With so much to learn in the world of wine, Red Rooster Winery is offering many great ways to learn about wine and food in a fun and friendly atmosphere. With their landmark winery near the beginning Naramata Road, it’s the perfect place to begin!

Start off your day with a session called “Tasting Room Lingo” to learn how to expertly sip, swirl, and spit your way through wines like a pro. It’s a great way to start out on a wine tour and is offered daily at 10am beginning in May. Best of all, it’s a free experience! Also beginning in May is an educational series that will explore different topics relating to wine. This series promises some unique and exciting tasting opportunities. With session titles like “What Did Chardonnay Ever Do To You?” it’s sure to be a ton of fun as well. Both of these experiences are held upstairs in The Coop, Red Rooster’s private tasting boutique. Sessions will be scheduled daily throughout the summer. Be sure to book your time well in advance if possible as space in The Coop is limited. A complete schedule of these fun and informative sessions is available on the website.

Lunch at The Pecking Room Patio Grill is a Naramata experience you won’t soon forget. Chef Darin Patterson is returning for his 3rd season with a delightful new menu prepared using a coal-fired grill. The focus is on using the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients for a diverse menu that is sure to satisfy your hunger on your wine tour. Of course being right next to the wineshop means that you’ll have access to many of your favourite wines to pair with your meal.

If enjoying lunch on the patio with a stunning view isn’t enough, this year Chef Patterson will also be conducting cooking classes on the grill. This is a unique and truly hands-on experience where Chef Patterson will personally coach you through making your dinner. It’s a great way to learn new culinary tips and techniques! Courses will be held on select weekday evenings in July and August.

New releases are happening frequently at this time of year. The best way to keep up is with Red Rooster’s e-Blast that gives you the opportunity to purchase wines even before the wineshop gets them! Check out information on this great service on the website at www.redroosterwinery.com

~ Luke Whittall