My Days of Wine & Roses... in Summerland, BC
Having moved Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. to Summerland, BC just over a year ago I have had the chance to see many of the local award winning wineries with various friends. We have an association called Bottle Neck Drive that many of the wineries are located on with it's own map that tourists can follow to go on tastings.
We also have companies, like Top Cat Tours, that take people on wine tasting tours; my fb friend David Brooks is a tour guide for them. A designated driver for your group so to speak...
Being in such a beautiful growing region allows for a vast variety of grapes, fruits & produce to be available.
Many of the Wineries grow their own grapes, some buy grapes from local farmers & some use fruit for their wines.
We also have the Vinegarworks, that brews flavoured vinegars which are incredibly tasty.
I have been to the majority of local vineyards for tastings & am blessed with a neighbour who has taken the viticulture certification course (which involves not only wine making, but the sales of different wines) & has invaluable knowledge of wines; food pairings & what is a sipping wine opposed to a meal wine, etc. Many a time I have been to Sheila & her partner, Robbie's, home in the last 14 months & have had a chance to get an education as well as enjoy their delightful company.
Every Xmas the wineries have a special tour called 'Light Up the Vines' where visitors get a 'passport' that can be stamped at participating wineries that are showing off their Xmas lights, & every 5 stamps allows the person to enter to win a 5 bottle gift pack from the different vineyards.
These photos are of Sheila, Robbie & I at Thornhaven Winery where Santa was pouring!
They are two of the many things I am grateful for, now that I am here. They treat me like a friend/family member & have given me support, in more ways than one, when I needed it most.
They live across from me in our neighbourhood, so we often can exchange greeting while watering the plants...
I was also blessed with a spectacular rose bush at the front of my home whose beauty is only rivaled by it's fragrance. It is situated right by the entrance so you cannot come into my home without having the scent waft into your brain to produce a smile.
Luckily it has been here forever & withstood the neglect of the years my place was vacant & the months I was renovating... Many of my neighbours asked me how the rose still looked beautiful without my attention, I think they were a bit crabby about it... but honestly if it lived through the years the place was vacant, it didn't really need any assistance from me now... Although I am watering it & placing banana peels for potassium at it's base... :)
Eventually I will be a bit more educated about the local wines, but for now I will just continue to learn from my friends & take guests to the different vineyards to see which bottle of wine I will take home this week... :D