Tracy Collis of Parksville, right, gets a sample of the Okanagan Valley-produced Road 13 wine from owner Joe Luckhurst at the Swirl Signature Event, held at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort on Friday night, March 9. It was the second event of Parksville’s 10th annual Uncorked Wine and Culinary Festival, which continues through Sunday. — Michael Briones photo

Parksville’s Swirl event puts wine tasters in good spirits

Second event of annual Uncorked festival draws around 500 people

There was a lot of wining going at Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort on Friday night. Nobody was actually complaining, though, as there was a lot of good spirits that were offered.

The occasion was the Swirl Signature Event, the second feature of Parksville’s 10th annual Uncorked Wine and Culinary Festival. The four-day event kicked off with Untapped, which showcased regional breweries and distilleries on Thursday night at the Beach Club Resort.

It continued with the wine tasting experience that had approximately 500 people attending. Tickets were sold out for this event, which highlighted some of the finest wine producers in British Columbia.

Aside from discovering the different flavours of wine, guests were treated to an array of finger foods and pastries that were appetizingly served throughout the night to pair with the wine.

The third leg of the festival will continue on Saturday with a pair of winemakers’ dinners, at both the Beach Club Resort and at Tigh-Na-Mara, both beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The four-day festival wraps up Sunday with a pair of Bubbles and Brunch events, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at each resort.

For more information or to check on ticket availability, visit

— NEWS Staff

Just Posted

Bowser residents protest marine sewage outfall plan

Veenhof and staff endures harsh criticisms at public information meeting

Qualicum Beach society goes to bat for insect eaters

Two bat houses built to monitor population in Heritage Forest

Parksville reopens portion of wetland

City undertakes review, remediation of liability concerns

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

VIDEO: Canadian Forces help flood-ravaged Grand Forks residents heal

Sgt. Bradley Lowes says the military is used to dealing with traumatic times

Couple survives being buried in mudslide on B.C. highway

The couple, from Saskatchewan, were en route to Nelson when a tree fell in their path

‘So grateful:’ Injured Bronco hockey player glad he’s alive, works on recovery

Ryan Straschnitzki was badly hurt in the accident: a spinal injury, broken ribs, a broken collar bone, and punctured lung

UPDATE: Woman dies after ocean accident near Tofino

Good Samaritan says lifeguards are needed at Long Beach and along the Pacific Rim Park Reserve

PHOTOS: Floodwaters rise and fall in Grand Forks

The flood-ravaged Kootenay-Boundary region begins to heal

Martin Mars waterbombers’ firefighting days are done

Wayne Coulson said his company still hopes to find a new home for the vintage aircraft

NHL playoffs weekly roundup

Vegas Golden Knights have done the impossible and have a chance at hoisting the Stanley Cup

Changes needed for ‘Alert Ready’ mass emergency system

‘You need to strike this careful balance between alerting people to lots of problems — and doing it too often’

Las Vegas Golden Knights move on to Stanley Cup final

Improbable run continues for NHL’s newest expansion team

Most Read