After hitting the slopes for a rush through fresh powder, the legs may be aching – hot from carving turns down the steep mountainous valleys and toes a little frosted from the cold. Yet luckily even the most sore winter legs are nothing a glass of wine can’t fix. After unstrapping the boots and hanging up the skis, enjoy a little liquid warmth with an après ski drink.
With a small walkable, snow-filled village Sun Peaks Resort serves up après ski options in glass, bottle, and coffee cup – however your legs need. On a recent trip up north to this ski-in, ski-out resort town in the heart of British Columbia, Canada just north of Kamloops, I warmed and rejuvenated my legs post a full day of skiing with a delicious wine tasting sampler of some of the British Columbia’s local wines.
Just a short walk from my hotel, the Globe Café with a wide selection of BC wines was just the antidote my legs needed. Ordering a tasting flight of three, three ounce pours of your choice for $15; I scoped out the list and planned by tasting to try a variety of the BC’s offerings.
On the recommendation of one of my twitter wine friends based in Vancouver, BC (@BeauCharles), I started with the 2010 Tantalus Riesling, which was also the feature wine of the week at the Globe. With an aroma of pear and gala apple, the Riesling glissaded across my palate with a juicy sweetness that was balanced with a touch of citrus and fresh botanicals. Located on the eastern slopes of the Okanagan Valley near the city of Kelowna, Tantalus’ Riesling is their flagship wine. Cultivated from their seven blocks of plants dating back to 1978, the Riesling shows off the site’s unique characteristics with a finish of subtle soil minerality and tropical fruit.
Secondly I sampled Mt. Boucherie’s Estate Merlot. With a light, smooth mouth feel, the wine featured soothing flavors of berry and vanilla with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Offering a lovely balance and medium body, this Merlot is a fireside wine to slowly enjoy while warming the feet. Family owned and operated since 1968, Mt. Boucherie’s wines come from some of the oldest vineyards in the valley.
The third wine I tried was Moon Curser’s Border Vines, Bordeaux Blend. A blend of six Bordeaux varietals, this wine consists of 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Carmenere, 23% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. With medium body and a texture that isn’t shy on the palate, this wine with its whimsical label gathered intensity with each sip to finish long and dark like a winter night. In the mouth the wine featured strong, ripe notes of blackberry and dark cherry like a berry tart yet with touch of sweet spice as if a mixture of cinnamon and pepper sprinkled the finish.
After finishing my three tastes and enjoying a long, late sun afternoon, my legs slowly began to unwind and by body release with a welcomed sigh. For me wine is the perfect après ski.
Want more wine at Sun Peaks Resort?
If you have tasted your way through the Globe’s wine list and still want to try more, test out these other Sun Peaks Resort cafés and restaurants.
- Black Garlic Bistro
- Mantles Restaurant & Lounge
- Servus on Creekside
- Powder Hounds
- Masa’s Bar + Grill
- Bottom’s Bar & Grill
- Cahilty Creek Bar & Grill
- Morrisey’s Public House
- Bella Italia Ristorante
Also according to the Sun Peaks Resort Tourism President, Christopher Nicolson, the BC liquor store located in the Delta Residence in the Village has one of the best selections of BC Wine. So if you’d rather take home a few bottles or just enjoy them in your room, swing by the store for additional tastes of the best that BC wine country has to offer!