It’s great to remove yourself from the game from time to time to kick back and enjoy some patio time at The Bench Market. Summer is short in Canada and the outdoors is calling. Find a spot under an umbrella next to a wine barrel overflowing with colourful flowers, listen to some tunes and enjoy an all-day breakfast including some new gluten-aware options, weekend brunch specials (yeah bennies!), gourmet lunches or tasty baked goods – with a cup of the best locally-roasted organic coffee in town or a cool drink. Locals and visitors mingle on the sunny patio tucked into…

Celebrating 24+ years in Penticton and 6+ years in West Kelowna, Buy The Sea promises you’ll “Taste the Difference” of fresh, sustainable fish. We are a fresh seafood market and fish n’ chip shop allowing you to cook it yourself or enjoy Buy The Sea’s famous fish n’ chips and other menu items. Owners Samantha and Mike Stokes and their team happily share their seafood knowledge through cooking tips and free recipes. Our focus is on offering our customers great service and also providing a large variety of premium quality seafood.  Buy The Sea gets seafood direct overnight from boat…

It’s that time of the year when the nighthawks return to their nests in the hills above Okanagan Falls, where they’ll spend their days like all of us basking in the warm summer sun, while their nights are spent dutifully watching over the vines at Nighthawk Vineyards. Summer is a season of rediscovery here in the Okanagan, and much like these beautiful birds we too return to familiar locales this time of year, to be met with a handful of pleasant surprises. Such is the case at Nighthawk Vineyards, a cozy little mountain winery built along the shores of Green…

Wild Goose Vineyards 2016 Pinot Gris won top honors at the fifth annual Cascadia Wine Competition in Hood River, Oregon. The Pinot Gris earned Best White Wine and Best of Show on its way to topping the field of 948 wines from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. “We received word of our eight gold medals at the Cascadia Wine Competition one at a time by email,” says Leslie Matheson, Wild Goose Vineyards & Winery marketing manager. “I kept refreshing my email and once we were at five we realized we had more golds than swimmer Michael Phelps at his…

Clos du Soleil winery located on Upper Bench Road, just minutes away from Keremeos, has a reputation for making outstanding single vineyard Bordeaux-style wines that combine the very best of old-world elegance and new-world edge. Their secret? Their unique farming philosophy. This boutique winery features a certified organic vineyard managed using the principals of biodynamics. Biodynamic viticulture is an energetic form of land management that embraces the concept of harmony and encourages a balanced relationship with every creature that inhabits the farm’s ecosystem, including the vineyard workers. This ethical approach is not only wonderful for the environment but it ensures…

Corcelettes Estates Winery sits in the elbow of the Similkameen Valley across from the imposing face of K Mountain. The vistas are endless. The winery is named in honor of winemaker Charlie Baessler’s family farm in Switzerland, not far from the Castle of Grandson. An 11-foot Menhir, an ancient monolith stone, stood on the farm, so there’s a symmetry to the fact that he and his wife, Jesce, and their 16-month old twin girls, Arya and Evelyn –along with their dog Schaze, now make their home and living amongst the dark rocks of the Similkameen. This winery is about family…

Gehringer Brothers’ wines have a long track record of winning top awards, which are all proudly displayed in the bright wine shop. They are also the reigning “King of the Platinum” at Wine Press Northwest, where the total number of platinum awards (64) is nearly double that of the next winner. The awards that they received from the recent Cascadia Wine Competition are the first to indicate that the special location of their vineyard merits some special attention. Wines made from grapes grown exclusively on the Golden Mile Bench won three of their four double gold awards. According to Walter…

If you have visited Oliver Twist’s wine shop previously, you may notice changes to the décor. In keeping with the nostalgia theme on their labels, winemaker and owner Gina Harfman has been updating the wine shop with antiques and a beautiful new rustic stained bar top. With lots to look at in the wine shop, there are also lots of activities planned for the spring and early summer. On May13th, they will be hosting a cheese-making course lead by Naomi Fournier, the “Modern Day Milkmaid” from Birdsong Farms in Enderby. The two-hour session will focus on making and pairing wine…

Spring Picnics with a new sparkling wine at River Stone Winery Owner and winemaker Ted Kane and assistant general manager Julie Planiden at River Stone have reason to celebrate and, as of this season, they now have a new sparkling wine to celebrate with! For the first time, River Stone will release a very unique sparkling wine made from Merlot. The grapes were pressed immediately so that the juice received very little colour. The Sparkling White Merlot NV is a slightly off-dry, Provençal-style rosé with the added bonus of bubbles. It is packaged in a beautiful bottle with a crown…

“Music to my ears” is what fans of Quinta Ferreira Estate Winery say about the family-owned and operated winery still going strong after 10 years. Live music will punctuate the celebrations along with great wine, art, cuisine, and special promotions throughout the season. The tasting room opens daily, 10 am to 6 pm, on May 1st. Anniversary festivities kick off with the annual Bifanas, Wine & Live Music, on May 7th, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm – or until the bifanas run out. The event features the traditional Portuguese sandwich of pork in a bun, salad, a glass of wine,…