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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…

Flawlessly made specialty coffees and refreshing summer drinks, fresh, colourful, healthy food and a beautifully stocked artisan retail section make The Bench Market stellar. But it’s the staff that elevates the customer experience to a whole new level and wins them people’s choice awards. The smiles and greetings from the staff are not because of a requirement in a training manual. “It’s a great place to work for a lot of reasons,” says veteran Bencher Vanessa Farinha. “I work with owners that ask about your life and your plans for your days off. I’m encouraged to be creative and offer…

When Sal D’Angelo sold his Ontario winery this year, he finally had time to focus on expanding his D’Angelo Estate Winery on the Naramata Bench. He wants to plant red Montepulciano and white Trebbiano grapes, two varietals grown in his birthplace of Abruzzo, Italy and plans are in the works for a new building. But that’s in the future. This summer he’s offering visitors some new releases including a 2013 Tempranillo, which is a Spanish varietal, seldom grown in British Columbia. D’Angelo has the largest block of Tempranillo grapes on the Bench. The new release has spent 24 months in…

Much more than award winning winery and bistro, Hillside’s winemaker Kathy Malone and chef Brent Pillon’s shared philosophy is creating a unique and compelling wine and food experience. “We both feel strongly that you start with good ingredients whether they be premium Naramata Bench grown grapes or locally-sourced produce at its peak and let these ingredients do the work,” says Kathy. Chef Brent says, “It’s about showcasing the grapes and food and doing as little to them as possible to let all the flavours shine through.” Brent’s Bistro menu features beautifully flavoured and presented share plates designed to pair with…

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…

If Hamlet had popped by for glass of chilled Ad Lib, a delicate blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, he may have dropped the entire revenge scenario. “Alas, poor Yorik, too bad you didn’t have a chance to spend time at Play Estate Winery…” Heck, the Prince of Denmark would have upped sticks and bought a home in Skaha Hills. The winery’s playful name and branding are perfectly suited to its founder Jason Pechet, CEO of Stagewest Hospitality who along with long time collaborator and sommelier Mohamed Awad launched this unique winery set as a showstopper entrance to a unique…

Love great seafood? We have the place for you: Buy the Sea. Their two shops located in Penticton and West Kelowna provide the Okanagan with the freshest and largest selection of seafood available in the area. These folks love seafood and are so dedicated to offering their customers the very best that they are members of Ocean Wise; a program created by the Vancouver Aquarium to promote sustainability and ocean-sound choices. This means you can enjoy the produce at Buy the Sea with a clear conscience. In keeping with this mandate, the shop offers the finest local and sustainable fish…

It’s great to remove yourself from the game from time to time to kick back and enjoy some patio time at The Bench Market. Summer is short in Canada and the outdoors is calling. Find a spot under an umbrella next to a wine barrel overflowing with colourful flowers, listen to some tunes and enjoy an all-day breakfast including some new gluten-aware options, weekend brunch specials (yeah bennies!), gourmet lunches or tasty baked goods – with a cup of the best locally-roasted organic coffee in town or a cool drink. Locals and visitors mingle on the sunny patio tucked into…

Celebrating 24+ years in Penticton and 6+ years in West Kelowna, Buy The Sea promises you’ll “Taste the Difference” of fresh, sustainable fish. We are a fresh seafood market and fish n’ chip shop allowing you to cook it yourself or enjoy Buy The Sea’s famous fish n’ chips and other menu items. Owners Samantha and Mike Stokes and their team happily share their seafood knowledge through cooking tips and free recipes. Our focus is on offering our customers great service and also providing a large variety of premium quality seafood.  Buy The Sea gets seafood direct overnight from boat…