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.