It was our last day in Osoyoos, and we were kind of hoping for one last afternoon on the lake. However the weather was not agreeing with us. The dark clouds came up quickly and whisked into the valley bringing rain. Sadly it made us give up our plans for one last chance in the boat. Lucky for us though, we had a back up plan.
Andrea’s Mom, my dear friend, gladly agreed to watch the kids. So Mike, Andrea and I were off to check out some more wineries. We decided to stay close to home and were hopefully going to try a restaurant a little further away, recommended to me by my Instagram pal, qbots.
Off we went in the pouring rain, just down the street to a winery that we passed every day. This was one that was new to Andrea, Adega Estate Winery. Their open, yet warm tasting room welcomed us in and we were excited to get started. While we worked our way through their delicious wines we enjoyed listening to the stories of this family run place. How it started out as a fruit orchard and as it was handed down to the next generation, how they decided to switch to a winery. And how they honored their grandparents by naming certain wines after them, based on the flavors. It was a joy to spend time with the daughter, mother team who were taking care of us and I really enjoyed their Rose. This is the one I took away with me and we will be enjoying with our turkey dinner at Thanksgiving.
When we left, the rain was lighter but still going. But we ventured to our next stop, Mooncurser Vineyards, just up the hill. I was totally taken with the art work on the bottles at this winery. I hadn’t even had a taste yet and I knew I would buy a bottle just for the art. The name for this winery comes from the days of prohibition, when the smugglers would come in the night to move the alcohol. They wished for cloudy nights for safe passage and cursed the moon when it showed its face. How enchanting.
And with that story in our heads we were taken on a journey. Our amazing hostess took us on a tour of the highlights of the best the winery had to offer. She even let us enjoy a comparison between the two different Syrahs they had and took time to explain the two. The one I enjoyed the most was the Contraband Syrah with its coffee overtones. As I tasted this our guide explained enjoying this on a cold winter night in front of a fire. And on that summer day, I totally felt like I was transported there. Of course I bought a bottle of the Contraband Syrah and am saving it for that wintry night to come, to enjoy in front of the fire with a good book. I also enjoyed the Tempranillo with its earthy flavor and bought a bottle of this too.
We really enjoyed our time here, in fact we were kind of wishing we could whisk our hostess away to accompany us on the rest of the day. She was not only knowledgable about Mooncurser but with the other wineries in the area. We enjoyed sharing our time with her, she really was a delight. And a funny thing happened while we were at Mooncurser, the rain stopped and the sun came out.
It was the right time to head north towards our next destination, Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek. We didn’t have time to visit the winery but we were impressed with the facility as we walked up to the restaurant. And the view from the balcony was spectacular, we couldn’t have asked for anything better. We fully intended to stay for appetizers but we enjoyed ourselves so much we stayed longer and enjoyed some of the dinner fare as well. I think I’ll just let the food do the talking here.
Three Cheese Tray with Berry Compote and Stone Fruits.
Beef and Pork Meatballs with Tomato Sauce, Parmesan and Arugula (This was so good we ordered another)
Pizza Bascaiola with Sweet Fennel Sausage, Grilled Mushrooms, Cream, Parmesan, Garlic, Parsley and Chilies.
Roasted Heirloom Tomato Garganelli with Local Tomatoes, Ricotta, Basil and Olive Oil
Olive Oil and Hazelnut Cake with Praline, Summer Fruit Preserves, Birch Syrup and Vanilla Bean Gelato
What a wonderful day topped off with good company, great food, and a wonderful view. We really enjoyed our trip to Osoyoos and sadly it was time to go.
And that’s it for this mini series on my unexpected foodie holiday to the Osoyoos area. Thanks for sharing in my adventures, it was so much fun reliving our holiday through writing these posts. Next week it will be back to business, the business of Treat of the Week.