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Walnut Beach Resort right on Osoyoos Lake
BCWineLover.com is pleased to have a new sponsor advertising with us this summer. Walnut Beach Resort is a gorgeously appointed accommodation that is just a couple minutes drive from the Osoyoos, BC town centre. The pool area is a centrepiece of the facility, and it faces in the direction of the town just at the edge of Osoyoos Lake.
Stacey and I got to visit the facility during the South Okanagan Wine Assocation 2010 Banée. See a slideshow of images from that memorable event here. It left an impression on us, and we hope to return for a stay some time!
We had a delicious lunch at Walnut Beach Resort, and the foodies & wine critics in attendance all agreed the culinary creations were first rate. If you are staying in the South Okanagan be sure to see when their restaurant is open.
We're still catching up on a busy week, but we're going to post up some of our many reflections from last weekend's Banée.
Our drive to Osoyoos was an easy one, as there is not much tourist traffic on the highway at this time of year, and it made for a relatively quick trip. We arrived at the Watermark Beachfront Resort mid-afternoon. The Resort is situated in the heart of Osoyoos and overlooks the lake. We headed up to our room, which was a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite. Our Banée package awaited us!
After a short break, we headed down to meet up with the other Banée attendees. Our Banée coordinator, Sue Alexander, greeted us in the Resort's wine bar. We were then shuttled to Passa Tempo restaurant at Spirit Ridge for a media reception, hosted by Anthony Burée. We were pleased to be seated with such great company – such as Bill Eggert, maverick winemaker at Fairview Cellars; Brooke Blair, winemaker at Jackson-Triggs; Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek and Rob Summers of Hester Creek.
It was an informative dinner conversation, with a discussion of old world vs. new world styles. Wine flowed as the evening progressed. A few wines of note were Gehringer Brothers Dry Rock Chardonnay 2009, Fairview Cellars 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Road 13 2008 Rockpile (one of their new blends!), and Dunham & Froese 2008 Amiticia.