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Summer Afternoon at Two Sisters Vineyards

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You know how much I love Two Sisters.

They opened last November, and have totally wowed me every time I’ve been there – whether for lunch, dinner, or tastings. Heck, even when I just pop in to buy a bottle I am impressed. It’s not just me though. We have sent lots of our guests there this summer, and all of them have come back raving about the food, the wine, the building, the service, the views.

Two Sisters, you’re doing everything right.

A week or so ago, we attended a special event there – A Journey of Flavours.  This was an afternoon event held on their patio, and in the vineyard. Great food, wine, weather, music. A perfect afternoon in wine country.

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Tables were set up inside and out. But the ones amongst the vines were the best places to be.

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A perfect place to while away the afternoon. Listening to beautiful music. Eating delicious, fresh, flavourful food. Sipping one of their marvellous wines.

It was time to join in, and start with the first course. A selection of four small bites, matched with their 2013 Riesling. I was tremendously excited for the hand-stretched freshly made mozzarella.

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The plum tomato bruschetta was scrumptious. I don’t know what it is, but when I make bruschetta, it never tastes like this. The flavours were super fresh and lively – the perfect taste of tomato, but not overpowering. The bread lightly toasted, yet still chewy. For some reason, when I make it, the bread comes out too crunchy, and the tomatoes – well, they just don’t taste like this.

But that mozzarella. Wow. As I swooned, we headed out to the patio to sample the next course. The patio was full of people thoroughly enjoying themselves and the music.

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Which included the lovely Melissa, one of the Two Sisters.

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The staff at Two Sisters have always been extremely helpful, friendly, and willing to pose for pictures. Always a bonus for a blogger.

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So after a spot of people-watching, I made my way over to the next course. This was Acini de Pepe with saffron, grilled zucchini, shrimp and extra virgin olive oil, matched with 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.

Yum.

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Now, if you’ve been following my posts for awhile, you may be wondering how my picky eater sweetie pie handles these foodie events. I have learned the secret is to just hand Ken a plate and tell him what is in it, minus any ingredients he might not like. So for this dish I had to omit the shrimp and grilled zucchini part. Our conversation went something like this:

Ken: What’s in this?

Me: It’s pasta, with some grilled veggies and olive oil.

Ken (looking suspiciously at me, with one raised eyebrow): Veggies?

Ken is not known for vegetable love.

Me: Ones you like (lie). You can just leave the basil on the side.

I’m a sneaky gal, aren’t I. As you may have guessed, he liked the dish. When I confessed to the shrimp, the response I got was: “Hmmmmm….well, maybe I can sometimes like shrimp.”

He’s a good sport. But now he knows my secret, so I will have to think up a new tactic.

He was happy to try the next course – an herbed porchetta slider on a Calabrese bun with hot or sweet Italian peppers. Hot for me, sweet for Ken. With 2010 Cabernet Franc for me too.

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Cab Franc is a toughie for me. I have had some that I loved, and some I have not. Lucky me, this is one of the Cab Francs I love. So we moved inside for a bit so I could relax and savour the wine.

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The final course before dessert was braised rabbit with polenta and summer beans. I am all about polenta lately – comforting, delicious, and so easy to make. Surprisingly, Ken was okay with having rabbit. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Apparently he has had it before. This was before I came along, however.

The rabbit was served with 2011 Eleventh Post, which I think is my favourite Two Sisters wine. Next to Lush, of course.

Then I couldn’t resist heading out for a stroll in the vineyard. You know, to get those glamorous “lifestyle-blogger-in-wine-country-with-perfect-hair, expressions, life, etc.” I say this with just a teeny weeny touch of sarcasm.

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As you can see, sophistication, elegance, and trendy-lifestyle-blogger-coolness are not exactly my strengths.

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I couldn’t really keep a straight face after all that silliness.

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So we headed back into the winery for two of our favourite things. For Ken, it was dessert. For me, it was a sample of their yet-to-be-released Cabernet Sauvignon.

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I absolutely loved how the barrel room was set up for the dessert service. Not too many of our pictures turned out as it was a bit dark in there, but it had a lovely ambiance.

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A wonderful afternoon to delight all of the senses.

Two Sisters, I don’t know how you can top this event. Apparently there are more in the making, and I can’t wait. How about a Thanksgiving themed event? Or Christmas? Or Tuesday?

Such fun. If you weren’t there, plan on joining us for the next one.