Quails’ Gate Estate Winery is bringing much more than a cup of good cheer to the table this holiday season.

If you are hosting friends or family, be sure to reserve a lakeside table in the winery’s relaxing Old Vines Restaurant. Throughout the holiday season Chef Roger Sleiman is pairing Quails’ Gate Classics like Mushroom Risotto, Yarrow Meadows Duck Breast and Warm Apple and Maple Cake with a selection of their finest wines. Two-course lunch ($25) and three-course dinner ($45) menus will be featured throughout the winter season.

Unlike many local restaurants, Old Vines will remain open from December 27th through 31st. Reserve now to book for the New Year’s Eve dinner, a four-course extravaganza paired with wine. A superb value at only $79 per person, it’s guaranteed to start 2013 off right.

Quails’ Gate also has you covered when it comes to sending gifts to friends and relatives. Marketing Manager Rania Peters says the winery has been paying particular attention to its personal and corporate gift selection, and the attention shows. If you drop by the wine shop or visit the winery’s website, you’ll find delightfully festive wine and cheese baskets that can be customized. You can order mixed cases of wine and even personalize wooden wine crates. If you’re still stumped about what to send, remember that Quails’ Gate offers gift cards you can slip into any holiday envelope, parcel or stocking.

Of course such generous gift-giving should not go unrewarded. Why not treat yourself to a bottle (or even a case) of the renowned Stewart Family Reserve Pinot Noir, Old Vines Foch, or Chardonnay? Or try a half-bottle of their luscious Optima or heart-warming Non-Vintage Tawny — perfect for sipping by the fire.

Quails’ Gate — so many choices, all delicious. 

~ Barry Potyondi