Times Chronicle – Staff – July 31, 2022
Phantom Creek Estates uncorked the party vibe on July 9 with its Soirée en Rouge event. The winery’s first big event celebrated not just the reopening after pandemic restrictions but the arrival of summer and the 25th anniversary of the Phantom Creek Vineyard.
“We wanted to create an event with a big theme and the theme we decided on was red,” says Kathy Nichols, Wine Club Manager at Phantom Creek Estates.
“We had a red carpet entrance, food stations, wine pairing, a band – Rann Berry – from Kelowna, it was just basically about having a fun night at Phantom, opening the doors and having people over,” she says.
“It was a much-needed party and I think people were pretty stoked about it. It was fun for us as well just to have our members and other people in a different setup other than just hosting them for a tasting or a tour.”
And indeed people came, some 400 in all, mostly made up of wine club members who paid $100 to attend along with about 50 non-members who paid $150 for the event. And also in attendance were the 20 or so seasonal workers who work primarily in the vineyards.
“We have such a small team and they work very hard and they always show up anytime we need them even if it’s not specifically related to the vineyard. They helped us moving stuff around, setting up and packing up at the end and it was nice to have them as well and I think they enjoyed themselves,” she said.
To alleviate concerns over drinking too much wine and getting behind the wheel, the winery arranged shuttle buses back and forth to Osoyoos, Oliver and also as far as Kelowna.
As to whether it will be an annual event, Nichols is hopeful but these are less than certain times.
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