If you have already picked up the latest issue of Decanter Magazine, or have perused the Calgary Herald lately, you already know that in a recent blind tasting conducted by a committee of renowned sommeliers Meyer Family Vineyard’s 2013 Mclean Creek Pinot Noir was the sole Canadian vintage to be shortlisted as one of the Top Twenty Pinot Noir’s in the world outside of the Burgundy region of France. Of course, those already familiar with the quality wines that Meyer Family is renowned for producing won’t be too surprised to learn this. The modest boutique winery, at only 20 acres in size, has dedicated itself to growing some of the finest quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Okanagan since Jak and Janice purchased their first vineyard in 2006. And this recent recognition is certainly not the first time that the family’s efforts have been met with international accolades.

More information and a link to the Decanter article can be found on the Meyer Family website. But those who are truly fond of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay should venture out beyond the rocky bluffs and rolling farmlands that line McLean Creek road in Okanagan Falls to visit this little vineyard with a big reputation. While not limited to just these two varietals alone, guests will nevertheless be pleased to explore the five different variations the winery does of the Pinot Noir and the five variations of the Chardonnay – based on both location and growing conditions.

2013 McLean Creek Pinot Noir

Lightly toasted with smoky notes and a dark, brick-red colour. This wine displays a prominent burst of cherry that pleasantly lingers on the palate.

~ Blake Allen