Lunching at wineries is one of my most favourite activities. I just love to thrill our out of town visitors by letting them experience wine country life up close and personal. And nothing beats sipping and noshing outdoors amongst the vines.
We now have so many winery restaurants to choose from it is perfect to plan your regional wine tasting trips around your lunch venue. Make a reservation, do a wine tasting first and then sit down to a fabulous meal. After lunch don’t forget to pop back into the wine shop to pick up some bottles of your favourites.
Mission Hill Estate Winery’s outdoor Terrace Restaurant is an absolute delight on a summer’s day. Gazing down through rows of grape vines onto the majesty of our Okanagan Lake will truly make you feel like a royal perched atop your castle walls. Executive winery chef Matthew Batey, CCC, has created a stunning menu highlighting “wine country cooking with the freshest, locally grown, in-season ingredients.”
The Farm to Table Charcuterie share platter was fantastic paired with a bottle of their Five Vineyards Pinot Grigio. My friend ordered what turned out to be the highlight of the luncheon: Free Range Pork & Fabian’s Lobster ‘Hotdog’—in one word: Wow.
Have you heard a rumour about some lucky local wino cows that enjoy a bottle of red wine with their meal every day?
Its true! Located in West Kelowna, Sezmu Meats is all the rage in the cow world. Their Angus cattle are free of hormone implants and enjoy a diet of grass until they reach a desirable size at which point their diet matures. Then they are fed a proprietary blend of grains with a cow-sized glass of red B.C. wine every day until production.
A cow-sized glass is well over a bottle of wine!
Brother and sister team, ranchers/owners Darrel Timm and Janice Ravndahl say that “wine-fed beef is the most succulent and tender beef” and they have the reviews to prove it. The Terrace Restaurant has it on their menu in the form of Maple Brined Sezmu Beef Flat Iron. sezmumeats.com
Check out menus and book online: www.missionhillwinery.com Bon Appétit!
I am looking forward to being a judge at the Similkameen BBQ King this Saturday night (July 16) in Cawston. There are still tickets on sale for this super fun event in one of our most glorious wine regions. Come meet the wineries, taste their wines and watch as some of most fabulous wine country chef’s from Miradoro, Manteo, Delta Grand Okanagan, the Hooded Merganser, the Sonora Room, Watermark (and more) compete for the crown.
Contact Kim Lawton for tickets 250-488-0878, or buy online at www.SimilkameenWine.com. See you there. I’ll be the one smiling and covered in BBQ sauce.
Jennifer Schell is editor of B.C. Wine Trails Magazine.