Written By Anya Levykh Chefs / Exceptional Eats! Awards / Folks / Reporter Aug 21, 2012 Hillside Estate Winery & Bistro SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestleft: Hillside Tasting Room Manager Charlotte Sherriff with the 2011 Muscat Ottonel. right Hillside confit duck leg grilled cheese with summer beet salad. Photos by Anya LevykhOKANAGANThe tower at Hillside Estate Winery & Bistro is the first thing you notice as you drive up Naramata Road. It’s a stunning sight, designed—along with the rest of the building—by noted architect Robert Mackenzie, in 1997. Mackenzie then went on to design the wineries at Burrowing Owl, Red Rooster, Cedar Creek and Nk’Mip. The building at Hillside takes its looks from an old-fashioned gristmill, but the classic tower, which stands 72 feet tall, is not just for looks. It serves a more modern and multi-functional purpose as a ventilation shaft for the wine cellar below. As for the bistro, it has two levels of patios, both of which overlook Okanagan Lake and the lower vineyards of the Naramata. It’s a beautiful spot, made even more appealing by the food, brought to imaginative life by EC Robert Cordonier (he was named Best Chef in the Okanagan in this magazine’s Exceptional Eats awards, and the title is well-deserved). On a recent lunch visit we tried the signature confit duck leg grilled cheese sandwich with camembert, housemade cherry relish and caramelized onions. It might just possibly be the best grilled cheese I’ve ever tried. Paired with Hillside’s truly excellent Cabernet Franc, you have a meal worthy of the outstanding view. Hillside Winery President Duncan McCowan standing next to the old-fashioned crush, now used only for the late-harvest KVRHillside’s wine portfolio is well-focused, and in addition to the aforementioned Cabernet Franc, they produce a highly popular Gewürztraminer that flies off the tasting room shelves. It was the Muscat Ottonel, however, that really tickled my fancy. Its floral aromas and hints of spice make it a perfect partner for spicier Asian dishes (think Thai) or summer seafood plates. It’s one of the best Riesling replacements I’ve come across. 1350 Naramata Road | 888.923.9463 | www.hillsidewinery.caWine Shop Hours: 10am-7pm dailyBistro Hours: Open for lunch and dinner daily from 11am ChefsEdiblesFolksOkanaganwinerieswines SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Anya Levykh Anya Levykh was born on the shores of the Black Sea, in what was formerly the USSR. The cold, Communist winters were too much for her family, and, before she was four feet tall, they had left for warmer climes in the south of ... Read More You may also like Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Chefs / Destinations / Epicure at Large / Food People / Travel August 1, 2019 Letters From Lyon August 2019 Cher Eat, I have been wondering a lot lately about how Lyon gained such a recognisable status in gastronomy. Sure, yes there are plenty of ... Read More Chefs / Food Events / Food Pairings / Wine Events August 1, 2019 On This Harvest Moon – Celebrate with Averill Creek On This Harvest Moon’ – September 14th, 6pm Celebrating the Cowichan Valley’s autumn bounty with local farmers, Averill Creek wines, ... Read More Chefs / Restaurants / Review July 29, 2019 Wildness: Ode To Newfoundland and Labrador A decade ago, when my wife and I were driving around Newfoundland, we met and befriended one of then-premier Danny Williams’ speechwriters. She ... Read More Chefs / Food Events / Food Pairings / Restaurants / Review July 29, 2019 Creatives Collaborate – Veneto’s Chef Jamie Huynh and Toptable’s Chef Kristian Eligh Creatives Collaborate—at first glance, the title suggested storytelling, workshops and artistic endeavours. A hotbed of artful storytelling in ... Read More Comments are closed.