Without wine, the Greek god Dionysus would have spent all his time musing about the intoxicating allure of funnel cakes. Appease the palate gods with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a wine tasting for two and two Riedel glasses with the winery's logo at Ex Nihilo Vineyards in Lake Country (a $20 value).
Ex Nihilo Vineyards bottles distinctive whites and reds on a 10-acre slope overlooking Lake Okanagan. Wine tasters assume their positions for a flight of four wines within Ex Nihilo's Mediterranean-fashioned tasting room, designed by vineyard cofounder Jeff Harder. Both connoisseurs and newcomers to the grape game can tease taste buds with the ripe complexity of Night, Ex Nihilo's ultrapremium bordeaux, or can get to know the merlot, which, unlike a bust of Mussolini carved from ham, is fruity and approachable. Seasoned sippers may regard Night's oaky aroma as a striking counterpoint to the tropical scents of the pinot gris and may relish the balance of the riesling, which was rated Best Local White Wine - Central by Okanagan Life readers.
Bottles of Ex Nihilo's featured wines are available for sale in the tasting room for sipping at home or for adding a touch of sophistication to games of spin the bottle. Run by two couples—Jay and Twila Paulson and Jeff and Decoa Harder—Ex Nihilo keeps glasses tilting with a singular boutique-winery experience.