(pictured: Sonoran Room Excutive Chef Brock Bowes)

Burrowing Owl  Estate Winery has a history of hiring exceptional people, so the appointment of Sophie Laurent as Brand Ambassador seems like a natural progression for the popular and very knowledgeable wine shop hostess. “Sophie will be representing Burrowing Owl at events and will be conducting public tours on weekends through October, giving visitors a real behind the scenes look at our operations,” says Kerri Wyse-McNolty, whose parents, Jim and Midge, founded the iconic Black Sage Bench winery in 1998.

In the popular Sonora Room Restaurant, Executive Chef Brock Bowes is gearing up for the annual Proprietor’s Dinner on October 9th, a highlight of the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival. The evening starts at 6:30 with a wine reception in the cave cellar with Jim and Midge. Guests then move up to the Sonora Room for a five-course menu featuring unique local ingredients, each paired with rare Burrowing Owl library wines. Tickets are $145 (plus tax & gratuity) and can be purchased by calling Sonora Room manager Lynn Coulthard at 1-877-498-0620.

New in one of the province’s most beautiful wine shops this fall are the 2011 vintages of Athene (a 60-40% blend of rich, soft Syrah and well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon. Drinking nicely now but consider putting down a bottle or 12 to see how it develops over the next decade!) and the fabulous 2013 Sauvignon Blanc (crisp and dry with flavours of citrus, gooseberry and minerals. Beautiful balance makes it a winner paired with salads and seafood.)

In the Guest House, staff are gearing up to offer Harvest Getaway Packages after Thanksgiving that includes a night’s accommodation, 3-course dinner and breakfast. Reserve on line at www.bovwine.ca/guest_house.            www.bovwine.ca

~ Lorne Eckersley