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