With one of the most stunning patios in the Okanagan, Dirty Laundry Vineyard is ready to celebrate warmer weather, and of course, their deliciously fun wines.
To kick off the season, Dirty Laundry Vineyard is bringing the Maritimes to Summerland for their third annual Roch & Troll Lobster Party on May 9. Featuring sustainably caught lobster cooked by New Brunswick born Roch Fortin, this event combines seafood, wine and plenty of laughs. Tickets are $89 and available on the Dirty Laundry website.
If you’re not able to make the big party, don’t worry! Throughout the spring and summer, the winery will be bringing back Roch Fortin to cook lobster lunches on the patio. Plan to spend the day sipping the new 2014 vintages in the tasting room and then meander over to the patio to enjoy your East Coast meets West Coast lunch with all the fixings. You might even get a glimpse of the Kettle Valley Steam train as it chugs just below the patio. Book in advance (the lobster arrives fresh!) by calling the wine shop or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $34.95 and lunches are available on May 17, May 31, June 13 and June 21. Additional dates throughout the summer are listed online.
The patio is also the perfect place to enjoy a build-your-own deli-style picnic basket, available every day the winery is open. At the wine shop create your own lunch by picking up meats, cheeses, crackers and other goodies to satisfy your appetite and try the wines with food pairings.
Highlighted while you dine on the patio will be Dirty Laundry’s newly bottled vintages of the Secret Affair white blend, Dangerous Liaison Merlot/Malbec blend and Woo Woo Vines Gewürztraminer. The 2014 Secret Affair will be the perfect match to the lobster lunches while the 2014 Dangerous Liaison and 2014 Woo Woo Vines Gewürztraminer are well matched with spicier foods. Try the Dangerous Liaison with your charcuterie lunch too.
The fun continues at Dirty Laundry Vineyard in June as they plan special activities (plus a lobster lunch) for the third annual “Heard It Through the Grapevine” tour of Bottleneck Drive wineries. Expect entertainment and titillating experience. And, starting Father’s Day (June 21), the winery will play host to live entertainment every weekend. Check their website calendar for details.
Photo: (L-R) Roch Fortin, Bob Campbell (Dirty Laundry president) and Paul & Holly Cecconi (of Brodo Kitchen).
~ Laura Lushington