The Patio Lake Breeze Bistro

The Patio Lake Breeze Bistro is located in Naramata Bench. It came highly recommended by locals and tourist.

From the patio you aren’t able to see the gorgeous view but it is a must see.

It’s casual and the prices are affordable, more importantly the food is fresh, simple and delicious.

Burger was juicy and thick. Balsamic and pickled veggies cut through the richness, very nice balance.

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Pork sirloin had a nice crunchy char on the outside and the meat was juicy and tender on the inside. Topped with pear and balsamuc compote. With a side of wild rice and sautéed leafy greens. We paired that with one of their fuller wines, Meritage. Continue reading “The Patio Lake Breeze Bistro”

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
www.bovwine.ca
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

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

Le Vieux Pin Winery

Le Vieux Pin Winery

Winery Features

  • Small picnic area
  • Region: Oliver, South Okanagan
  • $5 tastings credited towards purchase
  • Le Vieux pin
  • Region: Oliver: South Okanagan
  • Restaurant: n/a

List of All Oliver Wineries

I love this little winery. Their drive for quality makes their wine really stand above all other wineries in the area. Jeff educated us on their winery and rigid standards for quality control. That is also one of the reasons why the volume is kept low.

Le Vieux Pin Wine Storage
Le Vieux Pin Wine Storage

They have a small picnic area as well, I prefer going to their sister Winery LaStella for a picnic instead, their views are stunning.

Le Vieux Pin picnic area
Le Vieux Pin picnic area

Sauvignon Blanc is quite unique in that they mix a little yeast, to take out that acidic bite usually found in Sauvignon Blancs, resulting in a rounder wine. Yep, I had to get a few.

The Equinox line is their premium line, averaging around 75 cases and starts at $70 a bottle.

Equinox Chardonnay
Equinox Chardonnay

The tasting room is small and lacks view but, the wine is worth a trip.

Le Vieux Pin Winery

5496 Black Sage Rd
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-8388

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

Winery Features

Restaurant: Miradoro Restaurant
www.tinhorn.com
Tastings free
Region: Oliver, South Okanagan
Unique features: free wine tastings, summer concert series, one of the most stunning views

Gorgeous! The views are spectacular. For a few years now Tinhorn Creek has been presenting a concert series during the summer and anytime a stadium is perched on top of a mountain, in a vineyard…Yes Please!

Stage at Tinhorn Creek
Stage at Tinhorn Creek

A very popular destination for weddings, the vineyard is ideal for it. This bench was just too romantic to pass up and I usually cringe at cute/romantic things but, maybe because I was on vacation or, I was mesmerized by the stunning views and I’ve been sipping on wine for nearly 4 hours but, I thought this winery would be a perfect setting for a wedding.  (ahhheemm…don’t read too much into this)

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards secret spot

Upon walking in,  you are immediately welcomed with a glass of wine and instructed to explore their grounds. There are two bars where you can try out a few of their wines and a small shop in the middle. A great tidbit, if you don’t want to carry their wines back you can purchase them at your local VQA store.

Tasting Room and shop
Tasting Room and shop

Standing at the top of Tinhorn’s Creek grand stair case.

Tinhorn creek vineyards
Tinhorn creek vineyards

This is a small vineyard where guests are invited to tastes the grapes. Quite interesting, you can taste the difference between the grapes as you go through the different varieties

Tinhorn creek sample vineyard
Tinhorn creek sample vineyard

Their winery restaurant,  Miradoro Restaurant is on the pricier side, their steak are a little more expensive than Gotham’s Steakhouse in Vancouver.

There is separate room where they showcase their barrels, it’s pretty neat, you learn a little bit more about the types of wood they use and the reason why.

wine barrel room
wine barrel room

I will definitely be back, the estate is just too breath-taking to miss.

Events at Tinhorn:

Okanagan Fall Wine Festival – Oct 3

Chef vs Chef Dinner – Oct 4

For more events at Tinhorn please visit Tinhorn in my events section

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards

537 Tinhorn Creek Road
Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
(250) 498-3743
tinhorn.com‎

3rd Annual Fraser Valley Cork & Keg – Wine, Beer and Food Festival – Sept 20

Fraser Valley Cork & Keg 2013 - Consumer
CC:fraser valley cork & keg wine, beer and food festival Sept, 20

Now in our third year, the Fraser Valley Cork and Keg festival is a showcase of local and international wines, craft and premium beer, Fraser Valley delicacies including local producers, restaurants and culinary artisans. Guests to our event can expect over 300 different types of wine, beer and spirits — truly providing a little something for everyone.

Highlights of the festival include:

  • Oyster bar, presented by 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market
  • Live entertainment
  • All tastings included in the ticket price

The Cork and Keg event consists of two components each with its own unique audience.

The trade and media portion of the day is a great opportunity for anyone in the hospitality industry to discover something new or reacquaint themselves with a variety of products provided by our vendors during the festival. This segment is the perfect opportunity to meet with liquor agents, network with buyers, trade staff, and industry media. New for 2013, a series of trade-focused seminars discussing wine terrior, the art of craft beer, and food pairings.

Trade event*:   Friday, September 20th 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*This portion of the event is complementary and limited to industry guests only.

The festival welcomes local consumers who are invited to mix, mingle, sip, and taste their way around our vendors. Whether you are a wine or beer enthusiast, a novice who would like to learn more, or a seasoned guru — we look forward to seeing you.  What will your favourite pairing be?

Festival details:

Friday, September 20th  7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cascades Casino Resort

20393 Fraser Highway, Langley, B.C.

Ticket registration is available online for both events. Must be 19+ to attend $49.95

Buy tickets on eventbrite

Source: Fraser Valley Cork & Keg wine, beer and food festival