Smell the difference in wine

If you’ve been thinking about taking a class or two in wine, this weekend’s Sensory Symposium at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College may be a good place to start.

This day-long event may be less intimidating than the thought of weeks of classes (and exams or certifications), with a series of seminars covering a range of topics:

  • Women in wine
  • Natural wine (currently very buzz worthy in the wine world)
  • Sustainability and sensory diversity in B.C.

Not only will attendees get to hear from a range of speakers during each session, including winemakers from around the province, they will also enjoy the challenge of blind tastings at each one.

With wine, you engage just about every sense:

  • Sight: is that white wine the colour of straw, that red ruby or inky purple?
  • Smell: tropical fruits, citrus, leather, pepper; can you sniff the difference?
  • Taste: this one is obvious, but other than it “tastes like wine”, what other notes are you experiencing?
  • Touch: not as obvious, but your tongue and taste buds determine the “mouthfeel.”
  • Hearing: no, you don’t listen to a glass of wine, but you do talk about what’s in your glass, right?

Spending a Sunday learning about wine is not bad way to wrap up a weekend.

The Sensory Symposium runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 28, and includes refreshments and lunch. More info and tickets are available at: https://www.silkandcoupe.com/


April 25, Penticton: JAK’s Beer, Wine and Spirits explores the Evolution of BC Bubbles with Summerhill Pyramid Winery. 

April 26, Osoyoos: The Journey of the Four Food Chiefs takes place at Spirit Ridge, a multi-course experience. 

April 27, Penticton: Bogner’s Bishop’s Whiskey Dinner, presented by JCI Penticton as a fundraiser, features select whiskeys and five courses. 

April 24-28, Osoyoos: The Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns with multiple events. 

Until May 11, West Kelowna: Enjoy High Tea at the Old Vines Restaurant at Quails’ Gate. 

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About the Author

A creative thinker with more than two decades of experience in communications, Allison is an early adopter of social and digital media, bringing years of work in traditional media to the new frontier of digital engagement marketing through her company, All She Wrote.

She is the winner of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association's 2011 and 2012 awards for Social Media Initiative, an International LERN award for marketing, and the 2014 Penticton Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award for Hospitality/Tourism.

Allison has amassed a following on multiple social networks of more than 30,000, frequently writes and about social media, food and libations as well as travel and events, and through her networks, she led a successful bid to bring the Wine Bloggers Conference to Penticton in June 2013, one of the largest social media wine events in the world, generating 31 million social media impressions, $1 million in earned media, and an estimated ongoing economic impact of $2 million.

In 2014, she held the first Canadian Wine Tourism Summit to spark conversation about the potential for wine tourism in Canada as a year-round economic driver.

Allison contributes epicurean content to several publications, has been a judge for several wine and food competitions, and has earned her advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.

In her spare time, she has deep, meaningful conversations with her cats.

She can be reached at [email protected]

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