(pictured: Enjoy live music on the patio at Hester Creek Winery.)

A stellar summer wine and food experience on the Okanagan’s Golden Mile Bench awaits visitors at Hester Creek Estate Winery near Oliver. The 95-acre Mediterranean-influenced grounds, winery and guest villas evoke an old-world sense of tranquility.
Situated within some of British Columbia’s oldest vineyards in the bountiful Golden Mile region, Hester Creek produces wines that place an emphasis on fresh fruit flavours and the gentle use of oak.
This acclaimed, award-winning winery is featuring some fresh, lively releases for summer and invites visitors to come and taste the difference:

2013 Cabernet Franc Rosé
Extremely food-friendly and fun, this Rosé is packed with strawberries and rhubarb and is ideal with charcuterie and cheese.
2013 Trebbiano
The Okanagan’s only Trebbiano is a unique wine experience full of exotic tropical fruit and lively acidity, available predominantly in the Hester Creek wineshop.
2013 Pinot Blanc
One of the Okanagan’s under-appreciated gems, this great value wine is produced from some of the valley’s oldest Pinot Blanc vines, and offers fresh acidity and minerality with peach and melon flavours.
This summer, Hester Creek spit-roasted BBQ lunches offer hearty, delectable fare to accompany the lively wines. “We were so pleased with the success of these spit-roasted family-style Friday BBQ lunches on our private Tuscan patio last year that we are offering even more this year,” says director of hospitality Roger Gillespie. See hestercreek.com for the BBQ lunch schedule.

An ideal mini-holiday summer experience is to participate in one of Hester Creek’s famous cooking classes. Fabulous chefs from all over the Okanagan teach over 35 classes throughout the year, each with only 14 guests seated at a granite island in a state-of-the-art kitchen. Make a cooking class a gourmand weekend vacation by staying at Hester Creek’s Villa overlooking a spectacular panorama of lush vineyards and orchards.  Visitors will enjoy comfortable amenities, a homemade, locally-sourced breakfast and the best sunrise in BC. See hestercreek.com for a complete cooking class schedule.

Once again, Hester Creek will be offering complimentary live, local music on the patio every Saturday from 1-4. The music starts June 21st and runs straight to Oct 4th. Relax on the patio with a glass of wine and your family and friends. See www.hestercreek.com for schedule of artists.

~ Dona Sturmanis