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Virtual Wine Tasting Event

While you may be missing touring Okanagan wine country, we are bringing the wine tasting to you with a virtual tasting experience that you can enjoy from the comforts of your own home. This is a fun way to connect, learn something new and discover your new favourite wines.

With that said, Phantom Creek Estates is pleased to offer its first ever Instagram virtual tasting event. Join our Winemaker Francis Hutt on August 27th at 7 pm PST on our Instagram account where he will be featuring our 2017 Pinot Gris, 2016 Estate Red Blend, and 2016 Becker Merlot.

This event is sure to be an interactive and personal tasting experience for all. For those interested in participating, how it works is 6 wines are delivered to you, including tasting notes and suggested food pairing options created by our own Chefs to make the most out of your virtual experience. As part of the virtual tasting special, we are offering a wine bundle which includes 2 of each featured wines as well as shipping. For those interested in purchasing the wine please visit this link: https://shop.phantomcreekestates.com/product/Virtual-Tasting-Special

Event Date: Thursday August 27th at 7PM PST

Location: Phantom Creek Instagram account @phantomcreek

Deadline for wine purchase: Sunday August 23rd

Wine Purchase Details: Purchase the virtual tasting bundle to receive 2 bottles of each wine, with shipping included.

During the Virtual Tasting you will get a chance to learn more about these selected three featured wines:

Estate Red Blend

This rich full-bodied Okanagan Red is a tribute to the art of the blend. The 2016 edition features twelve labels, each with a different photograph by local artist, Lionel Trudel. The photos were taken at our Estate vineyards and shot in the iconic “Chiaroscuro” style, literally meaning light-dark.

The 2016 RED is a blend of our sustainably farmed estate vineyards on the Black Sage Bench, including Phantom Creek Vineyard and Becker Vineyard. Each lot is made with the same exacting standards as our single vineyard wines to best showcase this unique South Okanagan sub-region.

Pinot Gris

From two idyllic vineyard blocks in Okanagan Falls, the 2017 Pinot Gris was slowly fermented to dryness over seven months by indigenous yeasts for added depth and weight. A portion was also aged in traditional oak casks, providing additional richness and intriguing spice notes. Take advantage of our online store or purchase through our cellar door when visiting us. Link in Bio 

Becker Merlot

Merlot thrives at Becker Vineyards higher elevation on the upper terrace of the Black Sage Bench. The 2016 Becker Vineyard Merlot was handpicked over six days from October 14 to 19 to ensure all blocks were harvested at optimal ripeness. The result is a full-bodied wine that combines freshness with generous, ripe fruit.

For more information feel free to give us a call.

See you on August 27th, cheers!

Chapter 9: Experience

On June 12th, 2020, a wine experience like no other opened its doors.

Experience the immersive magic where Wine, Art, Architecture and Cuisine all intersect to create a sensory experience like no other in the wine world.

It took three years to build. But it will only take you three seconds to appreciate why. Created without compromise to stand beside the finest estates in the world, it is the realization of a dream that is destined to set a new standard for winemaking in Canada.

Our world-class team is committed to ensuring your experience in wine country is one – that lasts a lifetime. Choose between a seated premium tasting in our beautifully appointed tasting room or bask in the sunshine and taste alfresco from our stunning vineyard terrace. Your dedicated associate will guide you through a step by step tasting of our most exclusive and premium wines.

Are you ready to experience the extraordinary? Welcome to Phantom Creek Estates!

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36 Hours in the South Okanagan

Known for beautiful lakes and landscapes, the South Okanagan has become a sought after tourist destination. Boasting Canada’s warmest lake in Osoyoos, this region draws people of all kinds to its lush rolling hills and gorgeous rocky cliff sides. Within these rolling hills and cliffs, there is a burgeoning wine and food scene that is capturing the world’s attention. Here are some suggestions for what you can do in a short amount of time to maximize your South Okanagan experience.

Friday

4 p.m. Wine & Wineries

Work is finished for a few days, so now is the time to relax. Most wineries and tasting rooms close between 5 to 6 pm, so we suggest visiting one or two before that happens. There is a plethora of high quality wines and wineries in this region, all of which would be more than happy to pour you samples of their delicious products.

6 – 9 p.m. Food & Drinks

Whether you are in Penticton, Oliver, Osoyoos, or surrounding areas, good food is everywhere. From the delicious Italian and French dishes of Convivia, to the plentiful pastas of Campo Marina, there is no shortage of selections. Along with wine, many wineries have incredible restaurants that are open later than their tasting rooms. Try Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek or Terrafina at Hester Creek.

9 p.m. Drink with the Locals

No one would blame you if you decided to pack it in and head to bed after dinner, but if you’re not ready, then there are some options:

The Barking Parrot in Penticton is a great place to unwind with drinks, pool, giant television screens, and a patio with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake. If you are closer to Osoyoos and Oliver, you can find the locals at either the Owl Pub or The Sage Pub.

During the summer, you also have the option of taking an evening stroll along one of our many lakes thanks to our long summer days.

Saturday

9 a.m. Coffee & Breakfast

Grab a coffee at Jojo’s Cafe in Osoyoos or Oliver Eats in Oliver to start the day out right. Newly opened Wayne & Freda coffee shop and kitchen in Penticton is another great option.

10 a.m. Hiking & Water Sports

If you are an outdoor person, there are many options in the South Okanagan. For an easy hike, try the Golden Mile Stamp Mill Trail. Located behind Tinhorn Creek Winery, the Golden Mile Stamp Mill Trail takes you through the rolling hills, rocky cliff sides and vast, blue skies of the Okanagan. For something more challenging, try McIntyre Bluff or Skaha Bluffs. With incredible views, either hike is worth it. If rock climbing is your thing, Skaha Bluffs has climbing opportunities ranging from beginner to expert. And Painted Rock is not far away to relax with a glass of wine afterwards.

If you find it to be a little hot for a hike, rent a paddle board or kayak and explore the beautiful lakes. ATB Watersports in Osoyoos and Penticton Paddlesurf come highly recommended.

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch

On a hot day, nothing is better than a shaded seat on a patio overlooking the valley. Luckily, the South Okanagan is filled with establishments that offer just that. Liquidity Bistro boasts beautiful views and a weekend Brunch menu from 11 am to 4 pm.

If you’re looking for a quick bite, try one of the local taco stands. El Sabor de Marina offers Mexican and Latin American Food – Tacos, Burritos, Quesadillas, and Tamales. With quick and kind customer service, they always deliver the goods. Highly recommended.

2 – 5 p.m. Culture & Wine Tours

If you are interested in learning about history of the area, head over to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center. This beautiful establishment offers various exhibitions, walking and hiking trails, as well as climbing adventures.

If wine-tasting is your thing, you came to the right place. The Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country website is a great resource for those interested in tasting some of the best wines made in Canada. To truly experience the best of what the South Okanagan offers, book a tour to eliminate to worry of driving. Experience Wine Tours comes highly recommended.

*Most wineries offer affordable shipping rates, inquire about this to avoid leaving wine in a hot car for extended periods of time

Contrary to popular belief, the South Okanagan isn’t just about wine. Distilleries and breweries have been popping up and offer delicious beverages that are a great option for those who want to try something different. Legends Distillery on the Naramata Bench and Tumbleweed Spirits Craft Distillery in Osoyoos come highly recommended, offering various gins, whiskeys, and, yes, even moonshine.

6 – 9 p.m. Beer, Wine, & Food

For food and drinks, the Cannery Brewery is a Penticton institution. Some say you haven’t lived until you’ve had their nachos. Bad Tattoo is another recommended brewery, they have a great selection of beer and unique pizzas. The Hooded Merganser, located on Okanagan Lake in Penticton, offers a diverse menu that ranges from sushi to BBQ Pork Ribs.

Sunday

9 a.m. Fresh Produce

Grab a coffee, breath in the fresh air, and head over to one of our many fruit and vegetable stands. You’ll be hard pressed to find better and fresher produce than is found in the South Okanagan. Many of the establishments also offer other homemade products such as jams and dried fruits.

11 a.m. Last Minute Tastings & Food

If there are any wineries you missed, stop by for a quick tasting before you hit the road for home. For a pre-drive or flight snack, head to Medici’s Gelateria & Coffee House for delicious gelato or Tickleberry’s for one (or more) of their 72 flavors.

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