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Wine and Dine weekend at Silver Star Mountain Resort

Silver Star's third Annual Wine and Dine weekend will showcase 17 wineries from British Columbia.
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PAULA WORTHINGTON

VERNON, BC - Each year, thousands flock to the Okanagan Valley for great powder conditions in the winter, and in the summer, head back to visit the dozens of wineries located along the valley’s landscape. Well what if you could enjoy both at once?

You can. Combine your love of snow and the vine at Silver Star’s 3rd Annual Wine and Dine weekend on March 8 and 9, 2013.

Slide in from a day on the slopes and replenish the calories you’ve burned with a “Pairing Wine and Chocolate” seminar, beginning March 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The seminar will be hosted by Silver Star food and beverage director and sommelier Sean Coward.

A second seminar will be presented on Saturday, March 9, also from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The "Taste Like A Pro" seminar will focus on teaching about the aromas and flavours in various wines. Directly following the seminar will be the “Wine Tasting Extravaganza,” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the village’s Town Hall.

See the full schedule of events for more info.

Worth the trip

According to Milli Cann, Silver Star’s guest relations and environment manager at Silver Star, the Wine & Dine Weekend attracts more guests and participating wineries year after year.

Need to know

  • The event is March 8 & 9, 2013.
  • Ticket prices for the specialty wine seminars are $20 per person, with a maximum of 16 participants per session.
  • Wine Tasting Extravaganza tickets are $39 per person, and each ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, wine tasting, food pairings, silent auction and a $10 restaurant voucher.
  • Tickets for all Wine and Dine events must be pre-purchased through Silver Star Guest Services.
  • Discounted ski, stay (and sip) packages are available for Wine and Dine Weekend. To book, call 1-800-663-4431 and quote discount code “WT.”
  • Check out the full schedule of events for more details.

“We do get a lot of locals,” says Cann, “but we are starting to see more destination guests making this weekend part of their ski vacation plans, because it’s something fun and different to try.”

“A great feature of the Extravaganza is our annual silent auction,” says Cann, “With all the winning bids, 100 per cent of the proceeds go to our Silver Star Relay for Life Team and the Canadian Cancer Society. Every winery participates so there’s a lot of prizes available, and in turn, we raise money for a great cause.”

“Winers” are welcome

The Extravaganza will showcase 17 wineries from British Columbia, featuring a number of boutique and organic wineries. Participants include Ex Nihilo, Wild Good Vineyards, Recline Ridge and Saxon Estate Winery.

Wines will be paired with decadent specialty food prepared by the culinary teams at Silver Star’s Den Bar & Bistro and Silver Grill. All participants also receive a $10 food voucher redeemable at those same restaurants, so that your experience can continue well into the evening - whether it’s a more casual scene at the Den, or fine dining at the Silver Grill.

You can leave your ski boots on

Just because it’s wine, doesn’t mean the atmosphere is stuffy or formal. “You can leave your ski boots on and come straight to the festival if you like - we keep things friendly and casual,” says Cann.

Now that’s my kind of après ski.

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