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Westside Wine Trail invites locals to Sip with your Sweetheart

The Westside Wine Trail will host Sip with your Sweetheart from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. The event is free of charge and will give visitors a chance to try special wines paired with chocolate treats. - Douglas Farrow / Contributor
The Westside Wine Trail will host Sip with your Sweetheart from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. The event is free of charge and will give visitors a chance to try special wines paired with chocolate treats.
— image credit: Douglas Farrow / Contributor

The Westside Wine Trail is spreading the Valentine's Day love a couple days early.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, wineries along the trail will host Sip with your Sweetheart: An afternoon of chocolate and wine indulgence—free of charge.

From 12 to 4 p.m., nine wineries will feature chocolate treats and wines that reflect the variety of products that the Westside Wine Trail has to offer.

According to Salina Curtis, spokeswoman for the event, this is the first year that the Westside Wine Trail has hosted something like this in February. The hope is to make it an annual occurrence.

"February is typically a very slow month for wineries, so that's why we thought we would do something new and exciting. Some of our wineries aren't even open in February, so it's a really exciting opportunity for people to come out who don't normally come out (in February)," said Curtis.

Curtis said that, since it is the first year for the event, she isn't sure what to expect for numbers; however, she's hoping a few hundred people make it out on Sunday.

She noted that some wineries will be bringing out wines that aren't usually brought out for tastings.

"Some wineries will be offering specials on their wines as well, so it's an opportunity to pick up a special bottle of wine for Valentine's Day."

Since the weather in Febraury is typically quite cold, few consider visiting wineries for their day off. But according to Curtis, now is one of the best times of year for doing just that.

"January, Febraury and March are excellent times to go to wineries because they're not busy. You can spend a lot of time talking to the people to really learn about the wine."

Many of the wineries participating in the Sip with your Sweetheart event have worked with local chefs to create unique pairings of wine and chocolate delicacies.

At Beaumont Family Estate Winery, Bernard Callebaut chocolate bread from Artisan Breads and specialty cheese made in the Okanagan Valley will be paired with a selection of their wines.

At Kalala Organic Estate Winery, A merlot ice syrup and cayenne pepper infused dark Callebaut chocolate slivers will be paired with Kalala's 2008 Merlot.

Little Straw Vineyards will be pairing a selection of wine with The Barrel Top Grill's chocolate torte.

Meadow Vista Honey Wines is teaming up with Whisk Cake Company to create Naked Petit Four: A chocolate chiffon cake with strawberry Joy ganache.

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery will be pairing their Reserve Riesling Icewine with a parfait of estate grown quince and fennel white chocolate mousse.

Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery will serve their 2006 Summit Reserve Melange Noir wine with Bliss Bakery's chocolate cinnamon heart tart.

Quails Gate Estate Winery will pair their 2009 Old Vines Foch with Old Vines Restaurant's Nutty Grand Truffle: A walnut chocolate brownie with Foch infused truffle.

Rollingdale Winery's Chef James O'Riordan will be preparing a dark chocolate cheesecake with a  praline crust topped with a sour cherry merlot sauce, garnished with white chocolate tuiles. This will be paired with their 2008 La Droite Merlot.

Volcanic Hills Estate Winery will be pairing their wines with Rogers chocolates and Heart Icewine chocolates.

Visit www.thewestsidewinetrail.com for more information.

wpaterson@kelownacapnews.com

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