Articles written by: Robin Dohrn-Simpson

Robin Dohrn-Simpson

Robin Dohrn-Simpson is a San Diego freelance writer who writes for magazines and ezines. When not sitting at her desk she can usually be found exploring the corners of San Diego or the world. Her passions include wine, food, adventure travel, exercise and scrapbooking. She is writing a Young Adult’s mystery novel. Robin is a wine educator with Alchemy of the Hearth in San Marcos. She enjoys teaching Tai Chi Chih and Yoga in Poway. Robin is a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. To see where she is currently exploring check out her website at:

Scenic Naramata Bench
Canada / Chronological / Destinations / Food / Hotels & Resorts / Wines & Spirits

Quiet, Idyllic Charm of Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Wine Valley

Physical geography defines a bench as: a shelf-like area of rock with steep slopes above and below. Naramata Bench Wine Country, along the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, offers country roads and idyllic charm, but why is a wine region called a bench? Naramata Bench […]

Blue Mountain
Canada / Chronological / Destinations / Wines & Spirits

Exploring Canada’s Okanagan Valley

I saw a picture of a gorgeous blue mountain surrounded by prolific vineyards next to a huge lake in a national magazine. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I looked closer. Where is this place? Living in dry Southern California as I do, when I see lush countryside, farms […]