Sep 11, 2011
Anthony von Mandl, Proprietor of Mission Hill writes, “At Mission Hill Family Estate our goal is to achieve the extraordinary. We are thrilled to showcase these magnificent sculptures alongside our wines surrounded by the natural beauty of the Okanagan Valley.”
We were the invited guests of Christa Frosch of Sotheby’s International Realty Canada.
From the first moment we arrived on the evening of September 8th, to our departure it was an exquisite event. Words almost can’t describe the beauty of the evening, the marvellous sculptures, the quality wines of which there were so many, the music from classical quartets to a great jazz group in the Chagall room with ice wines and coffees to the gift bags as we departed.
This was Parisian sculptress Nathalie Decosters’ first exhibit in Canada. It took almost nine years for Mission Hill to persuade her to come. She arrived from her recent exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil with more than 50 monumental works of art. ”Through recycled bronze, aluminium, stainless steel, concrete and glass media, Decoster offers visions of time as opportunity. She shows the futility of the fight against time imposed by modern life…………..her sculptures breathe a secret of life, an access code for serenity.”
Within seconds of arriving we were handed a light & crisp rose with a choice of appetizer. It soon became apparent that we were on a tour of the winery as well as all its fine wines and gourmet appetizers, from a complex Viognier with a crab/ apricot appetizer to a robust pinot with the duck. I’m sure I missed a few but the tour with wine in hand was not of just Mission Hill but also the sculptures strategically placed throughout. Some where huge and yet others were tiny.
After the tour and endless ‘sips’ of wine and appetizers it was time for a lovely dinner, lamb to lobster and all in between. Needless to say the food was marvellous.
The evening continued in the wine cellar where we were invited to stroll through the huge casks, each holding about 300 bottles of wine. At one end a variety of cheeses, tea & coffee were served while at the far end we were treated to sculpted pastries and ice wine.
From here it was up to the Chagall Room, so called for the one of a kind tapestry by Marc Chagall hanging on the wall. Another example of Anthony Mandls’ support of the arts. Here we listened to the top Kelowna jazz group while feasting on a variety of chocolate treats, specialty coffees, more wines and on and on.
The magical evening ended with an unexpected but so very special gift bag. Inside we each received a book called ‘Petit Manuel” filled with photos of Natahlie’s art works as well as an individually numbered Limited Edition bottle of Mission Hill Family Estate 2010 Rose to commemorate the occasion. What more can I say………………….