From a family that has been producing grapes in the Okanagan for 35 years, it comes as no surprise that Volcanic Hills wines are made with care and expertise. And they are well represented by the knowledgeable hosts in the large and welcoming wine shop.
Pronouncing the first season of Lazeez Restaurant a success, president Bobby Gidda said food service will run from May through September next year. With 100 seats on the patio and another 47 inside, there is plenty of room for the many fans of Chef Stefan Pimenta’s Indian cuisine. Lazeez is a contributor to the local food movement, too, with a one-acre garden providing much of its fresh produce.
“We have kept wines reasonably priced in the restaurant, and people have thanked us for that,” Bobby says.
Volcanic Hills wines did well in the October BC Wine Awards, earning two Silvers (Eruption and Rosé) and four Bronzes (Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Reserve Pinot Noir and Magma Red).
Open year-round, winter hours are from 11-5:30 the wine shop has lots to offer throughout the holiday season. On December 1st a Westside Wine Trail event, Sip into the Season, promises to be popular. It will feature arts and crafts displays and the chance for visitors to shop for the holidays and stock the wine cellar at the same time. Tastings will be included.
At the Business After Hours event, Dec 12th, 5:00 to 7:00, Volcanic Hills draws attention to the less fortunate, inviting customers to bring donations of non-perishable food items or cash for the local food bank.
Watch out for a Valentine’s event on February 9th, 2014, in which wines and sweets will be highlighted, with free samples of both.
Do you like your wine to arrive at the door in small quantities on a regular basis? The new Wine Club sends shipments of four bottles four times a year, with choices of red, whites or a mix.  For more information, check out www.volcanichillswinery.com.

~ Lorne Eckersley

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