Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Saturday, December 25 2021

A Year in the Life - Winter

By: Anthony Gismondi
On such a winter's day.

The final chapter in our year-long video series with BC Winegrowers takes us to winter, where for now, much of the work, but not all, takes place indoors.

It is definitely more tranquil around wineries with harvest and subsequent fermentations complete and wines ageing quietly in various vessels about the cellars. We begin our tour in Lake Country, covering 50th Parallel's first vintage of botrytis-affected, late-harvest riesling. From Lake Country, we head south to Okanagan Falls and Liquidity Wines. Here we discover the magic of blending sites and flavours to add complexity to a single-varietal pinot gris. Next, the process of stirring the lees or bâtonnage is demonstrated via a chardonnay at Corcelettes Estate Winery in the Similkameen, yet another way to build texture and complexity. Finally, in the Fraser Valley, we look at some of the steps that go into every bottle of sparkling wine at Township 7. We have experienced an amazing year first-hand with 20 BC Winegrowers at 16 wineries in 11 sub-regions across four seasons. With the circle complete, we invite you to explore all four seasons with a bottle in hand to get the full experience. Either way, the next time you enjoy a BC wine, you'll remember all the individual parts of the winegrower's year that go into making fine wine because, in the end, most of the time, you really only get what you pay for.

Further viewing: 

A Year in the Life of a BC Winegrower - Spring

A Year in the Life of a BC Winegrower - Summer

A Year in the Life of a BC Winegrower - Fall

Individual winery segments Playlist on YouTube

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Anthony Gismondi is a Canadian wine journalist and one of North America's most influential voices in wine. For over 30 years, he has been the wine columnist for The Vancouver Sun. The twice-weekly column is distributed across Canada through Postmedia Network to millions of readers. In addition, Anthony hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 25 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple, iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million monthly users from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource full of tasting notes, intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.