It’s that exciting time of the year when those nasty winter winds finally begin to fade away and the warm, early season sun draws us out to play. And for those just itching to get out into the spring weather Meyer Family Vineyards is inviting the entire family out to the winery to play in the expanded picnicking garden and patio, and will officially open its doors for the new season on April 1st.
The winery itself is also an idyllic setting for every member of the family. The patio, ringed by a quaint flower dotted garden, looks out over an expansive bocce green, perfect for children and dogs alike to romp around in the warming sun. And on those particularly gorgeous days the Okanagan is so well known for, there’s no reason to hide inside when Meyer Family offers specially tailored outdoor Cabana Tastings (Cabana Tastings, it should be noted, do need to be booked ahead of time).
Of course, no patio is complete without a lunch. And just in time for the new season Meyer Family has greatly expanded upon their lunch offerings, introducing among other offerings the entirely locally sourced Wine Crush Market line. And in addition to the wine there’s also Bull’s Head, the iconic boutique soda from Québec available for the kids, along with Howling Moon Cider from Oliver and local craft beer for the adults. And for the designated drivers, the patio now offers iced coffee from the Fernwood Coffee Company in Victoria, BC.
And of course, for the ever-picky family dog that turns their nose up at any fine wine, just ask at the bar for a special treat or two. It goes without saying that the most welcoming of wineries to any family, local or visiting, is a family-run winery.
Check out these two new single vineyard releases out this spring!
2015 Reimer Vineyard Pinot Noir
Very approachable at a young age, with bright red fruit and savoury notes on the nose.  The palate shows cinnamon spice, tart cranberry, herb garden and hints of licorice.  Balanced and consistent, with soft, rounded tannins and a smooth finish.
2015 McLean Creek Road Pinot Noir
A more muscular wine, with a savoury, slightly funky nose and deeper fruit flavour profile of plum and black cherry, some blueberry spice and mocha notes.  Medium-bodied with velvety tannins, well structured for long-term cellaring.
~ Blake Allen