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Red Rooster winery is like a great piece of art, at every turn one is surprised and delighted. To celebrate their success, they’ve created new labels to showcase their distinguished wines. The new look features handsome illustrations of heritage roosters and different coloured caps for the classic and reserve vintages. The winery’s location is stunning, situated on the Naramata hills, the views from the Pecking Room Patio, which is open until the end of the Fall Festival, are the best I’ve seen. Natural beauty isn’t the only feature of this location; the garden is filled with whimsical sculptures by metal…

UpperBench

Wine and cheese go together like sun and shine and Upper Bench Winery & Creamery is as wonderful as warm blue sky fall days with its stellar offerings crafted on site, a gorgeous tasting room and a stunning patio with vineyard views. This fall’s new releases include a pair of 2013 reds with grapes that basked in one of the Naramata Bench’s hottest summers of the decade and finished in one of the coolest falls on record resulting in fine tannins and well balanced, concentrated flavours. The 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Estate Merlot grapes were hand-tended, fermented in…

BCWINEINFO

The “Don’t judge a book by its cover” idiom has never been more true than when you visit the temporary location of the Penticton Wine Information Centre in front of the South Okanagan Event Centre. While adorned by bright logos, it’s essentially a no-frills structure so stepping through those doors to see how the team transformed the inside into an inviting BC VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine and accompanying products hub is a delightful surprise. Roughly the same size as the former site, it beautifully displays over 800 wines and the products you’ve come to expect. An even broader selection…

TheBench

Some say there’s no specific recipe a restaurant can follow to make people happy. You just know it when you see it, and we sure see it at The Bench Market, an award winning, go-to breakfast, coffee and lunch spot for locals and visitors. Behind that indefinable something that sets them apart, there is, however, a very well thought out strategy that makes The Bench Market a success. Owners Heather and Stewart Glynes agree that while local, in-season food and drinks are important, the formula consists of more. It also includes local farmers providing tasty ingredients; strong partnerships with local…

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We’re awfully lucky here in the Okanagan, it really is a little slice of heaven. We have wine, we have cheese, we have incredible weather and lake views. We have Naramata, and we have Upper Bench Winery & Creamery. You know what Upper Bench has? It has wine, it has cheese, it has magnificent weather and views to the horizon, and it has them all in one winsome, welcoming and not-to-be-missed locale. It’s a perfect microcosm of this Okanagan paradise. And it has a splendid patio. Head south on Upper Bench Road to this quintessential charmer of a winery. Spend…

PenWineinfocentre

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…

TheBench

Summer is fleeting and when you want to tour all the wineries, attractions and beaches while the weather is fantastic, sometimes you just want to grab something and hit the trail. The Bench Market, perennially a favourite in Penticton for lingering on the patio, has you covered for fresh local items to go. Build your own picnic with delectable goodies like handcrafted cheeses from BC producers including Naramata Bench’s Upper Bench Winery & Creamery, Poplar Grove Cheese, Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, Natural Pastures (Comox), and Jerseyland Organics (Grand Forks). Add charcuterie from Two Rivers Specialty Meats, a purveyor of…

RedRooster

The summer season has arrived in the Okanagan and Red Rooster Winery is inviting those in the valley to indulge in the perks of the season at its Naramata home. From both the patio and the tasting bar visitors can look out over the panoramic vista of the iconic grape lined Naramata bench, laid out in stark contrast to the deep blue of Okanagan Lake. It’s the ideal location to escape the heat of the midday sun and unwind in the shade of Pecking Room Grill, overlooking the winery’s meticulously manicured garden. Internationally renowned, chef Darin Paterson brings several new…

Dangelo

Sal D’Angelo and his family own and operate their gorgeous lakeview winery and Guest House on the Naramata Bench. Visiting the tasting room, which has been recently updated, you will feel like you are being welcomed into a home. Sal is a delight to visit with and has a multitude of knowledge to share about grape growing and wine making. This man is passionate about the vineyard and knows wine and grapes. His connection to his wines and his vines is intensive and his winemaking philosophy has always been “quality is grown”. The Guest House is located amongst the vines…

LockStock&popgrovecheese

The team of Matthew SherLOCK and Ross HackWORTH are Lock & Worth Winery in Naramata. The two also work together at Ross’ other winery Nichol Vineyards but for this venture, the goal is to make ‘honest, single vineyard wines of time and place – priced for everyday consumption’. Sourcing some of their grapes from Gitta’s vineyard, their repertoire includes: a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend, Semillon, Cabernet Franc Rosé, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Gitta Pedersen is also a farmer and proudly tends the vines in her vineyard coaxing them into perfection The wines are all single vineyard production and winemaking style is…