They say you are what you eat. Well, if you want to be friendly and well balanced be sure to pick up a bottle of Hillside Winery & Bistro’s 2013 Gewürztraminer and Rosé. Winemaker Kathy Malone’s (pictured) newest releases have found a way to be just that – these juicy “drink me now” wines will have us all begging for sunshine and patios.

Marketing manager, Lisa Baxter-Burke, who says these are not surprisingly a staff favourite, describes the spring sippers as the perfect embodiment of Malone’s style: “balanced, fresh, crisp and most of all, fun.”

But these are not the only wines in the portfolio to taste this spring. May 3rd Hillside is offering the opportunity to raise a glass of Pinot Gris at their new Pinot & Pearls event, as part of the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival. With a focus on Ocean Wise sustainable oysters, guests will be invited to sip wine and slurp oysters. Tickets are just $45 and are very limited.

The following weekend, it’s time to celebrate Mom. One of Hillside’s signature events, the Mother’s Day Brunch and Lunch sit on the patio, or dine indoors, surrounded by local art. Chef Robert Cordonier and his team will put their always-delicious spin on amazing favourites like Eggs Benedict and quiche.  Brunch wouldn’t be completed without bacon – try the double smoked bacon, potato hash and of course, it goes without saying, chef’s famous cinnamon buns.

About a month later, it’s time to return for that other important person – Dad. On June 15, celebrate Father’s Day by pairing your favourite red with a big prime rib dinner. Dad is sure to go home happy.

For details on these events and everything else happening at Hillside Winery & Bistro this summer, go to

~Tracy Clark