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Savour the Craft: Upper Bench Winery & Creamery Unveils The Oven Restaurant in Penticton

Shana and Gavin Miller posing with glasses of wine
Image Credit: Upper Bench Winery

Upper Bench Winery and Creamery, nestled in the heart of Penticton, is a testament to the passion and dedication of Gavin and Shana Miller, a local couple deeply rooted in the craft of winemaking and cheese production. With a harmonious blend of traditional and modern techniques, they utilize both French oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks to cultivate wines that are as distinctive as they are delightful. In anticipation of expanding their culinary offerings, the Millers are set to unveil The Oven Restaurant on May 8, an adult-only dining experience championing high-quality ingredients and sustainable farming practices. The menu promises innovation, with cheese rounds baked in-house, enrobed in prosciutto, adorned with fruit, or sometimes enhanced with Nutella and cacao nibs for an indulgent take on double cream brie.

      

Designed to immerse guests in the beauty of their surroundings, the restaurant features an entirely outdoor, covered seating area equipped with misters for comfort during warmer days, allowing diners to bring home any unfinished wine. Furthermore, the anticipation builds for the next Club Shipment on June 17, offering members exclusive access to exceptional wines not available in stores. Open from 12-5 p.m. daily as of May 10, their tasting room will be welcoming guests until 6 p.m., Upper Bench presents a unique blend of culinary and viticultural excellence waiting to be discovered.

You can now take wine down to Naramata Beach. Try their Provencal style Rosé; dry, elegant and fruit forward. Pick up a pizza or cheese with baguettes, perfect for happy hour or dinner.

Upper Bench Cascadia 2023 Award Winners
Upper Bench Cascadia 2023 Award Winners
Image Credit: Upper Bench Winery

From Vine to Victory: Celebrating Double Gold at the Cascadia Wine Competition

“We’re so proud to have recently won two awards at the Cascadia Great Northwest Wine Competition - a Double Gold for our Estate Chardonnay and a Double Gold for our dry, refreshing Estate Riesling. Both these varietals are available in the tasting room or to buy online and make for a lovely accompaniment for your next dinner guests.” — Shana

Double Gold for our 2020 Estate Chardonnay

Gold for our 2022 Riesling (Estate grown)

Bronze for our 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvigno

Bronze for our 2019 Estate Merlot

Bronze for our 2019 Altitude (Estate grown)

Elevate Your Palate: Unique Cheeses Crafted for Wine Enthusiasts

Try one of their artisanal cheeses - washed, bloomy, natural rind, lactic or blue cheese, each meticulously designed to complement their wines. Being a CFIA registered establishment, they prioritize local sourcing, using 100% pasteurized Canadian cow’s milk for their products. Their cheeses are free from gluten and additives, upholding the Safe Food for Canadians License standards. Exclusive to Club members, they also provide custom cheese towers and specialty cheeses for special occasions

“We’re very proud of the cheese we make here. We have over 15 different cheeses you can pick up in the tasting room, or order online and have them delivered to your door. This summer enjoy how we have dressed them up with prosciutto, or Nutella in the restaurant! We serve them with fruit or a baguette. With our very reasonable wine prices on the patio, it’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon in Naramata!” — Shana

Each year, Upper Bench Winery and Creamery produce up to 7,000 cases of wine available in select liquor stores and restaurants across BC and Alberta. Find out more and reserve a spot on the patio by visiting Upper Bench’s website and be sure to follow them on social media.

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