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Join Naramata Bench Wineries Association’s (NBWA) annual Tailgate Party on Saturday, September 8 at the Naramata Heritage Inn. This year’s theme is “Bootleg Bash,” celebrating the building of the Naramata Heritage Inn and the founding of Naramata in the early 1900s. How fitting to convene the 28-NBWA member wineries with Naramata restaurant chefs at the Naramata Heritage Inn for one of the Okanagan’s best harvest parties of the season. The Naramata Hotel, precursor to the inn, was built 110 years ago by John Moore Robinson, who also started the fruit industry in the region. Hats for men and women were…

Things are gearing up for a great season at Red Rooster Winery. At the restaurant, The Pecking Room Patio Grill, Chef Darin Paterson, owner of the renowned Penticton restaurant Bogners, has created a seasonal farm-to-table menu highlighting the very best of local flavours and produce. It’s both imaginative and inviting. There’s something for everybody with delicious vegan plates, seasonal vegetarian options, made-by-hand charcuterie boards and homemade pizzas – perfect for sharing. The winery is also offering new flight selections of wine. This tasting option offers guests the opportunity to learn about each wine’s distinctive properties. It features bigger pours and…

It may be unassuming, but the commitment to producing fine wine is clear from the moment I enter Township 7 Vineyards and Winery in Naramata. I am steps from the vineyard and immediately feel part of a working farm where grapes are the number one concern. Inside, I’m greeted by Assistant General Manager Trevor Allen, who introduces me to a variety of elegant white wines, including the 2017 7 Blanc, an off-dry, aromatic white blend, and he gives me a sneak preview of the anticipated 2017 rosé. The highlight is the 2015 Reserve 7, a blend of three red Bordeaux…

Spring is in the air. The “Green Man” is the Celtic spirit of nature represented as a stylized face made up of leaves and branches. It is believed to be reborn in the spring. Because of this, we thought it only fitting to have Forest Green Man Lavender Products reborn in our new space at 126 Robinson Avenue in Naramata. Along with our popular handmade lavender bath and culinary products, we will be debuting some new treats, such as lavender chocolates and a soothing bubble bath. Karolina’s art work will also be available for purchase! Though we’ve sold the farm,…

No pretention. At Township 7 Vineyards & Winery, it’s all about the wine! On May 5 and 12, during the Spring Wine Festival, Township 7 offers a wine and food pairing from 2 to 3:30 pm. Their resident sommelier simplifies the relationship between wine and food and explores the ways in which wine highlights an array of food. Tickets are $37 and can be purchased online. This Mothers’ Day, the Naramata Bench winery celebrates the release of its 2017 Rosé with a special food and wine pairing seminar. On May 13, from 11 am until 5 pm, Township 7’s sommelier…

Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Naramata’s Sandy Beach Lodge and Resort is the ideal place. Featuring six lodge guest rooms and 13 fully equipped cottages, the resort has a reputation for combining rustic charm with luxury. A fantastic venue for retreats and weddings — it’s the perfect place to create memories.  Set on beautiful Okanagan Lake, the waterfront resort boasts beach access and a range of shared amenities. Enjoy canoeing and tennis, or unwind in the hot tub after a cycle on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. Fancy sampling some wine? The best wineries…

This is a dynamic time for wineries in the Okanagan, and Red Rooster Winery wants to invite wine lovers to take part in the journey. They’re striving to create more than just great wine, they’re working towards building a community to share it with. That’s why programs like their Adopt-a-Row are so important to Burke Ganton, Red Rooster’s VIP and Key Accounts representative. Not only does it give wine lovers the opportunity to learn hands-on what it takes to grow grapes, it builds relationships between staff, new clients and old — people who all share a passion. Plus, it gives…

The winter may bring quiet to the region, but in the barrel rooms of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association (NBWA), winemakers have been busy, and are ready to debut their spring releases. Perhaps the first sign of spring is the 6th Vertical & Vintages at Apex Mountain Resort, March 10, where après skiing meets wine tasting, appetizers and live music. Tickets: apexresort.com/events/verticalandvintages Spring is a balance of inviting guests into tasting rooms as NBWA members hit the road for their annual Spring Wine Release events. In Victoria, April 10, at Crystal Garden, “reWined” marks a new partnership with Make a…

Hillside Winery is leading the way in the Okanagan wine industry by making it’s own set of rules. Winemaker Kathy Malone’s commitment to using only 100% Naramata Bench grapes in Hillside’s wine is stirring things up while making lovely complex wines that showcase the terroir. Some would expect a straightforward portfolio when sourcing fruit only from a relatively small region, but to Kathy’s mind, that makes for an exciting challenge and leads to some great things like a new and exciting Port-style white. This is Hillside’s (and quite possibly the Okanagan’s) first, fortified white wine in the style of white…

Picture a magical place, complete with swimming, tennis and barbecues. Sandy Beach Lodge & Resort is a destination for family, friends and dreams of a simple life. Think of the lazy dip of a canoe paddle on the clearest of lakes, watching the sun set with a glass of wine for company until a bright carpet of stars appear and the silence of the night settles in. This bewitching place is located in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. Sandy Beach Lodge has been welcoming visitors looking for a Canadian lake getaway since the 1940s. A restored, lakefront resort,…