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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…

If you ask a local where to get a great breakfast, lunch, snack or coffee, The Bench Market will be at the top of the list. In-the-know locals frequent this eclectic spot because of its friendly staff, great food and delicious drinks. Perennial favourites and classics such as the best bennies in town, beautifully crafted paninis, interesting salads and flavourful soups will always be part of the menu – but to keep it fresh and on trend, owner Stewart Glynes has come up with a couple of new choices this spring. “Our new power cereal is made with oats, chia…

“Open year round, we are so grateful to our local customers,” says Upper Bench proprietor and head cheesemaker Shana Miller. “They stop in and buy wine and cheese from us in the off-season, put up with the crowds in summer, recommend us to their family and friends and join our Curds & Corks wine and cheese club.” “They have been with us since the beginning (2011) and are an important part of the amazing community we are building,” Shana adds. With more than 10,000 visitors to Upper Bench’s beautiful tasting room and vineyard view patio in 2016 and vintages quickly…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…