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Penticton Land of Libations – Eat, Stay and Sip in Wine and Beer Country

Where to Eat, Stay and Sip –  Savour the Good Life in Penticton!

We are often in the Okanagan, as my parents, sister and all her crew live in Kelowna and Michael would move to Osoyoos if he could, he loves it so much. So, we often find ourselves in the middle of the valley, traveling to and from destinations and stay a night in Penticton to enjoy some great food and their local craft beer!

Where to stay?

Barefoot Resort

Penticton Barefoot Resort

The coolest spot to stay in Penticton is the Barefoot Resort in a Yurt! What’s a yurt you ask? “Most yurts are portable, tent-like structures. They have circular lattice walls (reminiscent of baby gates tied together) and cone-shaped roof, supported by rafters that meet in a center ring.” According to Yurts: Living in the Round. The yurts at Barefoot are high-end, they’ve got skylights, hardwood floor and French doors opening onto private decks with personal barbecues.  The resort is right next to the beaches of Skaha Lake, but it’s also next to the highway and the air strip so can get a little noisy at times. There are different sizes and they range from about $250-$350 a night.

Penticton wine country rentals

Penticton Wine Country Rentals

We’ve also stayed in a cozy condo with Penticton Wine Country Rentals; they have four condos available, all located right in town, near the beach and with full kitchens and plenty of room. Our condo was perfect, right near the breweries, and with a lovely balcony and super comfy bed. We didn’t want to leave!


You won’t go hungry in Penticton. From casual eateries to fine dining and everything in between there’s lots of deliciousness here.

Penticton - The Bench Market

Let’s start with breakfast, and The Bench Market. Their breakfast wraps rule and you can grab some sandwiches for later or stock up on some locally-sourced groceries if you’ve got a kitchenette.

Penticton Taste Brodo

We also love Taste Brodo, for lunch, or an early dinner, they’ve got the best soups and make their own bone broth, which I’ve become a big fan of of late.

Penticton The Vanilla Pod

If you are wine tasting on the Naramata Bench, don’t miss The Vanilla Pod at Poplar Grove winery, and beer lovers should check out the pizzas and brews at Bad Tattoo Brewing.

penticton oysters

Penticton The Hooded Merganser

We love our oysters, so never miss a chance to sample a few at Salty’s Beach House and have had some great dinners at The Hooded Merganser right on the lake, which also does a great Sunday brunch and has a lunch menu that looks excellent too.

Penticton burger55

For Mexican we checked out the Vallarta Grill and found a super festive mood happening along with some pretty authentic cuisine, and Burger 55 is insanely good.


This is wine country, they say, but there’s also no shortage of craft beer and even spirits in Penticton. We ventured up in April 2014 for the Okanagan Feast of Ale and it’s grown vastly since.  Wine lovers will want to plan for the Naramata Tailgate Party in the beginning of September.

penticton the cannery blackberry porter

We make sure to stop in for a beer tasting at The Cannery and don’t miss their Blackberry Porter. You’ll also want to stop in at Tin Whistle and the above mentioned Bad Tattoo Brewing, as well as The Barley Mill Brewpub.

penticton the legend distillery the defender

There are now three distilleries in the area too, Legend Distilling (don’t miss their smoked rosemary gin), Maple Leaf Spirits and Old Order.

Wineries are so plentiful in the area that I don’t really even know where to start. A drive along the Naramata Bench is a must and we’re awfully fond of Howling Bluff, Bench 1775, Pentage, Lake Breeze, La Frenz and Elephant Island, but you can’t go far wrong in these parts.


A couple summers ago we took a lake cruise on the Casabella Princess and loved it, if you have some time, it’s a must.

cupcakes penticton farmer's market

In the summer the Saturday Penticton Farmer’s Market is worthy of at least an hour of your time. So much goodness here!

We’ll be back in Penticton again in April, and we look forward to some new discoveries.

Pentage Winery

The long Spring and cooler Fall temperatures made this a challenging year for growing grapes.  With proper fruit management and crop thinning at just the right time—we were delighted with the quality of our fruit. 

The grapes from our Dirty Dozen vineyard have produced some incredible wines this year, including; a white Rhone Blend, Petit Syrah, Tempranillo, Grenache/Mourvedre blend, and a Port Style wine made from our Zinfandel grapes. 

Following a  long harvest, mother  nature cooperated and  on November 22nd  the temperatures  dropped to –14° which enabled us to pick our Icewine grapes.  This is the second earliest picking date in the history of Icewine, with November 5th, 2003 being the record for the earliest Icewine harvest.

This is our 4th vintage producing Icewine.  In additional to our award winning 5 blend Icewine, new this year will be Cabernet Sauvignon Icewine and a Cabernet Franc Icewine.


Whether it is for personal or corporate gifts—we would be happy to ship your orders direct from the winery with a personal note from you.  To send the personal note simply insert it into the paypal box “instructions from buyer” or you can email/fax us.

Hassle free, line-up free, and shipping costs are free for full case deliveries to main BC hubs. 

Deadline for holiday orders is December 15th to ensure goods are received the following week. 













Wine Access International Value Wine Awards  creates a “Best of Canada” page in their Oct/Nov issue—Pentâge won three of out sixteen “Best of Canada Wines”. 

Gewurztraminer 2009—90 points

Late Harvest 2008— 90 points

Pinot Gris 2009—88 points

Quote on Pentâge Winery Gewurztaminer ‘09 by Stuart Tobe (Judge) -” ….a new star has risen this year”

Gewurztraminer 2009 won Platinum at the Northwest Wine Platinum Judging competition—yeah!









New Releases!

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon ‘08— Intense aromas of gooseberry and citrus notes. At first it is crisp and grassy along with gooseberry flavors, then grapefruit, guava and passion fruit follow on the palate. There is vibrant acidity on the palate with pleasing tropical fruit flavors. This wine is crisp and complex with a long finish.

Platinum “best of the best” competition – Wine Press Northwest ‘09

Gold Medal – All Canadian Wine Championships ‘09

Silver Medal – Northwest Wine Summit Competition ‘09

Judges Choice 87 point – Wine Access International Value Wine Awards ‘10

Riesling ‘08—Fruit for this wine was sourced from a neighbouring site, God’s Mountain Vineyard on Skaha lake. On the nose aromas of lemon, lime and green apple. Nuances of crushed stone in the background. These aromas are mirrored on the palate, finishing crisp and clean. The wine has great acid structure and minerality, making it an excellent candidate for cellaring if you wish.  Only 14 cases available.


Icewine ‘09—This 2009 Icewine is a unique blend of Semillon, Muscat, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Bright gold in colour, with intense aroma’s of candied peach, apricot and honey on the nose. The palate delivers a luscious melody of candied fruits with a smidgen of honey and fig. Perfectly balanced with vibrant acidity, this wine gets better with every sip as it lingers endlessly on your palate.

Gold Medal – Northwest Wine Summit Competition 2010

Skaha White ‘09—This is a blend of 41% Pinot Gris, 30% Chenin Blanc, 12% Viognier, 6% Riesling, 6% Semillon.  Aromas of apple, spiced pear and orange peel are up front. In the background there are floral notes.  On the palate the wine has a soft mouth feel, creamy texture and a clean balanced finished. A portion of this assemblage has been fermented and aged in oak, the remainder of the wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Hiatus ‘08—A blend of 50.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot and 24.5% Cabernet Franc.  Intense aromas of dark berries, chocolate, dried herbs and a touch of spicy oak rise from the glass.  The aromas are mirrored on the palate as well as vanilla, licorice and leather. Well balanced wine with a smooth finish.  Benefits from decanting.

To view all our wines and order please visit www.pentage.com





We would like to thank you for continuing to share our passion and we hope you have wonderful holiday season with friends and family.

All the best,

Paul, Julie and Adam

News from Pentage

Thank you for your continued support of our hand-crafted wines.  The last couple of months have been warm and sunny — the grapes are maturing beautifully.    As you know we had the privilege of welcoming His Honor, The Honourable Steven L. Point at our winery a couple of weeks ago to present us with the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in British Columbia Wines for our 2009 Gewurztraminer.

This year 281 wines were submitted from 71 wineries across the province – 11 wines won this prestigious award.

What’s New?

We have a number of new wines listed on our website:

Sauvignon Blanc ’09

Aromas of passion fruit, grape fruit, & lemon peel.  These flavors along with guava notes carry through onto the palate.  Limited quantity available.

Syrah ‘07

Co-fermented with Viognier – this 2007 Syrah is truly elegant. Dark purple in colour with aromas of wild raspberry, blackberry, cassis, and white pepper linger from the glass. Enticing floral notes with a hint of mandarin follow. The palate is full of toasty cocoa, dark berry, and ripe cherry.

Pinot Noir ‘07

Bright ruby red in colour with aromas of sweet cherry, ripe plums and a touch of spice. This wine is medium in weight with fruit flavours of red currents, Italian plums and sweet berries balanced with a touch of earthy roots, vanilla and spice. The mouth feel is soft and savory with well integrated tannins and a long smooth finish.

To view all our wines and order please visit www.pentage.com Now in their 5th year, the Wine Access International Value Wine Awards competition continues to grow.
This year there was over 1,000 wines from around the world entered into the competition.  We were very pleased to receive an email the other day noting that Pentâge had won:

Category Champion (out right victory)

Gewurztraminer 2009

Late Harvest 2008

Judges Choice (2nd place)


Pinot Gris 2009

Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2008

Enjoy the balance of your summer.   Thank-you for sharing our passion!

All the best,

Paul, Julie and Adam

Winners announced for the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

The winners have been chosen for the 2010 Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines. This year 281 wines were submitted from 71 wineries across the province. The winners are:

Desert Hills Estate Winery 2009 Gamay Noir
Foxtrot Vineyards 2007 Pinot Noir
Gray Monk Estate Vineyards 2007 Odyssey Brut
Inniskillin Okanagan Vineyards 2007 Discovery Series Sangiovese
Painted Rock Estate Winery 2007 Red Icon and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Peller Estates Winery 2008 Private Reserve Riesling
Pentâge Winery 2009 Gewurztraminer
Poplar Grove Winery 2007 Syrah
Sandhill Wines 2007 Single Block Merlot
Van Westen Vineyards 2008 Vino Grigio 

His Honour will visit the winning wineries at the end of July to present the Awards. Members of the Consular Corps of British Columbia will accompany him when he makes these presentations so they can gain knowledge of British Columbia’s renowned wine industry.

All wineries in British Columbia were invited to submit their wines for judging by a panel of wine industry professionals. Wines submitted had to be from 100% British Columbian grown grapes and produced in province to be eligible. For more information visit www.ltgov.bc.ca.
Contact: Adrienne Dunton
Government House