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“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union,” commented the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. If ever there was a tangible testament to Wright’s perspective, it is Pentâge Winery overlooking Skaha Lake in Penticton. Here, owners Julie Rennie and Paul Gardner bought a 23-acre discarded orchard in 1996 and painstakingly repurposed it into magnificent vineyards and a breathtaking boutique winery. While “it’s all about the wine” as Julie says, each detail ensures Pentâge is a union of form and function. Even the name Pentâge is a play on…

Red Rooster Winery is a favorite destination for visitors and locals on the Naramata Bench. Great food, great wine, a naked guy statue – what more can you ask for?  The winery has a great sense of humour and the chicken theme is hilariously carried throughout the entire operation – from naming the eatery (The Pecking Room), to the tasting room (The Coop), the tongue in beak jokes are nonstop. And that’s not all this unique winery and brood has to crow about! They offer a one of a kind opportunity for wine lovers to truly become part of the…

The wineries and vineyards on the Naramata Bench are owned and operated by an eclectic bunch of oenophiles and expert winemakers, each winery with a story as unique as the terroir. Hillside Winery and Bistro is no exception. The original vines were planted by Vera Klokocka, a BC wine pioneer. Vera envisioned the slopes of the Naramata Bench producing vibrant vines and exceptional wines. In an effort to support all wineries on the Bench, she helped initiate the Farmgate Winery Policy, and was the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon. Today those vines are 35 years old, the oldest Cab Sav…

Head up Vancouver Avenue in Penticton to The Bench Market to meet and eat like a local. With a buzz of activity even when the tourist season subsides, you’ll find it easy to spot. Just look for the row of bicycles parked in front and cars lining the street. As owners Heather and Executive Chef Stewart Glynes celebrate their second anniversary of ownership, their minds are focused on supporting the community and giving thanks to the customers and suppliers who support it. The Bench is active in fundraising and involved in many initiatives such as Granfondo Axel Merckx, Peach City…

Inspired by the success of last year’s participation in Penticton’s Saturday community market, the Bench Artisan Food Market will participate again until mid-September. “We’ll be in same great location on Front Street just off Main,” says co-owner Heather Glynes. “Since it’s a challenge with the Saturday downtown road closures for our fans to get to our location, we bring the Bench to the market. We’re delighted to support such a wonderful Penticton attraction and it gives us another opportunity to welcome visitors to our community.” You’ll find Bench-made fruit muffins and scones, granola, almonds, cookies, date squares, and granola bars…

The Vanilla Pod Restaurant is into its third year at its new location at Poplar Grove Winery. With stunning views of the lake and vineyards, and a menu focused on locally sourced products, it is no wonder their reservation book fills quickly. Owners Sheila and Paul Jones purchased the restaurant in 2006 and have taken it from a 34 seat operation with merely two employees to seating for 125 and over 30 employees. It’s known as one of the top dining destinations in the Okanagan, according to Vancouver Magazine. This season you will find Chef Bruno Terroso and his kitchen…

The Bench Market exudes joy for great food while exemplifying commitment to sustainability. In recognition, The Bench was the Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 recipient of the Business Excellence Award for Sustainability. Owners Heather and Chef Stewart Glynes explain that sustainability begins with their community focus. “Much of our produce is from local farmers who deliver in-season right to our door, with minimal to no packaging,” says Stewart. “Proteins are from ethically-treated animals from small farms in BC. Our honey, sourced in Penticton, and our organic coffee from Summerland’s Backyard Beans are both delivered in reusable containers.…

Pentâge Winery is open! After a short trial run last season, Julie Rennie and Paul Gardner have reopened their wine shop and extraordinary winery experience to the public.  Not new to the wine world, this couple has been creating award-winning wines for a many years, and during those years they have been working on creating the rest of the experience and boy, is it worth the wait. This highly anticipated opening is set to thrill visitors.  Not only do they offer a spectacular viewing property, set high upon the cliffs over Skaha lake and award-winning wines, they also offer a…

The BC VQA Wine Information Centre in Penticton just celebrated its 16th anniversary as the first VQA store in British Columbia. VQA (Vintners Quality Alliance) wines receive this designation through testing by regulating bodies to guarantee high quality and authenticity of origin. BC VQA wines are special because they can be made from small agricultural yields to increase quality, have to meet specific sugar levels at harvest, and have regulated additives and packaging and closures. You’re assured when you visit the Wine Centre that its over 700 BC VQA wines are the best available. In addition to the quality BC…

Owners Heather and Executive Chef Stewart Glynes met in Vancouver while working brunch together, her as waitress, he as sous chef. It’s no wonder they’ve always enjoyed going out for breakfast and delight in bringing that joy to Penticton. “When Stewart gets a day off,” says Heather, “some of our best times are around the breakfast table with our three young children. The kids also love coming to The Bench for eggwiches and fruit salad while a highlight of my day is a Bench Canadiano!” The fresh-roasted, organic coffee is sourced locally from Backyard Beans. You’ll also find a variety…