We spent a week on the Naramata Bench, sipping, sunning and siesta-ing.
Here’s the scoop.
for breakfast at The
Bench Artisan Food Market (and pick up happy hour snacks for later).
The scones, cinnamon buns and coffee are all better than what you’d find
in the big city. 368 Vancouver Ave., Penticton, B.C., 250-492-2222, www.thebenchmarket.com
Possibly the best value on the Bench is the new Monster
diffusion line from Poplar Grove. Take home a mixed case of their
strawberry-scented rosé ($18), ManMade red blend ($18) and Merlot ($20):
don’t be scared now. 1060 Poplar Grove Rd., Penticton, B.C., www.monstervineyards.com
Venture up through the hills to Dirty
Laundry, whose best-selling Woo
Woo Gewurz pairs perfectly with picnic basket lunches on the terrace
overlooking Summerland. 7311 Fiske St., Summerland, B.C., 250-494-8815, www.dirtylaundry.ca
The rustic cabins are wait-listed all summer,
but try the central lodge, with the same fantastic beachfront view, plus
canoes and rowboats for relaxing morning paddles. www.sandybeachresort.com
For upcoming wine events, see www.naramatabench.com