Don’t pass up Little Straw Winery/Barrel Top Grill! I have a feeling many people who come to visit the Westbank for wineries like Quails Gate and Mission Hill may be missing a real gem in Little Straw. This is a small family owned place with some outstanding white wines and a great “bistro” attached. We have been coming here for years and it keeps getting better. First, the view from the winery and restaurant is fantastic, overlooking the vineyards and lake. The staff are all outstanding and very welcoming. Now to the wines, the whites are some of the best around the whole area. Unfortunately, they just ran out of the 2010 Riesling this past week (luckily we got a case before they were out) but the Sauvignon Blanc and Old Vines Auxerrois are truly wonderful. The Tapestry is also a wonderful white blend. They do offer some nice reds but the whites truly are some of the best in the region. Now on to the Barrel Top Grill. Again, we have raved about this in the past but now they have a new Chef, Trevor Mayhew who is really doing what should be done at a vineyard, Tapas. Trevor is also doing some great smoking using regional ingredients and interesting smoking techniques. When we where there this time we had some outstanding smoked pork followed by some wonderful smoked salmon and then a great espresso/Pinot Noir reduction glazed lamb. The great thing about this place is that it is what a winery should be, small, quaint, friendly and outstanding food. Granted, Quails Gate and Mission Hill are wonderful as well but I would much rather have a great glass of wine with some fresh Tapas and chat with the Chef on the balcony overlooking the vineyards then be in a more pretentious setting. If you pass up Little Straw you will be missing a lovely, relaxing afternoon.