Tuesday, September 22, 2020

 Zias Stonehouse Restaurant
14015 Rosedale Ave, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0

We did not consider our Okanagan Vacation officially started until we were dining at Zias in Summerland. The restaurant exceeded our expectations. We were four very hungry and tired travellers.

Zias provides a varied menu, including pasta, seafood, steak and a very impressive wine list. The prices were lower than expected.

The restaurant was the original home of  Alfredo Biagione built-in 1916. The cosy home style design of the interior was very relaxing and intriguing featuring numerous family photographs. The home was purchased by Shannon and Claude Ferlizza who transferred the home into Zias opening in 1998.

 Our server Val was a bundle of joy. Social distancing protocols all in place (our server removed her mask for the photograph). Val has worked at the restaurant for 20 years!

I began my meal with a glass of Van Westen viognier 2018. It was so good I ordered a second glass.

Among my favourite dishes are French Onion Soup, Beef Dip and Pecan pie. Imagine my delight when I saw all three on the menu.

Check out the portion size. Delicious!!


Thank you Zias it was a very memorable experience!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Small is Good!


Passion and Hardwork

The wonderful world of wine is expanding around the world. Countries that never before produced wine or even thought they could are planting vineyards and growing grapes. In North America the expansion is amazing. Everyone is serving wine.

In Canada, major companies like Arterra Wines Canada and Andrew Peller Ltd are expanding from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. However, it is the small family winery that impresses me the most. Wineries like Niche Wine Company in West Kelowna.

The small family winery is owned by Joanne and James Schlosser, They had a dream, they saw the potential of the land.  With their passion, desire and hard work, they produce wines they can be proud of.

Joanne is the creative director for the winery she is the homemaker and mother of their son Hugh and holds down a third job working at another winery.

James is the winemaker. He received his Master's degree in Oenology and Viticulture from Brock University in Niagara.

James says the hardest thing about owning a small winery is all the multitasking! My responsibilities include everything from winemaking to financial planning to government reporting. The good news is, I’m also responsible for quality control and that is a job I take very seriously.

A must-try wine is their 2018 unfiltered Pinot Noir! Also, look for their 2018 Foch.

The winery is located at 1901 Bartley Road on the west side of Highway 97