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Quidni Winery – Naramata Bench

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

One of our Naramata Bench wine tasting experiences was special, so we wanted to blog about it separately. David’s friend Emma recently moved to the area and has landed at Quidni Estate Winery. In her words, “can you believe this is my job?” She gave us a great tour of the inner workings of a Naramata Bench winery and we learned a lot (and got to taste some really amazing wine too)!   Emma explained Quidni is a relatively new winery, with an experienced and well known owner and a talented winemaker. Todd Moore spent time in Australia at Quail’s Gate and Barossa honing his craft, before coming to...

Oliver Wine Touring

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

David and I have been looking forward to a day in the Oliver area for wine tasting. It is likely our favourite region for wine, known for their big bold reds. Sure enough, we were blown away by the following wineries, and bought some wonderful wines. We started at Blasted Church, on the way to Okanagan Falls. The logos are really creative and colourful, and the names are equally interesting. Blasted Church is named for a wooden church that was blasted by four dynamite sticks to “loosen the nails” so it could be dismantled and rebuilt in OK Falls 120 years ago. The area is really lovely, and we...

Bad Tattoo Brewing Company – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

Sometimes, you just want something quick and easy and not too far away. We heard great things about the pizzas and beer at Bad Tattoo Brewing Company, and it is a half a block from our Penticton condo near the beach, and it seemed perfect for a rainy saturday. Every time we walked by Bad Tattoo over the past few days, it has been packed (inside and on the very large main floor patio outside). A busy restaurant is always a good sign. When we arrived, we were seated on the patio. We noticed right away the interesting plating – a large tin with a cork board on top...

The Kitchen – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 30, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

Every once in a while, a dining experience will really stay with David and I. We reminisce about it, we tell stories about it. You can’t always expect a return visit to be as good. Happily, our second experience at The Kitchen at Misconduct Winery lived up to our memory. The Kitchen is a very small restaurant outside of the wine shop at Misconduct. Bascially, the entire restaurant is on the balcony with a spectacular view. It is really casual and beautiful.     The first time around, we had a spectacular tasting – where the brilliant chef cooked what he wanted, in the order and timing he wanted,...

Naramata Bench Wine Touring

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

Our first day of wine touring was in Kelowna. The next day, we really got down to business on the Naramata Bench! This lovely area is just up the road, and the hill, from Penticton. It’s a beautiful stretch that makes for great climate and dirt for growing grapes. There are more wineries and tasting opportunities than you can shake a stick at, so it can be hard sifting through them all to spend your time wisely. So, here are some great wineries we visited this time around… minus the winery Quidni (coming up in another blog in the days to come). We started at a new to us...

Hillside Winery and Bistro – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

One of our goals on this trip was to try out new restaurants, and not just stick to old favourites. We heard great things about Hillside Winery and Bistro, and are so glad we chose it for one of our first dinners in Penticton! The first thing you notice when you arrive is the lovely wood building, surrounded by a vineyard. At this time of year, you also get to sit outside and enjoy the terrace (upstairs for a fantastic view, or on the main floor for less of a view, but just as lovely).     We weren’t planning on an appetizer, but as soon as our server...

KVR Trail – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

Another day, another beautiful long walk in Penticton! This time around, David joined me and we hit the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. The KVR starts in a residential area up on the bench, and extends through the wineries. It’s really a gorgeous walk (or cycle or run) and you see all kinds of scenery. David and I got to about 3k and decided that was our mid point. What a lovely 6K… I will let the pictures speak for themselves.            ...

The Bench Artisan Market – Penticton

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Dining, Penticton | 0 comments

Every time David and I are in Penticton, we make sure to stop a The Bench for breakfast or lunch. It is always packed with people when we go (always a good sign), and it’s always worth the wait. Ingredients are fresh and local, and the options are endless. It’s also fun to check out cool drinks… like this intergalactic root beer David picked.                                                           I chose the turkey wrap and kale, and black bean salad – thinking the turkey wrap...

Kelowna Wine Touring

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

David and I have spent more time in the Kelowna area during this trip to the Okanagan, thanks to his friends (and coaches) Stacey and Luke. While prepping his bike for the triathlon on Sunday, and talking race strategy, we also got some good tips for wineries in the Kelowna area. We also learned Kelowna is known for its white wines, while Oliver is known for its reds (due to temperature and just what grows best in each region).     David and I usually like reds, but decided to try more whites and take a bit of a tour of some wineries near Stacey and Luke’s place (which...

A Walk in Penticton

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Alberta and BC, Travel | 0 comments

Dave went out for a 1.5 hour ride to start the day, and I went for a 1.5 hour walk! What a lovely morning (even with a bit of smoke still around). I went all over creation… along the beach, on the boardwalk, along the canal, through part of the industrial area and back to our condo through a nice residential area. Thank you Internet for the suggested walking path! Even better… I tried out my new hiking shoes to wear them in before my upcoming trip to Argentina and Chile in October…and they fit...

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