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At Upper Bench Winery & Creamery, it’s a perfect pairing between Gavin Miller’s wines and Shana’s cheeses. Now, a new wood fired oven applies heat to that collaboration bringing a fresh, value-added component. In addition to Upper Bench’s popular charcuterie and cheese boards, opt for pizza that matches the wines. Christopher Royal, of Vancouver Nook locations and sister restaurant Tavola, is chef. Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, a new wine christened “150” was released. It’s a beautiful blend of Merlot all sourced from the Naramata Bench. There are just 150 cases and disappearing fast because club members are exercising their option…

“Getting married in the Okanagan is all about enjoying a relaxed vibe where you can kick off your heels and trade them for flip flops,” says Lang Vineyard’s exclusive wedding planners, Vines and Vows’ Tammi Foster. Tammi says there is something about the stunning lake, mountains and vineyard scenery at Lang on the Naramata Bench that turns potential Bridezillas into Bridechillas. The behind-the-scenes planning by Tammi and her partner Jillian Buchanan play a big part in ensuring the bride and groom enjoy their special day with friends and family. Living and working full time in the area has allowed the…

Naramaro is Legend’s latest contribution to its flight of distilled lore. Legend has it…herbal elixirs were made by monks and medicine men alike to ward off plague, evil spirits and as a potential cure-all for anything from snake bikes to stomach ailments. Traditionally herbal liqueurs have been enjoyed as a digestif, after a meal in Italy. Amaro (Italian for bitter) has been made in almost every small town, crafted using herbs and botanicals that reflect their environment. “Handmade in Naramata, this is our Amaro,” says Legend’s Dawn Lennie. “It’s a mix of exotic and local ingredients including orange zest, vanilla,…

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.,…

The new owner of Therapy Vineyards, Mike Boyd, isn’t wasting any time when it comes to upgrading the entire facility to enhance every guest’s experience. The already beautiful Guest House, which features serene, panoramic views of the Okanagan Lake and the vineyard, will be getting a complete upgrade of all the rooms with the most exciting feature being the addition of an outdoor pool and pool deck to sit and relax at while enjoying a glass of any of their amazing wines! This space is perfect for a couples romantic getaway, a girls or guys weekend road trip, a retreat…

A tasting experience at family-owned Moraine Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench is like no other. Winemaker Jacq Kemp says at Moraine it’s not so much about tasting notes and numbers but more about a friendly and comfortable exchange between guests and staff. “We feel that our visitors know a lot about wine and what they like and love to hear what they have to say. The experience is very authentic and I often drop by to meet people. We talk about the vineyard, the grapes and the processes we’ve used and listen to what they tell us about how…

Red Rooster Winery is celebrating both their 20th anniversary and the Year of the Rooster with the launch of their gorgeous new labels. Wine lovers in the know have been flocking to the gorgeous Naramata based winery for two decades. Their landmark winery building is literally a beacon on the Bench, offering visitors a complete wine country celebration that includes food, wine, art and well, everything a chicken lover could ever ask for. This winery does love to have fun but at the same time takes its job of excellent winemaking and superior hospitality very seriously with a long lineup…

Red Rooster Winery is celebrating both their 20th anniversary and the Year of the Rooster with the launch of their gorgeous new labels. Wine lovers in the know have been flocking to the gorgeous Naramata based winery for two decades.   Their landmark winery building is literally a beacon on the Bench, offering visitors a complete wine country celebration that includes food, wine, art and well, everything a chicken lover could ever ask for. This winery does love to have fun but at the same time takes its job of excellent winemaking and superior hospitality very seriously with a long…

How lucky are you if you are in the Okanagan and can take the drive along Naramata Road, round the bend and get your first glimpse of Hillside’s iconic timber-frame building with its stunning 23-metre high tower. It’s spring and Hillside’s gardens are yellow, purple and blue with flowering bulbs and their vineyards flushed with the first hints of green. The wine shop opens for the season March 10th, while the Bistro reopens March 22nd (Wed –Sun), where both executive chef Brent Pillon and winemaker Kathy Malone, return to work their magic with local ingredients. “Hillside’s wine program this year…

Tucked away just off Naramata’s main road along a dusty small town road dotted with farms, you’ll see the encompassing view of Okanagan Lake and feel the warm breeze for which the winery is named before the winery itself. It’s the kind of welcome one only receives in the Okanagan. The early spring season is always an exciting time to visit the wineries, as the season brings with it the release of all the newest vintages and usually a new surprise or two. The doors at Lake Breeze will open for the season on April 14th and for those familiar…