They may be one of the most established wineries on the Naramata Bench, but there’s always something new and exciting happening at Red Rooster Winery. With spring comes the release of new wines, the opening of The Pecking Room Patio Grill, another reason to visit The Coop and the return of a favourite event.

Winemaker Karen Gillis is particularly giddy about the release of some of the winery’s favourite wines, including the Rosé which features a romantic blend of Pinot Noir (the backbone), with Grenache and Mouvedre.  If rosé is the perfect spring wine, nothing gets us in the mood for summer more than the Viognier. In 2013, Red Rooster’s Viognier won the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence.

There’s no better way to enjoy a glass or two of these wines than on the patio at The Pecking Room. Operated once again by Chef Darin Paterson, who also owns Bogner’s of Penticton, The Pecking Room will serve up farm to table cuisine for lunch until fall.
If that isn’t reason enough to make your mouth water – here’s another: the Pig and Pinot Party is back. Taking place in May, this party that truly celebrates spring, includes a spit roasted pig barbecue dinner served up with Red Rooster’s Pinot Noir. Live music and a game of bocce make this the perfect picnic. Last year this spring feast sold out, so get your tickets early.

The Pig and Pinot is just the start of the fun events this year at Red Rooster, also be sure to check out the winery’s private tasting room, The Coop where daily educational seminars and tastings will take place. Reservations are required.

For information on everything happening at Red Rooster Winery, go to To chat with other Roosterites, check out their Facebook page.

~ Tracy Clark