EatinEatOut : Holiday 2012
118 WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA Restaurant. Perched on a hill top overlooking the vineyard, the view from the huge covered patio is stunning. Sourcing its ingredients from local farms and the surrounding fields, it’s a culinary delight! Just down the road is one of the largest wineries in this area - Mission Hill Family Estate. This winery is an architectural gem. Imposing, fortress-like entry gates leave visitors in no doubt that they have entered a very special place, a sanctuary to the world of wine. Once visitors pass under the Keystone, they are immediately drawn into a spacious courtyard, the centrepiece of which is an imposing 12-storey bell tower. Inside the tower are four bronze bells, hand- crafted in France, each dedicated to members of the original family owners. Award winning Mission Hill wines are available nationally. From the varied selection of wines we tasted, my favourite was the 2009 Shiraz. This wine would be a wonderful match with game meats, lamb or pepper steak. Full bodied with notes of cherries, black raspberry, cocoa and a spicy finish. Travelling south down the wine trail past Peachland to the town of Summerland, we find a true hidden gem – Dirty Laundry. It’s a bit of a trek to find, but well worth the journey! A beautiful winery, and a truly fun atmosphere based on its tongue-in-cheek history. Along with a stellar wine selection, Dirty Laundry offers a wide array of picnic foods to enjoy on a gorgeous patio overlooking the vines.