A Double Gold Medal for its 2011 Cabernet Franc at the All Canadian Wine Championships is yet more proof that one of BC’s most respected wineries continues to the lead the way in quality. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery also brought home medals for 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Syrah, 2012 Chardonnay wines, as well as 2011 Athene, a luscious Syrah-Cab Sauv blend, in continuing evidence that nothing is more important to a winery than great vineyards.
In the Sonora Room Restaurant, where guests have the option of dining al fresco on patios that afford stunning views of the Black Sage Bench, executive Chef Brock Bowes keeps his menu fresh to celebrate the best in local produce. He’s even contracted to purchase all of the produce from one nearby grower! Even with a steady stream of customers coming to enjoy the Sonora Room in the summer months, Chef Brock likes to take on events that offer new challenges.
“For the first time in a long time we will be participating in Okanagan Feast of Fields,” he says of the event that will be held on August 17th at the Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm in Kelowna. He will be at home in the Sonora Room kitchen, though for a Visa Infinite Dinner on September 5th, where top caliber chefs from Vancouver, Calgary and even Montreal will join him.  Each chef will prepare a plate for what Chef Bowes describes as “a primo event with some of the best food to ever come out of this kitchen.” High praise, indeed! Visa Infinite Dinners are designed exclusively for Visa Infinite cardholders.
In May Chef Brock was making plans for a local chefs dinner to be served family style in the vineyard.
“I’m all about doing events and promoting this great restaurant,” he grinned.
~ Lorne Eckersley