For Thanksgiving, we braved the longest drive with the twins yet and made our way to my parents vineyard in the community of Kaleden in the Okanagan valley in British Columbia. What is normally an eight hour drive became a nine hour drive with the twins but all things considered it went remarkably well with only two feeding breaks and minimal crying and the fall foliage made for a very scenic drive through the Rockies and then the valley.
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Our first day there was spent celebrating Janet’s 33rd birthday but that’s covered in another post.
As always, thanksgiving was a welcome opportunity to connect with family and enjoy lots of excellent food and wine. This year my cousin Russel who couldn’t make it sent a taste of some wild turkey that he shot in Nelson to share with us and it was excellent. If I hadn’t been told that it was a wild turkey, I never would have guessed.
Thanksgiving is also right around harvest time for grapes so everyone grabbed a pair of shears and got picking.
I decided to try something different and started a small batch of rosé from dad’s Merlot grapes in addition to a big batch of standard Merlot, and a big batch of Gewurztraminer.
On a whim, my brother Loren decided that he would also try his hand at making a batch of wine this year and started a big batch of Merlot. Over the course of 4 days we picked well over 1000 lbs of grapes and started 4 batches of wine coming in at approximately 570L between us (not including the wine dad already had under way). The smell in my parents house, and in the back of my truck on the way home was amazing.
Janet, dad, the twins and I also took a trip out to Keremeos to buy some produce, in particular tomatoes so that we could can a big batch of tomatoes for use throughout the winter, and red russian garlic because that stuff is amazing and strangely hard to find.
Finally, on our last day in Kaleden I was able to squeeze in a bike ride with my friend Andrew on Campbell Mountain just outside of Penticton, my first ride since separating my shoulder in the spring!
It was no small feat packing all that wine into the back of the truck in addition to everything else that we came with (and were sent home with), but somehow we managed.
We only just got home last night and we are already looking forward to next year!