Burrowing Owl Winery and Sonora Room Restaurant

Burrowing Owl Winery & Estate is the first in my BC winery series.

Burrowing Owl Winery & Estate
Burrowing Owl Winery & Estate

Restaurant: The Sonora Room Restaurant
Wine tastings by donation to their owl conservatory
Region: Oliver in the South Okanagan
List of All Okanagan Wineries

This was my first winery on the trip up to Okanagan the famous Burrowing Owl. I checked out some of the reviews online and it was fairly positive. Have to admit I hadn’t had any of their wines for a while and was excited to get rekindle my affair with their Meritage.

The estate is sprawling reminiscent of a castle. It was long and windy drive up to the winery and the estate was perched up top. The views were gorgeous.

burrowing owl views from their patio
burrowing owl views from their patio

Entering the tasting room, it was packed, everyone was pushing their way to the bar. It felt more like a bar and I felt like I had to elbow my way through to the front.

burrowing owl wine tasting room
burrowing owl wine tasting room

We were famished and decided to have lunch at the Sonoma Room before we the wine tastings. I wished we done the reverse, I would have loved to have tried Burrowing Owl’s wines before our meal. The pairing recommendations on their menu, I felt could have been paired better.

sonora room
sonora room

I really wanted to this winery to be one of my greats, unfortunately it fell short, the wine and food. I bumped into other patrons after all was done and regrettably it was a consensus.

duck confi
duck confit
seafood cioppino
seafood cioppino

None the less the view is spectacular and that alone is worth the trip.

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Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
100 Burrowing Owl Pl
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-0620

Backyards Vineyards 4th Anniversary Party

Party in your backyard.

Saturday, September 21st marks the fourth year of business for Backyards Vineyards (formerly Neck of the Woods Winery). Join our new winemaker James Cambridge, at Backyard Vineyards from 12pm to 5pm and enjoy live music under our covered gazebo or relax in our Tasting Room while feasting on complimentary tapas. In honour of our big day we will be sampling our newly released 2011 Meritage, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and our 2012 Nosey Neighbour Red.

3033 232nd Street, Langley, BC V2Z 3A8

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Hester Creek Estate Winery

Hester Creek Winery and Estate

Winery Features

List of All Oliver Wineries

welcome to hester creek
welcome to hester creek

I remember all I got from the young girl behind the counter was “this was sooo good, very fruity, I drank the whole bottle yesterday” Uhhh….yea… I figured I couldn’t get much else out of her. Hester Creek’s wine are all on the lighter side. They had a few wines we weren’t able to try. It thought they would be very expensive but, you can’t even serve up a $35 bottle of wine for a tasting, we have a problem. It wasn’t due to the volume either, Hester had plenty left out in their wine store.

Winery store
Winery store

The wines that we sampled were alright, none of the wines had much depth and I thought a little young.

I do like the patio with live music. They have a small section in their store that has cheese and breads for purchase so you can take your wine and food out to the patio to enjoy.

Picnic Area at Hester Creek
Picnic Area at Hester Creek

This was my last of the big wineries I went to on my trip. At the smaller wineries the staff tend to be more educated and passionate about the subject; whereas some of the bigger wineries like Hester, had the more sprawling estate but also staff who didn’t know much about wine.

Since you are here you might as well take a 30 seconds drive to Gehringer.

Hester Creek Estate Winery

877 Road 8, Box 1605
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-4435

LaStella Winery

LaStella Winery

Winery Features

  • Restaurant: None
  • www.lastella.ca
  • Region: Osoyoos, South Okanagan
  • Patio/ picnic area
  • $5 wine tastings with credit towards purchase
  • Gorgeous views

List of All Osoyoos Wineries

LaStella view
LaStella view

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.

LaStella Tuscan Winery
LaStella Tuscan Winery

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.

Picnic Patio
Picnic Patio

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


LaStella Winery

8123 148th Ave RR 2, Osoyoos

Wednesday Happy Hour Specials

Wednesday Happy Hour

Celebrate Humpday with a these happy hour and drink specials

Also check out these Daily Happy Hour Specials

Notturno Paninoteca-$5 wine, $5 bruschetta’s all night (closed for renovations)

El Camino’s  – The Cubano & Pint of Main st Pilsner $10, Double Cuba Libres $5 – All night

Kibo Izakaya Restaurant & Lounge – Sake Sake $13 hot, $10 cold

Hooker’s Green – Pub Trivia Wednesdays 7PM, $5 wings, $5 Carlsberg, $4.25 craft beer sleeve

The Wine Bar – All wine on tap $8, All bottles are 25% off

Cibo Trattoria & Uva – whiskey! $5 singles & $9 doubles

Denman Tap House – $1.00 & $1.50 tacos. $2.50 soft tacos. Ceviche, quesadillas & more. Buckets of SOL

Glowbal Grill – All bottled wines 50% off

Brioche Urban Eatery – 4 Courses $19

Kaya Malay – wine $6

Academic Public House – Wings $4

The Butcher & Bullock: Cocktails $8.50

Cinema – 1lb wings $5, Phillips beer $4.25, cocktails $6.50

East of Main – select glasses of wine $6

Grain tasting Bar – spring creek meatballs and grilled bread $6, Bangkok mule $6, lighthouse brewing co $5

Gramercy Grill – Mussels and frites $10

Versace Pizza – No corkage fees

Milestones – Two 3 Course Dinners $50, 1 shared appie, 2 entrees, shared dessert. View menu via Milestones link

Coast – 50% off appetizer 3-6PM, buck a shuck 3-5PM

Tuesday Happy Hour Specials

Tuesday, the surly middle child of the week. To make things easier try Tuesdays Happy Hour Specials

Tueday Happy Hour

Check out these Daily Happy Hour Specials Too

Jeepney Cocktails $6

Twisted Fork : 1lb mussels $8

Gerard Lounge, Sutton Place: olive or cold cut antipasto platter with a Chard or Cab Sauv $14

Kibo Izakaya Restaurant & Lounge – house martini’s $7.50

Loose Moose – 25 cent wings

Catch122Sangria and Mangria $6

Commune Café – $6 House wine, $26 bottle

East of Main Cafe – Tapas Tuesday. Happy Hour ( 5 – 7 pm) and every 3rd tapa you order is free

Grain Tasting Bar – Smoked Tomato bruschetta $6, R&B Bohemian Lager $5 or a Duel in the Sun $6

Hooker’s Green – Live Standup comedy $2 schooners of beer, $4.00 featured craft beer

The Wine Bar – All Wine on tap is $8

Trattoria – Pasta $10 off

The Denman Tap House – Wings $4.95/Pound – Over 30 flavours

Chicha – $5 double premium pisco cocktails 5PM

Milestones – Two 3 Course Dinners $50, 1 shared appie, 2 entrees, shared dessert. View menu via Milestones link

Q4 restaurant – Pizza and pasta $12, peroni $5