The Okanagan Valley has risen from a strong agricultural foundation, growing as a diverse cultural tourism destination with each year bringing new recognition of the local bounty. It boasts award-winning restaurants, wineries with new international acclaim, and a vibrant arts scene. So it’s no surprise to see a winery embracing this cultural diversity and adding their own unique offering to the mix. Liquidity Wines in Okanagan Falls is equal parts winery, bistro, and art gallery.
The site lends itself to this trifecta with staggering views of surrounding vineyards, a peek-a-boo expanse of Vaseux Lake, and the majestic McIntyre Bluff (recently restored with the name nʕaylintn in the language of the Salish First Peoples). Each summer welcomes new art to the Liquidity collection and the wines have gained an increasingly solid reputation with every season that passes. As their seasonal bistro is now successfully in its third year, Liquidity offers a well-rounded experience for the wine, art, and food lover.
Now in the skilled hands of winemaker Alison Moyes (previously of Stoneboat Vineyards), the portfolio reflects a progressive refinement and focus. The vineyards have seen more attention to detail in the years since Liquidity took them over, including the making of a few tough decisions that will benefit the final product. Varietal choice and clone selection – including seven clones of pinot noir – are a testament to the direction Moyes and her team are headed.
Highlight: 2015 Pinot Gris. From four vineyard blocks picked at different times and fermented separately with partial whole cluster pressing. Tropical and stone fruits, with a delicate aroma of blossom and white peach. Dry, good acidity, and a rich palate make this a serious sip.
Under the management of the Vintage Hospitality team and executive chef Rob Walker, the Bistro at Liquidity celebrates the local flavours that surround the winery – literally, through the chef’s herb garden and by supporting local growers. An inspired menu of Pacific Northwest meets Okanagan wine country casual with bits of whimsy when you least expect it.
Highlight: The rotating seasonal menu. Test drive the kitchen with a VIP tasting, a new collaboration between the tasting room and Bistro. One special table is available by reservation that includes wine pairings and a charcuterie plate for $45. Bon appetit.
From international to local, Liquidity brings together artists from around the world in a display of outstanding visuals. The stunning winery vistas are complemented by beauty on canvas and in sculpture, as seen through artistic eyes of note. This summer, guests can hear directly from the creators as the winery hosts monthly artist talks from July through October. Admission is free, but booking early is required as each event has a cap of 40 people.
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