or another celebratory occasion.

For additional help contact one of Blue Mountain’s friendly staff to help
you plan your sparkling and table wine requirements.
(250) 497-8244 / bluemountain@bluemountainwinery.com

 

Time Posted: May 22, 2013 at 6:35 AM Permalink to Sparkling Wine for your Okanagan Wedding Permalink

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