Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Friday, October 9 2020

Bartier Bros.

By: Anthony Gismondi
Tales from the Black Sage Gravel Terrace

Michael Bartier is a one-of-a-kind winegrower with a deep connection to his birthplace, the Okanagan Valley.

Like many locals, you have an equal chance of meeting Michael and his wife Jodi cycling up a mountain during the summer or skiing down it in winter as you would visit them at their winery near Oliver, British Columbia.

Bartier has long been curious about the connection between terroir and wine and whether winemaking can enhance or hinder that relationship. In this series of videos, Bartier explores several topics that have long interested him: soils, garrigue, rosé production, and the maceration of grape skins. Bartier's winemaking philosophy is simple: plant the correct grapes on the right site; farm these well, thinking of the vineyard as a 200-year project; take the good fruit into the cellar, and make sure the vineyard characters, not the winemaker's manipulations, make it into the glass. From there, his mantra is "don't try to copy Napa, or Bordeaux, or Burgundy; make Okanagan wine. These places make beautiful wines, but they're different from what the Okanagan gives, and they don't have the privilege of working with Okanagan grapes." Amen to that.

Join us as Michael speaks on some of his favourite topics and shares his observations on making wine after two decades in a region growing in stature and interest worldwide. 

Visit Bartier Bros. Vineyards website.

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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.