A beautiful setting, award-winning wines, talented artisans and good food – who could ask for more? We were entranced by a recent visit to Sea Star Vineyard on Pender Island when we were introduced to their weekly Wednesday Winery Market. The market runs all through the summer months until the Labour Day weekend.
As vineyards go, Sea Star is not large – it encompasses 26 acres of hillside that terrace up to Mt. Menzies and cascade down to the beach. Planted in 2002, the vineyards include a wide variety of grapes, all of which are put to use producing Sea Star’s award-winning product. Although the vineyard is one of long standing the wines coming from it are only in to their fourth vintage under the Sea Star name. The fact that the winery’s offerings often sell out quickly says much for the quality of the product.
But, I digress. Sea Star’s weekly Wednesday market is a delightful combination of not just wine tasting, but an opportunity to enjoy the very relaxed ambiance of a true Gulf Island experience. The Wednesday Winery Market includes a limited number of vendors offering everything from fresh produce to artistic endeavours. There is live music – a very talented guitarist the day we were there – and a food truck.
We settled ourselves at a table under one of the pretty green Sea Star umbrellas and wandered over to inspect the lunch menu, which was varied and very reasonably priced. Three of us ended up sharing a generous portion of yummy Wagon Fries, a bowl of palate-pleasing sweet potato and orange soup, and some truly amazing cod tacos.
Truth be known, we could have done without the soup but the flavour combinations piqued our curiousity. No regrets there – a cup gave all three of us a substantial tasting and combined with our other choices provided plenty of fuel for the rest of the afternoon.
The cod tacos came loaded and very attractively presented, with a mouth watering combination of vegetables and fish. My salivary glands get going just looking at the photos.
The beauty of this ‘market’ is that it is so unhurried. Neighbours take time to chat, the live music keeps us settled in our chairs just listening and savouring the moment, and a wander into the tasting room doesn’t go amiss either. It’s a perfect way to spend a sunny Summer afternoon.
Further information on Sea Star Vineyard can be found at the website at
Sea Star Vineyard is located at 6621 Harbour Hill Drive, North Pender Island
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 48.778605 Long. -123.253565
N 48 46.716 W 123 15.214