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This is a very exciting year for Red Rooster Winery! Not only is it the winery’s 20 year anniversary, it is also the Year of the Rooster. Even more reason to celebrate. Roosters were very important in ancient China and are still a mascot today. Roosters are thought to have five virtues: politeness, military bravery, courage, benevolence and reliability and are a symbol for all of these. While in ancient times, people didn’t have watches or clocks so they used the 12 Earthly Branches to divide a day into 12 2-hour periods. Each period was named after a different Earthly…

The atmosphere is lively when I arrive at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon but the patio is filled with guests enjoying oven fresh pizzas and platters featuring the creamery’s renowned hand-crafted cheeses. Everything smells delicious. Owners Gavin and Shana Miller are the perfect pairing: the winemaker and the cheesemaker. They love what they do and it shows in their guest’s appreciative smiles. Shana is grateful to those who have encouraged them through the years. People like her old boss, who still visits regularly, their industry peers, their local customers and partners, Wayne and Margareta…

The atmosphere is lively when I arrive at Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. It’s 2:30 on a Friday afternoon but the patio is filled with guests enjoying oven fresh pizzas and platters featuring the creamery’s renowned hand-crafted cheeses. Everything smells delicious. Owners Gavin and Shana Miller are the perfect pairing: the winemaker and the cheesemaker. They love what they do and it shows in their guest’s appreciative smiles. Shana is grateful to those who have encouraged them through the years. People like her old boss, who still visits regularly, their industry peers, their local customers and partners, Wayne and Margareta…

With 15 beautiful wines to choose from, visitors are spoiled for choice at Moraine Estate Winery. “We have wines for those that like a bit of sweetness with our icewine and late harvest wines,” says proprietor Oleg Aristarkhov. “There are lots of choices too for those who want something drier such as our award-winning Viognier and Chardonnay. Try our 2015 Pinot Noir or 2016 Riesling if you want a real treat as both won gold medals at the All Canadian Wine Championship. If you are a fan of reds, our 2014 Meritage recently won a gold medal at the Okanagan…

A winery born on a double dare and driven by the passion and unstoppable strength of owner Teresa Murray Wiseman, Crescent Hill Winery officially arrived onto the wine scene four years ago, a mere 36 years after its vines were planted. Teresa is a force. Daughter of the award winning wine’s namesake, Glennallyn Murray, she has fought tooth and nail for these three acres of old vines on the hills of Penticton, and her tenacity has paid off. There are many women involved in the Okanagan wine industry now, but not when Teresa took the reigns. She says it was…

“They know my name, they know what I like and I love the friendly, casual and local vibe,” says Bench Market regular Ian. “It’s like the Central Perk on Friends. I can pick up some great grab and go items on my way to work and have a chat with the staff. The food is great and it’s healthy.” Ian’s go-to favourites are breakfast burritos, eggwiches and granola bars. “The Bench Market has so much local support for a reason. They have also managed to capture both the local and tourist markets, which is not easy to do.” September 16th…

The Wall Street Journal Wine Accessories of the Year winning product was invented to help you keep track of your wine glass at a party. Wine Glass Writer’s work great for adding your moniker in fun metallics or colours. The ink goes on smoothly, sets quickly, and remains vibrant throughout the life of the party, until washing off effortlessly with a soapy sponge. Like any great invention customers have come up with their own unique ways to make the most out of these cool pens: -Canners busy preserving summer’s bounty are using the pens to label the lids of their…

Forging new paths in its sparkling setting beside Cascade Casino, BC Wine Information Centre pioneered as the first VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wine store in British Columbia 20 years ago. Thanks to the knowledgeable staff, visitors and residents alike find it a helpful hub and gateway to British Columbia wines. In addition to the extraordinary selection of BC VQA wine, it’s the go-to boutique of handcrafted local items such as designer jewelry, vinegars, dressings, preserves, and cheese. There’s an impressive collection of wine accessories, winery guidebooks, specialty cookbooks and culinary giftware. Much more than retail, the Wine Info Centre offers…

The partnership between Gitta Pedersen, Matthew Sherlock and Ross Hackworth is perfect on many levels and represents the high quality results of hands-on grape growing matched with hands-off winemaking. Lock & Worth wine is a philosophy in a bottle. The goal of Matthew and Ross, who also work together at Hackworth’s famed Nichol Vineyards, is to create the wines as naturally as possible. Using fruit from single vineyards only to reflect the purity of their terroir. Winemaking style is whole often cluster pressed, unfined and unfiltered and using natural ferments with no added yeasts whenever possible. That philosophy is also…

Not unlike their namesake, Red Rooster Winery has earned the right to strut with pride. This renowned institution of the Naramata Bench has played a significant role in the shaping of the Okanagan Valley’s distinctive wine making style, which has increasingly become recognized around the world. Winemaker Karen Gillis sources her grapes from the finest growing regions of the valley; be it the estate’s own vineyards in Naramata, as with the Malbec, or from the southern benches of Osoyoos, as with the Syrah. In the cellar Karen uses both the more time-tested and orthodox methods of the old world with…