How fabulous to taste the releases at Summerland’s Okanagan Crush Pad by joining its Winter Wine Experience. Held in lieu of Light Up the Vines this year, these sessions let you book for a group of up to six for a table appropriately physically spaced in the festively decorated cellar room.

Decked out for the festive season in the cellar room, OCP

Reservations may still be available for December 4, 5, 11 or 12. Book at okanagancrushpad.com. What’s offered at $25 per person is a selection of flight boards featuring six of OCP wines with three samples of appetizers created by Chef Paul Cecconi of Penticton’s Brodo Kitchen. Each seating allows a leisurely 1.5 hours to get to know the wines better and enjoy the snack pairing. Plus, guests can take advantage of in-store discounts on OCP wines and spirits.

OCP Holiday Reds Flight with Brodo Kitchen bites
Mixed Flight of OCP Whites, Rose, Reds and Sparkling with Brodo Kitchen bites

We arrived 10 minutes early which gave us plenty of time to park the car, don our masks, stroll by the vines now dormant and to sanitize at the entry before checking in with Christine McConnell Coletta, co-owner with Steve Lornie.

Christine McConnell Coletta, OCP co-owner, speaks with guest at Winter Wine Experience

These prebooked events at wineries are particularly satisfying because you get a richer, unrushed tasting experience spending more time with the onsite expertise and savouring the wine. We also had a chance to catch up with Operations Manager Julian Scholefield.

OCP Operations Manager Julian Scholefield rings in some purchases

Virtual Tastings

If you missed out on this experience, OCP has you covered with Virtual Tastings. Why not let OCP get wine into your hands with four selection collections starting at $98 for pure whites. Then select a self-guided video tasting to review at your leisure or gather your friends for a booked tasting experience that is personalized with one of the OCP wine experts for an additional $75 fee per group. With COVID-19 safety protocols in mind, this is done through a Zoom session that can hold up to 25 people, making it a simple corporate offering for your top customers.

Wine expert DJ Kearney provided recorded tasting notes, food pairing and serving ideas, fun facts, and the inside scoop on how each wine was made. What a perfect approach to explore premium wine collections: Haywire, Narrative, and Free Form.

Select from one of four curated wine packages, which includes tasting notes and a winery information kit. A $20 winery gift is applied to each order, making it easier to gift friends across Canada.

These concrete wine vessels were custom designed by OCP Co owner Steve Lornie and incorporate the terroir from the vineyards the grapes were grown. An interesting test of how terroir impacts the wine.

The List @ OCP

With a mission is to help you save money and get your hands-on wines that you may not know are made at Okanagan Crush Pad, The List @ OCP launched this season. Join the email list where a limited number of packages are made available for which you order quickly, if interested. No stress if you don’t want to order this deal, just catch next month’s. There’s no commitment to purchase, no automatic shipments, no fees, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The offers are promised to be $120 or less before taxes and bottle deposit and may include house brands – Free Form, Haywire, Narrative, Bizou + Yukon or select private labels – Staycation for Metro Wine & Spirits, Many Hands for Fairmont Hotels, and much more.

To learn more about these OCP initiatives, email winery@okanagancrushpad.com or visit the website.

Still a thrill to be in a vineyard although harvest is complete and the plants are dormant

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Roslyne Buchanan (aka Roz) Roslyne Buchanan is a regular freelance contributor to food, travel, wine, home and lifestyle magazines. Her work has appeared in Food & Wine Trails, WestJet Magazine, OpenRoad Driver, Savour, Niche, Destinations Travel Magazine, My Van City, and blog.hellobc.com. Based in Penticton, she enjoys spectacular views of forests, vineyards, lakes, and hills beyond and regular visits from wildlife. Enchanted by the food and beverage industry and all things culinary as well as recreational pursuits such as travel, golfing, skiing, hiking, tennis and snorkeling. For her it’s the perfect balance to pursue her passion for writing with integrity and joy to share firsthand experiences. Most of her adventures are shared with her husband, Mark and when they’re not out exploring, they are managed by two felines Baja and Floyd. Find her personal blog at www.rozsmallfry.com, follow her on twitter @RozDB and Facebook @roslynebuchanan


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