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Red Soirée at Phantom Creek Estates

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the vineyard and the full opening of Phantom Creek Estates in Oliver, they hosted a party for their wine clubs members, friends, families, and neighbours. And Diana and Mark of @foodologyca & @fooddaddyca, and I took a drive down to Canada’s Wine Capital to attend. The only ask, everyone wears red.

The property is stunning. The word “Estate” fits perfectly. I will be covering all the details put into creating this masterpiece in an upcoming post, where I review our private winery tour.

On the evening of the soirée guests walked a red carpet to match their red attire. A spotted ocean of fire and crimson, as some took the dress code more seriously than others. A few were done up from head to toe, many more were liberal with accents of red.

We were welcomed with a glass of Phantom Creek’s 2021 Rose, and was equipped with a entry band and a map of the open courtyard. The latter pin pointed out where all the food and drink pairing stations were located.

The morsels were delicious and unlimited for ticket holders. Although the wait at each station was lengthy, as only one chef assembled each tasting-size serving, and the other staff members had to step in to assist. But with plenty of drinks to try, the time in between did do us good.

Gaps where you could mix and mingle across the tasting room, two storey patios, and amphitheater. Where at the latter, live music set the mood.

The lamb and vegetable skewers were barbecued non-stop. Depending on your choice it went with either Phantom Creek’s 2019 Kobau Syrah or 2020 Small Lot Chardonnay.

There were pulled duck meat tacos with guacamole, salsa, and pickled slaw; paired with their 2019 Kobau Merlot.

The roast pig with Asian slaw, and garlic scape salsa verde was fatty and chewy, well balanced by the freshness of the vegetables on the side, and well highlighted by their pairing of 2019 Viognier.

And for dessert, we had Basque cheesecake topped with brandied cherries. It paired nicely with the slightly sweeter 2019 Kobau Cuvée.

Guests were able to leave their mark on this momentous occasion by signing the welcome banner. And got a keepsake through having their portrait taken by a professional photographer in front of it.

What a great way to announce their arrival as a must visit stop the next time you are in Okanagan. Worth driving to, and sure to put Oliver on the map.

Phantom Creek Estates
4315 Black Sage Rd, Oliver, BC V0H 1T1
(250) 498-8367

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