Spring has arrived at Liquidity Wines, bringing with it the re-opening of Liquidity Bistro – helmed by a powerhouse new chef and operations manager – and a fresh selection of wines perfect for patio season. There’s never been a better time to visit the vineyard and raise a glass to the best season yet!
Visitors to the winery can now bask in the Okanagan Valley’s spectacularly sunny weather at Liquidity Bistro, which just opened for the duration of the 2018 season. After sampling wine flights in Liquidity’s light-filled tasting room, guests can adjourn to the bistro for sustainable, seasonal, artful cuisine. The bistro’s airy interior is an aesthetic marvel, adorned by contemporary art fit for display in the world’s top galleries. Outdoors, the sun-washed patio is idyllic for sipping wine while listening to the soothing trickle of an infinity water feature and soaking in postcard-worthy views of the sprawling vineyard and Vaseux Lake.
This season, the bistro team is led by Head Chef Matt Martin, whose love of food and cooking started at a young age. After working his way through the ranks in various kitchens in the Okanagan, Matt came to work at Liquidity Bistro with former Chef Rob Walker in 2015. He has since travelled throughout Thailand, Germany and Belgium; Matt also worked at Chef Christian Puglisi’s Michelin-starred restaurant Relae in Copenhagen, where he developed a passion for sustainable cuisine and land stewardship. Now, Chef and his likeminded team at Liquidity have renewed their focus on serving responsibly sourced, seasonally influenced plates whose exquisite presentation pays homage to the winery’s focus on the arts.
“I’m thrilled to be back in the Okanagan and to be able to bring my style of food to the guests of Liquidity Bistro,” said Matt. “I’m particularly excited to start our own farm garden here at the winery. I think it’s incredibly important for people to know the story behind their food, and this will provide diners with access to hyper-local ingredients that they can actually see growing onsite.”
Lucia Martin, the bistro’s new operator, started her career in hospitality more than 25 years ago. After working extensively for Club Med Resorts in the Caribbean, Lucia returned to Canada where she learned about all aspects of the food and beverage industry by serving, bartending, managing and leading operations at well-known restaurant chains and independent operators. Lucia immediately accepted Liquidity’s offer to join the team, where she now oversees all operations for the bistro.
Easter weekend will see the release of the new vintages of three wines. The 2017 Pinot Gris ($19, plus tax) is sunshine in a glass with aromas of lemon meringue, pear and honeydew; a creamy mouthfeel offers flavours of kiwi, pineapple and a hint of almonds. It pairs well with light fish dishes, crisp green salad and veggie pasta. The 2017 Viognier ($25, plus tax) is bolder, with aromas of ripe peach, guava and jasmine; on the palate, the wine is rich and slightly spicy with flavours of apricot, lemon curd and a hint of white pepper. Ideal for warm weather, the Viognier is best enjoyed with curried mussels, salads and sunny patios with friends. Finally, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate ($26, plus tax) is light-to-medium-bodied with aromas of cherry, raspberry and Earl Grey tea; soft acidity and earthy notes underlie flavours of cherry, vanilla and spice. The wine is complex enough to be enjoyed on own, but pairs wonderfully with cured meats, roasted duck breast and mushroom pizza.
Guests can taste and purchase all three wines at Liquidity’s Tasting Room, which is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5pm and weekends from 11am to 5pm; wines can also be purchased online. For more information, please visit Liquiditywines.com.