Red Caboose winery via

Recently, we made a trip to Red Caboose Winery in Meridian. You may have tasted their wines at Bolsa or picked up a bottle at a better wine store; but, a visit to Red Caboose is something special.

Red Caboose winery via

First off, the father-and-son team of Gary and Evan McKibben are gracious hosts and true craftsmen. Gary’s background as an architect led him to build a winery that was just recognized as the most sustainable in the U.S. and among the top three in the world. Evan, a former semi-pro hockey player, seems to have been born to be a winemaker.

They were once told you couldn’t grow grapes in Bosque County. Well, the McKibbens don’t grow grapes (despite rows of beautiful fruit), they “grow wine.” And each is remarkable. Tempranillo. Cabernet. Syrah. Some amazing blends. Even a remarkable Port, of which I never before considered myself a fan.

Here’s an idea. Hit a Fork and Cork event on the last Friday of each month. Bring a picnic. Enjoy some live music. And hang out with some of the most enjoyable and talented gents you’ll ever want to meet.

Find out more about events at the Meridian and Clifton locations on their website.