The Rotten Grape Wine & Espresso Bar is perfectly situated in the heart of Kelowna, close to the beach on Bernard Avenue.
This lovely restaurant offers a great selection of food and 200 eclectic wines, offering an “upbeat metropolitan style”. We sat at a high table near the window, meeting with owner Rita Meyers last week as part of our Okanagan Tourism experience.
The art on the walls is by local Kelowna artist Alex Fong. I admired the rock wall showcasing this lively, colourful collection of art. Rotten Grape’s wines are available either by the glass, flight, or bottle. An Enomatic machine offers red wines by the glass. In fact, Rotten Grape was the first BC establishment to use the Italian wine preservation system.
We started lunch with a selection of Upper Bench Winery cheeses, from their brand new winery in the Naramata Bench. Cheese maker Shana Miller’s Washed Rind, Provence style, and Blue cheeses were brought out along with Upper Bench’s 2011 Riesling, Terravista Vineyards’ newly released 2010 Figaro White (Rousanne, Viognier, Marsanne), and a Dunham Froese 2008 Amicitia (red).
The Figaro White also married well with our salad, as well as with the curried broccoli and Asagio cheese cakes (2 for $10). Dishes containing Armstrong Farm asparagus, Fraser Valley (Two Rivers Meats) pork cheeks ($17), with cabbage purée and Sweetlife Farm Sieglinde potatoes, and a thin crust whole wheat pizza with prosciutto, Parmesan reggiano, caramelized onion, figs and arugula followed.
We simply enjoyed the abundant range and quality of the gorgeous dishes alongside the chosen wine pairings.
A dessert trio of fresh out of the oven cookies topped off a delightful meal. The chocolate chip, gingerbread, and cranberry oatmeal cookies were all divine. Together with an Americano prepared with Seattle’s Caffe Umbria, I was set to enjoy an afternoon of wine awards at the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.
The Rotten Grape Wine & Espresso Bar is located at 231 Bernard Avenue in Kelowna. They’re open Monday to Friday from 11 am for lunch, and dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 5 pm. Our lunch was compliments of both the Rotten Grape and Thompson Okanagan Tourism.