A true oasis, Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa places you in the heart of south Okanagan’s rich cultural landscape and Okanagan wine county in Osoyoos, British Columbia, an area known as “Napa of the North”. Surrounded by dramatic sun-drenched landscapes, miles of vineyards and views to Lake Osoyoos’ warm, blue waters, Spirit Ridge’s Osoyoos vacation rentals are within reach of desert golf, luxurious spa experiences and unique cultural opportunities at the cultural centre.
Designed to accommodate breathtaking views and al fresco luxury, the 4.5 star Osoyoos accommodation of Spirit Ridge embraces you and your loved ones with exacting details from nine-foot ceilings to gourmet kitchens, opulent bedrooms with room enough for all of you, plus spacious balconies and patios perfect for BBQs and moonlit cocktails. Spend a day at the Sonora Desert Spa, on the golf course at Sonora Dunes Golf Course, at NK’MIP Cellars winery or linger over a decadent meal at Passatempo Restaurant.
Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa
1200 Rancher Creek Road, Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada V0H 1V0
Local: 250.495.5445 or Toll free: 1.877.313.WINE
or on the web at: www.spiritridge.ca or Visit Passatempo Restaurant at: http://osoyoos.manduco.biz
The weather forecast for last Saturday in Victoria warned that a snow-storm was imminent and that there could be winds gusting up to 100 kilometres per hour.
I decided the wise thing to do would be to get my Christmas shopping done early and then buy a bottle of wine to help see me through what could be a scary night. I feared there could be blizzard conditions with trees uprooted and probable power outages. A good rich B.C. red would provide some welcome comfort.
Before heading home I stopped at the Wine Barrel the beautifully appointed BC VQA store conveniently located in the heart of downtown on Broughton just off Douglas.
The Wine Barrel is a brilliant shop where you will find all of the best B.C. wines and anything and everything to do with the enjoyment of wine.
I selected a Sumac Ridge 2005 Private Reserve Merlot ($15.95). I was home before the snow started falling and opened the merlot right away to give it some breathing time while I grilled a sirloin steak and baked a potato. I made a simple salad of celery, radishes, lettuce and cucumber topped with my favourite Italian dressing.
The predicted storm never did materialize but it had provided a good excuse for an evening indoors with the central heating keeping me warm on the outside while the merlot did the job on the inside.
Sumac Ridge Private Reserve 2005 Merlot has the flavours of black cherry and raspberries and is recommended to accompany steaks, chops and pasta.
Sumac Ridge only recommends it until the end of 2008, however, so I suggest you purchase the younger 2006 version or one of their many other fine Okanagan wines.
This years awards for BC wines are as follows:
Blasted Church Vineyards 2006 Syrah
Calona Vineyards 2007 Artist Series Chardonnay (Unoaked)
Golden Mile Cellars 2006 Black Arts Syrah
Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate 2005 Proprietor’s Grand Reserve Shiraz
Red Rooster Winery 2006 Malbec
Sandhill Wines 2006 Cabernet Franc
Stoneboat Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir
Sumac Ridge Estate Winery 2004 Stellar’s Jay Brut
Wild Goose Vineyards 2007 Autumn Gold
Wild Goose Vineyards 2007 Pinot Gris