Sun Peaks Resort sits in Okanagan wine country, an area of British Columbia world renowned for its vintages. The resort launched the annual Icewine Festival 11 years ago to show off the region's best wines and is gearing up for this year's celebrations scheduled Jan. 12-17.
Icewine, a type of dessert wine, comes from grapes that have been harvested after they've frozen on the vine. Temperatures usually must drop below freezing and remain there for 36 hours to produce the correct sweetness and high acidity.
The festival showcases icewines and other varietals in several events. The Progressive Tasting collects wines from 20 of the Okanagan's wineries in Sun Peaks Village. Two cheese seminars pair up fine dessert wines with aged cheeses, and another brings on the chocolate. The Medal Winners Tasting recognizes the award-winning wines from this year's Okanagan Fall Wine Festival.
Tickets for individual events range from $40 to $120 per person. Check out the entire schedule online.
The resort is also offering a lodging package for the festival. The Rediscover Wine and Winter package, which starts at $539 per person, includes four nights' accommodation, four days of skiing for two adults, and an event credit of $250 to spend on the events of your choice. Call 800-807-3257 for reservations.
- Snow Reports