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Sit back and savour the serenity at Meyer Family Vineyards Wine Lounge in Okanagan Falls, now open from 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. This season there’s an expanded “build your own” charcuterie menu showcasing locally sourced meats and cheese, olives and other small bites. Sip the highly acclaimed MFV wines or opt for BC craft beer, cider and spirits. There are even cool, tempting cocktails such as a special collaboration that uses Noteworthy Gin and MFV sparkling wine. “To elevate our venue, we’ve hired a full-time manager with a restaurant background to oversee it and our events…

From the beginning, hands-on owners Larry Gerelus and Linda Pruegger didn’t shy away from trying something new for the region. With their winemaker sharing innovative inclinations, together they’ve followed their passion to gain a reputation as being adventurous while creating award-winning wines. In 2011, Stag’s Hollow planted its Shuttleworth Creek Vineyard with many varietals new to the Okanagan. These varietals included two Italian — dolcetto and teroldago — and two Spanish — albarino and tempranillo. In the portfolio at Stag’s Hollow, there are also grenache and vidal (basis of the fruity wine Tragically Vidal that has gained a cult following).…

Recognition for the quality of Nighthawk Vineyards wines continues. Owners Christy and Daniel Bibby have learned that their 2016 Chardonnay won a competition in Norway and will be stocked in 59 stores across the country. Says Daniel, “This marks the first time we’ve shipped internationally. We were thrilled to load four pallets destined for Norway.” Norway has a highly restrictive wine monopoly regulating the sale of alcohol over 4.75 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume) to a single government-owned provider, Vinmonopolet. To be considered, a winery must first be invited, submit according to strict guidelines and then undergo a blind…

Nighthawk Vineyards is off the beaten track of regular touring itineraries. Folks are drawn here, having enjoyed the wine at an event, or as repeat visitors, or because someone recommended it. But once here, via the scenic six-kilometre route from Okanagan Falls, the peaceful setting entices you to linger. Take your time — the Nighthawk team encourages it. Owners of Nighthawk Vineyards, Daniel and Christy Bibby, know firsthand how magical the moments can be at a winery. Their love of the Okanagan Valley grew as they toured wineries with guests. Then there was a pivotal stay at Burrowing Owl Estate…

Tasting the well-made, award-winning wines is even better in Stag’s Hollow Winery’s new tasting room, which debuted late last season. Watch for signage to find the access road to the new facility, open daily from May. Here in an airier, larger setting, sip through your flight at the stylish tasting bar, and enjoy the spectacular view of vineyards and mountains beyond, through huge tasting room windows. Can’t get enough of those wines and that view? Enjoy them with a picnic on the soon-to-be licensed patio or in the picnic area. Bring your own lunch, or buy from the onsite Winecrush…

Believe it or not, wedding season is upon us, and with so many details to worry about, having Wine Glass Writer markers on hand is sure to make your special day easier. The non-toxic and food safe markers allow you to write on glass and glazed ceramics, without the fear of smudging and without the hassle of permanency. Whatever you write will stay on its surface until wiped off with a soapy sponge. Since 2010, the mother-daughter team behind Wine Glass Writer has been working hard to remove the need for wine-charms that are forgotten after your second drink, and…

Spring promises to be an exciting time for Rosé enthusiasts. Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery’s much anticipated Rosé is due to be released at the end of March. This new release features two varietals, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. It’s intended to have a classic dry style that’s perfect for sipping, but it can also be enjoyed with everyday foods such as pastas, salads and light seafood. This delicate wine is designed to be enjoyed young. Judging by the response to the winery’s sold-out 2016 Cabernet Franc Rosé, it’s bound to be delicious. This award-winning 2016 Rosé, along with the 2016 Dry…

The Heart of Wine Country wraps around the Okanagan Falls area stretching from Skaha Lake to Vaseux Lake. The area is famed for some of Canada’s top wine production with the highest quality wines in the valley. What has largely been kept a secret only sought out by those wine lovers in the know, these hidden gems of small wineries offer a taste of some of the finest wines, wonderful people and the heart of the Okanagan wine experience. Call each winery for wineshop hours. For the latest information on all happenings in the heart of wine country, contact us:…

The awards keep rolling in for Wild Goose Vineyards at more and more prestigious wine competitions. 2017 has been the most winning year ever! The winning lineup includes four silvers for the four wines it entered in the San Francisco International Wine Competition– the largest and most influential wine competition in America. All seven Wild Goose wines entered at WineAlign came home with medals including gold for the Red Horizon Meritage 2015 and 2016 Pinot Gris. At the LA WineFest, Wild Goose also bagged a gold for the 2016 Gewürztraminer and 90 points and Best in Class for Autumn Gold…

The #2 Small Winery in Canada, three golds, six silvers and three bronzes in the National Wine Awards (winealign.com) are an impressive confirmation of Meyer Family Vineyard’s approach to making wine. “The awards are a tribute to the skills of our winemaker Chris Carson and to our focus on varietals,” says JAK Meyer. “We have determined what grows best in our vineyards and we focus on small case lots of varietals best suited and expressive of their unique place of origin. Our success at these awards speaks to our approach. Each wine reflects the single vineyard of its origin, the…