The members of Naramata Bench Winery Association are packing up and are coast bound again this April and May for their Annual Spring Wine Release Road Trip.  This yearly event allows their fans in Vancouver and Victoria a chance to be the first to taste their new wine releases. It also is an opportunity for event attendees to meet the winemakers and winery owners to learn more about Naramata wines and what makes them distinctive. These events always have a charitable aspect hence both events will host fantastic auctions of wine, food, travel and experience packages.  Tina Baird, spokesperson for the Association says, “The NBWA likes to support organizations in the cities we visit, hence all proceeds from these events and auctions go to support our partner organizations.”  Bravo!

Victoria: Wednesday, April 30th.  The spring release wine pouring event will be held at the Crystal Garden and will be in support of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. The wines will be accompanied with food pairings from 16 of Victoria’s finest restaurants.

Vancouver: Friday, May 2nd at The Four Seasons Hotel in support of the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise™ program. Winery chefs from the Naramata Bench will also travel to Vancouver to create the food pairings along with YEW restaurant & bar Chef Ned Bell and 6 other Vancouver Ocean Wise™ restaurants.

**Party planning alert!  It is not too early to pre-book for the NBWA’s signature event of the year:  The Tailgate Party is on September 13th. And check the website regularly for the many events at Bench wineries all season.  Info & Tickets:

-Jennifer Schell