Set in the heart of one of Canada’s best wine-growing regions, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery has evolved into a destination for wine lovers around the world.

The experience starts in the tasting room and gift shop, where visitors enjoy a selection of award-winning wines. All proceeds from tastings go toward programs supporting the winery’s namesake, the endangered burrowing owl.

Across the way in the beautiful Sonora Room Restaurant, new manager Lynn Coulthard (shown in photo) and executive chef Brock Bowes and their team stand ready to provide a memorable dining experience to be enjoyed along with sprawling views of the Black Sage Bench.

Guests can celebrate the last days of winter and the onset of spring with special getaway packages that include a one-night stay in the acclaimed Guest House, a 3-course dinner in the Sonora Room and a tantalizing wine country breakfast. Check the web site for details of specially priced packages for Winter (through March 31st), Spring (April 1st-30th) and Mid Week Blossom (Monday through Wednesday in May) Getaways.

Master of Wine Rhys Pender describes the following recent releases now available in the wine shop:

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc $33.00
An intriguing combination with intense aromas of ripe Italian plum, blueberry and tomato along with violet, burlap, pipe tobacco and dried herbs.

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon $35.00
A deep coloured, structured and youthful wine built for aging. The nose shows intense black and red currant, raspberry, cinnamon, vanilla and clove with an intriguing cayenne pepper note.

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~ Lorne Eckersley