Recently returned from the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration in Niagara, Proprietors JAK Meyer and Janice Stevens are very pleased with the reception their wines received.  This celebration is by invitation-only, allowing 55 producers from around the world to showcase their wines and receive critical acclaim and that of their peers.   Ratings in the 91 – 95 point range are typical for the Meyer Family Vineyards, with Steven Spurrier remarking on the winery’s progress, stating “the wines are very impressive.”

JAK emphasises their commitment to making wines of excellence from the classic Burgundy vinifera –  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  They’ve been producing single vineyard wines since 2006 to showcase the nuances that terroir can bring to the expression of varietal character.  Winemaker Chris Carson focuses on tradition and quality in hand-crafting these classic wines to display the unique characteristics of the Okanagan Valley.   The McLean Creek Vineyards produce both single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which can be compared to the Chardonnay produced from Naramata Bench vineyards and the Pinot Noir from Kelowna’s Reimer Vineyards to see the effects of terroir on the wines.  David Lawrason was recently quoted in the National Post as saying the “Pinot Noir Reimer Vineyard 2010 is a knock out, a modern BC classic.” Robert K Stephen of the Windsor Square awarded it 95/100 points saying “This may be Canada’s best Pinot Noir.” 

For an educational experience not to be missed, book an appointment with their Sommelier or the Proprietor to tour the vineyard and discover the nuances of their wines for a quintessential wine country experience.  Hopefully, there’ll still be some of the 2010 Okanagan Valley Pinot Noir left to taste and purchase.  This wine won the Wine Access Judges’ Award for international best value wines under $25.  For sunny day sippers, also be sure to try the 2011 Gewürztraminer and the 2010 Rosé. The winery is proud to support the Okanagan Nations Alliance’s effort to resurrect the local salmon fishery.  In the spirit of eating and drinking locally, an inaugural salmon dinner is planned at the winery for the Labour Day weekend. >Adjacent to their modern tasting room is a relaxing picnic area where you can bring your own picnic or purchase some light fare from the wine shop to go along with the outstanding Meyer wines.

Photo: Proprietors JAK and Janice Meyer.

~ Allison Fader