What the experts say about BC wines and terroir

Words: Henry YuenDSCN0876

The big question here is: “How does Okanagan, the Province’s prominent wine region, compare with or compete against other wine regions of the World?

Never mind France, Italy or Spain; the Old World giants; how about Australia, Chile, Argentina and New Zealand?

In order to grasp what we are dealing with, we need to know how Okanagan is doing in terms of wines and vineyards. We now have the opportunity to get a first-hand review and insightful analysis of BC’s wine industry from an internationally acclaimed wine expert and consultant, Alberto Antonini who believes Okanagan is gaining international fame with award-winning quality wines in the worldwide wine arena consistently, does possess great potentials.  Those who are interested to learn more can join Alberto for an evening of tasting and understanding of the wines and terroir of Okanagan on June 3rd (Monday 7-9pm) at Urban Winery (55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver) by booking your ticket at Eventbrite.  Ticket is at $79 + GST.

As a prelude to this event, David Scholefield, another wine industry stalwart and a former portfolio manager at BC Liquor Store, offers the following observation.

Okanagan is an arid region with relatively cool and dry climate. Similar to Champagne and Chablis, Okanagan locates very far north in terms of latitude for grape growing. The relatively dry and little precipitation during growing season allow for certain grapes to flourish. As the vines grow older, they dig deeper into the ground and enrich the grapes with great complexity. The also arid RhoneValley in France would be an appropriate example.

Comparing to other bigger wine producing regions whose production scales are much higher, David thinks Okanagan’s production volume will always be limited.  There is certainly a ceiling for land mass availability; however, it never has been a hindrance to making good wines. He mentions that Burgundy as a relatively small region is known to produce great wines. Okanagan is heading towards that similar path and hence a very bright future is lying ahead.

According to David, the fact that Okanagan wines are winning significant international awards is an indication of the region’s evolution into a progressing and even maturing era. Besides winning awards, Okanagan manages to allure attention from wine producers such as Alberto Antonini and Pedro Parra who is one of the world’s top soil scientists. Their eager involvement in Okanagan is a further testament to the potential of the region.

After attending June 03 event, tasting wines with the expert and digesting Alberto’s masterful dissection of the Okanagan wine region, you will likely agree with David; or perhaps form your own opinion.

Antonio & David

 Alberto & David believe in BC's wine industry

Not to be missed event: The much-anticipated Dish 'n Dazzle returns

When: Thursday, May 30 from 630-930pm

Where: Pan Pacific Hotel (999 Canada Place, Vancouver),

What:  The BC Hospitality Foundation and Wines of Chile present a spectacular night of food, wine, and cocktails, that is sure to delight and entertain. 19 wineries from across Chile's diverse wine regions will pair up with food from 12 of Vancouver's best restaurants, and a high-stakes cocktail competition will ensure things stay spirited. Live music, plus a silent auction and a raffle round out this signature annual event.

The BC Hospitality Foundation is the industry's charity of choice, providing financial support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition. The foundation's mission is to offer financial assistance, beyond traditional medical benefits and insurances, to individuals within the hospitality community in their times financial need. As well, it is committed to supporting the industry's next generation by providing scholarships to selected students enrolled in hospitality, culinary and wine programmes in BC.

Tickets are only $75 +tax, and are on sale now at https://www.eply.com/DishNDazzle2013.

Dine & Dash 2013