Wintery Wine Getaway

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Fellow Stimuli Magazine contributor and wine lover, Linda, was my companion for my most recent wandering up the Coquihalla Highway to visit Bottleneck Drive — an aptly named route of Summerland wineries. Most think of the summer months as the key time to visit one of the 214 plus, grape wineries in British Columbia, but the fall and winter months can be just as interesting.

During our whirlwind visit we were fortunate enough to be guests at Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa. Tucked into a stretch of Lake Okanagan shoreline, the resort provided a comfortable spot to call home for our too short visit. We were settled into a room overlooking the boardwalk. For the avid bird watcher in Linda, the view and bird watching opportunities were a pleasant surprise. We didn’t have time to explore the spa part of the resort, but we did squeeze in a dip in the hot tub before wrapping up our Summerland experience, which was fantastic.

summerland lakeside resort

With all the wine on the menu, we needed to fit in some fantastic eats. It goes without saying, a stop in at Local Lounge | Grill for dinner must be firmly on your wintery wine getaway agenda. With eyes bigger than our stomach’s, we enjoyed some of the new menu items from Chef Lee Humphries including beef shortrib poutine, house made tortellini, and a grilled beef tenderloin with the best bubble and squeak! With no room for dessert, we walked across the parking lot to the resort and called it a night.

We were also directed to a lovely little spot for a great latte, and as it turns out, great food. Good Omens Coffee House is a favourite with the locals, and Linda and I can see why. We enjoyed lunch on the day we arrived and breakfast the following day.

good omens coffee shop

 

Of course, no winter wine trip is complete without several winery visits.

 

see ya later ranch winery

 

With our limited time we were able to stop in at See Ya Later Ranch, Sumac Ridge, Summergate, and Tin Horn Creek, where we enjoyed some of the best – and biggest – pizzas ever.

 

pizza at tinhorn creek

 

Not only is Bottleneck Drive home to hundreds of delicious wines, it is also well-known for the delicious sparkling wines that are produced in the traditional champagne method. While these BC beauties cannot carry the champagne name, as they are not produced in the champagne region of France, they do carry delicate bubbles that make me want to wear rhinestones and pajamas…oh and eat popcorn.

 

haywire wine

Don’t usually reach for a bottle of bubbles? Here are a few great reasons to change that:

  1. Sometimes life is filled with repetition, bubbles break up the same-old-same-old.
  2. The Bub, or even better The Pink Bub by Haywire. Why? I like to say Bub.
  3. Dreaming of bubbles, while in the bath? Me too, but that sounds like a lot of work. Open a bottle and treat sparkling wine like you would any other bottle, add it to your favourite stir-fry sauce, and pour yourself a glass.

summerland vineyards

Worried about opening a bottle and having to throw out what you don’t drink? Canada’s first sparkling wine, Sumac Ridge’s Steller’s Jay Brut, comes in half bottles. Perfect for PJ’s and popcorn.

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About the Author: Kristine Carrick

Kristine Carrick is a born communicator with a passion for supporting her local community. With over ten years in marketing and public relations, Kristine brings a fresh and personal perspective to Stimuli through her writing. Kristine is a self-proclaimed news hound, shoe and handbag junkie, lover of wine and could spend hours in a stationery store. She resides in Langley with her black lab, Deacon.

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