What would you pair with smoked and seared cane ahi tuna with pink peppercorn potato salad?
Mission Hill 2021 Terroir Border Vista Rose ($36), of course.
That’s what my wife, Kerry, and I enjoyed when we recently stopped by the outdoor patio restaurant at the family’s Mission Hill Estate in West Kelowna.
You may or may not order the same thing as the menu changes daily based on the season and what the chefs can source from gourmet Okanagan and coastal vendors.
And that’s what makes the patio a seasonal favorite.
Open May through October each year, the Terrace takes advantage of its outdoor location with views of the Winery Bell Tower, vineyards, and Lake Okanagan while serving Mission Hill wine-and-wine cuisine for lunch, dinner, and dinner. afternoon charcuterie.
Make it half a day and precede or follow your time on the terrace with one of the new winery experiences – Behind the Scenes, A Lasting Legacy, Estate Room or Loggia Garden.
The behind-the-scenes tour Kerry and I took before lunch included a walk, glass of Exhilaration Brut in hand, through the barrel room that has been blasted out of volcanic rock.
Strategically lit by barrels stacked in symmetrical rows, the cellar looks like a functional work of art.
From there it was into the Chagall room for a tasting of four new wines with assorted bites.
Book Riesling 2021 with onion and mint beignet, anyone?
Special events at Mission Hill this summer include a long-table Father’s Day dinner and three concerts in the outdoor amphitheater – Blue Rodeo on July 6, Johnny Reid on July 29 and Chris Botti on August 30.
Blue Rodeo and Johnny Reid are already sold out, but tickets for the Botti show can be purchased at MissionHillWinery.com. This is the same website where you can book an experience or make a terrace reservation.
Lytton Strong Pino Gray
Fort Berens Winery in Lillooet has bottled 120 cases of the 2021 Lytton Strong Pinot Gris Special Edition for the Lytton Rebuild fundraiser.
Fort Berens is 60 kilometers from Lytton, the village that burned down on June 30 when the interior was under a heat dome.
One of the only local properties to survive the fire was the
Winch Spur Vineyard across the Fraser River.
Fort Berens traditionally buys grapes from Winch Spur for its white label Pinot Gris, which is usually a blend of Gris grapes from multiple vineyards.
Fort Berens purchased Gris grapes from Winch Spur again in 2021, but decided to make the Lytton Strong special edition fruit exclusively from Winch Spur for fundraising.
Philanthropic Gray is only available until June 12 for $100 for three bottles or $400 for a case of 12 bottles. Order at FortBerens.ca.
Fort Berens donates all proceeds to the Lytton Rebuild Fund.
He expects to donate $50,000 based on 120 cases totaling 1,440 bottles.
The wine is also part of a larger #LyttonStrong fundraiser with silent auction, raffle and corporate sponsorship with a goal of $125,000, which is taking place on Trellis.org/LyttonStrong until June 12.
Steve MacNaull is an Okanagan wine lover and Canadian wine researcher. Email: [email protected]