Posts Written ByKris Johnson

Nestled into a sage-and-vineyard-clad hillside, the Black Hills Wine Oasis provided me with an incredibly unique tasting experience from the moment I stepped through the door. I was greeted with a sincere, welcoming feeling, as though the property itself whispered: “It’s wonderful to see you.” While some tasting rooms can feature a crowded stand-up tasting bar, Black Hills offers a relaxed, sit-down, personalized tasting experience. My host directed me to my tasting table, with awe-inspiring views of the valley below.  I was gifted with my very own “Wine Evangelist”—a member of the Black Hills team who guided me through my…

Meyer Family Vineyards is at the top of their game. We’re talking elite athlete level performance here.  Racking up recognition the globe over, Meyer is proving that they can successfully compete in the big leagues. And like any top competitor worth their salt, Meyer Family Vineyards has reached these heights with time, training, skill, stamina, and risk. “You’ve got to stick your neck out,” says winery proprietor, Jak Meyer. They have done just that—and the world is noticing. In April 2016, the UK’s Decanter Magazine released an article entitled “Best Pinot Noirs in the World Outside Burgundy”, in which Meyer’s…

There is a certain je ne sais quoi about visiting 50th Parallel Estate Winery that makes you feel completely and utterly alive. Maybe it’s the 16 hours of sunlight that bathes the stunning lakeside location on the east slopes of Lake Okanagan; perhaps it’s the unstoppable, determined life-force which feeds the 61 acres of vines. Most certainly, it’s the effervescent passion and focus of 50th Parallel co-founders and proprietors, Curtis Krouzel and Sheri-Lee Turner-Krouzel, which infuses every single square inch of this world-class wine destination. After hand-planting the first vines in 2009, this extraordinary couple and their team continue to…