As construction of the new casino reverberates at its former site, in the temporary location of the Penticton Wine Information Centre, it’s business as usual. The flagship store, distinguished almost 20 years ago as the first VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine store in British Columbia, is easily found right in front of the South Okanagan Event Centre. The building is cheerfully wrapped in bright logos and surrounded by lots of parking. Inside you’ll find roughly the same square footage as before and, of course, the products and services you’ve come to expect. The shelves stocking the remarkable range of BC VQA wine made the move and, more importantly, the staff who are always so willing to assist you. Browse the alphabetically arranged wineries at your leisure or engage staff to find your favourites or discover something new. With over 800 wines in stock, there’s something for every palate. A bigger fridge now accommodates a broader selection of chilled wines and perishables. You’ll also find an amazing array of wine accessories and local products such as cheese, preserves, dressings, vinegars and designer jewelry. Need a winery guidebook or specialty cookbook? Here’s the go-to place for those and other culinary items. Be sure to check out daily for what’s being sampled at the tasting bar and any special promotions. Until its permanent home is fully constructed – anticipated Spring 2017 – shop this location to scope out great gifts for weddings and other special occasions. Experience the full range of BC VQA wines and complementary products yourself and bring or send your visitors.

~ Roslyne Buchanan