Tasty ways to celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is coming

Cupid’s annual appearance is just one week away.

If you’re celebrating true love, a true friend or simply looking for something to combat the mid-winter blues, I’ve got a few suggestions.

Winemaker’s CUT, located in the District Wine Village near Oliver, has a special bundle of three rosé wines paired with vegan chocolates from Penticton’s Maison Mulnati. Of note, one of the bottles is their Madama Butterfly Traditional Method Sparkling wine. Hint: Add tickets to that opera, playing live on screen at Landmark Cinema’s in May to this gift.

Love is Blind returns to the Langley location of Township 7 Vineyards and Winery this weekend, and it has plenty of events coming up there and at its Penticton location for future planning. Vin Amité Cellars has special wine pairings coming up Feb. 16, 17 and 18, and the Westside Wine Trail brings back Sip With Your Sweetheart this Saturday, Feb. 10.

In case you missed the news, four Okanagan restaurants recently landed on OpenTable’s Top 100 Romantic Restaurants in Canada for 2024— BLOCK ONE at 50th Parallel Estate Winery in Lake Country, Home Block at CedarCreek Estate in Kelowna, Old Vines at Quail’s Gate in West Kelowna, and PeakFine at Sparkling Hill Resort near Vernon. All can be enjoyed at almost anytime during the year.

Speaking of winery restaurants, Hester Creek’s Terrafina reopens on Feb. 14, or book a pair of seats for you and a friend at an upcoming cooking class before they sell out.

Don’t forget: Dine Around B.C. continues for a few more days featuring more than 60 restaurants throughout the Okanagan serving three course meals for $25, $35, $45, $55 or $65.

If this is the year to take the romance up a notch, the Dragonboat Pub in Penticton is offering tableside vow renewals by Justin, paired with with a three-course dinner. Details and booking info can be found on Facebook.

If this is not the year to go out and indulge, show some love for a local business—any business—by leaving them a great Google review, or a fun and positive social media shoutout.

And if you are able to show some love to a worthy organization with a gift of some of your time, create an account at Volunteer B.C., check out the volunteer listings shared by the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre. Bring your beloved or your BFF and share some time together.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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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]

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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