A trip to British Columbia’s south Okanagan Valley wouldn’t be complete without a meal at one of the area’s many winery restaurants. Here are five of the best spots to sip and nosh, while enjoying incredible vineyard views.
Chef Joshua Lee just started at Black Hills, but his influence has already been felt. The menu isn’t huge, but everything on it pairs perfectly with the wines. The menu also changes every three weeks, but it includes three salad or pizza options and a charcuterie board with a selection of artisan cheeses and locally cured meats. If you can only try one wine, make sure it’s the Nota Bene, the winery’s signature Bordeaux-style red.
Chef Jeff Van Geest worked at some of the Vancouver’s finest restaurants, but when the opportunity to work at Miradoro came long, he jumped at it—good news for winery visitors. You can’t go wrong with his Neapolitan-style pizza; try the pizza funghi (made with mushrooms) paired with the delicious Tinhorn Cabernet Franc.
Snag a spot on the sun-drenched patio and enjoy Burrowing Owl wine while noshing on dishes prepared with ingredients from local farmers such as the duck confit with crispy ham gnocchi, mustard and peas. The Sonora Room also offers “library” wines, back vintages of wines no longer available for purchase in shops.
Liquidity Bistro has majestic lake and vineyard views, whether you sit inside or outside. Enjoy masterpieces from executive chef Simon Bouchard, who uses ingredients from the on-site garden and local farmers and producers. Try the ostrich carpaccio, made with meat from Okanagan Ostrich Farm in nearby Kaleden, and pair it with the Pinot Noir Estate.
This spring, chef Rod Butters took over the kitchen at Terrafina, bringing his brand of culinary expertise to this Tuscan-inspired eatery. Choose ingredients for a customized Terrafina Board: warm olives, house-made pickles, cheese, cured meats and more. And save room in your suitcase for Butters’ first cookbook, The Okanagan Table: The Art of Everyday Home Cooking, plus a bottle of the Character Red, a blend of Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
British Columbia’s Best Wine Regions (and Where to Sip)
The Okanagan Valley is emerging as one of the world’s most exciting wine regions, thanks to its range of climates and terroirs. Meanwhile, the Thompson Valley’s Kamloops area is on the rise. Sip aromatic whites at the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival (Sept. 28 to Oct. 8) or Pinot Noir at Privato Vineyard & Winery in Kamloops.
Meet Tyler Harlton, the Okanagan Valley’s Renegade Winemaker
From prairie farm boy to pro athlete to Wall Street lawyer to renegade winemaker—Tyler Harlton’s life path has been anything but conventional. Now, at TH Wines in Summerland, B.C., Harlton employs old-world practices to create "handmade" wines.