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 Chefs / Events / Restaurants / Vancouver January 29, 2018 Blue Water Cafe Celebrates Sustainability from the Sea “Unsung Heroes Festival Returns” Vancouver, B.C. (January 29th, 2018) – Take a deep dive with Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar and discover ... Read More Chefs / Events January 25, 2018 Wine, Beer, Foodie and Fun-lovers Celebrate Parksville Uncorked It’s time to raise your glass and toast the exceptional wines, beers, ciders and cuisine of British Columbia at the 10th annual Parksville Uncorked ... Read More Chefs / Events / Wine Events May 3, 2017 It’s true love when Chef Meets BC Grape Nowhere else can you taste so much great food paired with so much exceptional BC VQA wine. At Chef Meets BC Grape, you can sip from hundreds of wines ... Read More Chefs / Elsewhere / Out of Towners May 2, 2016 Terroir Hospitality Symposium: 10-years on and still going strong Last Monday (April 26), Terroir Symposium, Canada’s most influential gathering of the biggest and brightest culinary minds, celebrated its 10th ... Read More Chefs / Restaurants March 17, 2016 A Throwback Throw Down: Atlas Pop Up Event #1, Part and Parcel The restaurant industry in Victoria in the early 2000s, for those who were manning the dish pits, doing prep, and plating salads, was a transient ... Read More Causes / Chefs March 16, 2016 Syrian-Inspired Dinner at Cook Culture to Help A New Victoria Family One chef, three hours, seven dishes, and an exciting introduction to Syrian cooking. Well known local Chef Cosmo Meens is pairing up with Cook ... Read More Comments are closed.