Take the long way home

I had to keep reminding myself that we weren’t on a wine tour, but we did have to eat and I had an errand at Black Hills Winery so we headed south. Along the way visited farmers stands to stock up on asparagus, peas, cherries and strawberries. Harvest can differ greatly from farm to farm so stop again if at first.

We couldn’t resist driving up to newly opened and spectacular Phantom Creek Winery and given the opportunity we may have needed one more night away. It is really stunning and since the wine is out beyond my price tolerance, I will gladly spring for tasting fees or lunch when the restaurant starts.

Black Hills was busier than I expected but I had a quick exchange and we were on our way. Their Cabana tasting with lunch is one of the best going but we were still heading south and now were hungry and happy we had a reservation at the new restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort.

Spirit Ridge is an all suite resort that includes a an excellent winery and so much more.

I’d been wanting to visit ever since Chef Murray MacDonald opened The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry. A charming man from Newfoundland he is connecting his indigenous roots and his extensive cooking experience to add new depth to the cuisine at the resort.

I knew we’d be having the Bannock and we had that ordered with our drinks right away. Nk’Mip had just released their rosé so I was happy and David found a local beer he liked.

Bannock with corn succotash, pickles, white bean sumac spread, beetroot relish and garlic roasted tomatoes.
A perfect chowder is a wonderful thing and with fresh salmon and halibut this one was so good I’m kicking myself for not getting some to go.
Indigenous Cobb Salad and Arctic Char. Super healthy and delicious with sunflower seed pesto, squash, corn, beans, wilted greens and berry wojape.

We were delighted with our lunch and happy to have another great chef in the Okanagan.

And so we started the beautiful drive home through the Similkameen. I have a particular love for this wine region and it was hard to drive past some of my favourite wineries without stopping but we will be back. Cheers!

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