This was my favorite winery. Mark the wine connoisseur knew his stuff. I think we spent nearly 35 minutes at this gorgeous Tuscan villa, sipping on wine and chatting up with Mark.
They also have a patio overlooking some epic scenery. You are welcome to bring a picnic basket and lunch on their patio, I will definitely be doing that next time.
The wine was some of the best I have tasted on this trip. My favourite was the Maestoso, for a $100. LaStella crown jewel. Reminded me of steak and tomatoes. On the noise smoked mean, coffee, toffee. Tastings was big and bold, creamy and the tannins were ripe. The finish was longer than most wines.
As respect to the wine, I wasn’t going to just go to a restaurant and order a so-so steak. This wine demands the best, so we had to source an excellent steak and cooked it in our hotel.
**sidenote** Wow! Watermark Beach Resort’s kitchen was fully stocked kitchen, including a cast iron pan and a blender. It is even more fully stocked than my kitchen. So kudos to Watermark.
LaStella is also a sister to Le Vieux Pin
The Ultimate Winery Weekend Escape in the Okanagan
September 13, 2013
Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Osoyoos, BC
Join us for an incomparable weekend celebrating the best of BC wine country, Friday September 13 to Sunday, September 15, 2013. Surrounded by the natural beauty and prime terroir of the South Okanagan Valley, you’ll enjoy a unique collection of exceptional experiences, exclusively for Visa Infinite cardholders.
Your weekend commences Friday evening at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery’s Sonora Room Restaurant with Chef Brock Bowes, featuring guest Chefs Ned Bell (YEW), Trevor Bird (Fable Kitchen), Mark Filatow (Waterfront Restaurant) and Justin Leboe (Model Milk). As the chefs collaborate under the truly sublime winery settings, all your senses for culinary adventure will be realized and rewarded.
The South Okanagan is host to 28 wineries, and Saturday will feature a tour and exclusive tastings hosted by one of the Okanagan’s foremost wine experts. Wineries to be toured include Black Hills Estate Winery and Church & State Wines. Lunch will be served on the patio at See Ya Later Ranch in the heart of the 100 acre vineyard with stunning mountain and lake views.
The feature event will be hosted Saturday evening at Nk’Mip Cellars Winery. Guest chefs will prepare a stunning feast inspired by, and paying tribute to, First Nations Cuisine. Nk’Mip is Canada’s first Aboriginal-owned and operated winery, and was recognized in 2012 as BC Winery of the Year.
Sunday lunch will conclude the weekend at SunRock Vineyard. Guests will receive a rare glimpse of this working vineyard while joining Jackson-Triggs winemaker Brooke Blaire, Director of Vineyards Troy Osborne, and Chef Chris Vanhooydonk. This rustic outdoor wine and culinary experience will surely offer a satisfying finish to this extraordinary weekend.
Call 1-888-711-9399 today to reserve your place at the table. For additional details visit www.visainfinite.ca
$1575 per couple*
*Includes 2-night accommodation at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort & Spa, Friday night multi-course dinner with wine pairing, guided winery tastings, Saturday lunch with wine pairings, Saturday night multi-course dinner with wine pairings, Sunday lunch with wine pairings, premium gift items and all gratuities; applicable taxes are extra.