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BC’s Okanagan Icewine Festival Boasts an Inspired Blend of Sipping and Sport

November 15, 2006

During the wine-rich region’s annual Icewine Festival at Sun Peaks Resort, slated for January 15 - 18, 2007, an inspired melding of specialized vintages and fun on the slopes draws more than a few fans to its wintry landscape.

Start the celebration with A Taste of Sun Peaks. Mix, munch and mingle during this outing which pairs delectable chef creations with BC’s best vintages. Sparkles and Ice couples a selection of creamy Canadian cheeses with a host of Icewines, while Sinful Chocolate and Heavenly Wine showcases another masterful match (will it be light, milk chocolate, or a sampling of something rich and dark?).

For those seeking an enlightened view, Canadian wine scribe John Schreiner leads a tasting and illuminating discussion during British Columbia Icewines. As author of the world’s only book on Icewine, Schreiner will bring to light BC’s role as a leading producer of the luscious liquid. The Sun Peaks Progressive Tasting proves a yearly classic (not to mention a brisk sell-out) for those seeking a taste of the latest wine or varietal.

Over 20 wineries will be ensconced in various locations throughout the charming resort. Your task is to find them…and savour each discovery. Winemasters’ Dinners will showcase the combined vision of each location’s chef along with two visiting winemakers, while the Icewine Brunch and Presentation of Judging Awards promises a taste of the West Coast, paired with wine, of course. And we haven’t even mentioned what happens out of doors (think: a world-class ski resort at your disposal).

With four days of frosty frolic, this is one occasion which proves an artful marriage of wine, sustenance and outdoor play.

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