Anthony Gismondi on Wine

We continue our close-up look at the life of BC winegrowers and the many tasks that happen in the cellars and vineyards as the growing season marches toward harvest.

Our summer stops take you to Lake Country, where we visit a new pinot noir vineyard established by CedarCreek Estate Winery. Along the Naramata Bench, we drop in on Roche Wines for some precision agriculture and bottling wine fun. Then we hop a ferry to Vancouver Island and the Cowichan Valley to look at routine but crucial tasks performed at Unsworth Vineyards, underscoring the importance of winery cleanliness in the life cycle of wine, and how precisely water levels can be measured at the vine. Finally, we visit Oliver, BC's hottest winegrowing sub-region, to discuss the magic of veraison when grapes change colour at Black Hills Estate Winery. We discover the how and whys and address the growing concern by an ill-informed public about smoke taint.  

It's another busy season amongst BC's winegrowers. Still, the repetitive labour and constant minding that characterize summer tasks will soon be replaced by a frantic dance of vineyard workers and winemakers featuring an intense series of marathon days with little sleep as harvest gets ready to sweep across the province. So join us this October on Gismondi on Wine as we continue our insider's look at a year in the life of BC's winegrowers.

Lake Country and CedarCreek Estate Winery

Naramata Bench and Roche Wines

Cowichan Valley and Unsworth Vineyards

South Okanagan and Black Hills Estate Winery

Further viewing:  A Year in the Life of a BC Winegrower - Spring:

Harper's Trail - Unhilling and pruning

Summerhill Pyramid Winery: Biodynamic farming and composting

Covert Family Farms:  Regenerative Farming

Da Silva Vineyards: Planting chardonnay vines 

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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 co-hosts the BC Food & Wine Radio Show, broadcast in 18 markets across B.C. and available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple and iHeart Radio and more. He launched Gismondionwine.com in 1997, attracting one million users a month from 114 countries. It continues to be a valuable resource of full tasting notes and intelligent wine stories and videos for the trade and consumers.