After an amazing, picturesque drive along Highway 97 in Kelowna, we were anxious to explore Sumac Ridge‘s culinary offerings. We sat on the balcony overlooking the vineyard and was greeted by an attentive, informative, friendly server. The menu is small, offering seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Peter had the charcuterie plate and I chose the quiche with smoked salmon and asparagus. The suggested pairing with the quiche was their Black Sage Chardonnay, a real treat with vanilla, oaky scents and a lush essence of apple, pear and pineapple with a creamy, buttery finish. Peter’s charcuterie plate included a home made pate, that was purely delicious. I love Sumac Ridge wines and their culinary foray was a pleasant surprise. Simple, memorable, delightful!
Feeling immeasurably happy, we continued our drive down Highway 97 past Summerland and turned off the highway meandering around the orchards to Dirty Laundry Vineyard. The panoramic view from their large, vine-covered patio is spectacular. The little known Summerland story of a 19th century Chinese Laundromat which fronted for a brothel has provided the perfect guise to this vineyard. The wineshop is attentive, informative and generous with their humour, knowledge and wine. One of my favourites I tasted was their “Hush” blush; that won the 2010-People’s Choice Award-GOLD. After the wine tasting, you can purchase a glass or a bottle of wine, some cheese and sit out on the patio and enjoy the vistas, along with a train trestle in the view.