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Castlegar Rotary wine festival goes virtual

Tickets to the Zoom event include four bottles of wine from the featured wineries

Submitted by Castlegar Sunrise Rotary

As with so many events, COVID-19 has, after 20 years, put a halt to the popular Wine Festival hosted annually by the Castlegar Sunrise Rotary club. In the interim, the club is pleased to present a virtual Zoom event for wine enthusiasts to enjoy.

On the evening of Saturday, March 27, participants can sample four excellent wines in good virtual company while viewing presentations by wine experts. Moss Scheurkogel, lead educator at the Vinstitute Wine School, will welcome guests with a discussion of the BC Wine Industry, delving into the finer points of how your favourite wines are made. Next will be presentations from the two wineries featured at the event, Intersection Estate Winery and Nostalgia Wines (formerly Oliver Twist Estate Winery).

Sheila Whittaker of Nostalgia Wines will discuss the winery in general and the two top quality wines offered for the evening. Whittaker is a certified sommelier and a French and Italian wine scholar. The club is delighted that this evening will see the launch of the new Nostalgia wine series, with one of the evening’s wines being a very new release and guests will be among the first to try it.

The club has also selected two top wines from Intersection Estate Winery and Moss Scheurkogel will be discussing the finer points of these wines and will describe the winery as well.

An innovative feature of the evening is that guests can safely get together with friends via Zoom break-out groups, after the formal presentations, to continue the evening in convivial company. You will need to inform us in advance of the members of the group so that the individualized Zoom groups can be formed.

Tickets are $175 per email address, which includes four bottles of the featured wines delivered to your Castlegar home in advance of the event. Tickets must be purchased prior to March 5 (no late purchases due to delivery deadlines) and can be ordered by e-transfer ( or by dropping off a cheque, your email address, and your details for a Zoom break-out group at Kalawsky Chevrolet Buick.

The fundraising event will allow Sunrise Rotary to continue its support of several community causes, such as scholarships at Stanley Humphries, CBAL programs at the library, and help for families in need. The club also funds community projects, such as the new clock outside city hall.

For more information, please reach out to one of our committee members via email: Darlene Kalawsky or Sandy Hartman at, Geoff Yule at, or Sandy Hartman at


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