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Crescent Hill Winery is distinguished as one of Penticton’s earliest vineyards. Owner Teresa Murray-Wiseman and her family love to have fun with the brand. Take the highly acclaimed blush, a light, bright, floral and fruity wine irreverently named Hissy Fit. Once a Hobby Teresa’s father, Glenallyn, planted his vines roughly 40 years ago to indulge his winemaking hobby. Leveraging his self-taught knowledge and information gleaned from his professional winemaker friend Tom Hoenisch, plus research by Elias Phiniotis, he planted Vinifera grapes. By 1980, he made his first vintage using European equipment he’d purchased. Still, he never took himself too seriously.…

Nestled on the side of Munson Mountain at the start of the Naramata Bench and with panoramic views of Skaha and Okanagan lakes, Vanilla Pod’s setting is almost as jaw-dropping as its food. “We want our guests to walk away saying they just had the best meal of their lives,” says Paul Jones, owner of Vanilla Pod. “We want everyone who dines with us to have an experience they can’t get anywhere else.” Six Course Wine-Paired Dinner Executive Chef Bruno Terroso makes everything in-house and fresh to order. You can taste his creations at the restaurant’s six-course, wine-paired dinner during…

For those living in the Okanagan, fresh produce is easy to come by. It’s also easy to get delicious fresh sea food at Buy the Sea in Penticton and West Kelowna. They’ve been providing locals with fresh seafood for over two decades. “Coming into summer, our local waters provide a bounty of fish,” says Buy the Sea owner Mike Stokes. “Just the other day we started to get fresh sea asparagus from southern Vancouver Island. It’s very similar in appearance to regular asparagus, thinner than a pencil and very salty. A lot of people will chop it up to put…

For family-owned Moraine Estate Winery, receiving accolades creates golden moments for the whole family and team. The most recent accomplishment was seen in the Okanagan Life Magazine 2018 Best of BC Wine Awards in which Moraine Estate received gold medals for Pinot Noir 2016 and Cliffhanger Red 2016. The Cliffhanger Red 2016 — made with handpicked Merlot and Malbec grapes grown on the Anastasia Vineyard, fermented in French Oak and bottled on-site had already achieved prestigious recognition, winning silver medals at the 2016 International Fingers Lake Wine Competition in New York and the 2016 WineAlign National Awards of Canada. Highly…

A destination wine boutique and local favourite, the BC Wine Information Centre in Penticton proudly presents a stylish Bridal & Gift Registry. The timing is perfect as trends show an increasing appreciation of BC wine by the province’s drinkers and a sophisticated interest in the culinary culture surrounding it. Manager Donna Faigaux and her team of knowledgeable BC VQA wine experts invite you to visit the boutique for a unique personal shopping experience. They’ll take care of you during daily educational tastings, in-store events, guest winery visits to the fabulous tasting bar and now —the Bridal & Gift Registry. “Each…

The story of Crescent Hill Winery began with Teresa Murray’s father, Glennallyn, and his passion for winemaking. Roughly 40 years ago, he was inspired to sell his real estate holdings in Port Moody, BC, and buy land to establish one of Penticton’s earliest vineyards. He did so when his close friend, the winemaker Tom Hoenisch, moved to Penticton’s first urban winery, the former Casabello Wines. Teresa fulfilled her father’s 1999 deathbed wish to take the vineyard business to the next level by licensing the winery. Glennallyn’s family had always helped in farmgate duties and the vineyards, so establishing the winery…

Buy the Sea has a well-established history of providing the Okanagan with the very best in seafood. Their two shops, located in Penticton and West Kelowna, consistently offer the freshest and largest selection of seafood in the area along with their famous Fish n’ Chip Shop. This year, the Penticton store is celebrating an important milestone — its 25th anniversary. Owner Mike Stokes says, “We’re proud to be a long-serving member of the community and we plan to stay around for another 25 years.” Mike and his staff pride themselves on providing excellent customer service, and they are a wealth…

Long ago (in terms of the BC wine industry) and in part because of his fluency in German and hobby winemaking, Crescent Hill Winery founder Glennallyn Murray became close friends with Tom Hoenisch, a winemaker at Andres Wines in Port Moody, BC. When Hoenisch moved to Penticton as a winemaker at former Casabello Wines in the late 1970s, Murray sold his real estate holdings to follow his mentor to the Okanagan. Murray purchased land in Penticton, creating one of the area’s first vineyards to pursue his winemaking hobby full-time. Influenced by Hoenisch’s belief and later Elias Phiniotis’ research that vinifera…

Following an international career in the oil and gas industry that assisted them in developing a palate for fine wines, proprietors Oleg and Svetlana Aristarkhov moved their family to the Naramata Bench from Alberta to establish Moraine Estate Winery. Oleg notes when they first emigrated from Russia to Edmonton in 1995, he experienced his first Canadian wine and it tasted terrible. It took a vacation in the Okanagan many years later for him to see the potential of BC wines. In 2010, he and Svetlana bought a six-acre home site and planted 3.5 acres in Pinot Noir, naming the vineyard…

 At Red Rooster Winery, they want their visitors to feel welcome. They’ve worked hard to create an atmosphere where both new wine lovers and aficionados will feel comfortable from the moment they arrive. To start, there’s the spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and the mountains — some of the best in the neighbourhood. Then there’s fanciful sculptures throughout the garden. One can’t help but fall in love with local metal artist Lawrence Cormier’s whimsical mermaid with her long strands of flowing hair. Inside the tasting room, there’s a lot to admire as well. There’s fun, farm-house-inspired art and knickknacks as…