Salute Canada’s 150th Anniversary at this year’s Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA) Tailgate Party. Kick up your heels in your most colourful gumboots to strut the “back to our roots” theme to celebrate Naramata wine culture and the coming of harvest. Tap into your creativity, if you dare, because prizes will be awarded for the most creative gumboots. Hosted by D’Angelo Estate Winery, 6:30 to 9 pm, September 9, you’ll enjoy distinctive wine tastings from 28 wineries of the NBWA along with local chefs’ cuisine and live music. Restaurants confirmed at press time include The Kitchen from Misconduct Wine Co., Hillside Winery Bistro, The Pecking Room Grill at Red Rooster Winery, The Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove, The Patio at Lake Breeze Winery, Ambrosia at the Naramata Heritage Inn, and Bench 1775 Winery Bistro. Tailgate Party tickets include shuttles from Penticton and Naramata, are restricted to ages 19+, and sell out in early summer so check for availability now.
You’re invited to visit the NBWA wineries throughout the season to discover “A Story In Every Bottle!” For details on wineries’ tastings, dining and activities check frequently and click links to the wineries’ individual websites. Follow “naramatawines” on Instagram and Facebook, and @naramatawines on Twitter.
The NBWA Best of the Bench Wine Club is a great way to engage. It complements clubs presented individually by Naramata wineries. Best of the Bench provides you with a mixed case twice annually of hand-selected NBWA wines at winery pricing. Many of these wines are limited production and not widely available. Sign up by August 15 for Canada’s only winery association wine club to be entered in a draw for two tickets to the iconic Tailgate Party. Learn more at or email with your questions.