It is with great pleasure that we announce a new concept and menu change at Joie Picnique for the coming 2018 season: Le Comptoir at Joie Picnique.
This summer our owner and winemaker Heidi Noble will be returning to her culinary roots with the support of our core staff and her partner, JJ Skidmore, using our wood burning oven to serve rotating small-plate offerings of European-inspired snacks to accompany our European-inspired wines.
Le Comptoir at Joie Picnique is not a restaurant, rather a beautiful outdoor salon to sit casually or throw down a blanket amongst the heritage fruit trees and orchard to enjoy wine country snacks and a bottle of wine. We will serve classic European dishes highlighted with fresh seasonal produce from our garden, local growers and the Penticton Farmer's Market. Guests can expect an ever-changing menu of small dishes such as: wood-fired marinated sardines, Vancouver Island escargot with garlic pistou, wood-fired lamb ribs with apricot harissa, local sausages with homemade choucrôute, wood-oven bean pots with heritage grains, homemade ricotta with local honey and rosemary, pissaladière, tarte flambée, and charcuterie of cheese, olives, smoked nuts and lightly-cured fish.
We know our Neopolitan-style pizza will surely be missed, but it is our intention as an integrated team of food lovers (all of whom love to cook and eat!) to provide a menu that can better speak to our local terroir and evolving food culture on the West Coast of Canada. It is our intention to cultivate this culture on our lawn this summer.
Le Comptoir at Joie Picnique Hours
Open 12pm to 4pm Thursdays to Sundays (weather dependent)
Closed Mondays to Wednesdays
Saturday to Sunday starting May 19th with Chef Heidi Noble, JoieFarm Winery owner & winemaker
2018 was again a far more “normal” growing season for the Okanagan Valley after the string of early, hot vintages since 2013-2016. The winter was extremely snowy and early spring was wet, supplying the vineyards with a good soaking and filling up the water table.
The Chic Fille label is a fun, experimental label made by JoieFarm winemaker Heidi Noble and apprentice winemaker Alyssa Hubert. The Chic Fille wines have been initiated by a keen interest to learn and teach at JoieFarm.
While some wineries save their reserve label for their premium wines, we make all of our wines with the highest standards. With our core wines lying at the heart of our production, our 'En Famille' Reserve Collection are made in limited quantities and are grown on select, single vineyard sites.