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A BACK­YARD BBQ IN

RUST WINE CO.’S FRONT YARD

The pa­tio at Rust over­looks the vine­yards on Golden Mile Bench and is sit­u­ated next to a guest­house built in the 19th cen­tury as a bunker for gold min­ers but re­lo­cated here log by log in the early ’60s. The house pro­vides a rus­tic charm but even more charming is the chef, who as part of the win­ery’s sum­mer bar­be­cue pro­gram, serves up sausages and beef ten­der­loin on a cut­ting-board like a back­yard, work­ing-the-grill Dad. This is where rus­tic meets magic. Grub is served with wine or craft beer.

A WEL­COME TAST­ING AT HERE’S THE THING

The new­est win­ery in the re­gion opened mere days be­fore my visit and so I mar­velled at the bravado of its flushed owners, a cou­ple who, af­ter suc­cess­ful ca­reers, de­cided they were too young to re­tire and wanted in­stead to take the plunge into the wine world. You can’t miss their patch of heaven sit­u­ated on Black Sage Bench. Look for two but­ter­cup-coloured build­ings eas­ily vis­i­ble from the road.

MAK­ING A MOVE AT CHECKMATE AR­TI­SANAL WIN­ERY

As tast­ings go, this one is sheer lux and held in “The In­stal­la­tion,” a glass struc­ture perched high on Golden Mile Bench and of­fer­ing stag­ger­ing views. De­signed by Seat­tle ar­chi­tect, Tom Kundig, the struc­ture is meant to al­low vis­i­tors to slow down and con­nect with the high-end mer­lots and chardon­nays painstak­ingly crafted by Philip Mc­ga­han and his wine­mak­ing team. Bot­tles range from $80 to $125.

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