Vinoteca … delicious food served at a delightful, traditional Italian-Cowichan Valley vineyard …
|Vinoteca's patio set for an outside lunch|
I was lucky enough to be able to go on a wine tour … and we visited four vineyards – more about those later on …
|Fairly obvious this - just good|
I wasn't driving that day - though
bought a bottle home
… but for now – this ties in with the We are the World Blogfest (sign up here) month end post many of us do – highlighting positivity around us …
Believe it or not … I had not been to a vineyard since I arrived – so I just had to make a plan … and promptly visited four in one go – such is life!
|Bringing home the grapes ... the farms in the Valley|
are all small-holdings and help each other out
One before lunch, then lunch here at Vinoteca, then two more … all different and with interesting takes on the growth in the Cowichan Valley area from those pioneering days …
|Yam and Ginger soup,|
with coconut milk
So a few pictures of my meals and views … as well as introducing you to Fatima of Vinoteca – who will feature as my positive human story this month … amazing lady.
Here’s some of her food though … and when I explain her background you’ll understand how interesting her dishes and flavours are …
|Roasted beet salad, caramelised apples, crispy prosciutto,|
candied pumpkin seeds, goat cheese, Italian parsley
with a ginger truffle vinaigrette
She came over from Mozambique – settled first in Quebec, before moving over to the west of Canada … learnt her range of tastes … catering to the multi-cultural peoples of Canada … from her mother.
At Vinoteca she’s mixed her ideas into the Cowichan Bay way of life and brought in the Italian tradition of the Zanatta family, who own the vineyard.
|Seared local sole with tomato, caper, dill and olive oil|
dressing; potato wedges and a fresh salad
Please enjoy with me … when the post comes along at month end ...
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