the stunning winter landscape is awakening to spring up at Liquidity - views to Vaseux Lake from the bistro and terrace
Liquidity Winery will open on May 1st for it's first "official" season. A few of us lucky wine-touristas had the opportunity to take in a tasting during the month or so that they had their doors open last season where some of their first vintages, like the gold medal winning Viognier made by excellent Winemaker Matt Holmes sold themselves out.
This year's big debut features a bistro on the property running as Liquidity Restaurant. Enjoy wine from all twelve of the Okanagan Falls Winery Association members while you sit in a contemporary space with no detail overlooked, taking in the iconic Okanagan view reaching down the vineyard slopes toward Vaseux Lake.
Partner Ian MacDonald ran through the gamut of chef and management possibilities to arrive at the best case scenario. Running things is Dave Keeler of Vintage Hospitality Management, known for Burrowing Owl's Sonora Room success, and Chef Rob Walker of several years' and kitchen locales' experience in the Okanagan Valley.
A quick walk through the kitchen and a look through the pass-through reveals a good part of the culinary promises - a pizza oven! Handmade loaves and pizzas are a promise as are fresh local ingredients from their Chef's Garden already underway near the winery entrance.
The passthrough - look to the right - a glorious pizza oven
Chef Rob Walker (not yet in whites, as construction and finishing touches continue) pictured with Liquidity's General Manager Julie Cahoon
Ian MacDonald has created an energetic and thoughtful space with his collection of contemporary art that begins at the gates where sculpture defines the landscape leading up to entrance through the winery doors. The entire experience has an elevated "awakeness". The art asks for consideration, and time. The room is luminescent and leaves contemplative space for the experience from entry to tasting bar and on to the bistro. It's an enjoyable contrast to a more rustic experience.
There is a festival in the works to be held down at Winemaker Matt's neck of the woods - at the crush pad. Details will be released soon, but it sounds like there will be picnicking and live music to enjoy.
We are very excited for Liquidity's debut and immersion in to our Okanagan community. By a few candid conversations I have come to trust that the place is set to be a great venue and centre for wine and the various arts that managing partner Ian MacDonald is so clearly endeared to and a passionate supportive of.
See you at Liquidity.
By Tarynn Liv Parker