Once you’ve experienced Kelowna’s Pilgrim & Pearl, you may subscribe to the sentiment expressed by author Nelson DeMille, who said, “We’re all pilgrims on the same journey – but some pilgrims have better road maps.” The team at The Revival Group – a collection of exemplary eating and drinking establishments in which Pilgrim & Pearl is a shiny facet – clearly has found the path to procure the finest epicurean gems. Launched as the Okanagan’s first oyster bar with a central shuck-and-steam station and extensive fresh seafood focus, it caters to the carnivore in your group with blackboard butcher-cuts features-of-the-day. To match the exceptional culinary program and stylish decor, Pilgrim & Pearl proudly presents BC’s first list comprised exclusively of “Grower Champagnes” and Sparkling wines, including Canadian bubbly from coast to coast. These wines are produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grapes originate. Whether it’s the official Champagnes, or sparkling wines from France, Italy, Canada and other countries, the respect for terroir and artisanal approach is shared. This dynamic, world-class offering demonstrates just how special are the wines made in our own backyard and how they can stand next to anyone’s, including the European wines that inspired them. In addition, an impressive selection of red and white wines, beer, cider and cocktails are available. Derek Morrison, professional sommelier, who was recently welcomed as General Manager/Wine Director, created this international list for Pilgrim & Pearl’s opening and continues to curate it as well as the beverage programs throughout The Revival Group’s restaurant and lounge portfolio. Morrison was previously at Hedonism Wines, Europe’s largest wine boutique and the Decanter London Wine Merchant of the Year, 2013.
~ Roslyne Buchanan