Saturday, April 3, 2010

Can I Buy a Whole Bottle?

Hola Bloggies:

Once we finished our lovely Indian meal a couple of things became obvious: you should never judge a book by it’s cover and that was some good wine!!! I loved the Trebbiano and thus googled the winery on my iPhone (once you have one you’ll never go back). I knew tastings and tours wouldn’t be running but I had hopes the winery store would be open. In search of the coveted bottle of white, the Fiancé and I set on a bit of a safari.

Le Sigh

Le Sigh Again.

Welcome!

The scenery from the vineyards was spectacular!!! It was the kind of place where I imagined I could live out my “A Year in Provence” fantasies (involving long bike rides, picnics in idyllic spots, featuring wine, lovely local food, and orchard fresh fruits). Hester Creek had chosen a beautiful location!

We were expecting to purchase our bottle and walk away but very kind winery workers had other plans. They invited us to a complimentary tasting of all of their wines!!! Score!!!

Medal winners!

The Whites

Hester Creek - golden

The Reds

Admiring the wine

In the end I exercised a tremendous amount of self control and only walked away with the one bottle. But on the whole I was delighted with the winery, our tasting, and the views! Of course it helped that in the middle of winter the weather was warm enough that I actually feared a sunburn. Already, I was contemplating my return trip to the region.

Good-bye Osoyoos

That afternoon, on our drive home, we stopped near Anarchist Summit to take in the view of the Okanagan Valley. And it was then I had one of those moments when I realized what a charmed life I lead sometimes. I felt alive and incredibly blessed. I think it’s called being perfectly content. smile_regular

Have you ever been to a winery? Where? Did you enjoy it? I have been to the Niagara Region and the Okanagan but Napa and the Loire are high on my to-do list!

6 comments:

runsarah said...

Wow - so gorgeous. I think I may need a trip to the Okanagan this summer with the hubs, even though he doesn't drink wine.

Kelly said...

Such gorgeous pictures! I love wine tastings and visiting wineries! I've been to Niagara Region too :)

Liane said...

I was there today :)
I was snowing when we walked out, so the weather wasn't quite as nice as when you were there.

ironpigpen said...

My brother has long lived in or just outside San Francisco.

He got married in Napa Valley.

It is very beautiful up there. You would enjoy it very much.

Southbaygirl said...

wine tasting-one of my all time favorite hings to do!! You and I would be GREAT friends-not that we aren't anyway, well, we havent met, but I feel like we're friends!! yikes, shutup Penny!!

I hope you have had a fantastic trip!!!! So jealous you had a mini vacation!!

As for wine tasting, since I live in LA the regions I go to alot are the Santa Barbara County region and Paso Robles!!! Love them! I have been wine tasting in Sonoma and I was born in the Loire valley-so one day I hope to go taste wine there as well!!

A Toronto girl out West said...

Sarah,

I think it would still be fun even if hubs doesn't drink wine! :o)

Kelly,

Ooooo did you like Niagara? I think it's lovely!

Liane,

That bites about the weather - we've had such funky weather this Spring thus far.

ironpigpen,

Napa sounds fantastic. I think I'll have to dedicate a whole trip to the region!

Southbaygirl,

I already told you this but I literally LOLd when I read your reply! :o)

Wait!!!! You were born in the Loire Valley? Seriously!??! Are you French in heritage too?