Photo: Maple Roch
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From gift baskets to planning a future wine and dining experience, there are plenty of options to take care of a last minute gift for your BFF or loved one today on Valentine’s Day. .
Need some inspiration or some advice? The Penticton Wine Information Center is much more than a wine store, but if you need a chilled bottle of sparkling BC to take home, the store can help you with traditional sparkling wines or a perfectly matched table wine for a romantic dinner.
And there are plenty of accessories to choose from. Stemless champagne flutes are very trendy and you can include them in a beautiful wooden champagne box, there is a great selection of cocktail or whiskey kits, not to mention flasks and copper finished glasses for something of different.
“We have beautiful gift baskets ready for last-minute purchases, or we can prepare one for you,” says manager Donna Faigaux. “I would love to have one myself!”
Browse the jewelry display, silk scarves, and even gifts for your pet.
“Picnic baskets have just arrived for spring, so you can already start planning a romantic outdoor adventure,” she adds.
Just in time for your Valentine’s Day, chocolate selections have been replenished thanks to a variety of regional and local chocolatiers.
New treats have also arrived at Maple Roch in Summerland. Artisanal maple chocolates in three flavors – heart of raspberry, hazelnut “hedgehog” or “Canadian maple leaf”.
“They are made by a gentleman who was a heavy-duty mechanic, now he loves making chocolate,” laughs owner Roch Fortin, “and our famous almond is still popular.
Roch also suggests getting a bag of maple brie filling.
“Just take it home, put it on a nice brie, bake it for 15 minutes and enjoy. There’s nothing better than cooking a meal for your loved ones.
Every product in the store contains maple syrup made locally by Maple Roch, from granola to sauces to dressings, and gift baskets are available.
Roch is convinced that the spring will be early, because the tapping of the trees has already begun. Stay tuned for new products and maybe fun experiments.
As for future experiences, while Liquidity Winery’s tasting room in Okanagan Falls is currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, reservations for future culinary adventures can be made online to be enjoyed soon.
“Booking any of our experiences is easy and convenient,” says Anna Romeyn, Guest Experience Manager.
Until February, reserve Fondue for two, a cheese version accompanied by a glass of reserve Chardonnay and reserve Pinot noir, or plan a future date for The Art of Food & Wine, with delicious bites prepared by the chef Phil Tees and accompanied by wines.
Book a two-course weekend brunch or a two-course lunch Wednesday through Friday.
And if maple syrup is your priority, save you and your Valentine a seat at Sugar Shack Relax on March 6, as Chef Tees recreates his native province’s “sugar shack” with a gourmet menu infused with maple syrup. ‘maple. Think sugar pies and comfort food, and extend the season of romance beyond a single day.
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