Gray Monk Estate Winery Sommelier Rainier Wilkins pours a beverage for Genelle resident Helen Amundsen at the 14th annual Wine Festival held April 6 in Castlegar. Wilkins said he thought it was his eighth time at the fundraiser. Amundsen said she came to the fundraiser with her family and was enjoying it.

GALLERY: 14th annual Wine Festival another huge success for Castlegar Rotary

The event was sold out and a record number of wineries participated.



Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club held the 14th annual Wine Festival Saturday, April 6 at the Community Complex in Castlegar.

“This is our biggest fundraiser,” said Rotary president Brenda Balahura. “It’s another sold out year and all of the money goes to community projects and helps fund world-wide projects, too.”

Balahura said the event had a record number of wineries participating (35) and would not have been possible without the hard work and support of many community sponsors and volunteers.

John and Maria Ferreira, proprietors of Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery in Oliver, were busy with inquiries at their booth as they shared vintages from 2008 to 2011.

Maria Ferreira said they have been participants in the festival for five years, and a lot of wineries from their area of B.C. attend the event. She also said Rotary treats them very well in Castlegar and that’s why they keep coming back.

While wine was the focus, there were other unique bottled beverages.

Susan and Gary Snow of Tabletree farm in Creston, produce international award-winning Black Cherry Juice using a process and equipment they invented. They have been nominated for B.C. Food Processors Innovation Award and Product of the Year Award: three finalists will be announced April 9.

The unique juice has already been awarded “Best Pure Juice 2012” at the World Juice Awards held in Barcelona, Spain. They were up against huge bottling companies like Pepsi, Coke, Tropicana, etc.

The closest place to find it near Castlegar is at Thrums Market, 1680 Moran Road.

The evening featured a silent auction, raffle, door prizes, a blind taste-test challenge, appetizers and safe rides home courtesy of the parents of Interact club members.

Just Posted

Castlegar wildlife conflicts down in 2018, though problems persist

Official Bear Smart Community status still elusive for city

How long can Castlegar support a repertory cinema?

Cinema owners find audiences with older, obscure movies

Castlegar Search and Rescue gets early Christmas gift

Boston Pizza donated $1,107 to local search and rescue group

Castlegar family in need of ‘Christmas miracle’ to treat 4 year old’s diabetes

All Jack Sekel wants for Christmas is a monitor that neither insurance or government will provide.

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

CFIA announces recall of some types of cauliflower, lettuce due to E. coli fears

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall of certain types of cauliflower and lettuce due to possible E. coli contamination.

Top of mind: ‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year

Merriam-Webster has chosen “justice” as its 2018 word of the year, driven by the churning news cycle and President Trump’s Twitter feed.

‘Spider-Verse’ swings to the top; ‘Mortal Engines’ tanks

“Spider-Verse” has been very well-received among critics, and audiences in exit surveys gave it a rare A+ CinemaScore.

Canadians spent almost $64,000 on goods and services in 2017

Households in B.C. each spent $71,001 with housing costs contributing to higher average

Speaker at rally says Alberta oil ‘puts tofu on the table in Toronto!’

RCMP estimated more than 1,500 people attended the rally in Grande Prairie

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Without a resolution, parts of the federal government will shut down at midnight on Friday, Dec. 21

Canucks score 3 power-play goals in 4-2 win over Oilers

Vancouver sniper Boeser has 6 goals in last 5 games

Microscopic parasite found in Prince Rupert water affecting thousands

More than 12,000 residents affected by the boil water advisory issued Dec. 14

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

Most Read