Lock & Worth PG cheese 1_6 may june 2015

There’s a new kid on the Naramata Bench playground. Lock and Worth partners Matthew Sherlock and Ross Hackworth (lock and worth—get it?) know a good vineyard when they see it, so when the old Poplar Grove vineyard came on the market four years ago, they jumped. Ross, who owns Nichol Vineyard, the northernmost Naramata Winery, and Matthew who works for Ross and is also a wine importer, make their mission clear—make very good wines (definition: wines they like to drink) but know they can’t please everyone. “We produced only 1200 cases in 2014, from a pretty awesome vintage, so we…

Moraine

Moraine Estate Winery has grown exponentially since its inception in 2012. In this short period of time, the wines have received great acclaim and awards including a recent double win in Vancouver Magazine’s 2015 Wine Awards with their 2013 Riesling winning for Best Light White Wine and Pinot Noir in the Best Medium Red Wine category. Their luscious Viognier also just won a Silver medal in Finger Lakes competition in New York. What a way to start the year! The high quality of wines being produced at Moraine are a combination of the unique terroir achieved in their sloping vineyards…

Therapy_PinotN2012

Spring heralds the season of growth, paralleling the dynamic changes happening at Therapy Vineyards and Guesthouse on the Naramata Bench. “This is our first season with big changes,” says GM Judi Skinner. “There’s new packaging, new retail shopping, and we’re really happy with our new sales team. We’re especially excited to have some fast, quality food here, and we welcome families. We’re pet and kid-friendly too!” Therapy’s thrilled to have Lil’s Kitchen Wood-fired Pizzas open on-site mid-June. Enjoy quick and delicious homemade pizzas and grilled cheese on freshly baked bread, daily 10-6. The outdoor tables seat 45, but patrons can…

Red rooster

Get tactile this season at Red Rooster Winery with the hands-on and lip-smacking experience of the “Melt in your Mouth – Chocolate & Wine Pairing.” Back by popular demand, this tasting experience at The Coop unlocks the sensual world of pairing wine with chocolate. Complimentary for wine club members and up to five guests, it’s only $5 per person and you’ll need to reserve ahead because space is limited. Chef Darin Paterson of Bogner’s of Penticton, who also creates the delectable farm-to-table cuisine offered at Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Patio and Grill, crafts the chocolate. You’ll see evidence of his…

ForestGreenManKarolina Born-Tschuemperlin

A new shop and art gallery is set to welcome visitors to one of Naramata’s most colourful and aromatic destinations, Forest Green Man Lavender Farm. Owners Karolina Born-Tschuemperlin and Doug Mathias spent the winter finishing the two-storey space that will allow them to show off an ever-increasing selection of lavender products, and the artistic expressions of Karolina and other creative types. “We only have five acres, so we have to do about a hundred things to make a living here,” Karolina laughs. In season, fresh produce – think heirloom tomatoes – are sold on site, but once the 2500 lavender…

Serendipity-Building

Sometimes you just get lucky. I dropped into Serendipity Winery in March just as owner Judy Kingston and her daughter and winemaker-in-training Katie O’Kell were about to take a new employee through a complete tasting of the Serendipity wine lineup. From my notes: 2011 White Lie Playfully named because Judy was (shhhh….) a lawyer before she went straight and became a farmer/winery owner. This vintage is still bright and lively, and will pair nicely with white fish, oysters, bruschetta, cantaloupe, pears and Gouda cheese. 2013 Sauvignon Blanc The Serendipity terroir is producing Sauvignon Blanc grapes much like New Zealand’s. The…

THEBENCH

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.…

What better place to study the culinary arts and art of winemaking than in the beautiful Okanagan Valley? For budding chefs, the 2015 Culinary Arts Certificate program starts in September at Okanagan College. Come and check out the experience at the Spring Open Houses hosted by Culinary Arts Chairperson Chef Geoffrey Couper. Email Chef Couper for details: gcouper@okanagan.ca Applications are also now open for the popular Viticulture, Winery Assistant and Wine Sales Certificate programs. Visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/fwt or email feedyourpassion@okanagan.bc.ca for more information about career and training options that will feed your passion for food, wine and tourism. Food Wine Farm Workshop 2 – Pasta…

Upperbench

While Upper Bench Winery & Creamery acquired the current location relatively recently (2011), the team has been building expertise and traditions in wine and cheesemaking on the Naramata Bench for years. When Gavin Miller visited the Okanagan from England in 1995 he met Shana at Poplar Grove Winery. They soon married and returned to the UK. To pursue his passion to grow grapes and make wine in BC, they returned in 1997. Shana embarked on her calling to the art of cheesemaking in 2002, learning from the original cheesemaker at Poplar Grove, Sandra Chalmers. While Gavin and Shana worked in…

VQA

Penticton’s BC VQA Wine Information Centre is the place to stop in the South Okanagan to discover, taste, learn about and purchase over 700 wines from BC VQA wineries, which means they are only made from BC grapes. For Spring Wine Festival, the Centre will be hosting Corcelettes Estate  Winery, Saturday, May 2. Whitewater Cookbook author Shelley Adams will also be signing her cookbooks. The BC Information Centre plays a vital role in supporting the BC wine  community and promoting wine education. It is operated by the non-profit BC Wine Information Society, which was formed to open this VQA store…