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Like no other, Sun Peaks Resort pairs up a day on the slopes with good wine and good food. Three mountains, groomers galore and the annual Winter Wine Festival make January the best time to visit.

The festival, which showcases distinctive wine varietals of British Columbia’s famed Okanagan Valley, ignites the skier’s palate with gastronomic experiences, wine tastings and educational seminars.

You don’t have to be a sommelier-in-training to enjoy the festival; plenty of neophytes join the tastings, too. Learn fondue etiquette, pair bubbly with brunch, try icewines, go for a classic cheese and wine duo, dine on gourmet wine masters’ feasts, or test every wine you can.

To sip BC’s best vintages of the year, attend the Medal Winners Tasting that pairs the award-winning wines with seasonal small plates. If traditional wine events are too hoity-toity, try the bartender’s mixology contest at Mackdaddy’s, voting for the best cocktail made with a BC wine and then dancing off the buzz.

What:  14th annual Winter Wine Festival
When:  Jan. 14-22, 2012
Highlights:  20 events that include brunches, après ski, dinners, tastings, and music.
Tickets:  $25-120 per person, per event
Reservations:  Some require advanced ticket purchase
Headliner event:  Walk the village at night to taste vintages from 20 wineries on Jan. 20
Popular sellout event: Wine Masters Dinner, Jan. 19, Delta Sun Peaks Hotel

Sun Peaks restaurant events:  Held nightly during festival
Menu features:  Wine and dine
Participating restaurants:  Bella Italia Restaurant, Mantles Restaurant, Globe Café and Tapas Bar, Steakhouse at Sun Peaks Lodge, Masa's Bar and Grill, and Powder Hounds Restaurant
Reservations:  Highly recommended

Lodging and festival event packages:  Start at $150 per person, per night
Ski, Sip, and Stay Package:  Three nights of lodging with two days of skiing, and three wine festival events of your choice. Starting at $499 per person double occupancy. 
Sun Peaks lodging options:  Seven hotels, boutique to luxury. Condos, townhouses and chalets. A hostel and a bed and breakfast for budget travelers.
Ski in-ski out lodging:  Some hotels and condos. Clarify when making reservations.
Reservations: 877-212-7107 or online.

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