Battle of the Benches a success

Penticton wine event raises funds for local charities.

Julie Martin (left) and Mike Wannop enjoy an impromtu picnic in front of entertainer Kirsti Hack at this year's Battle of the Benches.

Julie Martin (left) and Mike Wannop enjoy an impromtu picnic in front of entertainer Kirsti Hack at this year's Battle of the Benches.

Just under 200 people attended the Battle of the Benches fundraising wine event on Tuesday at the Penticton Ramada Inn.

“While final financial analysis is still being completed, we can say at this point that several thousand dollars were raised for Raise-a-Reader and the One Person Project,” said Kim Lawton, one of the event organizers.

Best of variety results:

Whites –

PINOT GRIS – Volcanic Hills Estate Winery, 2011 Pinot Gris

CHARDONNAY – Upper Bench Estate Winery, 2011 Chardonnay

AROMATIC WHITE – Thornhaven Estate Winery, 2011 Gewurztraminer

REISLING – Summerhill Estate Winery, 2009 Riesling

PINOT BLANC – Wild Goose Vineyards, 2011 Mystic River Pinot Blanc

BORDEAUX WHITES – Blasted Church Vineyards, 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

WHITE BLEND – Stoneboat Vineyards, 2011 Chorus

Specialty –

ROSÉ – Stoneboat Vineyards, 2011 Faux Pas Rose

SPARKLING – Rustic Roots Winery, 2011 Fameuse

REDS – Robin Ridge Winery, 2009 Reserve Merlot

PINOT NOIR – Meyer Family Vineyards, 2010 McLean Creek Pinot Noir

CABERNET SAUVIGNON – Forbidden Fruit, 2009 Earth Series Cabernet Sauvignon

OTHER REDS – Thornhaven Estate Winery, 2010 Syrah

RED BLENDS – Nk’Mip Cellars Winery, 2008 Qwam Qwmt Meritage

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

The Keremeos Grist Mill and Gards is preparing for another season of their Pantry Share program, distributing monthly packages with preserves like the one taken in the photo above. (Grist Mill Facebook)
Shares in heritage community garden program go on sale

The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is bringing back its Pantry Share for 2021

Expect cold weather and snow over the weekend. (Submitted photo)
Prepare for subzero weekend in South Okanagan

Expect some snow to start falling Saturday night and into Sunday

Skaha Middle School
Arrest made in indecent acts near Penticton schools

A 32-year-old man was arrested and released on strict conditions, say police

Flooding has become a reality for many communities in the Okanagan Valley as the region faces more extreme weather storms, blamed on the impact of climate change. (File photo)
Okanagan high target for spring flooding

Higher snowpack and mild winter precipitation levels raise concerns for Canada’s insurance industry

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A COVID-19 exposure has been confirmed at Black Mountain Elementary in Kelowna Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Google Image)
Another COVID-19 exposure confirmed at Kelowna school

Interior Health confirmed an exposure at Black Mountain Elementary School Saturday

Members of BCEHS Station 343 in Lake Country receive a donation of treats and wine from the community in December. (Contributed)
‘Unexpected and heartwarming’: Okanagan community supports paramedics

Cards, discounts, treats, more given to Lake Country paramedics in sign of support

A 75-year-old aircraft has been languishing in a parking lot on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, but will soon be moved to the B.C. Aviation Museum. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vintage military aircraft moving from Chilliwack to new home at B.C. Aviation Museum

The challenging move to Vancouver Island will be documented by Discovery Channel film crews

The North Okanagan Naturalists' Club completed its annual swan and eagle counts Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Claude Rioux - NONC photo)
North Okanagan bird count shows decrease in swan and eagle numbers

Trumpeter swans were down 61 per cent from last year’s count; eagles down 14 per cent

Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis has served as the band’s chief since his first of six electoral wins in 1991. (File photo)
Okanagan Indian Band seeks nominations for upcoming election

A new OKIB chief and council will be elected March 30, 2021

Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)
Lake Country firefighters help deliver baby boy

Firefighters from the Winfield hall assisted with the birth of a healthy newborn Thursday morning

A video posted to social media by Chilliwack resident Rob Iezzi shows a teenager getting kicked in the face after being approached by three suspects on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Rob i)
VIDEO: Security cameras capture ‘just one more assault’ near B.C. high school

Third high-school related assault captured by Chilliwack resident’s cameras since beginning of 2021

An individual at Rutland Senior Secondary school has tested positive for COVID-19. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Individual at Central Okanagan school tests positive for COVID-19

Authorities say the person is self-isolating at home with support from local health teams

Most Read